Whether you are showing your pet, you don’t feel confident enough to cut your dog’s nails, your dog’s coat has a particular way to be cut, or style you’d prefer, or, even, that your pet just wants to be pampered and enjoys the whole experience.
Whatever the reason why, you should make sure that you choose a trustworthy, experienced and understanding dog groomer.
1. First Steps TO LOCATING a Dog Groomer
Look on the internet ~ enter ‘finding your dog groomer’ into Google and it’ll talk about dog grooming businesses locally. When there is a site and Facebook page, have a look at them. Have a look at any reviews on the website or Facebook page. Their website and Facebook page will provide you with a good ‘feel’/insight to the business and people who work there. Visit: http://healthyhoundplayground.com/
Ask your vet ~ Your vet might be able to recommend at reputable dog groomer in the region and, occasionally, they may have a groomer who computes of the clinic.
Person to person ~ the thing that pet owners are, is very chatty, particularly if you meet anyone who has your dog the same breed as yours. If your dog looks well-groomed, ask which dog groomer they may have used. Ask friends, and family, for tips of the groomer they use. You might ask your breeder, if you have a puppy, but often the breeder will not live local for you.
Dog grooming associations ~ take a look at dog grooming associations websites. Frequently they will have a ‘Find A Groomer’ search function. Whilst groomers don’t need to be a member of a link, ones that are members, have registered to a ‘Code of Conduct’ and follow the associations standards.
2. Things To Consider When Choosing YOUR DOG Groomer
Does your pet have any special requirements? The grooming visit should maintain positivity experience for your pet, therefore the groomer can meet any physical or behavioural needs when your dog is left with them.
Would your dog be happier to be groomed at home or in a salon You understand your pet best, is he/she nervous? Or possibly they don’t like being handled? Doesn’t like loud noises? Being groomed at home can help calm a nervous dog.
How often would you like your pet to be groomed? We’ve our dogs washed and tidied up every 6 weeks or so. However, Barney gets a full handstrip twice per annum, it could even be three times this coming year! Some people prefer to have their dog spruced up every week or only one time per annum, your groomer should help you when your dog needs grooming for his or her coat/breed.
What do you want the dog groomer to do? Groomers usually have different packages, that may include different facets of grooming.
3. Visit the Dog Grooming Salon
Once you’ve found a groomer and before making a scheduled appointment, you should visit the salon. An excellent groomer will be pleased to take time to chat with you and demonstrate their premises.
You will be looking for a clean and safe environment for your pet. A location where you feel comfortable leaving your pet. Take your pet along with you, this will be a good socialisation experience for your dog to meet up with the groomer, who should connect to your pet (positively), ask you questions and what your expectations are for your dog’s grooming session.
Does the gear look clean, could it be safely stored? Is premises safe for dogs, clean with good lighting?
Would you be happy to leave your pet in the care of the groomer and at these premises?
Does your dog, and the other dogs in the salon, seem happy being around the groomer?
4. Questions To Ask Your Potential Dog Groomer
Your potential dog groomer should be happy to answer any questions you may have. Below are a few questions you’d like to ask, if indeed they don’t appear whilst in conversation at your visit;
What qualifications do they hold? I was amazed to discover that the dog grooming industry is unregulated. Anyone can set themselves up as a puppy groomer, without qualifications (in the united kingdom), so that it is up to the owner to ensure these are completely happy with the groomer they choose. The qualifications you should be looking for, in the united kingdom, are City and Guilds, either preferably Level 3 (Level 2 is for dog grooming assistants and anyone wanting to begin employed in the industry).
Do they have connection with grooming your breed of canine?
Do they have any before and after images to show you?
Do they have a cost list, detailing what’s contained in the services offered?
Do they keep records of your pet?
Will your dog be left alone anytime?
Will trainees be working on your dog? Are they supervised all the time?
Will the same person always groom your pet?
Just how many staff to they have got per animal? Our groomer works on an appointment-only basis, this means that each dog is given the right timeframe and that the work is performed properly and not rushed.
Just how many dogs are in the salon at anybody time?
Do they have insurance, for your pet in case of an emergency?
What happens within an emergency? What vet do they use?
Ask to check their references and see a copy with their police check or CRB certificate (to check on that they don’t have a criminal background).
Do they have a wait list? Our groomer is often booked up and I book my next appointment ahead, as she is always busy.
Can they demonstrate how to groom your dog effectively at home, using the right tools and technique?
5. Things You Can Do To Keep Your Dog Groomer Happy
The partnership with your pet groomer can be an important one, you are leaving your much-loved dog in their care. Below are a few recommendations for ensuring you keep your groomer happy;
Always be promptly, they are owning a business, not really a dog crèche!
Ensure that your dog did his/her business before their appointment.
Keep up up to now with your preventative treatments. It’s wii idea to adopt your pet to the groomer if it has fleas!
Advise your groomer of any dietary requirements your pet may have, and take any treats you’ll prefer these to use.
Advise your groomer if your pet has already established any issues i just.e. smelly ears or that they had an upset tummy a few days before.
Don’t have a bitch to the groomer when she actually is in season.
Keep these things show you how to groom your dog at home. Grooming at home will ensure you have the ability to keep on their good work between visits and build your relationship and trust with your pet.