Choosing the Right Dog Groomer in 5 Steps

Needless to say “Fluffy” is a valued area of the family. Just how do you start choosing a reliable person to groom her?

It requires lots of careful handling to properly groom a puppy, not forgetting the precautions required around dangerous, sharp implements like scissors and electric clippers? Your dog (or cat) groomer will be bathing you pet in soapy water and rinsing thoroughly. We surely aren’t going to trust her to “just anybody”.

Here are five basic tips to choose a specialist pet Grooming for dogs.

1. Ask around. Whenever a dog leaves the groomer, this is a walking advertisement. Speak to your veterinarian, your kennel manager, your neighbor. If you see a dog on the road with a method you prefer, stop the dog owner and ask where in fact the dog was groomed. Folks are usually very willing to speak about their pets, especially their new “do”.

Some veterinary offices have policies never to refer clients to any certain groomer or breeder. Don’t despair; ask more specific questions like “Perhaps you have treated any problems out of this groomer, such as cuts or clipper abrasions? Perhaps you have had any complaints relating to this groomer?”

2. Call the groomer you are considering using. Ask him/her questions. Did you go to grooming school or apprentice with a specialist groomer? Just how long are you grooming? Do you have much experience with (insert your breed here)? Do you have an issue putting poodle feet on the cocker? (Or various other non-standard clip?) Have you been a member of any professional grooming organization? There is a national organization called National Dog Groomers of America Association and many states have their own groomers’ organizations.

3. Require proper certification. Some states require that groomers are licensed and certified in flea/tick applications. So ask if he or she is properly certified.

4. Be patient. Keep in mind that groomers are usually on an exceptionally tight schedule. Ask him/her if they would be able to call you back to answer these questions when they may have ample time and energy to talk. It’s hard to answer questions while fluff drying your dog. You should be qualified to create a rapport with the actual groomer that will provide you with a standard impression. Hopefully it’ll be a good impression.

5. Trust your intuition. Just by asking around you’ll be able find answers to almost all of your questions. Utilizing a groomer for the very first time can be considered a disconcerting experience. If you have done some research by asking around and then place your trust in your groomer and then visit a good result … you’ll be able to pamper yourself, too, like “Fluffy” was pampered.