Choosing the Right Dog Groomer

Obviously “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 to mention 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 groomer.

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 street 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”. Visit:

Some veterinary offices have policies not to refer clients to any certain groomer or breeder. Don’t despair; ask more specific questions like “Have you treated any problems from this groomer, such as cuts or clipper abrasions? Perhaps you have had any complaints relating to this groomer?”

2. Call the groomer you are enthusiastic about using. Ask him/her questions. Did you go to grooming school or apprentice with a professional groomer? Just how long have you been grooming? Do you have much experience with (insert your breed here)? Do you have a problem putting poodle feet on a cocker? (Or various other non-standard clip?) Will you be an associate of any professional grooming organization? There’s 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 accredited and certified in flea/tick applications. So ask if they is properly certified.

4. Be patient. Keep in mind that groomers are usually on an exceptionally tight schedule. Ask him/her if indeed they can call you back again to answer these questions when they may have ample a chance to talk. It’s hard to answer questions while fluff drying your dog. You should be capable of develop 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. Simply by asking around you will be able find answers to most of your questions. Using a groomer for the very first time can be considered a disconcerting experience. If you’ve 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.