Grooming Your Dog

 

This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Sasha McGregor

 


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How to Find the Best Groomer for Your Dog

You want your dog to look dazzling after a grooming, which means that you have to choose the right groomer. What steps can you take to ensure that you choose the right groomer? A lot of care must be exercised when grooming a dog because of dangerously sharp instruments like the scissors and the electric clippers. Let’s have a look at some of the most important things to finding the right groomer for your dog.

Ask Friends and Family

You might check with friends and family that have a dog to learn of the best ones. Let’s say that you happen to say a dog on the street and you like its hairstyle. You might ask the dog owner who they had to groom the dog. In many cases, people will be more than willing to talk about their pets and where they got the haircut.

When going forward, ask if the person has dealt with any problems from the groomer. For example, did the dog come away with any clipper abrasions or cuts? This indicates that you don’t have as good of a groomer as what you would like. You want to know if any complaints exist about the groomer.

Call the Groomer

Most likely, you will get the help desk when you call the groomer, but they will help you to schedule an appointment for your dog. The only way to learn if a groomer will be good or bad is to test them out to see. Some of the questions that you might ask them over the phone include:

  • How long have you groomed dogs?
  • Do you have any experience grooming this breed?
  • Do you belong to a professional grooming organization?

You will want to ask the business for the certification to have definite proof that they have received a certification. In some state, they require that the groomer has a certification with tick and flea applications. You want to check to see that they have a certification because it proves that they have achieved a certain standard to work with your dog.

Groomers Have a Tight Schedule

One thing that you should understand about groomers comes from the they work on an extraordinarily tight schedule. They keep busy. You might instead ask them if they can call you back at a more favorable time to answer your questions. Answering questions as you have your hands full with fluff-drying a dog can be difficulty because of how you have to focus on the task at hand. You want to develop rapport with the groomer because they will be more likely to keep you on when it comes to grooming the dog.

Go with Your Gut Instinct

A lot of times, people can’t tell the reason, but they don’t trust a certain person with their dog. You should trust your instincts. You want someone who will do a good job, and they won’t accidentally clip your dog. While using a groomer for the first time can sometimes prove a harrowing task, a little research can go a long way to helping you find the right groomer. Look at the reviews online to see what kind of experience other people have had with this business and learn if you want to proceed. You have to ask yourself if you feel comfortable leaving your dog with this groomer.

Grooming your dog does matter for his health. Nail trimming, teeth cleaning and ear cleaning all help to ensure that your dog will remain healthy for a long time. A talented groomer not only helps your dog to look good, but he will also help to maintain his health. After you have narrowed your search down, it would be advisable to eventually have a chat with the groomer in person to better understand them. You want to know who you’re trusting with your dog with.

Sasha McGregor is a part-time freelance writer and full-time educator.