Anybody, be it human or canine, certainly needs an occasional sprucing up in order to look and feel at their best. However, proper grooming of your dog might take just a few minutes or as long as a few hours depending upon its breed and coat type.
Not every pet parent may possess the required skill, desire, time or equipment needed to keep their dog’s coat, skin, teeth, nails, and ears in the right shape. For most such owners the best thing would be to resort to a professional dog groomer.
How you can evaluate a grooming service:
Get your priorities right – a spruced up family dog or getting your pet all decked up for a show? Getting hold of an experienced show groomer is harder than finding a perfectly adequate groomer, you may have to get in touch with your breeder or kennel club for suitable recommendations.
It’s a good idea to check with your vet, breeder, trainer or other pet owners in your area for recommendations on good groomers. Don’t forget to check the rates for grooming services too as prices can vary pretty widely depending on a dog’s breed and other conditions.
Of course, the yellow pages and internet can be quiet helpful in this task, but a reference from a satisfied fellow pet parent or a trusted professional is always better. However, if you decide to scout on your own, keep ready a list of questions for interviewing:
The duration that you have been in business?
Experience in grooming a particular breed?
Where have you learned to groom?
Are there any incidences of an animal ever being injured in your care?
Ask for references from clients or any other pet professionals? (Do follow up!)
In cases where your pet has a unique coat, specific grooming needs, health or behavioral problems, do quiz about the experience that the groomer has on working with animals of the similar kind.
Once you get the right answers to your questions – preferably from more than one source – it’s always a good idea to follow up with a business bureau in order to ensure that the groomer/service has no complaints on file and whether they are equipped with an active insurance policy. Schedule a visit to the facility If all this checks out perfectly.
Check out for yourself whether the facility is clean and well-maintained. Is the staff helpful and friendly? Do other pets look content and well cared for?
Additional tips on dog grooming:
Of course, you may prefer to do most of your dogs grooming at home itself. Here are a few simple tips on ways to improve your grooming abilities!
Do some research on your dog’s breed and coat type online in order to see what sort of equipment might be needed. You can also opt to contact a local groomer for a consultation on the equipment required for your dog’s coat.
Keep your grooming sessions short and pleasant.
Make sure you reward your pet with a yummy treat and some playtime after the session.
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