In general, pet groomers are hardworking, patient and dedicated to their profession and clients. They have to put up with a lot of trouble on grooming tables, and most will open up to you about your pet cutting up instead of being still for their cut.
But there are some other things that dog groomers won’t tell you, probably because they’re too polite. So without ado, here are a few things your groomer may not always mention
Your pet dog has certain physical characteristics that are a default for his breed. Some have long coats, some short, some straight and some curly. So it is not reasonable to expect your groomer to perform a miracle on a dog who just doesn’t have the right kind of hair or enough of it. Sometimes, it just won’t work.
While grooming pet animals, groomers use instruments such as scissors and clippers. And despite their best efforts, accidents sometimes happen especially if your pet is overly active on the table or is matted/covered in filth. And be assured, your groomer often feels much worse about accidentally harming your dog. In the end, its bad for their business, right?
Stop Calling Often
Groomers understand schedules and are just as busy as you.
Keep in mind that many groomers don’t have a dedicated phone person, so whenever the phone rings, they have to drop all their work and answer the phone. Which in turn puts the grooming process on hold. So keep a leash on yourself, be there on the scheduled pickup time. Also, many groomers will call to let you know once he’s finished.
Grooming Is Stressful
Grooming is a labor of love, but it’s important you understand how stressful it can be. Many dogs don’t take well to strangers, even more so in an unfamiliar environment. At times, this means dealing with 200-pound dogs who put up a real fight. Although dogs are often muzzled, it’s not impossible for a dog to break or slip out of the restraints and cause serious injury to the groomer.
Translation: Tip your dog groomer.
You may not experience it first hand, but your best friend isn’t always well behaved on the table, and the reason that he looks fresh and bright when you pick him up, is the same reason why his groomer appears exhausted and battered.
So groomers often have to stay on their toes and pay close attention to each animal at their table and avoid stressing their charges — also themselves — out as much as possible.
Dog grooming is fun for those who love animals, but it also brings with it a major list of potential headaches. Most of which your groomer is unlikely to tell you. So behave like a good client. Be understanding, punctual, show your appreciation and, maybe even bring your groomer a cookie or two.
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