Choosing a Good Groomer

25Jan10

One of the most important things you can do in caring for your dog’s grooming needs is choosing a good groomer for both you and your dog. You need to be able to trust your groomer to not only do their job well and with compassion, but let you know when they notice things out of the norm with your dog.  So how do you pick a groomer that’s great for both of you? There are some easy steps to follow to make your search a bit easier.

Listen to your friends that have dogs. If they have a groomer that they love, go check them out! Referrals are the easiest way to find a groomer that you know if trustworthy and going to value you and your pet first. But what if you don’t have any friends who get their dogs groomed?

Look online, in the yellow pages, and at FindAGroomer.com to find local groomers. Call them up and ask to visit their shop, and if they have time to meet your dog. Many people try to choose salons based on how their pet first reacts when entering them. This is not always the best way to judge because pets often become uncomfortable in new places, especially those with a lot of activity. Here are some key things to look at and discuss when meeting a perspective groomer:

1. Is the salon clean?

This doesn’t mean that the salon has no hair on the floor etc, but does it look well-maintained and with minimal amounts of hair on the floor.

2. Do dogs existing the salon smell and look clean?

3. Does the groomer take time to get to know you and your dog?

4. Do they discuss your dog’s potential grooming needs and are they upfront with the price?

5. How long is the wait to get an appointment with the groomer?

6. Are you comfortable with the groomer? Do they seem inviting and knowledgable?

Kim Walker of Poochie’s Parlor also wrote a great article on the subject. If you have any questions feel free to write comments below, or if you feel there are other important things to look for when choosing a groomer, add them in the comments!

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