October 13, 2010

Choosing a Dog Groomer

Filed under: Dog Grooming — Dr. Amber Reed @ 9:36 am

One of the key responsibilities of a dog owner is grooming.  Dogs need to be brushed and bathed, they need their teeth cleaned, and their nails trimmed and these are just a few of the grooming needs of your beloved pup.  While many dog owners take on the task of grooming themselves, many others prefer to go with a professional groomer.  Professional groomers are a dime a dozen and you are likely to find many suitable choices in your community.  Nevertheless, you should carefully consider your groomer before putting your dog in their hands.

First of all, you should try speaking to friends with dogs.  They can recommend groomers based on experience.  In fact, word of mouth is one of the main ways that groomers acquire new business.  If your dog owning friends recommend a groomer based on his or her skill and ability to relate to dogs, you can be rest assured that your dog is in good hands.  Still, recommendations are just the first step to finding the ideal groomer.  Once you have narrowed your search to a few select dog groomers, visit each individually and have a look at their facilities.

Reputable dog groomers will be happy to give you a tour of their facilities and answer any questions you have.  When choosing a dog groomer, you want to strike a balance between quality and affordability.  Nevertheless, there are a few qualities of a good groomer that should never be overlooked.

  • Facilities should be clean and well organized.
  • Equipment should be in good condition.
  • Ensure drying cages are hygienic and well maintained.
  • Good groomers offer a wide range of services.

In addition, try to get some information about the groomer specifically.  Choosing a dog groomer with experience (especially with your breed), flexible hours, and a wide range of skills is always best.  Finally, bring your dog to the groomer and make sure he is comfortable.  Your dog’s happiness, after all, is most important.

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