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Choosing a groomer that’s right for your pet

Most dogs will spend a great deal of their lives being professionally groomed. While some dogs have “wash and wear” hair and may only need to be professionally groomed a couple of times a year, many others need to be professionally clipped and groomed on a regular basis.

Because your dog will be spending a lot of time at the groomers, you want to be sure that he will be in safe, caring, and capable hands.

While getting a great haircut at a great price is important, it should not be the only consideration in choosing a groomer.

One of the best ways to find a salon that’s right for you is to ask for references from your veterinarian and your neighbours. Just because a salon has numerous credentials or certificates on the walls does not mean that this is the right salon for your dog. Whatever you choose, you need to feel confident and comfortable with the groomer you chose for your “best friend”.

Questions to Ask. Things to Watch For.

  • Are employees friendly and knowledgeable?
  • Are they certified professional dog groomers and is the salon licensed?
  • Is the general atmosphere of the salon positive and happy?
  • Is the salon clean and organized? Does it smell pleasant?
  • Is the grooming area visible and, if not, are you allowed to go into the grooming area to observe the salon’s grooming procedures and equipment?
  • Are the dogs being handled in a caring, gentle manner?
  • Is the equipment well maintained and does it appear to be up-to-date?
  • Are the grooming tables, kennels, and bathtubs clean, safe, and in good condition?
  • What kind of products will be used on your dog’s hair?
  • Is the salon using professional shampoos and conditioners? Ask to see the products and perhaps receive a sample.
  • Are the dogs dried by hand or are they kennel dried? The best styling finishes come with hand drying.
  • Is the shop a “smoke-free” environment?
  • If you have a special-needs dog, such as a geriatric or physically challenged dog, can you request “in and out” as soon as possible? Very young puppies should also be given priority, as they require more bathroom breaks.

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