You have decided to seek a professional to enhance the grooming regimen for your wonderful pet. Like many, you consult google for a list of groomers near you, Yelp! for reviews, and you hope for the best. When you walk into the groomer’s office to determine if you will relinquish your pet to them for the next few hours what should you look for?
There are certifications that groomers should have beyond the licensing of the grooming facilities. A certified groomer has passed a written and practical exam by an accredited grooming school.
As with many professions, groomers can continue their education after receiving their certification. Find out if your groomer attends any seminars or trade shows to keep their techniques current and their skills refined.
The first few appointments will be a completely new experience for your pet. Dogs may act out when they are introduced to the blow dryer or a cat might attempt to scratch and bite if stressed. It is important to ask your groomer how they would handle your animal acting out. “We show him who is the boss,” is not an encouraging answer. As a matter of fact, if they say something along those lines, you should run the other way. Your pet acting out in any way is a sign of anxiety and disciplining anxiety will only increase the stress associated with grooming. It is important that the individual watching your pet over the next two to four hours is confident, calm, and patient as they work with your pet.
Does the salon or spa use different groomers during a grooming session or is the session with the same groomer? For many animals, being handled without its owner is a difficult situation. Having a sing le handler every time during their entire grooming allows the animal to develop a bond with the individual. How many animals are scheduled simultaneously or are the session s one-on-one? Is it a stress free environment? Does your groomer employ holistic methods and gentle techniques in dealing with your furry family member? Is the grooming environment safe, clean and pristine? It is important to know if your pet will be crated throughout the experience while two or three dogs are completed simultaneously or if your pet will be the sole focus of the groomer. For anxious animals or solitary animals, the presence of another pet can be extremely discouraging.
What kinds of products is the groomer using? Do they use the best in the industry? Are the shampoos used natural and therapeutic? Do they contain any harsh chemicals, parabens or sulphates? Different coats require different products. Does your groomer use specific shampoo appropriate for your pet’s coat type or is it one shampoo fits all type a shampoo? If your groomer is using only one product for all coats and animals, you may want to look elsewhere.
It is important to compare services as well as prices when choosing a pet spa. Often a salon will advertise their lowest priced options. However, the lowest price does not always mean a great groom, service , or care.
Does it appear clean? If you are permitted, take a walk around the grooming space. If the cleaning product gives you a headache, imagine your pet submerged there with that product for several hours. If the entire space If the building is not well-ventilated, cleaned and disinfected, your pet could be at risk of developing a skin condition or contagious disease.
A glance at the grooming area can reveal a lot about the salon. If there is plenty of room around the grooming table, then your pet is able to stand in one spot securely with the groomer moving around your animal. If the area is cramped or a side of the grooming table is pushed against a wall, the animal may have to be repositioned several times during grooming which adds to the stress of the operation.
How does the pet spa handle the lapse time? Many groomers will have crates so make sure the crates are big enough for your animal to stand, turn around, and lay in, make sure they are clean, and figure out if cats and dogs are kept in the same area or how many animals are crated simultaneously.
These are just some guidelines for choosing the right groomer for your pet. You should ensure that you feel comfortable with the people and the facilities the salon has. It is important that you find the best fit for your animal so that grooming can be a positive and enjoyable experience for your animal.