Tips on Finding the Perfect Dog Groomer
You are in the market for a dog groomer. Maybe your old groomer retired or you just can’t seem to find one. Either way, it is important to find the right expert for the job.
Unfortunately, when it comes to our beloved canine family the task may seem quite daunting. If so, keep reading to learn some tips on how to make your groomer search a little easier.
1. Get Referrals
One of the easiest ways to find a good dog groomer is to speak with friends. Contact friends who have dogs and regularly visit a groomer and ask who they go to for their grooming needs. If you have a groomer but they are retiring, ask for a referral.
You can also ask the pet care professional you get your pup’s NuVet Plus wafers or powder from or another dog care professional in your pup’s life – such as your veterinarian, dog trainer or dog walker – for a suggestion. With their ample, day-to-day dog experience one of these resources is sure to have a recommendation or two.
2. Confirm Experience
Once you’ve received a few recommendations for reputable dog groomers, it is time to move on to the next step. Reaching out.
Don’t be afraid to give them a call and confirm their experience. Find out how many years they have spent working with and grooming dogs.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask for references. A dog groomer who has established their business and clientele may be open to sharing positive feedback from other clients.
Currently, there are no states that require a dog groomer to be licensed. However, there are professional dog grooming organizations out there that many dog groomers choose to belong to. This not only helps establish their credibility but also shows that professionalism is a priority to them.
One such organization is the National Dog Groomers Association (NDGA). In order to become a member, groomers must pass a series of tests regarding hygiene, safety, proper handling and canine anatomy. If you can’t locate their certification hanging on the wall, don’t be afraid to ask to see it.
4. Take a Look at the Shop
Before your initial visit, stop by the shop during a normal business day and check it out. Observe how the dogs are being treated, as well as how the dogs are responding to the groomer.
Note cleanliness and any strange or unpleasant smells that might suggest a lack of hygiene. The shop should be well maintained, well lit and safe.
You can also take this time to bring your dog for an introductory visit to meet the groomer and become familiar with the shop.
Tip: Keep Goodbyes Quick
Once you have found a groomer and the time has come to drop Fido off, keep goodbyes quick. By doing this you help to keep your dog’s stress level low, which will ultimately make the visit run more smoothly. You don’t want your dog to think a trip to the groomer is negative in anyway, which could happen if he gets stressed out.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind…
Any dog groomer you allow to work on your dog should request proof of up-to-date vaccination records from you. Because many dogs pass through the doors of a grooming salon, their is potential for canine bacteria to be passed onto your pooch.
Also, if you suspect your pup may be under the weather, postpone your grooming visit. Feeding your furry friend a high quality diet and a nutritious supplement, like NuVet Plus, can help keep your pet feeling his best.
Never hesitate to trust your or your dog’s instincts. If something doesn’t sit well with you during your visit, or Fido seems particularly agitated, then maybe this isn’t the groomer for you. A pre-grooming visit can help you determine how things might go.
Just like having a trusted and experienced groomer in your network of pet care professionals is important, so is good pet nutrition.
This is why we created NuVet Plus. Comprised of human-grade ingredients and manufactured in an FDA registered lab, dog owners everywhere are using NuVet Plus to help maintain good health in their dogs.
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