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It goes without saying that it takes a lot of careful handling to groom your dog in the proper fashion. You need to take the right precautions around sharp and dangerous implements like electric clippers and scissors, apart from a host of other things. A dog groomer will bathe your pet in soapy water and rinse him thoroughly. You cannot just trust anybody to do that job. Here are a few tips to choose the perfect groomer:
- Ask around – Talk to your dog’s vet, neighbor and kennel manager. If you notice a dog on the street with a style that you particularly like, ask the owner about where he got his pet groomed. People love to talk about their pets. Some vets have a policy not to refer their clients to a breeder or groomer. Do not despair. Make your questions more specific and ask the vet as to whether he/she has treated problems from a particular groomer, like clipper abrasions or cuts. If your vet has had a lot of complaints from a particular groomer, then that is a sure fire sign that you need to look further.
- Call the groomer that you are interested in – Grill your groomer thoroughly. Ask them whether they apprenticed with a professional or went to a grooming school. Ask them about their experience and inquire if they are part of a professional organization. There is a National Dog Groomers Association and a lot of the states have their own local organizations.
- Ask for certification – A lot of states require groomers to be certified and licensed in tick/flea applications. So make sure you get a good look at his/her certification. Better be safe than sorry.
- Be patient – You need to remember that groomers are usually on very tight schedules. If they do not have the time to answer your questions, ask them the appropriate time for a callback. It is hard to answer questions when they are fluff drying some dog. Develop a good rapport with your dog’s potential groomer and get an overall impression. If everything goes well, it will be a good impression.
- Trust your instincts – All you need to do is ask around to find answers to most of the questions you have. Going to a new groomer for the first time can be quite a disconcerting experience. If you do the right research though, you can place the trust in the groomer and you will see the results for sure. Then you can pamper yourself just the way you pampered your dog.
If your dog is anxious or scared when you take him to the groomer, you need to pay another visit to the pet to figure out the underlying cause of his anxiety. Once you treat that with medication and behavioral modification, you are all set to give it another shot.