It can be difficult to find a pet groomer that you can trust and that will do a great job. Depending on the breed and specific cut it may set you back a pretty penny so it’s important that you are satisfied with the results. Here are a few quick tips that will help you on your way to finding your pet’s perfect stylist.
First find out what specific needs your pet has; this might be a good conversation to have with your vet. Many long haired breeds are prone to tangles and mats located under their legs that may become tight and painful. It’s important that dogs have the correct hair cut for their day to day activities. For instance, if you have a long-haired dog that spends most of their time running in the fields or woods then you might consider what is called a “puppy” or a “field” cut. This is essentially a cut that similar to the breed’s standard style but much shorter. Also if you have a short-haired dog that only requires a bath and a good brushing you may not need to pay close attention to their cutting and styling abilities. Most vets will clip your doggie’s nails so you can get that done by a professional and save money on a less experienced groomer if the dog is just getting a good scrub down.
However, if you own a dog that has a complicated cut, like a Shih Tzu or poodle, you should ask around. Finding a great doggie stylist by trial and error may lead to months of embarrassment for your prized pooch. Once you have a solid idea of what type of grooming your pet requires, you will be able to ask the groomers specific questions about their experience and the services they offer. This will help you find the best match for you and your dog.
Unfortunately there is no certification to become a pet groomer so it is important to find out the groomer’s level of experience and how long they have been grooming for. It is best to find a groomer on referral. If you have friends that own pets ask them if they can recommend someone. If not head over to your local dog park and ask around! It is a good idea to ask owners that have dogs with a similar coat to your own pet. Certain groomers may specialize in specific breeds so you want to make sure they are confident grooming yours. Again you can ask your vet, most veterinarians are pet owners as well and may be able to recommend a pet groomer.
Whether you find a pet groomer yourself or try one that was recommended to you, you should always talk with them. Don’t be afraid to interview and ask questions! Even if it’s just the style on your mind you still want to make sure your pet is comfortable and happy. The services you are looking for may dictate the groomer you choose so it is crucial that you talk with your groomer to get the best results. “It’s important that the pet owner conveys their needs as well as their pet’s so that we can ensure everyone is happy,” says Lorna from TLC dog grooming in Rosemount, MN. We all want our pets to be happy and healthy but we want them to look good too! So do your doggie a favor and do some research, ask around and feel confident with your choice. If you spend time picking the right pet groomer for your specific needs it will make for a happy and stylish future for you and your pooch.