Choosing the Right Dog Groomer
When it’s time to get a haircut you don’t just wander into the nearest barber shop or salon, you go to someone you trust will do a great job. Our pets deserve the same treatment when they need a trim. For new dog owners, finding a groomer can be a hassle, so here are a few tips to help you choose the right dog groomer.
Word of Mouth
The best way to find a good groomer is by talking to other dog owners. Go to your nearest dog park or ask friends who they trust. People are more inclined to be genuine in face-to-face conversation as opposed to online reviews. If someone is willing to recommend a groomer at their own regard, then it’s worth listening and taking their recommendation into account.
Look for Experience and Certifications
A good indicator of quality is years of experience and certifications. Call around to local groomers and ask what qualifications they have with your breed. Keep in mind Florida doesn’t require groomers be licensed to practice so if they are it’s a positive sign. Keep in mind that while a certification is great, it doesn’t always mean the groomer will do a great job styling your dog’s haircut.
Listen to Your Dog
At the end of the day, the most important thing in choosing a groomer is what makes your dog happy. After an appointment ask if there were any behavioral issues during the grooming. The next appointment keep an eye on how your dog reacts to seeing the groomer. A happy response is welcome and indicative that the groomer has done a good job interacting with your pup. If your dog is timid with the groomer then you might want to reconsider your groomer.
Patience is Key
Like many things in life, finding the right groomer can take time. You might get lucky and strike gold with the first choice, but don’t get frustrated if you don’t. If your dog doesn’t need to be groomed very often so it could take months to find the right groomer, but when you do your pup will be happy and set for life.