“Fluffy” desperately needs a haircut, but she’s a part of the family and you’re not going to trust her to just anyone. How do you know if they will do a good job? How will they treat your dog while he or she is in their care? No one wants their pet to have a bad hair day for the next four to six weeks until it grows out again, and with stories in the news about dogs suffering from heat stroke and even dying at the groomers, it can be enough to make you want to take up grooming yourself just to avoid taking your precious pup anywhere at all!
There are ways to tell if a groomer is the real deal, so to speak. In today’s blog post, we will share our best tips for determining who is a trustworthy groomer.
Tip #1: Ask your friends for referrals!
Word of mouth is usually a pretty reliable source for recommendations. If your friends or family have had a great experience with a particular groomer, you can be willing to bet that they are worth talking about. Knowing that someone you are acquainted with trusts them will go a long way towards helping you trust them too!
Tip #2: Look for transparency.
A groomer that has nothing to hide will be completely open to you. Ask to see the grooming salon if it isn’t readily visible. Most groomers will gladly give you a quick tour of their facilities to show you the area your dog will be while they are there. Take your time and get a good look at the area. It doesn’t have to be perfectly tidy, as grooming is not the most cleanly undertaking. There might be some dog hair on the floor, but that is one thing that is OK to overlook. Look to see if their kennels are spacious enough for your pet, and if they appear to keep their instruments well cared for. Also look to see if they have cleaning tools such as disinfecting spray handy. Take a deep breath and take in any odors. The grooming salon shouldn’t have too bad of a smell, but can obviously have a wet dog smell from time to time. What is the general feeling you get while you are there?
Tip #3: Watch the dogs coming and going.
Are the dogs walking out from their grooming with bright faces and wagging tails? Or do they look distraught, tired, fearful, or uneasy? Grooming can be stressful for any dog no matter how plucky, however, it should not leave them fearful or uneasy. Dogs should be happy and excited to see their owners. Keep an eye on dogs going into the groomer as well, do they walk in willingly or do they get to the door and slam on the “brakes?” This can give you an indication on whether or not they have a good experience while they are there.
Tip #4: Ask for references.
A good pet stylist will have happy customers and raving fans. Ask your potential groomer if they have any references you could speak to briefly. They should be able to supply at least one to two people for you to speak to. If they have no one that will give them a positive reference, beware.
Tip #5: Go with your gut.
What is your intuition telling you? Do you get a good feeling when you speak to the groomer, or look at their facilities? Don’t underestimate your initial gut reaction, it is usually right!
If you are in the market for a new groomer, Aquadale now has grooming appointments available in our newly renovated grooming salon. Our groomers, Amanda and Jessica will help your dog look their best with gentle handling in a low-stress environment. With our new loyalty program you will receive your 6th groom FREE, and every 6th groom after will be 50% off. No membership cards to keep track of and take up space in your wallet, or if you are like us – to lose. We automatically track all your visits, and you simply get a half off grooming appointment after your dog comes in five times. Schedule a grooming appointment with us online.