How To Find The Best Local Dog Groomer
It’s important to find a dog groomer you can trust to not only do a good job but to take good care of your dog. All dog groomers must abide by the Animal Welfare Act and are responsible for your dog while they are being groomed. At the moment the grooming industry is unregulated. However, there are still ways of determining whether a groomer is reputable. Here are some things you should think about before choosing a dog groomer.
If they have a website have a look to see if they have any reviews from customers. If not give them a ring and ask them if they can provide you with some.
One of the best ways to find a dog groomer is to get a recommendation from a friend or family member. If they have had a good experience and are happy with their groomer then this will make you feel more confident. Ask your friends with dogs if they know of a reliable dog groomer.
A groomer’s number one priority should be the welfare of the dogs they groom. They should take care when grooming and should not use any form of punishment. Ask the groomer a few questions about how their grooming techniques and equipment. If you can, go in to the grooming salon and watch how they interact with the dogs.
If you find a groomer who you think might be suitable, ask around to try and determine whether they have a good reputation in the local area.
When looking for a groomer you want someone who is going to cut your dog’s hair to a high standard. See if they have any before and after groom pictures on their website or Facebook page. Make sure you discuss the style of groom you want when you drop your dog off so that the groomer is aware of your expectations.
All dog groomers should have insurance, ask them whether they are insured and what type of insurance they have.
Training and qualifications
Although the grooming industry is unregulated, there are qualifications that groomers can take. For example, a well known qualification is City & Guilds level 2 and level 3 in dog grooming. Some dog groomers will have years of experience over a qualification. It’s up to you to decide whether you feel your groomer should have a taken a qualification or formal training.
Ask your vet
If in doubt, ask your vet for a recommendation. They will know about the reputable groomers in the local area.
Visit the salon/meet the groomer
If possible, visit the grooming salon in advance. This is good way to determine whether you are happy with a groomer or not. You can see how they behave around the dogs, what equipment they use and how the dogs respond to them.