Why choosing the right dog groomer for your new puppy is one of the most important dog care decisions you’ll ever make.
Let’s face it, we all love it when our dogs look great. Even more so, if we have a dog who requires grooming, and we’re going to spend a considerable amount of money on upkeep and maintenance of our furry friend, it wouldn’t be too much to ask that they look really super after a trip to the doggie spa would it?
As the owner of a popular dog grooming salon in that dog loving city, Charleston, South Carolina as well as having worked as a groomer in a number of shops over the years, seen much of the best and the worst of dog grooming. Here are some tips to help you find a dog groomer whom not only will your dog love visiting, but one who will keep your canine companion looking like she’s ready for Westminster come February.
What happens when you find a really great grooming shop for your new dog?
A good groomer will help reinforce great manners with your new puppy. Think about it, going to the grooming shop will mean your little Lily will have to undergo the following with good grace:
- Sitting still and having her coat brushed thoroughly (hopefully you’ll be practicing this at home as well).
- Having a bath and getting her ears cleaned.
- Getting her nails trimmed.
- Waiting for her turn for each step of the grooming process.
- Having her hair dried with a hair dryer.
- Mixing with other dogs and new people in a new (read good socialization) environment.
- Waiting patiently for you to come pick her up and take her home.
- Finding out that when she’s all finished, she’ll get a yummy treat and mom will ooh and aww over her cute new hairdo and her adorable pink polka dot ear bows.
Here’s what great dog grooming should feel like.
You can see in each dog’s expression that they have learned to enjoy the attention and care that a pleasant grooming experience brings. When I did a lot of grooming, it was always amazing to me how much some of my customers dogs learned to love having their coats trimmed and groomed. There was a little silver Toy Poodle called Henry, who used to get so relaxed as we were scissoring his coat that he’d almost go to sleep. If you asked him to lift a paw, he’d do it proudly, waiting happily for each “what a goooood boooooy you are!!”
Signs Of A Great Grooming Shop
Not only do I look for a spotless shop with welcoming faces behind the check-in counter, there are other signs I watch for to know I’ve found a place I want to put on my “doggie speed dial list”
- I love it when the shop girls remember me, remember my dog’s name. Great groomers love dogs and dogs sense it. There’s no fooling a dog, they read people effortlessly.
- Grooming shops have an atmosphere if you spend a moment, you can get a good feel for the staff the dogs in their care.
- Is there a cheerful friendly feel?
- A word about pricing. Dog grooming is hard work and great groomers don’t undercharge for their services. This isn’t an area to cut corners, expect to pay anywhere from $35 & up for grooming a small coated dog like a Cavachon.
- What’s the noise level? Grooming can be a bit noisy, but I don’t like to hear lots of dogs barking, raised voices, an unhappy feel will make me head for the door and make another choice before leaving my dog in someone else’s care.