What Questions Should I Ask a Dog Groomer?
You're used to spending time researching and finding the best dog food, treats, and toys for your dog as a dog owner. If you use dog walkers, daycare, or home borders, you've already invested time and effort in researching and selecting the proper people to trust. So, if you're looking for a dog groomer, you might be asking, "What questions should I ask a dog groomer?"
Many dog owners, in my experience, do not take the time to ask questions. While some of this may be due to a perceived paucity of groomers and long wait times for appointments, there is also a lack of awareness that the dog grooming industry is uncontrolled in some circumstances. However, like with any service, a few fast questions will not only ensure that you have chosen the correct dog groomer for you but will also enhance the likelihood that you will be satisfied with your dog groom.
While most dog groomers don't disclose all of this information online, I'd suggest starting with their social media channels and website to get a head start on some of the questions. You may then need to contact them by phone, text, or other means to ask any more questions. Consider prioritizing a few questions from the list below and contacting them through phone or text message.
Now is the moment to be even more specific with your inquiries. What are the dog groomer's working hours and days, and do they close at certain periods of the year? If you have a dog who needs grooming every 4-6 weeks, a groomer who closes for the holidays or the entire month may have an influence on your decision to hire them. Find out if your dog will be taken in at one time and worked with on a 1 to 1 basis or if there will be a group of dogs that they will work through during a longer time window when discussing the length of time it will take to groom your dog. You should also inquire as to whether they will be groomed by more than one member of the team or by more than one groomer. Any first conversation and drop-off should take place with the groomer who will be grooming your dog, so you can immediately communicate information about your dog. All dog groomers should inquire about your dog's likes, dislikes, health, and general history, and you should do so with the groomer. Of course, you'll want to chat about style!
Are they professional? When you initially make an appointment with a dog groomer, you should be given the option of scheduling a brief consultation. In reality, this happens at the start of your first groom, but don't be hesitant to ask if you and your dog may come in for a conversation as well. This will not only relieve any anxieties you may have about your dog getting groomed, but it will also allow you to inspect the premises/area and meet the dog groomer in person. This is when professional dog groomers, such as us, become irritated! There are dog groomers who do not have insurance, credentials, canine first aid certifications, or terms and conditions. You didn't realize these items existed for dog groomers, did you? Yes, they do, and if you trust them with your dog, scissors, and clippers, well, you get the idea! Check if rules on immunizations, especially kennel cough, are in place to safeguard your dog. If you discover that any of these professional fundamentals are missing, the pricing will very certainly reflect this.
What experience and knowledge do they have in grooming? This is your opportunity to inquire about the dog groomer's history and expertise with dogs. If your dog is apprehensive or has difficulty socializing, you should ask specific questions about how they might assist. What will they do if your furry friend exhibits indications of hostility or stress? What happens if they discover matting that differs from the style/cut you agreed on? Although it may come as no surprise, there is no official definition of dog grooming, so you'll want to double-check what's covered. Some groomers will wash three times, while others will wash twice. Some will use organic shampoo, while others will stick to a specific brand. Some will examine your nails, ears, and eyes. Others may demand a fee or refuse to provide services.Asking what happens during a dog groom will not only help you compare prices, but it will also allow you to modify to your dog's demands (for example, do they have allergies and require a certain type of shampoo?) You might also want to ask about and voice your thoughts on the following widely discussed topics when it comes to upfront pre-booking
.Hand-stripping or plucking dog ear hair vs. trimming of certain breeds/coats
Muzzles are used to dry cages.
Grooming with a twist (use of colours and nail painting)
This is also an opportunity to see what happens if a problem arises. What if the worst happens and your dog gets injured, scratched, or cut while being groomed? Will they make touch with your veterinarian and/or you?
A good dog groomer should be able to answer all of these questions and walk you through the process.
Are They The Right Dog Groomer For You? After reading the above, you should be in a good position to ask the proper questions and choose the proper dog groomer. Simply reading this article indicates that you are more equipped and equipped to make the best option possible. Remember that any reputable dog groomer will be completely prepared to answer these questions as well as have their own questions for you. They should make you feel at ease and, if necessary, provide you with an in-person consultation with your dog. Keep in mind that you're paying for a service and are likely to have a lasting bond with your dog groomer. Listen to your instincts... it'll lead you to the proper decision!!