Choosing Groomers – What To Look Out For

good-1123013_960_720 Choosing the right groomer can be difficult. There are so many choices, not to mention majority of the salons have more than one groomer. How do you know which groomer is one that you can rely on?

I chose the wrong grooming salon once and it caused my shih tzu traumatic stress. He didn’t allow me to touch his ears for a very long time. I had to gain his trust and showed him that cleaning of ears can be therapeutic. After this experience, I learnt to ask around for recommended groomer.

Here’s some tips to choose the right groomer for you and your pet:

Reviews
Best is to read up reviews of the groomer/grooming salon. You may find reviews on the grooming salon’s website or their Facebook page. Reviews are not necessary 100% perfect as each individuals have different standards in finding a groomer. If majority of the reviews are good, you may give it a try and see if you and your pet are comfortable with the groomer/grooming salon.

The Way The Groomer Handle Your Pet
Handling and interacting with your pet tells a lot about the groomer. We’ve seen lots of abuse cases of groomers on Facebook from different countries, sometimes we do wonder if that happens to our own fur babies. That is when handling of pets from the groomers are important especially on seniors, puppies/kittens and special need pets. If you do passby a possible grooming salon, stay there for a while and observe how the groomer handles the pets that are there for a grooming session. If you choose a home groomer, you might want to be there on the first few grooming sessions and observe. Usually home groomers do have the time to interact with your pets for a few minutes to get to know them before they start the grooming session. Home groomers usually go by appointments, and if they do schedule a few minutes extra to bond with your pets, it’ll be a bonus point to look out for.

Open Concept
A open concept grooming salon would be the best choice. You get to see everything that’s going on during grooming session be it if its your pet or not. However, if your pet is the type that will get excited upon seeing you, you might want to hide somewhere instead. An active pet may hinder the grooming process and accident may happen. To avoid those, hide somewhere where your pet are unable to see you yet you’re able to observe the grooming session. Grooming salon that does not have an open concept, I would recommend you not to visit. Anything can happen behind close doors. And there might or might not be a CCTV to video down what’s going on during grooming.

Ask Questions
After making your decision on the grooming salon/home groomer, ask them questions. It’s alright to ask to clear your doubt. Here’s my list of questions that may help you decide better:

  • Certification – Check if the groomers are certified. Ask to see the certificates if they’re not display at the shop. Certified groomers have gone through a proper training and examinations compared to non-certified groomers. (Look out for upcoming blog post on groomer’s certificate.)
  • Experience – If the groomer only have the beginner certificate, it doesn’t matter. Ask the potential groomer about his/her experience or if they’ve groomed a senior or special needs if your pet(s) requires special attention.
  • Shampoo/Conditioner – Its OK to check which brand of shampoo and conditioner the groomer will be using. They will understand if your pet have sensitive skin or allergic to certain ingredients. Alternatively, you may let them know if you’re bringing your pet’s own shampoo and conditioner instead.
  • Sterilize of Tools – Sterilizing tools are important. You may check and ask how often the tools are sterilize and how it is done. Regular sterilizing of tools lessen the possibilities of spreading skin issues or infections.

Site Visits 
Visit the grooming salons that you are keen to give it a try. Cleanliness of the place is important. Especially pests free! My personal experience of working at a tick infested grooming shop aren’t pleasant. (You may read on my experience about it on a different blog post.) That’s why majority of the owners opt for home grooming instead. Unless you do mind the mess during the grooming session.

     Hope my tips may help you in finding the groomer both you and your pet are comfortable with. These are just my point of view in selecting potential groomer. If you have more suggestions, feel free to leave a comment and share with fellow readers.

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    Avoid The Misunderstanding

    pug-694802_960_720 Ever had the frustration where you groomer misunderstood the style or the fur length of your fur baby? Before you go all crazy about the misunderstanding, here’s what I have to say on behalf of most groomers. We may interpret your instructions differently. So before you write that bad review, maybe give the groomer or grooming salon another chance for redemption.

    Here’s my tip to avoid that misunderstanding and so far it works.

    Pictures – Do you have a picture of your pet’s last groom that you like? Show it to the groomer who will have a rough idea of what you’re looking for. Picture paints a thousand words. But do note that each groomer have their own style if you’re the type that have no fix groomer. He/she may add a little of her style to the picture you showed. Thus don’t be surprise if it looks a little different than the picture.

    Written Instructions – Don’t be surprise with written note/instructions. Instructions such as the exact/estimated fur length left would be helpful. This note comes in handy if a pet transporter is picking up your fur baby or your helper is bringing on your behalf. Although there might be a slight difference than what you expect, at least it’s not totally way off.

    Discuss with Your Groomer – Unsure what style or what’s suitable for your fur baby, maybe you can discuss with your groomer. They may be able to advise you after accessing your pet’s skin and coat condition. It’s also a good way for both you and the groomer to get to know each other better.

    Let The Creativity Flow – If you’re the type where it doesn’t matter what the style or fur length may be, you may opt to let your groomer decide it for you. Sometimes there’s a certain style the groomer would like to try, but most owners are reluctant thus they don’t have the opportunity to let their creative juices flow. Why not let your groomer try a new probably unique style for your pet? 

    Do give some feedback too after each session if possible. Small feedback such as keeping the fur shorter or longer the next round does mean alot to us. This means alot and groomers would greatly appreciate it.