The Differences – Salon, Mobile & Home

grooming-1018977_960_720 In Singapore, there are 3 different types of grooming services offered. Grooming Salon, Mobile Grooming and Home Grooming. At least that’s what I know.

Let me give you a rough idea of what each of them offers.

Grooming Salon

Located almost island wide with different brand names. They can be located in shopping malls and neighbourhood places. Salons usually comes with retail sections so you get to shop for your pet’s needs while they get their grooming done.

Each salon have more than one groomer. Some do have assistant groomers to assist in basic grooming or showers. So don’t be surprised if someone other than the groomer is handling your pet.

Transportation are usually in-house. So if you require pet transport, there might be additional cost that you need to fork out. If you do have special instructions in regards to your pet(s), do let the pet transporter know so that they may pass the message to the groomer. Alternatively, you may request the groomer to give you a call before they groom your pet.

Salons comes with all the necessary equipment. Additional service such as different spa equipment are available too. As they have more groomers, they are able to take in more appointments or accept walk-ins on non busy days or if they are able to handle.

Home Grooming

It is also known as house-call. Home groomers does not own any shop, their appointments consist of traveling to many different places. Occasionally, they may travel from East to West and back again. Depending on their schedules, appointments can be limited. Thus, it is recommended to make an appointment early to avoid disappointment. Usually their appointments are pre-booked in advance. If you have a home groomer in mind and hoping to try out their service, book them in advance!

They may not offer much spa compared to salon due to the machines being big and bulky. Some spa requires a bath tub which is unsuitable for home grooming service. However, they may have other optional add on services that you might want to try. Such as mud spa, coat treatment etc. Speak to your home groomer and see what add on services they do offer that you might be keen to try and pamper your pet once in a while.

Home groomers literally bring the “salon” to you at the comfort of your very home. They may lug a heavy grooming table together with all the necessary equipment that they may need. Although I do know of some home groomers that doesn’t bring the grooming table, but that’s OK. You may provide a normal table or if your pet allows, the grooming can be on the floor. There’s always a solution or alternative to a problem.

Home grooming can be expensive. The fees may or may not include the transportation cost. It also have to depend if your groomer drives or take the public transport. After all it doesn’t matter how your groomer gets to your place, traveling takes up time where they can use it to groom another pet. Additional cost for transportation is inevitable for home grooming.

Mobile Grooming

I do know there are mobile groomers in the USA. But it’s definitely my first to come across one while surfing Facebook. Mobile Grooming in Singapore is different from the ones in the US.

Here we don’t have big vehicle like the one in the US where it can be transformed into a grooming salon. Thus it depends on how your mobile groomer does the work.

Mobile grooming literally means your pet gets its grooming done in the vehicle instead of a salon or your home. The groomer will drive over and park at a convenient place for grooming. For example, car park. All grooming procedures will be done within the vehicle. You need not worry about the mess during grooming or being cage up either.

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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.