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Pet Groomers

The Good

The following are points to watch for when youíre looking for a reliable groomer:

  • Make sure they ask if your pet has any allergies, or if theyíre sensitive on any parts of their body.
  • Take your dog to a salon where you can actually see the area where the pets are groomed. It should include a large open area and windows for viewing; nothing should be done behind closed doors.
  • Choose a grooming salon that has a supervised drying area. Your pet should never be left unattended because this is where injuries are most likely to occur.
  • A good groomer, just like a great hairdresser, always keeps up with current styles, and is trained in all breeds and mixed-breeds.

The Bad

Avoid groomers that exhibit the following characteristics:

  • You take a look around the salon and see that itís not neat and clean.
  • Head to the door if the groomer doesnít seem to be listening to you and ignores your instructions on how you want your pet to look.
  • Avoid any grooming salon that seems to have an assembly line feel to it.

While the grooming salon is an ideal resource for keeping your pet looking neat and clean there are a couple of things you can do to maintain your petís appearance on your own:

  • Give him a daily brush. Smaller dogs have silky hair that can get easily tangled so itís a must to brush them frequently. Brush the whole body, not just the top. The biggest plus to giving your pet a regular brush is it distributes the oils evenly and produces a shiny coat.
  • Use a self-service doggie wash so you donít end up spending hours cleaning up your bathroom, and remember, brushing is better than bathing. Too much bathing can dry out an animalís skin.
  • Nail trimming can be a piece of cake if youíre patient. Cut just a little bit at a time, and reward your pet after each groom and trim.

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3:57PM PDT on May 22, 2013


2:39AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Very comprehensive article. I started doing my own grooming when my Afghan Hound came back from the salon with a silly silk bow in her hair. Not our style! And I agree with Elsa G. I too would never let someone else train my dogs. The training is usually more for the owner than the dog, plus it's fun, a great way to hang out with like-minded dog-lovers, and a good bonding experience for you and your dog.

2:25AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

We do need reminder of this type

11:22AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

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3:41PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

thank you

3:00AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Good advices, some really useful.

9:48PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Great ideas. Thanks.

3:03PM PST on Jan 9, 2013


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