Choosing a salon or groomer for your pet is an important and often anxiety provoking decision. As pet owners ourselves, who love dogs so much we made careers out of it, we understand! Here are some tips to help you navigate the many options and choose what is best for you and your furry friends.
Ask trusted people for recommendations. This is probably the best way to choose a provider and is how we get the majority of our clients. If someone you know and trust has confidence in a salon or groomer, chances are good you will too!
Call or stop in and have a conversation. You can usually get a good idea if you mesh well by having a discussion..however, keep in mind that groomers are typically very busy with appointments and may not have time for a lengthy chat immediately..but they can call you back during downtime to give you their undivided attention.
Check out their website and browse pictures of grooms and read up on the salon and groomers working there.
Find out what services are offered, how they book appointments and also the typical grooming hours/days to make certain that they can accommodate your needs. Keep in mind that without seeing and examining your pet in person a groomer can not give you an accurate quote. Many factors go into determining price.
Ask about the staff’s experience and whether or not they participate in continuing education. Grooming is not licensed in most states at this time.
Inquire about the plans they have prepared in case of emergency, both individually for each pet and also in the event of fire, flood etc.
If your pet has special needs such as physical limitations, or aggression issues etc., ask which groomer on staff might work best with them.
Lastly, go with your gut and trust your intuition. Hard facts are not the only important factors.
If you follow these guidelines you and your pup should be well on your way to a beautiful rewarding future!