5 Things your Groomer Wants you to Know!
Your pet groomer is one of the most important people in your pet’s life. You may have tried the service of several groomers before settling on the best choice for you and your pet. Most pet professionals love animals and they have provided some great tips and secrets they want you to know!
Here are 5 important things to keep in mind the next time you visit your groomer!
- Start early Just as children get used to going to school, your pet must also get used to a visit to the groomer and being touched by someone they don’t know. To avoid a traumatic experience, start your pet early. If that is not possible, try an “introductory” meeting during the first visit. Your groomer can access the situation and determine what needs to be done at the next appointment and he or she will take notice of how your pet interacts with people in a new situation.
- Prepare your pet If your pet pulls away when his paws are touched, it may take some time to acclimate him to a groomer. Try relaxing with your pet and gently touching his paws. Try again if he pulls away until he is comfortable with your touch. Puppies and kittens will be more adaptable. However, it may take longer with an older pet or a new pet who is unused to being touched. Use a calm voice, and get down to your pet’s level, or allow your pet to sit at your level.
- Brush before If your pets hair is matted, try gently brushing her hair at home. She may feel more comfortable allowing you to work through the knots. If your pet’s fur is easily tangled, make sure to brush often. Your groomer cares about your pet’s feelings and wants to avoid prolonging the event if your pet is anxious.
- Share your concerns Groomers want to know about your concerns so they know what to address during the grooming process. Check around and meet several groomers before settling on one. Then, make it a point to be consistent and keep your groomer informed of any changes that may affect the grooming process.
- Groomers are not babysitters Make sure to pick up your pet at the time designated by the groomer. Your pet salon only has a certain number of spaces for grooming and they only schedule a certain number of employees to groom each day. It is not fair to the groomer -or to your pet, for that matter – to arrive later than your scheduled pick-up time.
Tips: It is appropriate to tip your groomer – typically 15-20% of the grooming fee!
As always, if you are unhappy with the groomer, speak up! Tell them specifically what went wrong during the visit and how they can fix it next time. They work with different animals and parents every day and each has their own specific wants and needs.