Maybe you’ve just gotten your first pet, or you might be a veteran dog or cat owner, but you’re not sure how to go about finding the best person to work with your furry family member. A lot of pet owners are intimidated by the grooming process and don’t know where to start so they just go to a corporate salon or the first recommendation they get from their Aunt Sue. But for many pet owners they either settle for a less than great result with the first groomer they find, or they end up groomer hopping, hoping they’ll eventually find a good match.m
It’s important to do your research before you make an appointment with any groomer because, believe it or not, the grooming industry in Canada is currently unregulated. Anyone can pick up a pair of scissors and open their own salon – and that can be very dangerous. Professional groomers are trained, not only in aesthetics, but in animal physiology, breed and species specific health issues, and safe handling techniques. All of this knowledge and experience comes together to create a higher-quality groom and a safer, less stressful experience for your pet.
So, how do you go about finding your Cinderella groomer?
Facebook is always a great starting point when you’re searching for a professional groomer. I recommend starting on a local breed-specific Facebook group. Not all groomers are great with all types of dogs or cats so one might stand out from the pack when it comes to different coat types or temperaments.
Ask the Professionals
Your local animal rescue, veterinarian, trainer, kennel, cattery, or pet store is filled with knowledgeable professionals who have their ear to the ground. They will more than likely be able to point you toward a groomer that will treat your pet well and make them look their best. This is a particularly useful resource if your pet has health or behavioural issues.
Stuck between a few different choices? Give them a call or send them an email! You’ll want to ask questions such as:
- Where did they train?
- Are they certified by a third party?
- Do they have any professional affiliations?
- How many years of experience do they have as a groomer?
- Do they have a particular breed they love to groom above any others?
- What kind of grooming regimen would they recommend for your pet?
- What kind of grooming setup do they have? (is it free roam or are the pets kenneled, is it quiet or does it get loud?)
- How long would the groom take approximately?
- Do they work on your pet 1-on-1 or do they work on multiple pets at a time?
When talking with them look for passion and excitement as well as educated answers. The majority of pet groomers are in this business because they love working with animals and this will shine through when you find the right one for you.
Don’t roll the dice when it comes to your groomer. A little bit of recon can go a long way for you and your pet!