Keeping appointments with your dog groomer has many advantages including but not limited to a visually appealing and great smelling pup. Not all appointments can be a great experience for your pup, so in an effort to help dog parents everywhere make the visit more manageable, here’s six things your dog groomer wants you to know:
- Prepare Fido before you go together to the dog groomer.
Preparation includes ensuring his teeth are brushed and his coat and nails are pleasant looking. Brushing Fido’s coat routinely ensures that tangles and knots are prevented, as this can cause unnecessary anxiety when the groomer removes it. It can also be an added headache to the groomer who will deal with issues regarding Fido’s fur at a later time. It will also be helpful to have a regular schedule with the groomer so further complications related to fur can be reduced and avoided.
- Bring a picture showing how you want Fido to look like after the grooming session.
Don’t be afraid to bring a picture and show it to your dog groomer. This way, you can be very specific of what you want for Fido’s looks. Most dog groomers will only be happy to oblige.
- Keep your anxiety in check, pet parents.
Yes, we treat our pups like they are our children so it’s only normal for us to feel a bit anxious when leaving Fido in a place where we can’t watch him all the time. As many pet parents know, dogs are very sensitive to their dog parents’ emotions so when they sense our anxiousness, our emotions can rub off to our pets and can be the cause of an unpleasant grooming experience for him while we are away. It can also impact the groomer negatively, who is there to keep Fido looking presentable.
- Be sure that your dog can manage a visit to the groomer.
Does your dog give you a tough time when it comes to bathing, brushing, and trimming his nails? If the answer is yes, most likely he will give the groomer a hard time, too. So before you take him to the groomer, be sure to check first that he can be taken to be groomed without him reacting negatively. The best way to make sure a trip to the groomer will be smooth is to train him to get used to being groomed from the get-go. This means that you should start getting him groomed the moment you bring him home as a new pup, so he can get used to the grooming experience while he’s young.
- Be considerate to the dog groomer.
Your dog groomer is surely working on a number of dogs with a variety of energy levels, personalities, shapes, and sizes – so be considerate and kind. Who knows little Fido may be his or her 20th “behaved” dog to groom for the day? So make sure you extend kindness and appreciation to your groomer!