Not only does your groomer help to keep your dog clean and looking presentable, but he or she can help you to catch health problems before they have time to progress. Having a positive relationship with your groomer is not only beneficial to you, but to your dog as well. Follow these tips to cultivate a good relationship with your dog groomer.
Be Open and Honest
The grooming process can sometimes be stressful for dogs, so it is important that you give the groomer as much information as you can upfront to prevent a potential problem. Start by telling the groomer the basics about your dog, including his name and age. You should also be sure to give the groomer a good idea of what you are looking for. Does your dog just need a bath, or does he need a trim as well? If your dog needs a trim, what kind of look are you going for? The more information you can give to the dog groomer, the more likely you are to be satisfied with the results and the more your groomer can put your dog at ease.
Alert the groomer to any health problems your dog has, especially if it is likely to become an issue during the grooming process. Finally, always make sure you give your dog a chance to relieve himself before you take him inside, so that he does not have an accident on the table (or in the groomer's lap).
Tips for Grooming Etiquette
Always speak up about any problem that arises during or after a grooming session. If you are unhappy with the way the groomer trimmed your dog's hair, be honest about it and see if you can schedule another appointment to repair it. Being honest does not mean that you can be rude – in many cases, a bad haircut results from a failure of the pet parent to provide the groomer with adequate instruction. If you like your dog's fur trimmed a certain way, do not expect the groomer to be able to read your mind – explain exactly how you would like it done.
If you are unsatisfied with your experience at a certain groomer, do not feel like you have to keep going back. Finding a good groomer is not always easy, so you may have to try a few before you find one that gets your dog's fur right. If, on the other hand, you are pleased with the experience, then 'remember to let your groomer know. While a tip is not required, it is always appreciated. The customary tip for a groomer is about 15% to 20% of the total cost. If you cannot afford a tip, make sure to thank the groomer for a job well done.
Whether you take your dog to the groomer twice a year or twice a month, it is important that you cultivate a good relationship with the person caring for your dog. Give your groomer as much information as possible about your dog's personality and quirks, and the way you would like your dog groomed to make their job easier. The more your groomer knows about your dog, the better they will be able to provide a good grooming experience for both you and your canine companion.
Content reviewed by a veterinarian.