At this time we don't have any groomers to list on our page. However, please read the information below to help you choose a groomer that is right for you.
When choosing a professional groomer for your pet there are a few key things you might want to consider. You are trusting someone with the safety and well being of your dog, so first and foremost you should look into how the dogs are housed while they are in the groomer’s care, and what kind of safety measures are in place so the dogs will not potentially get loose. Because there is often more than one person working in a shop, it’s possible for someone to be entering or exiting at the same time a dog is being let out of a kennel, allowing for the possibility of the dog getting loose. There have been instances of dogs escaping grooming shops when the proper security measures are not in place. A good rule of thumb for all shops is the have the grooming area located behind a second door, in addition to the door that opens to the street.. Keeping visiting pets behind two sets of doors insures that they will not accidentally escape if they somehow get loose in the shop.
Cleanliness is also a consideration. Although there may be some odor in a grooming shop simply because of the number of animals in the building, a grooming shop should be kept clean and orderly. As the consumer, you should be able to make an appointment to tour the shop before making an appointment to leave your pet. Don’t be surprised to see pet hair on the ground if your tour is during business hours, but dirty kennels, strong smells, and other signs of unsanitary conditions are potential red flags. Animal husbandry skills, attention to detail, skill level, and artistry are all qualities that are desirable in a pet grooming professional. The best way to evaluate a groomer’s skill level and artistry is to have a look at the dogs they groom. As with locating a hairstylist for yourself, you should arrange to pop by a potential groom shop to see if you like the quality of the grooming as people exit the shop with their finished dogs. Ask for recommendations from friends or family and if you see someone with a well groomed dog, find out where they go.
When evaluating animal husbandry skills, you will look for someone who seems to have a good rapport with the pets they work with. There are pets who require muzzling in order to be groomed safely, but when you walk into a shop where many or most of the dogs are muzzled, you should wonder about the grooming staffs ability to handle dogs. Look for a groomer who can establish a rapport with the animals they work with, and when you find someone that works well with your dog, try to stick with them.
And finally, be prepared to pay for the service you wish to receive. Grooming is physically demanding, difficult work, and good grooming takes time and talent. If you shop for bargain basement prices, you will probably get bargain basement work, so take this into consideration when you make your decision about grooming. Dog grooming is a largely unregulated industry, and there are people with great talent as well as those who know practically nothing working in the field. (This very helpful information graciously provided by Kim Rinehardt of Ain't Misbehavin' K9)