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Five things to ask potential groomers before you trust them with your dog

Five things to ask potential groomers before you trust them with your dog

Every pet owner knows that grooming is a very important part of keeping your dog healthy and its general well-being. That’s why finding a good dog groomer is crucial. And even though some people prefer to groom their own dogs, a skilled professional not only makes your dog look great, he or she also offers services that contribute to your dog’s care, like nail trimming, ear cleaning, and teeth cleaning.

However, it’s not that easy to find a good groomer, so your first steps should always be asking trusted friends and family for their recommendations and search online.

Then, when you’ve made a list of potential groomers, you should visit them and, ask them these five questions. The answers they give and the way they discuss your concerns can tell you a lot about the people with whom you are entrusting your precious pup.

1. May I see your facility?

How does it look? Is it clean, is it a well-ventilated salon? Does the groomer have a clean workstation, sturdy tables, and tubs, as well as pet-friendly products. Consider whether or not that is a place you’re comfortable leaving your dog.

2.  Are you or is your business an AKC S.A.F.E. Groomer/Salon?

Participation in AKC S.A.F.E. Grooming or other voluntary continuing education programs is a good sign that the groomer is committed to providing the best and safest services. An AKC S.A.F.E groomer or salon, for example, is committed to following the Safety Oath, using best practices in the health and safety of pets in their care.

3. What do you do in case of an emergency?

Some things are simply out of our control. An emergency can always happen, and that’s why you should find out if your groomer has an emergency or disaster plan in place for a fire, hurricane, tornado, or other emergencies. How will he or she communicate with you in event of an evacuation to let you know where your dog is located?

4. Do you carry liability insurance?

This is maybe the last thing we would think about asking, but knowing that your groomer has liability insurance can give you peace of mind that, if for any reason your dog is injured while under the groomer’s care, any medical expenses you incur as a result should be covered.

5. How much will my dog’s grooming cost? Are there hidden fees?

Of course, this probably isn’t your first concern, but it’s a question you want to ask up front to avoid a shock later on. The cost of a dog grooming can vary by dog size and coat type, as well as what services are included. A professional groomer will be able to quote you a rate once they assess your dog’s individual needs.