Tips for Selecting a Dog Groomer

By Maria Sweeney, Owner at Vanity Fur

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Buddy the Husky at Vanity Fur

As a dog groomer in Greystones building and maintaining a reputation of quality is probably the most important aspect of ensuring I run a successful business. In a community like Greystones, word of mouth is the most valuable marketing tool money can’t buy, and in an industry as personal as dog grooming, trust and competence are essential factors in choosing who to leave your beloved pet with. If you are someone looking for a dog groomer in Greystones, or anywhere else in the country for that matter, here are some helpful tips on how to select the right groomer.

  • Transparency – a good dog groomer will have nothing to hide, so their grooming facility and everything that goes on there should either be visible on arrival, or available to take a look around should you request it
  • Cleanliness and safety – dog grooming is probably one of the dirtiest jobs out there, so we’re not talking the Ritz, but you should expect an adequate level of sanitation when you take your dog to the grooming salon. The premises should be clear of debris, have a clean bath and grooming table with proper supports and restraints, clean towels, fresh water supplied for your dog, and generally should feel like somewhere that you feel confident in leaving your pet.
  • Qualifications and professionalism – does the grooming salon have the groomer’s qualifications on clear display? As an unregulated industry, it’s important to ensure that your prospective groomer either has the right certification, or enough hands on experience working with someone who does to ensure your dog will not only be safe and well cared for, but that it comes home with a nice new ‘do!
  • Follow up recommendations – a dog groomer has the opportunity to spot any potential health issues with your pet that you may not have noticed. Lumps, cysts, sores, in-grown nails, possible infections, anal gland blockages, the presence of ticks  – these are all health issues your groomer should spot if they are present in your dog, and follow up information and recommendations to your vet should be provided by your groomer.
  •  Reputation – if you have not been directly recommended to your dog groomer by someone who has first hand experience with them, does your groomer have a set of happy of clients that they can show you testimonials from, or introduce you to to speak about their experience with the salon? Most reputable grooming salons will at the very least have an online presence  of some sort where you can view their work or comments from previous customers
  • Gut instinct – what sort of feeling do you get when you come into the salon and meet the groomer? How is that groomer with your dog? Are they professional and courteous to you, and kind to your dog? If you have any doubts, you are probably best to trust your instincts and look elsewhere – you are not obliged to leave your pet with someone you don’t trust.

These are just some of the things to look out for when selecting a dog groomer. We’d love to hear what is important to you when selecting the right groomer for your dog, and any positive or negative experiences you may have had.