Finding the Right Dog Groomer
The Price of a Pampered Pooch
The price of grooming can differ due to location, breed, what services are needed (e.g., heavy mat removal will cost more), and the style of the cut. A typical fee might be $35 for a shampoo, brush, and dry, whereas adding a cut might run $5 to $10 more. Coat problems will add more to the fee. In some areas there are groomers who will make house calls with a specially equipped van. These services typically run $10 to $15 higher than a salon fee.
The Trials and Trepidations of Grooming
Your dog will probably not take to grooming naturally. Fido needs to get used to the process, something you can do long before he needs a grooming. Begin by massaging your dog all over so he gets used to being touched all over his body. Next, introduce brushing, adding a few minutes each day, and reward him afterwards. A bath and brush at home will go a long way toward getting your dog to behave for the groomer.
Before the First Appointment
First, be sure your dog has been vaccinated for rabies, kennel cough, and other infectious diseases. Many groomers will require proof of current vaccinations before they will accept your dog as a client. Dogs that have been spayed or neutered are more likely to be calmer and more tolerant of the grooming. However, if your dog is anxious or fidgety, this can make grooming hard for both your dog and the groomer. You may need to take some time and work with a trainer to help calm your dog down before a groomer will accept him.
When you schedule the grooming, let the groomer know of any extraordinary requirements your pet may have. Alerting the groomer to health conditions, such as arthritis, or sensitive areas on your dog's body can help them prepare and be cautious. If your dog is too hyperactive, check with your vet--he may recommend a sedative. Some veterinary offices employ groomers who can then monitor your pet and provide medical attention should they notice anything wrong.
Lastly, when it comes time to bring Fido in, make your goodbyes short and sweet. As with leaving home, your dog may get stressed with a long, tearful departure. When he is done, you both will take pleasure in his shiny coat and sweet smell.
Source: Adapted from the Humane Society of the United States
The article originally appeared on DogTime.com.
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