Most pet parents have a certain amount of anxiety when searching for a loving, competent groomer for their beloved family pets. Here, we hope to provide you with some tips for finding the right groomer for you, and your furry friends!
Probably the best way to locate a competent professional is to ask family, friends or other professionals- such as a veterinarian, for a referral. But maybe you're new in town, or don't know anyone else who uses a pet care professional and you are on your own.
We find the the first question asked by a new client is, "What do you charge?", and second question is, "When can you do it?" While these may be important consideration, there are other questions you should consider asking when searching for that perfect someone to groom your beloved pets.
Here are some suggestions:
Don't be afraid to ask your groomer these questions or any other questions you may have. If they seem reluctant to answer your reasonable questions, keep looking! Look for a groomer in the same way you would look for other professionals...there will be good ones, and some not so good ones!
Did you know there are currently 3 organizations in the United States that certify pet groomer for competency and skill?They are National Dog Groomers Association of America, International Professional Groomer,inc and the International Society of Canine Cosmetologists. Groomers may be members of these organizations, or they may be certified members. If they are certified, this means they have undergone rigorous voluntary testing, both written and practical, in order to earn their certifications. The highest level of certification is the Master Groomer certification.
Members of the aforementioned organizations commit to adhering to a strict Code of Ethics, which includes among other things that they promise to treat you pet with the utmost care. If a groomer is a member of these organizations, you may contact these organizations if you have serious concerns about them.
While a groomer might be a perfectly fine groomer without membership in a grooming organization, membership assures that they are at least in contact with a group providing information about and access to continuing education, workshops, and certification opportunities.
Lastly, if you have any special concerns about your pet, make those concerns known to the groomer right away! Your pet may be elderly with issues such as arthritis, or your pet may be very young, and this may be puppy's first visit to the groomer, or your pet may have a behavior issue, and you want to know how the groomer feels about it. Engage them in conversation, and relate your concerns!
Compliments of Susanne Johnson , ICMG, CAH