What to Look For in a Dog Groomer

When it is time for your dog to get groomed, not everyone chooses to do it at home. A lot of people prefer taking their pets to a professional groomer for detailed grooming. But do you know what you should look for in a dog groomer? There are certain qualities that take precedence.

Here is what you need to look for in a dog groomer:

Are they experienced?

If the pet groomer is experienced chances are your dog will feel more comfortable with them. An experienced and professional dog groomer will know how to handle dogs of different breeds. They will also know how to deal with different temperaments, health issues and general behavior. Ideally your pet should feel comfortable with the groomer. If they are not, they will exhibit either fear or anger. A professional dog groomer will be friendly and put your pet at ease.

Is the atmosphere hygienic?

Hygiene is extremely important. Check if the pet groomer has a nice clean place devoid of odors and dust. Is it properly ventilated? Professional and certified dog groomers have knowledge and experience. They are also aware of the safety procedures that include health and hygiene practices.

Quality products:

When you choose a certain pet groomer, you can ask and see what kind of products they use. The wrong product can be harmful for your dog’s safety and health. Ask to see what kind of shampoos, trimmers, and tools they use. If your dog has allergies it is even more important to check the products and ask if they can use hypoallergenic or medicated shampoos.


If this is the first time you are taking your dog to the groomer, make sure you both are on the same page when it comes to the cost. You can ask about package deals and what those packages include so there are no surprises at the end of the day. Some groomers charge separately for different services so its better to ask beforehand to avoid additional unexpected charges.


Ask around and see if someone from your family or friends circle can recommend a dog groomer. If they have good and sound experience with a professional groomer, they will be more than happy to recommend someone or make suggestions. As a pet owner, your dog’s safety is important to you; referrals and recommendations are always better, especially for new pet owners.

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