What To Look for In a Dog Groomer

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Your dog’s coat is getting long and out of hand. It’s toenails need to be clipped also. It’s time for the Groomer. Here’s what to look for.
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Do Groomers Need To Be Licensed?

Right now, they don’t have to be. But there are state currently writing legislation that could change that. For now, Groomers need to be properly trained and supervised.
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How much Training Should a Groomer Receive, if any?

Groomers should get as much training as possible. Most salons will have their staff starting off as a bather and have them work their way up. Some salons also have internships and schools.
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Should Groomers be Part of an Organization?

Not everyone is a part of an organization. But to stay with trends and keep up with the latest technologies, a lot of salons and Groomers will join an organization for additional/ongoing training.
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Credentials

There should be a master groomer with an NDGA on staff. There are practical and written tests that need to be taken. Also, there are health and safety procedures that need to be adhered to as well as how to handle pestcides and more.
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Shots or No Shots

A Rabies shot is required by law for all shots. The remainder of the shots required by a Grooming Salon are dependent on them. Some all shots, others, not so many.
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Handling Aggressive or Fearful Dogs

Before bringing in your Dog, have a chat with the Groomer and explain your dogs behavior. An upbeat dog and owner, equals a great experience for a pet. If they are aggressive, the salon may not want to work on them.
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What if we want other services?

Other services like facials, don’t make much for a difference. It’s the owners preference in doing that. Plucking glands i.e. anal glands, could be impact and at times illegal to touch.
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Those Drying Cases. Are they safe?

Drying Cases are safe. The only issue with them is when someone is untrained and supervised.
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How do I know if my Dog Likes the Groomer?

It truly depends on the personality of the pet. Some are laid back, some don’t liked to be brushed. Others love being groomed. It’s a social time for the pet most of the time.
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Staying With Your Pet

If an owner wants to stay with their pet, it’s up to the salon. Sometimes, animals can act out and it takes longer to get things done.
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