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Grooming is a necessary part of maintaining your dogs’ health and well-being. Apart from looking good and smelling fresh, grooming helps to prevent skin conditions such as fleas and irritations, as well as promoting good blood circulation.
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The cost of dog grooming depends on a number of factors. These include;
- The size of your dog
- Their coat type
- The condition of their coat
- Their temperament, and
- Whether or not they have been groomed before
Your dog groomer should be able to offer advice on a range of grooming options, as well as which is best for your dog.
There are a number of things to consider when choosing the perfect dog groomer;
- Training: Believe it or not, while formal City & Guilds qualifications do exist, dog groomers don’t need them. Many groomers prefer to complete training courses held by other groomers instead.
- Experience: It’s important to understand how much experience a dog groomer has. How long have they been a dog groomer? And do they have experience in grooming your specific breed of dog? Do they have the experience and temperament to cope with nervous or anxious dogs?
- The Grooming Facility: Is your groomer’s salon well-equipped? Is it clean and tidy? Is it well-ventilated and air-conditioned?
- First Aid Training: A dog groomer should be trained in canine first aid and have first aid kits within easy reach. They should also ask about your dog’s health and whether they have any skin conditions, allergies or other problems like arthritis. This will dictate how they work with your dog while grooming them.
- Public Liability Insurance: Your dog groomer should have public liability insurance. While accidents are rare, if they happen and your dog is injured, you want to know that your groomer has insurance to pay for their treatment.
- Staying to Watch: It isn’t unreasonable to ask your groomer to stay and watch them groom your dog. Especially if it’s your dog’s first time.
- Housing & Mixing Dogs: When leaving your dog with someone else, their safety is your main concern. While they’re not on the grooming table, they should be kept in a clean crate or secure play area. Many dogs don’t like being groomed so their temperaments can change. As such, dogs from different families should ideally be separated.
- Additional Services: Some dog groomers offer additional services including, teeth cleaning, facials and nail painting for n additional cost. All groomers should provide a health check as part of the groom which can help identify parasites, lumps and bumps, skin infections or irritations and feet issues.
- Hidden Fees: Ask your dog groomer about any hidden fees. They should be transparent about how much your dog’s groom will cost before they start. Also, if you cancel at short notice, groomers can struggle to fill that spot which means they don’t get paid. Expect to pay a cancellation fee if you cancel at short notice.
This very much depends on your dog’s coat type and lifestyle;
- Smooth and short-coated dogs like French Bulldogs, Dalmatians, and Pugs should be groomed every 8-12 weeks.
- Long and silky-coated dogs like Afghan Hounds, Springer Spaniels and Yorkshire Terriers should be groomed every 6-8 weeks.
- Double-coated breeds like German Shepherds, Huskies and Golden Retrievers should be groomed every 8-12 weeks.
- Curly-coated breeds like Cockerpoos, Bichon Frise and Poodles should be groomed every 4-6 weeks.
- Wire-haired dogs like Border Terriers, Schnauzers and Airedale Terriers need grooming every 8-16 weeks.
Dogs that walk on pavements and live a ‘clean’ lifestyle, don’t need grooming as often as dogs that like to swim and run around in muddy fields.
Your groomer should be able to tell you how often your dog will need grooming.
This happens most with Cockerpoos and other curly-haired mixed breeds.
Unlike other breeds whose fur moults and falls out, curly mixed coats moult and get tangled up in the rest of their coat. This causes matting that builds up and gets tighter which can cause discomfort and even pain. Even if they don’t show it.
If your dog groomer finds heavily matted areas, the kindest thing to do is clip them out. Your dog will feel much better for it.
Your groomer should discuss this with you first.