Sometimes you need to call on the help and advice of an expert. Maybe your Poodle emerged from the undergrowth covered with Burdock burrs, or perhaps your Cocker Spaniel lay down against the skirting board which had just received its final coat of gloss paint. Or maybe you’re wary of trimming your dogs nails or making his ‘short back and sides’ a bit too short!
Whatever the reason there are professional groomers in Altamonte Springs available to help you and your pooch, you just need to find the right one.
Start by asking your dog owning friends. If you see a dog with particularly smart cut when you are out walking, ask the owner where they go. A good recommendation is the best way to find a really good groomer. Ask your vet if they can recommend a reputable groomer. Look online – type “pet grooming Altamonte Springs” or try one of the big directories such as yelp.com.
Once you think you have found a groomer you need to determine if they are the right person to groom your dog. Not all groomers are confident with all breeds and some may prefer not to work with nervous dogs. You can find out a lot from your potential groomer over the phone by asking a few pertinent questions:
How long have you been grooming?
What are your qualifications?*
What breeds do you see most of?
Are there any breeds you don’t groom?
How do you deal with difficult/nervous dogs?
Do you use cage dryers? If so, how often do you check on the dogs?
How much do you charge for a full grooming?
After your initial phone conversation with your potential groomer, if you’re still happy they’re the right groomer for you, arrange a time when you can visit. You need to be confident that they will care for your dog and his visit will be a positive experience so there are a few things to look out for:
Is the grooming salon clean and secure? You’ll have to accept that there is likely to be a fair amount of dog fur flying around, especially if more than one dog is being groomed at the same time. But the salon should look like it is regularly swept and kept as clean and tidy as possible.
If possible, watch the groomer working and see how they handle the dogs.
If your dog has any special requirements make sure the groomer is happy to accommodate them.
And lastly, listen to your gut! You know your dog best and you’ll know pretty quickly if the groomer and salon are right for him.