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Grooming Etiquette & Protocol

By February 23, 2016Wags Pets Grooming Blog

A pet needs a regular groom to feel their best and remain in healthy and happy spirits. Not every pet owner has the skill, time or expertise to deal with shaggy coats, long dirty nails, teeth covered in plaque or waxy ears! It takes time, care and experience to attack these everyday pet grooming missions. The question then becomes, which pet groomer can you trust to do a great job with your furry friend?
The answer to this question is based on the pet groomer’s etiquette and grooming protocols. How do they treat the pets that have come in for a groom? What rules do they abide by to ensure the pet’s comfortable and the job is done right?
A good place to start is references. Check what others have said about the pet grooming business in question. Were they satisfied? What experience did they have? Next ask them some questions directly. Such as, what business practices they have in place to keep your pet more safe and comfortable? For example, Wags Pets pet groomers will groom the cats separately in the morning, before the dogs come in, to keep them separated thus avoiding any conflicts that could stress the animals out and create a dangerous grooming environment.
The grooming facility in question should be clean, inviting and well lit. Take a look at the animals being groomed at the time, they should look reasonably comfortable and happy, though not many dogs and certainly not cats like to go get groomed and snipped. If everything looks ok, it is time to book in your appointment and give them a go. It is best to provide any pertinent details about your pet to the pet groomers before getting started so they can best deal with them. For example, does your pet have any special aversions or is allergic to any products? Do they have any behavioral issues the groomers should know about? Once the groom is over you should be able to get a good idea of how it went by your pet’s general disposition. Our dog is usually very excited and happy, seemingly quite proud of her new look, this always reassures us that we made the right choice with our groomer over at Wags Pets in Auckland.

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