Dog Groomer FAQs

Mobile GroomingBelow are a list of questions you might want to ask a dog groomer before hiring him or her to groom your dog. By getting answers to the questions below, you can make a more educated decision about whether a particular dog groomer will be able to groom your dog to your wishes. It’s also very important to know the background of your dog’s groomer, and asking some of the questions below will help you make a decision on whether you should have your dog groomed by the service or another.

1.) How long have you been grooming dogs, and where were you trained?

You’ll want to hire an expert dog groomer, especially if the groomer will be trimming your dog’s fur. If the dog groomer works for a chain store or a franchise, it’s likely he or she has been trained by the store or has had a credential check to ensure proper training.

If you are looking to hire a private dog groomer, it wouldn’t be wrong to ask the groomer where he or she was trained. If you have any doubts at all, you should consider contacting the school or program.

2.) Can I see some photos of dogs you’ve groomed?

You know the saying – “a picture is worth 1,000 words.” If you are getting your dog’s fur cut or having special treatments done, it’s appropriate to ask for photographs of other clients. If you ask for a lion cut for your Portie, you don’t want your dog groomer to be stumped!

3.) Do you have a city license and/or insurance?

Some cities and counties require professional dog groomers to be licensed and/or bonded. As a dog owner, you should check with your local authorities to see if there are any special regulations for dog groomers in your area, and if there are regulations, make sure your groomer meets them. You wouldn’t go to an unlicensed hair salon, would you?

4.) Do you do mobile grooming?

Many dog groomers can come to your house or place of business and groom your dog right in the comfort of your home. This requires special equipment, so you should check with your groomer to see if this is offered. If it is offered, see what the price difference is between mobile dog grooming and grooming in a dog spa or other business, as the convenience may come at a higher price.

5.) What grooming services do you offer?

Dog groomers offer a wide variety of services, from shampoos, hair cuts, nail clippings, hair coloring, anal glad expressing, brushing, de-shedding, ear cleaning, toothbrushing…etc. You should ask your dog groomer what services are provided before you sign your dog up. Make sure you’re getting the most for your money.

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