Echo had his first real grooming experience this last Tuesday (he got to go to the grooming salon at The Puppy Pantry for a spa bath and undercoat brush out rather than me just bathing him myself) and he wanted to share some tips with our readers about getting your dog (or cat) groomed.
1. Brush your dog between grooms
Many owners neglect to brush their dog between grooms and their dog becomes matted. Best case scenario, the groomer can brush these mats out but it will be painful for the dog. Typically mats have to be cut out or shaved off. If you aren’t wanting your dog to be shaved, then you need to brush your dog. However, if your dog is matted and the groomer does have to shave the dog, it is not the groomer’s fault. If they are not removed, mats will continue to grow and become more tangled and more painful for your dog. The best way to avoid this situation is to brush your dog on a regular basis between grooms.
2. Talk with your dog’s groomer about what services you want done
This one might seem like common sense, but you would be surprised at the amount of people who drop their dog off for a groom and don’t clearly communicate what they want. A groomer is not a mind reader. If you don’t want your dog’s hair cut short or shaved, then you need to communicate that. Typically if you are taking your dog for a groom and you do not say you don’t want anything cut or shaved off but you asked for a full groom, the groomer is going to assume that you want your dog trimmed or shaved. A full groom typically includes a full body trim or shave, as well as a bath and blow out. A double coated dog like Echo does not need to be shaved or trimmed. He just needs undercoat removal and a really good cleaning, however lots of owners still ask their groomers to trim or shave their double coated dogs. (See my other post about why this is a bad idea.) Many owners also believe that their dog needs their anal glands expressed at every groom, however this is not true. Expressing their anal glands too much will cause irritation, so they should only be expressed when necessary. The groomers at The Puppy Pantry will check to see if your dog needs their anal glands expressed and will only do it if they need it. It is also important to express them when they do need it because many small dogs have trouble expressing them naturally. If left unexpressed, the anal glands can become compacted, which can be painful for the dog.
3. Let your dog’s groomer know about any behavioral issues or special needs your pet might have
Some pets get anxious in crates or are afraid of loud noises like blow dryers. Some dogs panic when having their nails trimmed. It is always a good idea to discuss these things with your groomer. If you know your pet have a certain fear or behavior issue, let the groomer know ahead of time so that they can be prepared and make it a better experience for your pet. If your dog has any special needs, such as bad joints or a seizure disorder like Gracie, let your groomer know about those ahead of time so that they can take extra precautions to ensure that it is a great visit for your pet.
4. Take your dog out to use the bathroom and do not feed them before bringing them in for a groom
Most likely your dog will be at the groomer for several hours, if not longer. If you feed your dog right before taking them to get groomed or you do not take them out to bathroom beforehand, your dog is likely to have an accident either on the grooming table or in the crate. This can be stressful not only for the groomer, but also for a dog who knows not to go the bathroom inside.
5. Start exposing your dog to grooming at an early age
Your puppy can start being groomed after they have all their vaccinations. It is best to start exposing them to grooming while they are young so that they can get used to it. By having your puppy groomed, you can save him (and his groomer!) a lot of stress in the future.
Echo had a great experience being groomed at The Puppy Pantry. The Puppy Pantry has three wonderful and experienced groomers- Kelly, Cassie, and Christy. Not only do they do an exceptional job grooming, the dogs love them. Every time I’ve seen a regular grooming client come in the store, the dogs are always excited to see their groomer. They take extra care to make sure the grooming experience is enjoyable and as stress free as possible for the dogs. Finding a good groomer that your dog loves can be difficult, but I believe that all the groomers at The Puppy Pantry are a good choice. I would take my two to any of the three groomers.
To learn more about The Puppy Pantry and how to book an appointment, visit their website here.
Thanks for reading,
Katie, Gracie, and Echo
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