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Choosing The Right Dog Groomer For Your Pooch

Gracie is the newest graduate of our Puppy Groom Package, and was a star for her first full body haircut!

Gracie is the newest graduate of our Puppy Groom Package, and was a star for her first full body haircut!

You may need to find a good dog groomer if your pooch is beginning to look just a little too shaggy. However, you will need to do some research and find a good dog grooming establishment that you feel you can trust, as you will be leaving your dog in their care for a few hours while the groomer goes to work with clippers and shears. 

Why You Should Hire A Professional Groomer Instead of DIY

Your comfort level in handling the task of grooming your dog yourself will play a big part in determining whether you need to use the services of a groomer, as well as the type of dog you have. It is fairly easy to carry out basic brushing, combing, and bathing as well as trim your dog's nails and clean his ears yourself. You will have to have plenty of patience as well as the time in which to carry out your grooming, and of course, you will need to buy some basic tools, such as a brush for removing tangles, and clippers. 

Many dogs won't sit still for dog grooming, so having a second person around to help can be useful too. And you can probably still groom your dog even if he is one of those long-haired breeds or he has a thick coat that becomes matted easily. However, you may need to hire a professional dog groomer if you just don't have the time or patience, or your dog needs more complex procedures, such as a haircut or his fur. Your dog may fear the grooming process if you don't do the job properly, and it's also easy to accidentally hurt him if you aren't comfortable with the task.

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Choosing a Dog Groomer

Your vet probably knows some reputable local dog groomers, and you can also ask your dog trainer to recommend someone, or of course check with any friends or family who own a dog and perhaps use a groomer regularly.

Narrow Down Your List

Your local Better Business Bureau is a good resource to find out who you should work with. The BBB will be able to advise you if any of the dog groomers on your list have had any complaints brought against them. Of course, the Internet has also become a useful tool, and before deciding on a dog groomer, you may want to look at reviews and comments about local grooming companies from customers.

Call the dog groomer once you feel you have identified one that you would like to use. Most puppy grooming companies don't mind giving you a brief tour of their facility, and that's also a good opportunity to ask any questions you have, as well as asking to see references from existing customers and the grooming facility's medical and vaccination records for each of their four-legged customers. 

Ask about breaks for play and to use the bathroom, the qualifications of the staff, and whether pets are sitting under a hot blow-dryer are regularly monitored. And check out the facility too; whether it seems clean, efficiently run, well organized, and whether the cages allow your dog enough room. In short, is it somewhere you feel comfortable taking your dog?

Port Coquitlam Dog Grooming

Good Dog Ranch & Spa
331 Laurier Ave, Port Coquitlam BC V3E 3G1
(604) 726-5666
http://www.gooddog.ca

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All You Need To Know About Dog Grooming

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Dog grooming can be more complicated than we initially expect. For example, some dogs can get snappy and will often bite their groomers when they are being groomed. For example, grooming a dog goes beyond merely brushing hair and grooming nails, it requires understanding some of these tendencies (like biting) and handling them appropriately. Below, we take a closer look at all the things you will need to groom your dog.

Yes, dogs tend to be irritated of the possibility of being groomed. Therefore, the first step to help you groom a dog is to understand how dogs think and operate. This will allow you to groom your dog without triggering anxiety and fears that may be expected thanks to being hurt before by a groomer who perhaps brushed too hard or cut nails too low. Consequently, the pup will bite to let you know he/she has a history with poor groomers.

STEP 1: Find A Spot

Some spots are better for grooming than others. The best spot in the home for grooming your dog is one that allows your pup to get distracted while you groom him or her. For example, perhaps you could choose a spot by a window that allows the pup to look outdoors or maybe a spot facing the TV for pups who love television.

STEP 2: Bathroom Break

Before grooming your pup, make sure he/she has a bathroom break and some light exercise. A quick walk outdoors and the opportunity to have your pup do its business will help to release some anxiety and tension so that your pup can relax more during the grooming session. 

STEP 3: Be Mindful

As you groom a dog, that dog will respond to your every action. Your pup is no different. As such, as you groom your dog, be sure to pay attention to how he is behaving throughout the process. These behaviors will serve as cues. Also, be sure to give your pup praises and treats whenever he is behaving well during the grooming session to encourage that kind of behavior. 

STEP 4: Have A Conversation

Actively engaging with your pup while you groom him or she will help to promote positive responses throughout the dog grooming session. While your pup may not be able to respond in the way a human can, your pup will respond positively to encouraging and happy tones in your voice. Therefore, speak to your pup in a happy, calm, and positive tone, using plenty of praise. 

STEP 5: Have Fun

Of course, dogs love to play. As such, your dog grooming session should be injected with as much fun as is possible. The more fun you make the entire process, the more relaxed your pup is likely to be during grooming.  

BONUS TIP: Take Frequent Breaks

Be sure to keep grooming sessions short when just starting out so that your puppy can become acclimatized to the process. Additionally, be sure to add frequent enough breaks so that your pup can go outside and stretch its legs. This is particularly important when the pup is younger and have a shorter attention span in addition to just getting used to being groomed. Sooner, rather than later, your pup will be able to enjoy an entire pet grooming session in one go.

Port Coquitlam Dog Grooming

Good Dog Ranch & Spa
331 Laurier Ave, Port Coquitlam BC V3E 3G1
(604) 726-5666

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