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Question Choosing a groomer

In preparation for getting a poodle I am doing some research on nearby groomers (getting recommendations etc.).

I was hoping the people in this forum could provide me with some ideas as to what I should look for when choosing a groomer.

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Best results are finding somebody walking a poodle that you admire the groom on their dog. Ask them who their groomer is. Failing that, contact the various grooming registries such as National Dog Grooming Association or IPG to see a list of groomers in your area certified (tested before a board of their peers).

If there are no certified groomers near you, at least ask possible groomers for pictures of their poodle clients, how long the groomer will have your dog in their shop, if they are hand-dried. I do one dog at a time in my shop - less stress on the dog and me. How often the groomer wants the dog to return - I only do poodles on a 3 week schedule. Any longer than that and the poodles look scruffy. Don't want scruffy looking poodles in the public with my grooming name on them. I do 70 standard poodles in my client base and virtually all of them have come from client referrals. Never paid a penny for advertising. Word of mouth is the best way to find a good groomer (for any dog).
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I think there are 2 issues that need to be evaluated: (1) How does the dog look when the groomer sends him home? (2) Is the dog handled properly throughout the grooming process? IMO, it is not hard to evaluate whether the dog looks nice, but it is very hard to evaluate how the dog is handled. This is one of those times I wish that the dog could talk to me and tell me what happened.

Do some of you have ideas about how to evaluate kindness and gentleness?
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I work from my home and clients are welcome to stay but I know that option is not available to everybody. Most groomers don't want the owners around because sometimes the dog will act up when Mommy is around. Though I haven't found that to be the case if Mommy just sits in a chair and doesn't say anything to the dog. There is no real way of seeing how the dog is treated in the shop, unfortunately. Most dogs do not like the bathing/grooming process, but it's something they have to learn to "tolerate", so don't take the dog's reaction at the groomer's doorstep as an indication of how the groomer handles the dog in the tub/on the table. Heck, one of my own dogs HATES the bath and you'd think the groomer beat him regularly if anybody saw him in the tub. LOL He shakes and quivers and cowers with the water. Such a wuss.
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1. go into the shops you are researching & talk with the groomer. Ask what the procedure is for grooming dogs. Some groomers/shops do what is called "cattle call" grooming which is where all the dogs come in at let's say between 8-9:30 & then given a time when to come back in the afternoon. Some book 2 dogs at a time & then in let's say 4 hours your dog is done. Some groomers groom 1 on 1 & call when done. Each one works for different clients.
2. Ask "how long they have groomed", what certification if any they have, do they attend grooming seminars or grooming shows, do they have pictures on the walls of their grooming etc.... Just because a groomer has groomed for 25 years doesn't make them a great groomer. Look for ones that continue their education in the grooming world, that attend trade shows etc...
3. Look at the cleanliness of shop, groomer, dogs etc... this to me does matter- do you want your groomer smoking while grooming your dog??? Do you want fleas on your dog when it leaves the shop??
4. Do you like the personality of your groomer? Some clash.
5. What is the waiting period to get your dog in to be groomed? Mine right now is 3 wks. Some groomers are booked 1 year in advanced & others aren't booked at all. Ask why?

These are some basic questions to ask your potential new groomer. Also, do they specialize in any particular breed. Mine is small dogs- poodles, yorkies, maltese, & shih tzu I see everyday & love working on them. I don't groom dogs over 30lbs.
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