Tips on Choosing a Dog Groomer

Choosing a dog groomer is very important for long haired breeds like the Coton de Tulear. The Coton, and other long haired breeds, often do better being groomed by a professional unless you want to learn how to do it yourself, which can take a lot of time and patience. The trimming alone is time consuming and requires skills that take a long time to acquire.

A professional dog groomer will have all the tools needed to do the job right - all kinds of combs, brushes, scissors, clippers, dryers, bath tubs, and secure tables. They have the right shampoos, conditioners, and detanglers available for your dog's coat type. They are also knowledgeable and experienced with the unique requirements of each breed's grooming needs.

Choosing a dog groomer should be done with at least as much care as you take for choosing your own hair stylist and it's even more important to choose wisely since you won’t be there to make sure your dog is cared for properly.

How do you find a good dog groomer?

  • Word of mouth is always a good way to find a good dog groomer. Ask your friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers who own pets.

  • Many veterinarians now offer grooming as part of the services they provide, so you can start there. If your veterinarian is not associated with a groomer, he may have a list of recommended groomers.

  • You may also find valuable recommendations from dog kennels, pet supply stores, shelters, and purebred breeders.

After getting some recommendations, make sure to ask the prospective groomer questions about services and costs, pick-up and delivery, and whether they use tranquilizers to calm the dog.

Visit the groomer without the dog first to make sure the shop is clean and bright and that the groomer and assistants treat the dogs with loving care. How do the dogs respond to them? Are they happy and eager or frightened?

Some groomers will give you a specific appointment time and others will keep your dog in a cage all day while they wait your turn. If that is an important factor for you, be sure to ask in advance what their policy is.

I choose to go to a groomer once a month for hair clipping, nail trimming, emptying the anal glands & ear clipping. I take care of the maintenance at home such as brushing and bathing in between grooming visits. I’ve been going to the same groomer for many years and I trust that my dog is getting the best care.

When choosing a dog groomer, It’s important to communicate your expectations clearly or you may be surprised when your Coton de Tulear comes home looking like a poodle. (I think we've all had that experience at least once).

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