Pet Salons vs. Homegrown Haircuts—When Your Dog Needs Professional Grooming
Sure, you like to groom your dog. There’s nothing like giving Fido a good brushing before his bedtime.
But those bi-weekly baths and clipper sessions, well, they’re another story! Perhaps you’re wondering whether to give up the shampoo bottle and electric razor to a real professional. After all you’re an everyday owner with an everyday pet; you’re not a barber!
And if you’re not enjoying the task, it’s likely your pup dislikes it just as much. Pet salons may be expensive, but in some cases, they can be necessary.
This blog post will give you 4 signs that it may be time to call it quits as a groomer. Here are some ways you can tell it’s time to delegate:
You have a long-haired dog.
When you brought home that little bundle of fur, you probably only thought how cute your little fluffball was. You didn’t even consider the task you would have when it came to grooming.
For canines like a Newfoundland or a Shih Tzu, regular washing and an occasional clipping need to happen more than it would with a short-haired dog. And you may want to hand that chore over to a pet salon offering professional grooming.
Bath time is stressful for your dog.
We all know that cats don’t like water (well, there are some exceptions, such as this cat).
But you just may have a dog on your hands that doesn’t like water either. And some dogs may be a little frightened by electric clippers.
If your dog is adverse to either one of these grooming tasks, it may be time to give up homegrown haircuts for your pup. The time you spend with your dog should be enjoyable, and you may find freedom in giving up the bad bath time experiences.
Your dog regularly plays outdoors.
If roving Rover spends a lot of time exploring the outdoors, he may go for an occasional wade in the creek or roll in the dirt. And, of course, he’ll want to come inside for a nap on your carpet.
And that means it’s time for another bath and maybe a haircut to keep his fur from picking up those cockleburs. If you find you’re having to bathe your canine more than you’d like, maybe it’s time to visit a pet salon.
Your dog’s grooming happens sporadically.
Like many dog owners, you’re busy with juggling the many responsibilities you have in your life. Grooming your furry friend can add another task on your to-do list, a task that may often get pushed to the end of the list.
If you find you’re washing and cutting your dog’s hair sporadically when she needs it regularly, this may be a sign that you and your pup are ready to transition to professional grooming.
It’s not hard to find a groomer for your dog. Any quick Google search can bring up some nearby locations. You may also want to check out the groomer locator from the National Dog Groomers Association of America. This page allows you to locate the groomers in your state.
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