I'm just wonding how they cut the hair! It must be so hard when the dogs are moving around, isn't it dangerous especially around the face area? Has anyone experienced any accidents before with grooming?
I am a groomer and I can tell you it takes practice to groom any dog, there are books, charts and dvd's out there that will show a beginner how to groom a dog.
As for them moving around, you learn how to hold them, talk to them, etc while your working on them.
breeds that need regular grooming like poodles, schnauzers etc should be worked with at home not just brought to the groomer and dropped off.
Comb or brush daily play with their feet touch their ears inside and out comb around the eyes
a new puppy can be exposed to the sounds of clippers while still in the home of the breeder, so they are not afraid.
dogs that are just to hyper, or scared are hard to do, often times I will do what I can then wait for the owner to come and finish with "mom or dad" assisting it helps the dog calm down. Grooming should never be done in a way that scares/intimidates the dog, then it will become a issue that could take forever to get over.
I know when I have puppies here they start to get exposed to grooming at three weeks of age, start out just using a very fine comb everyday, by the time they go to their forever homes they are used to clippers, bath, nails being done etc. It is up to their humans to keep these good habits up and I do stress that more than once. Grooming should be enjoyable for your dog, not a stress filled nightmare.
Alright, thanx for that info! I'm gonna take my yorkei for a hair cut for the first time and see how it'll go! If it doens't go well i'll have to consider doing it by myself.... but when I called them to book the appt they said i have to leave my dog there for 2 hrs! Does it take that long for the entire grooming process (shower, nails ear cleaning cut etc) ??
The best advise I can give someone is start the puppy off early getting used to the grooming experience. And I do think owners need to learn how to take care of their dogs themselves. Alot of groomers are actually quite good but there are just as many stupid ones out there that can screw up a puppy for life.
Good luck with your baby's first clip. You need to be getting puppy used to standing on a table as well as being combed and having their feet handled. It is so much harder on the puppy if the groomer is asking them to do things that are unfamiliar or even that they know they are not to do (getting on the table).
Those of my clients who aren't being clipped while they are in to board are asked to bring the dog in in the morning and be prepared to leave them until 5:00. Generally it doesn't take that long and I phone them to come and pick up the dog earlier. I don't groom biters any more that is a job for those younger and faster than me.
You can also ask your groomer if you could stick around and watch the grooming. I used to groom in a shop until I had to quit for personal reasons. I do it in my apartment for friends and family now and they are always more than welcome to stick around and watch. I just ask them not to come to their dog when it cries for attention. And I NEVER leave the dog unattended on the table (it is one that has the tie hanging down). I too have heard of stories of dogs getting seriously hurt from throwing themselves, jumping or simply falling off the table. A good thing to do with your dog at home is touch it all over. Pull gently on its toes, feet, legs, etc. to get it used to being 'manipulated' at the groomers. Comb it often so it gets used to that part of the grooming.
Yes it could take up to 2 hrs. Depending on how they groom. I find that it only takes me an hour and a half when I dry the dogs by hand with a hand dryer. But with a cage dryer takes longer.
Again I would request to be there during the groomer to see what goes on.
Thank you! very useful advice coming from the professionals : ) Never thought of watching them groom but that's such a good idea. OMG.... jumping off the tables could actually hang them to death!!! That worries me because the groomer I plan to go to is also the owner of the store. So while she's grooming dogs she always leaves the grooming room and attends customers in the store... maybe I should ask her not to?
a friend of mine just opened up a daycare and grooming shop. He told me that he has heard horror stories of dog getting hurt with cage dryers. Anyone else heard of dogs getting burnt by them?
I don't take my dog there for grooming but I take her there for the daycare she loves it. She is actually on his website. I wanted to make sure she was well socialized to little dogs and so far it has been working wonders. Too bad she is the only dane there.!!
I start my poodle pups young.. Usually I wait till they are falling asleep.. I pick them up, I turn on the clippers talking to the babies and holding them up with one hand and rubbing the clippers over their backs.
The usually speach to the babies is: Ooooh baby doesn't that feel good,, like a massager,,oooh what a good baby your are blah blah blah.. I try and make it a very pleasant experience, heck who doesn't like a good back massage... If they wiggle or are scared oh its ok baby your doing fine.. all in a real soothing voice..
Yeh probably sounds stupid, but it works for me.
Also be very aware of your clippers, some get very hot, do not do a close clip with really hot clippers.
I'll never be a professional, I get laughed at because I do it so slow.. But I don't want to knick anybody..
I work part time at a grooming salon and dog boutique. We have two-three groomers there depending on the day. I mainly work up front in the boutique. Grooming drop off time at our store is between 8-10am and we close at 6:00. Depending on what time they are dropped off, the amount of dogs we have booked, and if the dog is large or really matted determines how long it will take. Generally with puppies or really easy grooms it only takes 2-3 hours. The dogs are bathed and dried. Depending on their breed and hair type, some are put in a kennel with a dryer (a no-heat one because the ones that get hot are the ones that have killed dogs) and some have to be dried competely by hand (mainly poodles and bichon hair). Then they are groomed, and depending on how big they are or how difficult the hair cut is, the time varies. If a dog is really matted, that adds time, and if a dog is especially difficult (won't be still or is aggressive) then that adds time too. Most grooming shops charge more if your dog is matted or requires another person to help hold them so that they can be groomed. We never leave the dogs unattended in the bathtubs or on tables. We have very strict rules that are followed. You do have to be careful because groomers aren't required to have some kind of liscense so basically anyone can groom. Get recommendations from people that have had their dogs groomed and are happy with the place, make sure the dryers that they use don't get hot, and make sure they don't leave dogs unattended on tables. As long as you've found a reputable place, I'm sure they'll do a great job on your baby.