• Finding The Right Groomer

  • At the first hint of spring, may of us find ourselves making resolutions, going on diets, changing our hairstyle and vowing to exercise more.¬† Many of us also get our pets ready for this time of year by taking them in for a bath and trim. This article is meant to help you find that perfect groomer for your pet(s). At this time, there are no licensing requirements to become a groomer, however many groomers choose to obtain certifications through the National Dog Groomers Association of America, the International Society of Canine Cosmetologists and/or the International Professional Groomers Inc. When searching for a groomer, check for certifications from these any of these organizations.

    You can start your search by asking pet professionals such  as your vet, sitter or local supply store who they recommend. Also check with friends, family members or co-workers. This goes for cats as well as dogs. People often forget that cats occasionally need grooming as well, especially long haired breeds where the fur is difficult to deal with and regular grooming can prevent furballs from clogging the intestines of your favorite feline. Mats are also very uncomfortable and can cause a myriad of health issues.

    If your particular breed requires specialized grooming, ask the breeder (if local) for a good recommendation or what specific questions to ask.

    Groomers who are good at what they do are often busy and work on a tight schedule. Don’t wait for last minute before a special event to schedule the appointment as many times they are booking two weeks out.

    Scales Tails & Paws has two groomers who we recommend without hesitation. Shannon and her team at Polaris Pet Salon, have been our personal pets groomer for the last 14 years. My old and grumpy guy actually gets excited to see her! That is a feat as he is one hard to please pup.

    If you are looking for a mobile groomer, you can”t go wrong with Marni and her team from Aussie Pet Mobile. Many of our clients swear by her and they do outstanding work.

    Finally, check with places like the BBB, Angie’s List or the local ASPCA to see if any complaints have been filed against the groomer and why. If you take your time and make an educated decision, you will find a wonderful groomer who will have a lifetime relationship with your pet.