So your pup is having his first bad hair day and it’s finally time for him to be groomed. You always want your pup to look just as fabulous as you so off to the groomer he will go. Are you a little nervous? Are you wondering what to expect? I’ve been in the same boat as you! I’m going to share Simba’s grooming experience with you so you have an idea of what to expect at the dog groomer that will hopefully ease your mind and get you prepared.
What Will I Need for the Dog Groomer?
First, you need to find a dog groomer. Do your research. I’m sure that someone you know could provide you with some feedback and share their own experience with you which could help make your decision somewhat easier. You should ask friends or coworkers that have dogs and get their dogs groomed on a regular basis or you could even ask your vet for some recommendations. You could also Google different places and read some reviews. You could stop by a place you found in your search and take a look inside, make sure they have a grooming license, ask questions, and even observe dogs getting groomed before you decide to take your own dog there.
Once you find a dog groomer you need to schedule an appointment. The dog groomer is pretty busy just like a beauty salon or a barber shop. I’ve always had to schedule an appointment for Simba. I tried calling the same day for two different PetSmart’s and they were both booked for the entire day so always plan ahead. You will also need to take your dog’s shot records with you. If the place does not require proof of shot records, it might not be such a good place to go to. Having your dog up to date on their shots such as rabies is very important. This is for your dog’s protection and protection of the other dogs and people there.
A Day at the Groomer
Simba was becoming a super duper fluffy furball and was in dire need of a cut. I do like all of his fluffiness because I think it’s just so cute, but I was ready for a new look which is called the “schnauzer cut”. Simba has always been given a “puppy cut”, but he’s about to turn a year old this month so I wanted to try something other than the cute cuddly look this time around. The only place I have taken Simba to get groomed is at PetSmart. Their groomers are trained and do an awesome job each time I take Simba there. The people at our PetSmart are very friendly and are such animal lovers which made me decide to take him there in the first place and I have had no regrets.
When I first got there, the groomer had a look at Simba and discussed with me what I wanted done and what she thought he needed etc. She asked for a number I could be reached at and told me that he would be ready anywhere between 3-5 hours. They were really busy that day! I had some errands to run so the time didn’t matter to me. You can stay there with your dog and watch him get groomed if you’d like, but you may be waiting around for a while. There were different dog grooming packages to choose from and the one I chose for Simba cost $51. It would have been a little less, but I added on nail grinding which is awesome because Simba’s nails aren’t super sharp now! Just trimming Simba’s nails last time did not do the trick. You can also add other things to your grooming package like teeth brushing, but I hope you’re already doing that 🙂
A typical grooming package includes:
- A bath
- Blow drying
- Nail trimming
- Ear cleaning
- Gland cleaning
- Pad shaving
A puppy grooming may include less than this and will also cost less. I believe the first time Simba was groomed it was around $15.
I received a call when Simba was ready to go. It was about 2 1/2 hours later. He was brought out on a leash and he was one snazzy schnauzer! The groomer met with me once again and discussed how Simba had done and also gave me a groomer’s report to take with me which listed what was done and various notes about Simba. It was noted that Simba should be groomed about every 4-6 weeks to keep the schnauzer appearance. Simba’s overall report was that he was still a little shy, but he was a sweet boy and did a good job like I knew that he would!
I hope reading my experience with dog grooming makes you feel more prepared and less nervous about taking your dog to the groomer.
For those of you who have already taken your dog to the groomer for the first time, what was it like? Does your dog love or hate to be groomed? Do tell!