Are you having trouble finding a groomer you can trust? We’re here to help with some tips on how to pick out the perfect groomer for your pup’s needs.

Although the state does not license groomers, there are still some qualifications that people can go through, so it never hurts to ask. Some people may just pick up a pair of scissors and decide they have a knack for grooming, while other people take actual grooming training courses and spend months training in the field. What you feel comfortable with is completely up to you, but don’t hesitate to ask a person’s background with grooming before handing your dog off to them. 

A lot of groomers actually partake in onsite internships before making a career out of grooming. If you’d rather your groomer have some experience under their belts by a teacher, ask if they have interned before starting their career. Most interns start as basic bathers for at least a year and move up slowly to using clippers, but there is no set standard. 

Not all groomers belong to a professional business or organization, but we recommend that that is what you look for. People that do grooming right inside their homes may not be as up to date on the latest styling, trends, safety, and health issues as a regulated business is. 

It is recommended that you ask your possible future groomers for their credentials. This is not rude or offensive, but important in making sure your dog is in good, safe hands. A master groomer knows proper safety procedures, and will have a certification to prove it. 

More basic but still important – check out the conditions of the shop. Is it clean? Does it smell? Any noticeable red flags you find about the atmosphere may be a sign to look elsewhere. 

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local pet store if you have questions on this or any pet related topic.