Is there a difference? Absolutely! Many dog groomers in our busy city are not in the business for the right reasons and that can show up in their attitude toward your pet as well as in their dog grooming skills and finished product. It is extremely important to look for the right qualities in your dog’s groomer. Here are some tips I’ve put together of a few of what I consider to be crucial qualities that only the best dog groomers in Houston have.
All of the Best Dog Groomers in Houston Have an Absolute Love of Dogs!
It may seem surprising to some of you, as it was to me when I first began my grooming career that there really are dog groomers out there that have a hatred of dogs and most other animals. Their lack of empathy and love for the dogs they work with can come across in their attitude toward you and your pet as well as in their finished haircut. It’s very important to get to know your groomer well and watch for signs that they care for your dog. Only the best dog groomers in Houston are always happy to see your little guys and gals as well as their parents! The best dog groomers in Houston are understanding and empathetic to the fact that some dogs misbehave because of past life experiences and trauma and are in need of more love, one-on-one personal attention, praise, and steady training. I have personally turned a traumatized dog that would bite viciously for his nails and feet into a completely passive, though his tummy was full of treats, happy dog in one grooming session! He continues his training each time he comes in so that it is reinforced that those areas that were problems for him in the past are now a good thing in his eyes. Other dog groomers would most likely muzzle him, sedate him, or just send him home instead of working with him. The number one thing that separates the very best dog groomers in Houston from the rest in Houston is that complete and absolute love for all dogs no matter what their past has done to their present state of mind.
The Best Dog Groomers in Houston Are Low Stress Dog Groomers
We all know that our amazing city of Houston can also hold a lot of stress in day to day life. Behind the scenes of Houston’s dog grooming world there can be extremely stressful situations that can also be difficult to handle. There are typically many barking dogs in close proximity to each other and dogs that are in the process of being groomed so noise can be an issue for some. There are dogs that can be hard to handle and require much more time than usual which can affect timing on other dogs and scheduling. Sometimes customers that don’t understand the entire grooming process (preliminary cut, bath, drying process, and cutting again followed by the final scissoring and finishwork) can pressure the groomer to speed through the process. Those are only a few examples of the most stressful situations most of us dog groomers face on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. The key is to be able to handle that stress with ease and work through it in a positive way. Only the best dog groomers in Houston can do that. Many give up and return a poorly groomed animal or react poorly to the dog during the groom. The best dog grooming in Houston should be about treating each situation with a positive attitude and maintain their number one quality, that insatiable love for animals we talked about previously in this blog post.
When it Comes to the Best Dog Grooming in Houston, Communication is Key!
Communication with your dog groomer starts when you make your first appointment and should continue throughout the entire grooming process and after drop off or pick up. The best dog groomers in Houston are easy to talk to, can visualize your style and preferences as well as describe their own ideas to you, and have a thorough knowledge of dog grooming, health, and other aspects of your pet’s life. The Houston’s best dog groomers will ALWAYS call you immediately if any complications arise while your pet is away. Other dog groomers wait until you pick up or they drop off to bring up issues and sometimes that can affect the outcome of things like cuts and lacerations or ear infections and that kind of thing. You should always be able to contact your dog groomer before, during, and after the grooming process to make changes or ask questions if you need to. The best dog groomers in Houston are always there for you and your pet!
The Best Dog Groomers in Houston Think Outside of the Box
Most dog groomers are pretty creative and have almost always been drawn to the arts. The best dog grooming in Houston comes from the ability to think outside of the box with design, function, and ways of getting things done. They understand how different hair types affect the overall look of certain designs as do body type and some aspects of daily life and communicate these things to the pet parent. There are very few actual main breed designs and they are typically assigned to certain breeds as standards, BUT that does not mean you have to stick to those guidelines. Unless you are showing your dog, you can put virtually any type of cut on him or her. The only things that will hold you back are hair type and condition, really. Still, you can put a schnauzer cut on a yorkie or a lion cut on a lab if you like. It can be fun to come up with combinations of style like the lion/lamb cut where the mane is full like a lion but the back legs are fluffy, yet tailored looking. The best dog groomers in Houston have the God given talent and skill necessary to give your four legged family member the designer look or simple style you desire.
Allergy Free is the Way to Be!
Although it is definitely not a requirement to be one of the best dog groomers in Houston, it definitely helps if you are free of dog related allergies. Many breeds have dander and other allergens on their hair and skin. These can make already existing allergies even worse if you are shaving or cutting hair. Hairs are constantly flying around the grooming room and can be breathed in or stuck to clothes or even in skin during the dog grooming process. If you are prone to allergies, you may need to groom slower or even restrict the breeds you groom. OR, just groom Bichon Frise’s because they are a hypo-allergenic dog! Of course, the best dog groomers would not restrict themselves to only Bichons.
I hope this helps you in selecting your new dog groomer or your decision to stay with the one you have. Either way, we are always here for the best interest of the dog as well as the family and want only the best for all involved. Your four legged friend deserves the best love, the best treatment, the best family, and the best dog groomer in Houston.
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