- Using tranquilizers.
This is illegal in many states but other groomers
It might be that the groomer is
afraid of dogs that are aggressive but it’s more likely
to be that the groomer is running a manufacturing
lineup and has no time to calm nervous dogs.
I Don’t recommend tranquilizers – no matter how
Mild – for smaller dogs.
- Leaving dogs unattended.
is many groomers use a grooming noose (not as
awful as it seems!) Or collar to attach the dog
to the vanity.
If the groomer leaves the dog alone, it is easy
For a dog to try to free himself and end up
choking or damaging his neck.
- Taking shortcuts which violate breed standards.
It is more time consuming and requires more skill
To scissor instead of clip dogs. However, if your
breed standard or design requires a scissor cut,
you should inform the groomer you need this.
If you don’t speak up, they will most likely use a
clipper. And if you expect hand stripping,
you call ahead to make certain there is
a groomer from the shop that even knows how to do that.
- Not having facilities for puppies left all day.
This is only partly the groomers fault as many
Shops aren’t set up to provide day care
for dogs, but owners use them that way. Some
shops don’t have sufficient cages, fresh water
supplies, or staff to walk dogs.
If you want to drop your dog off on the way
To work, see the salon in advance and ask
to be shown where the dog will be housed while
he is waiting for you and what care he will given.
Many dogs every year are injured or killed by
As a result of poor airflow and high temperatures,
Pets get overheated in enclosed cages. The warmth
simply builds up and the dog is overcome or in
extreme cases the dog may be burnt by the pans
and the cages themselves as they get warmer and
I think enclosed dryers should be illegal but if
Your groomer is going to use one, make sure s/he
watches the dog, utilizes a timer, avoids high heat
and has another fan at the front of the cage to
encourage proper airflow.
Additionally a groomer should not use a hand-held hot
Drier on a puppy drying in a stainless steel cage.
There is not enough venting for the atmosphere
to flow correctly and the base of the stainless
cages get hot quickly.
These dryers are best used with wire cages that
Have plastic bottoms or grates to keep the pet off
the hot floor of the cage. The grooming room should
be airy and open when using heated dryers
to stop the space from overheating.
All of the fans in the U.S., however, are no substitute for
For watching the dog while he is being dried and