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What is a Good Groom?

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(Note: Images are watermarked to prevent "borrowing" by other groomers. If your pet's photo is posted and you would like a clear copy, we will be happy to send it to you!)


How do you know if you are getting a "Good Groom?" How do you pick a "Good Stylist?"


There are a lot of factors to consider... here are a few guidelines.


Please remember, no one thing is 100% applicable to every situation.


General Rules

You get what you pay for...

Good work is never rushed...

Good work is worth the wait...

An experienced professional who has been in business a while will rarely have "immediate" appointments...


NOTE: If your dog is matted, you or your child "home groomed" him yourself, you are in denial of what breed or size dog you have, or you have strange requests in the hairstyle, these guidelines won't apply.


1. A Good Groom should feel and smell clean and pleasant.

Exceptions: Your dog has a skin or ear condition which will cause an odor even when properly bathed... or, your dog was skunked recently.

2. A Good Groom should be even and neat in general appearance.

Exceptions: You asked for something particular, like for the head to be "fuller" or the ears to be "left long."

3. A Good Groom should have very few "sticky outies."

Exceptions: Your dog has a wirey or wispy type coat and you asked for it to be shaved. It's nearly impossible to get every hair in this case.

Your dog is difficult to groom (fights or even bites the groomer).

4. A Good Groom should be proportionate and balanced. The head size should match the body. The front legs should be identical. The back legs should be identical. The front and back legs should be close to identical. If the body is short, the head should be short.

Exceptions: You asked for something to be different. "Leave more hair on the chin, or take the legs shorter than the body" You have a drop coated dog that looks cute with a short body clip, but long ears and a long tail. Still, the ears and tail should be similar to each other and proportionate.

5. The feet should be clean on the bottom, and neat and round in appearance, and match each other.

Exceptions: Your dog's feet had matts and the rest of the body did not. Your dog chews his feet and they are bald or raw. Your dog was recently fixed and the vet shaved part of his leg.

6. The nails should be clipped and/or filed evenly, as short as possible.

Exceptions: Your dog's nails have been left to grow too long, and cannot be clipped short due to the vein inside. Your dog is difficult and fights or bites the groomer for this process.

7. Your dog's sanitary area (genitals, belly area, backside near rectum) should be clean, and if necessary, the hair clipped short in this area for cleanliness purposes. It should not be red or irritated or injured.

Exceptions: Your dog is a smooth coated breed and didn't really need this area clipped. Your dog has a skin condition already in this area and it was already red or irritated. Your dog was matted in this area and the matting left red patches when clippered. Your dog may be compulsive and lick the area even if it wasn't irritated, and cause his own irritation.

8. Your dog's ears should be plucked (if necessary) and cleaned. They should look clean and smell pleasant (may have slight odor of ear cleaner). Exceptions: Your dog has an ear infection or other situation which causes excessive wax, blood, or pus and an odor. Your dog fights or bites the groomer for ear cleaning.


Finished and Fluffy!


A properly de-shedded dog will have a thinner coat, which will lay nicer and move more freely. He has his natural protection from heat and cold, but feels much better now that all that excess baggage is removed. His body can properly regulate his temperature and he is most comfortable and happy!

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