I HAD NO IDEA –
🐾 All dog groomers can’t groom…
🐾 No State requires pet groomers to be licensed…
🐾 There is a National Dog Groomers Association of America…
For several weeks I’ve scoured the internet, made dozens of calls, trying to find the right groomer. I
wanted needed one familiar with doodles to trim – not shave. #commonpracticehere
Fernando is what I call pure pawfection at his craft…
Vested in all his clients, he offered to assist us – 467 miles away – he offered to talk to my prospective groomer. #toosweet
Through convo’s with other pet people, Yelp, and the internet I believed I found the right groomer.
They sounded knowledgeable enough about doodles on the phone. Very pleasant and courteous, so I decided to drop by and check them out.
I reached out to Fernando – waited and listened as they talked about:
After conferring with Fernando, I decided to give them the green light.
I dropped the Boys off at 10:00am for their bath-only appointment.
They weren’t finished until 2:30pm. #toolong
I wanted to be “wow-ed ” I really did. That wasn’t the case. #disappointed
They were clean but still damp and their blow drying technique left a lot to be desired. And where was my lavender and calla lily scent? #lovethesmellgoodstuff
Pawhaps since this was our virgin voyage, they were extra cautious which means super slow. #Ithought.
The Boys seemed happy – not stressed, so two weeks later I took them back for another bath and a slight trim around the eyes #blinddoodles, paw pads, sani/fanny trim, etc…
We arrived at 10:00am and this time they weren’t finished until closer to 3:00pm.
They looked clean, but again they were damp, “again” they were ruffled, and AGAIN there was no good smelly stuff. #comeonnow
But the straw that severed the camels back was what I found a day later.
Wherever poor Jaxy may have had a knot or a tiny mat of hair, she cut it out! #whatthedoodle
Doodles – like other long haired dogs – will get knots and mats. #itsthelaw
I brush my Boys every day! And I brush the knots and tiny mats out. Never EVER do I just start chopping away!
Look at him, he’s got several of these hair gaps on his legs…
You see how much shorter it is from the rest of his leg hair?…
I know the hair will grow back, but I blame myself.
I thought I knew how to choose a pet groomer.
But nothing could have alerted me to the lazy grooming style of chopping out a knot. #geez
I wish I’d known about the NDGAA. Their website offers a groom locator of “approved” certified members. #thankthedoodle
If you are relocating to another area, please take heed of my mistakes. Our misfortune will be rectified in a few months, because the hair will grow back.
Others haven’t been that fortunate, like –
- the golden retriever who died in a dryer in Virginia
- the dog in California who required surgery after falling from the table
There are some states already considering regulations for what has become a $5 billion industry.
You can bet your doodle I’m going to be looking into South Carolina’s regulatory plans #fursure.
Thanks for reading – Enjoy your weekend ❤️