1. Speak to your vet – they may be able to recommend a reputable dog groomer. Also ask friends and family for recommendations about establishments that they have used. Visit places and speak to people.
  2. Meet the groomer before employing them. You need to be confident that they will care for your dog properly, and that your dog gets on well with them. The grooming visit should be a positive experience for your pet so be confident that the people employed will meet his/her physical and behavioural needs when left with them.
  3. Are the facilities clean and secure? It is important that the facilities are suitable for your dog and that they will not be at risk while being groomed. It should be a place where you are comfortable leaving your dog.
  4. Do they ask for proof of vaccination before using their services? This is important to stop the spread of contagious diseases between dogs. For information on vaccination, ask your vet.
  5. How many members of staff do they have per dog? It is important that there are enough people to look after the needs of the dogs in their care. A groomer that runs on an appointment-only basis may also indicate that each dog is given the correct amount of time so that the job is done properly. Working in this way also means that fewer dogs will be groomed at any one time so the dog does not have to be groomed surrounded by other dogs they do not know.
  6. If your dog has any special requirements, e.g. sensitive skin, then ensure that you are happy that the groomer will discuss these needs with you and cater for them. Your dog may also be of a general nervous disposition or perhaps doesn’t like particular parts of their body touched (e.g. paws). If you decide that it is still necessary to visit a groomer, can they recognise signs of anxiety in a dog and know how to respond?
  7. As a Lichfield dog groomer, we have the necessary insurance to cover your pet in case of an emergency.
  8. A good groomer will also be able to show you how to groom correctly at home using the right techniques and the right tools. This will ensure that you are able to carry on their good practice between visits.
  9. Be realistic about price. Though £10 may sound like a bargain for a grooming session, does it reflect the quality of the service that is being provided? Are you happy that your pet will be well looked after?