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5 Common Grooming Mistakes Made by Professionals

1. Using tranquilizers.

This is illegal in many states but other groomers

still use them. It may be that the groomer is

afraid of aggressive dogs but it’s more likely

to be that the groomer is running a production

line and has no time to calm nervous dogs.

I never recommend tranquilizers – no matter how

mild – for small dogs. Ask your groomer if she

or he does this.

2. Leaving dogs unattended.

You might be surprised at how many dogs are

harmed and even killed at salons. The problem

is many groomers use a grooming noose (not as

bad as it sounds!) or collar to attach the dog

to the grooming table.

If the groomer leaves the dog alone, it’s easy

for a dog to try to free himself and wind up

choking or damaging his neck.

3. Taking shortcuts that violate breed standards.

It’s more time consuming and requires more skill

to scissor rather than clip dogs. However, if your

breed standard or style requires a scissor cut,

you should tell the groomer you want this.

If you don’t speak up, they’ll most likely use a

clipper. And if you expect hand stripping,

you better call ahead to make certain there’s

a groomer in the shop that even knows how to do that.

4. Not having facilities for dogs left all day.

This is only partly the groomers fault as many

shops are not set up to provide day care

for dogs, but owners use them that way. Some

shops do not have sufficient cages, fresh water

supplies, or staff to walk dogs.

If you want to drop your dog off on the way

to work, visit the salon in advance and ask

to be shown where the dog will be housed while

he’s waiting for you and what care he will given.

5. Using dog dryers improperly.

Many dogs every year are injured or killed by

groomers not watching closely enough while the pet

is in an enclosed dryer.

As a result of poor airflow and high temperatures,

pets get overheated in enclosed cages. The heat

simply builds up and the dog is overcome or in

extreme cases the dog may be burned by the pans

and the cages themselves as they get hotter and


I think enclosed dryers should be illegal but if

your groomer is going to use one, ensure s/he

watches the dog, uses a timer, avoids high heat

and has another fan at the front of the cage to

encourage proper airflow.

Also a groomer should not use a hand-held hot

dryer on a dog drying in a stainless steel cage.

There is not enough ventilation for the air

to flow properly and the bottom 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 open and airy when using heated dryers

to prevent the room from overheating.

All the fans in the U.S., however, are no substitute

for watching the dog while he is being dried and

the mechanical devices are in use!

Source: Internet

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