Learn How To Choose A Professional Dog Groomer
Many Cocker owners learn to groom their own pets but if you don't have the time or the inclination, you might like to use a professional Cocker Spaniel groomer.
If you intend to show your Cocker, it may be advisable to use a professional who specialises in the Cocker Spaniel breed and who's familiar with the grooming standard required for showing.
If you know what you're looking for, it's fairly simple to choose a professional groomer.
However, if you've never owned a dog before, or you're an experienced pet owner but you've never used a groomer before, you may be a little uncertain about where to begin!
I recommend you try to get a referral from friends or a fellow dog walker, or contact your local veterinary practice to see if they can recommend a reliable professional dog groomer.
Ideally, make an appointment to visit their premises without your pet to allow you the opportunity to have a look around, ask a few questions, and to get to know them a little.
Not all dog groomers are suitably experienced in grooming Cocker Spaniels, so it's important to find out as much as possible about them if you are going to entrust your pet to them.
There are a few basic questions you should ask when you first make contact. I recommend you at least ask the following:
It's very important that you communicate clearly with your groomer. If you aren't very clear about what it is that you want, you may be disappointed with the results.
If you're not sure what you want, ask what your options are, and be sure you understand what they intend to do - that way, there won't be any disappointments.
When you find someone that you like, you can then make arrangements to visit. When you arrive, look around the premises and ask yourself the following questions:
You might also like to bear the following points in mind:
Using a dog groomer for the first time can be a very stressful experience for you (and your pooch), so it's important to ensure you do the research.
Following the above advice will help you to find a professional dog groomer to whom you can confidently entrust your pet, and leave you happy in the knowledge that he'll be comfortable and safe.
Unfortunately, no matter how much research you do, you can't always guarantee that you will be happy with the end result - a bit like trying a new hairdresser.
If you're not happy with your chosen dog groomer, simply move on and try somewhere else.
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