Not every one uses a dog groomer. Many Cocker owners learn to groom their own pets, but if you don't have
the time (or the inclination) you can use a professional groomer. Read on for essential tips and advice on finding and choosing a reputable Cocker Spaniel groomer.
If you intend to show your Cocker Spaniel, it may be advisable, at least initially, to use a professional dog groomer; one who has experience of 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!
The ideal way is 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.
Always visit a potential groomer before you commit.
appointment to visit their premises without your Cocker to allow
you the opportunity to have a look around, ask a few questions, and to
get to know them a little.
Not all groomers are suitably experienced in grooming Cocker Spaniels, so it's important to find out as much as possible about them if you're going to entrust your precious Cocker to them.
There are a few basic questions you should ask when you first make contact and 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 the sound of, 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 make sure you do your homework.
Stick with the above advice and you'll soon find a groomer who'll make you feel confident about leaving your pet with them. You will be able to leave their premises happy in the
knowledge that your Cocker Spaniel will be happy and safe.
Unfortunately, no matter how much research you do, you can't always guarantee that you will be happy with the end result. It's a bit like trying a new hairdresser.
If you're not happy with the dog groomer you've chosen, simply chalk it up to experience and move on and try somewhere else!