Grooming Archives

Grooming Customer Etiquette: No Shows

Here’s a puzzler: Why are people so often inconsiderate and rude?

When working in the service industry as a groomer, you are often commission based, which means you earn a percentage of every animal you do a service on. Most don’t get an hourly wage at all, which means that groomers live and die on appointments and how much work they can do in a day.

I hope that most people don’t realize this and that spreading the word about how groomers make their income will solve the issue of having a customer call, make an appointment, and then not show up. Read the rest of this entry

Matted Dogs!

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Severely Matted Dog, Being Shaved Down

So, I encountered a Chow Chow the other day that was eleven years old, very matted, and extremely dirty.

This made me both angry and sad, for several reasons.

Dogs who are dirty and matted can have severe health problems because of the debris that can build up in the coat.

It is fairly common to see matted dogs when you are out and about. I see people walking their matted, nasty dogs all the time. I see them at dog parks, at city and dog events, and just about everywhere else. Today, most people have an animal of some sort. People tend to be most active with their dogs, taking them many different places, and having them out and about when company comes to visit.

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Tea Tree Oil: What It’s Useful For, and What it Isn’t

MelaleucaTea Tree oil, or Melaleuca oil, is an oil that is growing in popularity for humans and pets across the nation. In fact, the oil is found in many products that are sold in every day stores. It is harvested from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

You can use Tea Tree oil in many ways for humans, including topical use on external wounds, for acne, as an inhalant for a way to loosen congestion, to eliminate head lice, and treat dandruff.

For animals, Tea Tree oil can be used on external wounds, as an ear cleaner, and as a topical aid in destroying fleas and skin ailments, such as in shampoos. These benefits can be used for dogs as well as some fish, depending on the type. Read the rest of this entry

Nail Trimming: Why is it so Important, and How You Get Started

PawPrintSo everyone gets a pet peeve, right? We all have them. Here’s mine: people who don’t get their animal’s nail’s trimmed!

Trimming your pet’s nails is so important, and here’s a few reasons why:

  1. Long nails can break off in painful places, causing bleeding and disfigurement. Sometimes these nail stubs then get infected and even more painful, which results in a costly vet bill.
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Grooming: For More than Good Looks

So, you take your dog to the groomers to be washed, trimmed, cut, etc. It’s a good thing to do, for many reasons. The question is, why do you do it?

Do you do it because they’re dirty, and you want to make a good impression on company? Because you know you should? Because they’re itchy? Because it’s hot outside, and you want to cool them off?

If you answered yes to any of these, you’re at least off to a good start with grooming your dog. If you don’t take your dog to the groomer, then you’re either a very lucky dog owner and don’t need to, or you may want to start taking them.

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