Grooming is a vital part in the well-being and healthiness of a dog which can improve their lifespan. It depends mostly on the breed, hair length, and type of coat, regular grooming should be done about once a month. Regular grooming helps to ensure the dog is healthy and comfortable. Pets grooming refers to both the hygienic care and cleaning of your pet, as well as a process by which it’s physical appearance is enhanced for showing or other types of competition. Pet grooming is often looked at as an optional extra for many people, a luxury treatment for their pet who could quite easily get by with a dunk in the local river or lake. However, this really isn’t the case. Pet groomers offer several essential maintenance services for your pet’s good health, cleaning the eyes, ears and butts that your beloved companion might be unable, or unwilling, to look after themselves.
Dog grooming is one of your dog’s basic needs and an important part of dog ownership. Dog grooming refers to both the hygienic care and cleaning of your pet, as well as a process by which it’s physical appearance is enhanced for showing or other types of competition. These instruction found at one pet groomers perfectly sums it up. Obviously frustrated by the same questions about their fees, they put all the reasons why a pet groomer is a far more physically demanding job than your average hairdresser. Scroll down to have a view on it.
# 10: Your hairdresser doesn’t wash and clean your rear end.
Often, your haircut will come with a shampoo and even a head massage too if you’re lucky. However, all pet grooming involves a full shampoo, trim and a butt clean, this seems slightly awkward if your hairdresser attempted to do the same during your appointment.
# 9. You don’t go eight weeks without washing or brushing your hair.
Average human will wash and brush their hair regularly, keeping it neat and clean and smelling good. This is not the case with most pets, although most cats do a great job. Dogs, however, can show up to the salon with a matted, tangled mess of muddy fur, which can take quite a long time to wash out.
# 8. Your hairdresser doesn’t give you a sanitary trim.
Hairdressers work on a small and localized area, sticking exclusively to the head. Your pubes are your problem. If your hairdresser had to head down to your delicate areas, scissors in hand, they’d probably ask for a little more compensation too.
# 7. Your hairdresser doesn’t clean your ears.
Ear cleaning is your problem and you have the tools and the ability to do so. But for our pets, ear cleaning is a very important service that needs patience and training.
# 6. Your hairdresser doesn’t remove the boogers from your eyes.
Many breeds of dog have overactive tear ducts that cause mucus to build up, causing discomfort and risking infection. This gunk can often be pretty oozy and gross, but pet groomers are only happy to help your pup and take care of it for them.
# 5. You sit still for your hairdresser.
If you move your head when prompted and serves up interesting conversation points, instead of sitting obediently, in front of the hairdresser and wriggle about all over the salon. The hairdresser refuses to set your hair. But in the world of the pet groomer, to keep the pets sit still is a big job.
# 4. Your haircut doesn’t include a manicure or pedicure.
We go to a different salon and pay a separate fee to look after our nails on hands and feet. However, there are no dedicated dog ‘pawicurists;’ your pet groomer does every service.
# 3. Your hairdresser only washes and cuts the hair on your head.
Again, pits, pubes, chest, toe and nipple hair are not the headache of your hairdresser, it’s your own business. Not for the pet groomer, who must deal with various growths and sproutings all over your pets’ body.
# 2. You don’t bite or scratch your hairdresser.
If you did decide to go in for a nibble on your hairdresser while they are at work, you’d quickly find yourself in some severe problem. For pet groomers, however, this is a common occurrence and one of the hazards of the job.
# 1. The likelihood of you pooping on your hairdresser is pretty slim.
Your hairdresser assumes that most of their clients would politely excuse themselves if nature were to come calling. Being interrupted on the job may be slightly annoying, particularly if you have a tight schedule to adhere to, but it’s nothing compared to trying to work in close contact with a poopy-pants.
Copenhagen-based groomer Laura Gedgaudaite loves her job, “People often believe I spend most of my day cuddling with fluffy puppies, but that’s not true,” she told. “Some dog breeds have naturally long hair that grows non-stop, so it’s necessary to shampoo, brush, cut and trim their coats. The owners should brush these long-haired dogs daily, but they don’t always do that!”
“It takes a lot of energy to handle a dog if it’s not calm, especially if it’s a larger breed. But if they are aggressive or bite, I usually choose not to groom them and they have to go home. You have to be a strong person mentally to do this job, because the dogs can feel if you are afraid or angry, they feel the adrenaline in your body and respond to it. So eventually, you learn how to trust yourself more.”
“I’m happiest when I do a nice job making them look super cute clean and fresh again. And if they are matted, it’s gratifying to help them be free of that, because it irritates their poor skin. And, of course, I enjoy the owners’ reaction when they see their dog all trimmed and beautiful, and when they appreciate the job I do.”
Just like people, dogs need physical maintenance to look and feel their best. Fortunately, dogs do not need to bathe as often as people, but you do need to learn how much grooming your dog actually needs and keep it on a schedule.
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