Your Pet's First Grooming Appointment: What To Expect

Posted on: 1 October 2020

The COVID pandemic of 2020 shut down the United States to the point where people were stuck in their homes for months. In response to all of that time alone, how did people respond? They got puppies! Shelters, breeders, rescue centers, and pet stores have all reported a huge increase in the demand for puppies. This is likely due to the joy and happiness that a dog can bring into people's lives, not to mention the companionship. 

If you are someone who purchased a dog during COVID, chances are they are just now getting to the point where they are big enough to need their first grooming appointment. In an effort to help you feel confident on how to move, here are a few tips when it comes to getting your pet groomed. 

Schedule Early

As previously mentioned, so many people have gotten dogs lately. Many pet companies (daycare, grooming, training classes) are booked out for months because of the huge surge in demand for their services. It may be hard to get an appointment with the groomer of your choice. However, with some foresight and planning ahead you should be able to get an appointment when you want. Depending on your area, you may want to schedule grooming appointments around two months ahead of schedule. 

Have a Preference in Mind

When you get to the groomer, you will be asked what you would like done to your dog. Normal services offered by a pet groomer include but are not limited to: a bath, nail trimming, tooth brushing, and a haircut. Some groomers offer more services, so you should call ahead to find out. Depending on what breed of dog you have, you may want to choose which haircut you would like them to have. If you let the groomer decide, they may choose something that you don't like. 

Bring Cash

Since COVID, many breeders have established a no-contact system. Many require that you pay in cash so that they do not have to handle your credit card or make multiple trips to your vehicle. Ask ahead of time to make sure that you are prepared. And don't forget the tip!

In conclusion, getting your pet groomed is nothing to be nervous about; it just takes a bit of planning ahead. With any luck, you will find a groomer who does great work and isn't too expensive. Depending on the breed of your dog, you may want to get them groomed every 8 to 12 weeks, though some long hair breeds may require more frequent grooming. If you have questions about who to go to, talk to your veterinarian for recommendations or reach out to companies such as Animal Medical Center Of Sauk Village Ltd for more information.

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