Dog Grooming FAQ: What to Look for in a Dog Groomer
WebMD veterinary expert answers commonly asked questions about finding the right dog groomer.
And some fearful dogs are created by their owners. If you’re apprehensive
about dropping your dog off, he’ll feel that and it will make him fearful. So
try to make it a positive, upbeat experience when you come in with your
Q: There have been reports of dogs dying in drying cages, where a hot
dryer blows into a small cage. Are these dangerous to pets? Should I ask that
my dog be hand-dried?
A: Drying cages are not dangerous, only untrained operators are dangerous.
If used correctly, under close supervision, they’re fine. When you have
problems is when people aren’t trained how to use the machines correctly. So
they set them up for 85-90 degrees for 30 minutes and walk away. Well you can
fry a dog in that amount of time at that temperature. When used, they should be
set at 75-80 degrees, so it’s more like a warm, tropical breeze and not like a
And they should never be used with brachycephalic breeds [flat faced dogs,
such as bulldogs and pugs]. That’s because most of them already have breathing problems. I wouldn’t
use them with an elderly or a sick dog either. Normally the large drying cages
are used for the bigger, heavy-coated breeds. But it all goes back to training.
These people are just thrown into a grooming salon with no training and then
dogs end up dying.
Q: Most groomers don’t want the owner to stay and watch. Why is
A: If momma is here the dog is going to act up. That puts the dog at risk of
getting cut because they’re squirming around more, trying to get to their
But it can be done. It just takes more time. It just depends on the
groomer’s patience and what kind of shop it is.
Q: Most groomings include a bath and haircut, but what about other
services? Is it OK for groomers to pluck ear hair or express anal glands, or is
that better left to a veterinarian?