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Published: Dec 05, 2012

If you have a dog with a thick coat, or a canine who has hair rather than fur, chances are you're going to need a groomer at some point in your future. Dog grooming can not only make your pet look better, it also plays an important role in his pet health. To make sure your groomer is right for the job, here are some tips on what to look for when browsing services in your area.

Can I groom him myself?
You may be wondering if you can save money by grooming your pet yourself. For some this may be an option, but remember that if your dog has hair, you'll likely need to use scissors, which can be dangerous if you aren't confident in what you're doing. Professional groomers have equipment that keeps the dog in place and the skill to make sure they don't injure the dog. However, if you are only thinking about brushing or washing your dog, you should be able to easily take on these tasks on your own.

Location and price
Should you decide to go the professional route, you'll need to find a location that is near your home and within your budget. However, make sure that you don't compromise quality for price. If at any point you feel that the groomer's establishment is unprofessional or could in any way endanger your dog, then you should move on and find somewhere else.

When touring the location, make sure it has all of the necessary accommodations for your pet. This means a large bath tub for washing your dog, collars that will help keep your pet steady while being trimmed and crates where your canine can be held when he's not being groomed.

Interviewing the groomer
Before you schedule your dog's first appointment, ask to speak with the groomer. He or she should be able to answer any questions you ask and demonstrate expertise and kindness. You want to make sure that your dog will be happy in this environment, and that he will be able to form a positive relationship with the groomer. You should also ask your groomer if he or she knows how to spot ticks on dogs, as these are often discovered during grooming sessions. Also ask about the shampoo he or she uses to make sure it is meant specifically for dogs, and inquire about the brush he or she will use to remove any tangles or mats in your dog's hair.