The grooming process at Planet Groom includes: bathing, blow-drying, the haircut, itself, nail trimming, and finishing touches.
Not all dogs enjoy being in water, but this is especially true when it comes to being bathed. This may seem counterintuitive for some who have been taught that dogs inherently love to swim, but it has been our experience that this is not the case and even if it is, does not always translate into loving bath time.
Blow drying is loud. It is loud for humans, so you can imagine how loud it is for a dog with significantly better hearing than ours. The sound of a high-velocity blow dryer can cause a dog a great deal of stress, understandably, so we give dogs (especially those who have never been groomed before) some grace when gauging their response.
Nail trimming seems to be a major source of contention for so many dog owners. Dogs can be sensitive about having their paws handled and the most common issue we face is a dog pulling his or her arm away or thrashing about on the groomer’s table. Some dogs can become aggressive and may require a muzzle during nail trims, but as with all other aspects of the process, we do our best to never use muzzles unless absolutely necessary.
So, if some dogs have a strong aversion to the use of the shower hose in the bath, how do we respond? We change course. We use buckets. Some dogs cannot tolerate the high-velocity dryer. What do we do? We adjust the strength of the dryer. If that doesn’t work, we let the dog sit in a cubby and dry under a slow, stand dryer. Does it take a bit longer? Absolutely, but the stress that the other dryer may cause for a dog that is already not responding well to its use is not worth it to us. A dog’s health and safety will always be our paramount concern. I'm a paragraph. Click once to begin entering your own content. You can change my font, size, line height, color, and more by highlighting part of me and selecting the options from the toolbar.