Pet Grooming tip – A Calm Stress-free Environment and Patience
My name is Theresa Pettet and I am the proprietor of a pet grooming business called Professional Pet Grooming which I opened in 1986, after receiving my certification from The Canadian School of Dog Grooming. Predominately I work with dogs and cats but occasionally groom rabbits and pet farm animals. I Have loved animals since I was a small child and find the grooming business to be rewarding both emotionally and financially. Marko, the Admin on Pets.ca thinks grooming tips would make great blog posts so I thought I’d give it a try with this brief intro tip.
Since every pet is an individual with likes and dislikes the most essential tools you can bring to the table are patience coupled with a calm, stress-free environment. If you the groomer are anxious the dog or cat will pick up on this and it often makes the grooming harder. Of course having the grooming done in a very quiet area of the home will also help ease the nerves of anxious pets. These 2 things along with kindness go a long way to eliminate anxiety and fearfulness in even the most difficult pet and help to develop a raport between the two of you. Firm but gentle handling will establish who is in control and help eliminate unwanted behaviour and is fundamental in gaining the trust and confidence in your client.
In future articles I will be happy to offer my ‘tricks of the trade’ that will make the grooming experience rewarding. Next tip – Location and what substitutes for a proper grooming table and necessary constraints that work for those without the parlor set-up.
Theresa Pettet is a professional pet groomer covering the Perth area of Lanark county in Ontario, Canada. She can be reached at 613-269-9140