Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Dog Grooming Don'ts

I was asked today if I'd pick up a dog, groom it and then take it home again.

The simple answer to this is no. The reasons are complex but...

I have up to 10 dogs in day care so that means leaving them while I spend time collecting and dropping off one dog. (this is also time I could be booking in or working on another dog)

Also, if I have never met your dog before I don't know its temperament, if it likes strangers, how it travels, what condition its coat is in.

I don't have a crated area in my car which means your dog will be traveling loose and could therefore distract me (which is against the law).

If I have custody of your dog and it causes injury to someone then I am liable under the Dangerous Dog Act, even if it's the first time we've met.

I'm not comfortable that you are ok with handing your dog over to a complete stranger without knowing how I handle dogs.

I am unable to perform a pre-assessment of your dog to let you know what your price would be for that groom.

You are unable to make an informed decision on your choice of groomer as you will not have all the knowledge you need about me.

You are unable to sign the required paperwork to allow me to work on your dog.

These are the reasons off the top of my head but I am sure there are others if I sit and think about it.

But are you happy to hand your dog over to a complete stranger?