When it comes to grooming our precious pets, not everyone realizes priming and preening comes at a cost. Groomers juggle the cleanliness, attractiveness, and health of their clients, who happen to be totally unpredictable animals. So even though they are dog lovers, their jobs come with Great Dane-sized challenges.
One dog groomer from Copenhagen grew frustrated by the hounding of pet parents about the cost of her services. Tired of explaining the intricacies of her job, she came up with a way to train her customers into understanding that a dog groomer isn’t a hairdresser, and what she did made an impression customers wouldn’t soon forget!
Laura Gedgaudaite feels proud to have a job beautifying every dog breed around. Working as a groomer provides her with endless opportunities to scratch dog bellies and watch the heartbreaking sweetness of an anxious dog finally relaxing and wagging its tail.
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On the pamperer’s end of the dog grooming business, it’s not always so relaxing. Ensuring the comfort and safety of the dog and themselves can be a complex, physically exhausting challenge.
After years of fielding complaints from customers over the cost of keeping their fur pals primped and polished, Laura had had enough. Despite her customer’s obvious love for their dogs, they really didn’t understand the realities of the grooming business.
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Most often, Laura heard the comparison of grooming to hairdressing. People wanted to know why their basic trim in a barber shop cost less than their dog’s fresh cut. So, she devised a clever way of training her customers to behave as well as their pups.
On the wall of the pet salon, she posted her manifesto: “Top Ten Reasons Why It Cost More To Get Your Pet Groomed Than Your Own Haircut!” Comical in nature, her list made her customers laugh and, more importantly, taught obedience.
“You don’t go eight weeks without washing or brushing your hair,” her list said. It’s become less popular to shampoo daily, but even still, most people keep it cleaner than doggies do. Groomers are tasked with providing the only regular bath many pets receive.
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When you make a hair appointment, you make sure to block out time for big transformations. Often times dogs show up at the groomers matted, muddy, and tangled beyond the help of brushing. Beauty takes time.
The list continued: “Your hairdresser doesn’t give you a sanitary trim.” Hate to break it to you, but if you’re taking your pants off during a haircut, that is out of the ordinary. Dogs require trims from eyebrows to ankles and every nook and cranny in between.
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“Your hairdresser doesn’t clean your ears.” Ear care is one of the most important jobs in grooming. Parasites and bacterial infections have a huge impact on your dog’s overall health and cause sensitivity, making it tough to address.
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“Your haircut doesn’t include a manicure or pedicure.” Hairdressers, nail techs, estheticians — all separate certifications. Pet grooming? One stop shopping. Groomers charge separate fees for additional services but have to be well versed in the full gamut of pet hygiene.
“You’re hairdresser only washes and cuts the hair on your head.” One head with 7 different growth patterns would be a walk in the park for the average dog groomer. Facial areas, paws, armpits, and tails all require varied techniques of trimming, and usually, the customer is rather wiggly.
“The likelihood of you pooping on your hairdresser is pretty slim.” Sadly, dogs can’t ask where the toilet is. Whenever, wherever, the world is their commode. That means it’s up to the groomer to drop the clippers and pick up the pooper scooper.
“Your hairdresser doesn’t remove boogers from your eyes.” Dog’s eyes are more prone to goopy corners. Overactive tear ducts clear unwanted debris and hair out of those sad puppy dog eyes. Groomers wipe away the boogies and let pet parents know if it’s standard discharge or something more serious.
“You sit still for your hairdresser.” At least when you go to the salon, you’re choosing to have your head handled. Groomers literally fight tooth and nail for the entire process of cleaning and cutting. Still, they manage to trim squirming pets without knicking them.
“You don’t bite or scratch your hairdresser.” If you do, please, stop! Groomers are prepared to catch a bite from a dog, even with all the precautions and restraints on hand in the salon. Accounting for pain and injury from the bite of a nervous or aggressive dog is common practice.
“Your hairdresser doesn’t wash and clean your rear end.” The whole “customer is a dog” thing makes this task much less awkward. Groomers don’t shy away from the gross. They earn their wages by tackling unpopular tasks, and cleaning dog butts falls into that category.
The rules paint an unpleasant picture of the job of a groomer, but all professionals who dedicate their time to the career, above all, truly adore dogs. To make them look their best, dog, man, and groomer need to be on the same wavelength.
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Laura explained how abiding by the rules ensures a comfortable space for pet and groomer, and it makes all the difference. “You have to be a strong person mentally to do this job,” she said, “because the dogs can feel if you are afraid or angry; they feel the adrenaline and respond to it.”
Dogs read the room better than anyone. Going to the groomers can be scary, so gentleness, confidence, and security go a long way in ensuring everyone has a best-in-show experience. That goes double for how pet parents treat the groomers!
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Before you strap your furry friend into their seat belt and head for Pet Smart, brush up on these interesting dog facts to impress the groomer and the other dog people in the waiting room.
Dalmatians may be famous for their spots, but the puppies are not actually born that way. Their signature black patches of fur don’t develop until they’re roughly two-to-three weeks old.
Dogs don’t curl up while sleeping just to look cute, or even to necessarily feel more comfortable. This tendency is actually rooted in their instincts to protect their vital organs at night (and to stay warm, of course).
Some recent studies have found that dogs usually try to “go to the bathroom” in such a way that they’re aligned with the earth’s magnetic field. Both sexes defecate in the north or south direction, but only females prefer to urinate that way, too.
The idea that dogs only see in black and white is a total myth. They can actually perceive a wide range of colors, although it’s more limited than the spectrum that humans can see.
Dogs are able to hear sounds from just about any direction because they have no fewer than 18 different muscles in each of their ears. Theirs are much different than human ears!
Sorry to get personal, but we’ve got to. Not only does your dog masturbate, but he or she will continue to do so even after being neutered or spayed. In fact, dogs can become addicted to masturbating, which is often a sign of constant stress.
Most people know that dogs always have wet noses, but what they may not know is that this layer of moisture allows them to absorb scent chemicals, amplifying their sense of smell.
Similarly, everybody knows that dogs have a superior sense of smell compared to humans, but that’s a huge understatement. Their noses are estimated to be 10,000 to 100,000 times stronger!
The reason why dogs run around in circles before resting is because it’s part of an instinctual “nesting” ritual passed down from their wolf ancestors. They’re just making themselves feel more at home!
With about 75 million dogs in the entire country, the United States has a higher dog population than any other nation on the face of the earth. Labrador retrievers are the most popular!
The wagging of a dog’s tail can mean much more than expressing happiness. Depending on the pattern, it can communicate different things, including curiosity, nervousness, playfulness, and even aggression.
Dogs are able to “see” more clearly by using their whiskers. This allows them to sense the slightest changes in air pressure, and even gives them a special sort of “night vision!”
The Norwegian Lundehund (also known as the Norwegian Puffin Dog) usually has six toes on each paw—which is two more than the standard four toes that most dogs have!
Dogs are able to sense important changes in human bodies. That’s why there are number of service dogs, such as seizure alert dogs, who can help patients during focal onset seizures.
There was once a service dog named Kirsch who, after accompanying his owner to all his classes, received an honorary degree in mental health counseling. He must have been proud!
Petting your dog is actually great for your physical health! When you do it, your blood pressure lowers to a greater degree than it would during interactions with other humans.
A breed of hunting dog, known as the Basenji, doesn’t bark. Because of the unusual shape of their voice boxes, they actually “yodel.” It’s been said to sound like they’re saying “baroo!”
Dogs lick their noses because the roofs of their mouths have the ability to sense different scents. They actually transfer scent particles to their mouths directly from their noses!
Newfoundland dogs have webbed feet to make it easier for them to swim! In fact, their superior swimming abilities may be their most defining trait—besides their obvious strength and size.
The bottom of a dog’s foot often smells a bit like a bag of corn chips. That’s because their sweat glands, which are only found on their feet, have a natural yeast-like smell because of the bacteria.
Dogs often suffer from separation anxiety when their owners leave. One thing you can do to help reassure them is to leave a piece of clothing with your scent on it for them to sniff.
Dogs often get jealous when they see their humans showing too much affection for anything, or anyone, other than themselves. They just love you way too much for their own good!
Men are three times more likely to get a woman’s phone number if he has a dog with him. That’s adorable, of course, but that does leave open the possibility that she might just want to date him for his dog…
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Seven-year-old Duke the dog is the elected mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota! Not only that, but he won by a landslide. Really, though, who wouldn’t want this sweet little guy as their mayor?
Orient the German shepherd led his owner, Bill Irwin—who happened to be blind—through the entirety of the Appalachian Trail’s 2,100 miles. That made Bill the first blind man to complete the hike!