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Finding the right groomer

Once I took the oldest dog to a well-known pet store that offered grooming services. He shook the whole time he was there and cried when we left. It broke our hearts but the place came highly recommended and he needed to be groomed.

When we got him back at the appointed time, which was six hours later, he looked great. Well groomed, relatively calm...but he was sure happy to see us.

I didn't know how we were going to do it the next time. I guess part of me does trust these companies to some extent, but then again how do you know how your pet is really being treated?

Enter the mobile grooming service. I had researched the concept and decided to try one. Well, the woman arrived with her own table, a cover for the floor and all the tools she needed to properly groom a Shitsu. She doesn't bathe them, but because I started bathing them regularly when they were young, they don't give me any problems so that really wasn't an issue.

Our dog was a bit nervous at first, but because he was in his own home and my husband and I were there for reassurance, she didn't really have any problem with him. We were happy with her and called her back.

As time went one, our dog was so comfortable with her and his surroundings that he sat still the whole time, even when she clipped his face. There is no need for the neck chain with him.

When our new puppy needed a cut, we just included him on the bill. We made sure he watched while his brother got cut and then, when it was his turn, he imitated his brother and was perfectly still and quiet while the groomer worked on him.

I can't recommend a good mobile groomer enough...your dogs will be comfortable, well groomed, and you can be assured that they are not being abused in any way because you are there watching them.


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