Pomeranian Full Groom
Ally, a 5 year old Pomeranian.
This lovely, very timid little girl has been coming to me regularly over the last 6 months. Her owner had been concerned with Allys reaction to previous grooms. She shopped around to find someone with whom she and Ally felt comfortable. Allys mum wants her clipped short for ease of care.
Pomeranians do have a double coat and some owners leave them long and opt for an undercoat strip while others prefer to clip them. As I have mentioned previously it is a personal choice. Ally is lucky because her coat grows back evenly. As with all grooms fur parents usually have a look/cut in mind. Due to the type of coat Poms (?) have there are a number of different styles that are popular (ie the fox, teddy, lion or kennel cut). Allys mum prefers more of a kennel cut, not too short but easy care.
When a dog has a traumatic experience it can be very hard to win their trust, if you ever can. You need a lot of patience and a gentle approach so, hopefully, with time they begin to associate a grooming session as a positive experience. (Even though they have to have a bath every dog loves the towel down afterwards).
When you choose a professional groomer you should ask lots of questions concerning your fur kid. You need to feel as comfortable and confident leaving your dog with them as your fur kid does. Having said that, there will always be a little bit of separation anxiety when you leave but, in my experience, if your dog is happy and comfortable that passes very quickly. Also, definitely watch your dogs behaviour after their grooming session. If they leave happy and energised you can be fairly certain it has been a positive experience for them. They not only look and smell great but feel good too.
If you find a groomer who ticks all these boxes and you are happy with the ‘do’ you should stick with them. For your own peace of mind. You will find they are able to build a strong relationship with your fur kids.
A win win for all.