Go to the Salon in Person
Before you commit to a grooming salon, consider visiting the business in person.
“It should smell good. They should keep the salon clean,” says Linda Easton, executive director
of the International Professional Groomers Inc. “Is it really noisy? Are the dogs all screaming? Do the dogs look happy that you could see?”
If you can, ask to observe the groomers working with pets.
“Make sure you can watch how the dogs are being treated,” says Easton, who also owns Canine Concepts grooming salon in Salem, Oregon. “Does it look like they’re being nice to them? Are they letting them sit down while they’re grooming them? Do their restraints look like they’re humane?”
If you’ll be leaving your dog there for a few hours, check out the day care facilities too.
“They can’t just sit in a kennel. They need to have room to move. They need to be offered water,” says Easton. She also recommends ensuring the salon has adequate barriers to ensure your dog won’t escape.
Speak up if something about the salon feels off.
“If there’s a doubt, ask them why they do it and if you’re not comfortable, then don’t stay,” says Easton.