Groomers are often attached to pet stores but may also operate on their own as specialty services. Mobile pet grooming services offer customers convenience and flexible scheduling. Self-service dog washing businesses have emerged as well, which allow you to bathe your pooch in a large, clean area with access to soap, water and drying tools.
Animal groomers typically take appointments, with their cost based on the breed, hair length and size of your pet and the type of service you desire. If your dog or cat is resistant to grooming, this may also increase the cost. If she reacts negatively to being touched or brushed, she may not be a good candidate for grooming.
Most grooming salons will have multiple stations, each of which has a leash attachment to prevent your pet from jumping off the grooming table or running away. Both cat and dog services are commonly available, but dogs are by far the more popular customers of these businesses, as transport to a new location and the grooming process itself can be very stressful for cats.
Mobile services also may help reduce stress for your pet by eliminating the need for a car ride, a long stay at a salon and anxiety caused by other animals. A mobile groomer may cost more than a storefront salon, however, with some charging a $15 convenience fee on top of regular charges.
Be sure to visit any grooming business and observe the staff working before you commit to a service. Take a look at how the dogs are tethered and what the general atmosphere is like. Environmental tension manifests itself obviously in dogs, and grooming can be a stressful process — if you see bared teeth and generally unhappy animals, you may want to look elsewhere.