Pet grooming is often looking back on as an optional extra for many people, a luxury treatment for their pet which is likely to quite easily get by with a dunk in the local river or lake. However, this really isn’t the case. Pet groomers offer several essential maintenance services for your pet’s good health, cleaning the eyes, ears and butts that your beloved companion might be unable, or unwilling, to look after themselves.
This tongue-in-cheek sign found at one pet groomers perfectly sums it up. Obviously disappointed and bored by the same questions about their fees, they set all the reasons why a pet groomer is a far more in-depth and physically demanding job than your average hairdresser. Perhaps after reading these, you’ll have a new-found appreciation for the job that they do!
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# 10: Your hairdresser doesn’t washing and clean your rear end.
Often, your haircut will come with a shampoo and even a head massage too if you’re luck. However, all pet grooming involves a full shampoo, trim and a butt clean, something that is likely to be slightly awkward if your hairdresser been trying to do the same during your appointment.
# 9. You don’t run eight weeks without rinsing or brushing your hair.
Your median human will clean and brush their hair regularly, keeping it neat and clean and smelling good. This is not the case with most pets, although most cats do a great chore. Puppies, however, can show up to the salon with a matted, tangled mess of muddied fur, which can take quite a long time to sort out.
# 8. Your hairdresser doesn’t give you a sanitary trim.
Hairdressers work on a small and localised region, sticking exclusively to the head. Your pubes are your problem. If your hairdresser had to head down to your delicate areas, scissors in hand, they’d probably ask for a little more compensation too.
# 7. Your hairdresser doesn’t clean your ears.
Again, this is your job, we have the tools and the ability to do it ourselves. But for our pets, ear cleaning is a very important service that needs patience and training, hence the small fee increase.
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# 6. Your hairdresser doesn’t withdraw existing boogers from your eyes.
Many breeds of puppy have overactive tear ducts that cause mucus to build up, causing inconvenience and risking infection. This gunk can often be pretty oozy and gross, but pet groomers are only happy to help your puppy and take care of it for them.
# 5. You sit still for your hairdresser.
Imagine if, instead of sitting obediently in your swivelly chair, moving your head when prompted and serving up interesting dialogue points, you went to the hairdresser and refused to sit still, wriggling about in all the regions of the salon and needing to be physically constrained? Welcome to the world of the pet groomer, where getting the subject to sit still is half the battle.
# 4. Your haircut doesn’t include a manicure or pedicure.
We go to a different salon and pay a separate fee to look after our nails on hands and feet. However, there are no dedicated dog’ pawicurists; ’ your pet groomer does the lot.
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# 3. Your hairdresser only washings and cuts the hair on your head.
Again, pits, pubes, chest, toe and nipple hair are out-of-bounds to your hairdresser, what you do with them is your own business. Not for the pet groomer, who must deal with various growths and sproutings all over your dear pets’ body.
# 2. You don’t bite or scratch your hairdresser.
If you did decide to go in for a nibble on your hairdresser while they are at work, you’d rapidly find yourself on the sex offender’s register. For pet groomers, however, this is a common occurrence and one of the hazards of the job. A bit of extra’ danger’ fund to take these risks into consideration is more than understandable if you ask me.
# 1. The likelihood of you pooping on your hairdresser is pretty slim.
Your hairdresser assumes that most of their clients would politely excuse themselves if nature were to come calling. Being interrupted on the job may be slightly vexing, especially if you have a tight schedule to adhere to, but it’s nothing compared to trying to work in close contact with a poopy-pants.
Copenhagen-based groomer Laura Gedgaudaite loves her undertaking, but admits that it can be harder than most people think. “People often believe I expend most of my day cuddling with fluffy puppies, but that’s not true, ” she told Bored Panda. “Some dog breeds have naturally long hair that grows non-stop, so it’s required in order to shampoo, brush, cut and trim their coats. The proprietors should brush these long-haired dogs daily, but they don’t always do that! ”
“It takes a lot of energy to handle a dog if it’s not calm, especially if it’s a greater breed. But if they are aggressive or bite, I usually choose not to groom them and they have to go home.”
Keeping your pup clean, fluffy and healthy can be a difficult and hazardous undertaking, so be extra kind the next time you visit your friendly local pet groomer. They truly are worth every penny!