Dog groomers and their clients
The practice of dog grooming is both functional and intimate. Owner and dog must be reassured. Some dogs are nervous and are calmed by continuous gentle communication. Younger ones need time to get accustomed to it all. Some groomers explore other treatments – pressure point massage for example, to relax dogs with behavioural problems. A harness can be used to keep a restless dog on the grooming table. Groomers are trained, and continue to learn a lot while they are on the job. The dog is washed, dried, brushed, combed, clipped, scissored and styled, and may be sung to or fed something good. Groomers can be the first to notice any out of place lumps and bumps a dog may acquire, and can’t be squeamish. Some clients bring in ‘thank you’ cards or a gift for the salon owner’s dog, and feel they are part of a community.
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