If you’re a dog owner in Chicago, you know that finding a groomer is not a problem—it seems there’s one with a cutesy name on every other street corner! But as we all know, finding the best groomer involves making sure that particular business can handle your dog’s unique needs. For instance, some groomers allow walk-in nail trims, while others require you to call ahead and schedule a full-service visit. When it comes to finding the best dog groomer in Chicago, here are our top tips.
First, Decide if You Need a Chicago Groomer for Your Dog
You might not think so, but sometimes, you can do the grooming yourself if your dog is low maintenance and you feel comfortable/able to do so. For instance, if you have a shorthaired dog who doesn’t get matted or need hair trims, you can likely take care of the washing by yourself. However, if your dog is very high energy and doesn’t cooperate with at-home grooming, or if you don’t have the time or space to do it yourself, going to a groomer can be a big help.
Find Groomers Near You By Asking for Recommendations
If you’re looking for a reputable groomer, asking around for recommendations is usually a good starting point. Your Chicago dog walker likely has some top-rated spots that they can vouch for—they may even bring their own dogs to the places they tell you about. Asking your friends and family, or other nearby dog owners, can also be a good place to get recommendations. Barring that, review sites like Yelp are always a good resource for finding great services near where you live in Chicago.
Once You’ve Got a Few in Mind, Visit and Evaluate the Facility
After you’ve chosen a few groomers that look like they might be what you need, you can stop in to each of them and evaluate different aspects of the facility. Check out things like whether it’s well lit and well-ventilated (of course, there will be some wet-dog smell, but that’s pretty unavoidable given the nature of the business) and the demeanor of the staff (whether they seem overworked or stressed out—rushing a dog grooming appointment can lead to problems!).
You should also check on the size of the cages that the dogs are kept in while they’re waiting for their turn or for their owners to pick them up—the dogs should have enough room to be comfortable.
Talk One on One With Staff
The easiest way to get a feel for the groomer you’re visiting with is to chat with the staff for a couple of minutes. They can explain the pricing structures, services they offer, and how you can best prepare your pooch for their salon visit.
Finding the Best Groomer for You
Learn more about the groomers in your area today, or talk with us at Cruisin’ Canines about how we, your favorite dog walking company in Chicago, can help you find the best groomer for your pup.