The key aspects of a healthy pet: High-quality food, regular exercise, good training, and an excellent groomer. Many dog owners, particularly those of short-hair breeds, may not consider dog grooming strictly necessary. In reality, not caring for your pets hair, skin, and nails results in a matted-up pup — and skin conditions remain undiscovered and unchecked. Finding a quality dog groomer in the Heights and Little Rock area means your dog looks good and feels good.
Talking yourself out of getting your dog groomed is easy enough — many pets find the activity and the trip stressful. The Pine Hill Ranch Canine Center has solved that problem by providing mobile dog grooming services! Let’s talk about the most important things to consider when choosing the best dog grooming in Little Rock.
Why Can’t I Just Groom My Dog at Home?
You don’t cut your own hair at home, so why would you groom your own dog? The best dog groomers in the Heights do much more than clip nails and brush out burrs. A good groomer knows:
- A variety of haircuts, often specific to different breeds.
- How to bathe your pet without getting water in their ears and eyes, avoiding infections.
- Which products are best for canine (and feline!) skin and hair.
- Has professional tools essential to doing the job well.
- When a skin condition is more than just a little funny patch.
- How to identify dangerous lumps and bumps, and
- Can advise you when those skin issues need to be seen by a vet.
Even more importantly, the experts in our mobile dog grooming vans know how to hold or restrain difficult or high-strung “customers.” Many pets are uncomfortable with having their ears or feet touched, and even the best-tempered dogs can get upset about the grooming process. Knowing how to hold and groom without getting bitten is essential.
Dog grooming can be dangerous for you, but also for your furry friend, if inexperienced. For example, if they jerk their paws around during a nail trim, you could easily cut too short, resulting in spurts of blood. Clippers and scissors near a neurotic animal can cut the skin, leaving open wounds susceptible to infection.
At The Pine Hill Ranch Canine Center, our groomers work with frightened/anxious pets to make them as comfortable and accepting as possible with all the grooming procedures.
Finding the Best Dog Groomer in the Heights
Whether or you’re looking for the best dog groomer in the Heights or the top mobile dog grooming in Midtown, The Pine Hill Ranch Canine Center has you covered. Here are some of the most important things to consider to find the best mobile dog groomer in Little Rock or anywhere else.
The easiest way to start narrowing down dog grooming services is to read a few reviews. Remember to take some with a grain of salt, and consider the average between the best and worst reviews. How do most people feel about their visit to this groomer? You can check Facebook or Google for reviews from a variety of customers.
Word of mouth can also be a great way to find a good dog grooming service. If you know what your friends or family members expect from whomever they consider the best mobile groomer in Little Rock or the top brick and mortar groomer in their neighborhood to be, it’s easy enough to determine whether or not that groomer would also suit you.
Visit the Facilities
Before scheduling an appointment, many groomers offer a walkthrough of the building or mobile dog grooming van. You should see ventilation, cleanliness, dog friendliness, and organization. A little dog hair here and there isn’t surprising, but there should be individual kennels for each animal, a safe place for potty trips, and the tools of the trade should be regularly sanitized and stored neatly. Empty cages should be cleaned, and while it might not smell like roses, you would expect it to at least not smell disgusting.
A mobile dog grooming service, of course, will have significantly less room than a brick and mortar facility or a groomer who works out of a vet’s office. There might be less storage, but you can still make sure the van is well maintained and safe for animal visitors. Ultimately, you are looking to see if this is a place you feel comfortable leaving your pet.
Meet the Staff
Talking to the person who will be caring for your animal can make you feel a lot better about the process. Allowing your pet to meet them as well can make things easier when it’s actually time to get groomed. If your pet does not respond well, You may not be able to actively watch a dog groomer in action, but you can talk with them about their process.
Make a list of questions that are important to you beforehand.
Questions might include:
- What services do you provide, and how much do they cost? Are there any hidden fees?
- What are your qualifications?
- Are you experienced with my breed?
- Do you ever perform additional dog grooming services without obtaining consent?
- What are your policies and procedures?
- Do you have enough medical experience to know when something is amiss with my dog’s skin or ears?
- How often do you clean the work area?
- What products do you use for bathing?
- What tools do you use for trimming and clipping?
- How do you handle bad-tempered animals?
- What do you do if an accident happens? Do you have a first-aid kit?
- Do you require all animals to be vaccinated before entering the facilities?
- What do you do if you find a problem that needs a veterinarian’s attention?
- How long does a grooming usually take?
Check Certifications and Credentials
Arkansas has very few requirements for someone to call themselves a dog groomer. Essentially, anybody could say they are a mobile dog grooming service if they put it on their business card. You, however, are a smart pet owner, and you know you should ask about qualifications and credentials. Pet grooming programs are all over the place, and leaving your pet with someone who has the experience and technical knowledge is much easier than handing them over to someone who says they are good with scissors.
If you think you have found the best dog groomer in the Heights, but they have no licensing, that may not be a breaking point. Experience can be a great alternative to licensing. Ask to sit in on a grooming session, check those reviews, and see what other clients have to say.
Costs Should Comparative
If your dog hasn’t been to a mobile dog grooming van or any other grooming facility before, has super long and dirty hair, is covered in matts, and weighs 100 pounds, you can expect to pay more than a docile shih-tzu who gets groomed every week. Dog groomers generally charge differently depending on the size of the dog and how much attention their coat needs. Make sure you give your groomer an accurate picture of the state of your pet before asking about costs, so they can give you a fair estimate.
Once you know what to expect to pay, you can compare the price to other dog groomers in the Heights and the surrounding areas. You might pay more for higher-quality dog grooming, but you should also make sure that is what you are getting.
For More Information
If you are looking for mobile dog grooming in Little Rock, talk to The Pine Hill Ranch Canine Center! We offer quality, caring, professional services right at your door. In addition to grooming dogs and cats, The Canine Center offers a variety of classes, from beginning obedience training to competition skills. Schedule a dog grooming appointment today!