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Surely all dog groomers should be legislated?

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 22/02/2013   Category: Dog Grooming

Recently in the news there have been many horror stories about people taking their dogs to professional dog groomers resulting in them being maimed or killed. Whilst many groomers offer a fantastic and thoroughly professional service there are a minority that potentially give the industry a bad name through poor training, technique and negligent care.

Take the recent case of ‘Trudie’ a cocker spaniel who was effectively cooked in a dog dryer after the owner forgot about her as she was answering the phone for 20 minutes, after blistering to the skin and internal bleeding the poor dog had to eventually be put down. Whilst the RSPCA managed to successfully prosecute the owner of the salon the groomer was allowed to continue practicing as a dog groomer.

Unfortunately the RSPCA have advised that there are increasing numbers of incidents where dogs are damaged and harmed by untrained members of the profession who need no formal qualifications to set up in business as a professional dog groomer. The growing number of animal injuries has prompted animal welfare organisations to call for regulation — fast. David Bowle, head of public affairs at the RSPCA, said: ‘At the moment, nobody can tell if a groomer is competent or not. Owners are handing over their pets without knowing how safe their animals are.’

Surely in this day and age it should be necessary to get a formal qualification in dog grooming before being let loose on our family pets. We are sure that reputable dog groomers would be in favour of such a move as this bad press by the minority can only cause them harm as an industry.

At Easy Animal we have noticed a large increase in dog owners wanting to have a go at grooming their own dog and we have seen a significant rise in owners asking us for advice on choosing the right dog clippers and blades. We offer free advice on all dog grooming equipment and try to assist the dog owners in choosing the right products for their breed. Please call us on 0845 180 1010 to discuss your grooming requirements.