Dog Groomer Had Enough Of Customer Complaints So She Found A Clever Way To Tell Them To Buzz Off


Laura Gedgaudaite feels proud to have a job
beautifying every dog breed around. Working as a groomer provides her with endless
opportunities to scratch dog bellies and watch the heartbreaking sweetness of an anxious
dog finally relaxing and wagging its tail. On the pamperer�s end of the dog grooming
business, it�s not always so relaxing. Ensuring the comfort and safety of the dog
and themselves can be a complex, physically exhausting challenge. After years of fielding complaints from customers
over the cost of keeping their fur pals primped and polished, Laura had had enough. Despite her customer�s obvious love for
their dogs, they really didn�t understand the realities of the grooming business. Most often, Laura heard the comparison of
grooming to hairdressing. People wanted to know why their basic trim
in a barber shop cost less than their dog�s fresh cut. So, she devised a clever way of training her
customers to behave as well as their pups. On the wall of the pet salon, she posted her
manifesto: �Top Ten Reasons Why It Cost More To Get Your Pet Groomed Than Your Own
Haircut!� Comical in nature, her list made her customers laugh and, more importantly,
taught obedience. �You don�t go eight weeks without washing
or brushing your hair,� her list said. It�s become less popular to shampoo daily,
but even still, most people keep it cleaner than doggies do. Groomers are tasked with providing the only
regular bath many pets receive. When you make a hair appointment, you make
sure to block out time for big transformations. Often times dogs show up at the groomers matted,
muddy, and tangled beyond the help of brushing. Beauty takes time. The list continued: �Your hairdresser doesn�t
give you a sanitary trim.� Hate to break it to you, but if you�re taking your pants
off during a haircut, that is out of the ordinary. Dogs require trims from eyebrows to ankles
and every nook and cranny in between. �Your hairdresser doesn�t clean your ears.�
Ear care is one of the most important jobs in grooming. Parasites and bacterial infections have a
huge impact on your dog�s overall health and cause sensitivity, making it tough to
address. �Your haircut doesn�t include a manicure
or pedicure.� Hairdressers, nail techs, estheticians � all separate certifications. Pet grooming? One stop shopping. Groomers charge separate fees for additional
services but have to be well versed in the full gamut of pet hygiene. �You�re hairdresser only washes and cuts
the hair on your head.� One head with 7 different growth patterns would be a walk
in the park for the average dog groomer. Facial areas, paws, armpits, and tails all
require varied techniques of trimming, and usually, the customer is rather wiggly. �The likelihood of you pooping on your hairdresser
is pretty slim.� Sadly, dogs can�t ask where the toilet is. Whenever, wherever, the world is their commode. That means it�s up to the groomer to drop
the clippers and pick up the pooper scooper. �Your hairdresser doesn�t remove boogers
from your eyes.� Dog�s eyes are more prone to goopy corners. Overactive tear ducts clear unwanted debris
and hair out of those sad puppy dog eyes. Groomers wipe away the boogies and let pet
parents know if it�s standard discharge or something more serious. �You sit still for your hairdresser.�
At least when you go to the salon, you�re choosing to have your head handled. Groomers literally fight tooth and nail for
the entire process of cleaning and cutting. Still, they manage to trim squirming pets
without knicking them. �You don�t bite or scratch your hairdresser.�
If you do, please, stop! Groomers are prepared to catch a bite from
a dog, even with all the precautions and restraints on hand in the salon. Accounting for pain and injury from the bite
of a nervous or aggressive dog is common practice. �Your hairdresser doesn�t wash and clean
your rear end.� The whole �customer is a dog� thing makes this task much less awkward. Groomers don�t shy away from the gross. They earn their wages by tackling unpopular
tasks, and cleaning dog butts falls into that category. The rules paint an unpleasant picture of the
job of a groomer, but all professionals who dedicate their time to the career, above all,
truly adore dogs. To make them look their best, dog, man, and
groomer need to be on the same wavelength. Laura explained how abiding by the rules ensures
a comfortable space for pet and groomer, and it makes all the difference. �You have to be a strong person mentally
to do this job,� she said, �because the dogs can feel if you are afraid or angry;
they feel the adrenaline and respond to it.�

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