You take your furry best friend to the groomer and he starts to act nervous and wind the leash around your legs. You decide that you d like to stay with your best friend. You become shocked and uneasy when the groomer suggests that staying isn't the best idea.
Here's the truth on why we groomers ask that you not stay. Dropping your dog off with a groomer is kinda like dropping your kid off at daycare. They get upset and try to stay in your arms. They cry and make sad face....the truth of the matter is, as soon as you are out of sight, they act happy and fine. Yep, sorry. That's the horrible truth. Your loyal, faithful fluffy little ball of love totally forgets about you after you drop them off. They have a more relaxing time and behave better when they are not striving to get your attention. When you stay, your pet try's to get off the table to get to you. They wiggle and sometimes become vocal to get to your lovin's. This makes grooming them very difficult and actually trains them to not behave during grooming. It also makes the outcome of the groom not as you or your groomer desired. Groomers can't compete with a mothers love, that being said they can love your dog in your place while you are gone. I can promise you that your pet becomes more comfortable after you leave than when you arrived. (at least in my salon!) They enjoy the pampering and the routine that comes with regular grooming. The more relaxed you are when bringing your pet, the more relaxed they are. So if a groomer asks that you not stay during grooming, it's not because they are harming your dog, or don't want the company. It's simply because it is what is best for your pet to have a calm relaxing and fun grooming. (Which is also another reason why I have a shorter appointment time, and not keep your pets in a kennel all day.) The more fun and comfort your friends have, the more they will enjoy grooming. Which will make for a happier healthier pet! Till next time...
I've been a groomer for almost 15 years. After working for big corporations and veterinary hospitals I have found the peace of working for myself and at home. Here are some of the things that happen, and tips on how to care for your pet.