Cat grooming: Is it really necessary?

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You’ve probably heard that a cat’s tongue does a majority of the grooming that a cat needs. In fact, the tongue does help remove some dirt and grime, but most cats still need regular grooming—there are just some things a cat’s tongue can’t handle.

One thing that cat owners may not think about is getting your cat’s nails trimmed. Much like dogs, some cats’ nails can grow so long that they curl back into their pads. This can be incredibly painful and uncomfortable for your cat. Unfortunately, the cat’s tongue is rendered useless when it comes to trimming nails!

Cats also need regular brushing. One of the main benefits of regular brushing is to reduce shedding and hairballs. Even with short-haired cats, regular brushing is paramount. Long-haired cats, then, need to be more regularly brushed to help cut back on shedding and hairballs but also to prevent matting. Matting, if left unattended, can be another source of pain and discomfort for your cat. 

The third area where cats need attention is with bathing. Cat saliva simply isn’t enough to get your cat thoroughly cleaned. Mats should be removed before bathing to ensure they don’t get worse in the water.

These three areas of grooming could be done at home, but cats are typically harder to handle on your own, this is why taking your cat to a professional groomer for a nail trim, a good brush, and a bath is a great option. We have the tools and the experience to help make this task as easy as possible, and you don’t have to worry about finding the time to groom your fur baby.  

The Apprentice, March 2019

College isn’t for everyone; trade school isn’t for everyone. For those who don’t find their passion at a university or trade school, there are alternatives. This is where the apprenticeship comes in. Here, we want to take the time to explain what our apprenticeship program looks like for both the apprentice and our clients.

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You may or may not have noticed the sign in our salon that says, “We are a teaching business. All of our students are supervised by certified staff. We recognize that not everyone is comfortable with this, so if you wish your pet not to be handled by students, please let us know.” This is in reference to our apprenticeship program. Through this program, Tails-A-Wagn’ hires people who are willing to learn the trade and skills of grooming.

Apprentices (or students) go through a similar application process as any other employee. Once hired, the apprentice works in the salon in various areas learning the skills it takes to become a stylist. Our students work hard, and we ensure they are learning under an experienced and certified stylist.

The apprentice program is self-paced, and taught via a distance-learning program with Paragon School of Pet Grooming. Students are taught with hands-on learning, as well as online classroom learning. Students, before acceptance into the apprentice program at Tails-A-Wagn’, come and observe how we work and get an idea for company culture. Should we decide to work with one another, students spend some time in each area of the salon, learning the various skills needed to be a stylist.

So, if you see our sign hanging in the lobby, know that we are doing what we can to teach people a valuable trade, and by allowing your pet to spend time with our students, you are doing your part too!

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Puppy’s first groom, February 2019

Let’s face it-- most puppies are a mess. What are the best ways to ensure that that “mess” stays in the puppy stage and doesn’t follow our beloved dogs into the adult stage of their lives? Well, there are lots of things you could do that range anywhere from obedience school to training them at home. One thing that will help your puppy when they get into their adult stage of life is to make sure your puppy is visiting the groomer regularly and as soon as possible.

Dogs who aren’t used to the grooming environment may find it stressful, causing them to act out in a number of ways. Particularly with larger dogs, this is an issue as they get bigger because they become harder to handle both for you and the groomer. Bringing your puppy in when they are young can help you and the puppy adjust to this new environment, and potentially help ease those discomforts and uncertainties.

This not only makes it easier for the groomers, bathers and helpers working with your dog at the salon, but it also helps you! Dogs have a keen sense of what’s going on; they know when they are leaving the house for a fun trip—and a not-so-fun trip. We have found that many dogs that have been coming to us for regular grooms since they were puppies actually enjoy their trip to the salon! They get their spa treatment and they get to socialize—who wouldn’t want a fun day out?! However, if dogs haven’t gotten used to the environment, this tends to be a stressful time for them, and a not-so-fun trip out of the house. Getting them to enjoy their trip to the salon will be easier on you when you go to load them into the car and drop them off for the day—plus it might help ease some of your anxieties too.

Sometimes, your puppy may not even need a haircut or bath. In that case, bringing them by just to play can be a great option to get them used to the environment. It’s important to remember that each dog is different, and the adjustment time is different for each of them. We strive to make sure each dog is catered to, and they are as happy and comfortable as they can be. We know this can be scary for newer visitors, and we want to make sure that everyone has a pleasant experience. Give us a call and ask us about how we can help your puppy adjust to this new experience!

Don’t forget about our Puppy’s First Groom promotion! Through the end of March, we are offering a $25 groom for puppies 6 months and under. Mention the promotion at the front desk to receive it! *valid for only one groom*