Grooming is an essential part of keeping your pet happy and healthy, and choosing a dog groomer is an important decision. Before dropping off your pup for a wash and dry, make sure you’ve chosen the right person to care for your pet.

Ask for Recommendations
The best place to start looking for a dog groomer is with friends and acquaintances. Another good resource is other pet owners at your local dog park. You’ll get honest reviews and recommendations of where to try (and businesses to avoid). Some veterinary offices will also have a recommendation list. It’s worth calling to see if they have any advice on where to bring your pup.

Speak to the Groomer Before the Appointment
After settling on one (or more) dog groomers, spend some time at their facility to ask a few questions. You’ll want to know how much experience they have and if they’re familiar working with your breed of dog. You can also inquire about any certifications, schooling or special training they’ve taken. Take note of how clean the facility is and if the dogs appear to be treated well. All this information can help you make a decision about which groomer to choose.

Does the Groomer Have Questions for You?
It’s important when vetting dog groomers that you choose one who is prepared and equipped to handle your pet. A sign of a good groomer is that they’ll ask questions about your dog. They will likely want to know how old they are, if they have any medical conditions, if they have previous experience with groomers and if they interact well with other dogs. By asking these types of questions, the groomer can determine if your dog is a good fit for their business.

Having your dog regularly groomed will help keep them happy and healthy. Hudson’s Bay Financial Services believes pet health is important, which is why we’re proud to partner with Petline Insurance, Canada’s largest pet insurance company, to offer Canadians affordable pet protection.

With pet insurance, you can be reimbursed for up to 80% of the cost of care and veterinary services, including X-rays, hospitalization, surgery or prescriptions that result from an accident or illness. When you purchase our pet insurance, you’ll also earn Hudson’s Bay Rewards points1 along with peace of mind.

Learn more about Petline Insurance.

1 Earn 2,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you purchase a Basic Care plan, 3,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care plan and 4,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care Plus plan. Rewards points will be issued in equal increments after every six months when you use a valid Canadian-issued credit card to pay for your premiums and will not be pro-rated. Offer valid in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec and the Yukon.