Open dog groomers

As the weather is warming up, many dogs are getting uncomfortable in their long coats. Hopefully dog grooming business could be safely reopened with minimal human interaction.

Why the contribution is important

Putting uncomfortably hot dogs out of their misery.

by Karinpaling on May 05, 2020 at 02:39PM

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  • Posted by TStrachan May 05, 2020 at 14:44

    I think this would be feasible provided there were strict measures adhered to. As long as groomers are working alone and could provide a hand over area where the owner could leave their dog, perhaps in a crate or something to attach their lead to and then step back allowing the groomer to then take the dog while keeping the 2m distance from the owner. Leads could be sanitised before and after handover I'm sure.
  • Posted by JDKFB May 05, 2020 at 14:47

    It's a good idea, as long as the groomers (where there are more than 1) can work together while maintaining physical distancing.
  • Posted by moviescot May 05, 2020 at 14:47

    Some dogs will be at great risk if not groomed especially if we are lucky enough to have a nice warm summer. This can be done with minimal interaction with dogs being picked up or dropped off within social distancing parameters.
  • Posted by Pamelac May 05, 2020 at 14:55

    It may not be a essential service for us but it is for the well-being of the dog, many breeds have a complex coat that require a experienced Groomer to look after it.
    Unlike us if a dogs hair becomes to long it can lead to skin conditions on the (paws) and ear problems (infections) in the ear.
  • Posted by ir May 05, 2020 at 14:56

    As well as preventing dogs from overheating, getting the dogs groomed/shorn would help prevent/cut down dogs picking up unsanitary things in their coats and bringing these into the home
  • Posted by Firebird67 May 05, 2020 at 15:12

    I support this idea with the appropriate social distancing in place. I think it would be a good idea for the dog groomer to wear a face covering as droplets landing on the dog might be transferred to the owner?
  • Posted by Magslee May 05, 2020 at 15:32

    I strongly support this idea . With warmer weather it is becoming very uncomfortable for dogs . This can totally be done using social distancing and face masks , hand washing before and after dropping off .
  • Posted by Gamble May 05, 2020 at 15:48

    Another one that is simple to manage under self isolating conditions
  • Posted by Montydog May 05, 2020 at 16:22

    As vets are not open groomers could help with health issues such as cutting nails
  • Posted by Tarveshostage May 06, 2020 at 09:46

    Regarding my dog groomer, she works alone..Has one morning and one afternoon appointment. I drop my spaniel off, and groomer phones my when doggie ready to collect. Surely many groomers work under the same system, and I can see less risk with this system, than a supermarket visit !
  • Posted by lnelily252 May 06, 2020 at 10:08

    I have no physical contact with my dog groomer. She works alone from her home. My dog runs out the car to her and runs back to me when I pick her up. I don’t even need to enter the premises so no problem allowing these to reopen.
  • Posted by Gillian May 08, 2020 at 11:34

    The dog groomer's is the most important thing for me to reopen - for my dog, this is now an essential business. It's not to make the dog look pretty or to satisfy my vanity, it's for the dog's well-being. He doesn't shed, has a long thick coat, and is now in desperate need of a professional groom to get rid of his winter coat and excess fluff before he overheats in the warmer weather.
    Our dog groomer had already looked at ways to introduce social distancing before the lock-down started, and it would be very easy to do: hand the dog over at the door, it goes straight in the bath, collect the dog at the door when it is finished. It has very little risk of transmitting infection - much less than going to the supermarket or other shop.
  • Posted by kjgall May 08, 2020 at 13:05

    This is an easy one given that dogs are usually dropped off and collected on completion. Some dogs will start to suffer with health issues if they cannot be groomed.
  • Posted by scottishfeminist May 08, 2020 at 14:22

    although the guidance on the Government website allows for sole traders to open as long as they maintain social distancing and therefore most groomers who work from home could manage this, they seem to be waiting until their profession is specifically mentioned for them to open up.
    Like many dog owners, i let mine go over the winter and was booked in for their first groom a day after lockdown started.
    This is not a matter of vanity, it is a matter of animal welfare. I finally found a groomer who had just re-opened and she took two days to do both dogs (had to keep them with her overnight) because they were in such a state that they were beginning to be distressed at the length of time it was all taking.
    Please, please sort this out.
  • Posted by Dwilliams21 May 08, 2020 at 16:09

    One if the last things we should do!
  • Posted by ChrisMcleod May 09, 2020 at 11:27

    Dog groomers should be allowed to open as a matter of urgency provided they can provide adequate measures of safety which I'm sure most can. The health and well- being of dogs, especially the breeds which don't cast like mine are at stake. These dogs can suffer from stress of hot weather and in turn bring on health issues. Please give this serious consideration for the sake of the dogs health.
  • Posted by lauradunbar May 11, 2020 at 06:48

    I agree with the comments posted. My dog , a Border Terrier, needs to be hand stripped ie the outer coat removed by hand , not clipped or cut which would ruin their coat. This needs to be done by someone who knows what they are doing so as to avoid distress to the dog. Now that the weather is warming up the thick, unstripped coat is making my dog too hot, especially when she is exercising. It has now become an animal welfare issue.
    As with most dog groomers, my dog groomer can easily provide the safe social distancing required. I would leave the dog in the treatment room while the groomer waited in another room. At the agreed time, I would collect the dog and leave the payment. If there were any issues the groomer would telephone me to discuss them.
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