Win­ter groom­ing a good idea

Central Otago Mirror - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Ebony Groom­ing owner Suzey has al­ways wanted to be a dog groomer. She has owned her own busi­ness in Alexan­dra for over five years and doesn’t al­ways stick to the text book when it comes to style.

‘’Ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent in what they would like and I try to get a re­ally good un­der­stand­ing of what they want for their dog,’’ she says.

‘’I think this is very im­por­tant.’’

Suzey’s busi­ness is var­ied and in­cludes ev­ery­thing from farm dogs to poo­dles.

‘’I work on a lot of feet in the sum­mer for the bar­ley grass and work­ing dogs get clipped right back for the same rea­son,’’ she says.

She says there are a still a lot of tra­di­tional cuts, but a lot of the dogs are now cross breeds.

A full groom in­cludes brush/clip, toe nails, ears plucked, bath and blow dry and then the

dogs are fin­ished off with a sec­ond clip and scis­sor­ing.

Suzey loves people and she loves dogs, so she ap­pre­ci­ates the smile and the thanks when cus­tomers bring their dogs back.

‘’It’s very re­ward­ing to know some­one is happy with your work.

She also loves work­ing with timid/shy or abused dogs that need spe­cial han­dling and giv­ing them the con­fi­dence and trust that they de­serve.

‘’I also love work­ing with puppy’s and do­ing puppy’s first groom, Suzey says.

‘’The first groom is so im­por­tant and must be fun for puppy as well.’’

She says you need ex­cel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills in or­der to in­ter­pret what is be­ing asked of you and you mustn’t mind get­ting dirty!

Suzey says it’s im­por­tant to keen up the groom­ing through­out the win­ter months too.

‘’Keep­ing up the vis­its through win­ter can of­ten re­move the need to have to shave off a mat­ted dog in the spring.’’

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