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    SALEM, Ore. – There are no laws requiring a pet groomer have any training before they pick up a set of shears. So how can you tell if your groomer has what it takes?

    There have been reports of pet coming back from the groomer with cuts or broken bones. In one instance a dog that was cooked to death in a drying machine.

    Caroline Gerlach said her best friend, Clancy, left the groomers with a cut.

    ”It wasn't bad enough that it needed stitches or anything, but I was a little bit frustrated to see that he had,” said Gerlach.

    Jenni Rauch can relate. She was hired as a groomer at a major chain six years ago, without any previous experience.

    She says she never learned some basic safety measures until she applied to become a certified professional groomer, in spite of all the training that the chain store offered.

    “Just as simple as lifting the back leg too high. If you go above in a certain direction it can cause damage in the stifle area,” said Rauch.

    Linda Easton wrote the book on dog grooming safety. In fact, she’s written several.

    “There's never been licensing of groomers; it's always been voluntary,” Easton said................
    Coordinators post updates to the message for grooming events, members contests, Classified Ads, GroomerTALK Radio shows and Magazine online.

  • #2
    Ya know they are DOGS.....not humans. All these stories and tales of groomers being abusive is annoying. many are treated as though they are the groomers own pet? Grow up owners and be aware of the condition of your dogs and teach your damn dogs to mind!
    Ain't always easy to stand up for what is right.


    • #3
      Hmmm…if average pet owner makes decision to hire or not the groomer, based on this advice, no groomer will ever "qualify":
      "6. Ask what blade size they use (the #7 blade is the most dangerous, especially on the pet’s legs)"