Hello there! My name is Leah and welcome to Cross My Thinners, a site dedicated to unlocking the grooming world. I have been a dog groomer for over 11 years, and although I learn something new everyday, my intention is to help fellow groomers, aspiring groomers, and pet parents with information into grooming. Further down the road I hope to include detailed information from the basics of grooming and grooming techniques, to in-depth product demos and reviews. My goal is to make this site the one stop place for any grooming question or need.
However, this is not the say all to end all. Every groomer is different; each have their own set of skills, techniques, and style. A way that might work for me, might not work for another groomer. Most of these techniques or information I provide will be based off of my personal experience of grooming. My hope is to provide helpful information to those who need it and give a closer looking into the world of grooming.
Without further ado let us start with some basic information about grooming. Dog grooming is a vibrant, lively, and booming profession. People love dogs; they adopt and rescue them, and need someone to provide basic maintenance services of their furry kids. That is where dog groomers, or dog stylists, come in. We are vital in helping maintain healthy, happy pets.
However, there is a misconception about our career being easy or that all groomers do is play with dogs all day. Now, do not get me wrong, most groomers do love cuddles, kisses, smiles, and love from the dogs we groom, but unfortunately that is a small part of our busy days. Our jobs are both physically and mentally demanding, as well as exhausting. We tend to be on our feet anywhere from 6 to 12 hours each work day, bending, lifting, twisting, pulling, and overall straining our bodies to accommodate our dogs. On the other end, this job requires a high level of patience as well as empathy. A groomer has to do their best at reading the body language of the dog they are grooming, to best determine how to handle them. Along those lines, dogs are not statues; they are living, breathing, feeling creatures, who get scared, can be stressed, and suffer from anxiety, just like human beings. Mix all of that information with scissors, blades, and clippers, insert stress and difficulty for groomer. To reiterate, dog grooming is not easy. We deal with every element of dog all day. From excrement, physical strain, emotional strain, and on a rare occasion, the unhappy, unpleasant, pet parent, which I will discuss further at another time.
So why do we do this job? What keeps us coming back day in and day out? Our dogs. It is as simple as that. Most dog groomers are here because we absolutely love what we do, and we truly love dogs. Now, I can imagine some of you rolling your eyes at this, but if you actually get to know a dog groomer, and you ask them that one question, I can almost guarantee you the answer will be because we love grooming and love dogs. The pros of this job outweigh the cons. Dog groomers are a select and special breed, and many who try to get in this career unfortunately do not succeed. So if you are an aspiring groomer, please take what I said into consideration, and also speak to other groomers. This will help you better understand what it is we groomers do, and help better prepare you for this life. If you are a pet parent, I hope that information gives you a better understanding and insight into our work.
Moving on, there are a variety of topics concerning dog grooming, as mentioned in the beginning that I intend to cover. I am going to bring my knowledge and experience to them, with references, articles, photos, and videos to corresponding subjects where allowed. My goal is to give as much detail and description as I possibly can. Posts will be every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, unless noted otherwise, 6pm Pacific time. If you have any questions, comments, or topics you would like me to discuss, please leave them down in the comment section.
Also a disclaimer, because we are currently in 2017, these are my opinions based on my 11 years experience of dog grooming. I am not the greatest groomer alive, or been grooming the longest. I have a deep passion for grooming, and I just want to share what I have learned throughout the years. That being said, there is no one size fits all for grooming. What may work out for me does not mean it will work out for another groomer. Grooming is constantly moving forward, evolving, and groomers learn new skills and techniques everyday. Always do your own research, speak to multiple groomers, read different reviews, and form your own opinions. With that, please do not attack me or others about difference in opinion. Also, I am not a vet. There are certain topics I will touch base on, solely on a groomers perspective. I will always state to consult a vet. There are things groomers can spot or discover, have a strong inkling of what the issue might be, and possibly give you our opinion if we have seen it before. However, we will always tell you, or should tell you, to consult with your vet. Veterinarians have spent thousands of dollars for schooling and went through extensive training. They are the professionals on health related issues.
Phew! If you have stuck around this long, good job and THANK YOU! I hope in the future I can provide you assistance for your grooming inquiries and I hope to see you Wednesday!