1. Don't let price be your first question. Don't let price determine whether you use the service or not. Everyone has their own bills and rent, which amount to different totals that that person has to cover called overhead. I for instance use the best Shampoos on the market with no detergents or dyes. My shampoo is over 50 dollars a gallon. Someone down the road uses say 20.00 a gallon shampoo. My rent is one number, theirs is another.
Everyone cannot be the same price. For one it is illegal. Its called price fixing.
There are different levels of experience. Someone with 20 years experience is not going to be the same price as someone with 4. So when calling these should be your questions and concerns.
*How long have you been in business?
*What is your experience, and are you qualified?
*Ask to come for a tour. Whatever place it may be; must be clean, and organized. (we may be covered in dog hair but we are still organized.)
*Ask what products they use.
*Ask how they dry your dog. (research stories on heated non-ventilated cage dryer deaths, the numbers will surprise you)
*Ask how they run their salon.
*What emergency procedures are they trained in in case of an emergency with your pet or what their plan of action would be.
*Ask if they continue their education in the field.
*Last if you are satisfied with their answers ask about price.
Remember to ALWAYS go with your gut!
Not saying that if you go somewhere and your dog is shaking to turn around and leave. They do that In a new place, new people, and some do have separation anxiety. It takes time to build a trust between your dog and someone new. But always research where you are going and try to see what goes on behind the scenes. I for one have absolutely nothing to hide, and welcome absolutely anyone to come on in and see how we operate and handle the dogs.
Have a great day!!