Dog groomers work in a variety of settings, from pet stores to grooming salons to veterinarians' offices. They often work long hours and spend most of the day on their feet. It is nice to occasionally let them know that they are appreciated for the hard work that they do. After all, finding a good groomer is a lot like finding a good hairdresser.
Groomers often give treats to their canine customers during or after grooming sessions. The thought is that a dog will make a positive association between the grooming and the treats, and might not be so apprehensive the next time he visits the groomer. Buy or even bake your own dog treats, put them in a cute basket or other decorative container and tie it up with a ribbon for presentation.
Dog groomers often send their canine clients home with a ribbon, bow, bandanna or some other finishing touch to a grooming session. It will save some money and can be fun for the groomer to make her own doggie hair accessories, so you can put together an organizational-type craft box with small pieces of material, spools of ribbon, small clips and elastic bands, scissors and other tools that the groomer can use to make her own products. Tie a bow around the box for presentation.
Groomers tend to get covered in hair, soap and water, which makes wearing a waterproof apron a necessity. The best aprons for dog groomers include pockets that can hold combs, brushes and other supplies. Waterproof grooming aprons are made of rubber or PVC and can be found at many grooming-supply retailers. You can find styles from practical to whimsical.
Combs, brushes, nail clippers and shears come in different sizes and styles and are used for certain grooming situations and coat types. There are tools designed to break up mats, tools made to take out dead undercoat, shears designed to thin the coat and many more types of grooming implements. If your groomer has been mentioning a new tool that he'd like, or you know what type of tools he uses on your dog, you can use this information to choose something new for his collection.
A grooming table is practically a necessity for pet groomers. It eases wear and tear on a groomer's back by elevating the dog to her level. Grooming tables have non-skid surfaces to make the dog easier to control, and there are optional accessories, such as a grooming arm, to help hold the dog. A grooming table makes an excellent gift for someone just starting in the grooming business.
Personal items such as coffee mugs or T-shirts decorated with a dog or a grooming theme make suitable gifts for any occasion. Grooming is demanding work, so a back-massage pillow or a comfy pair of slippers would be enjoyed at the end of a long day. A travel mug with a lid to keep pet hair out of the groomer's drink would be a nice option. Last, but certainly not least, gift cards and monetary gifts are always appreciated.