A Groomer's Best Interests
Tim Dressen, owner of Groomer’s Best, discusses how investing in high-quality, functional equipment can help grooming businesses thrive.
Grooming Business: Based on your perspective as a supplier, what is the state of the professional grooming industry? What is driving this performance?
Tim Dressen: The grooming industry is at a great point right now. The economy is finally straightened out after the 2008 crash, and groomers are building confidence that their business is rolling on the right pathway and are not scared to invest into their own businesses. Also with their grooming shops busier than ever, groomers need quality equipment to help manage their time more efficiently to groom as many animals as possible throughout the day.
Now that their kids are mostly out of the house, the baby boomers are all turning their attention toward their pets. With kids out of the house, they have extra money and are able to afford bringing their pets to the groomer on a scheduled basis.
GB: What should professional groomers look for in an equipment supplier?
Dressen: Professional groomers should really consider the quality and functionality of equipment when trying to decide what to order and what would fit their needs. Since the grooming industry is booming right now, some groomers think, “I just need a quick fix to get me by for now.” However, this is the biggest waste of money. Investing in great equipment will put your mind at ease. If you just do a quick fix, it will end up costing you more in the end. Quality equipment should last at least 10 years; and it will most likely last a lifetime.
Functionality is also a big factor. If you groom mostly big dogs, invest in large equipment that will accommodate both small and large dogs. If you groom mostly small animals, consider investing in equipment designed for small animals such as a mini bathing tub and a 36-in. tabletop.
If you have back problems, consider the pros and cons of each piece of equipment. For instance, if you have a bad back or just want to prevent yourself from getting a bad back, new technology such as the Groomer’s Best Low Profile Electric Grooming Table lowers the table all the way to the floor, so the dog can get itself on, and the electric motor raises it up to the right height—up to 42 inches. Also, our mini bathing tub is great for small animals, raising them up to 29 inches, so you don’t have to bend over to their height.
GB: What are the key trends in grooming equipment?
Dressen: What we are seeing is that shop owners want to update their equipment from the standard raised bathing tub and stationary grooming tables to new equipment that will save time, energy, their body and their wallets in the long run.
GB: What are Groomer’s Best’s most exciting product introductions?
Dressen: Groomer’s Best has new and exciting technology and equipment to do custom colors on our tubs and tables. It is available on our Elite Bathing Tubs, Mini Bathing Tubs, Walk-In Bathing Tubs and all sizes of tabletops. We are now able to match the sprayed coating to your favorite color, the theme color of your shop, or any color that helps you groom better.
GB: What are some common mistakes that professional groomers make when equipping their salons?
Dressen: I can’t even count how many times I have received calls from groomers saying they ordered their equipment too small, thinking it would be okay; but once they receive it, they realize they need something bigger. Also, make sure you order in time. Most tubs, tables and cages are not kept in stock and are made to order. Give yourself at least two to three months to plan, choose the right equipment, order and install.
GB: What does the future hold for Groomer’s Best?
Dressen: Groomer’s Best is extremely proud to be an all-American company. All of our products are made right here in Brandon, S.D., and that will never change. However, we will continue to improve and adjust our equipment with groomer feedback. We want groomers to “like” us on Facebook and share their opinions and photos with us.