Dog grooming tables are designed to be a part of the grooming process and are used by most professional groomers. If you are considering whether to look at dog grooming tables for home use, there are a number of advantages to consider before making a decision.
Benefits of Dog Grooming Tables
The table automatically puts your dog at a convenient height for grooming. You don’t have to learn over or try to awkwardly groom your dog while he or she is in your lap. Instead, the grooming table puts the dog at the perfect height for grooming.
Virtually all dog grooming tables come with some type of non-slip surface – don’t purchase one unless there is ribbed
padding or some type of cover that is easy for your dog to
grip. Your dog will be wet and can slip and slide if the surface
isn’t safe. Additionally, many grooming tables come with a
metal arm and noose that can be used to keep your dog
safely in place during the grooming.
- Step on, step off
With either hydraulic or electric dog grooming tables, you can lower the table almost all the way to the floor.
This is a great feature for a dog that’s heavy or is feeling a
little panicky or stressed. Instead of using force to carry the
dog to the grooming location, you simply use a leash to walk
the dog onto the table. When the grooming is over, lower the
table and have the dog walk off.
Types of Dog Grooming Tables
- Foldable table
This is generally the least expensive type of table and is often used in the homes of pet owners. These legs are not always adjustable, meaning this type of dog grooming table is not the first choice for professional groomers, who want a table to adjust to the dog being groomed.
- Trolley table
The trolley table is a collapsible table with wheels, making it a popular choice with mobile pet groomers who work
in their client’s homes. The table is adjustable, so it can match
up the height of the groomer with the particular dog being
groomed, preventing backaches from having to bend over
during the entire grooming process.
- Hydraulic table
A pedal operates the table, which moves by means of fluid pressure. The hydraulic table is generally the
most expensive type of table and is favored by many
groomers because the table can be adjusted with a pedal
control, which leaves the groomer’s hands free at all times.
Make sure you know how far down to the floor the table will
move. Many groomers like to use hydraulic tables as an easy
way to get the dog onto the grooming table.
- Electric table
These dog grooming tables also are popular with groomers, moving up and down much like hydraulic tables, but relying on electricity and a switch or control.