It was while perusing online for all-things dogs, when I came across that seeming startling “simon says”-like command.
But let’s start at the beginning. Many of us can testify to the benefit of pet ownership during these times of being forced to withhold human-to-human physical affection.
Due to a similar release of oxytocin when caring for an animal, adopting a pet has become even more popular now. Conventional animal companionship has been rated at least as effective as taking meds to treat mild anxiety. Add to it that the most common of pets are less likely than humans to transmit coronaviruses.
But the problem that it presents, is building a potential false sense of security. Even to the point of getting a pet professionally groomed. As a pet owner’s thinking on doing something extra on a companion animal, as if to return the favor of its companionship, a caretaker may come to think of grooming as a necessity rather than an option.
As things go in the beauty industry, this turns into another type of social activity. & that increases a groomer’s risk of covid infection. Throughout the lockdown, people have continued to use grooming services. But while it’s good for their business, groomers wished they’d be given a choice.
America’s biggest pet franchise is intent in keeping its stores available. Those that closed only did so way after most of the country officialized quarantine measures. Of those that have direct contact with animal care on the franchise, many voiced their concern on being expected to continue coming to work.
Still, the options are few & far between. If being asked to be there for work, they’re likely to be there in spite of their safety misgivings. & as long as they’re there, it’ll be an invitation for clients to continue patronizing the business, just because it’s one of the few things they think they still can do.
While thankful for a job, they want to do what’s right for them without potential repercussions. But they don’t seem to have an organized voice; loud enough to at least be heard by the decision-maker of this pet’s mega store network. Needless to say, they’ve been dismissive of the whole thing.
While being less concerned in handling the animal, a groomer’s main fear involves needing to do the initial interview with the pet’s caretaker. They’d get even closer to each other than recommended, when needing to both closely examine the pet as information’s exchanged.
How you can be more aware on the next page..