I took Guinness to get groomed today so that he'd be easy to maintain by his babysitter while I was out of town. This is only his second time being full-on groomed, but both times by the same woman.
I was told it would take 1 hour 20 minutes, but I didn't have anything to do after about an hour so I figured I'd just peek in. The groomer had Guinness on the grooming table with the leash around his neck, and also a tether around his hindquarters, she was nowhere to be seen. She showed up about a minute later.
I've never used the hindquarter tether, but when I was bathing dogs at the vets' offices we never left a dog unattended even for a second while leashed to a grooming table (if the dog jumps they can hang themselves, and it happens very quickly). Is the hindquarter tether really enough to guarantee the dog's safety? What if he'd seen me and thought he should jump down and run over to me? What if someone walked by and they or their dog startled him?
Guinness is the type who just stands politely for his groom, but even so, that's now how my dog should be treated. I don't think we'll be returning.