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November 10, 2003

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Lisa Starmen

Hi.
My name is Lisa and I want to know all that it takes to be a pet groomer....
what are the working Conditions, Trianig, Education, and other Occupations,Job Outlook,Earning,Related Occupations...and other stuff like that. Please help me. I REALLY want to be a pet groomer. Please write write me back ASAP.

thank you
Lisa

Chelsey

Your info really helped me. I am thinking of starting my own business.

Chelsey

I want to know all that it takes to be a pet groomer....
what are the working Conditions, Trianig, Education, and other Occupations,Job Outlook,Earning,Related Occupations...and other stuff like that. Please help me. I REALLY want to be a pet groomer. Please write me back ASAP

Gene Stagg

A grooming school or professional association training is the only thing required to become a pet groomer, however a professional pet groomer will have to go through intensive hands on grooming training before they are able to receive their pet grooming license.

BranDee Williams

I want to know what it takes to become a pet groomer. Like what classes in college do I need to get a pet grooming license etc. Also what type of degree should I work towards to do such.

sam

Hello everyone!!!
I am doing a career exploration for my agriculture class and we need to choose two careers in which to study.I would really like to be an animal groomer,and there are some things that I need to know.If anyone could help me,that would be totally appreciated!! =]
First off i need to know skills and abilities for being a groomer,the working conditions and physical demands.Or,if you have any other comments about grooming that you could tell me i would appreciate it!!
thank you very much,and everyone have a great day!
-sam

Hollie Smith

I want to know all that it takes to be a pet groomer....
what are the working Conditions, Trianig, Education, and other Occupations,Job Outlook,Earning,Related Occupations...and other stuff like that. Please help me. I REALLY want to be a pet groomer. Please write me back ASAP

shannon snyder

Hi.
My name is Shannonand I want to know all that it takes to be a pet groomer....
what are the working Conditions, Trianig, Education, and other Occupations,Job Outlook,Earning,Related Occupations...and other stuff like that. Please help me. I REALLY want to be a pet groomer. Please write write me back ASAP
thank you
Shannon Snyder

Lorrie W.

I had a dog grooming business at my home for five years. There are no certifications or licenses needed to groom pets. Because of this there are some really bad groomers as well as good ones out there. I went through a 600 hour professional grooming school. Much of this was hands on experience in their grooming salon. Then I started a grooming business in a utility room of my house. I also did some work helping other groomers in the area.

I would not recommend getting your training only from books and videos. However, some determined people may be able to do this if they find friends' pets to practice on.

Getting a job as a bather and apprenticing with a good groomer would be a good way to break into the business. However, some groomers charge quite a bit of money to teach someone.

When you start out you are very slow. Making money depends on your speed as well as your skill. Ultimately, you make more money working for yourself. However, it takes time to build up your clientele.

Many people do not understand that dogs with long fur need to be thoroughly combed out. A large percentage of owners do not do routine combing at home and it can take hours to comb out their pets at the shop. This causes distress to the animals and sadness for groomers who must put them through the process. A dog can look fine on the outside (from superficial brushing) but be very matted underneath. An unscrupulous groomer may just bathe them and style them and send them home, but with every bath they get more and more matted. Out of compassion, a groomer may tell the owner that the dog must be shaved down (clipped short) because of severe matting.

This can be a good profession for some people, but you need to learn the realities of what is involved. Pet hair gets everywhere and is very itchy. Many pets come in with fleas and you have to use a lot of pesticides to avoid them spreading. You have to clip every dog's nails and many fight this. The animals move around when you are using scissors or clippers around their eyes etc. It is often hard, stressful work.

It was nice being my own boss and making my own schedule. Some of my clients were wonderful and showered me with praise and tips. I am very good at communicating with and getting trust and respect from dogs. This helped me a lot. Some people don't have this quality and become completely frustrated. Others (unfortunately) resort to yelling at and hitting the dogs. Much patience is required.

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