There’s never been a more exciting time to enter the world of dog grooming. Every year, we see a growing number of students looking to start their career in the dog grooming industry. And we can only agree with them! The world of dog grooming is a vibrant, dynamic industry built on passion, creativity and freedom of expression. Have you been playing with the idea of becoming a dog groomer for a while, but are you not yet (fully) convinced?
As a student, you will get a good insight into the industry and can decide whether becoming a dog groomer is something you want to continue to pursue. We know making up your mind can be a difficult task. That is why we are happy to help you on your way. Find out below why the profession of dog groomer is so enjoyable and varied and whether you have a natural talent for dog grooming.
Age is just a number
You can start dog grooming at any age really! All you need is a healthy body... or a good physiotherapist. 😉 There is no doubt that grooming is a fantastic profession, an addiction and a passion, but it is also physically demanding on the body. If you have already been experiencing body complaints (for example in the joints) before, this is definitely something to keep in mind. It’s safe to say that every job has its disadvantages though. Know that it is never too late to start. Not everyone finds the job that suits them right away. Many people discover in dog grooming their later vocation or calling.
Most groomers work with appointments. This means that you can manage your own schedule and choose when and where you work. You can rent a commercial building or space, open a grooming salon that is part of your own home (handy if you want to combine a busy family life with your dog passion) or buy a mobile grooming salon to go to customers' homes. Every working place you choose has advantages and disadvantages, of course. It is important to choose the location that suits you best, whether this is working from a fixed location (home) or on the road.
Sometimes, your level of personal control can be put to the test. It is important to have a good work schedule, but no matter how structured your schedule is, unforeseen things will always come up. No two days are the same! Some clients may forget their appointment, others arrive late at their appointment due to external factors, or some dogs need a longer treatment than scheduled. The message is to make sure that everything is in balance. Prepare everything well, but not too much either.
Stress is sometimes synonymous with chaos, and the latter is something that many creative people enjoy. Being creative is a big thing in the dog grooming business, as well as a rich imagination and a photographic memory. Every dog and coat are different. Therefore, creating a beautiful grooming result every time is undoubtedly an art. As a dog groomer, your creativity will not be wasted!
Good with dogs... and people!
Your customers will need to trust you more than anyone else. A dog plays a very important role in most owners' lives. It is almost as if they entrust you with their child. When a dog owner entrusts you with his or her pooch, it is your job to be able to empathically welcome and reassure them. At every appointment you have in fact not one but two clients: the dog itself and the owner. If there is no connection, it may prove to be a difficult task. Therefore, not all clients are meant to be your client.
Dogs are your best friends
You should definitely be a dog person and like dogs, maybe even more than people. Although that is not a guarantee whether grooming is really something for you. As a dog groomer you cannot always be the most favourite person from the point of view of a dog. After all, your job involves clipping nails, plucking ears, brushing out tangles etc. And what about dogs that are afraid of water? They also need to be washed. Mutual trust is key. You will have to trust the dog, because if not, the dog cannot trust you either. The saying “Only calm can save you” is indeed true. It is important to control your stress and therefore learning how to handle and work with a dog is as important as grooming techniques. Unprofessional handling of dogs can lead to burn-out or loss of confidence in yourself. The bottom line is that you have to be more patient with dogs than with people. Loving dogs is great and important in the dog grooming industry, but you have to be able to keep it professional as well. Not every grooming session means cuddle and hugging time.
Economic and financial stability
Unfortunately, one cannot live on doggy cuddles alone. When choosing a job, it is important to consider the financial benefits. Economic times are now very uncertain, more so than ever. Many businesses, in whatever sector, are closing. Technology sometimes takes over from the human aspect. Most people are never assured that they will still be employed within six months, because many jobs might be executed by robots or other computer-controlled systems in the future. This does not apply to the dog grooming industry. As a dog groomer, you will always have plenty of work and be in demand. There will always be another salon where you can work, or you can set out on your own if you are more of an entrepreneur.
Passion and motivation
Don't worry about your earlier school qualifications either. If you got the passion, enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard and to learn, then you will be able to achieve a lot. You can also travel around the world to learn in well-known salons and compete in grooming competitions, such as Groomania!
As you can see, there are many great reasons to start your own grooming salon. You are able to arrange your own hours and to be your own boss. And best of all: You will have your own fun and cosy dog bubble every day. But before you get there, there is a whole training course to go through. The training prepares you thoroughly and helps you in deciding whether this is really something for you. One thing is sure: A whole new professional world will open up for you, with lots of love, cuddles, dog hair, barking and the occasional unpleasant brown package delivered on your grooming table. 😉
In one of our next blog posts, we will give you useful tips that will come in handy during your education and traineeship as a dog groomer, so definitely keep an eye on our website! Would you like to learn more about grooming equipment and grooming in general? Then be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.