Career Ideas And Information: Pet Groomer

Thinking about a job in pet grooming? Here are some tips to keep in mind before preparing for this occupational undertaking.

Becoming a pet groomer can be a rewarding job, especially if you undertake this role as a self-employed person. However, you may need to learn something about the business and get set up as an individual enterprise before opening your doors to new customers.

1. Get trained. Work for an established pet grooming business to learn how it's done. At least six to twelve months of experience, and probably more, are needed before you can expect to manage an operation of this type on your own. Learn how to attract clients, earn repeat business, study current trends, provide hygienic treatments, and use the proper tools. Then when you get started on your own, you will know what you're doing and be able to compete with established companies.

2. Study animal anatomy. You can do this online through various Websites or get a book from the library or bookstore. Learn the delicate areas that may cause a dog to bite or a cat to scratch if handled improperly. Also study the various cleaning tasks that most pet owners expect. These include cleaning the ears and teeth, washing out eyes, and perhaps squeezing the anal glands (this is a specialty!). You may need to trim or clean nails, brush and trim a pet's coat, and style fur in the latest designs.

3. Use proper tools of the trade. Get grooming combs and brushes that won't snarl. Find out about deodorants and detangling agents. Stock pet detergents and perfumes as well as flea powders and eye wash. Check the latest catalogs or talk with sales representatives to offer the latest and best products that are non-toxic to animals or humans.

4. Provide an array of decorative or auxiliary items. Sweaters, bows, and ribbons can add a cute touch for photos or owner pick-up, though they won't last for long after the animal gets home. Collars, leashes, and even bedding or other support materials can be made available to customers who are in the mood to shop. They'll appreciate your preparation and up-to-the-minute support for one-stop shopping. They may be more likely to recommend you to friends, too.

5. Check with a veterinarian to understand what signs or symptoms may suggest a skin disease. Dry fur, sluggish movements, dull eyes, skin sores and other unusual things may require a visit to the vet, and you can suggest this as part of your overall assessment when providing grooming or hygiene care. Use caution in handling animals gently and know when to muzzle or restrain them to protect yourself and others. It may be a good idea to wear disposable gloves with each animal. Vent the area well to get rid of accumulating pet fur and dander.

Becoming a pet groomer allows you to explore creativity, work with animals, and provide a valuable service to pet owners. Find out more by browsing Internet sites, visiting local establishments, or reading a book or two that can help launch you into this fun and meaningful occupation.

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