So... I'm thinking about being a Groomer.... The course isn't very long and I could even do it online if I want, thought I'd prefer the hands on. Some things the website didn't mention was how much the pay was... what is the general yearly income? And is it a hard job to pursue in the business world..
if you have a strong back and can stand for hours without your legs giving out and have a lot of patience and love dogs it might be the job for you. i don't know how anyone could learn to do grooming without having someone actually show them how to do it. also you need to be able to practice on a variety of breeds. it will be necessary to purchase a grooming table a quality set of clippers, good scissors, and a variety of blades for the clippers and a blow dryer. these items cost me approx. $600 dollars twenty years ago. i haven't done grooming in years , too much arthritis in my hands. i would look into a training program at a local groomimg shop.
It is very hard job. I have been grooming for 12yrs. I went to a grooming school that cost me $6000(equipment included). There is no way you can learn to groom a dog from an online course, and I can imagine anyone with a clue would hire someone who have never groomed a live dog. It is not easy to work on something that constantly moves, and hardly ever does what you want lol. There are alot of clips for different breeds, alot of coat textures, etc. It is the most wonderful job in the world, and I won't give it up til I have to. If you are working for someone, they will usually provide a table for you to use, so you don't need that(BTW my electric table was $1000). You will however need scissors, brushes, combs, several of most of the blades, nail clippers, hair clippers, quick stop, Hemostats, ear cleaner, dematting tools, and the list probably goes on. Every year, I spend between $1000-$2000 on equipment, repairs, sharpening, etc. I work for someone, so I dont have to worry about dryers, shampoo, overhead expenses. The rate of pay greatly depends on your area, and experience. I work in a high dollar area, I groom aprox. 6 dogs 5days a week and bring home about $35,000 a year. I live in a lower cost of living area, and the grooming prices are about 1/2 that.
My biggest suggestion, is look for a grooming school, that is hands on. They usually have job placement after you graduate. Good Luck
Thank you both for the great responses! It is a hard job, but I have been doing it for... well actually taking it more seriously for about 4 years... but I had been doing it before too. I get the whole online thing....I wouldn't want to because of not getting the hands on. So... I just think I might enjoy it as a career..still thinking about actually going through with it, but I think I will! :)
You cant go into it for the money but for the love of dogs, or you are going to be miserable. I do make a decent paycheck, some weeks are better than others. Summer is better than winter. But I wake up every morning looking forward to going to work :)
I would do a regular hands-on training course.. if you are in the Northeast there is a great one in the city, NY School of Dog Grooming, and also one in Connecticut. Also you should really go to the Grooming Expo in September in Hershey PA if you are in the area. There is also one in NJ every year. I read alot of books and watch alot of videos & DVD's even though I've finsihed my training. You learn something new every day :) It's definatly a rewarding job.