I'm looking into taking training to become a groomer. I heard about Petsmart's groomer training and had some questions.....do you have to apply as a bather first? When they send you away for training, is it paid training?
I would be more interested in what they teach, frankly comming from another groomers point of view, I have never seen a good groomer come out of it. It is extremly hard to groom a dog properly infront of a window. We get a ton of petsmart rejects becuase they don't sit still.
If you really want to consider being a groomer, try to find a good grooming school. Not one of these online BS things either. Most schools are very short, and then you work in the real world for years trying to get the hang of it. You can also consider and apprentice job if anyone is looking.
Good luck, and if you get into it, it is a wonderful perfession. I have been grooming since 1997 and been working for the same lady since 1999(I bathed for her before school also).
I've heard mixed things about it. Petsmart groomers don't get much respect from other groomers. I have talked to a few who loved it though. One is a groomer in Austin who used to work for a top Maltese show breeder. I think the bottom line is you get out of it what you put in. You may also need to invest in other training tools (books/dvds) and be willing to be "retrained" if you go to work for someone else. Honestly though, the retraining seems to be an issue after attending grooming school too.
To answer your questions: Yes, I believe you have to work as a bather first and they do pay for your training. You have to agree to work for them for a certain period of time after they train you though.
Grooming for Pmart has its ups and downs... you start out as a bather, (in my salon for approx. 6 mos) then are sent to academy, where yes you are paid. The entire "academy" and its process takes 12 weeks before you are on your own making commission.
Most of your learning is done on your own and from other groomers. They teach you the basics, how to follow patterns for breed cuts, etc. But like anything else you perfect it over lots of mistakes, learning, and practice.
For the most part I love my job. The health benefits, 401k, vacation/sick time, etc is great.... But you really need to accept the fact its corporate. And corporate, bottom line, sucks.
~~~~~~~~~ ^^ And I take great offense to the statement that petsmart groomers dont get "respect" from other groomers. There are about a dozen grooming salons in a 10 mile radius of my Pmart.. about 75% of the groomers working in those started at Pmart. It is a good start, especially for someone who cant afford grooming school and needs health benefits. There is nothing wrong with the job. And I also have lots of applications from students from the NY school of grooming and other schools that want to work at Pmart.
Yes, there are a lot of lousy groomers at Pmart, Petco, etc. but the same goes for private groomers too. I had a private groomer injure and abuse my dogs and didn't even offer an apology. Its a person-by-person (or groomer-by-groomer) basis, not what company they work for.
It probably depends on the area. We are lucky to have some great groomer schools, and someone who really wants to do the job doesn't have to use petsmart. Most of the good groomers around here didn't start at petsmart, petco, etc. and you won't find them working there either.
I worked at petco for several months, and it was the worst place I have ever worked. I could not groom a young or inexperianced dog properly, and if a dog screamed someone ran to a manager and complained. I have had a wonderful job with the same women for over 10yrs, and we specialize in those dogs that can not be done infront of a window. It is nice to be appreciated.
We have some great groomers in my salon.. one who does poodles so well people are usually shocked when the owner tells them where they got the dog done. She started as a bather with pmart and went to their academy and has mentored with myself.
The girls in my salon donate our time at shelters and such as well, go to expos, etc. Just because we work for petsmart doesnt mean other groomers are any better.
Riley, you either misunderstood me or didn't read my post very carefully. I stand by my statement that corporate groomer don't get a lot respect from the grooming idustry. I didn't say I have no respect for corporate groomers.
You even proved my point: "We have some great groomers in my salon.. one who does poodles so well people are usually shocked when the owner tells them where they got the dog done."
If corporate groomers were just as respected as everyone else, why would people be shocked?
I have a question for those who have groomed at PetSmart. How many weekend hours do you have to work? Every weekend, every other? Split shifts or one straight shift? I work in an animal hospital as a kennel attendant and am also thinking about Petsmart.