An Introduction to Dog Grooming
If you love dogs and are looking for a new job or business opportunity then dog grooming may just be the thing for you!
Dog grooming has changed significantly in recent years and salons are no longer a place where you only find show dogs or dogs that require significant clipping. Nowadays nearly every breed of dog can be found in a grooming salon with many of them being regular clients. Even dogs with very short coats visit to have their nails clipped, their ears cleaned or to have a basic bath and dry!
Although grooming dogs can be physically hard work and challenging at times it is a very rewarding job that gives you a great deal of satisfaction. As a dog groomer you will have the knowledge to carry out basic health checks, identify parasites and signs of infection, bath, dry and style all dogs to breed standard or customer specification.
How do I become a Dog Groomer?
The British Dog Grooming Association recognises the City & Guilds accredited dog grooming courses as a professional standard required by all dog groomers.
City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants
This course is aimed at those entering the dog grooming industry for the first time with no formal training or experience. This is a great course, covering all the basics such as handling and restraint, bathing and drying dogs, maintaining equipment and basic trimming.
City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming
This part-time programme is an ideal course for those who have achieved the above Level 2 Certificate or who already have significant industry experience. This course will give you the knowledge and understanding to complete the grooming process from start to finish including styling, finishing and different grooming techniques for different dog breeds.
What opportunities are there once I have qualifications in Dog Grooming?
There are a variety of opportunities available. One option would be to seek employment as a dog grooming assistant/dog grooming stylist; this is a great way to gain the experience and knowledge of how a fast pace grooming salon runs.
Another option would be to start up your own grooming business from home, in commercial premises, or out and about by taking it mobile. Alternatively you could look at working in partnership with an existing business such as a boarding kennels or dog walkers; these existing businesses will already have a client base in place for you to start your new venture.