Becoming a professional pet groomer can be a daunting task – even though you’re excited about starting this career, sometimes is challenging to know where to start. So how do you figure it out?
First of all, you need to learn about becoming a dog groomer before you actually get started. Luckily for you, there are tons of resources out there that will provide you with job descriptions of groomers, types of career paths you can take, and much more. Next, you’ll need to practice and train in a professional course – otherwise, no one will want you going near their pup!
Choosing a dog grooming school is a feat on its own. Since there are so many to choose from, we’ve narrowed down a quick guide to finding the ideal school for your lifestyle. Read on and choose a grooming course that works for you!
Research Potential Schools
Research is one of the most important things you’ll do in the start of your dog grooming career. Not only will you be doing research about the job itself, but also about potential training programs and what you need. Looking into a variety of dog grooming schools will give you a frame of reference for what you’ll be learning, what the price range is, and how long it will take to complete.
Finding your ideal school can be as easy as typing in “dog grooming schools” into Google. Since Google usually uses your current location, it will probably provide you with schools in your area, or courses that are accessible to you.
Make sure you write down a long list of potential schools – you don’t want to choose from 3 options only to find that you’ve been ripped off by a greedy campus!
Make a Short List
Once you have your list of potential schools, it’s time to actually look into the programs. We advise making a spreadsheet – include columns for the school, its course content, the school’s benefits, and cost. This way, you’ll be able to see at a glance which grooming schools you can wean out.
- Who will be teaching you?
- Would you rather learn online and at home, or in class?
- How does the cost compare to the quality/quantity of course materials?
Now, you may have to do this over a period of time – say a few days or weeks – in order to get your list all the down to your final choices. This is fine! You should never rush your education, especially for a career where proper knowledge and techniques are so important.
Write Up a Schedule
Okay – so you have a short list. Now what?
If you’re anything like the rest of us, you probably have a pretty hectic schedule. You might be lucky – and in that case, feel free to disregard this advice! However, maintaining a busy life is hard enough as it is. Once you add education into the mix, you could be heading straight for a breakdown.
Never fear, you have plenty of options in selecting a dog grooming course that works for you. First, look into how many hours per week you can *honestly* commit to the course. You can even write up a rough weekly schedule if it helps you visualize your time! Second, decide if you want to factor in travelling to and from a campus. If you are willing to do it, know that it might eat up a good chunk of time from your other commitments.
If you’re on a tight schedule and don’t want to stress about making it across the city to your class every week, consider your online options. Online dog grooming schools allow you to learn at your own pace, meaning you’ll be able to build a personal schedule that can be adapted as you go.
One thing to note here: online grooming courses are for go-getters, so be sure you have a good motivating factor!
Find a Career Path
We’re assuming you’re looking to take a dog grooming course because you want to start your career in the industry. If not, then continue onto the next section. The career you ultimately want to end up in will have a slight impact on your choice of dog grooming course – you need to know you’re getting the proper education for what you want to do!
You’d be surprised how many jobs there are for pet groomers. From mobile grooming to working in a pet salon, to helping out at animal rescues and shelters, there are a million different things you can do with a dog grooming certificate. In the famous words of Roxette, listen to your heart – find what’s calling you to be a groomer and make a career out of it.
- Types of animals you’ll work with
- Grooming skills and techniques you need
- Grooming tools you’ll need
- Level of experience
- Knowledge of behavior or anatomy
- Knowledge of first aid
Ask About Resources
Still haven’t decided on just one school? We have the deciding factor…
Which schools offer resources to their students? These can come in a variety of formats, like a starter kit, reference guides, a support system, blogs, discounts, added bonuses, and anything else you can think of. Really, you want to be sure of two things: 1) That you’re getting what you pay for, and 2) That you’re getting a proper education and resources for your course AND career.
All in all, choosing a professional dog grooming school can take time. When in doubt, feel free to reach out and contact them! After all, if a school doesn’t provide you with good information then why would you want to learn from them?
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