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Maggie Soares-Horne

All About Double Coats

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If you’re lucky, your grooming career will allow you to interact with all types of dogs. From big and small, to prized show dogs to beloved family pets, and everything in-between – you’ll be getting up close and personal with more dog breeds than you can name.

While you likely know already that not all dog coats are the same, you might not fully understand the intricacies of dog coats. Perhaps you aren’t sure what the difference is between a single coat and a double coat. Maybe you aren’t sure which coats you’ll typically be working with throughout your career.

Luckily, we’re here to help!

Today, we’re going to be looking at the double coat. If you aren’t sure what a double coat is, how to groom it, or how to tell if the dog you’re working on has a double coat in the first place, read on to learn everything you need to know!

What is a Double Coat?

Broadly speaking, dogs’ coats can be divided into two categories: single and double coats. A single coat is pretty self-explanatory; it’s when a dog has just one layer of fur. You’ll find single coats on many breeds, such as:

  • Chihuahuas
  • Maltese
  • Poodles
  • Soft-coated wheaten terriers

A double coat, as you may have guessed, describes a dog with two layers of fur on their bodies. It’s important to know that there isn’t one particular type of fur that automatically indicates the presence of a double coat. Dogs can have curly, smooth, or wiry hair and still have either a single or double coat.

However, there are still clear ways to tell if a dog has a double coat. Double coats consist of a dense, short undercoat located beneath a top coat of longer fur (known as “guard hairs”).

Dogs with double coats may look very fluffy, like a Chow Chow, or wiry, like a Shiba Inu.

The Purpose of Double Coats

Double coats protect dogs from external elements. A double coat will provide a dog with better protection during particularly hot or cold weather, since the undercoat helps to regulate their temperatures.

As such, it’s typically a safe bet that a dog might have a double coat if their breed comes from a particularly hot or cold climate. For example, an Alaskan Husky would need to be protected from extreme cold.

So, if your dog grooming client were to bring a husky in for their appointment, you could guess – based on the breed alone – that you’ll be dealing with a double coat. (And you’d be correct!)

What Breeds Have Double Coats?

Many different breeds, both common and less-common, have double coats. In general, a dog will appear fluffier the thicker their base coat is. You’ll find this in:

  • Bernese Mountain Dogs
  • Chow Chows
  • Newfoundland dogs
  • Pomeranians
  • Great Pyrenees

Many terriers also have double coats. Keep in mind that these dogs’ top coats are usually wiry instead of fluffy. So, they’ll have a totally different look and feel than the dog breeds listed above. You’ll find wiry double coats in:

  • Cairn Terriers
  • Scottish Terriers
  • Yorkshire Terriers
  • Parson Russel Terriers
  • Schnauzers

Dogs who were bred to work outdoors in the elements also regularly have double coats. This is because historically, their breeds have needed extra protection for long days at work. Some working dogs with double coats include:

  • Golden Retrievers
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Border Collies
  • German Shepherds
  • All breeds of Sheepdog

Grooming Considerations for Double Coats

Now that you understand how to identify a dog with a double coat, you’ll need to know how to groom one! The grooming process for a dog with a double coat often looks very different to that of a single-coated dog. While some double-coated dogs require extra grooming time and attention, others are much more low-maintenance.

The main difference between a single and double-coated dog is that the latter goes through what’s known as “coat blow.” This is the process of a double-coated dog transitioning between seasonal coats (e.g. preparing to cool down in the summer). The process of a dog blowing their coat involves large clumps of their undercoat shedding all at once. This will allow the dog to be more comfortable once the weather heats up – but it can be a pain for their owners!

The process of coat blow will need to be helped along by regular brushing. You can use a standard brush, or even specialized tools, such as an undercoat rake. The idea is to help remove all of the dog’s undercoat that’s become loose (but may be stuck in the overcoat).

Dogs can also benefit from more regular bathing while they’re blowing their coats. A lot of owners won’t know this, so as the trained expert, it’ll be your job to keep your clients informed. With your guidance, they’ll have a much clearer understanding of what they can do at home to help their dog.

Every day as a dog groomer, you’ll have the chance to get to know different kinds of dogs. Just like a job that introduces you to lots of different types of people, you’ll soon realize that all of them have individual personalities, opinions, and needs! Being able to identify a dog’s coat type is the first step towards ensuring that every dog – and every human – leaves the appointment feeling their best!

Learn even more about dog breeds, coats, and grooming techniques by enrolling in QC Pet Studies’ online Dog Grooming Course today!

Is Dog Grooming Hard?

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When you find something you want to do for the rest of your life, you ask yourself a lot of questions: Can I really do this? Will I be successful? How do I get to where I want to be? How long will it take to get there?

You may also be asking yourself, “How hard will it be to become a success in my industry?”

This is especially true when you’re thinking of embarking on a journey to become a professional dog groomer. Between finding new clients, dealing with anxious or aggressive dogs, and learning the skills you’ll need to be the best groomer you can be, you’ll be faced with many challenges along the way.

But if you’re wondering if you have what it takes to face those challenges, we’ll break it down for you here and now. This way, you can make the right choice for you and your future career.

Is Dog Grooming Hard?

Like anything, dog grooming comes with its own unique challenges. That being said, it isn’t hard once you fully understand the skills required. From pet First Aid, to the specific grooming requirements for different breeds and fur types, there’s a lot to consider when you’re first starting out!

Dog grooming is also a career that relies on word of mouth marketing. Once you do a great job on one client’s furry friend, you may find that all of their (human) friends are calling you up for their own appointments. You’ll need to have a “hustle” attitude if you’re starting your own business. Be prepared to work hard for each and every client at the beginning of your career.

Of course, working for an existing groomer or in a salon has its own challenges, too. You’ll have less control over who your clients are, so you may have to be prepared to work with many different types of dogs from the get-go.

dog grooming, washing dog’s face

Get Prepared

One way to make sure you’re fully prepared to handle your new career as a dog groomer is by taking a great dog grooming course! Understanding every aspect of the dog grooming industry won’t just make you better at your job – it’ll also make you much more confident as you begin your career. With the help of a reputable grooming school, you’ll acquire all of the tools you’ll need to work with a wide variety of dogs and dog owners.

Understanding dog First Aid is another great way to feel more secure and comfortable in your new working environment. If you’re worried that dog grooming will be a hard career, one of the best things you can do is prepare as much as you can BEFORE that first official client walks through the door!

Am I Suited to a Career in Dog Grooming?

While there are challenges that come with dog grooming, it’s also an exciting, rewarding, and fun career that many people dream of having. If your idea of a perfect day involves spending a lot of time with dogs of all shapes and sizes, you’re probably on the right track to becoming a good dog groomer.

However, there are a few things that make all the difference between being a good dog groomer and being a great one. If you know for a fact that you possess any of the following traits, then you just might be in the perfect spot to begin a career that suits you very well!

Dog grooming expert cutting nails of small dog on grooming table

Communication

You don’t have to be a total extrovert to be successful as a dog groomer. But knowing how to communicate with your clients (both human and canine) will make a big difference in customer satisfaction. Understand what you do as a dog groomer and be prepared to explain it – in detail – to concerned dog-parents.

For example, you know what a “puppy cut” is on a particular breed… but does your client?

Organization

Whether you’re starting your own business or working for an existing one, keeping organized will make your days much less stressful. The last thing you want is to get ready for a busy day, only to realize that you’ve booked two clients for the same time slot! To avoid disappointing both your clients and yourself, you should make every effort to be extremely organized.

Confidence

Dogs know when you’re uneasy, and people do, too. Would you trust your dog with a groomer who didn’t act like she knew what she was doing? It’s completely normal to feel some jitters as you begin a new job (or even as you take on new responsibilities at a job you’ve had for years). But trust yourself and your knowledge!

Challenges of Dog Grooming

Like we’ve said, dog grooming can come with pretty specific challenges. How many other careers count “trampled by puppies” as an occupational hazard?

While there are so many rewards to becoming a dog groomer, you’ll also have to grapple with some of the less-great aspects of the job. This includes things like occupational health hazards. If you’re worried about what you’ll face as a dog groomer, look no further!

Dog grooming professional giving Spanish water dog a bath

Difficult Behavior

Even if all your clients insist that their dogs are beautiful, gentle creatures who would never hurt a fly, it’s hard to tell what a dog will actually do when faced with a new and scary situation. You’ll have to go into your career as a dog groomer prepared to deal with anxious, even aggressive dogs. Mor importantly, you’ll need to know how to protect yourself and them.

Difficult Clients

In almost any client-facing career, you’ll find more than one person behaving much worse than any of dogs you might come across! They might be insisting on heavy discounts. Perhaps they’re ignoring your shop rules, or trying to convince you to fit them in last-minute. Whatever the situation, always be prepared to professionally (and confidently) shut down any bad behavior from clients.

Erratic Schedules

Sure, you can often set your own hours as a dog groomer, but you may find that the most profitable hours don’t fit into a standard Monday to Friday model. Clients are usually busy, and really appreciate being able to take their dog to you after work or on weekends.

Rewards of Dog Grooming

Now, about those rewards we were talking about! If you’ve read about all the challenges you’ll face as a dog groomer and you feel better than ever about your career choice, you can start dreaming about all the great things that come with it!

Shih Tzu being brushed in dog grooming salon

Career Growth

People love to spoil their dogs! Taking them to the groomer is one way they love to do it. The dog grooming field is only continuing to grow. We guarantee that you’ll be able to see your hard work pay off when your career begins to take off.

Starting Your Own Business

If you decide to start your own business, you’ll have achieved the dream of millions of people around the world. Being your own boss and setting your own hours gives you a great deal of freedom.

Working with Dogs

This is probably the main reward! Most people interested in dog grooming as a career get into the field because they love dogs. Thankfully, you will actually spend a great deal of your day getting to hang out with pups of all shapes and sizes!

Whenever you start something new, you’re bound to feel nervous. You might even feel like your new career is going to be too hard for you to handle. But if you’re prepared, and you know exactly what you’re getting into, you’ll be able to handle pretty much whatever the job throws at you!

What are some challenges you’ve faced as a dog groomer? What do you love about your job? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Become a certified groomer in less than one year! Enroll in QC’s leading online Dog Grooming Course today!

Prepare Your Dog for Winter with These 8 Tips!

dog grooming license woman outside in the snow with her dog

When the temperature outside starts to plummet, does your dog get excited at playing in the snow? Or does he prefer to curl up on the couch with you?

Some dogs absolutely love the colder months, but, with winter coming up, it’s important to consider how to best prepare your dogs for the season. Even dogs who could play in the snow all day need a little extra care in the winter! Whether they show it or not, cold weather can have an effect on your dog – plus, no one likes to get too cold.

If you have your dog grooming license, or if you’re preparing to take courses to become a dog groomer, it’s especially important to understand how grooming can help prepare dogs for winter and the holiday season. You probably wouldn’t like to go outside without a jacket when it’s freezing outside, right?

Whether you’re a professional dog groomer or a concerned pet parent, there are lots of things you can do to help protect your dog’s health and wellbeing in the winter. Read on for our list of eight tips!

How to Prepare Your Dog for Winter

Buy a Coat

Some people believe that dog coats are more for humans than dogs. After all, dogs look so cute in them, so it’s probably just for our benefit… Right?

Wrong!

Although a dog in a warm winter coat looks adorable on your Instagram feed, those winter coats can actually make a huge difference in your dog’s comfort level during winter walks. While not every dog needs a coat, consider your dog’s breed and hair type.

For example, if you’ve got a furry Samoyed on your hands, he’ll probably be fine without a coat. A tiny chihuahua? Probably not!

dog wearing sweater

Care for Their Paws

A dog’s paws go through a lot – especially in the winter. One of the best ways to protect their paws against ice and freezing temperatures is to buy them dog boots. Make sure the boots fit securely and are waterproof.

However, not all dogs can handle wearing boots. Some are too big or too small to fit them. Others just hate them so much that it’s not worth the hassle. If your dog isn’t one for winter boots, look into natural creams and balms that will protect their paws against the elements.

Once you’re back from your adventures, make sure to fully dry their paws. Don’t forget to remove any de-icer or salt that might have gotten stuck between their toes! Doing this every time they come in from the outside will make a huge difference in their paw health during the winter.

You should also trim the fuzz between their toes on a regular basis, too. Check out our guide to choosing the best clippers here!

Keep Them Hydrated

A properly hydrated dog will be able to regulate her body temperature more easily than a dehydrated dog. Make sure your dog has plenty of water at home. If you’re planning on taking her for longer walks outside, bring a water source and encourage her to drink regularly. This is especially important if your dog is wearing a coat!

Learn Their Breed Requirements

As we’ve said, some dogs don’t just like the snow – they belong in it! If you have a wintry breed like a husky, malamute, or Saint Bernard, then you probably already know that your dog is happiest when he’s allowed to play in the snow for hours at a time.

But if your dog is generally more comfortable in warm weather, or his breed originated in a warm country, you’ll probably have to go the extra mile to keep him comfortable during the winter season.

dog outside in snow

Limit Outside Time

Unless your dog is one of those Arctic breeds, you’ll want to make sure her outside adventures are always followed by plenty of warm inside time. (And even cold-weather breeds should have plenty of indoor rest!)

If your dog begins to shiver, whine, lift her paws from the ground, or seems otherwise anxious or uncomfortable, you should get her inside as soon as possible. Once back at home, focus on gently warming her up.

Give Them Fewer Baths

Too many baths can strip the protective oils on your dog’s skin. This can be potentially harmful, since those very oils are what keep him comfortable and hydrated. During the cold and dry winter months, this means your dog could develop dry, flaky, itchy skin.

Professionals – such as those with a dog grooming license, as well as vets – can usually recommend moisturizing shampoos and other products, in case your dog has a particularly smelly day and needs to be bathed in the winter.

Give Them More Food (Yes, Really!)

Dogs use more calories to stay warm when they’re outside than they during the warmer months. This means that you have every excuse to give them extra healthy treats when you’re playing outside together! You can even increase your dog’s food intake ever so slightly.

Don’t go overboard, though! Always speak to your veterinarian if you aren’t sure whether your dog is getting too much or too little food.

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Brush Them

Brushing your dog is a way of preparing his coat for the winter. Of course, an expert with a dog grooming license would be the best person to trust with this job. After all, they’ll know exactly the right way to prepare your particular breed’s coat.

However, brushing regularly at home is recommended either way. When you brush your dog, you’re removing old fur that would otherwise clump and tangle. Fur like that takes longer to dry, which means your dog will be colder, longer. Most dogs grow a fuller coat in the winter to protect themselves from the cold, but brushing your dog encourages that growth.

Once you’ve brushed out all that hair, check out our guide to removing dog hair around your home! You can thank us later.

Winter can be an amazing time to get outside with your dog. Even if you aren’t a fan of cold weather, watching your dog bounce around in the snow never gets old! But winter also brings its own challenges and considerations. Thankfully, with a little preparation and research, your dog will be able to enjoy her time with you all winter long!

Want to become a professional groomer? Earn your dog grooming certification by enrolling with QC Pet Studies today!

How to Deal with Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

dog torn apart couch due to separation anxiety

It’s always a great feeling to come home at the end of the day and have your dog rush up to you. Sometimes, it seems like no matter how long you’re away from home – be it five minutes or five hours – your dog is just as thrilled to see you and always ready to hang out!

If you’ve been working from home lately, a major perk you may have found is that you get to spend all day, every day with your furry best friend. What could possibly be better than taking breaks from your job to spend time with your pup? Plus, you get those sweet dog cuddles on demand!

But with more people working from home this year, some owners have noticed a change in their dogs’ behavior. A dog that used to barely look up from his spot on the couch when you leave is now whining, crying, and making a scene when you so much as glance at your front door.

So, what gives?

If this sounds familiar to you, your dog may be suffering from what’s known as “separation anxiety”. Thankfully, not all hope is lost! You can easily help her gain confidence and overcome separation anxiety with a bit of extra training – for the both of you!

dog staring out the window

What is Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety is the result of a panic response in your dog when you leave them for a period of time. Some dogs experience this mildly. For example, think about that time you went out for the whole day and came back to discover your dog had destroyed a pillow.

Other dogs, however, experience it in a much more extreme capacity. Dogs with severe separation anxiety will see you leaving the room and react as if you’ve just left the country.

To put it simply: they aren’t happy when you aren’t around.

While it’s great that your dog loves spending time with you so much, it’s easy to see how separation anxiety can quickly become a problem. At some point, you do have to leave the house (even in 2020!). Helping your dog become more comfortable with that is important.

If you aren’t sure whether your dog may be suffering from separation anxiety, think about their behavior. Here’s a good question to ask yourself… When you’re away from them, does your pooch do any of the following:

  • Have accidents in the house?
  • Pace back and forth endlessly?
  • Behave destructively (i.e. chewing furniture or clothing)?
  • Bark, whine, or howl excessively?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this is likely how your dog’s separation anxiety is manifesting itself.

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What Causes Separation Anxiety in Dogs?

Any dog can experience separation anxiety, but some breeds do seem to be more predisposed to the condition. For example, labs, shepherds, collies, spaniels, and pointers are working breeds. They’re “people-oriented” by nature, due to how they’ve been bred.

Historically, these dogs are used to always having someone around to tell them what to do. In that same breath, they’re also used to someone always being around to provide love and attention. This can make them especially prone to separation anxiety.

Dogs can be more delicate than we think! Many people believe that rescue dogs, or dogs with a history of abandonment and neglect, can suffer more strongly from separation anxiety. Your dog’s daily routine plays a role in it, too. If your dog is used to you being constantly around, he’ll be more anxious when you aren’t. Routines are important for dogs, so any big changes risk increasing separation anxiety.

You’ve probably been nervous when you go somewhere new and you don’t know what to expect. Well, dogs experience this too! Whether you’re taking them to the vet, doggy daycare, or to the groomer, your dog will almost definitely react to new situations. It’s not uncommon for dog owners to discover that their usually well-behaved dog starts to bark or act defensively at the grooming salon, for example.

Strategies for Separation Anxiety

Your dog will feel calmer if they have a safe space to hang out while you’re gone. If you’ve noticed that your dog’s separation anxiety spikes when you leave the house (and not, for example, when you leave them at the groomer’s or daycare), you can specifically try to make spaces in your house where they feel more comfortable.

The Humane Society of the United States recommends creating a special phrase or action that tells your dog that you’ll be back. Once your dog is used to hearing that phrase, they’ll better understand that you will return soon. This will hopefully help them to feel less anxious.

Some things, as you’ll quickly discover, won’t always work. For instance, crating a dog who isn’t used to being crated is a bad strategy for dealing with separation anxiety. That would just be another big routine change that’ll stress them out more!

Note: That being said, if you’re worried that your dog will wreak havoc upon your home in your absence, consider leaving them in a secure room. If possible, this room should have a window in it. Giving them safe toys and an item of clothing that smells like you can also provide comfort.

Training Yourself to Train Your Dog

Dogs love to follow the leader. So, you should always try to be the best leader you can be for your dog! An unexpected way to help a dog with separation anxiety is to enroll in a dog grooming course. When you practice your new skills on your dog, they’ll become used to the sensations they would experience while visiting the groomer. The sounds and experiences won’t be so different and scary. It can wind up making the appointment much easier!

Training as a dog groomer will also allow you to connect with your dog and be able to identify when they’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Once you understand how your dog is feeling, you’ll be able to more quickly and easily help them deal with that feeling in a positive way!

While separation anxiety can be stressful for everyone involved, it’s important to remember that your dog will follow your lead. Staying calm, cool, and collected while helping her learn the ins and outs of being by herself will go a long way toward lessening separation anxiety. Whether you’re heading out to run errands, or your dog has a date with the groomer – working on separation anxiety will mean that your dog will spend more time happy, confident, and content.

Enroll in QC Pet Studies’ Dog Grooming Course and get our First Aid for Groomers Course absolutely free! 

8 Tricks to Acing Your Dog Grooming Interview

So, you’ve just graduated from your dog grooming course and earned your professional certification… Congratulations! You’re now armed with all the knowledge, passion, and drive you’ll need to become an amazing dog groomer.

Now all you have to do now is get started! But this might sound easier said than done. The real question is: how do you become a dog groomer from here?

While many groomers choose to start their own businesses, others prefer the added security of working at an existing salon. Both are excellent options! That being said, working in a salon is especially great when you’re first starting out. A good dog grooming salon offers a more practical way to get your foot in the door.

Of course, that brings us to the scary part: you’ll first have to impress future bosses at an interview!

Preparing for a dog grooming interview is similar to interviewing for any other job, but there are a few key tips and tricks that will set you apart from the other groomers. Read on to discover what they are!

Dress to Impress

You probably already know that it’s always a good idea to show up to a job interview looking professional and put-together. However, there are some different guidelines you can use if you’re interviewing for a dog grooming position!

Keep in mind that, as a dog groomer, you’ll need to dress comfortably. There’s no reason to shell out hundreds of dollars for clothes that are going to be covered in dog hair! For a dog grooming interview, you should wear something that feels comfortable, without being too casual. For instance, unripped jeans are usually fine!

As a general rule, you should aim to be slightly dressier than the employees.

Show Your Passion

What’s the difference between a good dog groomer and a great one? Passion for the job!

Learning how to become a dog groomer will teach you what to do – but a genuine love of the craft can only come from within. When you love what you do, clients (and managers) will take notice.

A good dog groomer knows all the terms, handles the equipment well, and is good with clients. A great groomer knows the dogs by name, understands breed standards, and brings genuine happiness to their job!

During your interview, feel free to speak about your experience with dogs – even your family pets – and about how working as a groomer would make you feel.

Demonstrate Knowledge

With so many breeds and so many different kinds of clients, groomers need to know a LOT! When it comes to learning how to become a dog groomer, reputable grooming courses are the perfect first step to gaining that know-how.

Once you pair that with real-world experience, you’ve got a winning combination that any interviewer will appreciate!

Think about a few examples of dogs you’ve groomed, or classes you’ve taken, that you can share with your interviewer. Having stories like these are especially great if they demonstrate that you are flexible, caring, and hard-working.

After all, these are all traits perfectly suited to groomers!

Get Technical

One of the best ways to show off all that know-how you’ve gathered from your dog grooming course is by using industry terms to describe your work. For example, you may be asked:

  • Whether you have experience with nervous or aggressive dogs
  • If you know how to avoid clipper rash
  • The types of products or tools you would use in a certain situation, etc.

These are all ways for your interviewer to make sure you know your stuff. So, if you have the chance to go into detail, take full advantage of it. The more you discuss, and the more groomer terminology you properly use, the more the interviewer will see both your experience and expertise!

Come Prepared

Nearly every interview ends with the same question: Do you have any questions for ME?

Your answer should always, always be yes! Come to your interview with your inquiries on-hand. For instance, you can ask about:

  • The salon’s clients
  • The work environment
  • The day-to-day operation of the salon
  • Or anything else you’d like to know about

Remember: a job interview is a two-way street. You’re trying to decide whether you’d like to work there, just as much as they’re trying to see if you’d be a good fit!

It’s also a good idea to do some research on websites such as Glassdoor or Indeed beforehand. Often, previous applicants (and sometimes even current employees) will write about their interview experience.

This is especially great if you’re feeling nervous about the interview. You’ll be able to get a feel for what the experience will be like, and what you can expect to get out of it.

What Will They Ask?

It’s natural that before any job interview, you may have some nervousness about the kinds of questions you’ll be asked. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back!

Here are a few of the most common question, along with a few tips to put your best answers forward:

  1. How do you avoid being bitten or scratched?
  • This question is really asking you to tell the interviewer about your manner with dogs. Have you been in situations with aggressive and/or nervous dogs before? Do you panic when the pressure is on, or calmly reassess the situation?
  1. What made you decide to be a dog groomer?
  • Here, the interviewer is looking to see your passion. Tell them all about how much you love animals, and the dog grooming industry in particular!
  1. How do you avoid injury to the dogs while grooming?”
  • The interviewer will need to know – for everyone’s sake – that you understand how to properly operate grooming tools. They’ll also want to see that you understand the best practices involved with them.

Stake it Out!

If you have a dog yourself, maybe you’re familiar with the salon because it’s your best friend’s salon of choice! If that’s the case, you already have an advantage: you’ve seen this specific environment before.

You may even have a general idea about how it works, and who the employees are there. While you shouldn’t expect special treatment, and should always keep things professional, this is often a great jumping-off point for your interview.

What to Avoid

Of course, no matter what the position is, there are a few things you should always avoid during an interview, too!

Interviewers will be on the lookout for people who:

  • Lack communication skills
  • Lack the dedication needed to become a dog groomer
  • Seem jittery around dogs
  • Don’t have a solid grasp of grooming terms, practices, tools, and general knowledge
  • Don’t demonstrate an understanding of animal behavior

This means no complaining about how badly behaved your dog is, or flinching away from the toy poodle being groomed during your interview!

As long as you can show the interviewer that you’re comfortable around dogs, know how to keep them (and yourself) safe, and understand the technical side of dog grooming, nailing your interview should be a piece of cake.

No matter how much schooling and training you get in your journey to become a dog groomer, it’ll always seem scary to jump into a new career! Trust us, we get it.

After all, dog grooming is all about people placing their trust in you to look after their best friends! No pressure or anything.

Thankfully, a little preparation can go a LONG way! When you combine the skills and knowledge you’ve learned through a dog grooming certification, with your own passion and professionalism, there’s no limit to what you can achieve in your grooming career!

If you’re ready to take the first step and become a dog groomer, click here to find out more about QC’s leading online grooming certification!