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22 Lucrative Pet Business Ideas Anyone Can Start

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Dream of working with animals for a living? You’re in luck, because there are all sorts of pet business ideas out there. Let’s take a look at 22 possible career paths you can pursue right away!

Is Starting a Pet Business Profitable?

First thing’s first: you need to know whether this endeavor will actually be worth your time. After all, if your efforts won’t lead to results (or a livable income), it could still make for a great passion project – but not so much a realistic, full-time job.

The good news is, you can absolutely make a great profit off of starting your very own pet business! The key is how much work you’re willing to put into it.

Like with starting any business, it’s important to keep in mind that it’ll take time to make the profit you’re looking for. When first launching your business, you’ll be an unknown name in the industry. This means it’ll be up to you to get it off the ground, promote yourself, gain in-field experience, and attract clientele.

Furthermore, you’ll need to be good at budgeting. There are many overhead costs that come with running your own business, and improper investments could wind up draining more money than you’re making. This is why, to give you the best chances of success, we strongly recommend getting some form of business training before you jump straight into opening up shop.

In a nutshell: if you’re someone who lacks motivation and self-discipline, these goals will be difficult to achieve. However, if you know that you’d be willing to do whatever it takes to make your dreams a reality, then starting a pet business is the perfect option for you… and it can definitely become extremely profitable!

22 Pet Business Ideas You Can Pursue

So, what possible career paths are out there for you? Let’s take a look!

1. Pet Grooming

As a professional groomer, you’ll help pets look their absolute best! You’ll be responsible for everything from clipping nails, to giving baths, to doing haircuts, to treating skin conditions, to deshedding and de-matting coats, and SO much more.

Moreover, there are tons of specializations and niches within this particular career path. For instance, you can:

  • Work in a grooming salon;
  • Own your own salon;
  • Start a mobile grooming business;
  • Work as a freelance groomer;
  • Specialize in grooming for dogs, cats, etc.;
  • Specialize in competition grooming;
  • Target your grooming services for animals in need (i.e. at shelters);
  • And more!
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2. Dog Walking

When lockdowns were in full effect, dog owners had the privilege of being at home with their furry family members on a daily basis. But now that life is returning back to normal, more people are no longer working from home. As such, they need someone to help take their dogs out for walks while they’re gone.

This is where you can come in! As a professional dog walker, you can arrange the best days and times to come pick up your clients’ dogs, provide them with some exercise and socialization, and give them a much-needed potty break. This job can be extremely flexible (if you would prefer to only work certain days and/or between certain times), or you can book as often as you want.

There will always be dog owners who need this service, so the high demand will NEVER be going anywhere!

Pro Tip: Want to gain some experience first and/or build your clientele BEFORE starting an actual dog walking business? There are plenty of apps out there that can get you regular work in this field, such as Rover.

3. Pet Sitting

The nice thing about pet sitting services is that they can be as broad or as narrow as you want them to be. For instance, you could offer to watch your clients’ pets at your own home or within theirs. Additionally, you could strictly offer to sit during the day, on weekdays, or on weekends.

On the other hand, if you wanted to make this your full-time career, you could offer to pet sit 7 days a week, at any hour of the day, as well as overnight.

As a rule of thumb, the more options you can offer pet owners, the better your chances will be at getting bookings. But if this is something you’d rather do part-time, or paired with another pet business, the flexibility is also there to fit your sitting services within your preferred schedule.

4. Pet Photography

If you’re good with a camera, perhaps the perfect pet business ideas for you is to take pictures of animals for a living! There are all sorts of reasons why clients seek out pet photographers, such as:

  • Holiday-themed photoshoots (i.e. Christmas cards);
  • Animal marketing ads;
  • Family portraits;
  • Photos of shelter animals, to help increase their chances of adoption, etc.;
  • End-of-life memories;
  • Pet portraits for special occasions (i.e. a birthday present);
  • And more!

5. Handmade Clothing and Accessories

When it comes to pet owners, there’s a market out there for everything – and that includes the demographic who like to dress up their pets! As a maker of homemade animal clothing, you can create anything from casual attire (e.g. shirts, pajamas, etc.) to holiday-specific clothing (e.g. Halloween costumes, Christmas clothes, etc.).

Moreover, you can choose to specialize in clothing for certain breeds and/or sizes, or tailor your services to any dog, regardless of size. Plus, if your business were to offer custom orders for clients, this could also be a major selling point!

Cute little ginger kitten wearing warm knitted sweater is sleeping on the white carpet

6. Organic Pet Treats

These days, there are more pet treats out there than you could shake a stick at. But many contain unwanted additives and questionable ingredients. For owners who prefer to feed their pets organic, natural diets, these types of foods are therefore off limits.

This also means that these animal owners are likely on the lookout for a healthy, homemade alternative!

So, if you enjoy baking and working with food, why not use your skills to offer the yummiest, healthiest treats on the market? This blog article offers 7 ideas to get the ball rolling. From there, use your imagination and creativity to whip up the types of treats YOU would want to feed your own pet… and then offer them to the world!

7. Handmade Toys

Some people have a natural knack for DIY projects and handy work. If you fall into this category, then perhaps the perfect pet business idea for you is to handmake toys for a living!

This particular job path also provides ample room to get creative, as the toys you create can be of any size, shape, color, or theme you want them to be. Not to mention, if you make toys for different varieties of pets (i.e. dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, rats, etc.), you’ll be able to cater to a much larger clientele.

Moreover, you can even take your business one step further by creating handmade toys for exotic pets, too. There are plenty of people with post-bellied pigs, sugar gliders, etc. who may find it trickier to shop for toys for their unique pet. Since the options are more limited, your business could be the very thing they’ve been looking for!

8. Dog Training

You’re probably familiar with the saying, “It’s never to late to teach an old dog new tricks”.

This train of thought can be applied to all dogs of any age. New dog owners may need some expert help with training their young puppy. Others may have adopted an older dog with behavioral issues that need correcting. Whatever the reason may be, this is a career path with a high demand and many different types of clientele.

If you’re patient, have good communication skills, and possess a way with dogs of all temperaments, starting your very own dog training business could be the most rewarding option out there for you.

Did you know that QC Pet Studies is releasing a self-paced, online Dog Training Course in the coming months? It’s true! Make sure to stay tuned for more details, so you can enroll in this certification course the moment it launches!

9. Pet Daycare

This career path is similar to pet sitting, with a few important changes. With pet sitting, you could be watching one animal at a time, or one client’s pets. When you have your own pet daycare, you’ll likely be babysitting multiple pets for multiple clients at the same time.

If you excel at multi-tasking, have ideas for how to fill the days and keep all these animals occupied, and would love nothing more than to be surrounded by dogs and/or cats every day, then this is DEFINITELY the pet business idea for you!

Pro Tip: If you don’t have any prior experience watching over a handful of animals at once, perhaps starting as a sitter would be the best choice. That would allow you to dip your toes in the water and hone your skills; preparing you to look after more animals once you progress to opening up your own daycare.

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10. Pet Boarding

Kennels can be extremely expensive, especially if owners need to go out of town for an extended length of time. For those on a budget, this can make such an option unaffordable. By starting your own pet boarding business, you can corner this market and attract a LOT of interested clients!

This type of career endeavor would likely require an investment on your part, as you’d more than likely need to own your own facility in order to safely, properly, and legally board the animals. The one tricky thing to keep in mind is that there are zoning laws to consider.

If interested in this pet business idea our recommendation would be to first research your local laws and legislations. If zoning restrictions or bylaws that’ll prevent you from pursuing this career path, it’s better to know that sooner rather than later.

11. Animal Blogger/Writer

Do you love to write? If so, another pet business idea is to start your very own animal blog! You can take this one step further by also lending your writing skills and expert insights to other businesses’ blogs and publications.

Freelance writing can be an awesome way to make a decent income – especially since you can set your own rates. The more your work is published, the more clients you can secure going forward. On the other hand, if you’d prefer to write strictly for your own blog, this would be a idea best paired with an additional business service.

Not sure how to develop your own blog? This article will teach you everything you need to know to get started!

13. Pet Training for Film and Television

Earlier, we took a look at dog training services for pet owners. However, there’s another similar business you can start for yourself, which specializes in pet training for the media.

Off the top of your head, can you count how many times you’ve seen an animal in a movie, on TV, or in a commercial? Probably not, since it’s a pretty regular thing. Well, someone is responsible for training these animals for the big (and small) screen – and that someone could be YOU!

Again, this is the type of advanced job where previous experience would do you a world of good. So, maybe start your career as a professional trainer by working with pet owners, and then move higher up the ladder to work with all those furry movie stars.

14. Pet Product Tester

Before animal food, accessories, toys, grooming tools, etc. can be released to the general public, they first need to be tested. After all, how else will these brands know if their products are truly effective?

Your pet business can be geared entirely towards helping these other businesses iron out their merchandise before they hit the shelves. For obvious reasons, we encourage you to have your own pet if you want to pursue this career path. Just make sure that whatever you’re testing out on your animal doesn’t put them in harm’s way!

15. Open Your Own Pet Store

While there are all sorts of mega chains out there, many animal owners prefer to shop for their pet’s essentials a little more close to home. By that, I mean locally, with store owners they can meet and get to know face-to-face.

It goes without saying that in order to open your own pet store, you’ll need to be willing to invest in this endeavor. After all, you’ll need to secure a location and then stock it up with products. That said, if the demand is high where you live, and you strategically tailor your shop to meet the demographic’s needs, this could be a very fruitful prospect for you!

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16. Pet Massage Therapy

Humans aren’t the only ones that need some R&R! Animals, too, can experience bone, muscle, and/or joint issues that could greatly benefit from professional massage therapy. You could even expand on this business by offering additional complementary services, such as hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and homeopathy therapy.

Obviously, this is the sort of career path that requires ample training and education first. If you’re already experienced in massage therapy (as well as any of the added services mentioned above) and have been looking for something new, this pet business idea might just be what you’ve been looking for. Otherwise, if you’re brand-new to the concept, you’ll need to put some time and money into your certification training first.

17. Poop Scooping

I know, it’s not the most luxurious of jobs – but it needs to be done! This is a pet business idea that can easily be paired with a dog walking career. That said, it doesn’t have to be either.

All you’ll need in order to operate a poop scooping business are shovels, gloves, waste containers, a vehicle (so you can transport the waste), and somewhere you’re allowed to legally dispose of the poop.

In terms of demand, you could offer your services to any of the following clientele:

  • Pet owners who need their yards cleaned up;
  • Dog walking clients;
  • Dog parks;
  • Veterinary clinics;
  • Kennels/boarding facilities;
  • Grooming salons;
  • Pet daycares, etc.

18. Travel Agent for Pets

This one might sound a little silly, but hear me out. There are an abundance of reasons why an animal may need to be transported by plane, train, boat, or what-have-you. For instance, they may have been adopted and need to be shipped in from another country. Their owner(s) may be moving or going on vacation, and they’re coming along for the adventure.

This is where a pet travel agent comes in handy. You could help individual clients and organizations alike safely and legally get the animals from Point A to Point B. This could include handling the animal’s documentation, securing the method by which they’ll be traveling, schedule their departure and arrival, aid in making the journey as stress-free as possible, etc.

19. Social Media Manager for Pet Celebrities

Doug the Pug, Pudgy the Chihuahua, Juniper the Fox, Jill the Squirrel… These are just some of the countless animals that have gone viral and gained a mass following on social media. And while the social media accounts for a lot of these animals is run by their owners themselves, some are run by skilled social media professionals.

This is where you and your pet business can come in! If you know how to manage and run a thriving social media channel, your services could come in handy for owners who have a famous pet – but not as much time to spend online every day.

Curious Sugar Glider pet on keyboard with hand grabing.

20. Social Media Personality and Pet Expert

Speaking of social media, another pet business idea is to make a big name for yourself online! As we discussed earlier, you could run your own blog – but there are tons of other things you can do to build on this, too.

For instance, you could start a YouTube channel and/or TikTok account. You could grow a huge following on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook. You could even attract followers on platforms such as Pinterest, or start a podcast.

With the right strategies, persistence, and unique content, you could become the next big face in terms of popular pet personalities!

21. Pet Food

Earlier, we talked about how you could build a pet business around making homemade treats. But if you wanted to take this one step further, why not branch out and make homemade pet food in general?

There’s no shortage of people out there who prefer to feed their pets all-natural diets, from trusted sources. By keeping your homemade pet food organic, and containing only natural ingredients, you could make quite the name for yourself in this popular corner of the industry!

22. Open Your Own Cat Café

Seriously, is there anything better than enjoying a nice, hot coffee while being surrounded by adorable cats? Cat cafés have become wildly popular over the last decade or so, as many consider them to be the BEST hangout spots. Having been to several myself, I can confirm that this sentiment is 100% true.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to invest in a commercial property for your café’s location, as well as any applicable licenses your local area requires in order for you to run this establishment. However, once you have everything up and running, it won’t take long for your business to take off and start turning a nice profit!

Plus, this particular job path offers an incredible opportunity to make real change in these animals’ lives. Although you can work independently, you could also pair up with animal shelters as well. This way, the cats hanging around in your café are adoptable ones; provided with the special opportunity of finding their forever homes when they meet your clients.

Talk about a win-win situation!

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What’s The Best Pet Business Idea to Start?

Ultimately, the pet business idea that speaks loudest to YOU will depend on your own passions and goals. Just remember that as we discussed earlier, it’s critical that you get yourself some business training, regardless of which plan you decide to pursue.

At QC Pet Studies, our self-paced, online Dog Grooming Course comes with an entire unit devoted to business training! So, if dog grooming is a career you’d be interested in, you can rest easy knowing that in addition to learning how to groom, you’ll also be taught everything you need to know to launch AND run a thriving business.

That said, the knowledge and skills taught in the business unit can be applied to ANY pet business idea you wish to pursue! For example, you’ll discover how to:

  • Name your business and get it legally registered;
  • Build your business’s brand;
  • Develop your official website;
  • Build your professional portfolio;
  • Network;
  • Attract and retain clients;
  • Implement proper marketing strategies;
  • Provide exceptional customer service each and every time;
  • And SO much more!

So, do you know what sort of pet business YOU want to open? Let us know in the comments below!

Enroll with QC Pet Studies today and launch your very own pet business in as little as 9-12 months!

How to Become a Dog Groomer Step-By-Step

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If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you absolutely LOVE dogs and want to know how to become a dog groomer professionally. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place!

I’m willing to bet that you have a ton of questions about this new, exciting career path. If so, then look no further, because we’ve answered ALL of them for you in this article.

Let’s dive in, shall we?

What Qualifications Do You Need to Become a Dog Groomer?

The short answer to this question is: it depends on where you live. Some cities, States, provinces, etc. will require you to have professional certification training in order to work in licensed salons. Other areas might not require anything other than a high school diploma.

But the longer answer – and I cannot stress this enough – is that despite this, proper training is always a MUST in this field of work!

Think about it: you’ll be handling a living, breathing creature. Moreover, you’ll need to work with sharp tools and use them on these animals. If you don’t actually know what you’re doing, things can not only go wrong quickly – they can become downright dangerous.

Furthermore, your clients are going to expect you to be trained. For the vast majority of them, their dogs are their family. As such, they’ll only want to book with groomers that can truly TRUST to take proper care of their pet. If you aren’t trained, you’ll be passed over more often than not.

For these reasons, we’re of the strong opinion that professional dog groomers need to be properly educated and certified in order to work. Luckily, more and more cities are getting with the program and making this mandatory. Hopefully, one day it’ll be like that everywhere!

How Do You Train to Be a Dog Groomer?

There are 2 popular options for how an aspiring groomer can gain the necessary training needed to work professionally. The first is to do an apprenticeship or on-the-job training. Here, you would shadow an experienced groomer for a period of time; learning the ropes with the help of your mentor.

Alternately, some salons provide training from the ground up. This way, they can get you to the salon’s standards by the time you finish your training. In this scenario, you’d likely be learning the specific techniques and standards set within that particular establishment.

The second is to complete an accredited dog grooming certification course. These days, there are countless options for how you can pursue this education. In-person training is definitely an option, but so is online schooling. We’ll cover this more a little later in the article!

Technically, there’s also a third option (if you so choose), which is to do BOTH. By all means, you can complete a professional course and follow that up by completing an apprenticeship, too. This route is by no means mandatory. But hey, nothing wrong with being a powerhouse by the time you start working solo, right?

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Dog Groomer?

The amount of time it’ll take to start working as a dog groomer depends on where and how you obtain your professional training.

If you choose to apprentice with an experienced groomer/mentor, your training can last approx. 6-10 weeks. Sometimes, depending on the salon, your apprenticeship can take anywhere from 12-18 months to complete. If you’re hired by a salon and they provide in-house training, this can last for several months, on average.

Should you decide to pursue a professional certification course (which is the path we most recommend), your training duration will depend on the institution. Some schools offer programs that take only a handful of weeks to complete, while others can take upwards of a year.

Keep in mind, though, that when it comes to your training, it’s important NOT to cut any corners. Just because you’re eager to get started as a dog groomer doesn’t mean you should automatically run to a course that’s only a few weeks long.

After all, will you be honestly be able to learn the same amount of skills and knowledge in just a few weeks, compared to what you’d learn in a year’s time? If this is the career path you really want to pursue for the long-term, you should be passionate about learning things the right way.

This means taking the necessary time needed to properly hone your craft. Only then can you truly call yourself a grooming master!

Did you know that QC Pet Studies’ online training takes, on average, 9-12 months to complete? However, since our Dog Grooming Course is 100% self-paced, you can complete your studies on YOUR time and graduate in as little or as much time as you need!

What are The Disadvantages of Being a Dog Groomer?

Look, I’ll be real with you: if the idea of working with dogs on a daily basis appeals to you, then you’ll find no greater joy than pursuing a career as a dog groomer.

But that doesn’t mean it’s an easy job.

On the contrary, being a groomer can be incredibly demanding. You’ll work long hours and be on your feet for the majority of them. By the time your shifts end, your feet will probably be pretty sore (so, a nice, hot bath at the end of the day will feel like heaven for you).

There are also occupational hazards and safety risks to consider, too – both for you and the dogs.

Occupation Hazards for Dog Groomers

Some clients will be bringing in nervous, anxious, or stressed-out dogs. Especially if it’s their first time being alone with you, these types of dogs could go on the defense and feel like they need to protect themselves.

This is basically my gentle way of saying that while bites and scratches won’t be a regular part of your day, they could happen once in a blue moon. Chances are, it’ll happen at least once – or, if nothing else, an attempt by the dog will be made. So, you need to be prepared for this, both physically and emotionally.

There’s also your bodily health to keep in mind. Groomer’s lung, for example, is a very real thing. This is particularly a potential risk if your grooming career spans over a lengthy period of time, and if the proper precautions are not taken on your part.

(Don’t let this freak you out, though. It’s super easy to take the right safety measures – such as wearing a face mask and cleaning your work station regularly – and prevent groomer’s lung from ever affecting you.)

Occupational Hazards for Dogs

In a grooming environment, there’s a LOT that can go wrong if you aren’t adequately prepared. Again, this all circles back to why proper training as a groomer is so critical.

Potential hazards can range anywhere from mild, minor incidents (e.g. an accidental cut or knick while clipping them), to more extreme emergencies (e.g. accidental self-hanging on the grooming table).

Not to sound dramatic or anything, but when clients are leaving their dogs in your hands, you’re quite literally responsible for their lives for as long as they’re in your care. By getting a proper education, you’ll know how to keep them safe at all times. If an emergency happens, you’ll be equipped to handle it accordingly.

If you’re not trained, however… Well, we don’t even want to think about what could potentially happen in the event of an occupational hazard.

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So, now that you know what it takes to be a dog groomer, how can you actually start your career as a dog groomer?

These 6 steps to walk you through the process!

Step One: Learn EVERYTHING You Can About Dog Grooming

Because you’re reading this article, you’ve already started Step One – hooray! From here, keep absorbing as much as you possibly can about the industry, as well as the ins and outs of professional grooming.

Here are some suggestions for how you can do more research about the dog grooming world:

  • Read grooming articles and publications;
  • Watch grooming videos (there are TONS on YouTube and TikTok, for example);
  • Find groomers on social media whose work you admire, follow them, and see how they run their businesses;
  • Use Google to see what the most relevant search inquiries are for those in your area who are looking for dog grooming services;
  • To build off this, conduct some Google research to get a better idea of what the demand for groomers is like where you live;
  • Check out the other groomers in your area (a.k.a. your local competition) and learn more about their businesses, target clientele, etc.;
  • Start brainstorming the kind of career YOU want for yourself (i.e. do you want to work for a salon? Start your own business? If the latter, what do you want your business to look like? Etc.).

Step Two: Get Certified as a Professional Dog Groomer

Okay, now it’s time to decide whether you want to pursue your professional training online or through a brick-and-mortar school. When making this choice, it’s important to keep in mind a few key things…

In-Person Grooming School

On average, brick-and-mortar dog grooming courses can take anywhere from a couple months to a year to finish. The obvious pro of in-person schooling is that you’ll be surrounded by your fellow peers, as well as your instructor.

However, there are also some cons to consider as well. For example, you’ll have to pay a much higher tuition rate for a much less personalized learning environment.

Furthermore, you’ll have no choice but to work at everyone else’s pace. If the course is 18 months long in total, you won’t be able to graduate any sooner than that. Not to mention, you’ll be expected to abide by the strict schedule the school sets for you. This means you’ll never have the flexibility to miss a class!

Online Grooming School

On the other hand, distance learning (a.k.a. online learning) has become the preferred method of education over recent years. This has especially been the case over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Why?

First, your tuition will be a lot more affordable and suitable for any budget. This is because there’s no physical campus or building to maintain. Second, because it’s just you and your tutor, you’re guaranteed a customized learning experienced that’s tailored specifically for YOU, your needs, and your career goals.

Additionally, the right online dog grooming course – such as the one offered by QC Pet Studies – will be 100% self-paced, as I mentioned earlier. As a result, you’ll never have to commit to deadlines or the need to travel. Yes, this means that you can become a dog groomer while you sit on the couch in your jammies!

(Although, when the time comes for your hands-on training, you might want to change. Up to you, though!)

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QC Pet Studies’ Dog Grooming Course

QC Pet Studies‘ Dog Grooming Course is 5-part course that you can complete in as little as 9-12 months. This program provides textbook learning, instructional videos, quizzes, and more hands-on training than you could shake a stick at.

If I tried to list everything you’ll learn in this course, we’d be here all day! However, here’s a condensed list to give you an idea of the skills you’ll acquire:

  • Fundamental concepts of dog grooming;
  • Health and safety;
  • Basic dog anatomy;
  • Skincare issues;
  • Canine  behavior;
  • Prep work;
  • How to execute a groom from start to finish;
  • Breed standards and how to work on dogs of various breeds;
  • How to launch your very own grooming business and find long-term success in the industry;
  • And SO much more!

Once you graduate, you’ll walk away with an internationally-recognized International Dog Grooming Professional (IDGP) certification AND designation that you can proudly add to your resume.

And we guarantee, all of your future clients and/or employers will be completely impressed by this accreditation!

Want to hear what graduates of QC Pet Studies have had to say about our Dog Grooming Course? Check out their Features here on our blog!

What to Expect as a Student of QC Pet Studies

Once enrolled, QC Pet Studies gives you a full 2 years to finish your dog grooming training. But remember, our online learning environment is 100% self-paced! Thus, you can choose how much (or how little) of that time you’ll actually need in order to graduate.

As a frame of reference, many of our alumni found that they were able to graduate in as little as 9-12 months by simply dedicating 1-2 hours per week on their courses. But if you’re able to commit more time per week to your training, you could very well graduate even sooner than that!

Within 1-2 days of enrolling in your course, you’ll receive the login details for QC’s Online Student Center. From here, you’ll have access to all of your digital course textbooks, instructional videos, quizzes, assignments, and more. Now, if you’re someone who prefers having physical course materials to learn from, don’t worry – QC will mail those out to you, too! You’ll receive them within 1-2 weeks.

Oh, and since our Dog Grooming Course comes with a FREE starter grooming kit, we’ll also deliver that to you at no extra charge, too!

Another perk of QC Pet Studies’ dog groomer training is that your tutor is a real-world industry expert with years of experience. After you submit each unit, your assigned tutor will rigorously review your work with a fine-toothed comb. Then they’ll submit your grades, as well as thorough audio feedback. You’ll be able to use this feedback to better recognize where your current strengths and weaknesses are!

If all of this weren’t already awesome enough, we also offer a 21-Day Money-Back Guarantee! You can learn more about this here. Basically, we want to make the decision to pursue the career of your dreams as simple and pain-free for you as possible!

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Step Three: Get Certified in Pet First Aid and CPR

By now, it’s no secret that knowing First Aid for dogs is just as important for your career as knowing how to groom. After all, you’ll need to be prepared for anything and everything that can go wrong during an appointment. First Aid training makes all the difference between a good groomer and an exceptional one.

This is exactly why, when you enroll in QC’s Dog Grooming Course, we encourage you to obtain First Aid and CPR skills… at NO additional cost! That’s right: when you take our Dog Grooming Course, we also throw in our First Aid Course absolutely FREE!

In this 2-unit program, you’ll learn all about:

  • Building your First Aid kit;
  • Setting up a safe and functional workspace;
  • Correctly assessing a dog’s health and checking vitals;
  • Preventing injuries, accidents, bites, scratches, and more;
  • Properly responding to emergency situations;
  • When to recommend veterinary care;
  • Assessing the severity of a wound;
  • The steps involved in creating an emergency plan;
  • Performing CPR and rescue breathing techniques;
  • Artificial respiration;
  • How to help a choking dog;
  • Wound care;
  • Handling dehydration, heatstroke, heart attacks, seizures, cysts, parasites, burns, bruises, etc.
  • And more!

The best part? Once you complete this course, you’ll earn an internationally-certified First Aid for Groomers certificate!

Not only will this additional training increase your overall confidence in your abilities – it’ll assure your clients all the more that their dog is being looked after by the best of the best!

Want to learn even more about our First Aid Course? QC Pet Studies’ student, Camille Torkornoo, reveals 3 of the most IMPORTANT skills you’ll acquire from this program!

Step Four: Practice, Practice, Practice!

If you want to know how to work as a dog groomer, here’s one of the most important tips I can give you: all of the textbook knowledge in the world won’t matter if you don’t ultimately know how to apply it in real life.

This is one of those jobs where hands-on training is fundamental. Understanding how to groom a dog in theory is completely different than legitimately doing it on a living, breathing dog. For this reason, you should get as much real-world exposure as humanly possible before you begin booking paying clients!

The good news is, your certification course will get your foot in the door. As part of your assignments, you’ll be tasked with finding different dogs of different breeds and sizes to groom. From there, don’t be afraid to maximize your personal network.

How many friends and/or family members do you know who have dogs? These are ALL people who might potentially be willing to let you practice your newfound skill-set on their pooches! Other ways to gain practice can also include:

  • Practice what you’ve learned on your own dog(s), if applicable;
  • Offering complimentary grooming services at the start of your career;
  • Volunteering your expertise at dog shelters, charity events, etc.;
  • Taking part in a pro bono photoshoot, in which you groom a dog for free in exchange for high-quality images you can use in your professional portfolio;
  • Joining local, relevant groups on social media and proposing your services for other members to see, etc.
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Step Five: Get On The Job Dog Grooming Training

Remember earlier, when I mentioned that you can absolutely do an apprenticeship after completing your certification training? Here’s why this would be a smart career move:

There’s never a downside to learning from someone who’s been in this industry long enough to earn their stripes. Yes, your dog grooming course will teach you all you need to know to launch a lucrative career. But there’s no way you’ll begin your career already knowing everything.

For this reason, shadowing a mentor and being taken under their wing (or paw, if you appreciate good puns) can be the very thing that takes your professional training and kicks it up another notch! Entering the professional world can be a bit daunting at first. But when you do so under the watchful eye of a seasoned expert, the whole experience can be a lot easier to navigate.

So, do some digging and reach out to different groomers in your area. There’s no harm in asking whether they’d be willing to bring on an apprentice and show you the ropes. So long as you approach the matter in a humble, professional way, you might very well be surprised by the positive response you get in return!

Whether you want to join an existing grooming team of launch a business of your very own, the experience and insight you’ll gain from an apprenticeship will DRASTICALLY increase your likelihood of achieving success in the long run.

Step Six: Network and Ask for Referrals!

Networking will be your BEST FRIEND as you become a dog groomer – especially at the beginning of your career, while you’re still an unknown name. The grooming industry is a pretty tight-knit community. As such, it won’t take long for you to meet and/or become acquainted with other groomers in your area, as well as dog walkers, doggy daycares, pet stores, dog owners, etc.

These are ALL people and/or businesses that can potentially help you gain clientele!

Now, you might be thinking, “But wait, why would I become friends with other dog groomers? Aren’t they my competition?”

Yes… But that definitely does NOT this mean they aren’t also allies. Your grooming career will be much better off if you establish positive connections with others in the community (even your competitors) than if you tried to go at things solo.

After all, through networking, you’ll be increasing your chances of getting referrals. Dog walkers can refer you to their clients; as can pet stores, daycare owners, etc. Even other groomers can potentially send customers your way, if their own schedules are completely booked. The important thing here is that they need to trust that you’d do the same for them, if the shoe were ever on the other foot.

In the end, you’ll have a longer, more fruitful career if you maximize genuine networking opportunities with as many people as possible.

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Ready to begin the career you’ve always wanted? Enroll with QC Pet Studies today and become a dog groomer in less than a year!

Get $200 OFF QC Pet Studies’ Dog Grooming Course + A FREE Eco-Friendly Planner!

Do you dream of working as a professional dog groomer? QC Pet Studies can help you turn this dream into a reality in as little as 9-12 months!

Look, I get it: going back to school always feels like a daunting decision for some of us. This is why we’re committed to making the decision to enroll with QC the easiest one you’ll ever have to make!

But before I get into all the reasons why QC Pet Studies is the dog grooming school to train with, let me first start by letting you in on some seriously exciting news…

Have You Heard About QC Pet Studies’ Brand-New Promo?

Okay, get ready for an awesome announcement… Are you ready?

Here it is:

Until September 17th, 2021, you can get TWO courses with QC Pet Studies for the price of ONE… AND get $200 off your course… AND get a free eco-friendly planner!

As a result, you’ll be able to launch your career as a professional dog groomer with a DOUBLE certification. What’s more: both of these qualifications/designations are internationally recognized! Thus, you’ll have the freedom to potentially service clients from all over the world, if you so choose!

Alright, so now that you’re as excited as I am, let’s take a closer look at this exclusive promotional offer.

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What You Need to Know

Here’s the promotion in a nutshell: until September 17th, 2021, when you enroll in QC Pet Studies’ wildly popular Dog Grooming Course, we’ll knock a whopping $200 OFF your tuition AND provide you with a complimentary eco-friendly planner!

Crafted from recycled cardboard, these down-to-earth writing supplies embody the green spirit. Not to mention, the planner is absolutely beautiful!
But wait, that’s not all we want to give you!
As an added bonus, we’ll also gift you with our First Aid for Groomers Course at NO additional cost!

To put this into context, this First Aid for Groomers Course normally costs $348 USD… But you’ll be able to enroll in it absolutely FREE. Not only is this the perfect option for someone wanting to get their education on a budget; it’s quite literally a steal.

So, now you might be thinking, “Okay, but why these courses? Why will these certification programs help me become a professional dog groomer and have a successful career?”

Don’t worry, I’ve got you! Let’s take a look at this next…

QC Pet Studies’ Dog Grooming Course

The first thing you need to know is that this is, hands-down, our most popular program. Thousands upon thousands of aspiring and working groomers alike have graduated from this course and gone on to cultivate thriving, fruitful careers in the pet industry.

The wonderful thing about the Dog Grooming Course is that it’s craftily tailored towards ANY and ALL skill levels. Yes, this means that even if you’ve never groomed a dog before, this course will turn you into a subject-matter expert by the time you’re finished. On the other hand, if you already have some experience under your belt, this course will refine all of those core, fundamental grooming techniques you already know and bring them to the next level!

The Course Breakdown

QC Pet Studies’ Dog Grooming Course is broken up into 5 parts. In the first 3 units (A through C), you’ll learn all about:

  • The fundamental concept of dog grooming;
  • Health and safety;
  • Basic dog anatomy;
  • Skincare;
  • Canine behavior;
  • Tools of the trade;
  • And so much more!

Next, you’ll move onto Part 2 of the program. This is where you’ll get the most of your training by taking advantage of the First Aid for Groomers Course – which I’ll tell you more about shortly.

From there, you’ll progress to Part 3 of the Dog Grooming Course, which covers units D through G. These are the units where you’ll begin putting your grooming and First Aid knowledge to real-world use!

For example, you’ll get to:

  • Trim nails;
  • Clean ears;
  • Brush and de-mat coats;
  • Bathe and dry dogs;
  • Work with different coat types;
  • Execute various haircuts and styles;
  • Do cuts that meet breed standards;
  • And more!
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Now it’ll be time to move onto Part 4 of the program, which consists of your Practicum Units (1 through 5). During this portion of the course, you’ll be tested on your ability to safely and skillfully groom dogs.

These Practicum Units will have you completing intensive hands-on assignments that draw on the content you’ve mastered throughout the course. Furthermore, your personal tutor will review all of your work and provide extensive audio feedback, thereby helping you identify your current strengths and weaknesses.

Business Training

Finally, you’ll arrive at the last unit of the Dog Grooming Course, which is all about business training. Though this unit is optional, we STRONGLY recommend taking full advantage of it. In fact, the countless graduates who’ve come out of QC Pet Studies have attributed a large part of their career success to the business knowledge they obtained in this very unit.

After all, in order to have a successful business, you need to know how to actually run one. This final unit will ensure to teach you everything you need to know in order to do just that!

You’ll discover how to work for employers, or get your own business off the ground if that’s the career path you’d prefer to take. Moreover, you’ll learn how to market and promote yourself, find your target clientele, conduct competitor research, develop your brand, provide top-notch customer service, and so much more.

Essentially, the Dog Grooming Course – as a full, all-encompassing program – goes full circle. It not only teaches you how to groom like a true expert; it also teaches you how to conquer the business side of things, thus making you a total powerhouse!

QC Pet Studies’ Dog Grooming Certification

Once you graduate from this course, you’ll be mailed a physical copy of QC Pet Studies’ exclusive International Dog Grooming Professional (IDGP) certification. This certification, as I mentioned earlier, is internationally recognized and will be sure to impress all your future clients and/or employers!

And don’t forget: this title also serves as your official designation, too. Your resume will look mighty impressive with this reputable qualification added to it!

Want to hear what past QC Pet Studies graduates have had to say about the Dog Grooming Course? Check out their course reviews here!

QC Pet Studies’ First Aid for Groomers Course

As a professional groomer, First Aid training is JUST as important as grooming training. This is why QC Pet Studies’ First Aid for Groomers Course is the perfect complement to your Dog Grooming program!

Note: While you can enroll in this program without taking the other course, we highly recommend also enrolling in the Dog Grooming Course if you have no prior experience in the industry.

So, why exactly will taking QC’s First Aid for Groomers Course set your career up for even greater success?

Because this 2-unit course will diversify your industry knowledge and increase your booking potential tenfold! 

The Course Breakdown

If I tried to list all of the valuable lessons you’ll learn in this program, we’d be here all day. However, these are just some of the amazing skills you’ll gain from this training:

  • How to build your First Aid kit;
  • Setting up a safe workspace and operating within it;
  • Preventing injuries and accidents;
  • Assessing a dog’s health;
  • Preventing bites or scratches;
  • Treating minor injuries;
  • Determining the severity of a wound and checking a dog’s vitals;
  • Creating an emergency plan;
  • Rescue breathing techniques and performing CPR;
  • Helping a choking dog;
  • Responding to various emergencies – such as dehydration, heatstroke, heart attacks, seizures, cysts, parasites, burns, and bruises;
  • And more!

QC Pet Studies’ First Aid for Groomers Certificate

Upon graduation, QC Pet Studies will send you your internationally recognized First Aid for Groomers certificate of completion, which you can proudly add to your portfolio and resume. This certification shows top industry clientele that you’ve received professional First Aid training and know how to do your both job masterfully and safely.

Pro Tip: Setting yourself apart from the competition is HUGE in the grooming industry – especially if you run your own business. This level of safety training will be sure to make yours a memorable name!

What to Expect as a Student of QC Pet Studies

Okay, so now you have a better idea of these two courses and why our current promotional offer is so amazing. But what can you actually expect as a student, once you’ve enrolled with QC Pet Studies?

Self-Paced, Online Learning Environment

This is probably the best place to start since it’s easily the top reason why students and alumni completely love QC Pet Studies’ training.

All of our courses are done 100% online and at your preferred pace. We don’t impose any deadlines on you, nor do you need to follow any rigid, set schedules. Starting on the date you enroll, you get a full 2 years to complete your programs. That said, each course is less than 40 years long.

As such – and since you have full control over when and how much you focus on your studies – you can use as much or as little of that 2-year timeframe as you need. To put this into perspective: many of our grads found that by working on their course for a mere 1-2 hours per week, they were able to graduate in as little as 9-12 months (sometimes sooner)!

Tons of Hands-On Training

Yes, while our courses are done online (rather than a brick-and-mortar class), we still understand the need for real-world experience. This is why QC Pet Studies’ Dog Grooming Course provides an abundance of practical assignments that’ll give you all sorts of eye-opening, hands-on training.

Furthermore, these assignments will push you to find and work on dogs of different breeds and sizes, as well as those with different coat types. As a result, you’ll hone your skill-set and be completely prepared to book legit, paying clients as soon as you graduate!

Real Industry Expert Tutors

At QC Pet Studies, we firmly believe that you can only become the best by learning from the best! This is why all of our tutors are real-world dog groomers with years of experience under their belts.

Once you enroll in your courses, you’ll be assigned your personal tutor. Since our learning environment is one-on-one style, we guarantee that your training experience will be 100% tailored to you, your work, and your goals. Furthermore, after every unit, your tutor will go over your work with a fine-toothed comb and then provide thorough audio feedback to help you identify your current strengths and weaknesses.

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Physical AND Digital Course Materials

Once enrolled, you’ll receive your login details for QC Pet Studies’ Online Student Center within 1-2 business days. As soon as you can log into the OSC, you’ll have access to the digital copy of all of your textbooks, instructional videos, quizzes, worksheets, and assignments. Thus, you’ll be able to begin your course as soon as you want!

However, we’ll also be mailing you a physical copy of your course materials as well – right to your front door, at no extra charge. Plus, since the Dog Grooming Course also comes with a complimentary starter grooming kit, you’ll also receive that from us, too!

Competitive Tuition Rates

In general, QC Pet Studies – like all other online schools – will offer cheaper tuition than what you’d find in an in-person grooming school. This is because we don’t have a physical campus to maintain or any of the additional overhead costs that would come with that.

But it’s not enough for us to simply be more affordable than brick-and-mortar schools… After all, we want to make your decision to pursue your dream career as easy as possible! And this is exactly why we pride ourselves on our low monthly payments plans.

Now, you absolutely can pay the full amount at the time of enrollment (which will get you a pretty nice Pay-in-Full discount). But you also have the option to pay a small deposit at the time of enrollment, followed by easily affordable payments for a set number of months afterward.

This way, ANY person with ANY budget can get QC’s top-quality education!

(Seriously, once you add this on top of the $200 OFF you’ll get from this promotional discount, it’s hard to think of a reason not to enroll with QC Pet Studies right away!)

Pro Tip: Did you know QC Pet Studies also offers a 21-Day Money-Back Guarantee? Learn more about it here!

Ready to become a professional dog groomer? Take advantage of QC Pet Studies’ exciting, limited-time promotional offer today and book your first client in as little as 9-12 months!

Dog Training Quiz: Do YOU Know Your Calming Signals?

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Dream of a career in professional dog training? Then you’re going to need to understand what’s known as “calming signals”!

Want to see where you’re knowledge is currently at? Take this quiz and see how you do!

How did you do on this dog training quiz? Share your results in the comments below!

New Course Alert: QC Pet Studies’ Upcoming Dog Training Course!

Keep an eye out, because, in the near future, QC Pet Studies will be launching a brand-new course all about professional dog training!

Whether you want some tips and tricks to train your own dog, or you’d like to pursue a career where you help other dog owners, this program will have everything you need to achieve your goals (and then some)! The best part? Once you graduate, you’ll earn an internationally recognized certification to add to your resume. As a result, your clients can trust that you’ve been properly educated and are truly the best of the best!

Plus, if you’re already a certified dog groomer, you can add training services to your existing business. This means you’ll be able to attract even more clients, boost your income, and elevate your career to the next level!

So, make sure you stay tuned because this exciting new course is coming soon!

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Benefits of Training with QC Pet Studies

QC Pet Studies proudly holds an A+ ranking with the Better Business Bureau. Moreover, we’re a subsidiary of QC Career School: a pioneer of distance learning since 1984. Our self-paced, online environment provides complete and total freedom to pursue your training at the convenience of your own schedule, from the comfort of home!

Want to learn even more about QC Pet Studies?

Here are some useful resources we recommend checking out:

Before getting your dog training certification, start your career by getting trained and certified as a groomer!

Enroll with QC Pet Studies today and be ready to book your first client in less than a year!

How Do I Find the RIGHT Dog Grooming School Near Me?

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If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you’ve decided to finally turn your dream of becoming a professional dog groomer into a reality. First of all, congratulations! You’ve just taken the most important step, so you should definitely be proud of yourself. But now you might be wondering: “Where should I get my certification training? How do I find the right dog grooming school near me?”

Here’s the good news: you’ve come to the right place! Today, that’s exactly what we’re here to discuss. So, find a comfy place to put your feet up. In less time than it’d take to watch one episode of your favorite show on Netflix, I’m going to tell you EVERYTHING you need to know in order to get your dream career started in the right direction!

The Importance of Dog Grooming School

In the world of professional dog grooming, you absolutely need to be a subject-matter expert. The only way to truly become a subject-matter expert is to get the necessary experience and credentials under their belt. Not only will dog grooming school give you this necessary skill-set; it’ll dramatically increase your chances of booking clients, since they’ll be better able to trust their precious dogs being left in your care.

Think of it this way: would you go get an operation performed on you by a guy whose medical “training” consisted solely of watching YouTube videos? Probably not.

(And if so, I definitely have some questions I need answered…)

The reality is, clients expect the same standard from the dog groomers they choose to pay and work with. After all, their dogs are more than just dogs – they’re beloved and valued members of the family. Thus, expectations will be high – and rightfully so. If a client ever has the choice between hiring a groomer with a professional certification, versus hiring a groomer without one, they will ALWAYS choose the person with training.

Trust me, your best bet for long-term success is to get a reputable certification.

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“So, How Can I Find the Right Dog Grooming School Near Me?”

Now that you understand why dog grooming school is so important, the next step is to decide which school you should be training with. Luckily, there are countless options at your disposal, both in terms of online and brick-and-mortar programs. But with so many choices, it can be easily to feel a little overwhelmed. With so much information available, how can you truly know which dog grooming school near you is the right fit?

Ultimately, it all boils down to you! What’s your preferred learning style/preferences? What are the goals you have for your career as a groomer?

Here are a few questions I recommend answering, in order to help you narrow down your educational needs:

  • Do you prefer to learn in a physical classroom? Or would you rather learn from the comfort of home?
  • How flexible is your schedule? Can you commit to set classroom hours every week? Or do you need more flexibility and would prefer to set your own study schedule?
  • What’s your budget for dog grooming school? Can you afford to pay the full tuition upfront, or would you benefit from a monthly payment plan?
  • What type of dog groomer do you want to be? For instance, do you want to work within an existing salon? Start your own business? Provide mobile services?
  • Is there a certain amount of time by which you’d prefer to graduate from dog grooming school and have your certification in hand?
  • Consider your short AND long-term career goals as a groomer. What would the dog grooming school’s training need to look like in order to help you achieve these goals?

By going through each question and answering them honestly, you’ll be able to make the first important decision: whether you want to attend a physical or an online dog grooming school.

In-Person Dog Grooming School

For some, brick-and-mortar schools are the only way to go. If you’re considering this route, all the power to you! If you put “dog grooming school near me” into any search engine, such as Google, you’ll be able to see which institutions are in or around your local area.

However, it’s important that you consider every aspect of this decision. One perk is that you’ll be surrounded by your peers, in addition to your instructor. Working alongside others – especially after a year and a half of isolation – is undoubtedly tempting. Moreover, some people prefer to abide by a strict, set schedule. If you thrive on routine, it’s easy to understand why in-person training would be so appealing to you.

That being said, there are also some downsides to consider as well. For starters, tuition for a brick-and-mortar school is typically much pricier than that of an online dog grooming school. A fair chunk of your money won’t be going towards you or your actual training. Rather, it’ll go towards helping the institution with overhead costs (i.e. building maintenance and staff salaries).

Secondly, you’ll need to complete your training at the same pace as everyone else. So, if you’d prefer to graduate in less than one year, but the course is exactly one year long, you’re basically out of luck. You’ll need to wait it out and stick to the pace of your peers.

Moreover, in-person schools offer a LOT less flexibility. For example, if you have an emergency and can’t make class that day? That’s unfortunate – but also too bad. What if you have a practical test schedule on the same day that your boss is asking you to come into work? Well, it’ll be on you to figure things out, compromise, and shift your schedule around.

In a nutshell, it’ll be your responsibility (and yours alone) to adjust to the school’s schedule – not the other way around.

What About an Online Dog Grooming School?

Depending on where you live, it can be tricky to find a high-quality dog grooming school near you. This is one of the major benefits of online schooling – you have a lot more options available to you, and all of them can be done entirely from the comfort of home!

If the COVID pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we’re all capable of adapting our lives to the digital world. Distanced learning has been around – and a popular option – for years. But over the course of 2020 alone, it became the single most prominent form of education. We all quickly discovered that online learning offers the exact same high-quality education, but with a LOT more personalized, flexible, and comfortable experience.

No, you won’t be sitting in the same classroom as your peers or your instructor. This is a downside for some people. That being said, the right online dog grooming school will still provide many ways for you to connect and network with fellow students, graduates, tutors, etc. This way, the absence of physical interactions is barely noticed!

For example, QC Pet Studies is incredible active on social media, and many of our students and alumni have connected through there. Additionally, we also provide an Online Student Center that you have unlimited access to, even after you graduate. The latter has become especially popular, as the QC community is easily able to come together, ask questions, swap experiences, and give insightful industry advice.

Tuition, Pace, and Flexibility

Let’s revisit the 3 downsides we just looked at for brick-and-mortar dog grooming schools. The beauty of an online grooming school is that NONE of these apply!

Firstly, the cost of your training will be substantially cheaper with an online school. This is because there’s no physical campus to take care of or maintain. Furthermore, many online dog grooming schools – such as QC Pet Studies – will ensure to give you the most for your money. Practically everything you need will be included and provided to you within your course’s tuition fee. As a result, you won’t need to pay any additional costs for your course materials, a physical copy of your materials, your starter kit, shipping fees for those materials, etc.

Next, there’s the pace of online learning. With QC Pet Studies, for instance, our courses are 100% self-paced! From the day you enroll, you get 2 full years to completed your training. That said, you can use as little or as much of that time as you need. There are no deadlines for assignments, quizzes, or units. In fact, many of our graduates have found that by simply devoting 1-2 hours per week on their training, they were able to graduate and earn their internationally-recognized certification in less than 1 year.

I don’t know about you – but to me, this definitely sounds manageable for ANY schedule or lifestyle!

Lastly, online dog grooming school offers a level of flexibility you simply won’t be able to find anywhere else. Since there’s no pressure to travel to or attend in-person classes, you can complete all of your training from literally anywhere you want. Moreover, you can work on your studies at any time of the day.

Want to get some readings done in the middle of the night while in your jammies? You can do that! Feel like watching an instructional video while sitting in your car in-between errands? You can do that, too!

Hands-On Experience

And just because your training is online doesn’t mean you won’t still get all sorts of invaluable hands-on experience. QC’s Dog Grooming Course, for example, will have you performing real-life grooms on all sorts of dog breeds in every single unit!

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So, What Are You Waiting For?

Now that you’re interested in exploring distance learning, it’s time to put on your detective hat and do some digging! My first recommendation would be to check out these 6 shady red flags to avoid when researching online dog grooming schools. Afterwards, feel free to check out this awesome review of QC Pet Studies by our very own graduate, April Costigan!

Got any questions or comments? Tell us in the comments below! And as always, thank you so much for reading. 🙂

Start your training with QC Pet Studies today and book your very first client in less than 1 year!

All About Groomers Lung

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If you’re reading this article, it’s because you either dream of becoming a dog groomer or you already are one. Either way, welcome! As a groomer, there’s a lot of valuable information you should acquire in order to do your job properly. One such thing you might have heard about (and want to better understand) is the dreaded “groomers lung”.

We won’t lie – this topic is a little dark. But it doesn’t need to be nearly as scary as the name sounds! Yes, groomers lung is a serious issue. If you want to work in this industry, it is something to be mindful of. However, so long as you know what it is and how to prevent it, you’re going to be fine, trust us!

What is Groomers Lung?

As a grooming professional, your job will often involve shaving, trimming, and cutting dogs’ hair. Moreover, you’ll be working with a lot of products, such as shampoos, conditioners, medicated treatments, etc. A lot of the time, debris winds up floating in the air around you. If you’re not careful, you can inhale it directly into your lungs… which is not good, especially over time.

In a nutshell, groomers lung is a chronic condition that can negatively impact the function of your lungs. It goes without saying that having any foreign object inside of your lungs is not exactly a good thing. Hair, dander, and chemical products are all things that definitely shouldn’t be ingested into our bodies. Not to mention that all of those sharp, tiny hairs can also cause inflammation and create scar tissue.

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Can You Die from Groomers Lung?

Of course, having harmful debris in your lungs for a prolonged period of time can eventually become detrimental to your health. That being said, while groomers lung can be fatal in the most extreme cases, the chances of this happening to you are slim.

With that being said, symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:

  • Chronic coughing
  • Chest pain
  • Airway inflammation
  • Lung-related issues (i.e. pneumonia, bronchitis, etc.)
  • Difficulty breathing

While none of these symptoms sound pleasant, most are manageable and non-fatal. Of course, some of the others (such as lung-related issues and severe difficulty breathing) can admittedly spiral into grievous situations if left unmanaged.

Arguably the worst part of groomers lung is that once you get it, you’ll likely feel its affects for the rest of your life. Furthermore, there’s no known “cure”. This is why it’s important that you take preventative measures throughout your dog grooming career, in order to ensure it never comes to this!

How to Prevent It

Tip #1: Wear a face mask!

Thanks to the COVID pandemic, we’ve all gotten accustomed to wearing face masks as part of our day-to-day lives. Hopefully, in the near future, they won’t be necessary anymore… at least, in your regular life. When on the job, however, a face mask should be a staple part of your work attire!

No, you don’t need to wear it during the entire groom. But at the very least, make sure to wear one whenever you’re handling chemical products or tending to a dog’s hair. Having something to protect your mouth and nose will help reduce the amount of debris in the air from making its way into your lungs.

PRO TIP: Don’t use a face shield, as this will still leave enough space between your face and the shield for hair and debris to sneak its way in. Instead, wear a cloth mask that fits lightly and comfortably to the form of your face. This blog article by John Hopkins Medicine provides some excellent tips to help you buy the right face mask for your needs!

Female groomers with protective face masks brushing Pomeranian dog and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel at grooming salon.

Tip #2: Keep your work station sanitary!

Being clean and sanitary is already a must as a professional dog groomer. Of course, one reason is that it will help make a good impression with your clients. Another is that a clean station will make your job easier, since you’ll never have to scramble to find the tool you need. The most important reason, however, is that a clean space helps ensure the safety of both you and the dogs.

When it comes to preventing groomers lung, a tidy station will go a long way. After every groom, thoroughly and properly clean the area. This includes wiping down surfaces, as well as sweeping and vacuuming floors. Doing so will help reduce the amount of flyaway fur and dander lingering about. Oh, and don’t forget to wear that face mask we talked about while you do your cleaning!

Another smart idea is to invest in an air purifier for your grooming station. Last but not least, ensure that wherever you’re working is properly ventilated. The more you can get clean air circulating through the room, the better!

Tip #3: Be aware of what’s happening around you!

It can be all too easy to get lost in the grooming process and forget to pay attention to what’s happening all around you. But as you’re clipping little Fluffy’s coat, hair could be flying up around your face without you even noticing. This is why it’s important to properly see your surroundings while working on your client’s pooch.

Here are a few quick tips to help with this:

  • Wear darker clothing so you can more easily see flyaway hairs. White and/or brighter colors can mask dog hair, making it harder for you to gauge just how much shedding is actually going on.
  • Keep your work area bright. Never work in a dimly lit environment. Not only is this unsafe in general – you won’t be able to properly see all of the hair/dander/chemical debris in the air or on the surfaces around you.
  • If you run your own business, invest in cool colors for your countertops, grooming tables, etc. Just like with your clothing, cooler and/or darker tones throughout your grooming station will help you spot hair and debris with greater ease.

Tip #4: Educate your clients about at-home care!

If your client never bothers to brush their dog at home in-between appointments, that dog is going to shed a lot more fur whenever they’re in your care. As a result, there’ll be considerably more hair on your work surfaces, the floor, your clothes, and in the air.

As the subject-matter expert, you can help prevent this from happening! Take the time to chat with your client and learn more about the sort of at-home care they give their pup. If there’s room for improvement, gently and respectfully offer some suggestions to guide them in the right direction.

This will definitely help reduce the likelihood of groomers lung!

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Tip #5: Get professional dog grooming training!

“Umm… How is professional training supposed to help prevent groomers lung?”

Just stick with me on this for a moment!

When you get trained in a professional certification course, one of the many things you’ll be taught is proper sanitization and safety measures. As a result, you’ll better understand how to clean your products, tools, and work station. This, in turn, will help prevent groomers lung by reducing the amount of fur and dander polluting your work environment (see Tip #2).

Of course, this is just one of many reasons why getting professional training is a smart career move! 😉 If you’d like to learn more about how proper training will make your career all the more successful, check out this blog article here.

What to Do if You Get Groomers Lung

By taking all of the preventative measures outlined in this article, your chances of getting groomers lung will be drastically reduced. However, in the event that you do still contract it, take assurance in knowing that you have options at your disposal.

A doctor will be able to formally diagnose you and offer possible treatments. Depending on the severity, you may be prescribed medications in order to combat the inflammation and reduce pain/discomfort. In more serious cases, immunotherapy may be recommended as well.

Note: If you’re a groomer and have been experiencing any of the symptoms discussed in this article, visit your doctor and have them take a look. It’s best to address this sort of issue sooner rather than later. 

Next up, learn about the safety hazards for dogs during a groom and how to prevent them! 

Increasing Your Groomer Salary Post-COVID: Dog Training

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Earlier this month, we took a look at why NOW is the perfect time to become a professional dog groomer. But if you’re here, reading this article, it’s because you’re especially motivated to succeed. Yes, you want to offer top quality grooming services to your clients – but clearly, you’re looking for other ways you can be the best of the best, too! With that in mind, we have two very simple words for you: dog training.

What is Dog Training?

The definition is pretty much in the name. According to The Balance Careers, it’s a field that “combines knowledge of animal behavior with practical teaching skills”. As part of your regular responsibilities, you’ll often focus on the following:

  • Various voice commands
  • Clicker training
  • Using appropriate and effective hand signals
  • Developing and executing rewards systems
  • Implementing different dog learning theories
  • Educating your clients on these theories, as well as how to successfully enforce them themselves
  • Etc.
Dog trainer working with two dogs during session, working on lie down command

The beauty about professional dog training is that the sky is the limit! Once you become a trained subject-matter expert, you’ll be qualified not only to train dogs yourself – you’ll know how to instruct others on how to properly train their own dogs as well. Plus, you can offer one-on-one training sessions, group sessions, or both.

Moreover, the kind of dog training you provide can be entirely dependent on you! If you’d prefer to teach clients how to give basic commands (and see results), that’s totally fine. On the other hand, if you’d like to delve even deeper into the craft and be able to assist with more complicated dog training, that’s also an option, too.

For example, many of your clients will likely wish to learn how to teach their dogs the following basics commands:

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Down
  • Come
  • Leave it

However, you can also learn how to teach clients a myriad of other commands for their dogs, such as:

  • Watch me
  • Wait
  • Off
  • Up
  • Drop it
  • No
  • Heel
  • Go pee/poo, handle your business, etc.
  • Take it
  • Bedtime
  • Speak
  • Play dead
  • Quiet, no barking, etc.
  • Shake
  • High five
  • Release
  • Etc.

5 Key Skills Needed to Be a Dog Trainer

1. Must Love Dogs

This one’s kind of explanatory… I mean, why pursue a career that revolves entirely around dogs if you’re not even a dog lover in the first place? Not only will your job bring you little joy; your clients and their pups will always be able to tell. It’s hard to imagine anyone capable of a long-term, thriving career if it’s in a field they aren’t passionate about.

So, this is probably the most important place to start. If you don’t love dogs, you probably shouldn’t become a dog trainer.

2. Patience

As the saying goes, “It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks.” However, whether your client has a puppy or a senior pooch, new tricks often won’t be learned overnight. For this reason, dog training requires a lot of repetition – and even more patience.

If you’re prone to getting irritable when something doesn’t go your way quickly enough, this job won’t be a good fit for you. Dogs are experts at detecting people’s emotions, so if you’re feeling impatient, they’re going to pick up on it. The more frustrated you get, the less likely the training is to be successful. Thus, keeping a calm, cool head at all times is key!

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3. A Friendly Demeanor

Personally, we’re of the mindset that the best dog training comes from positive reinforcement. So long as it isn’t accidentally used to reinforce unwanted behavior, this method of training is extremely beneficial (not to mention, better for the dog’s overall welfare). Plus, studies have proven that it produces desirable results, especially when compared to negative reinforcement.

To be a truly successful dog trainer, the way you handle your clients’ dogs will make all the difference. So, maintain a friendly, welcoming demeanor at all times, and stray away from any kind of training method that encourages negative reinforcement. The more love, understanding, and comfort you give a dog, the more eager it’ll be to master your commands and please you!

4. Clear Communication Skills

When you work as a dog groomer, most of your job will only involve you and your client’s pet. In the field of dog training, however, you’ll be working with both the dog and its owner. Since the entire basis of this profession is to teach your client how to train their dog, you’re going to need to know how to teach them. This means, knowing how to communicate things clearly, in a way they can grasp and understand.

If you’re unsure whether you’re capable of verbalizing what it is you’re trying to teach, start by practicing on a friend or family member. (Preferably, one who has a dog, but little to no formal dog training experience.) There will be less pressure than there’d be with a paying client. Plus, this way you can get honest feedback about where you’re clear vs. where you need to be clearer.

As a result, by the time you book paying clients, you’ll have the verbiage down pact and will be able to run your training sessions with ease!

5. An Understanding of Dog Behavior

As we discussed earlier, dog training is all about understanding canine behavior. Only then can you adapt to it as needed, so you can adjust your methods in a way that will best jive with what each individual dog requires. If you can’t read a dog based on its body language, you’re going to have a hard time teaching it anything.

Luckily, you’re a certified groomer! So long as you’ve gotten your education through a reputable certification course – such as the one offered by QC Pet Studies – then you’ve already been trained and are well-versed in dog behavior!

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Why Dog Training Services Will Increase Your Income

Last year, Canada alone reported that the dog population across the country rose to a jaw-dropping 7.7 million. This same trend has been seen in the United States,. Here, the number of people adopting dogs has steadily rose over practically every single year since 2000. Between 2019 and 2020, the U.S. reported a dog population of 90 million!

Basically, this means that a lot of people have been adopting dogs – and this number will likely only appear to go up with each passing year.

What does this mean for YOU? Well, as a certified dog groomer, every single new dog owner in your area is a potential future client. But on top of this, these are also all people who may be looking for guidance on how to train their new pet! If your business were to offer both of these services, imagine the number of bookings you could rake in!

Additional Reasons Why Dog Training Will Better Your Bottom Line

In addition to being able to cater your business to a wider range of clientele (hello, more bookings!), there are other reasons why offering dog training services can help you boost your income. Here are just a handful of them:

  • Because your business will now be a one-stop-shop for dog owners’ needs, your clients will be even more inclined to refer you to the people they know!
  • If you’re adding a new service to your business, it’s because you’ve gotten properly trained in that new area first. As such, you can now afford to increase ALL of your business rates – including those for your grooming services. After all, you’ve put time, effort, and money into your continued education. It’s added to your skill-set and refined your expertise as a whole. You deserve to get compensated for it accordingly!
  • Dog training and dog grooming can be extremely complementary services! Grooming your client’s dog and notice some unwanted behaviors? Casually mention to them that you offer training services, too. In a training session and see that your client’s dog could use a nail clipping, a trim, etc.? Why not mention at the end of the session that you could also book Fluffy in for a groom! You never know – what was initially one service sought from your business could easily become two!
  • Competition WHO? The more you can stand out from your local competitors, the easier it’ll be for you to curb the market. By providing clients with more high-quality services to choose from, you’ll quickly become a memorable name in their minds. As a result, they’ll be likelier to choose you over the other dog experts in your area.
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Getting Started

Now that you’ve decided to add dog training services to your grooming business, it’s time to get professionally trained! So, start looking around at the various options offered to you both online and in-person. Shadow an experienced trainer, start off by training your own dogs (or your family’s and friend’s), etc. Pair this with a legitimate education and you’ll be unstoppable!

Oh, and did a little birdy just casually mention that QC Pet Studies may or may not be launching a Dog Training Course in the future? 😉 Make sure to keep your eyes open and stay tuned for more information in late 2021/early 2022!

Before you begin your dog training journey, you first need to lay down the foundation of your craft. So, get educated and certified in professional dog grooming! Enroll with QC Pet Studies today and graduate in less than one year!

5 Ways to Market Your Dog Grooming Portfolio

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Your dog grooming portfolio can be the best in the world… But if no one actually looks at it, how useful is it truly? A big part of running your own grooming business is to market yourself. This means, by extension, marketing your portfolio, too.

After all, don’t you want people to see the amazing work you’ve done? A stunning portfolio that demonstrates a wide variety of skills can often be the very thing that turns a prospective client into a paying one!

If you’re brand-new to the world of dog grooming and just starting to get your business off the ground, don’t worry. We got you! Join us as we discuss 5 solid ways to successfully market your portfolio and attract a ton of customers!

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Developing Your Dog Grooming Portfolio

First thing’s first: you can’t market your dog grooming portfolio until you actually have a portfolio. So, logically, make sure you start with this step first. Look back on any and all photos that have been taken of your past work. From there, you can select the best ones and get the foundation of your portfolio started.

Don’t have any photos of past work you’ve done? Or maybe the ones you do have aren’t exactly the best quality?

Then take the time to focus on this. Groom your own pooches, see if any of your friends and family would like their dogs pampered, or post around online to check if anyone in your area would be interested in a complimentary grooming service. After every dog you groom, take some flattering photos that best shot off your skills!

(Just remember to get written permission from friends, family, and/or the people you’ve connected with online to use photos of their dog(s) in your portfolio.)

Here are a couple handy resources we recommend checking out, to guide you in the right direction when first developing your dog grooming portfolio:

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5 Ways to Market Your Dog Grooming Portfolio

1. Add your dog grooming portfolio to your business website!

If you truly want your dog grooming business to succeed, you’ll need to create a professional website. There’s a lot of valuable info you should include on your site, such as your contact info, available services, information about who you are, service rates, reviews, etc. Moreover, your website is the PERFECT place to showcase and market your portfolio!

Most often, prospective clients will use online search engines to search for dog groomers, especially if they’ve never booked with one before. Once they find your website, they’re going to expect to see examples of past work you’ve done. How else will they get a feel for your skill-set and know if you’re the right groomer for them?

Dog grooming is one of those careers where showing is arguably more important than telling. People need peace of mind that their dog will be in the right hands – and they won’t get this peace of mind through your promises alone. They want – even need – to see it for themselves first.

2. SEO is your best friend!

Search engine optimization (a.k.a. SEO) is critical for marketing both your dog grooming business and portfolio! If you’re unfamiliar with SEO, Google Analytics offers comprehensive – and free – online courses that can teach you a lot on the subject. MOZ also has this incredible 7-part Guide to SEO for Beginners, too.

In terms of SEO, your goal is to make sure that your dog grooming portfolio is searchable. Furthermore, you want your portfolio to rank HIGH on search platforms. This way, when people type in a high-ranking keyword on, let’s say, Google, your portfolio images will be the first to pop up in the results!

So, always ensure to use the right meta descriptions for your photos. And if you’re incorporating a portfolio image onto one of your website’s pages, within a blog article, or even on social media, remember to target the right keyword(s)!

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3. Start a dog grooming blog and incorporate your portfolio images within it!

Speaking of blogs, another excellent way to market your dog grooming portfolio is to showcase your work within blog articles. So, why not start your very own blog and include it as part of your business website?

Creating regular, unique content is always a solid way to boost SEO. Every time you publish a new article, you’ll basically be attracting Google and crawler bots back to your site. Moreover, when you add your portfolio images in the articles and give them proper meta descriptions, you’re only increasing your chances of your content being seen.

Another option available to you is to guest write for other people’s dog grooming blogs. As part of your guest posts, you can potentially use your own portfolio images as the photos included within the article. Becoming a guest writer means that your business will be promoted by other websites and companies other than your own. Remember all that talk about SEO? This is another thing that’ll help boost it!

4. Share your dog grooming portfolio on social media!

Unique content shouldn’t only be shared on your blog and website, though. Social media is also a key tool at your disposal! And what better unique content to share than photos of dog grooming work you’ve done?

Do some research and pinpoint which platforms you’d like to maximize. I actually recommend securing your social media handles as soon as you’ve registered your business name, so that no one else can take it. From there, build your pages in a way that aligns with your brand and vision.

When it comes to social media, posting regularly is key! Apps such as Later and Hootsuite can help you schedule your posts in advance. Plus, platforms like Instagram can show you metrics that’ll help you better determine the optimal days/times you should be posting.

Here are few other tips to keep in mind when marketing your dog grooming portfolio on social media:

  • Engage with everyone who takes the time to leave a comment on your posts and/or message you privately.
  • Give credit wherever credit is due. E.g. if someone else took the photo, give them credit in your post as the image’s photographer. They’ll appreciate that!
  • It’s better to be safe than sorry. Always get your client’s permission (preferably in writing) before share a photo of their pet on your social media account(s).
  • If you have the budget for it, invest in marketing ads for your website and/or blog articles.
  • Don’t over post. If you spam your followers’ feeds with too many posts in a given day, it could put them off and potentially make them unfollow you.
  • A harmonious balance between evergreen content and topical content is the key for success.
  • Furthermore, all posts should accurately reflect your business’s brand.
  • As much as possible, always post 100% original content.
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5. Make your dog grooming work shareable.

Public relations is all about maintaining a strong, favorable reputation for your business. Most of your business’s PR will be done through your groomer-client experiences, social media presence, and professional business website. But there are plenty of ways you can use public relations to market your dog grooming portfolio, too!

For example, you can make your work easily shareable. This way, others can easily share and promote your business (with your permission, of course) after they’ve discovered you. Here are a couple ways you can do this on your website:

  • Write up an engaging bio for yourself on the ‘About’ section of your site. This will help others know who you are and what you do. Moreover, they’ll be able to pull the right info from your bio when promoting you on their own platform.
  • Make sure the portfolio images included on your website are large (but not too large) in size. This way, people can download and share your photos without sacrificing their high quality. If you’re worried about people taking your photos without your knowledge or consent, include a blurb on your portfolio webpage that clearly states that proper credit and a link back to your website are required for anyone who wishes to share your work.

Do YOU have any additional tips to add to this list? Drop them in the comments below and tell us how you’ve successfully marketed your professional dog grooming portfolio!

Start your dog grooming career in less than one year by enrolling in QC Pet Studies’ online certification training today!

How Much Does Dog Grooming School Cost?

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So, you’ve decided to pursue your dream of working as a professional dog groomer. Congratulations! If you’re reading this article, it’s because you’re interested in starting your career on the best foot possible by getting properly trained and certified. Good call! Now the question is: will this training fit into your budget? How much does dog grooming school cost?

Well, that really depends on a few factors… So, let’s delve into them!

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Picking the Right Dog Grooming School for YOU!

Before you enroll anywhere, it’s first important to decide which dog grooming school is truly the best match for you and your goals. So, ask yourself:

  • Do you want to pursue your training online or in-person?
  • Is it important for you to stay within a specific budget?
  • Do you already have your own grooming equipment or will you need equipment provided to you?
  • In how much time do you want to ideally graduate from your training and become certified?

Here are some helpful resources we strongly recommend reading over, to assist in finding the best dog grooming school for you:

How Much Does Dog Grooming School Cost?

In-Person Dog Grooming School

For some, in-person learning is the preferred option. If this is the case for you, all the power to you! Just be aware that brick and mortar schools, by rule of thumb, are typically more expensive than online schools. This is due to the fact that brick and mortars have additional overhead costs that get factored into your tuition, such as:

  • Building maintenance;
  • Providing equipment and/or food for students;
  • Maintaining onsite staff, etc.

If you wish to complete your dog grooming training in-person, the cost of your tuition will really depend on where it is you’d like to enroll. Since tuition varies from place to place, it’s difficult to narrow down an exact price point. However, here are 3 examples of brick and mortar dog grooming schools (and their tuition rates), as found during our research:

School #1

10-Week Training (Part 1) – Total Cost: Approx. $6,435
  • Tuition: $4600
  • Application Processing Fee: $200
  • Tool Kits: $1200 + HST
  • Dog Grooming Manual: $110 + HST
  • School Work Uniform: $50
  • Optional Fees (purchased as needed): $275
10-Week Training (Part 2) – Total Cost: Approx. $5,675
  • Tuition: $4600
  • Application Processing Fee: $200
  • Tool Kits: $600 + HST
  • Optional Fees (purchased as needed): $275

School #2

Six-Month Groom Tech (Level One) Training Program, Prerequisite for Dog Groomer Course – Total Cost: Approx. $1,960
  • Tuition: $900
  • Course Textbooks: 185
  • Toolkit: $875
10-Week Dog Grooming Course (Level 2) – Total Cost: Approx. $1,775
  • Tuition: $900
  • Toolkit: $875

School #3

500-Hour Dog Grooming Program – Total Cost: $12,300
  • Tuition: $10,800
  • Equipment and Books: $1,500

Online Dog Grooming School

If the COVID pandemic has taught us nothing else, it’s that online schooling is truly the way of the future. Not only does it provide a uniquely attractive level of flexibility; it’s a lot more budget-friendly, too. No, you may not get the same type of learning environment, wherein you’re surrounded by fellow peers, as you would in a brick and mortar school. However, the right online grooming school will still give you the exact same, high-quality level of textbook, video, and hands-on training!

As discussed earlier, there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to the tuition of online dog grooming school. Again, the cost will vary from school to school. So, make sure you do your research, shop around, and see what your options are! The beauty of online schooling is that you have a LOT more choices at your disposal, since location won’t limit you.

Plus, you’ll find that there are plenty of schools that provide you with your very own equipment – sometimes, included as part of the course tuition (and not as a separate fee)!

Based on our research, here are 3 examples of online dog grooming schools and their current tuition rates:

School #1

  • Tuition: $614
  • Self-paced certification program
  • Does not provide grooming tools/equipment
  • Does not provide physical copy of course textbooks/videos

School #2

  • Tuition $1250 USD
  • Self-paced diploma program
  • Does not provide grooming tools/equipment
  • Only ships physical course materials (by request) within North America

School #3

  • Tuition ranges from $3,999 USD to $6,195 USD, depending on payment arrangement and/or available discounts
  • Self-paced certification course
  • Includes 37-piece grooming kit
  • Includes Pet CPR and First Aid Certification (good for 2 years)

How Much Does Dog Grooming School Cost: QC Pet Studies

Here’s a fun fact: when it comes to online dog grooming schools, QC Pet Studies continuously ranks as one of the top favorites internationally! With a strong A+ ranking from the Better Business Bureau, self-paced training, and certifications you can proudly carry with you throughout your professional career, QC is known for turning dreams into a reality!

In terms of bang for your buck, we’ve meticulously designed our online training programs to give YOU as many benefits as possible – while still going easy on your budget. What do we mean by this? Well, let’s take a closer look…

  • QC Pet Studies’ tuition for our internationally-recognized Dog Grooming Course is $1998 USD.
  • However, you have a couple different options for how you can pay it!
  • If you choose to pay in full, we’ll knock $400 OFF the total price.
  • If you choose to pay through our monthly payment plan, you’ll need only pay a deposit of $99 at the time of enrollment, followed by 14 monthly payments of $128.50.
  • Furthermore, we offer monthly promotional discounts that can get you this course for even cheaper! For instance, until May 28th, 2021, our tuition for this course is $100 off!
  • You’ll also be able to get TWO certification courses for the price of ONE! All students who enroll in the Dog Grooming Course automatically receive our First Aid for Groomers Course at no additional cost!
  • As part of your tuition, we’ll also mail you a physical copy of your course materials and a comprehensive starter grooming kit!

Want to learn more about QC Pet Studies? Check out these awesome resources:

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Now that you have a better idea of how much dog grooming school costs, it’s time to put your game plan into action! Start your professional training today and make 2021 the year YOU become a certified dog groomer!

QC Pet Studies Graduate Feature: Alesha Stanley

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QC Pet Studies graduate, Alesha Stanley

Name: Alesha Stanley

Location: Weyburn, Saskatchewan

QC Pet Studies Courses you’ve taken:

Your Instagram: @aleshas_grooms

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am 21 years old and have been working with dogs for over four years. I love sports and the outdoors. Also, I love to travel and go on adventures!

When did you first know that you wanted dog grooming to become more than just a hobby?

When I started working at Off the Leash. They’re a dog grooming salon/doggy daycare. I was hired to work in the daycare, but I quickly realized that I was interested in grooming!

What’s your favorite dog breed that you love to groom and why?

I love grooming Schnauzers! They are one of my favorite breeds in general, but they’re so fun to groom because they all have such different features.

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You’re currently employed with Fido’s Place. How has your experience been so far working as a groomer within their salon?

It has been awesome! I love my job and all of the two-legged (and four-legged) customers!

Do you have any plans to open up your own dog grooming business one day?

Probably not, no. I live in a little town, so there probably wouldn’t be enough business.

Why did you decide to pursue your dog grooming training online, rather than in-person?

At the time, two of my coworkers has taken the online Dog Grooming Course with QC Pet Studies. They suggested it to me! It was also cheaper and I could do my training at my own pace.

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Ultimately, why did you decide to enroll with QC Pet Studies? What made QC stand out when compared to other online dog grooming schools?

I only looked at one other school, which was a brick-and-mortar school in my hometown. However, it was very expensive! I chose QC Pet Studies because it was affordable. Plus, as I mentioned, I already knew people who had trained with QC.

You’ve also graduated from QC Pet Studies’ First Aid for Groomers Course. In your own experience, why is First Aid training critical for any professional groomer?

There are SO many things that can go wrong during a groom – many of which are beyond your control. It’s important to have some sort of First Aid training in order to keep calm and do the best thing for the dog in every situation.

What was your favorite assignment from QC Pet Studies’ Dog Grooming Course and why?

I loved the Schnauzer Terrier assignment! They are just such cool dogs and so much fun to groom.

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What was the hardest grooming technique you’ve encountered in your career so far? Is there a particular technique or skill you’re leaning to master right now?

I find grooming giant breeds (such as Newfies) with compacted coats to be really hard. It’s so time-consuming and rough on your body! I’m still learning the most time-efficient way to groom heavy-coated breeds like that.

Do you have any advice for aspiring groomers who are struggling to find dogs to practice on for their QC Pet Studies assignments? Where should they be looking, and how should they assure the owners that they’re going to take proper care of their pet?

I would try to reach out to people online. Post in local pet groups on Facebook and ask if anyone would be willing to let you use their pet for your QC Pet Studies assignments. Afterwards, see if those people are willing to write you a reference letter. This way, you can provide that letter to other, potentially nervous owners and help ease their concerns.

How do you think that QC Pet Studies’ Dog Grooming Course has prepared you to work in the field?

Yes! One of the biggest things was that I found the tutor feedback is very useful. That being said, I do wish a more in-depth explanation was offered sometimes. For example, I struggled at first with mixed breed dogs. I felt there wasn’t as much information as I would have liked, in terms of average pet trims on mixed breeds. But beyond that, QC Pet Studies definitely got me going in the right direction, which has benefitted my career!

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What’s on the horizon for you and your dog grooming career in 2021?

I plan on continuing my work at Fido’s Place and hopefully extending our clientele. Also, I hope to become quicker so I can groom more dogs!

Inspired by Alesha’s journey? Start your OWN and get certified in less than one year by enrolling with QC Pet Studies today!