If your goal is to become a dog groomer, it’s natural to want to be successful in the industry! Ensuring that every dog who passes through your salon is healthy and happy is what you’re passionate about, and you want your reputation as a groomer to reflect this. You definitely don’t want to do anything to sabotage yourself!
However, there are 4 things that can ruin your dog grooming career (and quickly), if you’re not careful. Read this list carefully so you know what to avoid!
Overloading your time with appointments
Managing your time as a certified dog groomer is a delicate balance. Completing a dog grooming certification course will give you the skills and motivation to hit the ground running as a professional groomer. For many, this means taking on many appointments to start – after all, this will boost your experience level, bring more clients, and earn you more money! However, there is only one of you. Until you have a salon full of helping hands, taking on 8 or 10 clients in a day is not a good idea.
First of all, you’ll be rushing through appointments causing a great deal of stress for the pups you’re grooming. You could also be putting both the dogs and yourself at risk of injury. Dogs don’t want you to groom them quickly! This will show in their temperament during the groom, as they’d much rather you take your time and provide them with a gentle, attentive experience.
Second of all, your desire to take on more grooming appointments can often lead to situations that you’re not ready for. If you take on jobs that are outside your realm of knowledge, you run the risk of producing poor quality work, and could receive negative reviews (and a bad reputation).