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PostSubject: What does it take to be a groomer?   Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:16 pm

Ever wanted to be a dog groomer? I know I did once, and every now and then I get a grooming job. However its not as easy as combing a little here and there. Here is an article from Dogchannel that gives a little insight into the job description:

What It Takes to Be a Dog Groomer
Find out what interests, skills, and other qualities are necessary to become a dog grooming professional.

By Denise Flaim


Jonathan David is a New York-based dog groomer who bathes and pampers the pooches of celebrities like Mariah Carey and Ralph Lauren, and who made it to the final round of the Animal Planet reality show “Groomer Has It.”

A good groomer, he says, needs more than just great technique. As simple as it sounds, “a successful groomer needs a deep love for animals.” Oftentimes, this is cemented in childhood: Growing up in suburban New Jersey with a Cairn Terrier, a Doberman Pinscher, and a black Lab, David later sought out work in a pet store, where a groomer who rented space there taught him how to groom.

In addition to a long fuse, a groomer needs empathy. “You need to understand things from the dog’s perspective,” David says. Working with a dog rather than trying to dominate is the best approach, and that requires a deep reserve of confidence. “Dogs can sense when a person isn't in control, so having a calm, yet confident manner helps to keep the dog at ease.”

Grooming isn’t a good career choice for those who are lackadaisical about keeping appointments or keeping their work space tidy. “Punctuality and professionalism are also key factors,” David says. “If you, your salon, or even your mobile grooming van are well-kept, it shows that you have an eye for detail, and that can help to convey the message that your work is the same way.”

Finally, David says, a good groomer has a natural sense of curiosity, and knows there is always more to learn. “A groomer that attends industry shows and seminars will be better prepared for the unexpected,” he explains. “Styles change, and new products that can help a groomer are being developed all the time. Staying current can give one groomer an edge over another.”

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PostSubject: Re: What does it take to be a groomer?   Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:28 pm

Definitely takes some skill! Grin hehe
i know i wouuldnt be very good at it, i can just do the little stuff like trim his nails and eyebrows, and maybe get a matt out. lol
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