Question for groomers
Posted 16 April 2009 - 03:35 PM
Thanks in advance
Posted 16 April 2009 - 10:04 PM
Posted 17 April 2009 - 05:32 AM
I am going to go talk to some groomers today and see if they will let me observe while they work and see everything that goes on in a days time. This would be tough to do working nights but I am willing to lose some sleep to make sure this is what I want to do. I am not in it to make a fortune but for my own happiness. Been working for money for years now and still lacking the happiness factor.
So did you go to school for grooming or did you learn everything while helping at the shop? I wish there was a school close to me but the closest one is 2 1/2 hours away and I will have to continue working until I can get some experience, I think I would like to own a shop eventually, but mobile sounds pretty cool too.
Thanks again for your reply
ps I did apply at petco which is an hour from me for a groomer position I know they will send to school also so will see if I hear anything from them.
Posted 17 April 2009 - 08:11 AM
I definitely agree you should spend some time at a grooming shop to see if this is something you would really like to do. It is very demanding both physically and emotionally and you have to have a certain temperament to really enjoy the work.
Posted 20 April 2009 - 01:28 PM
Posted 20 April 2009 - 03:08 PM
I have been calling groomers in my area to just set up a time to go in and talk with them about the business, schooling they did, apprentianceships ect, so far only one has allowed me to come in and talk to her, she was very nice went to a school 3 hours from here on saturday's only. Took her 6 months and she bascially only knew how to do shaves, not specific breeds.
She said she gets really nervous when someone watches her so she would not be able to let someone learn in her shop. Before she went to school she talk to all the groomers in the area and no-one would allow her to learn with them either, they all said they would not teach some one and then let they steal their business. I understand that, so I am heading to the next closest state to try there.
I know I can find a way to do this, just keep lookin.
When you all got out of school did you have an idea about breed specific cuts, or did u learn this through pics and trial and error? I am curious if that would be a good school if she didn't know any of them.
Posted 20 April 2009 - 03:45 PM
They watched us like hawks and were right there when we had a question or a dog was being particularly difficult. When I graduated, I was prepared to work in a grooming shop but elected to intern with two professional handlers for a year before I started my career. Smartest thing I ever did. School taught me the basics, but my mentors taught me everything else!
I may be out of the loop on this, but I think that a school that only teaches someone to strip a dog isn't much of a school. There's no art to stripping a dog. Grooming is an art as well as a profession, and the best groomers are artists who can make a dog look it's best no matter what the trim.
There are also levels to grooming, though it's always a commission gig. You can work for PetCo or PetSmart or what I call a "strip shop", and the more dogs you do the better your paycheck...but it will still be pretty measly if you figure it on an hourly-wage basis. If you really stick to your guns and concentrate on doing flawless trims, you can eventually work up to boutique level where you make serious money even doing only 4 or 5 small dogs a day.
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