Dog grooming for a living can be described in many ways. Your dogs come in all shapes, sizes, temperaments and conditions. Some of them are absolute role models who will stand patiently whilst you work your magic. Others appear to have one aim only – to hinder your progress! It is sometimes hard physical work which can drain you of energy. At the same time though it is satisfying, rewarding and often exciting.
The ambition for most students is to be self employed. Working for yourself is a liberating experience; you can set your own pace, you run your own diary so you can fit in family life, commitments or hobbies. You decide when you work, when you take holidays, you can really put yourself in control of your own diary and work commitments, you just need to plan ahead.
Or you may decide that you would prefer to be employed in a salon or ‘rent a table’. There are many different paths your new career can take you. We will discuss the benefits and sometimes challenges of either during your course, however, there is a solution to everything.
What you won’t have straight after a course – any course – is speed! This comes with practice and experience, and the only way to get that experience is to get started. Your speed and confidence will increase daily.
Of many of the courses on offer, the majority are classroom or group based and this is why I chose myself many years back to have one to one training in a real life busy salon.
Feedback and research I have done has the common theme that Tutors didn’t have enough hours in the day to give each one individual time and attention. Dogs may have had to be shared amongst the group, they never got to meet the customers face to face, they didn’t get enough experience with different styles of dogs (especially head shapes)
Clipper, scissor and equipment maintenance sometimes lacked advice.
Dealing with difficult dogs, reading dogs behaviour patterns.
How to deal with becoming self employed, setting up from home, book keeping etc.
We will have plenty of time during the course to discuss and learn all of the above in a calm environment.
You will also meet customers face to face, learn how to interact, carry out health assessments in front of them, discuss groom style and maintenance inbetween etc.
Yes you can!
Of course you will be, it’s my job to make you a confident and able groomer.
OCN Level 3 is 25 days, 20 days in salon, 5 days homework. Full time or flexible.
Maintain your standards, don’t undervalue yourself, don’t undercharge, enjoy the job!
You can choose when you work, running your own diary is liberating!
Have a vision and take action. We will talk through this on your course!
Your speed – it’s like anything the more you do the more confident you become?!
To have a clean, fresh, happy, tail wagging dog!
To see yourself progress and to see a transformed dog and a happy owner is extremely rewarding!
Listen, watch, learn, practice, ask lots of questions – there’s no such thing as a silly question!