How to Become a Pet Groomer

If you're wanting to become a pet groomer, you will need to love animals, know how to use the tools for grooming animals effectively, and be well versed in the basics of running a small business. Here is how to get started.


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    Decide on the types of soaps and shampoos for dogs or cats that you'll use for your grooming business. If you want a different angle that sets you apart, perhaps consider:
    • Using only organic products.
    • Using products from a particular range (for example, something endorsed by a veterinary organization, etc.)
    • Using products that smell great after the pet is washed.
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    Buy some brushes and combs and clippers for all your doggy needs. Read up on what items are needed for grooming and be sure to purchase good quality items. Since you'll be using them on many pets, you'll need them to last.
    • Purchase items in different sizes to accommodate varied sizes in the pets you'll be grooming.
    • Purchase sterilizing equipment. You'll need to keep the items in excellent, safe, and hygienic condition to avoid passing on disease or germs to other pets.
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    Find a suitable place to house your grooming service. At this point, it's important to work out whether you want to work from home, work in a building, or build up a mobile service that visits people's homes. Each has its own set of advantages and drawbacks that you'll need to work through.
    • Find out about and comply with all local regulations on running a business and handling animals.
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    Create business signs to attract customers. Make some notices suggesting that if people want their pet groomed, to come to "eg 123 Qwery Rd Ottawa". Include all relevant information such as opening hours, cost, and the range of things you can do.
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    Create a website or a blog for your business. Name it something catchy, for example, PetGroomer 101 or something like that.


  • Always brush or comb the dog against the lay of the coat. You'll be surprised at how fluffy the coat will look.
  • Cleaning dog's ears: Check each dog's ears periodically while dog grooming. Dogs with droop ears are especially susceptible to fungus, waxy ears, and ear mites. Check them at least weekly. Infected dog ears can lead to further complications. Your dog may cause an ear hematoma by breaking a blood vessel while shaking his head in response to the discomfort.
  • Dry-blowing dogs: Dry one area at a time, don't jump around. Make sure all the coat is separated and dry to the dog's skin. Don't forget to dry the bottom of the paws. When drying the head, try not to direct the airflow directly into the dog's ear hole or the eyes.
  • Hair brushing dogs: Brushing dogs is the most time intensive part in dog grooming. Do not press too hard with your wire slicker brush to avoid scraping the skin and giving your dog brush burn.
  • When you are done bathing, towel dry the dog by blotting and pressing the towel against the coat. Once again, comb the coat through before drying to make sure there are no tangles or mats.
  • Note: Dog nails have a quick that is visible as a pink darkening in light-colored nails - but is invisible on black dog nails. The quick has a nerve and blood supply; if you clip into the quick, the nail will bleed and the dog will experience pain. Clip dark colored nails in several small cuts to reduce the chance of cutting into the quick.
  • Bathing dogs: Bathing dogs outdoors in warm weather may be the best place, because it is the messy part in dog grooming. Use a mild dog shampoo and start bathing the dogs body and legs. The dogs head should be shampooed last, paying particular care to ensure that no shampoo gets into his eyes, ears, and nose. Cover the dog's eyes with your hand while pushing the head down. You can try using cotton in the ears, or cover the ear hole with your thumb while bathing the dog. Leave the shampoo three or four minutes on the dog and then rinse, rinse, rinse. This removing of the shampoo is the most important part in bathing dogs.
  • Clipping the dog's hair between the paws will prevent anything stuck (seeds from some grasses or pebbles) between the pads.
  • If you encounter matted hair, hold the matted portion close to the skin, insert the end tooth of the comb into the mat, and try working the mat loose. If this is not possible, consider cutting out a matted part rather than cause the dog any unnecessary pain. Once your dog is matt-free, comb down to the skin.
  • Clipping dog's nails: An important part of dog grooming is clipping dog's nails. Do it every two to three weeks. Start clipping the dog's nails in puppyhood, so that they get used to the process of dog grooming. Be confident in getting this right because if you don't, you can hurt the dog a lot!


  • Don't buy the shampoos from the supermarket; find a specialized source that deals in wholesale, quality pet shampoo.

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