7 Steps To Beome a Dog Grooming Business


A professional dog 
grooming session typically consists of the dog being brushed, bathed and dried, as well as trimmed or clipped. The groomer brushes or combs out mats before the bath, making it easier to lather the dog with shampoo. They clean the dog's ears to remove buildup and to check for signs of infection.

Dog groomers typically price extra for extra services such as teeth cleaning, flea treatments and nail clipping. On average, expect to pay between $30 and $90 for regular grooming, depending on the size of your pet and its amount of fur.

23 Dog Grooming equipment or tools you  need to have

  1. Shampoo - You’ll need a range of shampoos to deal with skin conditions and coat types.
  2. Clippers - Whether you go for corded or cordless, clippers are an essential tool for every groomer for quick, effective consistent grooming.
  3. Clipper blades -  You’ll need a range of these, including 30, 10, 8.5, 7F, 7, 6F, 6, 5F, 5, 4F, 4, 3F, 3, 2F, 2.
  4. Comb attachment - Comb attachments will attach to blade number 30, 15 and 10 and using attachment size 1-8.
  5. Clipper oil- To make sure your clipper blades stay working well.
  6. Colognes and Perfumes -  To give each dog a fantastic smell that each client can associate with your business.
  7. Ear Powder - To help clear out and disinfect ears.
  8. Nail Clippers - To keep their nails clipped and free from infection
  9. Blood stopper - To manage little nips and cuts to the dog.
  10. Slicker brushes - To brush out and de-matt hair
  11. De-shedding tools - To help remove the undercoat in short and medium coats
  12. Combs - To help de-tangle and brush hair when it is needing to be styled and is less tangled
  13. Coat King - To remove the undercoat on longer coated dogs.
  14. Finishing Dryer - To dry the dog after a wash and removing excess water, ready for a groom.
  15. Blaster - To remove excess water after an initial wash before using the finishing dryer.
  16. Drying Cabinet - This is an alternative to other drying methods.
  17. Scissors - This can be a huge range but to cover the basics of a straight, curved and thinning pair to help style  and shape.
  18. Grooming table - This can be hydraulic or set to a particular height. Having one that moves is useful for your back and the health of the dog, but is up to you.
  19. Bath - Once again, there are a huge range available and the cost is affected by bath size and material used.
  20. Steriliser - To sterilize your metallic equipment.
  21. Leads and Nooses - To restrain and maintain safe control of each dog
  22. Cages - This is dependent on how long you wish to hold your dogs and the space you have to hold the dogs in.
  23. Bath equipment - This would including a mitt, a sponge, a jug  and combs specific for hygiene areas


Different Types Of Dog Grooming

  • Silky coat
  • Double coated
  • Puppy
  • Curly/wool coat
  • Wire coat
  • Smooth/short coat

Step 1. You must have passion for dogs

For you to have the patience to handle animals such as dog, an underlying love for dogs must be inside of you. Animals have the ability to sense when a person is tensed and they tend to react according.

Step 2. Learn the art of grooming dog

There are accredited pet grooming institutes that offer dog grooming courses. You can go there to acquire a special pet grooming knowledge. The courses are based on your state and will require about 300 hours of your time in the classroom.

Step 3. Choose the location that you will work from

You can start small with an outdoor set up for neighborhood pets. You can also work out of your home, or better still, rent a booth at a grooming open shop or salon. Your best bet may be to start off in a small way, then get a couple of clients and work out of your house (or move from client to client).

Acquire the feel for being a dog groomer on your own. Working in a small way will give you a taste of your future. This is a stage where you will realize weather the career is for you or not.

Step 4. Make your location comfortable

When you have decided to start taking clients (either in your home or shop), try and make the setting comfortable. You should make sure the area is well lit, welcoming and good for the dogs. There should be little distraction for the dogs but not a lot of noise or people’s traffic.

Step 5. Advertise your business

It is very crucial to advertise your business to the public so that you can create awareness to them over your business. You can start locally by word of mouth, daily newspapers, ads at pet shops and Craigslist.

Step 6. Offer multiple services

Offering multiple services will make people happy and they will be returning for more. A wide range of services will greatly increase the range of the market.

Step 7. Start with a low price

Your pricing should be low at first. People will like to pay for experience. Do not expect to charge top fees without experience. Discover what your competitors are charging and price your own services accordingly.

In conclusion, dog grooming business might be the best choice for anyone that love dogs, possess dog handling skills and have an entrepreneurial spirit. Many people love their pets so much and they are willing to pay high prices to keep them happy. You can cash in on this ever-growing market of dog grooming and make some cool cash.

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