love furry pets?
like to move around while working?
enjoy talking to people?
want to get paid for working with furbabies?
A career in pet grooming may be right for you!
What does a pet groomer do?
Pet groomers provide hygiene and appearance services for (mainly) cats and dogs.
On a typical day you might:
Clean and freshen pet hair by washing, shampooing, and conditioning
Shave, trim, and style pet hair according to the owners' preferences
Maintain overall pet hygiene by clipping nails, brushing teeth, and cleaning ears
Keep a clean workstation by sanitizing and sweeping before the arrival of each new client and at the end of each workday
Advise pet parents on at-home care tips and best practices for their fur babies
Which of these it NOT something a pet groomer would do?
What qualities make a good match?
You'd make a good pet groomer if you're:
Comfortable working with animals, including anxious ones
Able to stand for a couple of hours at a time and lift heavy pets
Willing to learn new skills and techniques on the job
A good verbal communicator. Bonus if you speak more than one language!
Where do pet groomers work?
Animal rescue shelters
Anywhere you choose — start your own pet grooming business and be your own boss!
What about the money?
U.S. salaries range from $29,249-$44,690 with an average of $35,810
Canada salaries range from $35,000-$47,880 with an average of $39,000
You will love it if you...
enjoy being up close and personal with cats and dogs
like learning new skills on the job
are customer-service oriented
Look for another career if you...
are afraid of dogs and cats
want to sit for most of the work day
dislike interacting with people (all pets have owners, after all!)
If you think being a pet groomer might be a great match for you:
Go with a friend and observe their pet being groomed
Volunteer at an animal shelter to gain experience
Talk to a pet groomer about their career
Check job boards for openings in your area and the qualifications needed
Research the costs and legal requirements to start your own pet grooming business
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