Whether times are ‘ruff’ or maybe you find yourself just barking up the wrong tree in life, you may come to a conclusion that you would like to take your dog loving to a new level or just take on a new business venture.
Either way, you’re anxious to get your paws dirty.
Before you begin embarking on this career path, you will need to decide if you want to work for an employer or run the business yourself. If it is the latter, then you will need to decide if your business will be stationary (in a salon) or mobile (going to the customer) and you will also need to acquire the necessary tools.
But even before that, you will need to make sure that you have the necessary pet grooming skills. This might entail learning completely from scratch or it might simply mean brushing up on existing knowledge and building on that.
It would come as no surprise to learn that more and more people are becoming pet owners.
In the United States, dog ownership has increased from 68 million in 2000 to 78 million in 2012. This is according to the IPPTS Dog Grooming Industry Report 2017, a report that also looks at the growth and career outlook for the year.
An encouraging takeaway from the report, for current and aspiring dog groomers, is the fact that spending on pets has increased. More money is being spent per pet than at any other time. This is largely as a result of pet owners seeking additional grooming services for their dogs and this would be across the whole spectrum of different breeds that require grooming on a regular basis. (more…)
Dog grooming – the hygienic care of a dog and the enhancement of a dog’s appearance – is one sector of the pet industry that can be relatively easy to get into with no, or little, experience to start with. Not only that, it doesn’t have the same barrier of formal education qualifications that so many other professions have.
So, if you love being around dogs and are considering dog grooming as a profession, then you will no doubt be curious as to what level of income you can expect.
Therefore, one of your initial questions will probably be “how much do dog groomers make?”.
The typical dog groomer salary does of course vary, depending on whether you plan to work in a salon or become a dog groomer running your own business.
Either way, this article can give you some benchmark figures to help with your decision.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies dog groomers under the category of “Animal care and service workers”. Employment in this sector is expected to increase by 21% in the period from 2008 to 2018. So this is one career path that can be considered a sound choice for those interested in animals and, in particular, interested in working with animals. There are a number of ways that you can learn how to become a dog groomer. (more…)