Throughout my time as a groomer, I have met an interesting array of people wanting to become dog groomers. However, I never recommend diving head first into grooming, but wading in the stream of bathing. Water metaphors, gotta love them. When I first worked in a corporate environment dealing with the grooming aspect, I was not allowed to go fully into grooming. I had to work my way up to it as a bather first, learning the basic in and outs of the profession. I was working as a bather for over a year before being offered to go to grooming school, a four-week class teaching the basics of dog grooming.
Now, I had people among me that went to grooming school sooner than I did, and bathed a shorter period than me. I was most likely not ready, for I was really young at the time, but I will say having been just a bather, it prepared me more for what lied ahead. I was able to perfect my speed and efficiency for bathing, drying, trimming nails, doing sanitary trims, and foot trims.
Should everyone wait a year before they learn the ins and outs of grooming? Not necessarily, but I will say this. I have dealt with people who only worked a bathing position for around three months before going to a type of grooming school, and not being able to stick it out. Most who attempt this career path fail due to the physical and emotional demands, and not realizing all that it takes to become a groomer. Groomers do not play with dogs all day, unfortunately.
However, those who stuck with bathing for over six months had much more success in dog grooming and groomed longer than two years. Six months is the least amount of time that I recommend just bathing dogs, before heading into dog grooming. The absolute basics are learned throughout that time, tough skin is formed, usually, and as I have stated previously, a better grasp and understanding of what lies ahead.
Last words of wisdom before I go, when you are a bather, you are going to get the short end of the stick. Unfortunately, that is how it goes. Dealing with a multitude of dogs to bathe, walk-in nail trims, answering phone calls, bathing groomer dogs, the list is endless. Most groomers had to go through these tribulations, but it made them stronger, faster, and better at what they do. So if you are truly passionate about this profession, and feel it is the right fit for you, be prepared. The road is long and hard but as the saying goes, anything worth having is worth bathing for, or something along those lines.
Hopefully, this gave a little more insight, as well as something to think about before splashing into the dog grooming world. Is there anything you would like me to delve into deeper with, or another topic you would like me to discuss? Is there anything I missed? Please let me know in the comment sections down below! I would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, comments, questions, and concerns! Till next time!