Pet Grooming as a Career
A pet grooming career can be an exciting vocation which offers adventure and profitability. A pet grooming vocation requires standards that even veterinarians and breeders do not have to follow. You will fill a very important niche in the pet market and will become an important person to the animals you serve as well as their owners. You will have to use hands on techniques towards the animals, and at the same time you’ll have to observe their behaviors and physical traits. You will actually have to spend quality time with the animal.
This is an activity that many veterinarians and breeders do not do. During this quality time, you must be able to judge the mental and physical characteristics of the animal and report to the owner. You are almost a reporting agency due to the fact that if you see that the animal has been mistreated by the owner it is required for you to call the veterinarian immediately.
One of the skills of a pet grooming expert is to be able to look at the individual breed and decide what type of coat that dog might have. For example, the Labrador retriever has two coats. Its first coat is a fine down fur that is close to the skin and provides warmth during the winter and water activities. The second coat is a long, thin, fine hair that is used as a water repellent. This allows the dog to dry off quickly and to protect the inner coat. The skill that the grooming expert needs to proficient in is to know how short to trim or to trim at all. To cut the hair too short would leave the under coating hair and the skin open to dangerous situations. These situations could be exposure to the sun, which would cause skin irritation or skin cancer.
If you think that you have these skills, you may be able to be a pet grooming professional. There are several options in which to train for your vocation. There are many pet grooming schools in the United States. Some are the brick-and-mortar variety where you will attend daily classes. Other pet grooming courses are offered online, and this would allow the student to partake in the classes at their own leisure. Once the program is completed a certificate will be issued. This certificate can be taken to the state board responsible for certification. Some states do not require certification, but the certificate is a symbol of professionalism in the field of pet grooming.
The pet grooming profession is a lucrative field in which the owners have the opportunity to choose what kind animals to groom and what fees they may charge. There is a shortage of cat groomers and this could be a niche in which the groomer could be prosperous. There is also a shortage of groomers of all types in rural areas. Moving to an area without pet grooming experts could be the start of a very profitable career.
Home Pet Grooming Tips
Pet grooming can be performed by the owner or from a professional who has gone to school to learn the craft. If you are a do-it-your-self type person there are several safety tips you might want to keep in mind. The animal you are grooming is special to you and you will want to keep the animal safe and calm during the pet grooming experience. Any undue pain or injury caused by unsafe practices can cause emotional stress to your animal and damage to the trust level the pet may have with you. The following tips will ensure a safe and pleasurable pet grooming experience.
Most pets do not like this, but the excess hair that forms in the ears must be clipped. Excess hair can build moisture that will trap bacteria and cause ear infections or be a breeding ground for ear mites. These types of afflictions can cause your pet a great deal of discomfort. Infections cause the animal to scratch and shake their head. Mites can actually cause the animal to do damage to their inner canal as they stick their nails inside trying to scratch. Large eared dogs already have a predisposition for ear problems and the shaking of their ears back in forth can rupture blood vessels. Professional pet groomers have specialized equipment to remove ear hair, but the novice may use nose hair trimmers to get the same effect. The noise of the clippers may scare the pet, so stroke him with the other hand and offer soothing words to calm them.
Another novice mistake is to shave the animal all the way. Pet grooming experts will do this at the request of the owner, but it is ill advised if the animal is an outside pet. The coat protects the animal from the cold and also from the sun. Both elements can cause serious skin damage to your pet which could lead to expensive veterinarian bills. The lack of hair on the body can cause rashes. The hair in some breeds secrete essential oils that protect and lubricate the skin, while others such as Labradors have two coats that serve different functions for the animals safety. Try to shave mats as close as possible until you are able to work them out with a brush. Even shaving mat patches to the skin will leave your pet in danger of the sun and wind.
If you use a clipper, brush the hair backwards against the grain and then move your clippers with the grain. Pet grooming experts may use a variety of length of clipper combs that can be used in variance with the length and thickness of the coat. The novice pet groomer may use home hair clipper systems, but they should experiment first in one unnoticeable area before continuing the entire job. When shaving the underbelly, beware the nipples.
Even on a male pet this can a painful experience if they are cut or cut off. Home pet grooming is an inexpensive way to keep your pet healthy and happy, but it is also a way for your pet to be injured or messed up so bad that only professional pet grooming can fix the owners mistake.