I am in California. What do I need to do to get started/qualified for earning $ in dog grooming?
I’d also love to hear your answers to these questions:
1) What is the EASIEST way to do it and still be Kosher?
2) How do you think MOST people do it?
3) What do you think is the BEST way to do it?
Answer by J_Maverick
There are schools but I’d really just recommend getting an entry-level job at an existing grooming salon, reading up on standard grooming procedures for different breeds, and learning on the job. Just make sure that the groomers know that you want to learn and only accept a job that will allow you to work up. You’ll start as an assistant – with baths, nail clippings, expressing anal glands, cleaning ears, cleaning tear stains, blow drying, brushing, etc. Working at a multi-breed parlor or kennel is a good way to start. Another option is to start with a particular breed, poodles or bichons, for example, and work at a breeding and showing kennel as a hand working to learn that breed’s grooming. If you learn the show and puppy clips for poodles, you shouldn’t have a problem getting hired as a groomer at a multi-breed grooming parlor later where you can diversify.