For most dog owners, visits to the dog groomer is a regular occurrence. We recently caught up with Emily, who is a professional dog groomer, to find out more about her role.
What does a typical day entail?
‘A normal day at work starts at 8.45, when we get all our client record cards out for the day. Our first client arrives at around 9am, and we normally work on a schedule, where dogs arrive hourly ready for the apprentice to bath and dry, then a groomer to cut and style.
We finish work at around 5pm and tend to groom an average of 10-12 dogs a day.
We also groom cats, which is unheard of in most groomers, but they deserve a pamper too. Long haired breeds such as Persians definitely need regular grooming. We offer a range of services such as full grooms (styled and trimmed), puppy grooming, cat grooming, creative grooming (nail painting, blow pen tattoos, glitter tattoos, semi-permanent dye), baths and brushing etc.’ Explains Emily.
What’s the best bit about the job?
The best part of the job is seeing the look on the owner’s face when you’ve done a complete restyle on their dog. Whether it be a change in style, or a rescue dog or puppies first groom, its always lovely to see the owner’s reaction. It’s also very rewarding when a very nervous dog starts to put their trust in you and gives you that first reassuring kiss to say I trust you.
What’s the worst bit about the job?
The worst bit of the job is when the cats or dogs aren’t very co-operative, so they start biting/scratching. This is frustrating as you can’t complete a groom up to the standard you’d like. Also having to do a complete shave on on an animal that hasn’t had correct home grooming carried out.
Any tips for getting into the job?
Dog grooming is a growing trend with many young people leaving school trying to get a job. I started grooming by doing voluntary work experience from a young age then started volunteering on a Saturday until I left school. I was then taken on as an apprentice, so I worked 4 days a week in the salon then went to college 1 day a week. Be aware though, it’s not cuddling dogs and puppies all day, there is a lot more to it.
A huge thank you to Emily for taking the time to talk to us, and also for sharing her fabulous pictures.
Do you work with dogs or cats? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at Hello@Buddies.co.uk.