Being a dog groomer, just like any other career choice, comes with its own drawbacks. For many groomers, the good aspects outweigh the bad. The following five drawbacks are the ones that I feel you should be aware of before you jump in with both feet.
- Long Hours:
If you decide to start your own business or if you are new to dog grooming, you will likely be working long hours. It takes time to build up your speed and efficiency. Also, keep in mind that unless you work for a large corporate store, you will not be getting paid per hour worked. You will be paid per grooming completed.
2. Angry Clients:
While grooming, you will find that some customers are difficult to deal with. Many do not except the fact that their dog is matted and needs to be shaved. Others will not like the finished groom or the price that they are expected to pay. If you are going to become a dog groomer it’s important that you have good communication skills and lots of patience for dealing with those difficult situations.
3. Difficult Dogs:
Just like you will face difficult customers, you will also face difficult dogs. For me personally, I found that it was harder to deal with overly excitable dogs than it was to deal with aggressive dogs. This is because you are taught early on how to calm and restrain aggressive dogs, but you have to develop your own skills to deal with a hyper dog. While a wiggly dog will not pose a threat to you, it will make your job harder. A dog that will not set still will be more likely to obtain an injury.
4. Slow Times:
When the economy is struggling, the first expense people will cut is what they consider “extra” expenses. They will either stop bringing their dog altogether or bring them less often. This equals out to less work for a groomer and slower times. Many groomers will offer special deals or incentives to bring the customers back in. I guess most jobs are susceptible to this problem though.
Becoming a dog groomer is not cheap. You will have to purchase all of your supplies, including clippers, nail cutters, safety supplies, a grooming table, scissors, and blades. Even after the initial purchasing expenses, you will have to maintain your equipment. Your blades will have to be sharpened often. In addition to the supplies, you will have to carry liability insurance, pay for any vet bills incurred while the dog is in your care, and pay for your own advertising.
Take the time to weigh the good and the bad things about grooming before deciding to jump in. If any of the above things are a deal breaker for you, it is best that you do not become a dog groomer. A dog groomer needs to be able to self-motivate and be responsible.