I would go to the groomers - let them teach me! How to become a groomer?
How do they become groomers?
In my case, it all started a long time ago, with the film "Men in Black." After watching this movie, I just fell in love with pugs and decided that I would definitely have a dog of this breed. And once on a birthday, my husband presented me with a pug dog.
We began to participate in exhibitions, got involved, I started to learn handling at first, as I understand very well that without studying in any activity, you will be a beginner. Then she began to exhibit other people's dogs, she also unlearned herself as an expert, which made it possible to finally “put down the puzzle”: to see the dog as a whole, evaluate its anatomy and be able to correctly show it.
As for grooming, it has become another component of the proper preparation of dogs for shows. The first time I picked up scissors, when I needed to trim my pug before entering the ring. And I realized that I like to work with scissors, to “draw” a dog.
What is grooming and how to learn it?
Each groomer will confirm that grooming is drawing. Because you must have a clear picture of how the dog will look as a result.
I attended master classes in monobreed grooming (miniature schnauzer, husky and Pomeranian), but for myself I decided that I also need to learn salon grooming, because it has its own professional secrets, tricks, and you just need to be able to quickly and accurately cut if the client is not a star of exhibitions, but a pet.
If you want to master home grooming in order to properly care for your four-legged friend, just go to the salon and master the basic course of pet grooming. However, the salon is worth choosing carefully. I do not recommend going to courses if there are 10-12 people in a group - in this case it is difficult to master a lot of skills. The best option is a group of 2 people, then each lesson will turn into almost individual master classes.
If you are interested in exhibition grooming, only pedigrees (specialists working with a particular breed) can help here. They “chew” all the nuances regarding this breed and its coat. In the salon you will not receive such training.
Is it hard to work as a groomer?
Exhibition grooming is rather a pleasure, even a pleasure in the process and result. Show dogs are usually well looked after, and the task of the groomer is only to keep in good shape and “refresh the picture”.
Pet grooming can be hard work, as it often leads to running dogs. However, there are pleasant exceptions in this area. But, basically, it is necessary to "get" the dog out of a woolen fallen "carapace".
The duration of "home" grooming of one dog is an average of 2 hours. I do not have a conveyor belt, and this time is enough to put the Yorkshire Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer or Shih Tzu in order. A cocker spaniel takes up to 2.5 hours (including washing, drying, cutting, etc.).
The duration of exhibition grooming depends not only on the breed, but also on the amount of work: what exactly needs to be embellished or removed. It can last 3 to 5 hours.But if you take a Samoyed dog or malamute, for example, then it only takes 40 minutes to wash. The "fur" dog dries for about 2 hours. And another 1 hour is spent on combing, cutting, "decorating." It takes about 3 hours to prepare the miniature schnauzer for the exhibition. For an English Cocker Spaniel, approximately 4 hours.
And the features of grooming depend on the type of dog's coat. Smooth-haired dogs require one grooming, wire-haired dogs require a completely different one. But everyone can learn this. It would be a desire!