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    Does anyone have a written job description for a bather/brusher that they would be willing to post or pm me? Or even any suggestions what they would include in one? What duties do you expect your bather to preform every day? Do you have them do any other tasks on slower days? Just need some input please

  • #2
    My bather not only bathes and dries the dogs, she also brushes them out.
    Her other duties include: taking in of dogs, handing them out, cleaning up the bathing area, vacuuming, answering phones, mopping, whatever really needs to be done.
    I try not to take advantage of her, but some days it's hard not to.

    I will say though, she's worth every penny I pay her.
    ~*~*~Shawn, C.M.G.~*~*~
    Apparently common sense isn't all that common
    *~*~emipoo on egroomer*~*~*

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    • #3
      i call mine groomer assistants and they do whatever i need them to do. I had one tell me once she was just a bather and it wasnt in her job discription to do something. Welll last time i checked she didnt sign no contracts and as long as i was paying her by the hour she was to do whatever i told her lol. geesh its hard to find a good assistant. I thank god for the two i have right now. their wonderful!!!!!

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      • #4
        when I was a bather and when I paid for bathers .Is expected to wash and dry the dogs help answer the phones and clean up bathing areas when done,help with clients etc .I do not expect a bather to brush out nor do nails that is the groomers job IMO. if the bathers are doing groomers work I feel they should receive groomers pay. I was paid by the dog not by the hour I also paid by the dog not per hr ..when all of the dogs are dry they and I was/were allowed to go home once bather clean up was finished. now that I have hubby to do the bathing
        he does what I tell him to do . LoL
        Last edited by pooh13; 01-08-10, 05:12 PM.

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        • #5
          job description

          here's mine ... feel free to offer suggestions!

          Job Title: Pet Bather

          Begins: 8:00am – 12:00am (approximately) Tuesday – Friday
          9:00am – 1:00pm (approximately) Saturday

          Responsibilities:

          • Check EVERY pet’s card for warnings, specific instructions, special shampoos before bathing.
          - Top half of card stays w/pet at all times. Bottom half stays on pet’s kennel.

          • Bathe each pet thoroughly 2 times. Pay special attention to face, feet, and sanitary areas.
          • Check anal glands on all dogs, and express if necessary. Ask for help if you need it.
          • Remove any eye crust using a flea comb AFTER allowing it to soak.
          • Use a degreasing shampoo on ears of pets with excessive grease/oil.

          • Towel dry pets using the chamois as much as possible. Follow with cotton towel drying.

          • Notify groomers of ANY abnormalities noticed on pet (ie. Scab, fleas, ticks, sores, anal gland issues, etc.) Note this on card.

          • Dry pet with high velocity dryer on a setting which is comfortable for the pet. STOP at signs of stress, or fearful pets.

          • For those pets which are too fearful of the high velocity dryer around their face, finish drying the pet in a kennel dryer on lowest possible setting for a MAXIMUM of 20 minutes.
          • Return dried pets to their kennel.
          • Walk daycare dogs @ 10:00am

          Cleaning Responsibilities:
          • Disinfect Tub when finished (including front & sides).
          • Clean mat and hang on tub.
          • Fill Shampoo and Conditioner tanks.
          • Wash, dry & fold laundry.
          • Vacuum and Clean kennel dryers (inside & out).
          • Clean any kennels used by pets.
          • Mop and squeegee floor (BEHIND and UNDER kennel dryers)
          • Empty garbage & clean can.
          • Empty bathroom garbage.
          Fridays:
          • Wipe down all gallons of shampoo and rinse shelves.
          • Clean windows in bathing room.
          • Clean Towel Rack
          • Clean dryer cabinet.
          • Wipe down walls.
          • Clean bathroom

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          • #6
            When I was a bather I did everything but full grooms, made appointments, filing cleaning,laundry, you name it I did ,but I was paid by the hour so the guy wouldn't feel guilty "usinng" me. His words not mine,even did rough ins,shaves, but he was slowly teaching me to groom and run a shop so he could take a vacation, when he was gone I only did the regular bath tidy ups, worked for both of us.Paid by the dog, I would not be doing cleaning, no pay no work. jmo
            ~~Everyone is entitled to my opinion!~~

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Moonpiepoodlz View Post
              My bather not only bathes and dries the dogs, she also brushes them out.
              Her other duties include: taking in of dogs, handing them out, cleaning up the bathing area, vacuuming, answering phones, mopping, whatever really needs to be done.
              I try not to take advantage of her, but some days it's hard not to.

              I will say though, she's worth every penny I pay her.
              I do that.

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              • #8
                Job Title: Pet Brusher/Bather

                Begins: 8:00am – 3:00 (approximately) Tuesday – Friday


                Responsibilities:
                *Take bucket and put hot water in. Submerge gallon of diluted soap,diluted dawn, and face bottle leave to heat
                • Check EVERY pet’s card for warnings, specific instructions, special shampoos before bathing.
                • Bathe each pet thoroughly 2 times. Pay special attention to face, feet, and sanitary areas.
                • Check anal glands, and express if necessary. Ask for help if you need it.
                *Brush teeth if necessary
                *Clean ears
                •Remove any eye crust using a flea comb AFTER allowing it to soak.
                •Use a degreasing shampoo on ears of pets with excessive grease/oil.
                *Use oxy-med or oatmeal shampoo if necessary
                •Towel dry pets using the chamois as much as possible. Follow with cotton towel drying.
                •Notify groomers of ANY abnormalities noticed on pet (ie. Scab, fleas, ticks, sores, anal gland issues, etc.) .
                •Dry pet with high velocity dryer on a setting which is comfortable for the pet. STOP at signs of stress, or fearful pets.
                *If Table dried do so then crate with dryer for finishing
                •For those pets which are too fearful of the high velocity dryer around their face, finish drying the pet in a kennel dryer, or on table.
                *Make sure crate is cleaned in between dirty dog and clean dog
                •Return dried pets to clean crate
                *After done bathing all dogs start with first and make sure fir is come-able , ears are clean and return to crate

                Cleaning Responsibilities:
                •Disinfect Tub when finished (including front & sides).
                *Fill Diluted Dawn
                *Fill Diluted shampoo face bottle
                *Scrub chain markings
                •Clean mat and hang on tub.
                •Fill Diluted Shampoo
                *Hang all damp towels
                *Fill fabric softener bottle
                *Unplug Bathing Beauty
                *Fill cleaner spray bottles(3)
                *Squeegee Floor
                *Empty Large trash once a week
                *Wipe down all gallons of shampoo
                *Fill ear cleaner and cotton balls
                *Fill water bottle
                *Empty vacuum when needed clean filter when needed

                Dryer Room;
                *Vacuum floor
                *Vacuum all crate tops and sides
                •Vacuum and Clean crate dryer vents
                •Vacuum and Clean any kennels used by pets.
                *At end of day unplug vacuum and close door
                *Empty vacuum when needed

                Front room;
                •Vacuum rugs
                *Wash Door

                Second Room;
                *Sweep floor
                *Vacuum corners
                *Wash door

                Receptionist;
                *Write list for the day
                *Re-schedule all dogs that need be
                *Pull cards for tomorrow
                *File cards that need to be
                *Call customers with friendly reminder of next days appointments
                *Answer phone
                *Make appointments

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                • #9
                  As a bather I did nails, brushouts and sanitary trims. Along with cleaning and filling bottles etc. Answering phones checking dogs in and out. It really depends on what YOU want or need them to do. The shop I work in now as a groomer I don't make any appointments and rarely answer the phone. On occasion I'll check in a dog. Mostly the owner does all that since they are HER clients and she likes to keep the communication up with them.

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                  • #10
                    every shop may be different. I would suggest you take the time to sit down, write down ALL the things you would love to have done... then narrow it down to a reasonable list...

                    dont forget if you including this in your employee manual to also include a separate page of shops responsibilities... this offers a list to new staff showing you are also accepting responsibilities and not just asking them to do everything.

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                    • #11
                      I would decide what you want your bathing job to be. Make that your description. I have a last line on every job description. It is something like " All tasks appropriate to working a grooming shop." I never want to be told by any employee that something is not in their job description. I have never been, but I have heard it from employees at other jobs I have had. And we pay hourly, so employees are paid for whatever they are doing. I also have line about " as time allows" b/c I know that the amount of time actually spent doing the main work- such as bathing- varies day by day.

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                      • #12
                        Admin's mother wrote From Problems to Profit book and it has several job descriptions in it as samples and that is what I used and added to it.

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