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    I am set on my decision on being a groomer. The only problem is that I have so many bills, that I cannot afford grooming school at this time. I really want to get into grooming right away. I have applied as a bather at Petco, Petsmart, and another grooming shop but have received no calls as of yet. My overall goal is to someday be my own boss and own a mobile grooming unit. I just need the advice on how/where to get started. I looked into getting loans but since Im only 19, I don't have enough credit. I don't want a payday loan, no one in my family has to good credit to co-sign for me, and the grooming school I want to go to isn't listed in my banks school loan system, so that's out of the question... I've seen that online courses are way cheaper than the schools, but since I am a beginner I really want the hands on training. Not sure what i'm asking for here, I just want some advice on where you think I should get started???

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    I am considering starting on my own for now to learn. I will need to know what tools I will need to start off with? any advice is appreciated. Thanks!!
    Last edited by SBozan7; 04-26-10, 10:14 AM. Reason: considering other options

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    I knew a groomer who worked at Petco and one at Petsmart. You have to apply online but you also need to go into the store and talk directly to the grooming manager. They will know if they need anyone and if you talk to them you have a better chance of getting in the door. Go in and let them know that you are interested. If they don't need anyone at the time, keep checking back so they remember you and realize that you are serious.

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    • #3
      Be willing to work weekends! How long ago did you apply? Oh, btw, do your research just to get the jist of basic grooming lingo because it'll help when you talk to the bosses.

      Have you tried any littler shops?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dbarcreations<3westies View Post
        I knew a groomer who worked at Petco and one at Petsmart. You have to apply online but you also need to go into the store and talk directly to the grooming manager. They will know if they need anyone and if you talk to them you have a better chance of getting in the door. Go in and let them know that you are interested. If they don't need anyone at the time, keep checking back so they remember you and realize that you are serious.
        I've called Petco a lot since they do have a sign on the wall saying they're hiring for a part-time groomer. I've spoken to 5 employees at least in the grooming salon. A lot of them sounded confused but I spoke to 2 of the managers. Only one of them sounded like she knew what she was talking about and took down my name and number down. I haven't heard anything after that. I'm planning on going in myself sometime this week. I'm willing to do anything for them to realize im serious about this.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by my.cats.name.is.psycho View Post
          Be willing to work weekends! How long ago did you apply? Oh, btw, do your research just to get the jist of basic grooming lingo because it'll help when you talk to the bosses.

          Have you tried any littler shops?
          When I spoke to the woman at Petco she did asked about my schedule and I did tell her I was very flexible. She took down my info but I havn't heard anything else. I applied 2 weeks ago.

          And I have been doing lots of research and looking at free online videos on grooming. I know that Jodi Murphy is a very popular Pet stylist, Ive seen the super stylist sessions with Sue Zecco and Jay Scruggs.. I know the basic things you need to learn such as matting and dematting, the anal glans, learning the technique of shearing, using healthy shampoos and not soap, I've learned a lot about opening a mobile grooming business and am looking into buying the book "go mobile and succeed". How often dogs should be groomed and not OAY...........Ive spend every waking moment in the last month searching things about grooming online lol.. and This is one of the best sites I've found where I can actually learn more.

          If you can teach me more lingo that would be useful to use with them please share!!

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          • #6
            O_o

            Alot of places advertise up to a month and a half before they plan on doing actual hiring. It sounds like you've done everything you can. I hope you get the job, I wish these places would take newbies with real potential more seriously than the qualified ones who suck at their job, but this is not the case. I had made myself crazy trying to get an apprenticeship but the answer was always, "not until you get your license." That's why I decided to just get my own tools and clients and go from there. (Then I decided I'd need a business so I could offset my own expenses, but that's a whole different story...that's my story, but I hope you do get the job-You might. You might have to just wait and see---find out how long til they're planning on hiring.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by my.cats.name.is.psycho View Post
              Alot of places advertise up to a month and a half before they plan on doing actual hiring. It sounds like you've done everything you can. I hope you get the job, I wish these places would take newbies with real potential more seriously than the qualified ones who suck at their job, but this is not the case. I had made myself crazy trying to get an apprenticeship but the answer was always, "not until you get your license." That's why I decided to just get my own tools and clients and go from there. (Then I decided I'd need a business so I could offset my own expenses, but that's a whole different story...that's my story, but I hope you do get the job-You might. You might have to just wait and see---find out how long til they're planning on hiring.
              Oh, so you started without any training? or did you take any course or watch videos before purchasing your equipment and doing pets?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by SBozan7 View Post
                I am set on my decision on being a groomer. The only problem is that I have so many bills, that I cannot afford grooming school at this time. I really want to get into grooming right away. I have applied as a bather at Petco, Petsmart, and another grooming shop but have received no calls as of yet. My overall goal is to someday be my own boss and own a mobile grooming unit. I just need the advice on how/where to get started. I looked into getting loans but since Im only 19, I don't have enough credit. I don't want a payday loan, no one in my family has to good credit to co-sign for me, and the grooming school I want to go to isn't listed in my banks school loan system, so that's out of the question... I've seen that online courses are way cheaper than the schools, but since I am a beginner I really want the hands on training. Not sure what i'm asking for here, I just want some advice on where you think I should get started???
                Have you tried finding an apprenticeship? I live in Dallas, TX and was luck enough to find one. I would recommend emailing and calling some local groomers and ask them directly if they are looking for a bather that was what I did.

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                • #9
                  Don't anyone hate me or slap me for saying this but:

                  Not all groomers have to go to school to become good professional groomers. You can go to seminars, groom family an friends dogs, start slow and grow and practice, practice, practice and still never go to an actual grooming academy. I know many who have done it. One was a vet tech and is quite successful. Some showed dogs of various breed types and coats that require trimming/scissoring. There is more than one way to ( I won't say skin a cat expression) I will say groom a good groom.

                  You have CDs and videoes, and this forum and dog shows to visit too. Don't give up.

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                  • #10
                    Have you tried talking to groomers and asking if you can 'sit in' on their grooming and watch and possibly learn?
                    at least if you could just watch it could maybe help a little and so you can get some of the basics..

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jenneversage64 View Post
                      Not all groomers have to go to school to become good professional groomers. You can go to seminars, groom family an friends dogs, start slow and grow and practice, practice, practice and still never go to an actual grooming academy. I know many who have done it. One was a vet tech and is quite successful. Some showed dogs of various breed types and coats that require trimming/scissoring. There is more than one way to ( I won't say skin a cat expression) I will say groom a good groom.

                      You have CDs and videoes, and this forum and dog shows to visit too. Don't give up.
                      That is very true if it ends up that I can't go to grooming school or while I wait until I can, I will deffinantly look into doing that. I have already started doing some styles on my poodle mix but I need more tools. Thank you so much for your advice!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BoscoandKoda View Post
                        Have you tried talking to groomers and asking if you can 'sit in' on their grooming and watch and possibly learn?
                        at least if you could just watch it could maybe help a little and so you can get some of the basics..
                        Thats a great idea!!! Thanks!

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                        • #13
                          You might also check with your local animal shelter(s) to see if they are looking for volunteer bathers. Working as a volunteer will give you lots of great experience with handling different dogs... plus as you are applying for paid bathing positions (or apprentice positions) you will have this experience on your resume -- a nice plus! Most of all... the dogs in the shelters will thank you for helping them look (& smell) their best while they are looking for a new family! :-) If you've learned some "extras" on your own through videos/DVD's etc. there are always dogs that just need a little "tidying up" (nail trims, trimming over the eyes, around feet & pads) to give practice with that, even if you don't feel ready to try a full haircut.l

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SBozan7 View Post
                            Oh, so you started without any training? or did you take any course or watch videos before purchasing your equipment and doing pets?
                            I got the training first.

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                            • #15
                              let me blunt...

                              you cannot afford school? Then start working two jobs...one to pay your bills and one to pay for grooming school. It will be tough but worth it.

                              To save money can you move home? Move in with a room mate? Rent just a room?

                              Cut down on expenses...live super cheap.

                              Myself? I worked for a year doing odd jobs and saved for my tuition, found a gov't program that helped with some of the tution cost, found a sitter for my 2 yr old and my 11 weeks old, and then left at 5am in the morning and drove 2.5 hours to school, 5 days a week and then back home arriving at home around 8pm in the eveing...for 4+ months...sucked, we had no extras, money was so tight it wasn't funny, I couldn't buy a soda if I had wanted one. But worth every moment.

                              The other issues...

                              You CAN start with no training but it will be very rough and there will be huge hurdles. Some tough, dear souls have done it and they will tell you it can be done but it is very hard.

                              You need to sit down and write out a business plan...if you plan to operate a mobile van where are you going to get the money for that? if you plan to work in a salon, realize that most places are looking for experienced groomers...

                              In my area when I first started their were 3 groomers, including my shop...since then and we are talking 4 years there are now 10 shops, the population is 15,000 in the entire county, 6 of the 10 have no hands on training, some have some book learning grooming courses others have nothing...in the past few months 4 have closed their doors...i am friendly with them and all have called and asked if I will train them but I really cannot. I have no time, I have a staff that relies on me to keep the books full for them...training new competition makes no sense...a new groomer in my area will need clients...and they got to come from somewhere. So now they are calling and I am hearing stories of clientelles that get smaller and smaller every month, very few returning clients, mistakes and angry clients. What I am hearing from these clients that now come to us is they paid a cheap price for 'practice grooms' and they were not happy with even the cheap prices, they felt their dogs were hacked up by an unprofessional, other groomers who are closing up are confused WHY they are getting less and less business. Working alone has some advantages but the biggest disadvantage is no one to help you out, teach you what you are missing, learning what neatness is...

                              My advice?? Get some hands on training!! you are only 19 and have SOOOO much time to do things right!! Pick an AWESOME school like Nash or paragon, figure out how much it will cost and then start working towards the cost, work 2 jobs, you will be exhausted but keep in your head the goal!!
                              get a resume together and start applying at different shops as a bather, ask about apprenticeships, be bold!! Start volunteering your time and help fundrasing for the different shelters in your area.

                              You can do it, no question about that, the real question is how bad do you want it?

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