We all want to keep our pets good looking! One way of doing this is scheduling regular grooming appointments for our friends, either for a bath or a complete grooming service. A good and professional groomer combines a set of characteristics – professional qualification and personality traits – that we’ll explore below.
Groomers usually begin their careers by completing an apprenticeship program in which they bathe, trim and style dog/cat fur under the supervision of an experienced groomer. The course typically lasts 6-10 weeks, where the trainee learns grooming skills, such as bathing, drying, haircutting, nail clipping, and dog handling, through hands-on training.
They also learn about different breeds, their standard haircut, breeds temperaments, how to keep dogs calm and happy during grooming, and how to maintain different kinds of fur. Groomers may also be trained by one of 50 state-approved grooming schools which where the training lasts from 2 to 18 weeks.
Professional groomers may further demonstrate field-specific competence by earning certification. The National Dog Groomers Association of America offers the National Certified Master Groomer designation. This certification entails attending an accredited workshop, proving practical skills through demonstration and passing a set of written exams. The International Professional Groomers, Inc. offers a more rigorous certification program, involving four written exams and five demonstrations. Candidates who pass with 70% or higher are rewarded with the International Medal of Pet Grooming Distinction, and those who pass with 86% or higher are deemed International Certified Master Groomers.
In terms of personal characteristics, a good groomer has to be patient with our furry friends, remaining calm when the pet is agitated. The groomer has to establish a caring relationship with our friends, speaking with them with a warm voice. Attention to detail is another asset when performing grooming services – every step of the service needs to be thoroughly done and checked, from bathing, to drying and haircutting.