Dog Grooming Training Options
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Dog Grooming training can be done through self study on line courses, on the job training, or through a formalized on site training programs. While there is no licensure or accrediting body in this area, The National Dog Grooming Association of America (NDGAA) does provide recommendations for training and professional development.

On line courses are the least expensive programs, require the most dedication, self discipline, and will require that you search out opportunities to perform dog grooming as an apprentice for one year. The length of these dog grooming program will be dependent upon your dedication and self discipline. The costs for these programs is about $500 to $1000.

On the job dog grooming training is when you find a local groomer to hire you as a helper. This could be bathing the dogs, cleaning up kennels, feeding dogs, walking dogs, etc. You would also want to volunteer to help with the dog grooming process to learn from the groomer. This will allow you to gain experience, be paid a small amount, and determine if this is really for you. Depending on the groomer, the experience could be limited to one or two dog breeds and thus limit your exposure to dog grooming for various breeds. Additionally, you could view U Tube videos of dog grooming for various breeds during this time and to help expand your knowledge. Remember though that this is a manual skill, so ultimately, you will need to practice the techniques on live animals. Consider starting with your own dog and groom friends and relatives dogs, till you feel confident and then find clients. Clients may be more critical and have higher expectations of your level of performance.

Formalized dog grooming training is provided at various colleges, trade schools, and community colleges throughout the United States. These are a more concentrated and costly approach, however, you will get to practice on various dog breeds and you will, most likely, get through the program more quickly. If you want to open a dog grooming studio as a business, this may be the way to go. These programs provide a great deal of hands on, scientific, and technical training. Typically, these programs will have about 11 modules: introduction to grooming, the grooming tools, health and safety, cat grooming, dog grooming, bathing, brushing, and drying, clipper use and scissor use, breeding profiles and mixed breed styling, career building skills, pet CPR and First Aid, and a final exam. You will invest roughly 100 hours of classroom time to complete these programs. Basically, they will make sure that you have the skills you need to go into business or to work for someone else as a professional dog groomer. If you want to be a professional groomer and are particularly interested in grooming for AKC (American Kennel Club) breeds this may be worth the cost. Dog grooming colleges carry a higher price tag as you may pay around $ 4000 to $ 10,000 for the program. Most of these schools will assist you with getting an apprenticeship and, in fact, usually require an externship. So you will get lots of practical experience.


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