Thursday, August 14, 2014
How Much Does It Cost to Become a Dog Groomer?
There are tools to buy, business expenses and even a physical price to pay. I learned the last one the hard way. Before diving into the pet grooming business it's important to recognize all of the expenses involved.
Dog Grooming Tools
Even if you are planning on joining an established dog grooming shop you'll likely be required to have some of your own tools. Professional clippers, blades and grooming shears will be the most expensive tools.
Expect to spend at least $150 on clippers and up to $30 for each clipper blade. The grooming shears were shockingly expensive to me. Professional grooming shears cost at least $60 per pair, and more than one pair will be necessary. There is also upkeep on the equipment, like sharpening grooming blades and scissors as needed.
If you are considering opening a new grooming shop the costs go up considerably with the purchase of kennels and drying cages, professional blow dryers and other miscellaneous tools.
Physical Costs of Dog Grooming
The physical cost of dog grooming is harder to put a number on since the work affects everyone differently. Back problems are a likelihood, as well as hand and wrist pain after a few years of grooming. The lifting of dogs in and out of tubs and up and down from tables is grueling after a few years. Many hours of standing on your feet on a hard floor can also bring on leg and back pain.
Skin problems may occur as well since shaving dogs leads to small hairs becoming embedded in the pores of the groomer's skin. This happens between the fingers, the elbows and even goes through clothing. Some dog groomers also develop allergies after years of exposure to different skin and hair from dogs. Inhaling the tiny whiskers in the air can also lead to breathing issues later.
Other Expenses for Dog Groomers
Dog groomers are often independent contractors working in shops, therefore insurance expenses fall on the individual. Most shops do cover the cost of pet insurance for the dogs being groomed, but you may have to cover the full cost of your own medical insurance.
Should you decide to branch out into a mobile grooming business there are obvious added expenses involved with the vehicle purchase and maintenance. There are also added insurance costs associated with this type of business.
You may also be required to pay for ongoing classes or certification in your state to legally continue grooming dogs.
Dog grooming is a fun profession as long as you go into it with your eyes open and are aware of the expenses involved, both monetary and personally. This is a profession to consider only if you truly love animals and helping them look their best.