Our guide to grooming

Our guide to grooming

First published date April 25 2014 Amended date May 27 2014

If you’ve got a new furry friend then making sure you know how to groom them is extremely important. From dogs to cats and other bushy companions, such as rabbits, grooming is extremely important for their well being. Grooming will benefit your pet in all aspects of life, not only will they look better, but they will also feel better. Grooming courses will teach you how to keep your companion looking good while also providing you with some invaluable bonding time.


Why should I groom my pet?

On top of this, grooming your pet is also a great opportunity to bond and build up their trust. If you groom your pet from a young age they will become comfortable with the procedure and let you handle them with great trust. Grooming your pet will be relaxing for the both of you and you will be able to build a much closer bond with your new companion. There are many healthy benefits to grooming your pet and these all contribute to a longer and healthier life.


What happens if I don’t groom my pet?

Animals that are not properly groomed can develop matted areas in their coats. Not only is this unhealthy for your pet but it can also cause pain and discomfort, especially when it comes to grooming them in the future.  Regular grooming will help to maintain the coat of your pet and prevent any tangling and matting that may become painful at a later date. Grooming is also a great way to check your pets for any medical problems. Daily grooms will help you to find any medical problems sooner, making the problem easier to solve when you go for that visit to the vet.  


What will I learn?

Grooming an animal for the first time can be a difficult experience, fortunately a grooming course will teach you everything you need to know to properly handle and groom your pet. The main practical skills that you will learn are; clipper and scissor techniques, how to cut nails, teeth brushing and how to check and maintain your dog’s health. You will also learn some more theoretical aspects of grooming such as; different styling techniques for various breeds, what health conditions to look out for and what equipment requirements you will need for your pet.

Many courses will ask you to bring your pet along with you; this will allow you to practise on your own pet while also learning how to specialise in grooming your specific pet’s breed. Once you’ve completed the course, your little friend will come out looking better than ever.


Which pets will a grooming course focus on?

A grooming course is suitable for any type of furry pet. Dogs and cats are the most common pet that people taking grooming courses for, but the areas taught can be useful for smaller types of pet such as rabbits and guinea pigs too and sometimes even bigger pets such as horses.

Sometimes it can be better to take a specific grooming course to focus on your pets needs. Dog grooming courses and horse care courses are great if you own a dog or a horse and want to learn how to specially groom them. If you have just bought a new puppy it may be a good idea to take them to a puppy training courses first, as this will make them easier to handle when you start to groom them.


Can I have a career in pet grooming?

To become a professional pet groomer there are no specific requirements, however you will find it extremely hard to be employed or attract customers without being able to showcase your grooming talents. Luckily, many grooming courses offer official qualifications that will allow you to prove you have the ability to groom pets.

Many pet groomers are self employed so courses will teach you how to successfully run your own grooming businesses. You will learn how to; deal with clients, take payments and calculate how much to charge, buy required stock, and become skilled in health and safety procedures.


The five top benefits of grooming your pet

Bonding: Grooming your pet will give you a great opportunity to socialise and build a relationship with your pet.

Save money: Learning how to properly groom your own pet will help save you money as you will not have to frequently take them to an animal groomer.

Avoid medical problems: Grooming will give you the chance to check your pet for any medical problems. Checking their skin, teeth, eyes and ears will be help to make sure your pet is in good health between visits to the vet.

Nail trimming: Trimming animal nails will thwart any health problems but it will also prevent any inadvertent scratching of you or your furniture.

A happy pet: A pet that is well groomed not only looks better but is also happier.