Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
Experience and attention to detail.
I pay close attention to all the needs of the pet and pet owner.
I do everything I can to execute the look and make the pet as comfortable as possible.
I use high quality products and tools.
I trained with a show groomer of standard poodles and hold myself to very high expectations.
I groom each pet with a holistic approach and groom with care and a gentle touch.
I am a member of the National Cat Grooming Institute of America. The leading cat grooming school in country.
I attend webinars, and trade show seminars yearly to make sure I am up to date and current with everything going on in the grooming industry.
That groomers are very passionate people. We often give up lunches and work late into the night to accommodate every customer and pet. Groomers tend to be extremely selfless and are people pleasers to level of self sacrifice. Just keep in mind when you ask to be "squeezed in" you are asking your groomer to work overtime and often miss a meal or cancel plans to accommodate you and your pet. More often than not with smile on our faces. As long as we feel appreciated, we normally do not mind going the extra mile.
What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
Consider the distance and the parking situation. I pull a grooming trailer with my truck so I will need a place to park easily. My set up including the truck and trailer could be close to 20 feet long. Narrow driveways and dead end streets may be an issue so I need to know that in advance. Keep in mind your trash pick up days and not to book a mobile grooming appointment on those days or at least book in a time slot that will not be affected. If you don't get your pet groomed on a regular 4, 6, or 8 week basis mobile grooming may not be for you. We base our business on pre booking regular customers. We have to book in advance so we can schedule our routes as accurately as possible to the towns and neighborhoods we will be servicing on any given day.
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy most the connection I share with the animals. I have alway dreamed of working with animals from childhood and really feel I found my dream job in adulthood.
I understand the bond a pet owner has with their fur baby.
I have 5 pets of my own and have a strong bond with each one. I love taking a pet that is in need of a grooming, especially the pets in really bad shape, as I know once the grooming is performed the pet is going to feel 100% better.
No more matting pulling on the skin causing itchiness and irritation, relieving dry skin by soaking a pet in a moisturizing hydrating conditioning treatment, or simply removing a ton of under coat to help a kitty feel relief from hairballs.
I love making pets feel and look amazing. I also love the look a pet owner has once they see their pride and joy after a grooming treatment, glow with happiness.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
My advice would be to ask a potential groomer for your pet how long they have been grooming? Ask if they are certified and attended a grooming school or apprenticed with another groomer. If they apprenticed ask what the qualifications of the groomer they trained with were. You have the right to know, you are trusting your baby with a professional and you should have all the information you request to make sure your pet is in the best hands possible.
If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
I would suggest going to the best school you could afford and to be very active in the grooming sites and groups as possible. To ask lots of questions and take advice from seasoned groomers. After school to work in a salon to gain experience before venturing out on your own. Ask yourself if you can stand on your feet all day. Lift heavy dogs and bend over a tub. Make sure you are in good physical shape. This is a labor intensive job and you almost always work long hours. Make sure it is the job for you and do your research.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you?
How to maintain their pets coat between groomings?
I show them exactly how to brush their pet, with a brush & comb from root to tip. I explain brushing the coat 100% tangle free before any home bathing.
Dry Itchy Skin & Smelly ears & mouths are also an big issue.
I offer advice on products and treatments I may have to alleviate some of the issues brought to my attention but ultimately recommend a trip to the vet to address the issue, as there are many reasons that may cause a symptom of an underlying health condition that your vet can thoroughly examine that as a groomer I can not diagnose.
Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
I do breed cuts, puppy cuts, cat grooming with a full range of cat clips including Lion cuts, Plush cuts (like a puppy cut for a cat), de shedding, full baths, nail trims and many luxury spa treatments.
What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
Cat grooming is becoming more recognized in the pubic eye! People are becoming more and more aware that cats need our help to keep their coats maintained and skin healthy. Just as much as a dog. Cats need just as much grooming. Saliva is just that, Saliva. A cat will not become clean from licking itself. Most people who are allergic or have pet allergies do not realize that cats spread allergens with saliva as well. Bottom line with cats needing or not needing grooming is that it is up to you. If you want a truly clean cat, a bath with professional cat shampoo is the best way to keep your cat clean and the skin in the best health as it could be in by regular grooming.