This letter is brought to you by Jena Kittle & the MoeGo Community 🧡
Jena is the founder of Kansas City Grooming Academy. She developed a heart for teaching groomers when she discovered that not all groomers are well-trained. Chiropractor by training, Jena believes that grooming is not just an art, it’s a science. Her grooming textbook is a testament to this belief.
If you are embarking on a journey in the world of pet grooming, you have chosen a profession that combines artistry, care, and responsibility. You play an invaluable role in ensuring the well-being and happiness of our furry friends. Here is some advice to guide you on your path to becoming a skillful and purr-fect pet groomer:
🐕 Learn the Anatomy of the Pet
Understanding the structure of the pet's body, from toenails to the tail, is fundamental to providing safe and effective grooming. Pets, like humans, are made up of a complex series of systems and must be handled with care. There is as much science as art that goes into grooming.
⛑️ Sanitization and Safety > PURRFECT Looks
While we all love a glamorously groomed pet, it’s crucial to prioritize safety and hygiene above everything else. Familiarize yourself with standard sanitization protocols. It is recommended that you obtain a pet CPR certification to handle emergencies effectively. Remember, a healthy pet is a happy pet, and your customers trust you for their furry kids’ well-being.
✂️ Practice with Real Pets (maybe not YouTube videos)
Grooming is a hands-on skill that requires practice, patience, and precision. While online tutorials are widely accessible, there’s no substitute for a real-life grooming experience. Seek opportunities to work with a variety of breeds. Each pet you groom will teach you something new and contribute to your growth as a groomer. Continuing Education classes are a great way to stay up to date on the latest techniques and practices.
🧑 There is Always a Human on the Other End of the Leash
Let’s face it: pet groomers have to effectively communicate with pet owners. Sometimes, clients may have unrealistic expectations or misunderstand the grooming process. As Jena noted, there are times when shaving a dog is the most humane option – especially when the client brings in a matted doodle. Approach such situations with empathy and offer guidance on how clients can maintain their pets’ coats at home. It’s up to you to educate your customers about how to take care of their pets. Not only does this make their pets healthy and happy, but it also makes your life as a groomer easier.
🧡 You’ll Fall in Love and Wish You Started Sooner
You'll quickly discover that your heart will be won over by the furry companions that come into your care. The bonds you form with them, the joy they bring, and the transformations you'll witness will make you fall in love with your job each day. And you'll find yourself thinking, "I wish I had started this incredible journey sooner."