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    Default Becoming a professional groomer

    I have been researching for quite some time now to become a professional dog groomer.

    In my search, I have noticed that all of the courses offered by TAFE are online & no hands on training other than a DVD.

    I have also noticed that every job advertised for a groomer requires extensive experience in all dog breeds, no exceptions & do not apply if you aren't fully skilled.

    Even doing a private intensive workshop in grooming (over 8 days) you still have to have an job to complete so many hours grooming before they will sign off on your certificate.

    So I am wondering "How do you get an entry level grooming job???"

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    Yes - it is definitely a 'catch 22' situation !

    Are there any dog groomers close to you ? I would do a 'door knock' of the businesses in your area and see if they are prepared to help you in any way.

    This link will give you the entry level for what you want:

    So You Want To Be A Pet or Dog Groomer?! | Pets Australia

    If you are prepared to move - then Toowoomba and/or Brisbane may offer more opportunities for you.

    Good Luck !

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    Wow - I didn't know it was that hard.

    I thought anyone who was brave enough to go near a strange dog with a set of clippers could have a go. And some of the clips I've seen suggest that Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street was having a go.

    I would think that Tafes offering certificates in (companion) animal care might include some grooming. Or I guess if the worst happens you could try sheep shearing courses? And you probably want to get a book that has guides to show clips and practical clips for every breed and mutt...

    But I'd probably ask around at the local dog park who they get to do their dogs, and then contact those groomers and ask for advice. I'm not sure they'd be thrilled with the idea of competition but they might appreciate you're doing your research and trying to be responsible about it.

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    Where are you located? If you are near Melbourne, you should definitely do the 4 week course at Dog Diversity.
    I trained to be a dog groomer there, it is brilliant, you learn all the techniques you need to get started either in your own business or in a shop or vet. The first three days are theory then for the rest of the four weeks, its prac work. You groom two dogs a day. Only four students per 4 week class, so its very one on one and hands on. I groomed all kinds of dogs from Bernese Mountain dogs to poodles Really worth the money. Be warned though, being a dog groomer is not an easy job, its actually quite exhausting. Many dogs are quite hard to handle and make the job very difficult.

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    As a primary producer of sheep, I can certainly shear one & also proficient at horse clipping but this experience does not carry over to dogs, other than my Chinese Crested dogs.

    I am in Victoria & did contact the Dog Diversity, however I am still waiting on someone to return my call and respond to my emails. So due to there lack of interest, I was looking for somewhere else or another pathway.

    Thanks for the link RileyJ, that has been very helpful.

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    Shame I got the state wrong !

    Perseverance does work and Good Luck !

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    SPP - some places are better organised than others - might pay to ring them again. Maybe first thing Monday or Tuesday...

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    I would really recommend calling Dog Diversity again. They generally open shop around 9:30 so any time after that would be best to call. They should answer, as there is usually someone around to answer the phone.

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