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    I've just found out I'll be starting my new job as a trainee dog groomer on 3rd of jan so Excited

    any and all tips and comments welcome

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    Congrats Shedeivl.

    MY TIP; What ever you do, dont cut off the dogs testys like the my mothers dog trainee groomer did to her dog, haha.

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    Congrats shedeivl!!!

    How exciting for you.

    LOL at doghappy's tip

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    And please always be nice to the dogs...i have been to some groomers and the way they treat dogs when the owners are not here is just awful. Hence i groom my own dogs......

    Congratulations on your new job
    Pets are forever

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    Congrats!!!

    Biggest problem I hear about groomers... Make sure you LISTEN to the customer. If the customer doesn't want their poodle 10 bladed all over, make sure you don't do it

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    Don't do what a vet told me happened to a poodle-client of his - end of tail cut off by a groomer. No, not the fluffy bit - no, not even the tip of skin - yes, the last vertebrae. Owwww.

    When I was grooming I made a few boo boos. The one I regret the most is not enforcing more strongly that a dog I groomed must have had a tick. I couldn't find one when I searched him but it was showing initial signs by the time I finished grooming it. I told the owner my concerns but didn't do it strongly enough - dog died that night. They never found the tick either - must have knocked or clipped it off.

    Another one was joking to another groomer (who owns Poms) 'not another bloody pom' as I pulled the little guy from his cage and unfortunately at the same time as the owner arrived at the counter. They were shocked and even with me appologising profussely and explaining that it was a joke to another pom-lover they never returned to the salon. So my new rule was to compliment every dog as if it was the cutest/prettiest/smartest whatever was appropraite at all times. This rule applies today and I compliement every dog I see even the really ugly ones. Same goes for babies.

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    Thanx for all the tips guys i'll try really hard to not be a groomer that cuts tails off or makes silly not understandable jokes
    or try to be a vet and fix the dog for them

    I think treat the dog as it it was my own is something I would just do normal + I think after being at a job where I had to be nice to drunk and verry rude customers I think dogs will be a refreshing change

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    The one I regret the most is not enforcing more strongly that a dog I groomed must have had a tick. I couldn't find one when I searched him but it was showing initial signs by the time I finished grooming it. I told the owner my concerns but didn't do it strongly enough - dog died that night. They never found the tick either - must have knocked or clipped it off.
    we have a vet that dose house call do u think if I noticed this I could call them ?

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    verry rude customers
    I think you will still get these. I find agreeing with them unravels them somewhat. And I think I might make it hard for them to re-book depending on the nature of the rudeness (derogatory racist remarks or attempting to grope the staff would qualify) - ie they ring up to book - no available times for years...

    I think you'd want to have some sort of signed agreement with the owner about what to do if you think the dog needs a vet asap (eg swallowed snail bait, has infected bite wounds only visible with the clip, epileptic fit or tick symptoms). They may want you to call their vet or they may want you to call them or they may want you to call the dog ambulance. If you're not a vet - all you can really do is tell the owner that their dog doesn't seem right and needs to see a vet ASAP.

    Tip from one of my friends: Do not accept an 8am grooming booking and not do the dog when you said you would. My friend went back at 4pm having been fobbed off at 11am and 2pm and his dog still had not been clipped - and the booking had been done months and months beforehand - he books for the whole year at the start of each year. Tip from doctor friends that run appointment books - always allow slots for emergencies. If someone is late - do the dog that was there on time first.

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    I did a 2 week trial to become a trainee groomer but got told I was 'forceful' enough with the dogs. My advice to you as a trainee vet nurse is to only do what you are comfortable with. When you try to wing it so your boss won't think you are out of your depth is when you make mistakes.

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