Dog Grooming Service Business Idea

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Business Summary:

As a professional dog groomer, you’ll spend hours with different breed dogs, ensuring they are clean, clean-smelling, and pampered for their owners. You’ll give them baths, brush them, clip their nails, brush their teeth, and even affix bows and bandanas for the finishing touch. All pets can be treated to your services, but if you are most comfortable with dogs or cats, etc; it I wise to begin with that specialty for your grooming business.

The advantages to the pet grooming business are that it’s challenging, rewarding, and a way for animal lovers to spend their entire day at home with animals. By grooming and pampering pets, a groomer can make the pet soothed and owner relieved that their pet is clean and well-taken care of.

Start Up Cost: Varies – $2,000

Can Be Home Based?: Yes

Can Be Operated Part Time?: Yes

Skills Required:

It is not necessary to obtain special pet training or grooming licenses or accreditation, but definitely recommended. In lieu of professional training, you should most definitely have experience working with and grooming animals. You should be able to lift small and large animals onto a standard grooming table, and also know how handle animals that may bite or scratch. Patience is one of the most necessary skills involved in grooming, with both the possibly uncomfortable pets and also that of their owners. You’ll need to know how to soothe both. Also, highly recommended is some knowledge of what to look for in pet skin and bodily condition. Typically, groomers can provide intermediary advice about the pet’s health, and this can signal it’s time for a vet visit.

How Much Can You Earn:

Depending on whether you decide to work part or full time, your services, and your work ethic; and average annual income for a dog/pet groomer is upwards of $50,000. Most groomers will charge by the hour, service, and type of animal; while also keeping in mind how rigorous a cleaning/grooming is needed.

Typically, it takes 1-2 hours to groom a dog with the average rate being approximately $25-$50 per hour. You can see the potential for making six figures is very possible at this rate, given the drive, investment, and schedule of the groomer.

Understanding Customers:

As a pet groomer, you have two levels of customers: the pet and the owner. The owner typically enlists your services, because they don’t have the time or experience to fully groom/clean their animal. Many pet owners love their pets as if they were their children, so know that you may encounter some very overbearing and concerned pet owners. Do whatever you can to ease their minds. The same goes for the animals. Animals come with all sorts of different temperaments and fears, and you must be prepared for all.

Marketing Strategy:

The best way to reach potential customers for your pet grooming business is through word-of-mouth networking. These contacts are your friends, relatives, and acquaintances. Especially with pet and childcare services, people can be very skittish about businesses they have never heard of. Put the word out about your business, and offer your services first to them. You can also put up flyers, list in classifieds, and network at local pet groups/locations.


It is not required to have a specific license or training to become a pet groomer who offers general services, but it is very very strongly recommended. A behaviorist and medical understanding of pets is crucial to successful caring for them while their owners are away. It is, however, required that you receive special training if you intend to do any clipping.

To set up your grooming business and begin, you’ll need:

  • A room or part of your house designated exclusively to pet grooming (many choose the garage).
  • Varying sizes of bathing tubs for various animals.
  • At least one good-sized table to groom on.
  • Varying sizes of pet cages.
  • Ample supply of towels and paper products.
  • Pet-safe and veterinarian-recommended cleaning supplies (shampoo, conditioner, brushes, etc).
  • Pet clippers.
  • Healthy pet treats.

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