Many people treat their dogs to regular grooming it’s a good thing they do, it helps to generate a wonderful business in a small town. Here’s what you’ll need to do.
1. Find a place in your home conducive to bathing dogs. Either your garage or your tub will do. You may want to install a mop sink on a platform so dogs can walk up the stairs themselves and get in the tub. It’s easier on your back. Mop sinks can be purchased for under $30 and installed for under $50 if you have a handy friend or spouse.
2. Consider how you’ll get the dogs dry. EBay is a great source for dryers. There are all kinds of dryers from hand held units to powerful blowers. Some dogs have to “air dry” with circulating systems due to the way their breathing system functions. Make sure to only take dogs you can handle and expand your grooming services as you grow.
3. Visit the local library. Check out every book and video you can get on the subject of grooming dogs. If you want to get really ambitious, books and videos are also available on eBay as well as Ryan’s Pet Supply online. These books are great reference tools when you’re learning how to clip dogs.
4. Kennels – my friend ran a grooming business from her ranch in the middle of nowhere. She didn’t kennel her dogs, she had them running around like friends playing in the laundry room where she had a grooming table located. But, if you decide to use kennels, you’ll probably need two small and two large kennels. Limit the amount of dogs you’ll take in order to keep the peace and not stress yourself or the animals. Always make sure to give them water during their stay.
5. Offer various services from bathing and brushing to full clips. Whenever we bathe dogs, we trim their paws, clean their ears, clip nails and trim the private areas. They leave smelling good, feeling great and the owners are really happy to see their family friend. We charge anywhere from $25 to $45 and up depending on the dog and the grooming items used.
6. Place flyers in strategic areas around your town. Word of mouth is the best way to get the word out you’ll be grooming. Don’t be afraid to offer limited services. Many people who have short haired dogs have them bathed and brushed on a regular basis. These are your bread and butter clients. Keep them happy and you’ll have a lot of business coming your way. It might seem like it’s a small part of grooming animals, but it makes a huge difference when you consider $25 minimum to bathe a dog and each additional service such as special shampoos/conditioners (add $5-10), flea dips, special holiday colognes, etc.
7. PetSmart and Petco use Ryan’s Pet Supply for most of their shampoos, bows, bandannas, equipment, etc.
Starting small and expanding your business can generate a wonderful income whether it becomes your full time job or not. With limited to no competition in small towns you’ll find if you do a great job, word spreads quickly and you’ll be the bark of the town!