How to open a dog grooming business

Written by jaimie zinski
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How to open a dog grooming business
Start your own dog grooming business. (SONY DSC image by gierczak2007 from

According to the Humane Society of the United States, approximately 77.5 million households in the United States have a dog living as a member of the family. These dogs account for billions of dollars circulating through the pet food, care and veterinary industries. One way to get into this booming industry is to start a dog grooming business in your home, or in a commercially owned or rented space. There are many factors to consider before beginning this potentially profitable venture.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Business space
  • Dog grooming equipment

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    Learn how to groom dogs. This can be accomplished by attending an accredited dog grooming school in your area. Some online schools also offer dog grooming courses that allow you to learn the proper techniques. Dog grooming is also learnt on the job, at a pet clinic or established dog grooming facility.

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    Contact groomers in your area and ask about how they began their own businesses. Becoming a part of the dog grooming community will offer invaluable information on how to make your dog grooming venture a success.

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    Apply for a small business loan, if required. This can be accomplished at a local bank or credit union. Discuss the amount of money needed to begin the business with a financial consultant through the bank. She will help you discover hidden expenses you may not have considered.

  4. 4

    Obtain the equipment and the location, if necessary. Look at online auction houses or in your local newspaper for used equipment, which will save money during this crucial start-up phase. You may also wish to rent or purchase commercial space to set up your pet grooming business. Contact a local real estate agent to find a space. Many groomers choose to set up a business at home, in the garage or a spare room.

  5. 5

    Locate clients. Start locally by asking friends and neighbours with dogs if they require a grooming. Place an ad in the local newspaper. Ask other local businesses if you can advertise in their windows. Ask your clients to refer others to your pet grooming salon.

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    Keep accurate records of the financial aspects of the business. Hire a financial planner or an accountant to keep the numbers in order.

  7. 7

    Join professional pet grooming associations. This will add more credibility to your business, which attracts potential clients. Such organisations include the National Dog Groomers Association and International Professional Groomers, Inc.

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