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Dog grooming is fun, rewarding and creative, the perfect combination for pet lovers who want to work with dogs. You can train to become a groomer at any point in your life, as long as you know how to make sure you are setting yourself up to succeed.
First, make sure your qualification or training course is right for you. It might be that you need to work flexibly around an existing job, in which case, choose a part time course. If you can train full time, you will be able to develop quickly and become a dog groomer in no time at all.
Speak to the people who you will be working with to find out what the day to day work is actually like. If you aren’t set on grooming as a career, think about getting some work experience first. Offer to volunteer in a pet grooming environment to get an understanding of it.
The pet industry is where the money is at an can be incredibly lucrative. For anyone with building and fit out experience, a career fitting out pet shops can be a great career move. It will certainly bring in lots of work and once you get a good reputation, there will be many shop owners wanting your services.
Start off by approaching new pet shops – look out for business yourself and ask around in the building trade. You never know who people will know and they can often point you in the right direction. Secure the job by tendering for it, and showing that your commercial experience will help you.
Once you have some experience, let the results speak for themselves. Show that you know the essential industry skills, like fitting out animal enclosures and shop counters, and make it clear that you understand the industry as a whole. Your passion will show through for you.
Working in a pet industry means you are operating in a crowded marketplace. There are lots of ideas an innovations floating around, and often with very good backing as well. If you do want to launch a new product, it’s perfectly possible to do so – after all, this industry is huge. However, you must have a good plan of action to make sure it is successful.
Research is going to be a key part of the process for you. You will have to make sure your product is as unique as you think it is, and check that you are coming up with something that people will actually use. Carry out consumer research, as well as brand research to make sure your product isn’t already on the market.
It’s important you know pets will love it, too! Look up pets’ most popular products in pet shops and see how your product will fit into the marketplace.
A dog walker will be able to walk and look after your pet for you whilst you are at work, away or busy. They will usually visit your home, pick up your dog and take them for a walk, which is all part of the service. You will have a schedule with them, agreed in advance to make sure your dog is always looked after.
If you are looking to hire a dog walker, you will need to find someone you can trust. They don’t necessarily need to have a lot of experience, as long as they get on with your dog and provide a reliable service. You will often be able to find good dog walkers on dog walking websites, which set you up with people in your local area. It is usually advisable for you to meet them, with your dog, to see the chemistry. Some walkers can also provide training for an additional cost.
The pet trade is rapidly growing and is a major UK industry. Pet trade events give businesses in the pet industry the chance to showcase their products, letting the world know exactly what they can offer. These kinds of events are important in the pet industry and really help businesses to thrive, by promoting their products and giving businesses a good platform to network.
Pet events might fall into two general categories – pet events for businesses and events for the public.The type of event you choose to exhibit at will all depend on what you want to achieve. If you are looking to network with other businesses, visit a trade only show. This gives you the chance to really catch up with your industry, stay on top of its latest developments ad meet other businesses who are working in similar areas as you. Trade shows have played a major part in launching pet businesses for many people.
What happens at a pet trade event?
Usually at a pet trade event, there will be people from various areas of the industry showing their products and services. There could be various different things going on – some of the most popular are:
- Stalls and exhibits. This is where exhibitors set up stalls to show people their products. They might have leaflets and promotional products to give away, as well as the actual products themselves. If people offer services, such as dog grooming or pet training, then they can also give people information about these.
- Live demonstrations. There will often be live demonstrations going on, for the people whose businesses work better when being shown. This allows them to show people what they can do. It could be anything, from an IT programme for pet shops to a new training method for pet owner to use.
- Giveaways and competitions. Events will usually be running some kind of promotion to entice pet businesses in. You can enter yourself into various competitions and see if you can win something beneficial for your business. This will often be beneficial for your business and will help you find out about other products on the market.
- Networking. This is a great way to meet other pet businesses and explore the marketplace in general. It is especially beneficial if you are looking for something to help with your business, such as a new product range to sell, a new supplier or a new kind of business system. If you meet people who are like minded and who want to help your business, as well as promote their own, you might be able to get products for some very reasonable prices.
If you are going to go to a pet business event, make sure you register in advance – the most popular ones can get booked up very quickly. It might also cost money if you want to exhibit there, so find out about packages and the cheapest ways of being able to attend. You could also find out about whether you are able to take part in live demonstrations.