How I Started My Own Dog Grooming Business
I’ve had many jobs.
Many jobs I hated, I might add.
But when rent and bills need to be paid, sometimes we get stuck in a cycle of doing a job we dislike because it offers the financial security we need.
In 1998, aged 21 I’d had a go at most jobs in an effort to find my passion. Working in pubs, restaurants, at the airport, in telemarketing, retail, promotions, as a hairdresser’s apprentice. I even tried my hand at strawberry picking (one of the less lucrative professions I explored)!
But my dream was to work with animals, dogs, in particular. I felt such an affiliation to them.
My thoughts quickly turned to dog grooming, a career I knew nothing about but decided to research. I took an apprenticeship at a local salon and my journey began.
After a couple of years, I decided to set up my own dog grooming business from home. I converted my garage into a dog grooming salon and gathered all my knowledge together to form The Paw Pad.
Throughout my 15 years in the industry, I have been shocked and saddened at the standard of most dog groomers. Time and time again I have clients who bring their dogs to me after disastrous visits to other salons.
I’ve seen shih tzus cut like spaniels, spaniels cut like poodles and all too often scars, missing nipples and dogs cowering on the table that have clearly had a bad grooming experience.
This really makes me upset.
I decided I would like to begin training people to responsibly and skilfully groom dogs.
The Paw Pad Dog Grooming School was born!
At The Paw Pad
We believe that loving care of dogs is as essential as the finished look of the dog.
A dog grooming business is a lovely career, not to mention lucrative; during the recession, the pet industry survived barely unscathed. You’ll meet friends you’ll keep for life and fall in love with hundreds of dogs.
One of the best feelings comes on the day a dog who has previously been scared of the groomer finally relaxes and lets you clip their nails, dry their head or trim their pads.
It’s gaining that trust that makes it all worthwhile.