If you're wondering how to get a dog grooming license, there are a few things that you will need to know beforehand.
- All across the country there are thousands of dog grooming schools, both online and within your neighborhood. Looking in the yellow pages, or doing a quick search online would show you to the classes available in your area. If by chance there isn’t on within your area, they are available online. You can usually finish within six months.
- Many large pet stores have a grooming salon available, even your local pet shop may have one. While taking your classes, and even after you have completed them, they are a good place to start gaining hands on experience. This position is usually referred to as being a "grooming assistant," and can take about 2-3 months to complete.
- Gain as much information as you can about all the dog breeds, and their cut style. From time to time the American Kennel Club (AKC) will alter the cut standards for breeds, so you will have to be up to speed with all the changes. You can always visit their website for information on cut standards.
An important thing to remember is that you need good people and animal skills. Many owners are very protective of their pets and only want the best for loving canines. You will find that a lot of your costumers are dog show contestants and will be very picky with how you cut their pets fur, as it will be a large part of how their dog is judged at competitions.