Dog grooming: The Lifestyle and business side of it

It needs no reminding that these days there are numerous businesses scattered around the place. However, one which has been in oversight, so much that not too many people know about it is the business of dog grooming. To an average Nigerian, Dog grooming might not totally not come across as a business venture, but believe me when I say it’s as good as it comes.

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What is Dog grooming? 

Dog grooming according to wiki refers to both the hygienic care and cleaning of a dog, as well as a process by which a dog’s physical appearance is enhanced for showing or other types of competition. But for the purpose of this article, We will define Dog grooming simply as the process of cleaning up and removing dead skin from a dog.

How is it a business venture?

Ordinarily, people in the Western world groom their dogs regularly just as much as they take care of their own bodies. The idea is that grooming of these dogs puts them in a good place whereby the dogs become healthier and cleaner after undergoing brushing, bathing, trimming, and overall drying which means they are well tended to.

Now, the major drill is getting the needed gears such as clippers, brushes, sanitizers, groomer brush, mats etc. Then, to venture into these business, you need to know your target audience, and these can easily be worked on by moving into areas where dog owners are concentrated, and from there you can seamlessly market yourself and before you know it, you’re already getting clients who would have dogs lined up at your doorstep.

How much can you make?

Dog owners who understand the care for their dogs groom them every 3-4 weeks. The good thing now is that once you have various clients on your roll, you can earn as much as £40 to groom a single dog. Here in Nigeria, especially in choice areas, dogs are being groomed for as much as #36,000. Now, imagine you have as much as 10 dogs to groom in a week or two, It simply means you’re making many thousands already. Just do the maths yourself.

How can you trim dogs? 

• Get the necessary tools

• Brush carefully and gently

• Give the dog a cold bathe

• Clean the ears thoroughly

• Trim dog nails and brush teeth

• Clip if you must

• Dry the dog and you’re done.

 

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