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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014
Pooch pamper
Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 18, 2012
First Published: 16:49 IST(18/9/2012)
Last Updated: 16:54 IST(18/9/2012)
Bow wow: A pet stylist should also be good at handling and using equipment ranging from professional clippers, clipping blades, dryers and blowers

The lowdown
Pet stylists have to make pets look good. Salon services include teeth brushing, nail clipping, trimming or filing, ear cleaning, anal sac cleaning, bath, shampoo, conditioning, blow drying, perfuming and finishing. Some stylists and groomers could also be trained to identify skin problems and recommend treatments for general problems like ticks, fleas and mites. Those who want special pampering for their pets go in for hair colouring, birthday and festival makeovers, aromatherapy massages, clipping and styling. Stylists are also needed for grooming pooches for pet shows. To do the job well you have to be a pet lover because you have to deal with animals regularly. There are not many professional grooming centres in India, so the need for pet stylists is growing. A pet stylist should also be good at handling and using equipment ranging from professional clippers, clipping blades, trimmers, scissors, to tables, bathtubs, dryers, and blowers from reputable manufacturers

Clockwork
10am: Reach salon, check appointments for the day and supervise/style pets
1pm: Move out to meet prospective franchises and other clients to plan out pet shows/events/talks
6:30pm: Wind up the appointments
7:30pm: Attend to social/welfare work
9pm: Check mails for any queries

The payoff
Pet groomers who keep their parlours open for eight to ten hours a day can earn Rs. 10,000 a day on average, and a quality pet stylist with enough knowledge and creativity can earn Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000 a day. With quality work, one should, in a city like Delhi, be able to earn about Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 50,000 a month.
Opening a salon is not an expensive proposition at all. If you have the space, you can start off with Rs. 1 lakh for all your equipment. An ultramodern, sophisticated pet salon will cost you about Rs. 5 lakh. As assistant groomer, one can earn about Rs. 500 to Rs. 700 a day

Skills/TRAITS
*  Ability to handle pets safely and to keep them calm
* Creativity and love for animals
* You must work with dedication

Getting there
You need to be trained correctly in the usage of the equipment required for grooming, safe handling of pets, restraint of pets without the use of sedation or anaesthesia, be good at analysing animal behaviour, understanding of the conformation of various breeds, safe and correct scissoring and creative styling of pets, etc

Institutes and URLs 
*  Fuzzy Wuzzy Professional Pet Grooming School, Bangalore
    www.fuzzywuzzy.in 
*  Scoopy Scrub, Delhi
    www.scoopyscrub.com

Pros and cons
*  If you are a pet stylist then you are definitely in it for the love of animals — so there couldn’t be anything better than working with pets
*  There might not be many people who would want to go for expensive styling 
*  It’s easy to get attached to pets. Sometimes separation from them can be heartbreaking
*  Grooming and styling for pets also depends on their breed so you are required to have knowledge of various breeds and the current style trends followed across the world
*  Pet owners are now more aware of grooming than they were till some years back so there is more demand for pet sylists today

It’s a great career for a pet lover and a creative person. With lots of  patience and dedication, you can do very well - Sanjeev Kumar, MD, Pet Bytes & Scoopy Scrub, New Delhi


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