|12-29-2012 06:23 PM|
|12-29-2012 03:39 PM|
It's true that you spend far more time one-on-one with dogs than people, but I swear, the time it takes to groom a dog flies by while 5 minutes with one client can seem like an eternity.
I get a lot of people wanting a job at my grooming salon because they "love animals". They have No. Idea.
|12-29-2012 12:49 PM|
My oldest niece said that she wanted to go to school for dog grooming because of her love of dogs,and she doesn't want to work around a bunch of people. I told her that the people are the ones writing the check,so they better learn to love them too!
|12-29-2012 12:35 PM|
Might not be a bad idea to take a basic human psychology course as well, just to prepare you for all the craziness you'll encounter!
|12-29-2012 08:51 AM|
One of my friends runs a doggie day care. She's been doing it for 7 years now, and is ready to sell it. She's done. And it's not because of the dogs! It's because of the people.
The stories I've heard from her about people make me cringe.
She gets to the daycare for 5:30 with her two dogs and sometimes people are already there with their dogs - she opens at 6. Pick up time is 6 pm, and there have been many times when the people are late ... with plenty of excuses.
She's had vet papers faked to show vaccines (and she's pretty lax about bordatella, lepto and lymes vaccines). Nothing's happened with the dogs, but it was embarrassing for her to discover that the people had faked the papers - they claimed they went to her vet.
She's had people simply show up and drop off their dogs - no appointment, and she's booked solid.
Some people EXPECT her to train the dogs, and groom them too! There have been some scraps between the dogs where a dog got a scratch - she's been yelled and screamed at because she was "inattentive".
She has great staff and unless the weather is horrible, the dogs are pretty much outside all day. This is made known to people from the first phone call ... and yet, some people expect to be able to have their dogs inside all day b/c the weather's a bit "cool" ...
So for all your love of dogs, just remember ... they all have owners, and some of them can be slightly neurotic!
|12-29-2012 08:22 AM|
Man, one of my friends runs a doggies day care. Even with THAT, which closes in the evening I feel like she has NO life. She has good (for the most part) staff, but it always seems like there's something. Sometimes she has things going nicely and she has the life of a normal person, but usually it it seems like mass chaos. Love being able to kennel my dogs when I go out of town, but all you boarders are crazy people )))
I either board at my schutzhund TD's place or another local place. My TD is way more expensive and out of the way, but if it wasn't for the drive to drop them off (who wants to do that before you go out of town and right after you get back??) it would definitely be my first choice every time. The dogs can get exercise on her 50 acres and she usually can't help herself but to do a little doodling with them. But she's the only person that I'd trust to let the dogs out of the kennel eclosure and that sort of set-up is probably not an option for you or most people.
The other place has indoor/outdoor runs and lets the dogs out a few times a day into the large outdoor area (probably about a 1/3 acre enclosure??). My dogs either share a run or are side by side and they get to play together out in the yard. She absolutely under no circumstances will take a dog outside of the outdoor enclosure....which I thought was standard, but I've seen boarding places advertise taking your dog on walks. I don't trust anyone other than my TD to do this so I would definitely not be comfortable with it, but I guess some people probably like it because they think their dog is getting more attention?
I've only ever boarded at those two places...and the second one came on a recommendation of someone else in my SchH club.....and she's had a lot of problems finding good kennels for her dogs. It seems like there are a lot of people out there that open kennels only having dealt with cute, lazy, affectionate, easy dogs and then are horrified if they get clients with dogs that are a little more difficult than your average dog. So if you don't want to limit yourself or push your capabilities, then I would definitely say go out of your way to learn how to handle all kinds of dogs with all kinds of quirks. Of course it's your business and you can pick and choose the clients you take, but why limit yourself?
|12-28-2012 11:55 PM|
|gagsd||Business license, state kennel license, county kennel license, certificate of occupancy, zoning approval..... And that is before you ever do anything. Must have a grooming area, climate controlled 45F - 85 F, 8ft fencing accesible directly from kennel, drainage, zoning again, non-porous surfaces. The list goes on and on.|
|12-28-2012 09:35 PM|
|readaboutdogs||The kennel we use has indoor/outdoor runs, I went and asked for a tour before I boarded them, which they were happy to do, showed me the whole place! Where my dogs would be, small dog area, the cat area! They always seemed well taken care of and not stressed out when we picked them up. Also day I went for tour, visited with some people there picking up their dog, said it was only place they used and had for several years. Family ran. I think those are good things that they would give a tour kind of unannounced, I had called a week or before and they said sure come in anytime!|
|12-28-2012 08:45 PM|
|12-28-2012 04:58 PM|
I was about to say, don't start up your own business until you have a lot of experience working with other people's dogs in a professional setting--sounds like you already know that, and are planning to work as a vet tech to gain that experience. So far, you're going down the right path!
First and foremost, you have to get used to the idea that, unless you have GOOD, trustworthy staff, you can never take holidays off and you can't call in sick. Vacations must be planned months in advance; no last-minute trips to the mountains or the beach when you own this type of business. If business is good, and there is always demand, you'll find it very difficult to even take one day of the week off. It's kind of like being a mother, it's a 24/7 job.
I do grooming for a living, but I will also board my clients' dogs. It's not something I advertise, it's just a convenience I extend to clients only, as I do not have a kennel license. Just with the very limited amount of boarding I do, I've found that major holidays are always the busiest times, so if you want to have a nice Christmas visiting the family, forget it.
For me, the hardest thing about boarding is dealing with liability issues. Even though I've never had anything bad happen, I always worry and imagine worst-case scenarios. You have to engineer in a lot of redundancy into your safety and security measures.
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