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Being Aware of Dog Safety During the Summertime

8:36 pm in By Danny Donovan

During the summertime, especially here in South Florida, temperatures can be unbearable. As pet owners, we need to be aware that it’s just as hot for our pets! As humans, we have natural ways to cool down by producing sweat. Dogs don’t have the same natural cooling systems, and their health can become in jeopardy as a result of extreme heat. Fortunately, as a pet owner, there are a few things that you can do as far as dog safety goes to protect your furry pal.

Don’t Leave Your Dog Outside During the Day

During the summer months, South Florida’s average temperature is in the 80s. So it’s cooler during night time and hotter during the day. This is just simply too hot to have a dog outside all day. Dogs don’t wear shoes and clothes like humans do, but their paws and skin are still susceptible to burns from the sun. When the sun beams down on the surface of the floor, your dog is having to sit, lie, or walk on this hot surface all day. Instead of keeping your dog outside, consider boarding him or her inside so that they are out of the dangerous heat and sunlight.

Being Aware of Dog Safety During the SummertimeFor some dog owners, it’s just not possible to allow pets indoors. In these cases, it’s imperative to offer solutions for your pet to remain cool. Try setting up an area with shade and water. Also, make sure that your dog has somewhere to lie and stand that is not concrete, as solid surfaces reflect the sun and can increase the temperature surrounding it. Grass, dirt, and turf are cooler and less reflective surfaces. Some pet owners choose to invest in small pools that dogs can cool down in when the weather is exceptionally scorching.

The indoors is the safest and most comfortable place for dogs in the hot summer months. So, if you absolutely have to leave your dog outside, make sure that you are there to check on him or her at least every few hours. Also, make sure that your dog has enough space to have separate areas to play, sleep, and use the restroom. This means NOT keeping your dog leashed up. And, this also means providing fencing that is up to code and your dog cannot escape from. If you can’t provide these things for the dog you keep outdoors, consider relocating him or her indoors.

When your Dog is Outside, Provide the Essentials

Obviously, it’s not a threat to dog safety to have your pet outdoors for some of the days. But, when he or she is outside during summer months, make sure they have what they need to stay cool. One thing that you can provide is a place for shade. This allows your dog to escape from the sun when needed to cool down. Another essential is water. Humans aren’t the only ones that can get dehydrated in the heat. Your dog should always have access to water; especially during the summertime. Also, when you do let your dog outside, it’s best to always provide supervision in case of overheating so he or she can be taken to a cooler environment.

Beware of Swimming Pools

Whether your dog is kept in or outdoors, swimming should be a concern for all dog owners. While some dogs instinctively can swim on their first try, others cannot. Or, they won’t know how to get out of a swimming pool if they were to fall in. For these reasons, it’s important for dog safety that you supervise your dog if you allow him or her to swim. Also, watching your dog around swimming pools allows for help if they were to fall in. If you are unsure that your dog can swim and escape your pool in case of emergency, you will need to install a pool fence around the area to keep your pet from entering the pool.

Dog Safety and Grooming

Some pet owners think it’s best for dog safety to get rid of fur during summer months to help with the heat. But, all dog breeds are different; as their fur is also different. It may or may not be a good idea to have your dog groomed in the summertime. Fur is meant to protect a dog’s skin from the sun and other environmental factors. If you are considering a summer haircut for your dog, consider asking a professional pet groomer at The Merryfield School of Pet Grooming. Although we offer classes for individuals who wish to become professional groomers, we also provide grooming services for pet owners in South Florida. To make an appointment or talk to admissions about applying to Merryfield School of Pet Grooming, give us a call today at (954) 771-4030.









Shelter and Pet Shop Grooming Contributes to Pet Adoption Rates

9:00 am in By Danny Donovan

There’s a saying that goes “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of the book and put in the extra effort to maintain its cover. For dogs, grooming carries more importance than most people realize. It can be easy to think that something like grooming is a luxury, but in reality, it is a necessity. So much so in fact that many dogs in shelters and pet shops rely on grooming to find their forever homes with loving families. Shelter and pet shop grooming has a heavy influence over pet adoption rates, and here’s why.

pet shop groomingGrooming and Adoption

We’re brought up in a society that constantly judges books by their covers. It’s no different with grooming. Good grooming is a way of putting your best foot forward. After all, when you have something like a job interview, you prepare by showering, shaving, putting on your nicest suit and styling your hair with gel. The way you look directly influences how you present yourself, which then influences how others perceive you.

Dogs in shelters and pet shops undergo a similar sort of ritual. Meeting a potential new family is a dog’s ultimate job interview, so it’s imperative that the dog looks (and feels) his absolute best.

Grooming for Confidence

You’d be very surprised at how shelter and pet shop grooming can help the dogs open up to prospective new adopters. Dogs are naturally very sweet creatures, but this might not show through right away if they’re hidden under dirt, matted fur, and unattractive odors. Have you ever noticed that the dogs that are severely under-groomed are usually the ones that try to hide when visitors come? When all of that muck is stripped away, though, dogs are free to be as mobile and as playful as they can be when greeted by new, friendly faces. It’s amazing what a good bath, some clippers and lots of belly rubs can do.

The Importance of Good Shelter and Pet Shop Grooming

Every year, roughly 8 million animals are brought to shelters and sometimes transferred to pet shops. Of the dogs, only about half of them receive adequate enough grooming to be presentable for adoption. The dogs that get adopted are extremely lucky, and not just because they’ve found a forever home.

The animals that are left matted and filthy might not ever get adopted. In fact, some of them might not even live long enough to receive proper grooming. Many animal shelters unfortunately still practice euthanasia in an effort to control the ever-growing pet population. The reality is, good grooming in shelters could be the difference between life and death for some dogs. But there are ways you can help. Here are some organizations that help raise awareness for the importance of good shelter and pet shop grooming.

One Picture Saves a Life

Many people make the mistake of trying to market dogs for adoption when they’re still messy, disoriented and frightened. However, this organization assists pet shops and shelters take photos of their animals after grooming. A variety of sponsors donate supplies to One Picture Saves a Life, and people ranging from foster parents to trainee groomers come forward to volunteer.

The Dirty Dogs Contest

This annual internet canine beauty pageant features some of the most truly outstanding transformations ever. Not only does the contest raise awareness about the importance of shelter and pet shop grooming, but it also raises money for participants. The first, second and third place pooches with the most votes from the general public win a total of  $5,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively for their shops or shelters.

Wahl and Greater Good Donations

The Wahl Clipper Corporation, one of the most popular grooming products supply companies in the world, has partnered with the Greater Good Foundation to help dogs everywhere get the grooming they need to put their best paw forward for adoption. For years, Wahl and Greater Good have been providing grooming products and services to shelters and pet shops nationwide to help dogs in need find their forever homes. So far, their supplies, including special dog shampoos, have helped more than 70,000 dogs receive adoption-ready grooming.

Contribute to Shelter and Pet Shop Grooming

The organizations above are great ones to get involved in to help dogs get adoption-ready. But, of course, the first step is learning all there is to know about the practice of pet grooming. At Merryfield School of Pet Grooming, our courses will prepare you for a promising career in the field of pet cosmetology. For more information, please contact us here or call us at (954) 771-4030.

All You Need to Know About Grooming Certification

5:59 pm in By Danny Donovan

A lot of people seem to be confused about how to earn grooming certification. When groomers say that they have been “certified by [the name of their grooming school],” this does not mean that they have board certification. In fact, most grooming schools don’t have the power to certify professional pet groomers; instead, groomers in training have to voluntarily earn certification formal associations like the National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA).


Completing Grooming School

When students graduate from pet grooming school, they leave with a degree after having completed the school’s program. While this is not the same as board certification, it is more than enough to get a job as a groomer since grooming schools always teach material that meets grooming certification standards. Once you earn a diploma from grooming school, you are free to either pursue a career from there. However, it is strongly recommended that you undergo further training to earn board certification at an organization like the NDGAA. This will give you an edge when entering the grooming industry and makes an appealing addition to your resume.


Earning Certification Through the NDGAA

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A lot of pet groomers opt to gain certification through the NDGAA after completing grooming school. This association is especially well-known for its insightful seminars and skill testing that covers professional pet grooming in depth. By undergoing additional training at the NDGAA, you can earn board certification to boost your presence in the field.

Generally speaking, NDGAA training involves a lot of lectures, detailed instructions and hands-on grooming demonstrations by seasoned professionals. Training through the NDGAA is a tedious and time-consuming process with no guarantee that you’ll walk out with board certification. Toward the end of your training, you are given two major exams to determine your qualification for board certification. If you fail either one, you will not be granted board certification, but you will still have your school certification.


NDGAA Exams for Board Certification

The first exam is a written one that tests all that you’ve learned in your time studying pet grooming. This exam might include the things you’ve learned through the NDGAA as well as what you’ve learned in grooming school.

The second exam is a performance test that allows you and other aspiring pet groomers to display your talents to the NDGAA board of certifiers. You are expected to show a deep understanding and capability of grooming techniques for the different breed categories you are tested on. Usually, there are four: short-legged terriers, long-legged terriers, sporting dogs, and non-sporting dogs.

If you choose to train at the NDGAA for board certification, just remember that the course work and professional grooming exams are exceptionally challenging. By passing, you earn official board certification on top of your school certification. This makes for an impressive addition to your resume and gives you an edge entering the industry, but it doesn’t necessarily have to stop here. With both schooling and board certification, you have the potential to earn the highest honor possible in the grooming industry: the title of National Certified Master Groomer.


Becoming a National Certified Master Groomer

The NDGAA offers two types of grooming certification. The first is “National Certified Groomer” (NCG certification) and the second is “National Certified Master Groomer” (NCMG certification). As the name suggests, NCMG certification holds more prestige and is more coveted among aspiring groomers than NCG certification. As previously mentioned, you must complete formal training at NDGAA before going on to earn the title of National Certified Master Groomer. For this level of certification, you must pass more difficult written exams and also impress the board during your grooming demonstration. Being a National Certified Master Groomer gives you countless opportunities in the grooming industry and also grants you official membership to the NDGAA. This means that you have access to more networking opportunities and association conferences while you build your career.


Merryfield Highly Recommends Pursuing NCMG Grooming Certification

Merryfield School of Pet Grooming offers a curriculum for aspiring pet groomers that meets NDGAA standards, making it easy for our students to pursue board certification once they graduate from our program. We strongly encourage all of our graduates to earn board certification in order to equip themselves for the best and most prosperous career path possible. If you have any questions about our course curriculum or about any of the information provided above, please call one of our representatives at 954-771-4030.

Dealing with Troubled Fur at Pet Grooming Schools

7:16 pm in By Danny Donovan

If you are considering enrolling in the programs that pet grooming schools have to offer, you will have to gain knowledge on how to deal with troubled fur. Many longer haired dogs will develop difficult areas of matted fur that will be more demanding of grooming needs. These trouble areas need to be addressed in a way that will not harm the animal and also blend in with the rest of the haircut. Pet grooming schools like Merryfield can teach you how to handle these rough areas in a way that pleases the customer and the furry friend, giving you the professional groomer skills you will need to become successful.Dealing with Troubled Fur at Pet Grooming Schools

Kinds of Troubled Fur to Identify

Matts developed from under brushing: Many dogs will need grooming that has not been thoroughly brushed in between groomings as often as they need. These dogs can have matted clumps of fur that can be worked out with grooming tools like brushes and products. Moisture and dirt work together to produce these troubled fur areas, and a more routine brushing schedule can prevent them.

Matts developed by rubbing: Some dogs develop troubled fur areas that are caused by something rubbing against the fur. They are usually found on areas of the body that come in contact with other areas, like under the arms. In some cases, these matted areas come from outside sources rubbing on the fur like the ground, a collar, or animal clothing.

Matts developed from pressing: Many dogs develop troubled areas of fur from sitting or lying on the ground. Because of this, these clumps of matted fur are usually located behind the legs or on the stomach. Many areas of troubled fur develop because of the amount of shedding a dog does. If the shedding is not removed, it will stay in the fur and soak up moisture and collect dirt, ultimately producing matted areas of fur.

Matts developed by abandonment: These are usually the worst types of areas of matted fur seen on dogs that need grooming. They are developed from neglect, usually long-term and extremely difficult to remove. These overgrown troubled areas can contain fleas and hinder air from getting to the skin, raising the risk of skin and health problems.

Identify Troubled Fur Right Away

Make sure you identify troubled areas on a pet before the customer leaves it in your care. You should run your fingers through the fur, especially around generally troubled areas, to determine whether the animal will have any trouble areas during the grooming process. If you identify any matted fur, bring attention to it upon inspection so that the customer understands what the grooming will take. Additionally, you can provide them with information on how to prevent this troubled fur before their next visit. Let them know what routine brushing and fur maintenance should entail. Also, make them aware of the dangers and health complications that troubled fur can have on their pets.

Learning more in Pet Grooming Schools

If you wish to learn more about how to remove matted fur or how to become a professional pet groomer, attending pet grooming schools may be the next step in your journey to becoming a pet groomer. If you would like to learn about how to receive financial support for tuition, call Merryfield School of Pet Grooming at (954) 771-4030 today.


Addressing Myths about Cat and Dog Grooming

7:15 pm in By Danny Donovan

There are many pets in our country, and each of these pets has owners with their own opinions. Many of these opinions regard the care and grooming of their pets, which may differ from person to person. Throughout the industry, pet groomers come into contact with many pet owners who have beliefs of various cat and dog grooming myths. It’s important to debunk these cat and dog grooming myths so that our furry friends can live the happiest and healthiest lives we can manage to provide for them.Addressing Myths about Cat and Dog Grooming

“I can’t be allergic, he/she is hypoallergenic”

Although it is true that certain dogs and cats are reported to cause less frequent or severe reactions in allergic humans, there is no way to tell how someone with an allergy to pet dander will respond to a specific breed before they live together. The only sure way to know if you will experience allergic reactions to an animal is to spend time together, long enough to start feeling the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

“My pet only needs a bath once a month”

All too often, cat and dog grooming salons have animals that come in that are not bathed frequently enough. For cats, bathing needs are minimal. This is because their pronged tongue and constant self-grooming help to keep the coat silky and clean. Only some long haired cats who have trouble self-grooming or have developed matting may need professional grooming. Additionally, hairless cats (Sphynx) need to bath once a week due to abundantly produced oils produced by the skin with minimal hair to catch them. Dogs should be bathed once or twice a week depending on how dirty the animal is and the condition of their skin. Frequent bathing not only keeps dogs feeling better, but keeps the overall health of their coat and skin to remain above par.

“Human shampoo is just as good for dogs as pet shampoo”

Commonly, pet owners think that their shampoo is made of the same ingredients as their own. This is simply not true, as shampoos are developed specifically to help the species they are intended for. Human shampoos tend to be more acidic than dog shampoos and can strip a dog’s hair of its naturally produced oils which can also irritate the skin. Burning of the skin due to human shampoo use in dogs may translate further into infection and require veterinary care.

“My pet has short hair so they don’t require grooming”

You may feel that your home-grooming skills are enough to keep your pet happy and healthy. You may be right, but there are benefits of a professional groom that you simply cannot get at home. Even short haired pets and those groomed at home do not get the anal gland release, manicure, and professional styling standard that they would from a professional. Also, having a short-haired pet professionally groomed can help with shedding so that you can keep your house hair-free longer!

Professional Cat and Dog Grooming

Are you interested in getting cat and dog grooming for your pet? If so, Merryfield School of Pet Grooming is open for scheduling now! Also, we are taking applicants for individuals interested in becoming professional pet groomers. We are looking for individuals who have a love for animals and are interested in a lucrative career in professionally grooming pets. We are the only nationally accredited professional pet grooming school in the nation, and our staff of instructors is renowned worldwide. Additionally, we offer financial aid options for students who qualify, and many of our graduates have had tuition covered by their financial aid opportunities. Don’t miss out on a career that you will love and will also love you back! Give us a call to find out more about our grooming services and/or professional grooming courses at (954) 771-4030.


Double Coat Dos and Don’ts

3:37 pm in By Danny Donovan

Many dog breeds sport a double coat, but even the most well-studied dog owners might not know how to properly take care of it. A dog’s double coat consists of both a soft undercoat and a long, thick outer coat, each of which performs different functions to protect the dog from the elements. With this in mind, there are some dos and don’ts about double coat care that every dog owner should know.


DO Research to Better Understand Your Dog’s Double Coat

Double coats are pretty common among herding breeds, retrievers, and terriers, but other breeds may have them as well. Double coats are meant to protect your precious pooch from both the cold and the heat. The undercoat keeps your dog warm in the winter months, but it also keeps cool air close to the skin during the summer months. The outer coat is meant to resist the elements like snow and UV rays. By better understanding what the outer and undercoats are supposed to do, you can be better prepared for double coat maintenance when the temperature starts to change.


DON’T Go Against Professional Advice

If you have a dog with an exceptionally thick coat, you may think that shaving all that fur during the summer months is the right thing to do. After all, how else is your dog supposed to keep cool? It makes perfect sense to shave your dog when it gets hot outside, right? Actually, it doesn’t. Double coats are not like jackets; you shouldn’t remove them when it gets hot. In fact, doing so could not only ruin the coat when it grows back in, but it could also make your dog uncomfortable! As mentioned in the previous section, a dog’s undercoat acts as a sort of insulation to regulate body temperature. Tampering with it by shaving it all off will leave your dog feeling hotter than when he had his coat. Plus, shaving your dog’s double coat puts him at a greater risk of sunburn or heat stroke. This is why vets, groomers, and breeders all agree that shaving off a double coat is almost never a good idea. Your dog will be more comfortable and ready for the weather with his fur left intact. Still, there are some things you can do as the owner to maintain your dog’s double coat that doesn’t require shaving.


DO Practice Regular Bathing and Brushing

One reason you may be tempted to shave your dog is the shedding that comes with summer heat. Shedding tends to increase when it’s hot outside, and cleanup isn’t always easy. But there are a couple of ways to handle your dog’s shedding hair that doesn’t risk ruining his double coat. The first is regular bathing and shampooing. Bathing your dog on a schedule, especially during the summer months, will wash away any loose hair before it can shed anywhere else. The second is brushing your dog’s double coat. Like bathing, brushing can rid your dog’s coat of any loose hair before it sheds everywhere. There are even special double coat brushes that are designed to pull away any loose hair from both the outer and under coats for a more thorough clean. After giving your dog a bath, you can brush his coat— just be sure it’s dry first.


DON’T Brush Hard During Double Coat Maintenance

It’s always important to be gentle with your dog during any sort of at-home grooming, but especially with brushing. Brushing too hard won’t do anything except hurt your dog’s skin. Brushing may become more challenging in the future if you aren’t careful. Your dog should be cooperative and trusting during a brushing, so be gentle.


DO Have Your Dog Shaved Only If It’s Under Special Circumstancesdouble coat

Shaving your dog’s double coat isn’t recommended to keep him cool during the summer, but there are certain circumstances where it may be necessary. This can include preparation for surgery, removing matter hair, and aiding in canine skin disease treatments.


DON’T Forget What  You’ve Learned About the Double Coat!

Double coats are different and require special care, especially during drastic changes in weather. The best thing you can do as the owner of a double coated dog is to better understand how to perform maintenance like bathing and brushing. The worst thing you can do is shave your dog in a misguided attempt to keep him cool during the summer.

At Merryfield School of Pet Grooming, our goal is to educate not only up-and-coming groomers but also pet owners. If you or someone you know owns a dog with a double coat and would like more information about how to take proper care of it, feel free to reach out to one of our specialists at (954) 771-4030.

How to be Invaluable to the Florida Pet Grooming Industry

3:09 pm in By Danny Donovan

To be of high importance to the Florida pet grooming industry, you have to know the ins and outs of pet grooming. If you look at pet grooming as just a job, it will be just that for you. But, if you see pet grooming as a chance to blossom into a successful career, you will likely be indispensable to your pet salon and the Florida pet grooming industry as a whole. Learn how to be highly successful and valuable in the eyes of your pet grooming customers by sticking to the important fundamentals of pet grooming taught at Merryfield School of Pet Grooming.

Care for Animals

Undoubtedly, the most important base fundamental of a successful pet groomer is the leniency he or she feels towards animals. If you don’t love and have a concern for pets, you won’t be happy as a pet groomer. Unhappy pet groomers will likely showcase their emotions through their work and it will be recognized amongst their customer base. If your customers notice that you do not have a sense of compassion towards animals, they will likely take their business elsewhere and you will be of no value to the industry.

Breed and Coat Identification

A major part of becoming successful in the Florida pet grooming industry is being able to identify all different kinds of coats and breeds of animals that need grooming.  Being able to identify breeds of dogs will give you added communication with others that work with you about what work need to be done. Additionally, coat knowledge will allow you to understand what needs to be done to a pet while they are staying at the salon. Some coats and breeds have different bathing and grooming needs than others, so recognizing the difference gives your business increased value.

Quality Grooming Services

How to be Invaluable to the Florida Pet Grooming IndustryTo be held of high accord in the Florida pet grooming industry, you must have the skill and knowledge to perform quality bathing, drying, brushing, nail clipping, ear cleaning, and gland expression during each and every grooming session. Customers expect the highest quality work in all of these areas, and knowing how to perform each of these duties perfectly will give your business the high praise it deserves. If you skip steps or do not complete tasks to your customer’s expectations, the chances of repeat customers and valuable word of mouth advertising are minimal. Give your customers something to rave about by performing each grooming task to your best ability.

Learning Quality Grooming Services at Florida Pet Grooming School

If you have the concern for animals but lack the knowledge and skills in pet grooming, you still have the option of becoming a professional and invaluable pet groomer. Merryfield School of Pet Grooming teaches students the abilities and knowledge needed to become successful in the Florida pet grooming industry. Additionally, we are the only pet grooming school in the nation that provides financial aid for students who cannot afford tuition on their own. Check out the services and classes that we offer on our website, and feel free to contact us to learn more about enrollment today.





Qualification Requirements for Florida’s #1 Pet Grooming School

3:08 pm in By Danny Donovan

If you wish to attend the nation’s only pet grooming school that is accredited and provides students with financial aid to help pay for tuition, some requirements must be met. Meeting these requirements provides Merryfield school of pet grooming the proper information needed to review potential financial aid and other determining factors of enrollment.

Initial Interview

During the initial interview, the financial aid department will pull a record from the NSLDS report that provides information on defaulted loans, aggregate limits, and overlapping loans. The office of financial aid will also review any previous education records to determine if you are a right fit for the institution.

Financial Aid

Eligibility for financial aid depends solely on qualification requirements. Students that qualify for financial aid will:

  •   Have a need for financial aid
  •   Be a full-time regular attending student working towards attaining a certification or degree
  •   Be a United States citizen or noncitizen who is eligible for financial assistance
  •   Have attained a high school diploma or its equivalent (for foreign students)
  •   Keep at least satisfactory performance grade averages to retain financial aid
  •   Possess a valid social security number
  •   If necessary, be registered to Selective Services
  •   Not be in default of past student loans
  •   Confirm that financial aid will be used solely for educational and tuition purposes

Will I Keep Financial Aid for Pet Grooming School if Convicted of a Crime?

If a student that has been awarded financial aid has been convicted on the federal or state level with the possession of illegal drugs, by the requirement of the Higher Education Act of 1964, financial aid must be suspended. This is only required when it has been proven that the drugs were in possession of the duration of time that financial aid was available to that student.

Eligibility for students that have been convicted of such crimes can be reactivated once two unexpected administered drug tests receive a passing score. Drug tests must be administered to the standards of the criteria set by the United States Department of Education.Qualification Requirements for Florida’s #1 Pet Grooming School

Those that have been convicted of sexual offenses are ineligible to receive federal Pell grants even if incarceration and forced community commitments have been completed by the requirements from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Enrolling in Merryfield School of Pet Grooming

If you think that you fit all the requirements for financial aid and would like to attend pet grooming school with the aid from government grants, please visit our website on ways to enroll. Your future as a professional pet groomer awaits you, all you have to do is take the first step!



Things to Remember as a Certified Pet Groomer

9:00 am in By Danny Donovan

Today, professional pet grooming is such a popular and rapidly growing industry.  It is not only a rewarding experience but also a steady source of income since pet grooming is always in demand— not just in the U.S., but around the world. Any animal lover has the potential to become a certified pet groomer with enough hard work and determination. If you are considering becoming a certified pet groomer, there are a few key things that you should keep in mind about your career path and the responsibilities that come with it.


You Assist in Monitoring Pet Health

While groomers are best known for their cosmetic services like trimming nails, giving baths and cleaning ears, it is also their responsibility to look for any unusual changes in the pet’s health. In fact, most of the time, it is the groomers who find potential health threats— anything from budding skin conditions to full-blown ear infections. In the event that you spot something suspicious, it is part of your job as a certified pet groomer to inform the owner so that they can bring their pet to their veterinarian for a thorough checkup.


You Build Great Relationships

One important qualification that every certified pet groomer should have is being both an animal person and a people person. The best groomers enjoy working with the owners as much as with their pets; after all, you will certainly have a lot of interaction with both. Building and maintaining good client relationships is a key factor in the progression of a certified pet groomer career and success. In fact, good groomer-client relationships can lead to valuable referrals and connections for future career advancement opportunities. Additionally, the pet owners you work with may end up becoming your good friends outside of the salon. Many people build friendships with their hair stylist or nail technician, so why not their groomer? You can always bond over your mutual love of animals!


You Are Always in Control

As a certified pet groomer, you will be working with all sorts of animals; even ones that don’t behave as well as they could. Every groomer deals with poorly trained dogs and badly behaved cats from time to time. When it happens to you, just remember that animals have an innate sense of what others are feeling. If they sense that their groomer is nervous, they will also be nervous, and likely act out. This is why it’s imperative to stay calm; doing so will allow you to keep control of both the pet and the situation.   


You Learn More on the Job

Just like for any other job, you always learn more in the field than you do as a student in training. Certified pet groomers are constantly expanding their skill sets through experience and practice, but you can also learn more about the grooming industry by doing things outside of your salon. Attending trade shows, visiting training clinics, keeping track of the latest trends and learning new techniques from other groomers are all surefire ways to stay informed about the pet grooming industry.


You Always Have Room to GrowCertified Pet Groomer

Pet grooming is an industry that offers a lot of opportunities for self-employment. Any certified pet groomer with the drive to own their own business can easily open their own salon with enough advertising, access to basic grooming equipment and a reasonable budget. Even groomers with tight budgets can still own and operate their own businesses. In fact, one modern and especially popular method of delivering pet grooming services is by actually delivering them in a specially outfitted van— imagine owning a pet salon on wheels! This is why building a network and forming relationships with the right people is so important, even in pet grooming. You never know where your connections and referrals might take you.


How You Can Become a Certified Pet Groomer

If you are considering a career as a certified pet groomer and would like to know where to begin, you are welcome to learn more about the opportunities we offer at Merryfield School of Pet Grooming. We invite you to review our catalog for information regarding admissions or call us at 954-771-4030 if you have any questions.

What to Do When Grooming a Puppy for the First Time

9:13 pm in By Danny Donovan

The Importance of Grooming a Puppy

Grooming a puppy does more than making it look cute. Good grooming means good health, but something for every groomer to remember is that different types of dogs each have different grooming needs. There is not one single way for a professional pet groomer to groom a dog, and this includes puppies. Still, a puppy’s very first grooming experience should be approached a certain way.

Just like a child’s first haircut, a puppy’s first grooming is a momentous occasion that should be handled with care. Working with rambunctious or poorly-trained puppies can be a trying situation even for experienced pet groomers, but you have to bear in mind that your initial approach to grooming can have a lifelong impact on the puppy being groomed— and it’s critical for the dog’s mental health to make it a positive one.


Preparing the Puppy for the First Grooming

During the first grooming session, the main objective is to familiarize the puppy with the process and space. When the puppy and its owners first arrive, be sure to introduce yourself and talk in soothing tones to build trust. Showing affection by petting or playing with the puppy will also show that the grooming experience is enjoyable. Above all, be patient. The salon is a new place with distracting sights and smells. Additionally, the puppy may initially be afraid of the clippers, dryers, and grooming tables, as it will be its first time being exposed to such tools. Showing the puppy that it is in a friendly atmosphere will help it to relax and cooperate during the grooming process.


When Grooming Begins

As a pet groomer, you should always keep the first grooming session with a puppy short. The puppy will perform better and get more used to being handled by a groomer in a short session as opposed to a full one.

During the grooming process, the puppy should always be loosely restrained. This will allow you to keep control of the puppy without scaring it. Also, even though the grooming session will be short, it’s always best to start slowly and stick with the basics. The following services are the best for grooming a puppy for the first time:


BathingGrooming a Puppy

Giving the puppy a standard bath with appropriate shampoos and conditioners is the best way to get started. By lathering at the neck and working your way down toward the back legs and tail, you’re giving the puppy a calming massage with the bath. It’s recommended to use a washcloth for the puppy’s face to avoid getting soap in its eyes.



All dogs need brushing every now and then— some more than others. Brushing keeps the puppy’s coat healthy and reduces shedding, which is a relief for mom and dad. It’s relatively easy, but always remember to be careful with the inner thighs and tail, as they are especially sensitive areas that the puppy is not used to having touched.



The most common problem that most people have when trimming their dogs’ claws at home is that they tend to trim them the way they would trim their own nails. However, doing that will actually hurt the puppy. Unlike humans, dogs have a blood vessel that runs down into the nail. This is called a ‘quick,’ and when it gets trimmed, it hurts the animal. Dog groomers know to clip only the portion of nail beyond the quick, but sometimes trimming a puppy’s nails is more challenging. To avoid hurting the puppy during its first grooming, be sure to cut small slices from the tip of the nail at a forty-five-degree angle to avoid the quick.


When Grooming is Finished

It usually takes two or three sessions for a puppy to become completely comfortable with its groomer and the grooming process. But if the first visit goes the right way, this will enable you as a certified pet groomer to establish a lifelong relationship with your new furry client. For more tips on how to go about first grooming a puppy as a newly certified groomer, call Merryfield at 954-771-4030.