December 16, 2009 – 1:15 PM | by: Orlando Salinas Fox News It’s one career that IS going to the dogs– in a great way! Pet grooming is an industry that continues to see steady growth in America. According to, on any given day, there are between two and 3,000 pet grooming jobs here in the United States. Jobs that pay on average a minimum of $200 a day – plus tips! At the Merryfield Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Gregg Docktor says his school has seen a steady increase in the number of students who are switching careers and learning the art of grooming family pets. From high school graduates to bankers and realtors… these future professional groomers learn on dogs of all sizes. Big and small, from purebreds to mutts and even rescue animals, most dogs are well behaved, although some are biters. Students learn how to deal with them too. The course runs eight months, around 600 hours, and interestingly enough, there currently is no certification required to become a groomer. Docktor says he hires America’s top groomers to teach his students; right now, he doesn’t have enough students to fill good paying jobs.

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