If you have a passion for canines, dog grooming could be an amazing career choice. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2015, this career had a projected job growth of 11 percent for 2014 through 2024. This is the fastest growth average among all other careers. Becoming a dog groomer in Nevada is relatively straightforward. You can choose to go to school for this (though it is not a requirement in the state of Nevada), become certified by an association, or both.
What Will You do as a Groomer?
Dog groomers are indirectly responsible for the health and wellbeing of the canines they groom. Grooming is not only necessary to assess overall health of the dog, such as checking for rashes, bugs, or other skin ailments; but, it is also a means of beautifying. Many breeds require daily grooming, such as the Newfoundland, while others, like poodles, require grooming about every 6-8 weeks. Routine grooming has been shown to improve overall health and wellness in all breeds.
Grooming is not just about bathing canines or brushing their coats; in fact, some of the aspects of grooming are more about comfort. For instance, grooming by the animal’s owner shows extreme health benefits. When an owner brushes or bathes his or her dog, it establishes emotional bonding with the pet. By massaging various areas of the dog’s body, any ailments can be located by paying attention to the animal’s temperament as various parts are touched.
Salary and Pay Expectations
The need for certified dog groomers in Nevada is relatively high, as there is a high turnover rate. While this may sound grim, this also means that the availability of positions is high. Average salary for a dog groomer in Nevada, due to the desire for retention, is also on the rise at $24,000 annually as of May 17, 2016.
Tools Necessary For a Dog Grooming
You may find a position with an established dog grooming salon, in which case all tools are provided most of the time; but, if looking to open your own salon, you would need to purchase your own tools.
The tools required for this position are as follows:
- Shedding blade
- Slicker brush
- Bristle brush
- Wire pin brush
- Stand dryers
- …and finishing touches, like perfumed coat sprays, ribbons, etc.
While technically there are no educational requirements for a dog groomer in Nevada, becoming a certified dog groomer has its benefits, as most salons would rather hire a knowledgeable staff member rather than one that must be trained from the ground floor. As of 2015, Nevada’s requirements for dog groomers are as follows:
- A business license for the dog grooming business
- A DBA registration for the dog grooming business
- A federal tax ID number
- A Seller’s Permit or Wholesale License Retail State ID number if planning on selling products along with services
As of 2015, Nevada did not require the actual groomer to possess a license; however, obtaining certification from a college, university, or other program is recommended. Most dog groomers elect to obtain certification from an association, such as the National Dog Groomers Association of America.