|Barked: Mon Sep 3, '12 5:03pm PST |
|Very well put!
It's not the easiest job in the world and its not for everyone, but I love it.
I have to say, it always amazed me when I worked at a grooming shop how easy some of the new apprentices thought it would be. Only to find out its not easy, you won't magically be able to do a perfect cut on your first try or heck, maybe not even the 50th try. We had one apprentice quit after ONE day. And saying over and over again "this is WAY harder than I thought it would be!". So to anyone wanting to do this, have realistic expectations.
Like what was said, this is a very physically AND mentally demanding job. Your going to have back aches, scratches, you're going to get bit, sore arms, pooped on, peed on, covered in fur, maybe anal glands, you're going to get wet, you're going to see neglected dogs, you're going to deal with some really crappy people and you're are not going to please them all. You'll have to learn to stand up for yourself and not take things personally. Those last two things were the hardest for me to learn.
If you can handle the above, then you get to enjoy the little things. Like puppy kisses, smiling owners, doing a cut your really proud of, pictures and updates on the dogs. The dogs being happy to see you. And honestly, it was the best puppy/ dog fix I ever got. You get to see so many breeds you only read about. Its amazing! Best part for me, was grooming shelter dogs/ neglected dogs and making them feel better. Getting rid of all the mats and seeing them wag their tails. These parts are the best!
And I couldn't agree more with this line:
"It is a job where you never stop learning"
This is so unbelievably true. I don't believe in setting limits on yourself or you become stagnant. Branch out, explore and keep an open mind. Technology and techniques are changing all the time.
Edited by author Mon Sep 3, '12 5:08pm PST
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