Dog groomers need a variety of tools and equipment to be able to do their jobs well. In order to maintain a high quality of care for animal clients and provide quality, professional services, there are some pieces of equipment that are mandatory for any dog-grooming business. Whether you are going to be working for a pet store or an already established dog grooming company, or you are going to start your own professional dog grooming business, these are the tools and equipment pieces that you will need to get started:
Dog Grooming Tub
All dog groomers need a sturdy and durable tub for washing. There are many different types of dog grooming tubs on the market, but the most common are metal tubs that come with a hose and sprayer. A tub that is big enough to fit large breed dogs will work best. Some dog grooming tubs come with ramps or doors for easier access, but these are not necessary components for a dog-grooming tub.
After a bath, a dog will need to be dried using a dog grooming dryer. The dryer not only dries the excess water from the dogs coat, but also helps to prep the coat for any grooming or trimming. There are different types of dryers for different stages of drying. The initial drying process will normally consist of a high-speed heat dryer. Next, a dog can either be put into a cage dryer, or dried with a hand-held dryer that looks similar to a human hair dryer.
The table is where the grooming actually takes place, so having a good dog-grooming table that will fit with your needs and preferences is very important. Adjustable tables are a great choice for dog groomers that like to both sit and stand, or are going to be accommodating a large variety of dog breed sizes. The most important consideration is the safety of the dog and the groomer, so be sure that the table is sturdy, strong, and safe.
Brushes and Combs
The brushes and combs are the dog groomers first line of defense against a dog’s coat. Dog groomers should have a variety of brushes and combs to accommodate different types of coats. The brushes and combs will detangle hair and remove any excess hair when a dog is shedding. Some brushes are specially designed for certain dog breeds with undercoats.
Clippers, Scissors and Shears
To cut or trim a dogs hair, a professional dog groomer will need a variety of clippers, scissors and shears. The tool needed will depend on the dog’s coat, and the style that the owner wants. Dog groomers should have multiple clipper blades to achieve various length trims.
A dog grooming business needs cages to contain dogs either before, during, or after the grooming. The cages should be large enough for all dog breeds, and comfortable yet clean. Cages can be stacked to house large dogs on the bottom level and small dogs on the upper level, as long as the cages are stacked properly to ensure the safety of all dogs.