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Grooming school

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Can anyone recommend a good grooming school in Victoria? Looking to improve my skills but have no idea which one to go to. 

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Dogsfevr   

Depends on how much you want to spend and the skills ,

Salon skills or pet owner skills 

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To clarify, salon skills as I need to learn how to groom my show dogs and maybe work as well. They all seem quite expensive. Are the Tafe courses any good? 

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RuralPug   

Start by getting show grooming lessons on your own breed from a breeder who shows. Commercial grooming is often quite different from show grooming - pet owners want a certain look but are not so much fussed about coat quality so commercial salons will often take shortcuts (especially with breeds that are normally only scissored or stripped for the show ring.) This is not becessarily a bad thing, it is just economics. Most pet owners are not willing to pay for the time it would take to hand strip or completely hand scissor. so these dogs are generally clipped instead.

If you want to learn salon skills without expensive course fees perhaps offer your services to a salon as a dog bather in return for them training you - you will obviously need to find a salon that is not going to be in the area where you intend to set up shop - noboby wants to train their competition!

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Dogsfevr   

Agree salon grooming & show grooming is very different & there would be a small number of people that truly understand show grooming .
Even many that compete in competitive grooming comps often have a different mindsight on breed prep compared to a show groomer who is more aware of hiding faults & enhancing qualities .
Is your breed a Westie??If so there is a grooming seminar in june or july in Melbourne by a US Terrier groomer who shows which would be a great start .
As for salon grooming i would suggest looking at where you plan to work & they type of grooms you mainly want to do & go from there .
There are certainly some crazy prices out there & a few online courses that still require you to get hands on work so finding one that best fits is often hard .
Some of the really good groomers do there own day training with plenty of hands on stuff depending on what your skills lever is at present
 

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