2020 has been a wild ride from start to finish. We’ve all experienced extreme highs and lows, learned how to adapt to the world’s new normal, and rediscovered the importance of human connection. For QC Pet Studies students and grads, 2020 was also a year devoted to pursuing a dream career in dog grooming, earning professional certifications, and launching new businesses!

We here at QC Pet Studies couldn’t be prouder of how hard our students and alumni have been working, and wish them nothing but the absolute best in the New Year.

With 2021 right around the corner, let’s take a moment now to look back and count down your top 10 favorite Sniffin’ Around blog articles over the last 12 months!

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Your 10 Favorite QC Pet Studies Blog Articles of 2020

Starting a business is one thing – but keeping it sustained and successful is an entirely different story! So, what measures should you take to elevate your dog grooming business so that it attracts even more clients, bookings, and exposure?

QC Pet Studies offers 5 easy options at your disposal… so don’t wait a second longer to find out what they are!

In our opinion, some of the best movies in cinematic history are ones with a dog in a leading role. (Other than I Am Legend. We’re still mad about that one scene.) So, what are some of the most popular breeds to hit the big screen? Even more importantly, what are the grooming requirements for these breeds?

You’ll have to keep reading to find out!

Do you want to become a professional dog groomer, but don’t know for sure just how long it’ll take you to complete your training? Here, we break down the typical process and average length of time it takes to become a dog groomer, based on whether you a) do an apprenticeship, b) attend in-person grooming classes, or c) earn your certification online (such as with QC Pet Studies).

Given the nature of your job, there are certain risks that are taken each time your client’s dog is placed into your care. Only by being professionally trained can you adequately prepare yourself to handle these hazards, in the event that something ever unexpectedly goes wrong.

Read on as we break down 5 of the most common dog hazards in the workplace, and how to successfully prevent them!

Part of being a great groomer is your ability to achieve high-quality results in an efficient amount of time. Improving your speed takes practice, but there are plenty of other tricks that can help you along the way! From knowing your tools to establishing a systematic routine – keep reading as we reveal 10 tips that will make you a faster groomer without sacrificing the quality of your work.

Not everyone wishes to own their own business, and that’s okay! For many groomers, the dream is to become employed within an existing salon. If this sounds like you, then you’re in luck because in this article, we break down 8 interview tips that are guaranteed to get you hired!

While a reputable grooming education from QC Pet Studies will teach you most of what you need to know, some things can only be learned through real-world experience. Whether it’s dealing with a dissatisfied customer or a business “best practice” that just won’t seem to work for you – here are 3 realities to being a dog groomer that your courses won’t teach you.

What’s interesting about this article is that it was written prior to the international outbreak of COVID-19. Therefore, it goes without saying that our original projections might not have exactly come to fruition for everyone. However, there are still many groomers all over the world who were able to make a good income – even amidst the pandemic.

How accurate were our projections, compared to what YOU made in 2020? Let us know in the comments below!

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Once grooming practices everywhere started getting the green light to re-open, the question on everyone’s mind was: How can I run my business safely? If you’re thinking of launching your own dog grooming business in 2021, this article is definitely for you.

Read on as we reveal 6 key strategies that will help you implement social distancing protocols, drastically reduce exposure to the virus, and increase your chances of staying in business during the pandemic!

Those who are serious about a professional career in dog grooming want to be as prepared as humanly possible. So, it comes as no surprise to us that this article was the most popular one of 2020!

While being a groomer is remarkably enjoyable, it’s also not just fun and games. Thanks to the equipment you’re working with, the different dogs you’ll encounter, and being on your feet all day, the job also comes with very serious health concerns.

If you dream of being a dog groomer, this is one of the best articles you can possibly read. This way, you can begin your new career knowing EXACTLY what to expect – and what you can do to prevent an occupational health hazard!

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Everyone here at QC Pet Studies would like to thank each and every person who has taken the time to read Sniffin’ Around’s blog articles this past year. We hope they have been informative, insightful, and fun! Stay tuned for even more awesome content to come in 2021!

Kick off the New Year by pursuing the career you’ve always wanted! Enroll in QC’s Dog Grooming Course today!

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