For considerable number of households, today, pets form an integral part of their families. Not only do they keep the environment in the house lively, they also give you unconditional love. However with every animal, they have to be groomed at proper intervals when their nails grow or are in need of a bath.
It’s here when your pet requires regular grooming that make them more adorable while maintaining its physical well-being. Keeping this as its primary focus, city-based Animal Care Clinic has started the International Grooming School by Petswill group for the first time in the country. The school was inaugurated by actress Amala Akkineni on Thursday. The school is affiliated to Ai Er Pet Grooming School Qingdao, China recognised by the American Kennel Association.
The school aims to train youngsters in grooming pets which includes cutting and cleaning pet hair, clipping extra grown nails, mouth wash and treating skin infections that commonly occur in pets.
A common issue in families with pets is that they fail understand the importance of regular grooming.“Once you reach home in the evening it’s your pet who welcomes you first. You simply ignore them if they smell and look untidy. So, it is important for our pets to be groomed frequently and this is the idea behind these centres,” says Dr. J.P. Gurbuxani, founder of Petswill Grooming. Highlighting the importance of proper hygiene in pets,
Dr. Lakshmi Srinivasan, chief veterinary surgeon and director of The Animal Care Clinic explains, “Mainly these dogs develop skin infections because the owners fail to tend to them in terms of keeping them clean. That’s how they develop infections in their paws. Even before I offer them treatment, I need to cut the hair of the dog, clean its ears and cut its nails.”
Individuals who are interested in learning the tricks of the trade and want to start their own pet grooming centres can enrol themselves in the school which will offer a training programme for a period of ten days. “The programme will professionally train candidates in all issues dealing with grooming,” adds Dr. Srinivasan.
The training programme costs `1.59 lakh, which is inclusive of providing required machinery for those who want to start their own venture. Once the person is trained in the techniques of pet grooming, they can open their own venture. Owners of these centres can hope to garner a pretty good revenue as the monthly grooming package for pets will be in the range of `2500 and `4000 as decided by the Petswill group.
Furthermore, this area will open up a plethora of entrepreneurial opportunities, according Dr. J.P. Gurubuxani. “Our vision is to see every tenth street in urban centre of India to have a pet grooming centre in near future. Besides, it has ample scope for generating employment. If one can recall when Shahnaz Hussain started parlors for women in 1980s, people hardly knew about the concept of grooming oneself. But now the concept took off very well and today even men have parlours. Similarly, this concept will take off in near future,” says Dr Gurubuxani.