• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Set up for Dog Groomer?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Set up for Dog Groomer?

    Like many people on the Off Course forum, I'd love to open a tack shop, but I know it's very difficult, if not impossible to make any money. Maybe it would work if I had basic tack and riding supplies, and basic dog/cat food and supplies AND had a space for a dog groomer.

    So please tell me what type of facility a dog groomer would like. The space I was envisioning for the dog groomer is about 20 x 20 feet, has a full bathroom, and has it's own exterior door. It's part of a 1700 sq. ft. building that's currently a rental house, but a major five lane road starts construction next year. There are nice subdivisions all around, and no dog grooming shop in the area at this time. It's set back enough off the road to allow for parking, and the local planning and zoning people envision some retail spaces springing up along the new road. I own the building outright and don't see it having a future as a rental house once the road comes through. It's a nice house, but that road is going to be very busy.

    The next question is, do dog groomers ever lease space in a building like a hairdresser would? We used to take our poodle to a groomer that had her own shop, and we have used a wonderful mobile groomer for the Newfie. It seems logical that a neighborhood dog groomer would do well, but I could be totally wrong.

    Please educate and enlighten me. Thanks!
    It's 2017. Do you know where your old horse is?

    www.streamhorsetv.com -- website with horse show livestream listings and links.

  • #2
    Yes to leasing buildings! I have a friend who has opened a few over the years, PM for info and I can get you in touch.


    • #3
      You would need to provide a hot/cold bathing station that has a ramp for larger dogs, one that is accessible to a standing person. Also the room should have heat and a/c. Lots of electrical outlets that are mid wall height for clippers and blow dryers etc.

      Access to an outside area for dog piddling and pooping that is fenced.

      Must have really good lighting natural and overhead for grooming.

      There should be cabinet space available for storage of grooming products etc.

      If you build it they will come. But without the nice bathing station you won't get a groomer to rent your space. That would be non-negotiable to any groomers that I know.
      Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!!


      • #4
        We had a local dog groomer in a small town that had a "bath your own dog" station set up separately from the rest of the groomer's area. It got a lot of traffic.
        “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey


        • #5
          Cowboymom, our local pet store has a set up like that in the back of the store. It is very popular! You would need two bathing stations, one for the groomer and one for the outside traffic. The pet store charges by size, small med large and includes shampoo and conditioner and grooming tables set up with blow dryers, towels etc. You have to bring your own brushes etc. They do a ton of business back there! Great idea!!!! Good little money maker and a great way to introduce folks to the groomer to build her business!
          Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!!


          • #6
            All of the above plus a hydraulic table to groom on.


            • #7
              The last place I worked had step in tubs with the cut out in the back, not the side (so on the short side rather than long). They were much, much easier to use & maintain than the traditional side-open tubs. With an eye for a noose on the "front" short side, it was much easier to keep, uh, "reluctant" canine clients from looking for an escape route, and the cut out being so far away from the water source kept the floor much dryer than the traditional grooming tubs.

              Make sure your power supply is ample as well. Dryers & vacuums suck a lot of wattage, and there are few things more aggravating than tripping a circuit with a half dry "reluctant" client on the table.

              I think with a nice, thoughtful set-up you will have no problems finding a groomer to occupy the space. I'd do it if I was in your area!
              bar.ka think u al.l. susp.ect
              free bar.ka and tidy rabbit


              • #8
                I wish there were more "bathe your own" places where I live. Riley is 65 lbs and bending down in the shower/tub is murder on my back and knees. I was using a self wash that supplied everything from toenail clippers, shampoo, conditioner, ear wipes, all the towels I needed, plus a blower. All for 10 bucks. Smaller dogs paid less. This I did not understand, I was in and out quicker than some of the little dogs and use less water because Riley is a short haired dog. I think it should be charged by the minute after a certain time. Like, $10.00-15 for everyone and then after you go past 20 mins you start to take on more money. It should be like turning and burning tables at a restaurant.

                It was just down the road from a very busy dog park, on Saturdays and Sundays there was a line out the door.

                I would use a self wash station once a month if I had one where I live now.

                ETA: you will also need crates: small, med, and large for the dogs to go in that are being dried and are waiting to be groomed. And then for each crate or at least a bunch of, driers that attach to the wire and blow warm air on the dog. When I groomed we would blow most of the wet off the dog but when they were damp would stick them in a crate with another dryer to get the rest of the wet out.

                you will also need a shop vac.


                • #9
                  ETA: you will also need crates: small, med, and large for the dogs to go in that are being dried and are waiting to be groomed. And then for each crate or at least a bunch of, driers that attach to the wire and blow warm air on the dog. When I groomed we would blow most of the wet off the dog but when they were damp would stick them in a crate with another dryer to get the rest of the wet out.

                  you will also need a shop vac.[/QUOTE]

                  I would think that this type of equipment would be for the groomer to supply. Investing in nice metal crates and pads could be very expensive. A groomer should have all this in stock. Including shop vac etc. All extras should be provided by the groomer leasing the facility. Once the infrastructure is in the rest is up to the groomer, tables, supplies, crates, everything. You could talk to the groomer about splitting marketing costs to bring people in. The groomer should have an established client base and not be a newbie just starting out.

                  It would be like getting a furnished apt vs unfurnished. You never know what type of crates, tables etc a groomer may prefer. Therefore the responsibility for providing all those items are part of the groomer's livelihood.
                  Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!!


                  • #10
                    We leased out the grooming suite in our veterinary clinic. The groomer paid rent. We provided the kennels, dryers and a grooming table. Groomer provided all other tools. I think it would make sense to check out grooming shops in your general area and see what they've got going on. I don't imagine it would be that hard to lease out the space. Good luck!
                    A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

                    Might be a reason, never an excuse...