Dog Grooming at a campground

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GiaGwen4

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New to this site so if not allowed I'm sorry. Reading these posts about work/camping. I have been RVing for just a few years now. I am also a professional pet groomer. Tossing around ideas of ways to make money if we did it more full time. We notice many people have dogs when camping. I've even talked with some campers who have come to my shop while traveling to get their dog groomed. What do people think of having their dog groomed at the campground while they are camping? I would carry insurance and make sure it was ok with campground owners of course. Asked at one place and they didn't have a problem with it. Is there much of a need? Thank you.
 

SeilerBird

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Most campground owners do not allow commercial businesses to operate in their park for a lot of reasons. Increased traffic and insurance to name two.
 

Tom

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We'd love to have a dog grooming service at campgrounds. As TomS mentioned, many campgrounds wouldn't allow you to operate a business. But maybe we could start a groundswell that could change that thinking for folks like you who would carry insurance.
 

Happy Prospector

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Nothing against you GiaGwen, but I don't think I would trust my dogs care to someone in an RV Park, to me it would be to hard to check if insurance and Business License and such was up to date and if something did go wrong if the Groomer would even be in the park in the morning, to easy for them to move on down the road.

I would only take Bob Dawg to an established business that I could check out with web reviews.

But this is just me being me.
 

jsetti

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We have used "mobile" dog groomers at a number of campground that we have stayed at.  It is much more convenient for us to have the groomer come to us than to have to take the dogs to their facility.  When you are travelling it's always a crapshoot to find someone.  Having one that is recommended by the campground is a plus in my mind.  So far we have not been disappointed.
 

Mud Puppy

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I too am a professional dog groomer. I had the same plan when I decided to full time. The only place it really worked was in TX where I stayed for 5 months. I only groomed for the people in the park, I was also a workamper there, so had a relationship with some of the people already. I was as busy as I wanted and sometimes more. I am sure the pooch Moms were not sure about it at first, but if you do a good job, don't charge a bunch, word of mouth gets around and it does work out.
 

irishtom29

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I go camping to get away from business and commercialism. I'll take my dog into town.
 

Hissveome

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I have heard that it is hard to make money like that. The concurrence is high. Becoming a dog groomer is simple; this is why people tend to learn how to do it and get money out of this job. One of my friends had some courses that lasted less than one month, and she can call herself a professional groomer. Still, nobody takes her to work at a vet as she has no experience, so everyone who wants to gain it must go to groom dogs camping as you don't have to pay taxes or things like that, this is why the market is overwhelmed, and if you have some experience, it is better to go and work for somebody than for yourself.
 
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Oldgator73

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If I owned a CG I would let you put a shingle out as long as you had references, license and insurance. I would also have a place for food trucks to park. Maybe even have a gas station with propane filling. And a dance hall. A BYOB dance hall. AYCE pancake breakfast every Sunday. :cool:
 

JayArr

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I'd be happy to see a groomer on site at a campground and I'd be happy to pay to have the dog washed, clipped/trimmed and made to smell less like a dog. The trailer isn't large so a stinky dog can really permeate it quickly. Not that he's stinky all the time but he's a dog and he jumps in the river and walks through mud puddles and rolls in the dirt. Plus, he tends to sneak onto the foot of the bed in the night.

Any convenient way to keep him clean and groomed would be welcome.

Maybe you should groom the campgrounds owners dog for free and that way they can see your work and recommend you.
 

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TechGromit

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My Wife learned how to groom our own small dogs, cause the dogs be shaking when we would pick them up from the professional groomer. She washes them at home in our large kitchen sink and drys / grooms them on a rolling cabinet with a butcher block top. it might work for small dogs, but not sure how you would be able to manage with big dogs in a trailer. If you wash them in the trailer shower, what table surface would you use to dry and groom the dog. Doesn't seem feasible in a trailer with limited space to groom medium to large dogs.
 
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