reply to post by Crakeur
Then you can't do the work. I'm not trying to be obtuse but you seem to be saying that you want to get paid for work you cannot do.
Please forgive me for disagreeing with the site admin. I believe this is incorrect and that you are misunderstanding the job skills required.
The work of being a bather at a dog grooming facility involves necessary skills such as the following partial list:
-Safe nail clipping - documentation of any nail infection or tears/breakdown of paw pads.
-Safe ear cleaning - documenting if any ear infection is apparent.
-Brushing out matted coats - needs to understand how to brush properly without causing injury to a highly matted dog's skin.
-Knowledge of products - what products should be used for dogs with heavy dander, skin allergies, fleas or ticks, etc.
-Eye cleaning, including how to protect dogs with protruding eyes, while cleaning.
-Proper technique for anal gland expression plus correct identification of anal gland impaction.
-Correct techniques for drying and removing undercoat.
-Correct techniques for managing unruly/uncooperative pets.
The point I am trying to make is that the job duties Mblah is talking about do NOT inherently require heavy lifting or the willingness to inhale
noxious chemicals, any more than a job as, for example, a CNA (Certified Nurse Aide) job does. People would probably be horrified to see a thread on
a pregnant Nurse Aide concerned about the very same issues.
Deny ignorance, right?
Ramps and co-worker assistance can be used to safely move dogs into higher work locations such as tubs and grooming tables. Workplace safety rules
protect workers against both unsafe lifting and inhaling unsafe chemicals. Mblah isn't even complaining about the shampoos (and she said they aren't
using the flea dips, which are REALLY toxic and nasty), she said they are natural, it is the mopping up which is probably using
or something similar, and that is not part of a bather's job requirements.
Also it's not like every dog I can't lift just the big ones we get and that isn't often. Most our dogs are small ones.
Yup - that is the norm. Most large dog owners don't take their pets to groomers because they either have the mentality of "a dog is a dog and they
aren't people" (so they never come in) or they are SO wrapped up in their dog that it IS their whole life, so the have no need for a grooming
Believe it or not, people, you don't actually know all the technicalities unless you work in the business. Jobs in pet grooming are similar to child
and elderly care in that it is undervalued and underpaid, and people mis-understand and underestimate the knowlege and skills that are required to do
it well. I know, because I have worked in two of the three fields, pet care and elderly care, and I had my own children so I also know a thing or two
about child care and working with that industry...
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