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Expected Industry Changes Based on National Covid-19 Grooming Survey 2020

You can read the complete survey results in Magazine Fall 2020. 


Boom in Mobile Grooming Awareness

 Nationwide media attention for restricted availability of grooming services and eventually essential status created significant public awareness for pet grooming. Leading the way were contact-free mobile grooming services often allowed to resume operations early on while commercial shops remained closed until curbside and essential issues were resolved.

New and Closed Grooming Businesses

 Unofficial estimates range from 2,000 to 4,000 grooming businesses have closed business in the U.S. There is evidence from our surveys of business owners closing businesses for various reasons. Some closed staffed businesses to either retire earlier than expected and others resizing to one-person businesses. On the flipside there is evidence of new businesses, especially mobile. With new demand projected from high adoption rates of dogs during the 2020 lockdowns logically we could see annual sales for grooming industry increase by 5% to 7%.

Future of Essential Grooming is Uncertain

 Should we feel confident that any future calls for lockdowns won’t close some or all grooming businesses? Only 11% of commercial grooming business owners felt that essential status meant they will be likely to be able to operate during lockdowns.

Spokespersons for the Industry

 Today, who do you think are the spokespersons for the grooming industry? Surveyed groomers indicated the industry needs them, but who will it be? With little to say about the essential nature of grooming, groomers feel someone must represent their interests in any regulation of the industry.

Employee Work Rights During Pandemics

The confusion of the early pandemic for both employers and employees exposed a new issue. What are the rights of employees to choose not to work for personal safety without losing jobs. Our employee survey showed their confusion and questions that still may not be answered.

Employed to Self-Employed

Since 1998 has done annual industry surveys. In 2020 striving through the pandemic a record number of groomers said that eventually being self-employed appeals to them, and 24% are very motivated and working on it now.

El Paso, TX New Groomer Ordinance is Extensive - Courses, Certificates, Licenses, Records & More Required

In response to a terrible incident last year with aggressive handling, El Paso has responded with an extensive new groomer ordinance, and an effort to significantly increase accountability. Here is a list and below a link to the complete article.

The ordinance requires anybody interested in grooming to go through groomer training and earn a certificate, among other things.

The presentation shared by city council lists the following requirements:

  • Must attend a groomer training course/get a certificate.
  • Must obtain a groomer license.
  • Sworn statement on background eligibility.
  • Groomer license can be revoked or suspended.
  • Shop certificate required and must be posted.
  • Must maintain groomer list.
  • Must require background check of groomers.
  • Must maintain shop hygiene and conditions as to not endanger pets.
  • Implement precautions to ensure animals are not abused.
  • Provide means for the owners of pets to observe the grooming process.
  • Ensure all pets are current on vaccines and microchips.
  • Report all injuries or deaths.
  • Maintain accurate records of work performed for two years.
  • Shop’s registration can be denied, suspended or revoked.

A statement from El Paso Animal Services said these new changes would allow for transparency and accountability at grooming salons.

Read the entire article with this link:



Michigan Barber Reopened Early but License Pulled Wins Supreme Court Support 7-0


Great Lakes News reported on Facebook late Friday that the Court ruled unanimously in favor of the Owosso barber — a stunning decision, given the narrow 4-3 ideological split in favor of conservatives.

According to Great Lakes News, Manke’s attorney, David Kallman, called it the “biggest, most lopsided victory of his career.”

Whitmer and Nessel fined Manke and stripped him of his license after he repeatedly refused to close his business in defiance of Whitmer’s executive orders.

A Michigan Court of Appeals upheld that Manke’s license suspension was valid, but the Supreme Court decision reversed that.

Manke was defiant after the Appeals Court ruling and told WILX, “I’m still open, still working until they cut my hands off.”

He said the response during the protest and the support for his stand was “overwhelming,” and called himself “a Michigan small town barber that just wants to work.”

“This is an oppressive move on this governor’s part,” Manke said, observing that it “reflects almost a police state.”

“I refuse to stand down on this,” he said.

“I wasn’t this rock star three weeks ago,” Manke told Breitbart News, but Whitmer made him one.

He thanked God for the development.

“I’m still standing up. I still have that courage,” Manke said.