Montgomery resident Maren Ryswyk has turned her love of animals into a dog grooming business.
“Animals have always been my passion, especially dogs. So I always wanted to do something with animals, but I didn’t know what,” Ms Ryswyk said.
“I didn’t want to be a veterinarian, because I didn’t want to deal with blood and gore.
“I started working for Thérèse at Bass Court Dog Grooming in Sale as a bather. I really liked it so I went to Melbourne to take a dog grooming course for a few weeks.
“After that, I started grooming dogs for Thérèse, and she taught me a lot.
“I’ve been grooming for seven years now.”
Ms. Ryswyk launched Marens K9 Grooming in November.
The business has sprung up at an optimal time, with an easing of COVID restrictions in Victoria, including the end of Melbourne’s sixth lockdown in October.
This meant the dogs endured a long period of time without grooming.
“There are loads of requests now. I was going to start the business a year later, but I’m glad I did now because there are so many COVID dogs,” Ms Ryswyk said.
“When I opened in November it was overwhelming at first to figure it all out, but it’s going really well. I’ve booked four weeks in advance now. It’s great to work in a salon from home when we have two small children so I can work my own hours.My children love seeing all the different breeds of dogs.
Ms. Ryswyk says the main challenge with dog grooming is uncomfortable pets.
“It’s not a care day like a human would go to a care day. Some dogs can become quite anxious and therefore require more time and patience, especially puppies and older dogs,” she said.
“I pet them and get them used to clippers and noise, which can be quite scary.”
“Patience is the number one attribute you need in this industry. Of course, you have to love dogs and not be afraid of them, and have good attention to detail.
Ms Ryswyk says she uses a similar grooming process for most dogs.
“I cut the dogs first, give them a bath, blow-dry, then I cut them again because their hair stands up after blow-drying and you can get a much neater finish,” she says.
“The whole process can take up to two hours, depending on the coat. I do about three or four dogs a day.
“Probably the most difficult dog breed to groom is a Samoyed, which can take up to four hours. There’s a lot of brushing. Drying alone takes about an hour. Short-haired dogs like a Boxer or Dalmatians usually just need washing and drying, and their nails are cut.
Marens K9 Grooming is available on Facebook and Instagram. For more information call Maren Ryswyk on 0421 397 456.
Maren Ryswyk with Rascal the dog on electric table.
Maren Ryswyk with her dog Sasha, 8. Photos: Stefan Bradley
Maren Ryswyk with her dog, Sasha, 8. Photo: Stefan Bradley
Rascal the dog taking a bath. Photo: Stefan Bradley
Rascal the dog with Maren Ryswyk. Photo: Stefan Bradley