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Dog Groomer


Job Description

The Job of a Dog Groomer is to bathe, brush, trim, clip nails, clean ears, dry and style fur and general improve the physical appearance of the dog. They will also give the owners advice on nutrition and caring for their dog.  Dog groomers work in a variety of settings including kennels, pet stores or in the pet owners home.

Entry Requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but you’ll need experience with dogs.

You could start by:

  • doing voluntary work with dogs, like in kennels
  • working under a qualified and experienced dog groomer
  • doing a basic course in animal care at a private training centre or college

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The Pet Industry Federation has more information about becoming a dog groomer.

Career Path and Progression

With experience and qualifications, you could become self-employed and work from home or become a mobile groomer, visiting owners' homes.

You could also open your own salon or move into training.Related careers

You may be interested in:

  • Animal care worker
  • Kennel worker

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

To be a dog groomer you will need to have a love of dogs and be able to handle them firmly but gently. You will require patience and have the ability to calm nervous animals.

Starting Salary

£13,000 to £20,000

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