What does a dog groomer do?Dog groomers keep dogs’ fur coats in good condition by shampooing, brushing, trimming and grooming them. As a dog groomer, you’ll also give coat maintenance advice to dog owners. You may work in a dog grooming salon or travel to people’s homes. You’ll need to be good with animals. You’ll often be self-employed in this job, so good administrative and numeracy skills are also important.
What do I need to do to become a dog groomer?
You could start as a dog groomer by finding work with a qualified, experienced groomer and training on the job. Another option is to do a course at a private training centre or college before you look for work. Both options will involve gaining practical experience under supervision.
No specific qualifications are required, but a course in animal care, for example, could provide some useful experience in working with dogs. It may also be possible to start work through an apprenticeship.
- Dog grooming traineeship
- Dog grooming apprenticeship
Where to find out more
Where could I be working?You will mostly be working indoors, and could either be self-employed or working for a small company.
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