Dog groomers keep dogs’ fur coats in good condition.

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.

Related skills

  • Patience
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Business management
  • Attention to detail
  • Administration
  • Customer service
  • Interpersonal skills

Related subjects

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Design technology

Desirable qualifications

  • 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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