Animal care services occupations n.e.c > Dog Groomer
Dog groomers keep dogs' coats in good condition, and give their owners advice on coat care, grooming and diet.
£13,000 Starter - £20,000 Experienced
35 to 40 a week (evenings / weekends as customers demand)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a college coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this rolespecialist courses run by private training organisations
You could take a course in dog grooming like a Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants, a Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming or a Level 3 Diploma for Dog Grooming. These are offered by colleges and private training centres.
You'll usually need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a Level 2 course. For a Level 3 course you'll need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or the equivalent.
You could get into this job through a Level 2 (intermediate) apprenticeship as an animal care and welfare assistant.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You could start as an assistant with a qualified and experienced dog groomer and learn on the job.
You could get experience by doing voluntary work with dogs in kennels, which can help when applying for courses or jobs.
You could take a private training course to get some of the skills and knowledge needed in this job.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- customer service skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be flexible and open to change
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do
As a dog groomer, you will:
- prepare the dog for bathing
- shampoo and dry the dog's coat
- check for common disorders and parasites
- shape a dog's coat with electric clippers or a stripping knife
- use scissors to trim and style the dog's coat
- manage the dog's behaviour while in your care
- keep accurate records
You could work in a salon, at a client's home, at a store or at a veterinary practice.
Your working environment may be dusty and physically demanding.
Career path and progression
With experience and qualifications, you could become self-employed and work from home or become a mobile dog groomer, visiting owners' homes.
You could also open your own salon or move into training.