Dog Groomer

Job Description:

Dog groomers keep dogs' hair in good condition and give their owners advice on fur care, grooming and diet.

Job Category:
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

What you will do:

As a dog groomer, you’ll:

  • 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
  • deal with clients, give grooming advice and do admin tasks


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of animal behaviour and signs of animal illness
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
  • customer service skills

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail and the ability to work autonomously
  • the ability to use your initiative (ambition)
  • to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • emotional intelligence and ethical behaviour towards animals
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Entry Requirements:

To become a dog groomer, specific subjects are not typically required. However, a strong educational foundation in certain areas and relevant skills can be advantageous for pursuing a career in dog grooming. Here are some considerations:

  1. Mathematics (Maths): Basic math skills are helpful for tasks such as calculating grooming fees, measuring grooming products, and maintaining financial records if you plan to operate your own grooming business.
  2. English Language: Good communication skills, including reading and writing, are important for interacting with clients, scheduling appointments, and maintaining client records.
  3. Biology or Animal Science: While not a requirement, coursework in biology or animal science can provide valuable knowledge about animal anatomy, behaviour, and health, which is relevant to dog grooming.
  4. Art or Design: Courses in art or design can help you develop your aesthetic sense and artistic skills, which are important for grooming tasks such as styling fur and performing creative grooming.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations


You could take a course in dog grooming. In the UK, for example, courses include:

  • Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants
  • Diploma in Dog Grooming
  • Higher Professional Diploma in Dog Grooming

These are offered by colleges and private training centres.


You could get into this job through a dog grooming intermediate apprenticeship.


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.

Other Routes

You could take a private training course to get some of the skills and knowledge needed in this job.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 35-40 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends as customers demand.

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 & 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 teach dog grooming classes.