Dog groomer

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

Potential salary
£13,000 to £20,000
Working hours
38 to 40 a week
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • 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
  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • shaping a dog's coat with electric clippers or a stripping knife
  • shampooing and drying the dog's coat
  • giving a final trim with scissors

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.

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.

You can find out more about becoming a dog groomer from the Pet Industry Federation.

Data from National Careers Service.
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