- 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.