What qualifications do you need to be a dog groomer?

As you're here, we're assuming that you're considering a career in dog grooming. Being a dog groomer is a fun, exciting and entertaining job. You will be on your feet a lot, and there's a lot of client interaction when owners drop off your furry customers. You'll have to be able to concentrate when you get a fidgety dog on the grooming table. It's a tough job sometimes, but there's nothing more rewarding than seeing a puppy go from shabby to stylish!

What does a dog groomer do?

Regular grooming is an integral part of a dog’s health and wellbeing. Frequent grooming helps prevent infections, matted hair and many other health problems. Dog groomers do all sorts of different tasks, but the most common is bathing, combing and trimming a dog’s coat. As a dog groomer, you would advise owners on correct coat maintenance, the products they might need at home and recommend what to do if there are any skin conditions or cuts under the fur. 

Why become a dog groomer?

A dog groomer gets a lot of job satisfaction from being around animals all the time. Spending each day with new four-legged-friends keeps the job exciting and rewarding. Being a dog groomer is a lot of fun but also comes with a lot of responsibility. You're most likely to be self-employed, so it's an excellent career choice for somebody wanting to be independent and have their own business. As a self-employed groomer or business owner, you'll have flexibility in your hours and the amount you charge.

Where do dog groomers work?

You might find yourself working in a small boutique dog groomers on the highstreet, or there are big pet chains like Pets at Home who often hire GroomArts graduates. Many of our graduates go straight on to set up their own successful mobile or home salon straight out of the course. 

How do I become a dog groomer?

There's no set roadmap on how to become a dog groomer. Some people find apprenticeship schemes or training roles with salons and work their way up, while others choose to complete a specialised training course like with a provider like GroomArts. Both training roles and private courses involve gaining practical experience while being supervised. 

Do I need qualifications? 

No, you don't need any specific qualifications to be a dog groomer. However, a course in grooming, styling or animal welfare would be beneficial to help you stand out from the crowd and become a better dog groomer. Taking the time to train professionally means your clients know they can trust you with their furry family members. 

What routes can I take as a dog groomer?

Being a dog groomer gives you a lot of freedom of choice. You can decide to own a mobile converted van and travel around your local area (and beyond) to clients’ houses. You could transform your garden shed into a luxury doggy spa or open a trendy store on the high street. You could work for someone else in an independent salon or work for a big chain, and you could travel abroad or work from home. 

What skills do I need to be a dog groomer?

You will need to be creative, patient and perhaps most importantly an animal lover. You'll have to be confident around dogs and be able to take proper care of them. As most dog groomers are self-employed, you'll need to have basic numeracy and literacy skills. You’ll also need to be good at administration, marketing and business management. 

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