How do I become a Dog Groomer?

Dog groomers keep dogs’ coats in good condition and give their owners advice on coat care, grooming and diet. There are no set entry requirements, but you’ll need experience and confidence with dogs of various size and breeds.

You could start by, doing voluntary work with dogs, like in kennels, working under a qualified and experienced dog groomer, doing a basic course in animal care at a private training centre or college, You’ll follow standards for how different breeds should look. For example, poodles are usually clipped to a particular shape. This is particularly important when dogs are being prepared for a show.

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.

Skills to be a dog groomer