Dog groomers maintain the condition of dogs’ coats
through regular bathing, drying, trimming and clipping.
Dog grooming also involves the health of dogs by
clipping claws, cleaning teeth and ears, and treating
Dog groomers may groom dogs to clients' preference, or to breed standards for showing.
Dog groomers also advise owners on their dog's grooming, diet and coat care.
Dog groomers employed in a salon may work a 35-hour
week, Monday to Saturday (with one day off in the
week). Self-employed groomers may work longer hours.
There are opportunities for part-time work.
Groomers may work in a shop, their own home or the owner’s home.
Most groomers wear protective clothing and gloves. The work may not be suitable for people with allergies to animals or shampoos.
To be a dog groomer you should:
Opportunities for dog groomers are increasing. There
are around 3,000 grooming salons, as well as mobile
groomers who visit owners' homes. Work is also
available in grooming facilities attached to some pet
shops, garden centres and kennels.
Some qualified, experienced groomers move into training.
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