How to become a dog groomer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations


You could take a course in dog grooming like:

  • Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants
  • Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming
  • Level 3 Diploma for Dog Grooming

These are offered by colleges and some private training centres.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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You could get into this job through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in animal care.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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You could start as an assistant with a qualified and experienced dog groomer and learn on the job.


You could get experience by doing voluntary work with dogs in kennels.

The Dogs Trust and Do-it have more information on volunteering opportunities.

Other Routes

You could take a private training course to get some of the skills and knowledge needed in this job. The Pet Industry Federation has accredited some organisations to deliver professional training.

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Further information

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

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

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.

Career path and progression

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.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Level 2 Canine Carer Apprentice (Coco's Canine Creche Ltd)

  • Wage: £117.00 Weekly
  • Location: Andover

Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprentice

  • Wage: £135.00 Weekly
  • Location: Poulton-Le-Fylde

Courses In England

City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants

  • Start date: 23 April 2021
  • Location: WITNEY

BTCC Introductory Dog Grooming

  • Start date: 07 December 2020
  • Location: Bridgwater

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