Dog groomer

Dog groomers keep dogs' coats in good condition, and give their owners advice on coat care, grooming and diet.

Average salary (a year)

£13,000 Starter


£20,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends as customers demand

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) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) 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.

Volunteering and experience

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 at a store, at a veterinary practice or in a grooming room.

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

Animal Care Apprentice with Murpheys Pawler

  • Wage : £117.00 Weekly
  • Location: Wallasey CH45 5DJ

Level 2 Animal Care Assistant Apprentice (RSPCA Ipswich)

  • Wage : £146.25 Weekly
  • Location: Woodbridge IP12 4PD

Courses In England

City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants

  • Start date: 28 October 2019
  • Location: Tingley


  • Provider: CRAVEN COLLEGE
  • Start date: 08 January 2020
  • Location: SKIPTON

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