Dog and Pet Groomer Career Overview

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What It Takes to Be a Dog or Pet Groomer

A dog groomer works under a wide variety of different conditions and in many locations, including their homes, a pet store, kennel, rescue agency, doggy daycare, etc. A dog groomer usually learns through a rigorous apprenticeship, working hours on the job with a more experienced groomer. If this isn’t an option, there are also dog grooming schools that offer certification. A high school diploma or GED is usually required for this career choice. Groomers handle the appearance and hygiene of different breeds of dogs. They learn best by watching a more experienced groomer bathe, style, trim, and prepare a dog for its owner. They may also further train to learn specialized skills like “show dog grooming.”

A dog groomer’s duties include fur styling, clipping of nails, cleaning ears, brushing teeth, bathing and drying the dog. They are also responsible for making sure their tools are sanitized; these tools include shears, clippers, brushes, and combs. A dog groomer may also be required to do clerical work and scheduling. 

How much does a Dog Groomer make?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median wage at about $25,000. Salaries can vary depending upon what aspect of the industry you work in and your location. Groomers tend to make more in remote areas and large cities.

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