What's it like to be a Dog Groomer?
Dog Groomers provide a number of services for dogs by washing, cutting, grooming and styling their coats, in addition to cleaning and clipping dogs’ nails and detangling their fur.
Tasks and duties
- Assisting with customer bookings.
- Maintaining breed, clip and brand/product knowledge.
- Providing care for the pets whilst in the salon.
- Maintaining a high standard of cleanliness
- Cleaning and maintenance of grooming room and equipment
- Maintaining safe animal handling
- Bathing, washing, de-matting and drying dogs of varying breeds and coat types.
- Clipping nails, detangling coats and cleaning teeth by selecting and using appropriate grooming equipment.
Dog grooming can be a physically demanding job, so it’s important that Groomers are able to spend long periods standing or crouching, and that they are calm and comfortable working with, and handling, different breeds of dog.
Many Dog Groomers work in pet salons, mobile dog vans, in veterinary practices or in kennels.
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How to become a Dog Groomer
- Enrol in a one-day intensive basic dog grooming and care course or undertake a certificate-level qualification such as a Certificate III in Pet Grooming (ACM30612) or Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20117).
- There are no licensing requirements for Dog Groomers in Australia, however, you can complete a Certified Master Groomer course or International Master Groomer and apply to become a member of the Pet Industry Association of Australia.
- There are varied opportunities for career progression for Dog Groomers, including starting your own business, becoming a specialist dog breed groomer or a Master Groomer.
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