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Dog Groomer

Provide washing, cutting, grooming and styling services for dogs.
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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.

Dog Groomer

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.
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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


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Formal study is not required to work as a Dog Groomer in Australia. However, qualifications in this field will ensure you have the skills and knowledge you need to be a competent, professional and adept Dog Groomer.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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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Certificate II in Animal Studies

This certificate will prepare you for an entry level role in the animal care and management industry.

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Certificate III in Pet Grooming

This certificate prepares you for roles as an assistant in professional pet grooming services.

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Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

This certificate provides the skills to prepare for assisting roles in companion animal organisations.

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Latest Dog Groomer reviews

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May 2021
Following a childhood dream wanting to work with animals but not smart enough to be a vet
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Dog Groomer
The good things
Love dogs and meeting their owners. Every client is different
The challenges
Misbehaving dogs Owners who don’t know what yet want
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May 2021
Dog grooming doesn't pay well, but I love working with dogs all day long
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Grooming room
The good things
Working and being close with animals, and getting a sense of achievement and pride when I do a good job grooming a dog.
The challenges
The position does not pay well, the hours can be long, and you generally have to start very early in the morning. It is also a physically tiring and dirty job.
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