how to become a dog groomer

How to Become a Dog Groomer

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The job of a dog groomer is to maintain the fur, nails, and skin of the canine by bathing, trimming and styling it.


To become a dog groomer, no formal education is needed besides having a high school diploma.

If you like, you can attend grooming schools or take online courses to learn a few technical skills and techniques. A certificate like the one issued by the National Dog Groomers Association of America might help you.

If you don’t want to do a dog grooming apprenticeship program, you can just learn on the job. However, you’re advised to learn some skills before diving right in.

You might want to consider the credibility of some programs. A 2-month theory-only program might not be the best choice if you want to become a dog groomer.

Learn typical styles and cuts

You can look up the standards of each dog breed on sites like the American Kennel Club.

For each dog, it is necessary to have the right set of grooming skills and especially the breeds that have emerged recently have certain requirements that need to be met (also consider stylistic choices by the owners).

You can easily get a dog groomer starter kit and try out different styles on your own dog or on your friends and family’s dogs.

As a dog groomer, you might think about other problems a dog can have. You could spot issues in the coat or a split nail, anything that’s visible from the outside. Be careful while grooming the dogs, so you don’t cut them or use products after which their skin swells.

Remember why you wanted to Become a Dog Groomer

You probably wanted to work as a dog groomer to help the animals and work closely with them. This is perfectly possible and can fulfill you. Always keep that in mind.

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic, the projected job growth (2014-2024) will be 11% for animal care. More and more people get dogs, so your chances of becoming a dog groomer are great!

Start your own Dog Grooming Business

If you seem to be unable to find any work despite the job growth, you might want to think about starting your own business. Or maybe you have a job but would still like to work for yourself.

It’s easier than you might think. As soon as you established yourself as the go-to person, you can advertise and spread the word of mouth.

No matter which road you’ll take, becoming a dog groomer can be really rewarding.

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