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Dog Groomer

What do Dog Groomers do?

Dog Groomers care for dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes. Responsible for washing, clipping, grooming and styling their fur, as well as cleaning and clipping their claws helping them live comfortably and look fabulous.

If you’re great with human and canine customers, have a steady hand and lots of patience, this career could be a match made in heaven.

About you:

  • Excellent customer service skills, good work ethic, reasonably fit and healthy
  • Tolerant and not too squeamish
  • Great hand-eye coordination, confident using a variety of tools

The job:

  • Work on dogs ears, fur, and nails in a clean and safe environment and manner
  • Clean and maintain equipment and ‘salon’
  • Make bookings, recommend products and treatments, care for animals whilst in your care

Dog Groomer salary (average) $51,000 per year

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Job growth in dog grooming is strong (source:

You could create more opportunities by diversifying and incorporating other species of animals into your repertoire of care.

How to become a Dog Groomer in Australia

There are no formal qualification requirements to become a dog groomer in Australia, but it is recommended to get some courses under your belt. While online courses are available, it would probably be worth finding courses where you can get hands on experience.

Step 1 – Get work experience with handling animals and grooming if possible while at high school.  Watch Pooch Perfect on Channel 7.

Step 2 – Do short courses or workshops that will give you basic knowledge of canine health and anatomy, as well as precision grooming and styling techniques.

Step 3 – Undertake formal qualifications through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) e.g.:

– a Certificate II in Animal studies while working as an Assistant Dog Groomer, or

– a Certificate III in Pet Grooming as part of a traineeship, or

– complete a Certificate IV in Pet Styling, or any other qualification with elements of animal care and grooming.

Step 4 – Licensing isn’t a legal requirement for Dog Groomers in Australia but you could  apply to become a member of the Pet Industry Association of Australia, it could improve your business prospects and cover you from liability.

Step 5 – Start your own business, or become a specialist dog breed groomer, or work towards qualifying as a certified Master Groomer.

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Similar Careers to Dog Groomer

  • Show Grooming
  • Business owner (dog grooming)
  • Pet grooming services (not just dogs)
  • Dog trainer
  • Professional dog handler
  • RSPCA inspector
  • Animal shelter worker
  • Vet nurse
  • Retail work in a pet store

Find out more about alternative careers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about Dog Grooming

  • How do I become a dog groomer

There are no formal qualification requirements to become a dog groomer, but it is recommended that you do so, as there’s a lot to learn. You could complete a Certificate II in as little as 12 months.

  • What do dog groomers do?

Dog groomers provide lots of services including brushing,  clipping, styling, detangling and thinning dogs coats. As well as hygiene services such as toothbrushing and ear cleaning, nail cleaning and trimming.

  • Where do dog groomers work?

Dog groomers can work in kennels, shelters, pet stores, veterinary clinics, bespoke facilities, mobile “salons” or in their clients homes.

  • Is dog grooming like being a hairdresser?

Not really, no. There are different skills and techniques required.

  • Do I need to be qualified to start my own pet grooming business?

In Australia there are currently no formal qualifications required, but obtaining recognised qualifications and practical knowledge of the industry could help keep your business do better, avoid injuring dogs and prevent you from being sued.

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