What does a Dog Groomer do?

Pet groomers perform a range of tasks related to the grooming and care of domestic animals, primarily focusing on dogs and cats. They bathe the animals and give them flea baths and other treatments. They cut and style pet hair, using specific techniques to accommodate the needs of particular breeds. They trim nails and may give pedicures. They apply medicated shampoos and therapeutic lotions. Groomers are also frequently expected to sell pet grooming products and other merchandise.

Pet groomers should have experience with pet care and grooming, and often have a background of roles at a pet store or in a veterinary office. Certification as a pet groomer is an advantage. They must have experience providing care and grooming to a range of breeds. These roles require a dedication to caring for animals.

Work/Life Balance
2.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Dog Groomer Salaries near Canada

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Healthy SpotHealthy Spot
Dog Bather
Jun 10, 2022

“I enjoy the way everyone here is friendly to each other and to the pups.”

Pet Groomer
Feb 5, 2022

“I made some really great friends in the salon working close together with them every day.”

Alpine Pet Grooming
Professional Dog Bather
Jun 23, 2023

“I would not recommend anyone to this salon considering she requires a 10 hour work day and only allows a 30 minute lunch.”

Grooming Gallery
Pet Groomer
Oct 5, 2023

“The pay was horrible but I guess you have to keep your prices dirt cheap when you're shop is manned by such horrible people.”

Aussie Pet MobileAussie Pet Mobile
Groomer Manager
Sept 6, 2023

“I love grooming by myself and not feeling that insane pressure to do as many dogs a day.”

Darla's Paw PrintsDarla's Paw Prints
Dog Groomer
Nov 5, 2021

“Even corporate grooming will treat you better than this and not expect you to work overtime.”

Pet Groomer
Apr 8, 2022

“I’ve been grooming for 4 years and have never seen groomers make such little money.”

Heather's Mobile Pet Salon
Bather/Grooming Trainee
Feb 2, 2022

“They really work with your schedule and their pay is really good”

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