Dog groomer apprenticeship

Assess, bathe, dry, brush and trim a diverse range of dogs

An increased popularity of dog cross breeds in recent years, combined with a wide range of coat types has led to increased customer demand for dog groomers. During the dog groomer apprenticeship, you could find yourself working in a range of environments, from pet stores, to salons, rescue centres and kennels. You will learn about different dog breeds, coat types and health conditions and will adapt the grooming process to the needs of each individual dog. You will be responsible for scheduling, planning and completing the groom and providing a professional service at all times, from the point of drop off through to collection. Grooms will include assessing, bathing, drying, brushing and trimming a diverse range of dogs and includes nail trimming.


Duration: 12 months

Relevant school subjects: Science, Art

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience for a dog groomer apprenticeship

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £19,000 per annum

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