Do you...

  • love furry pets?

  • like to move around while working?

  • enjoy talking to people?

  • want to get paid for working with furbabies?

A career in pet grooming may be right for you!

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What does a pet groomer do?

Pet groomers provide hygiene and appearance services for (mainly) cats and dogs.

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On a typical day you might:

  • Clean and freshen pet hair by washing, shampooing, and conditioning

  • Shave, trim, and style pet hair according to the owners' preferences 

  • Maintain overall pet hygiene by clipping nails, brushing teeth, and cleaning ears  

  • Keep a clean workstation by sanitizing and sweeping before the arrival of each new client and at the end of each workday

  • Advise pet parents on at-home care tips and best practices for their fur babies

Quiz

Which of these it NOT something a pet groomer would do?

What qualities make a good match?

You'd make a good pet groomer if you're:

  • Comfortable working with animals, including anxious ones 

  • Able to stand for a couple of hours at a time and lift heavy pets 

  • Willing to learn new skills and techniques on the job 

  • A good verbal communicator. Bonus if you speak more than one language! 

  • Detail-oriented

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Where do pet groomers work?

  • Pet salons

  • Pet stores

  • Pet daycares

  • Animal rescue shelters

  • Anywhere you choose — start your own pet grooming business and be your own boss!

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What about the money?

  • U.S. salaries range from $29,249-$44,690 with an average of $35,810

  • Canada salaries range from $35,000-$47,880 with an average of $39,000

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You will love it if you...

  • enjoy being up close and personal with cats and dogs

  • like learning new skills on the job

  • are customer-service oriented

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Look for another career if you...

  • are afraid of dogs and cats

  • want to sit for most of the work day

  • dislike interacting with people (all pets have owners, after all!)

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Take Action

NOW WHAT?

If you think being a pet groomer might be a great match for you:

  • Go with a friend and observe their pet being groomed

  • Volunteer at an animal shelter to gain experience

  • Talk to a pet groomer about their career

  • Check job boards for openings in your area and the qualifications needed

  • Research the costs and legal requirements to start your own pet grooming business

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