A pet groomer is responsible for the hygiene and overall appearance of pets. This may include bathing, trimming nails, and cleaning ears. Pet groomers must be gentle with animals and have the ability to handle them in a safe manner. They must also be able to work quickly and efficiently.

Pet Groomer Job Responsibilities

  • Greet customers and their pets upon arrival at the grooming salon.
  • Listen to customer’s instructions on how they would like their pet groomed.
  • Bathe pets using appropriate shampoos and conditioners.
  • Dry pets thoroughly after bathing using forced air dryers, towels, or blow dryers.
  • Brush or comb out pets’ fur to remove tangles or mats.
  • Trim pets’ nails using clippers or grinders.
  • Clean pets’ ears using cotton balls, ear cleansing solution, and/or tweezers to remove dirt, wax, or excess hair growth inside the ear canal.
  • Express anal glands (if requested by customer).
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  • To provide a safe and comfortable environment for pets during grooming.
  • To ensure that all pets are groomed to the owners' specifications.
  • To maintain a clean and wellorganized work area.
  • To keep up with the latest trends in pet grooming and be able to suggest new styles to customers.
  • To build good relationships with customers and their pets.

Pet Groomer Job Skills & Qualifications Needed

  • There are no specific qualifications needed to become a pet groomer, although most groomers have completed some form of training. Many pet grooming schools offer certification courses which can be helpful when starting out or when looking for employment. Some skills that are necessary for the role of pet groomer include: good communication and interpersonal skills, patience, attention to detail, and physical stamina.