Pet Groomer Kaiwhakapaipai Mōkai
Pet groomers clean, trim and shape the hair and nails of animals in salons, mobile grooming vans and pet shops.
Pet groomers may do some or all of the following:
- consult with pet owners about their requirements
- de-knot and brush animal hair
- bathe, shampoo and dry animals
- trim, shave, shape and dye fur
- trim and paint animals' nails
- empty dogs’ anal glands
- clean, inspect and maintain the salon and cages
- sell animal care products
- make records and carry out office work.
Pet groomers who run their own businesses may also do tasks such as marketing, managing staff and keeping accounts.
Pet groomers need to have a good level of fitness and strength, as they may need to lift heavy animals. They should not have any breathing problems or allergies to animals.
Useful experience for pet groomers includes:
- paid or volunteer work with animals
- cleaning experience
- customer service experience
- hairdressing or nail salon experience.
Pet groomers need to be:
- caring towards animals
- able to pay attention to detail
- responsible and able to follow instructions
- good communicators as they may have to deal with demanding pet owners
- patient and calm.
Pet groomers need to have:
- animal-handling skills
- animal-grooming skills
- knowledge of suitable cuts for each type of breed
- knowledge of animal diseases.
- may work varied hours on week days or weekends
- work in salons, shops, homes or mobile vans
- work in conditions that can be hot, noisy, dirty or smelly
- may work in conditions that are hazardous such as animals with contagious diseases.
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a pet groomer. However, biology is useful.
Years Of Training
There are no specific requirements to become a pet groomer. However, most employers prefer you to have completed a training course and have experience working in a grooming salon.