Dog Groomer

Competitive salary
United Kingdom

Job Reference: ART-nuNMFTe8ZDD

Who are we?

ART Providers Skill Centre (ART) is a UK based organization that is committed to provide you with the right skills, learning and career opportunities in your chosen apprenticeship course programme. We exist to produce top quality apprentices and support employers in bridging them to the right apprentice such as yourself.

We are now offering a Dog Groomer course programme in Level 2. Inquire now!


What will you learn in this course?

Apprentice in the Level 2 Dog groomer programme will be involved in a wide range of pet animal care settings within the animal care sector. The dog groomer will work in a range of environments from departments within large retail pet stores/ garden centres through to independent salons. The dog groomer will have knowledge and experience of different dog breeds, coat type and health conditions. They will adapt to the needs of the individual dog, for example, life stage, presence of parasites, behaviour.

Knowledge you will gain:

In this programme you will learn the end to end maintenance groom on a range of dog breeds and coat types. The grooms will  include assessing the health, bathing, drying, brushing and trimming a diverse range of dogs. The dog groomer apprentice will take into account dogs with wire, wool, smooth, double, silky coats and those with a combination coat. Dog groomers will use their breed knowledge to produce a grooming plan and select appropriate techniques to handle, bath, dry, brush and trim. Nail trimming will also be carried out. A dog groomer will have responsibility for meeting the dog’s welfare needs during grooming. Recognizing signs and symptoms of ill health including those relating to skin, coat condition and hereditary diseases. They will also identify potential causes and indicators of stress during the groom. You will also learn to  adapt  approach and handling techniques.

An apprentice in this occupation will be responsible for scheduling, planning the completing the groom and providing a professional service at all times. While maintaining a professional and safe working environment in line with legislation and company policies. Ensuring that equipment is sterilised appropriately, and that cleanliness and biosecurity are maintained. Disposing of waste materials in line with regulatory requirements. A dog groomer will have responsibility for handling confidential data and payments for dog grooming services provided and dealing with standard customer queries.


English & Maths

Apprentices without level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.


  • Develop a dog grooming plan to meet the individual requirements of the dog and owner
  • Carry out a dog grooming plan to meet the individual requirements of the dog and modify as required throughout the groom
  • Identify normal signs of good and bad health including poor skin condition and external parasites
  • Identify when to report abnormal signs of health and advise the customer when abnormal health may require veterinary attention
  • Recognise and adapt to behavioural change indicators and signs of relaxation, fear, aggression and stress in dogs
  • Handle and move dogs, adapting own behaviour to meet the needs of the dog



  • Takes ownership of work
  • Welfare focussed to show respect and empathy for dogs in their care
  • Puts safety first for themselves and others
  • Respectful of others
  • Committed to personal learning and development


Typical job titles include:

  • Assistant dog groomer 
  • Assistant stylist Dog groomer
  • Dog grooming technician 
  • Spa assistant stylist

Level: 2
Maximum funding: competitive
Course Length: 12 months ( End Point Assessment plus 3 months)
Learning method: Workplace (direct delivery)