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You might hire an animal groomer to:

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

  • Shave, trim, and style pet hair according to the owner’s preferences 

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

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

  • Advise owners on at-home care tips and best practices for their pets

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Required Skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Comfortable working with animals, including anxious ones
Demonstrated passion for animals
Ability to stand for at least two hours and lift heavy animals over 50 pounds Prior grooming experience
Willingness to learn new skills and techniques on the job
Experience working with animals in a professional or volunteer capacity
Practiced verbal communication skills  Professional certification (such as from the National Dog Groomers Association of America)
Good attention to detail
Experience working in a customer service-oriented role
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