Dog bathers work in boutiques that specialize in dog grooming, as well as kennels, pet stores, and even veterinary clinics. These pet care specialists assist in the grooming operation by performing the sometimes difficult task of bathing dogs of all sizes and dispositions. One of the main requirements to be a dog bather is being an animal lover in general. Even calm, obedient dogs can become unpredictable around baths and water, and it is up to the dog bather to control the animal in a respectful, non-binding way to perform the bathing and cleaning of the pet. The dog bather will typically work deliberately and speak comfortingly to the animal, offering praise and positive reinforcement for calm behavior.
An important function of a dog bather is that this person is obviously very hands on with the individual animals. The dog bather can be on the lookout for any sores, loose or irregular fur, rashes, and other areas of concern. If the bather finds some issue, they typically report it immediately to the groomers or veterinarians to assess how to proceed in the best interests of treating the animal. Veterinary clinics and dedicated dog boarding and kennel operations may require dog bathers to give medicated baths at times for flea and tick removal. These baths can be particularly challenging for the bather as they may cause discomfort and agitation for the animal. Dog bathers working for these employers should expect these extra challenges as part of their daily routine.
The educational requirements to serve as a dog bather are not particularly heavy. Some employers hire capable high school students for this task. Due to the medical challenges that may be offered by boarding or veterinary operations, however, these employers will likely seek out candidates with previous practical job experience in grooming and bathing pets.
Dog Bather Tasks
Trim, shave, and shape a dog’s coat, following typical patterns for the breed or owner’s directions.
Manage the front desk, answer the phone, schedule appointments, and greet customers.
Bathe and clean dogs, brush out their hair, clean ears, and trim toe nails.