A dog grooming assistant is a person who works in the pet care industry. He or she works with a pet groomer to assist that person in routine aspects of bathing and conditioning dogs. The grooming assistant also works with the groomer to help calm or distract dogs during hair grooming and nail trimming. Dog grooming businesses typically offer other services, such as teeth cleaning and routine checks of ears and eyes.
The dog grooming assistant will typically prepare the pet for services by administering a bath. For bigger and more reluctant dogs, this may require other assistants to help calm or distract the animal. The grooming assistant typically applies a safe and canine-approved shampoo and soap to the dog's coat. At this point, the grooming assistant also inspects various areas on the dog for signs of skin irritation, flea activity, and ticks.
Most dog grooming assistants will not be required to have extensive education for this career, but they should obviously possess an aptitude and fondness for working with dogs of all sizes and breeds. The assistant should also expect that pet accidents do occur, and he or she is likely to be tasked with keeping all areas of the business clean and sanitary. Grooming assistants typically work in a dog-friendly storefront environment during regular business hours in the week.
Dog Grooming Assistant 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.