Dog grooming training. So you’re thinking of doing dog grooming training?

There are some common questions that people ask when thinking about training to become a professional dog groomer.

This article will answer some of those questions for you and help you make that decision that could change your life!

We will talk about:

  • How do I learn to be a dog groomer?
  • What qualifications do you need to become a dog groomer?
  • How do you become a certified dog groomer?
  • How much does a dog grooming business make?
  • How much does it costs to become a dog groomer?
  • The dog grooming industry

Dog grooming training

Dog groom training is a very practical skill. There is no substitute for hands on time with a dog. Although there are important theory aspects to dog grooming courses most of your time will be spend covered in water and hair!

You simply can’t learn dog grooming from an online course. The best way to be fully ready to start your business is to use an established dog grooming training centre such as Canine Groom School.

Having experience of a wide range of dogs in a safe environment and under the supervision of one of our amazing groom tutors will set you up for success in the
future. Using a reputable dog grooming training school will also give you much more training than just a simple dog grooming course. Health and safety, business advice and help with equipment are all apart of the course we offer.

What qualifications do you need to become a dog groomer?

dog grooming training

Technically, at the moment, none. Yes that’s right, you don’t actually have to be qualified to trade as a dog groomer. 

Recent changes in the law saw a focus on professional dog walkers, doggy day care, dog sitting and breeding and have now all been regulated. Its only a matter of time that grooming will follow.

Why get qualified?

  • Customers are more likely to use a groomer who has accredited dog grooming training.
  • You will learn a wider set of associated skills rather than just picking up practical skills. Recent horror stories have shaken confidence in the dog grooming industry.
  • In an unregulated industry having a professional qualification increases your reputation.
  • As a professional dog groomer you can charge the market rate with confidence.


How do you become a certified dog groomer?

The first step on your dog grooming training journey is to speak to us, we are one of the only dog grooming training centre in the UK to offer a choice of all 3 of the professional dog grooming qualifications. We can advise you on the best route for you.

Our courses can be completed on a flexi basis so you can fit the course around you. Not only this we now offer 0% finance on all our dog grooming courses. You will undertake your practical and theory at our fully equipped, dedicated Canine Groom School.

How long does it take to become a dog groomer?

Our courses take between 17-29 days. Because we offer flexi time courses you can complete these in a month or over a year. It’s up to you.

How much does a dog grooming business make?

This can vary a lot based on a number of factors. One of the best things about running a dog grooming business is that you can start by working at home grooming 10 dogs per week or grow to have a multi staffed dog salon.

A career on your terms

Grooming from home

You can run your dog grooming business as a micro business. Working from the garden you can start up with a little as £1000. This is the perfect solution for some people but can have a limited reach depending on where you live. You could also install one of our pods for an instant dog grooming salon.

Mobile dog grooming

Converting a trailer or van can be a relatively inexpensive way to get your business rolling. Although your start up costs will be more than working from home you are likely to attract more customers because of the convenience of you coming to them. You can also travel as far as your advertising.


Industrial units are popular with dog groomers as they are the cheapest way to have a physical address with room for expansion. Your start up and running costs mean you need to maintain a regular customer base.

Retail Space

The future of the high street is in the service sectors. Even thought the thought of renting a shop can be daunting the rewards can be worth it. In a shop you will have lots of presence in your town and can more easily sell additional products like accessories, health supplements etc.

How much does it costs to become a dog groomer?

Your initial qualification will be your highest investment cost.

There is what seems like a large list of equipment you will need but once you have made the initial investment mush of your dog grooming equipment will last for years to come. Look in shop for ideas.

  • Shampoo. A range to cover all skin a and coat types – £50
  • Clippers – £120-£350
  • clipper blades. A range of lengths needed. £25-30 each
  • Perfumes
  • Nail Clippers – £20
  • Slicker brushes – £20
  • De-shedding tools – £40
  • Combs – £10
  • Blaster £200
  • Scissors £175 – £375
  • Grooming table – £635
  • Grooming Bath – £950
  • Steriliser – £100
  • Cage – £435
  • Insurance – £150 – £550 per year.

The dog grooming industry

Presently, 24% of the UK adult population have a dog with an estimated population of 8.9 million pet dogs! That’s a lot of dogs! 

Overall spending on pets and related items in the UK has risen to 4.62 billion pounds compared to just 2.55 billion in 2015. Clearly the market for spending on dogs is a growing industry and has show steady growth over the past few years.

Who is your dog owning customer?

In a recent survey by ‘Mintel’ 51% of pet owners say they “would rather cut back spending money on themselves than on their pets” This is a passionate customer. This shows that even in time when the economy is in a down turn the dog grooming industry has a good chance of staying strong.

The survey also revealed that dog owners aged 19-38 were the most prepared to spend on their dogs, with 54% saying they’d prefer to cut back spending
on themselves.

Dog ownership trends

Research shows that Millennials are more likely to treat their dogs as one of the family by providing them with comforts they themselves enjoy. Such as high quality food, pampering and expensive beds. As the age of having children increases, we know some young people are opting to first get a pet and treat them as a family member. Additionally, there are many pet ‘influencers’ on social media.