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Dog Groomer

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Dog Groomer
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€18 - 22
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Dog groomers are involved in advising owners on caring for their dogs. They groom and trim dogs. They may clip the dog's claws and clean their teeth and ears.


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Dog groomers are also known as canine beauticians, dog clippers or trimmers. They keep dogs in good condition by washing, brushing, clipping and scissoring their coats.  
 
The groomer usually starts by clipping with electric clippers or stripping, using a stripping knife. The coat may be cut in a particular style, according to the breed. Poodles, for example, are often closely clipped around the face, feet and tail but their coats are allowed to grow longer around the legs.  
 
Afterwards the dog is shampooed, rinsed and dried with an electric hairdryer. The groomer brushes or combs the coat and gives it a final trim with scissors.  
 
Dog groomers also clip claws, clean teeth and ears and treat dogs for parasites, such as fleas.

Dog Grooming jobs are often advertised on the website of the Irish Professional Dog Grooming Association


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Practical hand skills are required for clipping and trimming. You must like dogs and be able to handle them gently and patiently. You should be prepared to spend most of your time standing. You should be comfortable working alone. This type of work may be unsuitable for people with skin allergies as it will involve handling detergents and chemicals.


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Organisation: Irish Professional Dog Grooming Association
Address: 119 Ballyboden Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
Tel: (01) 493 2792
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