Apprentice Dog Groomer


Basingstoke, RG21 8TN

Closes in 12 days (Thursday 1 August at 11:59pm)

Posted on 2 July 2024


Smart Paws are looking for an enthusiastic dog lover for a position within their very busy dog grooming salon in Basingstoke. An amazing opportunity for someone looking to start their career working with animals!

Annual wage
£9,984 a year

Minimum wage rates (opens in new tab)

The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Dog groomer (level 2)
You will be expected to work a maximum of 5 days out of 7, including Saturdays. The final shift pattern will be discussed and agreed with the successful applicant.

30 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 5 August


1 Year

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • You will be working towards the Level 2 Dog Grooming apprenticeship qualification.
  • Functional Skills in maths and English, if required.
  • All training will be provided on site during your paid working hours. Your day to day mentoring will be with your employer, and a combination of online and in person monthly sessions will be held with your Haddon Training Trainer Coach.

Where you’ll work

Worting Road


RG21 8TN


An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Dog groomer (level 2)

Equal to GCSE

Course contents
  • Develop a dog grooming plan to meet the individual requirements of the dog and owner
  • Carry out a dog grooming plan to meet the individual requirements of the dog and modify as required throughout the groom
  • Identify normal signs of good and bad health including poor skin condition and external parasites
  • Identify when to report abnormal signs of health and advise the customer when abnormal health may require veterinary attention
  • Recognise and adapt to behavioural change indicators and signs of relaxation, fear, aggression and stress in dogs
  • Handle and move dogs, adapting own behaviour to meet the needs of the dog
  • Identify and use relevant dog restraint equipment to move and handle the dog according to temperament, age, breed, and size, and in line with manual handling and lifting procedures
  • Bathe a dog using procedures which account for breed, coat type and anatomical features, including selecting, preparing and using products according to coat type
  • Store grooming and bathing products, including medicated shampoo, in accordance with COSHH regulations
  • Dry a dog selecting and using equipment, methods and products which account for coat type, breed, and anatomical features
  • Handle the dog and use nail clippers and/or scissors to trim dog’s nails.
  • Select, handle, and use coat trimming equipment
  • Identify factors that require the groom to be terminated early, such as illness, zoonotic infections, behaviour, stress
  • Identify and escalate health and safety, and animal welfare concerns
  • Maintain dog records
  • Communicate with colleagues, customers, and stakeholders and use terminology suitable to audience
  • Clean, maintain, store and sterilise products and equipment
  • Clean and disinfect the work area and dispose of waste in accordance with COSHH regulations
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Desirable qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade 4)
    • Maths (grade 4)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Customer care skills
    • Team working
    • Creative
    • Initiative
    • Patience

    Other requirements

    No grooming experience required as full training will be given. Must be confident with all breeds and size of dog.

    About this company

    Smart Paws are a professional and fully qualified dog grooming salon based in the grounds of BCOT, Worting Road, Basingstoke. They are highly experienced and can kindly attend to all dog's grooming needs in their newly refurbished grooming salon. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    • If the business requires and is able, there may be a chance of continued paid employment and promotions to higher positions if you do well within the company.
    • The business will encourage you to move up and progress when you are comfortable to and gain further qualifications, as this is always encouraged!

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    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000261790.

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    Closes in 12 days (Thursday 1 August at 11:59pm)

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