Bather / Groomer Trainee

Bather / Groomer Trainee


Start your career in grooming as a Groomer Trainee! As a Groomer Trainee in our Grooming Salon, youll have the opportunity to build personal relationships with your clients each time they visit and truly become a part of their family. Youll get to know their pets styles and personalities to create a customized, stylish experience just for them! From that first shampoo to that final strut home, youll take pride in the services you provide!


You bring the passion and well bring the training. Petsmart offers a free, paid training program that will set you up for success.

  • Stage 1-- Pet Stylist Apprentice: Jump start your education by getting hands-on experience with our pets. These pets become our own pets while they are in our care, so our number one priority is to get safety certified. Under the guidance of the salon leader, youll begin your training as a bather and learn about different dog breeds and styling. Youll help to get the dogs comfortable in our salon and spend time bathing them, trimming their nails and providing support to groomers throughout the pets stay.
  • Stage 2-- Grooming Academy: After getting some experience under your belt (well, smock!), youll attend our free, paid Grooming Academy! This exclusive, 4-week program is valued at over $6000! Youll have 4 weeks in a classroom environment, gaining insights from our experienced Academy Trainers. Youll dive in deeper into breed styling, caring for different dog breeds, and get comfortable with tools and clippers. As an added bonus, at graduation, youll receive a free tool kit worth over $600!
  • Stage 3Groomer Trainee: Youll put your brand-new education and fancy new tool kit to work when you head back to our salon. With the leadership and oversight of experienced groomers, youll begin to groom all different breeds and sizes of dogs. We have a target of 200 dogs to ensure you get the experience and diversity you need.
  • Stage 4Pet Stylist in Training: Now its time for you to really hone your skill set. Youll build relationships with your own clients, advise on styles, suggest new services and share in the joy that comes with a client picking up their freshly coiffed pet. Its the best thing in the world, well, that free tool kit is pretty great, too!


Weve highlighted job responsibilities and programs as best as we could abovebut the best parts of working at PetSmart cant be fully described in the job description.

  • Its the pride of the giving Mickey a makeover in our salons watching him strut his stuff on the way out. Paws off, ladies, hes taken!
  • Its the excitement of Walters wagging tail during his bath or Sadies smile after her teeth are cleaned.
  • Its the gussying up of Gizmo for this years holiday photoshoot. (Fun fact: many of our groomers receive holiday cards from their clients!)
  • Its the little things we do that add up to really big things that pets need.

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