Online Dog Grooming Course

Online Dog Grooming Course

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Welcome, let’s explore our best-selling online dog grooming course!


Becoming a dog groomer can be an extremely rewarding, flexible and lucrative career. But it’s not a career for everyone.  You’ll need the right level of enthusiasm and skills and of course a true passion for dogs.

Why do you want to be a dog groomer?

Thats the question we ask every student and this is what we hear time and time again;

  • I just love dogs and have always wanted to be a dog groomer
  • I plan to start my own dog grooming business
  • I don’t have any experience at all but love dogs
  • I really want a change of career after all these years
Does this sound like you?

Pet Courses Online Dog Grooming Course will prepare you with the skills, knowledge and practical techniques for a successful career as a professional dog groomer.

Whether your goal is to start your own salon from home, work as a mobile groomer or even just learn to groom your own dog, our online dog grooming courses will equip you with the skills you’ll need.


Starting Your Online Dog Grooming Course

One of the best parts of studying online is that you can get stuck in straight away. The first thing you’ll do is log in to our online learning platform, where you can access all of your course lessons, video tutorials and assessments.

You’ll receive an invite to join our exclusive Pet Courses community which we highly recommend becoming a part of. This is where you can introduce yourself and meet other students and your mentor.  It will provide you with an invaluable wealth of information and will no doubt become your go-to group once you’re up and running with your first practical grooms.


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Watch this course demo to see how learning dog grooming online is both interactive and engaging.




Our Professional Dog Grooming Diploma is broken down into 12 modules which include interactive lessons, video tutorials and assessments. You must complete each lesson and pass the corresponding quiz before progressing to the formal assessments.

  • Career options - mobile dog grooming, working from home, salons and franchising
  • Combs and brushes
  • Shedding aids
  • Clippers, blades and guard combs
  • Nails and teeth
  • Shampoos, conditioners and deodorants
  • Grooming tables
  • Hydrobaths and bathing equipment

  • The ANKC breed groups
  • Dog training - the alpha theory and positive dog training
  • Canine communication and calming signals
  • Dealing with an aggressive or fearful dog
  • Canine body language
  • Essential canine first aid

  • Canine anatomy
  • Handling fleas, ticks, mites and ringworm
  • Managing roundworm, tapeworm and heartworm
  • Important canine disease awareness
  • Bacterial and viral infections
  • Skin disorders

  • Essential health check
  • A visual assessment
  • Checking for pain
  • Skin and coat inspection
  • Eyes and ears
  • Checking dogs teeth
  • Nail maintenance
  • Prepare corded, double, silky, smooth, wire and wool coats for the bath
  • Hygiene and care procedures
  • Nail clipping
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Pad trimming
  • Ear plucking and cleansing

  • Owner expectations and needs
  • Styling to match the breed
  • Coat type and behaviour
  • Accentuate the dogs natural look
  • Understanding dog shape
  • Styling mixed breed dogs
  • Drying methods - blasting, stretch, fluff and smooth drying techniques

  • Styling spherical head shapes such as the Bichon Frise, Dandie Dinmont, Shih Tzu and West Highland Terrier
  • Eyebrows and beards
  • Long and short legged Terriers
  • Topknots
  • Scissoring skills and safety
  • Styling with feathering, stretch drying and fluff drying
  • Tail shape
  • Clipping and when to clip
  • Grooming puppies
  • Hand stripping and plucking
  • Carding

  • Creating the style - blending, feet, legs, body, ears, head, muzzle and throat
  • Elaborate styling
  • Fluff drying
  • The Poodle pet clip
  • Styling poodle cross breeds - Cavoodles, Groodles

  • Grooming the short haired Terrier
  • Airedale
  • Australian
  • Silky Australian
  • Bedlington
  • Border
  • Cairn
  • Dandie Dinmont
  • Irish
  • Kerry Blue
  • Norfolk and Norwich
  • Parsons Russell
  • Scottish
  • Soft-coated Wheaten
  • West Highland
  • Yorkshire
  • Schnauzer

  • Drop coat breeds
  • Natural coat toy breeds
  • Retrievers medium to long haired
  • Styling setters and spaniels
  • Wirehaired breeds
  • Grooming long and thick coats
  • Hound grooming

  • Telephone skills
  • Converting customers
  • Communication ABC's
  • How to create a customer base
  • Dealing with difficult customers

  • Choosing the right business
  • Customer contracts
  • Appointment cards
  • The importance of diary management
  • Personal software packages
  • Setting up your finances
  • Setting prices, taking payment and accounting
  • Health and safety
  • Insurance cover
  • Creating your customer experience

  • Choosing your business name
  • Creating your business plan
  • Carry out market research
  • Online marketing - social media, websites and blogging
  • Service related marketing
  • Professional development

  • Equipment checklist
  • Blade size chart
  • Printable five freedoms chart
  • Printable canine disease reference chart
  • Dog health assessment template
  • Business plan template
  • Income projection template



You’ll be asked to complete 4 assessments throughout the course, each containing 25 short answer questions. These assessments will be submitted to your course mentor for grading and feedback.



At the end of each lesson, you’ll be given the opportunity to complete a practical task. Below are some examples of activities you'll complete in modules 4-9;

  • Carry out an initial health check on your model.
  • Bath and groom a dog that requires no trimming.
  • Practice your scissor skills using knitted pompoms.
  • Bath and stretch dry/ Bath and fluff dry a suitable dog.
  • Bath and trim a suitable dog into a classic spaniel cut.
  • Groom a curly coated dog such as a Poodle or Bichon Frise.
  • Groom a Terrier or directly related cross breed.

Modules 10-12 in the Professional Dog Grooming Diploma are dedicated to helping you set up and build your business.  These tasks are designed to prepare you to launch your business after graduating.  You'll be guided on how to create your business plan using the course template and then think about how you'll advertise and market your business.  You'll also begin making important decisions such as the prices you'll charge and your service definition. 


Top 3 Reasons to Study Dog Grooming Online

Online dog grooming courses can be just as beneficial as classroom courses. Since everyone learns differently a huge benefit of online learning is that you have that flexibility to study when and where you want at your very own pace. Meaning there’s no chance of your learning being held up by others in the classroom.


1. The Cost

Online dog grooming courses are one of the most affordable ways to study since online schools don’t have to maintain a physical campus. Not only that, but no start and finish dates for online learning means more flexible payment options. All of our online dog grooming courses can be paid off on payment plans of just $25 per week.


2. Flexibility

With no set deadlines or study times, you can work through the lessons and assessments at your own pace. Even better, you won’t need to quit your day job in order to attend classes, you could even study in your lunch break if you wanted to!


3. Motivation

Learning online isn’t for everyone, but neither is running your own business. Learning online will teach you more than just how to become a dog groomer. You’ll need to be disciplined and motivated to complete each lesson and will develop essential time management skills which will become invaluable when you start your own dog grooming business.

Remember, you can study the course at your own pace.  We’ve seen students complete in as a little as a few months and be up and running with their businesses on the day they graduate!


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We are confident that you'll love studying with us, just as hundreds of students before you have! You only need take a look at our Student Stories to see what you could achieve!




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Ready to get started? Become a professional dog groomer in under a year by enrolling with Pet Courses today!


Success Stories

When you study with Pet Courses, you're never alone.  You'll be joining an exclusive learning community that connects you with other students to share your learning journey.  Ask questions, seek advice or simply be motivated by others stories as you study your animal care course with us.

Julie Bezemer
Julie Bezemer
Owner Julie Bezemer Puppy Waves

Julie's business started out by just word of mouth, with people stopping to ask who groomed her dogs. Before long she had dozens of regular clients and now happily works 2 days a week in her own salon.

Nicole Scott
Nicole Scott
Owner Pawfection Pet Services

Nicole wanted a business that would fit around her new family that she could do from home. She had always loved dogs and dreamed of a career where she could work with them every day.

Sandi Ferguson
Sandi Ferguson
Owner Fergie's Dog Grooming

While studying, Sandi decided to post in her local dog park Facebook group to offer half price grooms so that she could get some models to practice on. She ended up being inundated with clients and after only a few weeks was able to charge full price.

Amanda Toohey
Amanda Toohey
Employed Groomer

Amanda used to go and watch her friend groom dogs which inspired her to study dog grooming. She helped out at her friends salon, shaving dogs pads and trimming nails and managed to secure a job at a local grooming and day care facility. Amanda has since set up her own part time business as well.

Lisa Grant
Lisa Grant
Owner Lisa's House of Dogs

After 35 years in insurance, Lisa decided to follow her dreams and start her own dog grooming business. After graduating, she converted a spare bedroom into a salon and embarked on an exciting new chapter in her life. She hasn't looked back since!

Alyson Bratt
Alyson Bratt
Owner Scrub Woofers Dog Grooming

After graduating, Alyson nervously opened her salon. She was worried she wouldn't have enough clients so kept her two part time jobs going. After just 2 weeks she quit her part time jobs because she was running out of appointments for her clients!

Brooklyn Turner
Brooklyn Turner
Owner Head Turners Sudz-n-Scissors

Having always loved dogs, Brooklyn dreamed of a career as a dog groomer. Whilst studying for year 12, she completed her Dog Grooming Diploma and set up a small salon from her parents home.  She has since gone on to specialise in Asian fusion and teddy bear styles having achieved so much at such a young age.

Brigitte Meissner
Brigitte Meissner
Owner of The Groomery

Having a background in dog behaviour and training, embarking on a career in dog grooming was a perfect match for Brigitte. After pestering everyone she knew with a dog to gain experience, Brigitte opened a small home salon. Following it's success, she is now in the process of expanding into an upmarket boarding facility as well.

Sharon McQuillan
Sharon McQuillan
Employed dog groomer

As a vet nurse, dog grooming complimented Sharons career really well and offerred her a back up career to earn extra money.  Sharon now operates a grooming business 1-2 days a week out of a local pet shop, giving her great variety in her working week.

Kelly Wright
Kelly Wright
Owner of Groomed by Kelly

Dog grooming was a career that Kelly always wanted to pursue.  While studying she practiced on friends and families dogs, setting up her mobile dog wash and grooming business before she even graduated.  Initially starting out part time, she got so busy that she now operates full time.

Jodi Gooding
Jodi Gooding
Owner Transfurmations Grooming

Having always loved dogs, grooming was the perfect career for Jodi.  She started out by creating a balinese style hut in her garage.  After doing letter drops and grooming friends and families dogs, her business has now expanded to work out of a beautiful renovated home salon.

Kurtis Doyle
Owner of Bubbles & Bones Pet Grooming

After suffering some medical issues, Kurtis needed a new career that offered him more flexibility.  He had the opportunity to purchase an established mobile business, so while studying he shadowed the previous owner, and was then ready to hit the ground running in his new mobile trailer.

Jayne Shilcof
Jayne Shilcof
Employed groomer at Holistic Touch

Having fostered and adopted many animals, Jayne felt in her happy place surrounded by dogs.  She took the plunge by enrolling to study dog grooming, finally following her passion.  Now working alongside a friend and specialising in dogs with special needs, her only regret is that at 61 she wishes she had done it sooner!

Mellissa James
Mellissa James
Owner Mells Poochie Pampers

As a mobile dog washer, Mel was receiving so many customers asking her to groom that she decided to upskill, completing her Dog Grooming Diploma. Now 6 months on she is loving her job and looking forward to establishing a home based salon in the near future.

Leanne White
Leanne White
Home Groomer

Leanne was frustrated when her beloved elderly Poodle was refused grooming. So she took it upon herself to learn. She now enjoys helping others out as her new found hobby.

Top Student Reviews



reviewed 1 year ago

This course was easy to follow and I loved the information provided. The assessments were well planned out and were questions that related to the course information read well! This course provided me with a lot of necessary information and I loved it!


reviewed 1 year ago

“I truly enjoyed this course” all the information provided were fantastic and the instructors were wonderful and knowledgeable.


reviewed 1 year ago

You provide best service to his students and tutor hannah is very kind and helpful


reviewed 1 year ago

This course is quite useful for the development of my new career. I received a lot of helpful knowledge of dog grooming.  I definitely will recommend my friends to study this course if they are interested in Pet grooming.  Appreciate for Hannah Grice.


reviewed 1 year ago

Great corse, easy to understand and I like that there is no time limit to complete the corse.


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reviewed 1 year ago

Was very happy with the course. Very informative and I have felt I learnt a lot. All of the information provided was easy to read and understand.


reviewed 1 year ago

This course was very easy to understand and gave me all the basic tools I needed to become a dog groomer.