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Introduction to Dog Grooming

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Explore life as a dog groomer in this pet grooming course.
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  • Approx. 2 months
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Qualification

Dog Grooming Certificate.

Delivery 

100% online, self paced learning.

Duration

Approx. 2 months (part time).

Course Access 

Lifetime membership.

Online Course for Pet Grooming

Are you an animal lover considering a career in pet grooming? This pet grooming course lets you explore what it might be like to work as a pet groomer without devoting too much time or money. This course is perfect for you if you want to learn the basics of pet grooming, either to see if a job as a pet groomer is right for you, or to learn basic techniques that you can use on your own dog. 

This pet grooming course includes the first 6 modules of our Professional Dog Grooming Diploma and will introduce you to life as a dog groomer.  If you're hesitant to jump in feet first before knowing more about the industry, this is the course for you.  

Explore the foundations of pet grooming through interactive lessons and video tutorials, from understanding what equipment and tools you might need, to basic bathing, drying and styling techniques. You'll learn basic breed group knowledge that will set you on a path to handling and communicating with a variety of different dogs.

 

Note: This is an introductory course only and doesn't include important modules and assessments required to become a professional dog groomer.  If you're interested in starting a career as a professional dog groomer our Diploma or Bundle is the best option for you.

Topics

This course includes 6 interactive modules, carefully designed to introduce you to a career as a dog groomer.

  • 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

Course Mentor

Hannah Grice

Owner and head groomer of 'The Dog House'

Hannah Grice is the owner and head groomer of her own boutique grooming business, The Dog House, which she initially started from her garage until outgrowing the space and moving to a commercial property.

Hannah has an extensive list of credentials as a renowned groomer having won awards in both grooming and obedience competitions with her beloved Poodles, Ivy and Raven.

Hannah will guide you through your course step-by-step via online self-paced lessons and activities.  In her video tutorials, which she presents from her own salon, you'll be shown the correct technique and styling tips accross a variety of breed groups.  Our popular 'At Home With Lisa' video series will also give you a behind the scenes look at a professional dog groomers salon.  In this series Lisa talks you through the tools and equipment that she uses, giving you suggestions on where to purchase as well as tips for starting out in your new business. 

As you progress through the course, you'll be asked to complete multiple-choice assessments. Unlike the Diploma, there are no assessments or practical tasks to complete.  Even though you'll be studying online, you'll never feel alone as we provide 24/7 support as well as membership to our students only facebook group. After graduating, if you decide that dog grooming is the right career option for you, you have the option to upgrade to our Professional Dog Grooming Diploma or Bundle.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Quickly find out answers to our most common questions.

On average 3 months.

Most students study this course part time for a few hours a week and complete in around 3 months. We recognise that everyone's schedule varies, that's why you set the deadlines and not us. You'll receive unlimited lifetime access to the course so you can take as much time as you need to practice and complete your assessments.

Absolutely not!

We appreciate that learning online can be daunting for some. Our student focussed approach means that you're never far away from feeling supported, whether that be from your mentor, our friendly support staff or your fellow students. After enrolling you'll be invited to join our students only private Facebook group. You'll find this group will play an active role in your studies. Not only will you have like-minded people to learn alongside with, but you'll feel motivated and inspired as you share your learning journey's.

The dog grooming industry is largely unregulated, with no government mandated certificate that 'qualifies' you.

Whilst you may not need a formal certificate for most roles, we believe that it's vital that anyone selling their services and working with dogs be professionally trained.

Yes!

Upon successful completion of your assessment you'll receive your Certificate.

No, you wont be required to complete any practical tasks as this is an introductory level course.

If you decide to upgrade to the Diploma or Bundle course you will complete practicals

Yes you can!

When you complete this certificate you'll be studying the first 6 modules from the Professional Dog Grooming Diploma. If you decide that dog grooming is the right career option for you, you can simply contact us to upgrade into the diploma or bundle and complete all assessments, practicals and additional modules.

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

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Robyn
Reviewed 4 months ago

Loved the course Just some of the assessment questions were a little hard to understand what they were trying to ask and how to complete them so they took a little longer.

Julia
Reviewed 4 months ago

Excellent course, very good details

Lauren
Reviewed 4 months ago

A great course providing helpful theory and practical tasks to prepare a prospective groomer for the industry.

Nadja
Reviewed 5 months ago

I was very happy with this course. If I had questions, I got quick answers. It is great that I can download the informations. The videos were very helpful and felt like a practical units. Easier translation options would be great. I fluently speak German.

Makayla
Reviewed 6 months ago

excellent course, valuable information and set up in a way that anyone can learn from

Therese
Reviewed 7 months ago

I absolutely loved this diploma course.  I think the industry should be regulated as there is so much more to know than just how to groom a dog.  I will send an email as there is more I would like to say about this course.  Its fantastic.

Coralie
Reviewed 7 months ago

Good introductory course, provides a high level overview of a good range of topics. I liked the multiple choice questions at the end of each module.

Megan
Reviewed 7 months ago

I found this course covered so much more information than I expected which is great! I felt like I have learnt a lot and it will so helpful in the future. The final assessment was a great way of going over all the information one more.

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On average, successful students take 2 months to complete this course

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Industry Facts

In a national study of pet ownership, Animal Medicines Australia (AMA) found that dogs continue to be Australia's most popular pet, with just over 5 million dogs accross the nation. Self-reported expenditure on pet-related products and services in Australia is now estimated at more than $13 billion a year, up from $12 billion in 2016 with over $700 million spent on pet grooming services.

The average dog-owning household spends an estimated $2,158 a year on their dogs, including $586 on food and $470 on veterinary services. The average yearly spend on pet grooming is up to $154, totalling an estimated $710 million in 2019.

As a dog groomer, your tasks will involve bathing, cutting, combing, blow drying and styling pets coats. Dogs will also require their nails to be clipped and ears to be cleaned.  You will need to understand customer needs, providing good quality service and be able to measure your customer satisfaction.  Active listening, critical thinking and problem solving are all key skills required as a dog groomer.

The Australian department of employment predicts a strong growth in the pet grooming industry over the next 5 years. The ABS Labour Force Survey identifies that there are 4,100 workers in the pet grooming industry in Australia with 35% working full time hours of 35 hours per week or more. According to the Australian Government Job Outlook, the average age of pet groomers in Australia is 40 years with 85% of workers being female.

Source: Australian Government job Outlook; Animal Medicines Australia Pet Survey Report 2019 (AMA)