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Professional Dog Grooming Diploma

Start your own business with this dog grooming course.
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Professional Dog Grooming Diploma.


100% online, self paced learning.


Approx. 6 months (part time)

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Top-Rated Dog Grooming Course

Discover our best-selling Professional Dog Grooming Diploma, crafted for those who are passionate about dogs and wish to transform their love into a fulfilling career.

This course, led by an experienced professional groomer, covers all the practical skills and techniques necessary for success in the grooming industry. From bathing, nail trimming, and scissoring to behaviour, handling, and first aid, our curriculum provides the latest and most relevant grooming practices. Explore the course modules for more details.

You will become proficient in grooming all dog breeds by concentrating on four key areas: head, body, legs/feet, and tail. Our comprehensive approach ensures a thorough understanding of each dog's unique shape, including breed standards, coat type, anatomy, and lifestyle. By skillfully blending various grooming techniques, you will tailor your methods to each individual dog, achieving well-rounded and effective grooming results.

One of the standout features of this course is its online format, allowing you to study at your own pace with no strict deadlines. Recognising that everyone has different schedules, we offer 24/7 access to in-depth lessons, video tutorials, and expertly designed assessments, all mentored by our expert groomer, Hannah Grice.

This dog grooming course is perfect for learners of all ages, with no prior experience needed. We believe that with the right training and dedication, anyone can excel as a dog groomer and make a mark in this rewarding field.

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If you're looking for some inspiration, check out our Student Stories, including how Jodi converted her garage into a Balinese style grooming space!


Career Opportunities

      • Professional Dog Groomer
      • Mobile Dog Groomer
      • Salon Owner/Manager
      • Pet Spa Specialist
      • Veterinary Groomer
      • Show Groomer
      • Freelance Groomer
      • Animal Shelter Groomer
      • Pet Grooming Blogger/Vlogger


Accreditation and Recognition

Our Professional Dog Grooming Diploma is Internationally Accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards ICOES.

The course went through a rigorous evaluation and audit to gain accreditation. Having ICOES accreditation guarantees that you will receive a high standard of content that has undergone evaluation by an independent organisation, ensuring it's quality and credibility.


This course includes 12 interactive modules, carefully designed to teach you how to become a confident, professional 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

  • 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

Course Mentor

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

See How You Learn Dog Grooming Online

The average is 6 months studying part time for a few hours a week.
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.

Yes there are practical tasks for you to complete at your own pace.
Don't worry you won't need to find a work placement, you can simply practice on your own or friends dogs all at your own leisure.  You don't need to organise any of this before enrolling.

  • On your own dogs
  • Asking friends and families to groom their dogs
  • Advertising for free models (online e.g Facebook)
  • Volunteering at local animal shelters
  • Organising to shadow a local groomer

Read Sandi's story to see how she secured practical experience or Learn more about how the practical works >

Yes, our dog grooming courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (ICOES).

Our Professional Dog Grooming Diploma is internationally accredited by ICOES.

Pet Courses went through a rigorous evaluation and audit of these courses to gain accreditation. Having ICOES accreditation guarantees you will receive a high standard of content that has undergone evaluation by an independent organisation, ensuring it's quality and credibility.

It's important to note that the field of dog grooming is currently unregulated, meaning there is no government-mandated certificate required to qualify you as a dog groomer. While formal certification may not be a legal prerequisite, we strongly believe in the value of professional training for anyone offering grooming services.

Our dog grooming courses have been meticulously developed by a professional grooming educator with extensive experience running her own salon for many years. To ensure the highest standards, all our courses are mentored by practicing dog groomers. This unique approach allows us to provide both current and professional guidance throughout your learning journey.

While you may not need a formal certificate to work as a groomer, our commitment is to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and mentorship needed to excel in this unregulated but highly rewarding industry.

We include resources that will help you build your business after graduating;

  • Blade Size Chart
  • Equipment Checklist
  • Five Freedoms Poster
  • Muscle Groups Poster
  • Canine Disease Chart
  • Dog Health Assessment Template
  • Income Projection Template
  • Business Plan Template


Upon successful completion of your assessments you'll receive separate Certificates for each course you complete. 

There is no obligation to purchase any equipment in order to complete the course.

The course includes practical tasks to be completed on your own or friends dogs.  They are optional and can be completed at your own pace, so there is no commitment to purchase anything if you choose not to.  To complete them you will only require a basic grooming kit.

We don’t recommend buying anything before enrolling as the first module covers equipment and tools in detail.  You'll start thinking about what you might want to invest in dependant on the type of business you are planning (if that’s what you’re planning).  You’ll watch videos from Lisa who runs a home grooming salon, she’ll show you all of her tools and equipment and talk you through what she finds helpful and also where she purchased it all.  You’ll also be able to download an equipment checklist at the end of the module.

Pet Courses students receive a discount with online retailer Artemis Grooming Supplies as well.

Absolutely not!

We appreciate that learning online can be daunting for some.  Our student focused 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, but you'll feel motivated and inspired as you share your learning journey with us.

No scary exams!

As you work through the modules you'll complete multiple choice questions that will help you recap each lesson. These can be re-taken as many times as you need. There are no scary exams to complete, instead you'll answer short answers questions with feedback provided by your course mentor.

Yes, it's just $25 a week.

You can pay your course off in affordable weekly payments of just $25.  If you prefer to pay fortnightly or monthly, just let us know and we can organise a custom plan for you.

Our payment plans are interest free and there are no credit checks! Please note, payment plans are currently only available to students located in Australia.

Yes, 100% money back and no fees!

Unlike other providers we won't charge you any admin fees if you choose to cancel within the first 7 days of enrolling.

If during the first 7 days you don't think the course is what you're looking for, no worries! Simply contact us by email at admin@petcourses.com within 7 days of enrolling and you'll receive a full refund of any money paid.

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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.

reviewed 1 year ago

thanks and it was good and useful for my business.

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.

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Easy to navigate, step by step learning led by industry experts. Enjoy one-on-one tutor support with the flexibility of no time limits.


On average, successful students take 6-8 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)