Promoting and maintaining the health and wellbeing of their dogs is of vital importance to many people throughout the country.
These accredited dog grooming courses are not just about passing examinations, they will also teach you how to earn a living out of grooming. They are second to none in showing you how to groom all breeds of dogs to a very high standard. You will be taught ethical grooming practices as well as how to look after a dog’s health by checking its eyes, skin, ears, mouth, nose, feet and nails for signs of any problems. It’s main aim is to show you how to keep coats in good condition and offer advice to pet owners on issues like coat care, grooming and diet. Trainers will coach you towards working as part of a busy team and treating different breeds and sizes of dogs. Apart from all of this, these courses are a great way to get a taster for grooming, and to find out if this really is a long term career for you.
Upon leaving you will have gained a recognised certificate that will reassure prospective clients and employers that you have reached a high standard of professional competency.
You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol on one of these courses. The only real requirement is that as a physical hand’s on course you should be able to lift a minimum of roughly 8KG unassisted.
Dog Grooming training courses overview
All classes are held in a relaxed and comfortable environment where grooming equipment, overalls and dog models will be available. Modules will focus on more than just the basics of dog grooming, they will teach you how to develop an artistic flair and make clear judgement calls. Under the constant attention and supervision of your tutors, you will learn how to calm and control nervous dogs and look for changes in a pet’s hygiene that might indicate a health concern. In classes students will be provided with notes and course material that includes the latest knowledge and techniques, as well as before and after pictures of their progress. Using a combination of practical and theory lessons students will get to practice of various different breeds, carry out research and understand the commercial environment in which private dog grooming salons operate.
Typical subjects taught on a Dog Grooming course
- Canine Characteristics
- Cleaning and maintaining equipment
- Combing Out
- Customer Service
- Ear Cleaning
- Handling Techniques
- Hand Stripping
- Health & Safety
- Introduction to dog grooming
- Lifting a dog
- Nail Clipping
- Salon Management
- Small Animal Anatomy
- Styling Techniques
- Teeth Cleaning
- Transporting dogs
- Treat Parasites
- Working with animals
You will learn how to
- Groom a dog from start to finish.
- Discuss with the animal’s owner what type of grooming is needed.
- Spot health problems in a dog.
- Handle dogs firmly but gently.
- Handle payments from customers.
- Control and restrain dogs.
- Style different breeds of dogs.
- Groom both long and shorthaired dogs.
- Emptying anal glands.
- Clean and maintain the grooming environment.
- Brush out and de-matt different varieties of coat.
- Place dog on grooming tables and fits grooming collars.
- Trim and style a range of dogs using various techniques.
- Offer a highly professional grooming and consultation service to clients.
- Bathe and clean dogs.
- Get rid of tangles by combing and brushing.
- Deal with members of the public face to face.
- Record information about a pet’s disposition.
- Use specialist hairdryers or drying cabinets.
- use electric clippers and stripping knives.
You will learn about
- The correct way of handling and using scissors.
- Upholding high health and safety standards in a salon.
- The Kennel Club’s breed standards.
- Carrying out a health check on a dog.
You will study in modern purpose built classrooms where you will take part in workshops, practical demonstrations and exams. Syllabuses can also be completed through on-the-job training, online programs and vocational schools.
To complete a course student’s needs to pass written examinations as well as practical tests which will put your clipping skills to the test. All of this will have to be done under the watchful eye of assessors. Tutors will have all the necessary experience and qualifications to teach the courses. On a personal level they will be friendly and available to guide you every step of the way.
Dog Grooming Career
Apart from being personally satisfying, dog grooming is a financially rewarding career and a growing industry. This is borne out by statistics which show increasing numbers of dog owners taking their pets to grooming salons. It’s a profession in which you can work your way up from the bottom. Aside from grooming salons and running your own mobile grooming business, jobs can also be found in places such as;
- Animal shelters
- Animal Hospitals
- Boarding establishments
- Garden centres
- Pet shops
- Veterinary clinics
You could find work as a;
- Dog grooming assistant
- Dog stylist
- Dog trainer
Who is a Dog Grooming training course suitable for?
Courses are suitable for anyone with a real passion for pets and who wants to either become a professional dog groomer or simply learn how to groom their own dog. It’s open to absolute beginners with little or no prior experience, as well as people who have been working in the grooming industry for some time, and who want to learn more specialist skills or move into a management role.