Dog-Grooming Professional Diploma

Dog-Grooming Professional Diploma
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If you love the idea of working with dogs, or you want to learn how to care for your own dog at home, then this is the course for you!

Keeping your dog clean and well groomed extends far beyond making it look good and smell pleasant. It’s also about keeping it healthy and hygienic too. Pampered and preened dogs are happier, more comfortable and have a healthier, shinier looking coat.

What will I learn?

This course will enhance your pet care knowledge by providing you with the essential information that you need to care for clients’ and/or your own pets in a responsible, welfare -conscious way.

Why Should I enrol onto this course?

The demand for professional dog groomers is increasing therefore, with this qualification you will be presented with many varied career opportunities as a trained dog groomer.

This programme will be studied and completed online, which means you can study from anywhere, at anytime from any device.

The programme has been organised into 12 easy-to-manage modules making learning easier than ever to fit around existing commitments.


This course will offer you a fulfilling way of learning everything you require to enhance your pet care knowledge base for use in the dog grooming business.

On completion of this course, you will:

  • Understand why it is important to approach and handle dogs in a manner that promotes their confidence and co-operation, and the health and safety of all throughout.
  • Understand the potential threats to health, safety and security in a bathing area (such as slippery floors/surfaces, electricity), and steps that should be taken to minimise the threats.
  • Know the importance of understanding and following manufacturers’ instructions regarding dilution of cleansing products, and the possible consequences of not doing so.
  • Learn how to maintain health and safety for yourself, colleagues and others, whilst maintaining the welfare of the dog during the work.
  • Explore the Business Basics of Dog Grooming including health, safety and welfare requirements.
  • Recognise the importance of expressing professionalism.
  • Explore different ways to advertise and recognize how advertising plays an important part to build a client base.
  • Discover which equipment is used and learn the correct techniques to follow as well as learn how to select the appropriate tools for each job.
  • Learn the importance of the use of protective equipment and clothing as well as know how to clean equipment and correct storage methods.
  • Understand the work, which the client has requested and know how to assess and plan the work to be done within an agreed timescale.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of anatomy and health and know what steps to take in the event of accidental cuts and friction burns. You will recognize normal signs of health and detect any abnormalities and address them appropriately.
  • Be mindful of getting authorisation from the client or senior staff before using anti-parasitic products. You will also learn how to assess situations, which may or may not need a referral to a veterinary surgeon.
  • Learn about the pre-bath process to discover why a dog’s coat should be bathed before trimming, and when a dog’s coat should be removed prior to bathing.
  • Grasp the techniques to groom out a coat without injuring the dog and understand the importance of not removing too much hair.
  • Understand the different types of cleansing products available, their purposes and the types of coat and conditions for which they are suitable.
  • Get to grips with the bathing process and know the importance of preventing solutions entering the dog’s eyes, mouth and ears, and why it is important to tell the client if this happens.
  • Know the methods to remove excess water from the dog prior to drying and why it is important to do this, as well be able to identify when coats are completely dry and the potential consequences of not drying a dog properly.
  • Understand why particular care is required when removing excess hair from around eyes and ears and learn why it’s important to make a dog ‘squeaky clean’.
  • Know why it is necessary to check the anal glands, eyes, ears, skin, teeth and gums and learn how to clean the dog’s teeth safely and efficiently.
  • Learn the importance of removing excess hair for the dog’s hygiene and learn how to clip dogs’ nails and what to do if they bleed.
  • Understand the external examination of anal sacs; what is classed as normal, when expression may be necessary, why it is done and the possible consequences of doing it incorrectly or ignoring their poor condition.
  • Know the different types of breeds and how styling is achieved for smooth and medium-coated dogs as well as recognise and understand the extra care required for styling and finishing long-coated dogs.
  • Know the type of equipment used for styling and finishing wire-coated dogs as well as learn how each style is achieved for wire-coated dogs.
  • Understand techniques for styling and finishing different breeds of curly-coated dogs and how styling is achieved for curly-coated dogs.


  • No pre-requisite required to enrol onto this course.
  • Boost your career with a endorsed Diploma.
  • Readily available for you to access online from anywhere.
  • The multiple-choice question assessment at the end of each module will help you remember the main points of each lesson.
  • Gain knowledge to care for your own dog as well as business expertise to set up a practice providing a service to your surrounding area.
  • Welcome and Safety
  • Business basics
  • Getting started
  • Anatomy and health
  • Pre-bath
  • Bathing
  • Drying
  • Ears, eyes, teeth, feet and bum
  • Smooth and medium coats
  • Long coat
  • Wire coat
  • Curly coat
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
1 gigahertz (GHz)
1 GB
Operating Systems
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10
Mac OS
Internet Explorer 8 or above
Google Chrome
Safari 6 or above
Mozilla Firefox
Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android