Dog Grooming Course

Diploma in Dog Grooming Course

The 13 Dog Grooming Course Modules

1: Supplies & Equipment

  • What Supplies and Tools You Need
  • Where to buy professional equipment
  • Setting up grooming stations
  • Setting up bathing stations
  • Cleaning & Sharpening Scissors & Clippers
  • Blade Maintenance
  • Blade charts
  • Clipper vac
  • Grooming attire
  • What to wear and why

2: Safety First

  • Making your parlour a safe place to work
  • Handling Animals Safely
  • Disinfecting
  • Table and Cage Sanitation
  • Handling Fear and Cage Biters
  • Which breeds bite the most
  • Muzzles
  • Dealing with Difficult Dogs
  • Aggressive Dogs
  • Dealing with Difficult Cats
  • Making Bathing Safe
  • First Aid for humans
  • Fire Safety
  • Keeping Animals Separate
  • First aid for animals
  • Bleeding nails
  • Lacerations
  • Clipper burns
  • Cracked pads
  • Shampoo in the eyes

3: Bathing Dogs

  • Bathing Dogs
  • General bathing process
  • Protecting eyes and ears
  • Emptying anal glands
  • Removing tear stains
  • Safety measures
  • Protecting Eyes and Ears
  • Drying
  • Types of dryers
  • Cage drying
  • Fluff drying
  • Nail Clipping
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Nail charts for dogs
  • Nail grinding
  • Nail filing
  • Cleaning the Ears
  • Cleaning teeth
  • Fleas & Ticks
  • Selecting Shampoos and Conditioners

4: Basic Dog Grooming

  • Breed Types & Recognition
  • Breed chart
  • Breed Grooming Standards
  • Combing & Brushing
  • Coloring
  • Grooming Old Dogs
  • Grooming Sick Dogs
  • Dealing with Matted Hair
  • De-shedding
  • Shaving Down a Dog
  • Short Coated Breeds
  • Simple requirements
  • Quick Groom
  • Mixed Breeds
  • Making Bows

5: Grooming double coated, corded and specific breeds

  • Long Double Coated Breeds
  • Short Double Coated Breeds
  • Brushing Out
  • Shaving Undercoat
  • Grooming Corded breeds
  • Breaking up cords
  • Cocker spaniels
  • Schnauzers
  • Poodles
  • Terriers

6. Additional Clipping & Scissoring Techniques

  • Feet
  • Face
  • Stomach
  • Rectum and Privates
  • Sanitary (Hygiene) Clip
  • Mustaches
  • Beards
  • Scissoring
  • Stripping

7. Skin and coat disorders

  • Recognizing Conditions that Need Medical Attention
  • Ears
  • Skin conditions
  • Anal sacs
  • Parasites
  • Allergies
  • Ringworm
  • Bacterial infections
  • Lumps
  • Hair loss
  • Cat problems
  • Obesity and overweight

8. Setting Up Shop

  • Working from Home
  • Mobile Groomer
  • Choosing a Shop

9. Setting up a Mobile Grooming Service - Part 1

  • Advantages and drawbacks of a van-based service
  • Van essentials
  • Buying your van
  • Becoming a franchisee
  • Equipment and facilities you need
  • Process of van-based grooming

10. Setting up a Mobile Grooming Service - Part 2

  • Running the business
  • Finance and insurance
  • Marketing a mobile grooming business

11. Running the Business

  • Setting Business Hours
  • Time Management
  • Drop offs and Pick-ups
  • Hiring employees
  • Management
  • Tax Requirements
  • Business forms and records
  • Processing the work

12. Finance and legal

  • Selecting a Business Type
  • Insurance
  • Bookkeeping
  • Tax
  • Self-Employment taxes
  • Licensing Requirements (international)
  • Borrowing to finance your business

13. Marketing

  • Setting Your Pricing
  • What is the going rate in your area?
  • What does your competition charge?
  • What should you charge extra for?
  • Extensive de-shedding
  • Giant breeds
  • Building a clientele
  • The initial enquiry
  • Signage
  • Promotional supplies