Animal Grooming Course - CPD Certified

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International Open Academy


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Pampering gorgeous animals is a wonderful way to spend your working day. With 8.5 million dogs in the UK, you’ll never be short of potential clients with your amazing dog grooming service! Start your training now with our online Animal Grooming course. Follow our guide to bathing and grooming pedigrees and other pooches so they look and feel amazing.

Pet care is a fast-growing business with pet parents in the UK spending £10 billion a year on their dogs alone. The time has never been better to work in the animal care business as a dog groomer. You don’t need any previous experience or animal care qualifications. Just a desire to land your dream job working with animals.


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Internationally-recognised CPD accredited course

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Immediate certificate download when you complete the course

Dog grooming is an important part of animal care as you are responsible for checking for infections or problems with their skin, nails, teeth, ears and eyes. You’ll know how to spot the symptoms of common ailments in our course. You’ll also be able to care for short, long and curly hair and create standard styles for popular breeds from French bulldogs to Samoyed huskies.

Start your animal care and dog grooming training now by signing up for our Animal Grooming certificate course.

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You’ll always be in demand as a dog groomer. It’s the perfect profession for animal lovers who want a career in animal care surrounded by precious pets all day. Training in dog grooming is essential so that you are able to create the right style for all breeds and mixed breeds as well as keep yourself and your four-legged clients safe and happy.

Start training as soon as you sign up for the Animal Grooming course. Get to know the background of dog grooming, common disorders you may come across while grooming, animal science, animal care before and during grooming, and first-aid techniques. The course includes:

  • history of grooming - where it all started
  • types of coats that you'll be working with and how to style different pedigrees as well as mixed breeds!
  • how to bathe dogs with long, short and curly hair as well as special instructions for Nordic dogs
  • dog grooming tools you'll need
  • best hygiene practice and disinfection
  • animal science and anatomy
  • good animal care and identifying common disorders

You’ll be able to confidently handle all types of dogs, whether they’re scared or being aggressive. All the tips on animal care, and health and safety while dog grooming are included in our course too. Dogs come in all sizes with different types of fur to treat, which is why an introduction to animal science and anatomy is an important part of your dog grooming training.

Whether you want to set up your dog grooming business in a pet boutique, boarding kennel, dog hotel, veterinary clinic, pet shop, pet spa or start your own mobile dog grooming service, our Animal Grooming internationally-accredited course is your first step to your amazing new career in animal care. Sign up now and get a certificate in dog grooming to show your new clients.

How is the Animal Grooming course assessed?

By studying Animal Grooming online with IOA, you do not pay an extra fee for sitting an exam or have to wait for a set date to sit an exam. There is a short exam at the end of each module for you to take, You’ll know your score immediately.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, you must complete the course and successfully pass each course module with a score of 55% or more to be eligible for the certificate. You can also get the ICOES certificate for a small fee to cover printing and posting.

Animal Grooming Course Syllabus

Module 1: Where Did Grooming Begin?

  • History and evolution of dog grooming
  • Origins of dog grooming
  • A profession of the future
  • Bark the loudest!

Module 2: Be Prepared!

  • Safe set-up procedures
  • Safety for you and your staff
  • Safety restraints
  • Muzzles
  • Pet safety

Module 3: First Aid

  • Introduction to animal care
  • How to approach an injured or ill dog
  • Artificial respiration
  • Heart massage
  • Heat stroke
  • Stress from shock

Module 4: The Most Common Disorders

  • Introduction
  • Eczema
  • Ringworm
  • Dandruff
  • Scabies
  • Otitis
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Plaque

Module 5: Working Tools

  • Large items
  • Cutting equipment and scissors
  • Brushes and combs
  • Accessories
  • Hygiene and disinfection

Module 6: Psychology And Bathing

  • The dog groomers’ approach to dogs
  • Advice for clients on preparing pets for dog grooming
  • Aggressive dogs
  • Why wash?
  • Before you start
  • Important little places
  • Shampoo
  • Dive in!

Module 7: Animal Science, Anatomy & Types Of Coat

  • Animal Science - Anatomy
  • Types of coat
  • Table of grooming levels
  • Bathing dogs with long hair
  • Bathing dogs with curly hair
  • Bathing dogs with short hair
  • Bathing Nordic dogs

Module 8: Standard Styles

  • Introduction
  • Poodle
  • Yorkshire terrier
  • White West Highland terrier
  • English cocker spaniel
  • Shih Tzu
  • Schnauzer
  • Labrador/retriever
  • French bulldog
  • Samoyed husky
  • Mongrel/mutt/mixed breed

Who is this course for?

  • Animal lovers looking for a career working with animals all day
  • People interested in knowing more about animal science, animal care, dog anatomy and types of coats
  • Anyone who works with animals in a pet boutique, boarding kennel, animal shelter, dog hotel, grooming salon, pet spa or pet shop and wants to offer a dog grooming service
  • Dog walkers or pet sitters looking to make additional income as a dog groomer
  • Everyone working in the animal care industry or animal science sectors who needs a better understanding of different pet fur and skincare
  • People who already work in the animal care sector who need to properly groom a pet
  • Anyone who works with strays or neglected animals which have poorly-neglected or matted coats
  • Dog owners who want to spend more quality time with their four-legged best friends and make them look beautiful


International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

Career path

  • Set up a dog grooming service within a shop or a mobile business
  • Find a job within animal care services by looking after dogs’ fur and carrying out basic health checks
  • Existing dog groomers in pursuit of promotion
  • Kennel assistant or dog shelter worker who need to be able to groom dogs
  • Your interest and knowledge of dogs could lead to further studies in animal care or animal science

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Kelly asked:

Hi, I was wondering if I could purchase hard copy of the certificate once qualifying? Thanks


Yes, you can. Hard copy documents can be ordered directly from your account once your Animal Grooming course is completed.

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Bruno asked:

Hello team. I was just wondering if you supply a certificate at the completion of the course please? Thank you Bruno Bogo


Yes, once you complete your Animal Grooming course, you will receive a certificate of completion that profoundly improve your CV and therefore increase chances of getting employment in the Animal Care industry.

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Martin asked:

Hello my name is Martin if I do this course and if I pass will I be a qualified dog Groomer as this is something I would like to do kind regards


Yes, once you complete your Animal Grooming course, you will receive a certificate of completion that profoundly improve your CV and therefore increase chances of getting employment in the Animal Care industry.

This was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.

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