Dog Grooming



£385 inc VAT
Or £64.17/mo. for 6 months... Read more
Study method
Online, self-paced
12 months
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Tutor is available to students
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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This online dog grooming course provides students with a complete guide to dog grooming. This includes sections on the history of dog breeding; detailed guidance on different grooming techniques; as well as advice on how to go about setting up your own business. You will have the help of a personal tutor, as well as access to an online learning portal and a useful instructional DVD.


  • Lesson 1

Man’s History with Dogs – The History of Dog Grooming – The Dog Grooming Profession

  • Lesson 2

Dog Breeds – Breed Recognition – Dog Anatomy and Physiology – Dog Diseases – First Aid

Further Reading & Research

  • Lesson 3

Types of Coat – Smooth Coat Breeds – Short Coat Breeds – Double Coat Breeds – Long and Silky Coat Breeds – Harsh and Wiry Coat Breeds – Curly and Woolly Breeds – Corded Coated Breeds

Further Reading & Research

  • Lesson 4

Types of Coat – Short Coat Breeds – Long Coat Breeds – Designer Breeds

Further Reading & Research

  • Lesson 5

Equipment Required – Grooming Tools – Clippers – Blades – Shears – Scissors – Equipment Maintenance – Uniforms and Protective Clothing – Protective Equipment – Products Required – Price Lists – Suppliers Information and Contact Details

Further Reading & Research

  • Lesson 6

Safety Measures – Dog Psychology – Dog Control – Pre-Bath – Bath – Post Bath

Further Reading & Research

  • Lesson 7

Grooming – Dealing with Double Coats – Professional Grooming Shortcuts – Working with Puppies – Working with the Senior Dog

Further Reading & Research

  • Lesson 8

Terriers – Terrier Trims – Head Details – Body Details – Hand Stripping – Terrier Breeds – Airedale Terrier – Australian Terrier – Bedlington Terrier – Cairn Terrier – Dandie Dinmont Terrier – Irish Terrier – Kerry Blue Terrier – Lakeland Terrier – Norfolk Terrier – Norwich Terrier – Schnauzer – Scottish Terrier – Sealyham Terrier – Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier – Welsh Terrier – West Highland White Terrier – Wire Fox Terrier – Yorkshire Terrier – Breed Grooming Comparisons

Further Reading & Research

  • Lesson 9

Spaniel Breeds – Spaniel Breed Trims – American Cocker Spaniel – American Water Spaniel – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – English Cocker Spaniel – English Springer Spaniel – English Toy Spaniel – Irish Water Spaniel – Welsh Springer Spaniel – Poodle Types – Poodle Breed Trims – Minature Poodle – Standard Poodle – Toy Poodle

Further Reading & Research

  • Lesson 10

Setter Breeds – Setter Trims – English Setter – Gordon Setter – Irish Red Setter – Irish Red Setter – Other Breeds – Bichon Frise – Old English Sheepdog – Portuguese Water Dog – Mixed Breeds and Designer Dogs

Further Reading & Research

  • Lesson 11

Drop Coat Breeds – Drop Coat Trims – Coton de Tulear – Havanese – Lhasa Apso – Pomeranian – Shih Tzu – Troubleshooting

Test – Further Reading & Research

  • Lesson 12

The Law and You – Health and Safety – First Aid – Setting Up in Business – Accessories – Finances – Choosing Premises – Salon Design – Insurance – Business Plan – Business Profile – Business Portfolio – Conclusion

Further Reading & Research.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to become a dog grooming professional, either self-employed or working for someone else.


There are no formal requirements for this course.

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Danielle asked:

Is it possible to complete this course in less than 12 months?


Because it is distance learning you can set your pace. For this course it would be possible to complete in 3-4 months if you can devote the time required to studying.

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Cherry asked:

With this certificate can I get grooming insurance to start my own business


In order to obtain public liability insurance it is likely that you will in addition need to complete a period of experience undertaken under supervision. We always advise students to check requirements with an insurance broker to check personal requirements.

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Vicky asked:

Do we get any physical learning, such as training to actually carry out a cut on a dog and get examined on that


The course is base on theoretical study form texts and publication, and assessed through essay style tutor marked assignments. Because it is distance learning it is not possible to conduct practical assessments. Howevere the course does require students to gain practical experience through established dog grooming facilities.

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Elisa asked:

Can you spread the cost of the course over so many months or do you pay in full..


Payments are made direct to Reed Online, and I believe that monthly payments are possible.

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paige asked:

what qulifications do you need for this and age?


No prior qualifications are required to sudy this course. Minimum age is 16 years.

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Leanne asked:

Hi. Do you get a qualification out of this course? I've read it's just a certificate for completing the course?


This course is assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments which test the student's knowledge and understanding. On successful completion this leads to a level 3 certificate issued by ABC AWards, a leading UK awarding organisation.

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Cheryl asked:

How can i learn the hand on practical cutting


The assessments are basd up your answers to knowledge based questions rather than practical, but students are encouraged to under take practical experience by volunteering in an established business.

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Pamela asked:

Where abouts do you do the course? Im waiting to do a course in the scottish borders, thanks


The course is completed by distance learning using printed materials which we send to your home. Consequently it can be completed anywhere, and you can start at any time. Regards,

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lucinda asked:

Does the certificate make you a qualified dog groomer


There is no single apporved qualification required to practice dog grooming, but this course along with the certification, demonstrates achievment of a body of knowledge and series of skills which show you have attained a level of proficiency in dog grooming skills.

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G M asked:

Why is this course much cheaper than other it recoginsed certificate?


At £385.00 the course is a similar price to our other courses. All of our courses are certificated by ABC Awards which is a leading awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual. Regards,

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Kath asked:

Can you learn this course as a beginner or do you have to learn a lower level first


No prior knowledge or qualification is required to study this course as it is aimed at beginners as well as more experienced students.

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