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Dog Grooming Diploma Course

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There is nothing like learning a new skill, particularly if you can turn it into a full-time lucrative career. Learning is even more rewarding if you can use it to merge a passion with an income.

This comprehensive dog grooming course covers everything from working with dogs and canine behaviour, canine anatomy and health, essential grooming requirements to the different coat types, styling and grooming and how to get started setting up your new business! This course is aimed at the complete beginner in dog grooming and can be used for your own personal learning or for those that are looking to set up their own Dog Grooming business.

This course is written with years of personal experience, which will prepare you completely for life as a professional dog groomer. Whether you are looking for a complete career change, are just leaving education or simply want to add another skill to your existing ones, then this course will give you everything you need to succeed.

The course is taught in a semi-formal style with your learning in mind. We provide a set of questions at the end of each module but also encourage practical action throughout the learning experience. With a solid background of dog grooming theory, we want you to be out in your community and grooming dogs when the certificate lands in your hands.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Dog Grooming Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus


Welcome to the Course

Module One: Working with Dogs

  • Introduction
  • The Five Freedoms
  • Dog Behaviour Basics
  • Handling and Restraining
  • Infection and Disease
  • Module Assessment

Module Two: Canine Anatomy and Health

  • Introduction
  • Dog Skeleton
  • How Breeding Affects Bone Structure
  • Muscular System
  • How the Muscular System Affects Styling
  • Coat and Skin Issues
  • General Health Issues
  • Handling Elderly Dogs
  • First Aid
  • Emergency Situations
  • Module Assessment

Module Three: Essential Grooming Requirements

  • Introduction
  • Insurance
  • Equipment
  • Combs and Brushes
  • Scissors and Clippers
  • Blades
  • Hairdryers
  • Grooming Table
  • Miscellaneous Kit
  • Module Assessment

Module Four: Getting Practical

  • Introduction
  • Visual Inspection
  • Basic Massage
  • Parasites
  • Pre-work
  • Ears
  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Teeth
  • Nails
  • Anal Glands and Genitals
  • Module Assessment

Module Five: Time to Get Clean

  • Introduction
  • Canine Coat Types
  • Preparing for the Bath
  • Drying the Dog
  • Drying for Styling
  • Fluff Drying
  • Stretch Drying
  • Module Assessment

Module Six: Styling Theory

  • Introduction
  • Spaniel Style
  • Long Legged Terrier
  • Short Legged Terrier
  • Drop Coat Style
  • Natural Coat
  • Ears
  • Head
  • Legs
  • Feet
  • Tail
  • Module Assessment

Module Seven: Styling in Practice

  • Introduction
  • Clipper Work
  • Hygiene Trimming
  • Scissor Work
  • Feathering
  • Tidy Feet
  • Creating Face Shapes
  • Shaping
  • Hand Stripping
  • Carding
  • Cross Breed Styling
  • Module Assessment

Module Eight: Grooming and Paperwork

  • Introduction
  • Poodle
  • Bichon Frise
  • Shih Tzu
  • West Highland Terrier
  • Spaniels
  • Chihuahua
  • German Shepherd
  • Grooming Puppies
  • Essential Grooming Paperwork
  • Module Assessment

Module Nine: Building Your Business

  • Introduction
  • Business Plan
  • Registering Your Business
  • Tax
  • National Insurance
  • Module Assessment

Module Ten: Marketing, Customers and Growth

  • Introduction
  • A Professional Image
  • Marketing Your Business
  • Happy Customers
  • Growing Your Skills
  • Final Assessment
  • Reading List

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


If you would prefer to pay via bacs payment or via cheque please email us at or call us on 0800 955 6808 for more assistance.


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