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Diploma in Dog Grooming

In this free online course learn about the theory and practice of dog grooming, including health and safety techniques.

Skilled Trades
Free Course
This free online course introduces you to pet grooming and why it is necessary. Learn why it is of upmost importance to stay calm and assertive when dealing with dogs. The anatomy of dogs will be explored deeper as well as their basic health and how to maintain them. You will also learn the importance of a pre-grooming health check and why it is vital that your client knows the results of the check. Starting a pet grooming business is discussed.





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Pets are an essential part of many people’s lives. When treated with love and affection, they respond by being constant companions who are always ready to return the affection they are shown. This course includes detailed modules, including a comprehensive introduction to dog grooming, history of dog grooming and anatomy and health of dogs.

Parasites, infections and zoonotic diseases can effect dogs; the pre-grooming health assessment helps to identify any coat or skin disorders that may be present. It is also shown via instruction and video demonstrations how to groom a dog effectively. Getting started in the dog grooming business is explained in detail, as is how to deal with difficult dogs and manage animal training.

Further in the course you will learn how to bath, wash and dry a dog, including precautions that must be taken. You are given advice in how to run your own dog grooming business and the various laws and procedures involved. Dog grooming is a wonderful opportunity and a great career move. This course is suitable for those wishing to learn more about caring for dogs, those studying animal care and those looking to enter the industry as an employee or small business owner.

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Introduction to Dog Grooming

History of Dog Grooming

Anatomy and Health

Pre-Grooming Assessment

Coat and Skin Disorders

Starting A Business

Animal Training

Diploma in Dog Grooming - First Assessment

Prepping Work Area

Pre-bath Preparation

Bathing a Dog

Drying a Dog

Detail Grooming

Cleaning Work Spaces

Grooming Specialities

Law and Emergency Care

Diploma in Dog Grooming - Second Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

⦁ Explain why a person needs to be calm and assertive when dealing with dogs
⦁ Highlight man’s historic relationship with dogs
⦁ Outline the anatomy of dogs
⦁ Point out the importance of a pre-grooming health check
⦁ Determine what affects a dog’s coat
⦁ Elaborate on how to start your own pet grooming business
⦁ Show how animals should be trained to enjoy bath time


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