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"Life changing course for me! This course was so informative and engaging right from the very first module, all the way until the last. I started this course with a dream to start my very own, home-based, grooming business, having never even held a pair of grooming scissors, nor even knowing what a "blade set" was.

Now I am running my own small business, I can hold and use my scissors in the correct way and am confident with bathing, drying, clipping, scissoring and styling dogs. I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn how to become a dog groomer!" - Heidi Lee

Look no further than this unique online Dog Grooming Diploma, designed specifically for individuals who are passionate about dogs and want to turn their love for them into a rewarding career.

This course, taught by a professional groomer covers all the hands-on skills and techniques that you will need to succeed in the industry. From bathing, nail trimming, and scissoring, to behaviour, handling, and first aid, we provide the most up-to-date and industry-relevant grooming practices. View course modules.

You will master the art of grooming all dog breeds by focusing on four essential skills: shaping the head, body, legs/feet, and tail. Through a comprehensive approach, you will gain a deep understanding of each dog's unique shape, encompassing breed standards, coat type, anatomy, and lifestyle. By adeptly combining and matching grooming techniques, you will tailor your approach to suit each individual dog, ensuring a well-rounded and effective grooming proficiency.

One of the unique features of this course is that it's online, meaning that you can study at your own pace, without any deadlines. We understand that everyone has different schedules, so we provide 24/7 unlimited access to detailed lessons, video tutorials, and carefully designed assessments mentored by our expert groomer, Hannah Grice.

This dog grooming course is suitable for learners of all ages, with no prior experience required. We believe that with the right training and passion, anyone can become a successful dog groomer and stand out in this rewarding industry. 

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What sets us apart is our commitment to hands-on support and assessment throughout the learning journey. Our written assessments are not automated; each one is carefully reviewed by your certified dog grooming mentor Hannah.  As a professional groomer herself, Hannah provides personalised feedback and is always there to offer support and guidance throughout your learning journey. 

Consider these sample assessment questions:

  1. Describe the three types of canine eyebrows used on dogs with rectangular faces?
  2. How do you appropriately prepare a double-coated, heavily shedding dog for a bath?
  3. Can you identify the blending points and head shape specific to a Bichon Frise?

These questions exemplify the level of detail and practical knowledge our course imparts, ensuring that by graduation, students can confidently apply grooming skills tailored to the unique characteristics of each dog they encounter.

A distinctive feature of our course lies in the outcomes of our students. We take great pride in sharing the stories of individuals who have not only completed our course but have also established their own thriving dog grooming businesses. We are proud of these success stories as they serve as a testament to the effectiveness of our course, as do our reviews on Trust Pilot.

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  • Professional Pathways in Dog Grooming
  • Grooming Image, uniform and Presentation
  • Essential Tools in Your Grooming Kit
  • Choosing the Right Grooming Table
  • Creating an Effective Bathing and Drying Zone
  • Shedding aids, brushes and combs
  • Commercial dryers and blasters
  • First Aid
  • Understanding Different Blade Sizes
  • Shampoo, conditioner and doedorants
  • Comprehensive Equipment Checklist

Additional Resources:

Blade Size Chart: A handy reference for understanding different blade sizes.
Equipment Checklist: A detailed checklist to ensure you have all the essential tools.
Scissors Reference Guide: An informative guide on selecting and using grooming scissors.
Revision Quiz: Test your knowledge and reinforce key concepts.
Practical Task: Apply what you've learned with a hands-on grooming task.

  • Evolutionary Influences: Natural and Artificial Selection
  • Breed Insight Essentials: ANKC Breed Groups
  • Grooming Perspectives: Understanding Breed Groups
  • Balancing Nature and Nurture in Dog Behavior
  • Decoding Canine Signals: Body Language Insights
  • Skillful Training on the Grooming Table
  • Effective Canine Communication Techniques
  • Theories in Dog Training: Principles and Techniques
  • Handling Aggressive or Fearful Dogs Safely
  • First Aid for Burns, Scalds, and Cuts

Additional Resources:

The Five Freedoms Poster: Visualize and understand the principles of animal welfare to uphold the five freedoms.
Revision Quiz: Test your knowledge and reinforce key concepts.
Practical Task: Apply what you've learned with a hands-on grooming task.

  • Understanding Canine Anatomy: Muscles and Head Structure
  • Delving into Parasites, Zoonosis, and the Canine Immune System
  • Disease Awareness in Canines: Identification and Prevention
  • Exploring Infectious Diseases and the Importance of Vaccination
  • Navigating Skin Disorders and Allergies in Dogs
  • Muscle Groups: An In-Depth Exploration
  • Maintaining a Clean and Disinfected Grooming Space
  • Addressing Lumps, Bumps, and Warts in Canines

Additional Resources:

Muscle Groups Print Out: Visual aid for better understanding canine muscle anatomy.
Topographical Anatomy Diagram: A detailed diagram to enhance your knowledge of canine anatomy.
Canine Disease Chart: Comprehensive information on common canine diseases and disorders.
Revision Quiz: Test your knowledge and reinforce key concepts.
Practical Task: Apply what you've learned with a hands-on grooming task.

Assessment one serves as a comprehensive evaluation of the knowledge and skills acquired in Modules 1-3.

The assessment consists of 25 short-answer questions. These questions aim to gauge your your ability to apply knowledge and techniques learned throughout the modules. Your responses will be submitted to the course mentor for grading and constructive feedback, allowing you to refine and enhance your grooming expertise.

Consider the following 3 example questions:

Question 1: Describe and explain the type of clipper blade you would choose for simultaneously clipping a dog and thinning out a thick undercoat. 
Question 2: Outline the steps you would take if a dog in your care collapses while being bathed.
Question 3: A dog is exhibiting symptoms such as appetite loss, coughing, diarrhea, severe eye problems, and stomach pain. Discuss the actions you would take, identify the potential illness, and explain the reasons behind your diagnosis.

  • Fundamental Health Assessment
  • Ready for the Bath: Pre-Grooming Steps
  • Focusing on Head Shape Perfection
  • Strategic Grooming Preparations
  • Thorough Ear Cleaning Techniques
  • Mastering Nail Clipping and Tipping
  • Precision in Teeth Cleaning Procedures
  • Skillful Pad Trimming Methods
  • Tailoring Health Assessments to Each Dog
  • Addressing Dental Health Challenges
  • Thoughtful Care for Anal and Genital Areas
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Effective Bathing

Additional Resource:

Individual Dog Health Assessment Template: An invaluable tool for use in your salon when evaluating a dog for grooming, ensuring comprehensive and tailored care.
Revision Quiz: Test your knowledge and reinforce key concepts.
Practical Task: Apply what you've learned with a hands-on grooming task.

  • Crafting Your Grooming Style: Understanding Owner Expectations and Needs
  • Navigating Coat Types and Behaviour for Optimal Styling
  • Unveiling Canine DNA: Exploring Genetic Influences
  • Shaping Your Unique Grooming Style
  • Artistry in Grooming Mixed Breeds
  • Mastering Drying Techniques
  • Perfecting the Art of Fluff Drying
  • Precision in Scissoring Techniques
  • Proficiency in Clipper Handling

Additional Resources:

Revision Quiz: Test your understanding and solidify key concepts.
Practical Task: Apply newfound knowledge through hands-on grooming exercises.

  • Mastering the Groomer's Perspective: Observational Skills
  • Varieties in Head Shapes: Spherical, Egg, and Rectangular
  • Understanding Diverse Body Shapes for Professional Styling
  • Artistry in Eyebrow and Beard Styling Techniques
  • Perfecting the Topknot: A Focal Point in Styling
  • Tail and Feet Styling: Enhancing the Overall Look
  • The Art of Hand Stripping and Carding
  • Hygiene Clipping: Maintaining a Clean and Groomed Appearance
  • Hands-On Application: Practical Styling and Clipping
  • Catering to Dogs with Specific Styling Needs
  • Nurturing Young Pups: The Art of Puppy Grooming
  • Fine-Tuning Techniques in Hand Stripping

Additional Resources:

Cavoodle Head Video Tutorial with Hannah Grice: A visual guide to enhance your understanding.
Revision Quiz: Test your understanding and solidify key concepts.
Practical Task: Apply newfound knowledge through hands-on grooming exercises.

Assessment two serves as a comprehensive evaluation of the knowledge and skills acquired in Modules 4-6.

The assessment consists of 25 short-answer questions. These questions aim to gauge your your ability to apply knowledge and techniques learned throughout the modules. Your responses will be submitted to the course mentor for grading and constructive feedback, allowing you to refine and enhance your grooming expertise.

Consider the following 3 example questions:

Question 1:  How would you prepare a double coated, heavily shedding, dog for the bath?
Question 2: Choose three wool coated dogs and briefly describe how you would style them?
Question 3: How would you stretch dry a dog’s coat, describe the process from directly after the bath to finish?

  • Artistry Unveiled: Mastering Poodle and Show Styling
  • Exploring the Intricacies of the Poodle Coat
  • Nurturing Elegance: The Corded Coat Approach
  • Showstopper Poodle Presentation: A Grooming Showcase
  • Tending to Poodle Puppies: Early Styling Lessons
  • Stept to Create The Perfect Poodle Pet Clip
  • Fluff or Curl: Navigating Grooming for Different Coat Textures
  • The Fluff Drying Process: Elevating the Final Look
  • Precision in Poodle Facial Styling and Topknot Design
  • Health Check and Pre-Work Protocols for Poodles
  • Versatility in Grooming Poodle Cross Breeds
  • Coat Preparation Mastery: Setting the Stage
  • Elaborate Styling Techniques Unveiled
  • Sculpting the Spherical Poodle Head

Additional Resources:

The Poodle TopKnot Video Tutorial with Hannah Grice: Visual demonstartion to create the perfect topknot.
Revision Quiz: Test your understanding and solidify key concepts.
Practical Task: Apply newfound knowledge through hands-on grooming exercises.

  • Mastering Precision Grooming for Terrier Breeds
  • Simplifying Styling for Terriers: A Comprehensive Approach
  • Tailored Techniques for Short and Long-Haired Terriers
  • Grooming Terrier Crosses
  • Precision in Styling the Terrier Body and Head
  • Catering the Groom to the Dogs Shape, Anatomy and Lifetyle;
    • Airedale
    • Australian Terrier
    • Silky Australian
    • Bedlington
    • Border
    • Cairn
    • Dandle Dinmont
    • Irish
    • Kerry Blue
    • Schnauzer
    • Yorkshire Terrier

Additional Resources:

Revision Quiz: Test your understanding and solidify key concepts.
Practical Task: Apply newfound knowledge through hands-on grooming exercises.

  • Grooming Drop Coats
  • Tailored Grooming Approaches for Toy Breeds
  • Natural Coat Toy Breeds
  • Precision Grooming for Gundogs
  • Showcasing Elegance in Setter Grooming
  • Short and Long-Haired Breeds: A Comprehensive Grooming Guide
  • Navigating Grooming Challenges in Long and Thick Coats
  • Hound Grooming
  • Mastering Double Coats
  • Grooming Short-Haired and Wire Coats
  • Grooming Double and Thick Coats
    • Havanese
    • Maltese
    • Retrievers
    • Setters
    • Spaniels
    • Snow breeds and Spitz

Additional Resources:

Revision Quiz: Test your understanding and solidify key concepts.
Practical Task: Apply newfound knowledge through hands-on grooming exercises.

Assessment three serves as a comprehensive evaluation of the knowledge and skills acquired in Modules 7-9.

The assessment consists of 25 short-answer questions. These questions aim to gauge your your ability to apply knowledge and techniques learned throughout the modules. Your responses will be submitted to the course mentor for grading and constructive feedback, allowing you to refine and enhance your grooming expertise.

Consider the following 3 example questions:

Question 1: How should a poodle Topknot be styled?
Question 2: Draw a Diagram or adapt a photograph showing the blending points and head shape of a Bichon Frise in pet cut? 
Question 3: What is breed specific about the head of a Bedlington Terrier?

  • Elevating Customer Service in Your Grooming Business
  • Professionalism and Customer Relations
  • Effective Communication Strategies for Client Engagement
  • Mastering Active Listening Skills in Customer Interactions
  • Telephone Etiquette
  • The Art of Thoughtful Questioning for Dog Owners
  • Nurturing the Canine-Human Relationship
  • Confidence-Building Techniques for Positive Customer Experiences
  • Creating Customer Loyalty
  • Expanding Your Grooming Clientele
  • Ethical Appeal: Aligning Business Practices with Values
  • Rewarding Customer Loyalty
  • Managing Challenging Interactions with Difficult Customers
  • Developing Assertiveness for Effective Customer Service


Additional Resources:

Revision Quiz: Test your understanding and solidify key concepts.
Practical Task: Apply newfound knowledge through hands-on grooming exercises.

  • Launching Your Grooming Venture
  • Mobile Grooming Business Setup
  • Franchise Explorations
  • Home-Based Grooming Guide
  • Salon Setup Essentials
  • Business Set-Up Checklists
  • Effective Record-Keeping
  • Data Protection Measures
  • Seamless Payment Handling
  • Financial Management Tips
  • Health and Safety Priorities
  • Insurance Selection for Your Grooming Business

Additional Resources:

Revision Quiz: Test your understanding and solidify key concepts.
Practical Task: Apply newfound knowledge through hands-on grooming exercises.

  • Your Dog Grooming Business Identity
  • Choosing Your Slogan
  • What is Your Business Definition
  • Drafting a Comprehensive Business Plan
  • Strategic Income Projection Development
  • Market Research Essentials
  • Online Presence: Marketing and SEO Tactics
  • Leveraging Social Media for Business Success
  • Effective Marketing Materials Creation
  • Creating a Website
  • Blogging for Business Visibility
  • Service-Oriented Marketing Techniques
  • Professional Growth and Development

Additional Resources:

Business Plan Template: A comprehensive guide and template to help you articulate your business goals, target market, marketing strategies, financial projections, and operational plan. 
Income Projection Template: Use this tool to project income, identify key performance indicators, and maintain financial clarity as you navigate the dynamic landscape of the grooming industry.
Revision Quiz: Test your understanding and solidify key concepts.
Practical Task: Apply newfound knowledge through hands-on grooming exercises.

Assessment four serves as a comprehensive evaluation of the knowledge and skills acquired in Modules 10-12.

The assessment consists of 25 short-answer questions. These questions aim to gauge your your ability to apply knowledge and techniques learned throughout the modules. Your responses will be submitted to the course mentor for grading and constructive feedback, allowing you to refine and enhance your grooming expertise.

Consider the following 3 example questions:

Question 1: What are the points that need to be considered when setting prices?
Question 2: State the basic insurance cover needed by dog groomers.
Question 3: What is SEO?

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Lisa shares invaluable lessons learned throughout her career, emphasising practical experiences in becoming a professional groomer and establishing her own successful business.

Explore essential topics such as;

Lisa's Grooming Journey
Lisa's Grooming Tools
Lisa's Grooming Equipment
Establishing Your Business
Insurance Tips With Lisa

This on-demand video series offers a firsthand perspective, enriching your knowledge and providing practical tips for those aspiring to thrive in the world of dog grooming entrepreneurship.

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Hannah Grice
Hannah Grice

"I'm always here to help and am very easy to approach."

I am a passionate animal lover and certified Heiniger Academy groomer, with over a decade of hands-on experience working with dogs of all shapes and sizes.

My passion for dog grooming started at an early age, having trained under some of the most respected professionals in the industry.

Alongside running my own successful grooming salon, I've become a professional educator, committed to raising the industry standards and guiding aspiring dog groomers to follow in my footsteps and become confident and competent dog grooming professionals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we offer a 7-day money-back guarantee. During that time, you'll have access to all the materials. If you decide the course isn't right for you, just send us an email to get a full refund.

This course is designed for self-paced learning, which means you have the freedom to study on your own schedule.

There are no time limits or deadlines, and you have 24/7 access to the course. You'll have all the flexibility and convenience to balance your studies with other commitments.

Yes, our dog grooming courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (ICOES).

You can find more information about ICOES on their website here.

It's important to note that the field of dog grooming is currently unregulated, meaning there is no government-mandated certificate required to qualify you as a dog groomer. While formal certification may not be a legal prerequisite, we strongly believe in the value of professional training for anyone offering grooming services.

Our dog grooming courses have been meticulously developed by a professional grooming educator with extensive experience running her own salon for many years. To ensure the highest standards, all our courses are mentored by practicing dog groomers. This unique approach allows us to provide both current and professional guidance throughout your learning journey.

While you may not need a formal certificate to work as a groomer, our commitment is to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and mentorship needed to excel in this unregulated but highly rewarding industry.

Yes there are short-answer assessments which you will submit to your course mentor. Additionally there are multiple choice quizzes that you can complete as many times as you need to.

These assessments will help you understand the material and will reinforce your learning. There are no deadlines on any of the assessments.

You have lifetime access to your course.

No, there's no need to buy equipment before enrolling in the course. The practical tasks in the course are optional, and if you choose to complete them, you'll only need basic supplies.

Yes, we've partnered with Artemis Grooming Supplies, one of the top pet grooming supplies distributors in Australia, to offer our students up to 20% off on grooming supplies. So, you can get everything you need at a discounted price if and when you need it.

Yes, you can pay just $25 per week. If you would rather pay fortnightly or monthly, just let us know. Payment plans are interest-free and there are no credit checks.

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Our interactive approach combines;

  • On-demand video tutorials
  • Engaging interactive lessons
  • Mentor guided assessments

Experience instant access to a wealth of resources with free lifetime access to your course and our exclusive Facebook community, where you can connect with fellow students, seek guidance, and receive invaluable advice to kickstart your business.

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I recently had the pleasure of undertaking a grooming course that has truly been a transformative experience in my life. This course, designed to empower individuals to groom their pets with confidence, has exceeded my expectations in every way. Not only did it equip me with the skills needed to groom my own furry friends, but it also provided a safe and easygoing learning environment that has greatly helped me.

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