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Pet Grooming Advanced Diploma

  • About This Course

    The Advanced Pet Grooming course will teach you grooming techniques for dogs, cats and small pets. It provides an excellent basis on which to learn about the finer, advanced aspects of the subject. It explains the different grooming styles suitable for more challenging breeds e.g. poodles. It will provide you with the essential knowledge that you need to care for pets in a responsible, safe-conscious way.

    Learn about things that will help you build a strong bond with your customers, so they will provide repeat business throughout the life of the pet.  This Pet Grooming Course also covers useful methods on how a dog groomer can expand their range of services.  

    The Pet Grooming Course will also assist you to build a professional portfolio of Factsheets that you will find a useful resource, which you can use within your business or just to give to friends and family that need advice.

  • Course lessons

    Lesson One - Skin Anatomy and Common Diseases

    • Anatomy
    • Skin Functions
    • Skin Structure
    • Skin Glands
    • Hair
    • Common Diseases
    • Allergies
    • Bacterial Skin Disease
    • Hormonal Skin Disease
    • Fungal Skin Disease
    • Nutritional Skin Disease
    • Tumours
    • Congenital Skin Disease


    • Have a clear knowledge of skin anatomy
    • Know the important functions of skin
    • Identify the different skin glands
    • Know the different types of hair and understand the functions of hair
    • Identify the different types of skin disease, understand them and know their treatments

    Lesson Two - Parasites

    • Fleas
    • Lice
    • Walking Dandruff
    • Scabies
    • Mange
    • Ear Mites
    • Ticks


    • Have a clear knowledge of the common external parasites
    • Identify the different skin parasites
    • Know the different treatments that can be used for fleas
    • Identify the signs of parasite infection

    Lesson Three – Dentistry

    • Anatomy
    • Diseases
    • Preventive Care
    • Scraping
    • Brushing
    • Diet


    • Have a clear knowledge of the dental anatomy pets
    • Know the important functions of the teeth
    • Identify the different ways to prevent dental disease
    • Know the two scale and brush a pet teeth
    • Have a clear knowledge of the common dental diseases found in pets

    Lesson Four - Puppies

    • Why A Puppy Grooming Is So Important
    • Owners Grooming Training Program
    • Salons Grooming Training Program
    • Bathing Puppies
    • Puppy Clip
    • Useful Advice A Groomer Can Give To A New Puppy Owner


    • Know the important reasons for grooming puppies
    • Identify the different ways the owner can train a puppy to be groomed
    • Know how to start a salons grooming puppy training program
    • Learn the correct way to bath, dry and groom a puppy
    • Understand the meaning of a puppy clip 
    • Have an idea for how a groomer can bond and earn money from a new puppy owner

    Lesson Five - Ageing Dogs

    • Why Grooming A Senior Pet Is So Important
    • Things To Look For
    • Lumps And Bumps
    • Bathing Older Dogs
    • Useful Advice A Groomer Can Give To A Senior Pet Owner


    • Know the importance of grooming ageing dogs
    • Have a clear knowledge of the steps that a dog grooming needs to take to keep a senior dog comfortable and safe.
    • Identify the different ways to help keep a senior dog healthy
    • Know the reasons why to clip old dogs nails
    • Have a clear knowledge of the different trims that can improve an old dogs life.

    Lesson Six - Cat Grooming

    • Why And When
    • Breeds
    • Grooming
    • Clipping
    • Bathing
    • Dry Baths
    • Soft Paws
    • Cat Grooming Services


    • Identify the different types of coat on long haired cats.
    • Understand why and when cats need to be groomed
    • Have a clear knowledge of the how to bath, groom, and lion clip properly and safely.
    • Understand the different cat grooming services that can be offered
    • Have a clear knowledge of the common dental diseases found in pets

    Lesson 7 - Small Animal Grooming

    • Why Groom Small Pets?
    • Rabbits
    • Long Haired Breeds
    • Handling
    • Grooming
    • Baths
    • Scent Glands
    • Mats
    • Guinea Pigs
    • Breeds
    • Handling
    • Grooming
    • Baths
    • Scent Glands
    • Trimming
    • Fly Strike


    • Understand why small pets need to be groomed
    • Have a clear knowledge of the correct and safe way of bathing, grooming  and trimming small pets
    • Know the importance of handling small pets correctly
    • Identify the different breeds of long haired guinea pigs and rabbits
    • Understand fly strike how to prevent it and what to do about it.
    • Know how to clean small pets scent glands

    Lesson Eight - Poodle

    • Poodle history
    • Preparation
    • Face
    • Beards and moustaches
    • Throat
    • Top knots
    • Ears
    • Body
    • Feet and cuffs
    • Tail
    • Banding


    • Have a clear knowledge and be able to identify how to trim a poodles coat into different styles including ears, body, beards, tails, and moustaches
    • Understand how to clip poodles feet
    • Understand what banding is, why its done and how to do it.
    • Know the different treatments that can be used for fleas
    • Learn how give a poodle a nicely shaped top knot

    Lesson Nine - Bichon Frise

    • Bichon Frise History
    • Preparation
    • Fluff Drying
    • Note On Techniques
    • Head
    • Ears
    • Muzzle
    • Crest And Neck
    • Body
    • Front Legs
    • Back Legs
    • Feet
    • Tail


    • Have a clear knowledge of how to trim a Bichon Frise’s coat into a style
    • Understand how to clip Bichon Frise’s feet
    • Understand what fluff drying is, why it is done and how to do it
    • Learn how to give a Bichon Frise a nicely rounded head       

    Lesson Ten - Yorkshire Terrier

    • Yorkshire Terrier History
    • Reverse Sneezing And Collapsing Trachea
    • Preparation
    • Making Grooming Bows
    • Natural Long Coat
    • Grooming A Long Coat
    • The Clipped Short Coat
    • The Puppy Clip
    • The Modified Schnauzer Clip
    • The Modified Westie Head
    • Top-knoted Head


    • Understand how to clip a Yorkshire Terrier's coat and face, into 2 different  styles
    • Understand what Reverse Sneezing and Collapsing Trachea is, what it sounds like and what to do about do it
    • Have a clear knowledge of the Yorkshire Terrier's history
    • Know how to make grooming bows
    • Understand how to groom a perfect Natural Long Coated Yorkshire Terrier

    Lesson Eleven – Schnauzer

    • Schnauzer History
    • Grooming
    • Stripping Off
    • Hand stripping
    • Stripping Session Patterns
    • Rolling
    • Clipping
    • Body
    • Chest, Thoat and Cheeks
    • Head and Ears
    • Eyebrows and Beard
    • Back Legs
    • Front Legs
    • Feet
    • Tummy, Tail and Rear.


    • Know how to groom the Schnauzer's head and face correctly
    • Have a clear knowledge of the Schnauzer's history
    • Understand how to clip a Schnauzer's coat.
    • Understand how to hand strip and roll a coat
    • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of stripping a coat

    Lesson Twelve - West Highland White Terrier

    • West Highland White Terrier History
    • Preparation
    • Grooming
    • The West Highland Terrier Trim
    • Body
    • Stomach
    • Tail
    • Front Legs
    • Rear Legs
    • Feet
    • Throat and Chest
    • Head
    • Ears
    • Dog Massage


    • Understand how to do the West Highland Terrier Trim   
    • Identify the different ways of clipping a West Highland White Terrier
    • Have a clear knowledge of the West Highland White Terrier's history
    • Know how to preform dog massage and understand its advantages

    Lesson Thirteen - English Springer Spaniel

    • English Springer Spaniel History
    • Working Springer Spaniels
    • Preparation
    • Body
    • Clipping
    • Raking
    • Furnishings
    • Head
    • Ears
    • Tail
    • Feet
    • Finishing
    • Docking


    • Understand how to clip a English Springer Spaniel
    • Identify the different ways the Springer Spaniel is used to benefit people
    • Have a clear knowledge of the English Springer Spaniel's history
    • Know how raking why and how it is done
    • Understand the technique of bulk thinning
  • Accreditation

    This course has been accredited by Online Academies. On successful completion of this course you will be able to download or print off a PDF of your Online Academies Certificate (please note: you will also be given the opportunity to have a hard copy of the certificate printed off and posted out to you for a small additional charge). If you would like to view a sample of the certificate, please click here.

    On completion of your course you will also be able to have your certificate endorsed and accredited by QLS (ABC) for recognised CPD Hours.

    Online Academy work with Quality Licence Scheme (Quality Licence Scheme). The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.



    At the conclusion of each module there is a multiple choice question assessment. This will help you remember the main points of the lesson and act as a check that you have retained the essential knowledge and understanding of that particular section. The results can be seen instantaneously and you can correct wrong answers. When the result is satisfactory you can progress to the next module.

    Course Outcomes

    Once you have successfully completed all the modules for your course you will be awarded:

    A Diploma issued by Online Academies

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