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Animal Grooming

Statement of AchievementPlease enquire for prices and more information
Course Duration: 100 Hours
Course REF: BAG106

Animal Grooming Outline

If you have an animal at home that requires constant grooming or you think this would be a great career opportunity then you should consider the Animal Grooming course.

With regular maintenance required for our animals, being a pet groomer allows you the opportunity to not only work with animals, but the chance to possibly own your own business and do something you love.

If you have never had any experience of working with animals but would like to, than this is a great starting point, or if you are working with animals but would like to have more career options, pet grooming can be fun, flexible and easy to manage with our self-paced course.

Course Duration: 100 hours with a maximum of 12 months given to complete the course.

DeliveryThrough Learn Anythings online learning portal. You will have access to a tutor as often as needed to answer any questions you may have.

Certificate: You will receive a statement of achievement by Learn Anything at the completion of your course.

How to go about the practical for grooming:

  • It is important to have a range of animals around you if you would like to practice grooming at home. Otherwise undertaking some volunteer work at a local grooming centre can be an excellent experience for learning the practical art of grooming.
  • Go to a show and look at the animals being groomed before they are shown. Quite often you will find little tips here on how to handle animals that are nervous and also little tricks for keeping a coat looking shiny or smooth.
  • Grooming doesn’t just include clipping the hair on the animal; it also means cleaning the ears, trimming nails, and sometimes brushing their teeth! These are all things that are essential for keeping the animal healthy and some customers won’t like attending to these areas of grooming for their animal. These are all extras that you may provide for your customers if you are to be a professional groomer.

Lesson Structure

  1. Scope and Nature of Grooming
    • Introduction to grooming behaviour
    • Why do people groom animals?
    • What animals are groomed?
    • Generic grooming tasks
    • Common tools and equipment
    • Combs, brushes, rakes, blades and other equipment
    • Introduction to confidently handling animals
    • The industry and workplace opportunities
    • Workplace skills
    • Accessing the right information online


  1. Animal Biology
    • Skin – Epidermis & Dermis
    • Claws, Nails and Spurs
    • Hair
    • Horns
    • Hooves
    • Physiological control – Homeostasis
    • Thermo-regulation


  1. Caring for the Skin and Coat
    • Animal nutrition
    • General nutrition
    • Micro nutrition
    • Water requirements
    • Common skin problems in dogs and cats
    • Ringworm – fungal infection
    • Flea and how to control them
    • Ticks and how to control them
    • Lice and how to control them
    • Mites (mange) and how to control them
    • Treating skins problems in dogs and cats
    • Common skin problems in horses
    • Caring for the coat – brushing, bathing, blow drying, de-matting, clipping, trimming
    • Removing burrs from fur
    • Caring for cats – combing, brushing and bathing


  1. Specialised Grooming Tasks
    • Risks of working with animals
    • Selecting a suitable grooming location
    • Understanding animal psychology and behaviour
    • The flight or fight response
    • Environmental Influence on behaviour in zoo animals
    • General considerations when handling animals
    • Pre-restraint techniques
    • Physical restraint
    • Medical restraint – sedation
    • Safely handling different animals when grooming: dogs, cats, cattle, poultry, rabbits, captive wildlife
    • Handling Horses: Safe and Respectful
    • Working with the horse – catching, releasing, leading and tying up
    • Indicators of pain, mild fear and extreme fear
    • Transporting horses


  1. Grooming Dogs
    • Communication in dogs
    • Use of scent
    • Barking & body language
    • Grooming different types of dogs
    • Long Coat types
    • Short coat types
    • Single coat types
    • Double coat types
    • Smooth coat types
    • Wire haired coat types
    • Woolly or wavy coat types
    • Corded coat types
    • Bald or hairless coat types
    • Brushing and bathing care
    • Clipping and styling
    • Grooming procedures that can go wrong
    • Cutting toenails too short
    • Cuts or nicks when clipping
    • Overheating
    • Water trapped in the ear canal


  1. Grooming Exotic Animals
    • Grooming birds
    • Handling birds
    • Beaks
    • Feathers
    • Bathing birds
    • Grooming rabbits
    • Handling
    • Moulting
    • Transporting
    • Grooming captive wildlife
    • Bathing small and large mammals
    • Handling large animals and exotics
    • Dangerous animals
    • Fear of humans
    • Issues with handling animals
    • Psychological effects of different handling techniques
    • Grooming areas


  1. Safety in the Grooming Workplace
    • Safety for people and staff – workplace health and safety
    • First aid
    • Legislation and duty of care
    • Safety of animal owners and visitors to the premises
    • Protective equipment
    • A groomer’s personal protection
    • Equipment and workplace safety
    • Storage and disposal of chemicals
    • Handling Tools and Machinery
    • Safety with tools and equipment
    • Safety audit
    • Example of an audit checklist
    • Safety for animals and people
    • Transportation
    • Safety of the animal at the salon
    • Electrical safety – at home and at the groomers
    • Wet surfaces
    • Cat and dog allergies


  1. Preparing for Showing
    • What is animal showing?
    • Why do people show pets?
    • Showing dogs
    • Training your show puppy
    • Preparing for a show – dogs
    • The days and evening before the show
    • The day of the show and in the ring
    • Showing – dress to impress
    • Showing poultry
    • Getting started – selecting your breed and buying your birds
    • Preparing birds for show
    • The day before the show
    • The day of the show
    • Showing cattle
    • Preparing cattle for show
    • In the show ring on the day


  1. The Business of Grooming and planning a new grooming business
    • The business plan
    • Financial planning
    • Long term goals
    • Medium term goals
    • Annual financial plan
    • Financial records
    • Commonly used financial terminology
    • Cash flow
    • Make the business a success – know your market
    • Insurance and risks – risk analysis and managing risk
    • Groomers insurance


Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.



  • Discuss the scope and nature of grooming animals, including the animals that are commonly groomed, the situations in which they are groomed, equipment that is used and the tasks carried out by a groomer.
  • Describe external anatomical structures and physiological processes of animals which are relevant to grooming.
  • Describe how to manage the coats of different types of animals.
  • Discuss tasks used in grooming animals that are supplementary to grooming the coat.
  • Describe a range of techniques used to control a variety of different types of animals during grooming.
  • Compare grooming techniques used for different types of dogs.
  • Describe a range of techniques used to groom a variety of different types of animals other than dogs.
  • Determine protocols for safety of both animals and groomers, when grooming different types of animals
  • Explain how to groom dogs, cats, horses and a variety of other animals for a show.
  • Explain how to establish or improve a grooming business to be more successful.

Animal Grooming

Statement of AchievementPlease enquire for prices and more information
Course Duration: 100 Hours
Course REF: BAG106