Online Dog Grooming Course and Class Overviews

Dog grooming courses are available in a fully online format; however, they are not as common as on-campus dog grooming courses, which are typically held at animal veterinary clinics or colleges.

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Online Courses in Dog Grooming

Below are the descriptions of some commonly offered online courses in dog grooming.

  • Introduction to Dog Grooming: Starting with overall goals and business planning, this course will help ensure students have a clear path to success in the dog grooming business from the beginning.
  • Introduction to Dogs: This course covers a basic introduction to dogs and includes information on the different types of dogs and specific personalities of varying breeds. Students learn general information about the handling and care of dogs. Students learn how to groom all breeds recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club).
  • Dog Anatomy and Health Care: This course covers the different body parts of dogs as well as their purposes. Students learn basic health care of dogs, along with instructions on how to observe and notice health issues during the grooming process.
  • Use and Care of Grooming Equipment: Students learn to properly use and care for the grooming tools and equipment in this course. The care of crates, kennels and pens is also covered. This course emphasizes the importance of proper care of equipment so it lasts longer, while providing the dog with the utmost comfort.
  • Preparing Dogs for Grooming: Students in this course learn proper brushing and combing techniques as well as preparing the dog's body for grooming. Other topics include nail clipping, plucking ear hair, and cleaning ears, as well as general stomach and rectal care.
  • Basic Dog Bathing and Drying: Students learn the different procedures for applying shampoos and conditioners. Topics include types of shampoo and conditioners, flea product application and choosing the right product for specific dogs.
  • Basic Dog Cuts and Grooming Methods: This course teaches students the different types of grooming and cutting procedures used for different dogs. The course is broken into different courses for each group of dog, including terriers, non-sporting, sporting, toy, herding, hound, working, poodles, and mixed breeds. Students learn about dog terminology, different dog breeds and which cuts to use based on the breed.
  • Grooming Puppies: Working with puppies has unique challenges with potential long-term consequences. This course details the signs of stress, common grooming issues, and how to ensure the experience is a positive one for these sensitive young dogs.
  • Dog Personalities: Each dog has their own personality, and students learn how to work with various personality types and how to avoid hazards. Students learn the correct grooming techniques and procedures for each dog type and personality.
  • Grooming Dogs with Behavioral Problems: This course helps students recognize and address certain canine behavior problems. Students learn how to protect themselves and others from harm by using muzzles and other aids. Students also learn to help owners correct the behavior problems during the grooming process.
  • Grooming for Business: Students learn about the different employment positions typically used in a grooming business. Different aspects of starting or running a grooming business are covered, including zoning laws, determining prices, customer service, advertising and telephone protocol.
  • Basic Grooming Patterns: This course addresses common grooming-related problems dogs can develop, such as matting, and teaches the appropriate remedies. Students will learn how to shave a dog with troublesome fur.

Program Information

Online dog grooming courses are often part of programs that result in a diploma or certificate of completion in dog grooming. Individuals who successfully complete these programs can work in veterinary clinics, grooming salons or their own dog grooming businesses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand for animal care and service workers, including dog groomers, was predicted to increase 11% from 2014-2024, which is faster than average (www.bls.gov).

In addition to an actual dog to work on, online dog grooming courses may require various tools, such as dog nail trimmers, dog slicker brushes, electric clippers, grooming scissors and universal dog combs. Some courses provide these tools as part of the course, while others may require students to purchase them.

In online courses, students will learn about basic science and procedures for grooming dogs and other common pets. The courses will familiarize individuals with the equipment and best practices for grooming, as well as important aspects of working for or running a dog grooming business.

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