Dog Grooming Education and Training Program Information

Dog grooming education and training programs train future groomers to work with several dog breeds in vets offices, kennels and grooming salons. Dog grooming coursework covers various topics, such as the effective use of grooming tools.

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Essential Information

Dog grooming programs prepare individuals for entry-level grooming. Some programs feature a hands-on portion of study, in which certificate candidates practice their grooming skills on actual dogs. Curricula typically don't have elective options; however, a small number of programs include introductory business courses, which are aimed at those who plan to operate their own grooming salons. Some courses and programs in this field are available online.

While admission to this type of program involves minimal prerequisites, it's typical for schools to require drug screening and criminal background checks. Graduates can pursue Master Groomer Certification through the National Dog Groomers Association of America.


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Dog Grooming Education and Training Programs

Students examine safe ways to handle problematic dogs and sanitation in the grooming process. Some core course titles include the following:

  • Kennel management
  • Clinical techniques
  • Dog care and welfare
  • Canine anatomy
  • Bathing
  • Nail and ear care

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that job opportunities for animal care and service workers should be excellent between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov). According to the BLS, 11% employment growth is expected during this time period. In May 2015, the BLS reported that the median salary for non-farm animal caretakers, which includes dog groomers, was $21,010.

Continuing Education and Training Information

Dog grooming certificate programs often are the terminal point in a groomer's education since stand-alone degree programs in dog grooming don't currently exist. Graduates can expect to receive considerable on-the-job training. Groomers must be comfortable with all types and breeds of dogs which comes with experience. Individuals interested in pursuing a degree might consider programs in a related field, such as veterinary services management.

Trade organizations, such as the National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA), offer grooming seminars and workshops that can complement training programs (www.nationaldoggroomers.com). The NDGAA also offers voluntary certification as a master groomer. After attending at least one NDGAA accredited workshop, groomers qualify to sit for the 400-question credentialing exam.

Students interested in becoming a dog groomer can enroll in a certificate program to learn the necessary skills to work and earn their Master Groomer Certification.

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