Dog Grooming

Level: Practitioner QLS level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to become a Dog Groomer – graduates of this course can also obtain professional liability insurance
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Become a Registered BSY Dog Groomer
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

This course will provide an excellent foundation of knowledge for those wishing to work as a professional dog groomer. It will also be ideal for those wishing to learn to groom their dog at home.The course explores the equipment required for grooming, different coat and breed types, grooming techniques and applications such as bathing, brushing, clipping and trimming.

Subjects also include the basic external anatomy of a dog, the identification of common illnesses, the contraindication of treatments and evaluation of risks to both groomer and dog.There will be also be guidance on what to do in emergencies, maintaining dogs’ teeth, claws, eyes and ears, the preparation of dogs for shows as well as the exploration of employment possibilities.


  • Lesson One
    • The History of Dogs and Grooming
      • The History of Domestic Dogs
      • Dogs and Man
      • The Dog-Human Partnership
      • Origins of Dog Grooming
      • Dog Grooming for Fashion
  • Lesson Two
    • The Role of the Dog Groomer
      • Dog Grooming – The Benefits
      • What is Involved in Dog Grooming?
      • The Basic Duties of a Dog Groomer
      • Grooming for Shows
      • Working as a Dog Groomer
  • Lesson Three
    • The Anatomy of a Dog
      • The Head and Ears
      • The Body
      • The Neck and Shoulders
      • The Back
      • The Torso
      • The Legs
      • The Paws
  • Lesson Four
    • The Tools of a Dog Groomer
      • Equipment
      • Health and Safety
      • Grooming Injuries
  • Lesson Five
    • Canine Illness and Healthcare
      • Grooming First Aid Kit
      • Canine Resuscitation
      • Parasites
      • Allergies and Skin Conditions
  • Lesson Six
    • Grooming Different Coat Types
      • Coat Types
      • Factors that Influence a Healthy Coat
  • Lesson Seven
    • Brushing, Bathing and Drying
      • Making Grooming a Pleasurable Process
      • A Grooming Diary
      • Brushing Skills
      • Canine Massage
      • Bathing
      • Drying
  • Lesson Eight
    • Clipping/Stripping the Coat
      • Clipping
      • Stripping
  • Lesson Nine
    • Eyes, Ears, Teeth and Claws
      • Eyes
      • Ears
      • Teeth
      • Claws
  • Lesson Ten
    • Showing Dogs
      • Types of Dog Show
      • Preparing for a Show
      • To Chalk or Not to Chalk?

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration fee included.