Certificate Dog Grooming Outlines

Academic Learning


(12 week, 150 academic hours)
IEAA Internationally Accredited
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LESSON 1

Breed recognition
  • coat types and textures for smooth coats, short coats, double coats, long, silky coats, harsh, wiry coats, curly woolly coats, corded coats

  • Parts of dog and some pertinent physiology
  •  begin to learn correct groomer terminology  (occiput, brisket, pastern, stifle, etc.)
  • Parasite recognition
  •  internal, external identification and control of common parasites

  • Getting Started
  • beginning basic practice
  • start up tools
  • brushing and combing techniques


    LESSON 2

    Grooming Tools, their use and care

  • brushes, combs, dog rakes, dematters, hemostats, shears, nail trimmers, stripping knives, clipper vacs, coat kings, furminator, hv dryers, muckraker, product and equipment comparisons

  • Clipper, Blade, Tool Care and Handling
  • complete care and clipping instructions, blade charts
  • clipping with different blades, attachments, snap on comb
  • scissor care and scissoring techniques
  • clipper burn, brush burn and skin types

    Products, Equipment, Apparel
  • shampoos, conditioners, ear powders, cleansers, colognes
  • tables, restraints, dryers, bathing and vacuum systems, cages, crates
  • groomer smocks, aprons, jackets, pants

     Matts and Tangles
  • what they look like, how they happen, preventions
  • detailed instruction on speed combing and matt removal
  • brushing, combing and nail trimming procedures

    Shop Set Up

     

    LESSON 3

    Procedural steps prior to bathing

  • patterns, nails, ears, coat removal, de-matting, brushing, combing
  • ear and eye care, nail trimming, infections, skin care
  • areas of special concern: teeth, wrinkles, elbows, hock joints, anal glands, pasterns, warts, moles, hips, knees, feet
  • control and restraint methods for the small pet
  • control and restraint methods for the larger pet

    Procedural steps to bathing
  • control and restraint methods for the larger pet
  • wetting, lathering, scrubbing, rinsing, conditioning, tub drying
  • flea bath, medicated bath, coat conditioning

    Procedural steps to finishing
  • fluff drying, cage drying, high velocity drying
  • brushing, combing, scissoring, thinning, re-clipping, coat oils, colognes
  • professional methods of holding, control and restraint
  •  control and restraint of the problem pet
  • hematoma, prevention and care

    Shop Set Up
  • shop function and efficiency (shop layout photos)
  • tub size, height and tub tools
  • the importance of table size
  • dematting with the HV, wet clipping

    LESSON 4

     

    Poodles: Toy, Miniature and Standard

  • clipper patterns and blade instruction
  • clipping feet, face, tail and undercarriage
  • eight common professional patterns
  • pattern variations for body, head, ears and tail
  • scissor finishing techniques

    Mixed Breed Patterns, the lovable mutt cuts
  • clipper patterns and blades used
  • common professional patterns (daisy, teddy bear, cruiser, lion)
  • pattern variations for body, head, ears and tail
  • scissor finishing techniques

    Procedural steps to finishing
  • fluff drying, cage drying, high velocity drying
  • brushing, combing, scissoring, thinning, re-clipping, coat oils, colognes
  • professional methods of holding, control and restraint
  •  control and restraint of the problem pet
  • hematoma, prevention and care

    Shop Set Up
  • shop function and efficiency (shop layout photos)
  • tub size, height and tub tools
  • the importance of table size
  • dematting with the HV, wet clipping

    LESSON 5

     

    Terriers

  • fifteen common professional terrier patterns
  • short legged terriers, long legged terriers
  • specific breeds that are clipped, never stripped
  • correct head and tail detail

    Hand stripping Terriers 
  • how it is done and what tools to use
  • what purpose it serves
  • pros and cons

    Detail Counts
  • a photo comparison of terrier breed similarities and differences
  • distinctive trim detail

  • LESSON 6

    Spaniels & Setters

  • six common professional spaniel patterns
  • four common professional setter patterns
  • pattern variations for body, head, ears and tail
     
    First aid, professional hints, tips and valuable information
  • Lime Disease, Rabies, West Nile, Lice, Hot Spots, Mange, Scabies, Ringworm
  • Animal CPR
  • epilepsy, hysteria, convulsions, artificial respiration
  • carding tools and methods
  • puppy's first groom
  • seniors and their special care


    Click Here to view cat outlines which are included as a bonus to your course materials. Completion of these lessons is not mandatory, unless a certificate in dog AND cat grooming is desired.

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