Course Outline - Dog Grooming Certificate Course
 

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Dog Grooming Certificate Outline

Dog Grooming Certificate Outline


(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 combs
  • 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 step to bathing 

  • control and restrain methods for the larger pet
  • wetting, lathering, scrubbing, rinsing, conditioning, tub drying
  • flea bath, medicated bath, coat conditioning

Procedural steps to finishing 

  • flea bath, medicated bath, coat conditioning
  • 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

LESSON 5

Terriers

  • fifteen common professional terrier patterns
  • short legged terriers, long legged terriers
  • specific breeds that are clipped, never stripped
  • scissor finishing techniques
  • 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
  • three 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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