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Dog Grooming Diploma Outline

Diploma Dog Grooming Course Outline


(26 week, 500 academic & practicum hours)
IEAA Internationally Accredited

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Module 1 - CANINE COAT CARE

Sub Module A - Coat Types

  • Smooth Coats
  • Short Coats
  • Double Coats
  • Silky Coats
  • Harsh coats
  • Curly Coats
  • Corded Coats

Sub Module B - Parts of a Dog, Physiology

  • Fibula, tibia, scapula - converting terminology
    to groomer jargon

Sub Module C - Parasites, Zoonoses

  • fleas, ticks, worms
  • rabies, ringworm, heartworms, sporotichosis

Sub Module D - Getting Started

  • Tools, Equipment, Supplies
  • First Groom - Step-by-Step
  • Smooth Coats
  • Short Coats
  • Double Coats
  • Introduction to Carding

Module 2 - TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Sub Module A - Grooming Tools

  • Description, Usage, Maintenance
  • Professional Equipment and Suppliers Lists

Sub Module B - Supplies, Equipment and Product Comparisons

  • dryers
  • tables and loops
  • fixed restraints
  • pet support and positioning systems
  • clipper vacuum systems
  • shop set up

Sub Module C - Professional Clippers and Blades

  • clipper and blade maintenance
  • blade size and purpose
  • clipper usage
  • comb attachments

Sub Module D - Grooming Products

  • shampoos
  • conditioners
  • colognes
  • ear powders and cleansers
  • styptic powders and gels
  • clipper oils and coolants

Sub Module E - What is a Matt?

  • dematting, detangling
  • clipping down
  • speed and matt combing

Sub Module F - Brushing, Combing, Nail Trimming Techniques

  • wire slicker and pin brush
  • combing
  • nail clipping

Sub Module G - New Grooming Products

  • tables - hydraulic, electric
  • dryers - high velocity, stand up, cage, compartment
  • bath aids - steps, ramps, lifts
  • bathtub units
  • groomer apparel

Sub Module H - Clipper Maintenance Detail

  • illustrated step by step procedures

Sub Module I - All About Shears

  • sizes, shapes, function
  • scissor pliers
  • scissoring methods and holding techniques
  • practice and strengthening exercises
  • convex or bevel edge
  • shear ergonomics

Module 3 - PROFESSIONAL PROCEDURES & SAFETY

Sub Module A - Before the Bath

  • lifting and control techniques, small and
    larger dogs
  • patterns and styles
  • toenails, clipping, grinding, nail caps
  • ears, plucking and cleansing
  • excess coat removal
  • dematting, brushing, combing
  • clipper burn
  • areas of special concern
    • eyes, teeth, wrinkles, elbows, hocks, pasterns, anal sacs

Sub Module B - Procedural Steps to Bathing

  • wetting, lathering, scrubbing
  • rinsing, conditioning, towel drying
  • bathing equipment

Sub Module C - Procedural Steps to Finishing

  • bathing equipment
  • drying - high velocity, fluff, cage
  • clipping, brushing, combing
  • finishing touches
  • coat oils and colognes

Sub Module D - Grooming the Double Coats

  • shorter double coats, longer double coats
  • undercoat removal - the brush out
  • hair removal, pads, toes, feet, hocks
  • tidying feathers, undercarriage, tail

Sub Module E - Hematoma

  • causes, prevention, treatment

Sub Module F - Controlling Problem Dogs

  • identifying difficult dogs
  • handling methods
  • the importance of table size
  • passive or submissive posture
  • control and restraint

Sub Module G - Grooming Shortcuts

  • control and restraint
  • hair removal
  • wet HVing
  • wet clipping
  • electrical safety precautions

Sub Module H - Best Management Practices

  • how clean is clean?
  • disinfecting
  • sterilizing
  • read the label
  • antibacterial soaps
  • procedures
  • selecting the ideal disinfectants

Sub Module I - Personal Safety Equipment

  • ear protection
  • eye protection
  • lung protection
  • skin protection

Module 4 - CURLY COATS

Sub Module A - Poodles

  • common clipper patterns for standard, miniature and toy poodles
  • grooming detail - step by step
  • hair growth, directional changes
  • clipper control
  • scissor blending, tapering, beveling
  • clipping poodle feet - step by step
  • face clipping - step by step
    • clean face
    • mustaches
  • tail and undercarriage detail
  • clipper dexterity
  • scissor finishing
  • poms - topknot, tail, leg poms
  • show clips
  • Show Puppy, Continental, English Saddle, Lion
  • line grooming the show poodle

Sub Module B - Mixed Breeds

  • Cockapoo, Teripoo, Maltipoo, Pomapoo, Labradoodle, Goldendoodle
  • Daisy, Teddy Bear, Pantaloon, Mohawk
  • face, body and tail options

Sub Module C - Bichon Frise

  • complete grooming detail
  • head and body styles

Sub Modules D, E, F, G - Other Curly Coats

  • Portuguese Water Dog - Retriever Trim, Lion Trim
  • Old English Sheepdog - Full Coat, Cruiser Trim, Giant Teddy Trim
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • American Water Spaniel

Sub Module H - Patterns for Correcting Faults

  • short body, long body, bow legs, French front, cow hocks, overweight

Module 5 - HARSH COATS

Sub Module A - Terriers

  • coat types
  • short legged terrier patterns
  • long legged terrier patterns
  • head and tail detail
  • head chart
  • tail chart

Sub Module B - Pet Terrier Trims

  • grooming instruction for twenty common terrier breeds
    • Scottie
    • Wire Fox
    • Irish
    • Schnauzers - Miniature, Standard, Giant
    • Welsh
    • Airedale
    • Lakeland
    • Kerry Blue
    • Sealyham
    • Australian
    • Bedlington
    • Cairn
    • Dandie Dinmont
    • Westie
    • Soft-coated Wheaten
    • Norfolk
    • Norwich
 

Sub Module C - Hand Stripping

  • overview, methodology, advantages, disadvantages
  • blown coats, hand plucking, rotating the coat
  • illustrated start to finish instruction

Sub Module D - Illustrated Pet Grooming Comparisons

  • terrier grooming comparisons
  • pattern similarities and differences
    • an aid to instant terrier breed recognition and grooming

Sub Module E - Terrier Heads and Bodies Simplified

  • four basic geometric head shapes
  • coat removal - too little, too much, just right

Sub Module F - Other Harsh Coat Patterns

  • Affenpinscher
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Module 6 - SPANIELS, SETTERS & OTHER DROPCOATS

Sub Module A - Common Spaniel Trims

  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
  • Cocker Spaniel
    • maintaining the full coat
    • Suburban trim
    • Smoothie
  • English Cocker Spaniel
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • English Toy Spaniel

Sub Module B - Setter Trims

  • history of each breed, and their roles today
  • Irish Setter - correct head, body, feathers & feet
  • Red & White Setter - correct head, body, feathers & feet
  • English Setter - correct head, body, feathers & feet
  • Gordon Setter - correct head, body, feathers & feet

Sub Module C - Other Dropcoats - Complete

  • Grooming Detail
  • line brushing
  • Lhasa Apso - 3 grooming styles
  • Havanese - pet grooming, step-by-step
  • Coton de Tulear - pet grooming, step-by-step
  • Shih Tzu - 3 grooming styles
  • Yorkie - 3 grooming styles
  • Pomeranian - 3 grooming styles

Sub Module D - Puppy's First Groom

  • scheduling
  • first consultation
  • getting the job done
  • follow up

Sub Module E - Grooming the Older Pet

  • follow up
  • the special needs of the geriatric dog
  • gentle, methodical hands on approach
  • comfort and safety

Module 7 - FELINE COAT CARE

Sub Module A - Cat Coat Types

  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Domestic Long Hair
  • Angora
  • Cornish Rex
  • Wire-hair
  • Persian
  • Maine Coon
  • Devon Rex
  • Hairless

Sub Module B - Parts of A Cat

  • Physiology

Sub Module C - Parasite Recognition

  • Internal and External Parasites

Sub Module D - Zoonoses

  • Toxoplasmosis, Rabies, etc.

Module 8 - CAT TOOLS OF THE TRADE


  • Sub Module A - Cat Specific Grooming Tools
    • brushes
    • combs
    • crates
    • harnesses
    • grooming bags
    • air muzzle
  • Sub Module B - Cat Grooming Products
    • shampoos
    • conditioners
    • colognes
  • Sub Module C - Matting in Cats
    • definition and remedies

Module 9 - CAT PROCEDURES, FIRST AID, TIPS & TIDBITS

Sub Module A - Body Language, Facial Expression

  • control and restraint
  • groomer protection and handling procedures
  • protective gear
  • crating, holding, lifting

Sub Module B -  Pre Bath Procedures

  • ear care
  • tidying excess foot hair
  • trimming claws
  • nail caps
  • control and restraint - muzzles, Elizabethan collars
  • brushing, combing, dematting
  • sanitary clip and tummy trim
  • areas of special concern
  • stud tail
  • eyes
  • mouth and teeth
  • facial creases

Sub Module C - Bath Procedures

  • respiratory cautions
  • wetting, lathering, rinsing, toweling
  • bath alternatives

Sub Module D - After Bath Procedures

  • drying
  • brushing, combing

Sub Module E - Clipping Down - Common Trims

  • Comfort
  • Tiger
  • Mohawk
  • Smoothie
  • Lion

Sub Module F - First Aid for Cats

  • heatstroke - prevention, symptoms, first aid
  • cardio pulmonary resuscitation - ABC's for cats
  • choking - prevention, symptoms, first aid
  • controlling bleeding - minor to severe wounds
  • pressure points, tourniquets
  • sprains or fractures - dressings, splints, aftercare

Sub Module G - Hints, Tips and Trade Secrets

  • face cleaning
  • eye stain
  • tar, pitch, gum, burrs
  • safe cat clipping
  • nicks, cuts, clipper burn
  • towel roll

Sub Module H - Disinfectants & Pesticides

  • safe or toxic to cats?

Sub Module I - Home Based and Housecall Grooming

  • benefits to cat and groomer
  • marketing and pricing
  • what to bring - items for your tack bag
  • Be prepared - common questions from
    cat owners

Module 10: THE BUSINESS OF PROFESSIONAL GROOMING

Sub Module A - First Aid

  • heatstroke - prevention, symptoms, first aid
  • cardio pulmonary resuscitation - ABC's for small, large, giant breeds
  • choking - prevention, symptoms, first aid
  • controlling bleeding - minor to severe wounds
  • pressure points, tourniquets
  • sprains or fractures - dressings, splints, aftercare
  • First Aid Kit
  • necessary items list
  • first aid book

Sub Module B - Hints, Tips, Trade Secrets

  • stains, teeth, breath, foreign substances
  • fleas, odors, epilepsy
  • nicks, cuts, clipper burn
  • nail clipping, ear cleansing
  • tooth brushes, finishing blades
  • clipper lines, carding
  • foot detail - rounding techniques, toes and pads
  • hock hair, ear flaps
  • free handing with clippers
  • topknot tying, single and double
  • bows, barrettes, bandanas
  • make your own - simple instructions
  • creative grooming, colouring, nail polish, manic panic
  • blow pens
  • tools of the trade

Sub Module C - Disinfectants and Pesticides

  • understanding labels
  • dilutions
  • disinfectant detergents
  • cost ratio - use/dilution
  • pesticides - in buildings, on animals
  • OSHA (Occupation Safety & Health Administration)
  • MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets)

Sub Module D - Groomer Health and Safety

  • warming up
  • safe lifting
  • personal safety equipment
  • accident prevention
  • clean air

Sub Module E - Salon Design and Floor Plans

  • salon design examples
  • single groomer
  • single groomer with retail sales area
  • two groomer
  • two groomer with retail sales area
  • multi groomers
  • multi groomers with retail sales area
  • a properly equipped, safety oriented, ergonomic salon
  • mobile units
  • salon layout and floor plans

Sub Module F - Business Start Up

  • best business category for you - overview
  • home based, storefront, mobile, house call
  • business viability
  • use our calculators to determine your success (You won't find these anywhere else in the pet grooming industry!)
    • business viability calculator (Excel and PDF formats)
    • use our exclusive formula to accurately calculate the viability of your business
    • start up cost calculator (Excel and PDF formats)
    • calculate total costs to start your business
    • profit calculator (Excel and PDF formats)
    • calculate the number of pets required each day to meet your profit margin, another JKL exclusive!
    • the business plan
    • our pet specific business plan template is designed to simplify the process of researching your business in a systematic way.
  • start up checklist
  • professional insurance
    • business income and extra expense
    • business and product liability
    • customers' pets
    • professional liability   
  • client relations
  • show me the money - rates, pricing, profits
  • marketing tips
  • pre designed customizable templates - a pet industry FIRST, and ONLY available at JKL!
    • flyers with phone tags
    • window flyers
    • door hangers
    • business cards
    • letterhead
    • promotional graphics
    • vet referral cards
    • client referral rewards
    • client reminder card
    • next appointment card
    • CPR Wall Poster
  • client handouts:
    • flea info brochure
    • canine flu brochure
    • poisonous to pets handout
    • at home grooming care brochure
    • client record cards with release
    • matted pet release
    • senior pet release
    • pet sympathy cards
    • pet birthday cards
    • gift tags and certificates

(all our templates are print ready, and allow you to personalize all your professional details. Then just print out as many or as few as you need, as often as you need, changing any personal details whenever required)

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