Certificate Dog Grooming Course Outlines  

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DOG GROOMING COURSE - CERTIFICATE OUTLINES

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 (12 week, 150 hour course)
IEAA Internationally Accredited

 

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 Review - Open Book Test

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
  • Business planning - setting up shop

    Lesson Review - Open Book Test

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 
    • 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
  • To set up shop
    • 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 Review - Open Book Test


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
    • diagrams, illustrations, in depth instruction
    • advanced scissor finishing techniques
  • Show grooming poodles, insight and background
    • Show Puppy Trim, Lion Clip, Continental Clip
    • Line Grooming, wrapping techniques for long coats
  • Bichon Frise
    • clipper patterns and blades used
    • 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 Review - Open Book Test

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 Review - Open Book Test

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

      Lesson Review - Open Book Test

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