Dog Grooming Course: Foundation Course

Foundation Course

Course Length:
4 weeks

Course Cost:

This course is 4 weeks in duration. You will progress to learning how to use an electric clippers and how to use the many different blades and machines to best effect. You will cover the more common breeds that arrive in the salon, and how to use different types of scissors to achieve the best finish on each dog. With the wide variety of non-trim breeds that we see, you will find there are many ways to de-tangle, de-shed and improve the shape of coats without actually cutting hair. You will be shown how to use the tools, shampoo and bathing/drying techniques required to produce a perfect finish on every dog you groom.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • clipping
  • scissoring
  • blending, through use of the thinning shears
  • breed styles for the more common salon breeds
  • style options for the cross-breed
  • correct use of de-matting tools available
  • how to assess the work involved in each dog and time yourself accordingly.

We have the ability to “road test” a lot of grooming products that arrive on the market. You will have the benefit of our experience when it comes to choosing the best equipment for your own salon. You will be advised about basic marketing, customer relationship management and day to day running of your new business.

As with all our courses, there is a theory paper which you must complete and return, to successfully complete your course and receive your certificate. The theory paper relates directly to the practical work you will be doing.

All of the courses offered by Dogsbody include one year's membership to the Irish Professional Dog Groomers Association. The IPDGA is Ireland's only association dedicated to Groomers, offering up to 4 seminars per year countrywide including the annual championships and 2 day seminar held in October. The seminars are an invaluable source of information on new products and techniques. They feature top-class groomers from all over the world demonstrating their skills as well as sharing unmissable experiences and advice from their own careers. Competing gives groomers the chance to improve at their own level while having their work critiqued by the very best Master Groomers.

With this training course, (as well as receiving a year's membership to the IPDGA) each student receives the following textbooks and manuals:

  • Doglopaedia
  • Notes From the Grooming Table
  • The Manual of Dog and Cat Grooming
  • Student training manual

The theory section is to be completed at the student's convenience and before the end of the practical course.


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