Dog Grooming Course: Improver Course

Improver Course

Course Length:
6 weeks

Course Cost:

While the foundation course will enable you to start your own grooming business, and groom your dogs to an acceptable standard, students who wish to feel more confident about their grooming should consider this 6 week course.

Building on the Foundation course, you will learn more about interaction with your clients and how to help them feel at ease as they leave their pet with a new groomer.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • clipping, extending to use of snap-on comb attachments, and how they can benefit your grooming,
  • dealing with more difficult coat textures, and methods involved,
  • handstripping of wire coats,
  • hand scissoring and how to achieve “balance” and enhance the dog's shape,
  • advising owners on maintenance of their pet's coat in between professional grooms
  • basic first aid and canine health and safety

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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