Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional Online Bundle, 3 Certificate Courses

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1. Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional: Enhance Your Pet Care Knowledge Base

his course offers you a rewarding way of learning everything required to enhance your pet care knowledge base for use in the dog walking, pet and home sitting business.

Pet owners want to know that while they’re away, their furry and fishy friends are properly looked after and getting plenty of love and attention. As a dog walker and pet sitter, your role is not only to properly care for the animal with food, exercise and attention, but to give your clients’ human partners peace of mind.

This course is suitable for anyone, whether they are considering a career working as a pet sitter, dog walker, or someone who wants to gain a much better understanding and knowledge of the pet care business. It will provide you with the essential information you need to care for clients’ pets in a responsible, professional, and safety-conscious way.

2. Dog Grooming Professional: Learn How to Groom Your Dog or Become a Professional Dog Groomer!

The Professional Dog Grooming course will offer you a fulfilling way of learning everything you need to enhance your pet care knowledge base for use in the dog grooming business.

About Dog Grooming

Dog grooming encompasses everything involved in caring for a dog’s hygiene, cleaning and physical appearance. The necessary frequency of dog grooming is dependent on the breed, age and health of the dog, but grooming is sure to help keep a dog healthy and comfortable.

This course includes a comprehensive look at everything you need to groom your own dog or start your own dog grooming business.  Starting with essential saftey considerations, the basics of setting up your business and location and equipment information you'll be prepared to set up the ideal dog grooming workspace before moving on to an indepth look at the various techniques and processes involved in efficient and professional level dog grooming across a variety of breeds, coat types and sizes.

What Can I Do after Taking this Dog Grooming Course?

Our Dog Grooming course is suitable for anyone, whether you are considering a career as a dog groomer or you want to gain more knowledge of dog grooming. Our Dog Grooming course will provide you with the essential information that you need to care for clients’ and/or your own pets in a responsible, welfare-conscious way.

3. Pet Grooming Advanced: Learn Grooming Techniques For Dogs, Cats And Small Pets

The Advanced Pet Grooming course will teach you grooming techniques for dogs, cats and small pets. It provides an excellent basis on which to learn about the finer, advanced aspects of the subject. It explains the different grooming styles suitable for more challenging breeds e.g. poodles. It will provide you with the essential knowledge that you need to care for pets in a responsible, safe-conscious way.

Learn about things that will help you build a strong bond with your customers, so they will provide repeat business throughout the life of the pet.  This Pet Grooming Course also covers useful methods on how a dog groomer can expand their range of services.  

The Pet Grooming Course will also assist you to build a professional portfolio of Factsheets that you will find a useful resource, which you can use within your business or just to give to friends and family that need advice.

Receive Lifetime Access to Course Materials, so you can review at any time.

Enter the animal care business with an animal care certification by enrolling today!

For comprehensive information on units of study click the units of study tab above.

This is an incredible opportunity to invest in yourself and your future, sharpen your training skills and learn what it takes to create your own success with Courses For Success Today!

Course Fast Facts:

  1. All courses are easy to follow and understand
  2. Unlimited lifetime access to course materials
  3. Study as many courses as you want
  4. Delivered 100% on-line and accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  5. You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time
  6. Download printer friendly course content

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. Courses for Success offers its users way to efficiently study without disrupting their everyday lives. 

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon completion of each course assessment, you will receive a certificate per course. An accredited certificate from the awarding body relating to your course.

Receive Lifetime Access to Course Materials, so you can review at any time.

The Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional 3 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Certificate in Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional Online Course

Unit 1: Welcome Safety, Health and hygiene

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Introduction
  • Benefits and how to get the most out of this course
  • Your Safety
  • Zoonosis
  • Animals safety
  • Disease control
  • How to clean an pet’s bed/living areas

Unit 2: Getting Started Running Your Pet Care Business

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Business Plan, Insurance and Finance
  • Law and Regulations
  • Image
  • Pet Services Offered
  • Advertising
  • Organisation

Unit 3: Pet Sitting basics

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Responsibility
  • CRB checks
  • Property security
  • Animal security
  • Veterinary considerations
  • Updates
  • Leaving the property as you found it
  • Dog attacks!

Unit 4: Per Service Visit

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • First Impressions
  • Pre service visit
  • Information and records
  • Checklist
  • Microchips and other ID methods
  • Keys
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Possible client questions

Unit 5: Dog walking

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Introduction
  • Dog walking basics
  • Body Language
  • Law
  • Aggression
  • Dog fights

Unit 6: Handling and transporting animals

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Approaching an animal
  • Typical restraints and handling equipment
  • Behaviour
  • Correct handling methods of dogs and cats
  • Exotic handling
  • Transporting animals
  • How to administer medications

Unit 7: First aid

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Aims and assessment
  • Animal first aid kit
  • ABC and CPR
  • Handling
  • Shock
  • Fractures
  • Bites and stings
  • Wounds and burns
  • Poisoning and fitting
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Hyperthermia and Hypothermia

Unit 8: Dogs and cats

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Groups and breeds
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Behaviour and training
  • Grooming  and care
  • Elderly dogs and cats
  • Common diseases

Unit 9: Birds

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • General care
  • Small birds
  • Parrots
  • Poultry
  • Birds of prey
  • Common diseases

Unit 10: Fish

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • General care
  • Cold water fish
  • Tropical fish
  • Marine fish
  • Common diseases

Unit 11: Reptiles

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • General care
  • Snakes and Lizards
  • Tortoises, turtles and terrapins
  • More difficult to keep reptiles
  • Common diseases

Unit 12: Hamsters, gerbils, rats and mice

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Groups and breeds
  • Nutrition, housing and exercise
  • Behaviour and training
  • Grooming and care
  • Common diseases

Unit 13: Rabbits and Guinea pigs

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Breeds
  • General care
  • Nutrition, housing and exercise
  • Common diseases

Course 2 - Certificate in Dog Grooming Professional Online Course

1. Welcome and Safety

  • Introduction and course structure
  • Benefits of this course and getting the most out of this course
  • Your safety
  • Pet safety

Outcomes

  • You will understand why it is important to approach and handle dogs in a manner that promotes their confidence and co-operation and the health and safety of all throughout. 
  • Understand the potential threats to health, safety and security in a bathing area (such as slippery floors/surfaces, electricity) and steps that should be taken to minimise the threats.
  • Know the importance in following manufacturers’ instructions regarding dilution of cleansing products, how to correctly interpret these instructions, and the possible consequences of not doing so. 
  • Understand how to maintain the welfare of the dog during the work.
  • Learn how to maintain health and safety for yourself, colleagues and others. 

2. Business basics

  • Business Plan, Insurance and Finance
  • Law and Regulations
  • First Impressions
  • Advertising

Outcomes

  • Understand health, safety and welfare requirements which underpin this work.
  • Understand that businesses and the self-employed have to organise their own tax and NI payments
  • Know that your clients will evaluate first impressions, and why its important to look professional
  • Learn that advertising plays an important role in creating and growing a client base.
  • Understand different ways to advertise.

3. Getting started

  • Location
  • Equipment
  • Organisation
  • Attire

Outcomes

  • Learn which equipment used for removing knots, tangles and dead hair, the correct selection and techniques for their use.
  • Learn which equipment to use for removing excess hair, its selection and correct techniques for use.
  • Know how to clean equipment and correct storage methods
  • Know the protective equipment and clothing required when bathing a dog, its purpose and why it is important to use it correctly.
  • Know how to assess and plan the work to be done within an agreed timescale. 
  • Understand the work which the client has requested.
  • Know the types of tools and equipment for the work. 
  • Know the necessary condition of the work area for the work. 
  • Understand why it is important to use protective clothing during the drying process.
  • Know the different types of drying equipment available, their purposes and to which dog and coat types they are most suited. 
  • Understand the correct temperature and velocity of drying equipment, how to adjust them and the potential dangers of incorrect setting.

4. Anatomy and health

  • Anatomy
  • Common skin diseases and parasites
  • First aid
  • Grooming injuries

Outcomes

  • Learn what steps should be taken in the event of accidentally cutting the dog or self.
  • Know how friction burns occur and how they can be avoided. 
  • Know the normal signs of health and signs indicating the dog should be referred to a veterinary surgeon.
  • Know about abnormal conditions such as external/internal parasites and lesions. 
  • Know basic dog anatomy and physiology sufficient to be able to identify abnormalities.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of basic skin problems and infestations.
  • Know why it is important to obtain authorisation from the client or a senior colleague before using anti-parasitic products.
  • Know the limits of your role when informing clients of possible abnormalities and conditions (i.e. not diagnosing) and the importance of referring clients to a veterinary surgeon.
  • Understand the types of problems which may occur and how these should be dealt with. 
  • Know the signs of distress in dogs and the action that should be taken when these are observed.
  • Understand what heat stress and brush burn are, their signs and causes and how to prevent them happening.
  • Know how to identify abnormal conditions of the coat and skin, why it is important to do so. 

5. Pre-bath  

  • Getting ready
  • Selecting shampoos and conditioners
  • Handling and restraint
  • Pre-bath brushing
  • Pre-bath clipping

Outcomes

  • Learn why a dog’s coat should be bathed before trimming and when a dog’s coat should be removed prior to bathing.
  • Understand why the coat type and style to be achieved affect the methods of preparing coats and equipment that should be used.
  • You will know how to groom out a coat, removing knots, tangles and dead hair without injuring the dog 
  • Learn why clipping off and rough trimming are sometimes necessary and why the age of the dog may influence the decision 
  • Know how to judge the correct amount of hair to be clipped/scissored off and why it is important not to remove too much 
  • Understand the different types of cleansing products available, their purposes and the types of coat and conditions for which they are suitable 
  • Know how coat type and the condition of the coat and skin affect the cleansing products that should be used.

6. Bathing 

  • Protection
  • Wet down
  • Soap up and work in
  • Rinse and condition

Outcomes

  • Know the importance of preventing solutions entering the dog’s eyes, mouth and ears and why it is important to tell the client if this happens 
  • Know how to check that all residues have been rinsed from the coat and skin unless contraindicated by manufacturers’ instructions. 
  • Learn why its important to make a dog ‘squeaky clean’
  • Understand how to wet down a dog correctly
  • Know how to condition a dog

7. Drying

  • Towel
  • High velocity
  • Stretch
  • Kennel
  • Blanket

Outcomes

  • Know the methods to remove excess water from the dog prior to drying and why it is important to do this.
  • Learn how coat type and the condition of the coat and skin affect the drying techniques and equipment that can be used. 
  • Understand how the style that is to be achieved affects the drying techniques and equipment that can be used. 
  • Know how drying technique, equipment and brushing during drying affect the finish.
  • Know how to identify when coats are completely dry and the potential consequences of not drying a dog properly. 

8. Ears, eyes, teeth, feet and bum

  • Ears and eyes
  • Teeth
  • Claws
  • Anal glands
  • Hygiene clip

Outcomes

  • Understand why particular care is required when removing excess hair from around eyes and ears
  • Learn the importance of removing excess hair for the dog’s hygiene.
  • Understand the external examination of anal sacs, what is normal, when expression may be necessary, why it is done and the possible consequences of doing it incorrectly or ignoring their poor condition.
  • Know why it is necessary to check the anal glands, eyes, ears, skin, teeth and gums
  • Learn how to clean the dogs teeth safely and efficiently
  • Know how to clip dogs’ nails and what to do if they bleed.

9. Smooth and medium coats

  • Breeds
  • Equipment
  • Grooming smooth coats
  • Grooming medium coats

Outcomes

  • Know the necessary appearance and condition of smooth and medium coated dogs. 
  • Know the type of equipment used for styling and finishing smooth and medium coated dogs
  • Learn how to use the equipment correctly
  • Understand techniques for styling and finishing smooth and medium coated dogs 
  • Understand the client’s requests for styling for smooth and medium coated dogs
  • Know different types of breeds and how styling is achieved for smooth and medium coated dogs 

10. Long coat

  • Breeds
  • Equipment
  • Grooming

Outcomes

  • Know the necessary appearance and condition of long coated dogs.
  • Know the type of equipment used for styling and finishing long coated dogs. 
  • Learn how to use the equipment correctly 
  • Understand techniques for styling and finishing long coated dogs. 
  • Understand the client’s requests for styling long coated dogs. 
  • Know different types of breeds and how styling is achieved for long coated dogs.  

11.Wire coat

  • Breeds
  • Equipment
  • Brushing
  • Plucking and stripping
  • Trimming

Outcomes

  • Know the necessary appearance and condition of wire coated dogs. 
  • Know the type of equipment used for styling and finishing wire coated dogs.  
  • Learn how to use the equipment correctly
  • Understand techniques for styling and finishing wire coated dogs. 
  • Understand the client’s requests for styling wire coated dogs.
  • Know different types of breeds and how styling is achieved for wire coated dogs. 

12.Curly coat

  • Breeds
  • Equipment
  • Grooming

Outcomes

  • Know the necessary appearance and condition of curly coated dogs. 
  • Know the type of equipment used for styling and finishing curly coated dogs.  
  • Learn how to use the equipment correctly
  • Understand techniques for styling and finishing curly coated dogs. 
  • Understand the client’s requests for styling for curly coated dogs.
  • Know different types of breeds and how styling is achieved for curly coated dogs

Course 3 - Certificate in Pet Grooming Advanced Online Course

Lesson One - Skin Anatomy and Common Diseases

  • Anatomy

  • Skin Functions
  • Skin Structure
  • Skin Glands
  • Hair
  • Common Diseases
  • Allergies
  • Bacterial Skin Disease
  • Hormonal Skin Disease
  • Fungal Skin Disease
  • Nutritional Skin Disease
  • Tumours
  • Congenital Skin Disease

Outcomes

  • Have a clear knowledge of skin anatomy

  • Know the important functions of skin
  • Identify the different skin glands
  • Know the different types of hair and understand the functions of hair
  • Identify the different types of skin disease, understand them and know their treatments

Lesson Two - Parasites

  • Fleas

  • Lice
  • Walking Dandruff
  • Scabies
  • Mange
  • Ear Mites
  • Ticks

Outcomes

  • Have a clear knowledge of the common external parasites

  • Identify the different skin parasites
  • Know the different treatments that can be used for fleas
  • Identify the signs of parasite infection

Lesson Three – Dentistry

  • Anatomy

  • Diseases
  • Preventive Care
  • Scraping
  • Brushing
  • Diet

Outcomes

  • Have a clear knowledge of the dental anatomy pets

  • Know the important functions of the teeth
  • Identify the different ways to prevent dental disease
  • Know the two scale and brush a pet teeth
  • Have a clear knowledge of the common dental diseases found in pets

Lesson Four - Puppies

  • Why A Puppy Grooming Is So Important

  • Owners Grooming Training Program
  • Salons Grooming Training Program
  • Bathing Puppies
  • Puppy Clip
  • Useful Advice A Groomer Can Give To A New Puppy Owner

Outcomes

  • Know the important reasons for grooming puppies

  • Identify the different ways the owner can train a puppy to be groomed
  • Know how to start a salons grooming puppy training program
  • Learn the correct way to bath, dry and groom a puppy
  • Understand the meaning of a puppy clip 
  • Have an idea for how a groomer can bond and earn money from a new puppy owner

Lesson Five - Ageing Dogs

  • Why Grooming A Senior Pet Is So Important

  • Things To Look For
  • Lumps And Bumps
  • Bathing Older Dogs
  • Useful Advice A Groomer Can Give To A Senior Pet Owner

Outcomes

  • Know the importance of grooming ageing dogs

  • Have a clear knowledge of the steps that a dog grooming needs to take to keep a senior dog comfortable and safe.
  • Identify the different ways to help keep a senior dog healthy
  • Know the reasons why to clip old dogs nails
  • Have a clear knowledge of the different trims that can improve an old dogs life.

Lesson Six - Cat Grooming

  • Why And When

  • Breeds
  • Grooming
  • Clipping
  • Bathing
  • Dry Baths
  • Soft Paws
  • Cat Grooming Services

Outcomes

  • Identify the different types of coat on long haired cats.

  • Understand why and when cats need to be groomed
  • Have a clear knowledge of the how to bath, groom, and lion clip properly and safely.
  • Understand the different cat grooming services that can be offered
  • Have a clear knowledge of the common dental diseases found in pets

Lesson 7 - Small Animal Grooming

  • Why Groom Small Pets?

  • Rabbits
  • Long Haired Breeds
  • Handling
  • Grooming
  • Baths
  • Scent Glands
  • Mats 
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Breeds
  • Handling
  • Grooming
  • Baths
  • Scent Glands
  • Trimming
  • Fly Strike

Outcomes

  • Understand why small pets need to be groomed

  • Have a clear knowledge of the correct and safe way of bathing, grooming  and trimming small pets
  • Know the importance of handling small pets correctly
  • Identify the different breeds of long haired guinea pigs and rabbits
  • Understand fly strike how to prevent it and what to do about it.
  • Know how to clean small pets scent glands

Lesson Eight - Poodle

  • Poodle history

  • Preparation
  • Face
  • Beards and moustaches
  • Throat
  • Top knots
  • Ears
  • Body
  • Feet and cuffs
  • Tail
  • Banding

Outcomes

  • Have a clear knowledge and be able to identify how to trim a poodles coat into different styles including ears, body, beards, tails, and moustaches

  • Understand how to clip poodles feet
  • Understand what banding is, why its done and how to do it.
  • Know the different treatments that can be used for fleas
  • Learn how give a poodle a nicely shaped top knot

Lesson Nine - Bichon Frise

  • Bichon Frise History

  • Preparation
  • Fluff Drying
  • Note On Techniques
  • Head
  • Ears
  • Muzzle
  • Crest And Neck
  • Body
  • Front Legs
  • Back Legs
  • Feet
  • Tail

Outcomes

  • Have a clear knowledge of how to trim a Bichon Frise’s coat into a style

  • Understand how to clip Bichon Frise’s feet
  • Understand what fluff drying is, why it is done and how to do it
  • Learn how to give a Bichon Frise a nicely rounded head       

Lesson Ten - Yorkshire Terrier

  • Yorkshire Terrier History

  • Reverse Sneezing And Collapsing Trachea
  • Preparation
  • Making Grooming Bows
  • Natural Long Coat
  • Grooming A Long Coat
  • The Clipped Short Coat
  • The Puppy Clip
  • The Modified Schnauzer Clip
  • The Modified Westie Head
  • Top-knoted Head

Outcomes

  • Understand how to clip a Yorkshire Terrier's coat and face, into 2 different  styles

  • Understand what Reverse Sneezing and Collapsing Trachea is, what it sounds like and what to do about do it
  • Have a clear knowledge of the Yorkshire Terrier's history
  • Know how to make grooming bows
  • Understand how to groom a perfect Natural Long Coated Yorkshire Terrier

Lesson Eleven – Schnauzer

  • Schnauzer History

  • Grooming
  • Stripping Off
  • Hand stripping
  • Stripping Session Patterns
  • Rolling
  • Clipping
  • Body
  • Chest, Thoat and Cheeks
  • Head and Ears
  • Eyebrows and Beard
  • Back Legs
  • Front Legs
  • Feet
  • Tummy, Tail and Rear.

Outcomes

  • Know how to groom the Schnauzer's head and face correctly

  • Have a clear knowledge of the Schnauzer's history
  • Understand how to clip a Schnauzer's coat.
  • Understand how to hand strip and roll a coat
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of stripping a coat

Lesson Twelve - West Highland White Terrier

  • West Highland White Terrier History

  • Preparation
  • Grooming
  • The West Highland Terrier Trim
  • Body
  • Stomach
  • Tail
  • Front Legs
  • Rear Legs
  • Feet
  • Throat and Chest
  • Head
  • Ears
  • Dog Massage

Outcomes

  • Understand how to do the West Highland Terrier Trim   

  • Identify the different ways of clipping a West Highland White Terrier
  • Have a clear knowledge of the West Highland White Terrier's history
  • Know how to preform dog massage and understand its advantages

Lesson Thirteen - English Springer Spaniel

  • English Springer Spaniel History

  • Working Springer Spaniels
  • Preparation
  • Body
  • Clipping
  • Raking
  • Furnishings
  • Head
  • Ears
  • Tail
  • Feet
  • Finishing
  • Docking

Outcomes

  • Understand how to clip a English Springer Spaniel

  • Identify the different ways the Springer Spaniel is used to benefit people
  • Have a clear knowledge of the English Springer Spaniel's history
  • Know how raking why and how it is done
  • Understand the technique of bulk thinning

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

About this Course

Get Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional, Dog Grooming Professional, and Pet Grooming Advanced in this Bundle

1. Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional: Enhance Your Pet Care Knowledge Base

his course offers you a rewarding way of learning everything required to enhance your pet care knowledge base for use in the dog walking, pet and home sitting business.

Pet owners want to know that while they’re away, their furry and fishy friends are properly looked after and getting plenty of love and attention. As a dog walker and pet sitter, your role is not only to properly care for the animal with food, exercise and attention, but to give your clients’ human partners peace of mind.

This course is suitable for anyone, whether they are considering a career working as a pet sitter, dog walker, or someone who wants to gain a much better understanding and knowledge of the pet care business. It will provide you with the essential information you need to care for clients’ pets in a responsible, professional, and safety-conscious way.

2. Dog Grooming Professional: Learn How to Groom Your Dog or Become a Professional Dog Groomer!

The Professional Dog Grooming course will offer you a fulfilling way of learning everything you need to enhance your pet care knowledge base for use in the dog grooming business.

About Dog Grooming

Dog grooming encompasses everything involved in caring for a dog’s hygiene, cleaning and physical appearance. The necessary frequency of dog grooming is dependent on the breed, age and health of the dog, but grooming is sure to help keep a dog healthy and comfortable.

This course includes a comprehensive look at everything you need to groom your own dog or start your own dog grooming business.  Starting with essential saftey considerations, the basics of setting up your business and location and equipment information you'll be prepared to set up the ideal dog grooming workspace before moving on to an indepth look at the various techniques and processes involved in efficient and professional level dog grooming across a variety of breeds, coat types and sizes.

What Can I Do after Taking this Dog Grooming Course?

Our Dog Grooming course is suitable for anyone, whether you are considering a career as a dog groomer or you want to gain more knowledge of dog grooming. Our Dog Grooming course will provide you with the essential information that you need to care for clients’ and/or your own pets in a responsible, welfare-conscious way.

3. Pet Grooming Advanced: Learn Grooming Techniques For Dogs, Cats And Small Pets

The Advanced Pet Grooming course will teach you grooming techniques for dogs, cats and small pets. It provides an excellent basis on which to learn about the finer, advanced aspects of the subject. It explains the different grooming styles suitable for more challenging breeds e.g. poodles. It will provide you with the essential knowledge that you need to care for pets in a responsible, safe-conscious way.

Learn about things that will help you build a strong bond with your customers, so they will provide repeat business throughout the life of the pet.  This Pet Grooming Course also covers useful methods on how a dog groomer can expand their range of services.  

The Pet Grooming Course will also assist you to build a professional portfolio of Factsheets that you will find a useful resource, which you can use within your business or just to give to friends and family that need advice.

Receive Lifetime Access to Course Materials, so you can review at any time.

Enter the animal care business with an animal care certification by enrolling today!

For comprehensive information on units of study click the units of study tab above.

This is an incredible opportunity to invest in yourself and your future, sharpen your training skills and learn what it takes to create your own success with Courses For Success Today!

Course Fast Facts:

  1. All courses are easy to follow and understand
  2. Unlimited lifetime access to course materials
  3. Study as many courses as you want
  4. Delivered 100% on-line and accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  5. You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time
  6. Download printer friendly course content

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. Courses for Success offers its users way to efficiently study without disrupting their everyday lives. 

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon completion of each course assessment, you will receive a certificate per course. An accredited certificate from the awarding body relating to your course.

Receive Lifetime Access to Course Materials, so you can review at any time.

The Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional 3 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Certificate in Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional Online Course

Unit 1: Welcome Safety, Health and hygiene

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Introduction
  • Benefits and how to get the most out of this course
  • Your Safety
  • Zoonosis
  • Animals safety
  • Disease control
  • How to clean an pet’s bed/living areas

Unit 2: Getting Started Running Your Pet Care Business

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Business Plan, Insurance and Finance
  • Law and Regulations
  • Image
  • Pet Services Offered
  • Advertising
  • Organisation

Unit 3: Pet Sitting basics

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Responsibility
  • CRB checks
  • Property security
  • Animal security
  • Veterinary considerations
  • Updates
  • Leaving the property as you found it
  • Dog attacks!

Unit 4: Per Service Visit

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • First Impressions
  • Pre service visit
  • Information and records
  • Checklist
  • Microchips and other ID methods
  • Keys
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Possible client questions

Unit 5: Dog walking

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Introduction
  • Dog walking basics
  • Body Language
  • Law
  • Aggression
  • Dog fights

Unit 6: Handling and transporting animals

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Approaching an animal
  • Typical restraints and handling equipment
  • Behaviour
  • Correct handling methods of dogs and cats
  • Exotic handling
  • Transporting animals
  • How to administer medications

Unit 7: First aid

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Aims and assessment
  • Animal first aid kit
  • ABC and CPR
  • Handling
  • Shock
  • Fractures
  • Bites and stings
  • Wounds and burns
  • Poisoning and fitting
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Hyperthermia and Hypothermia

Unit 8: Dogs and cats

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Groups and breeds
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Behaviour and training
  • Grooming  and care
  • Elderly dogs and cats
  • Common diseases

Unit 9: Birds

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • General care
  • Small birds
  • Parrots
  • Poultry
  • Birds of prey
  • Common diseases

Unit 10: Fish

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • General care
  • Cold water fish
  • Tropical fish
  • Marine fish
  • Common diseases

Unit 11: Reptiles

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • General care
  • Snakes and Lizards
  • Tortoises, turtles and terrapins
  • More difficult to keep reptiles
  • Common diseases

Unit 12: Hamsters, gerbils, rats and mice

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Groups and breeds
  • Nutrition, housing and exercise
  • Behaviour and training
  • Grooming and care
  • Common diseases

Unit 13: Rabbits and Guinea pigs

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

  • Breeds
  • General care
  • Nutrition, housing and exercise
  • Common diseases

Course 2 - Certificate in Dog Grooming Professional Online Course

1. Welcome and Safety

  • Introduction and course structure
  • Benefits of this course and getting the most out of this course
  • Your safety
  • Pet safety

Outcomes

  • You will understand why it is important to approach and handle dogs in a manner that promotes their confidence and co-operation and the health and safety of all throughout. 
  • Understand the potential threats to health, safety and security in a bathing area (such as slippery floors/surfaces, electricity) and steps that should be taken to minimise the threats.
  • Know the importance in following manufacturers’ instructions regarding dilution of cleansing products, how to correctly interpret these instructions, and the possible consequences of not doing so. 
  • Understand how to maintain the welfare of the dog during the work.
  • Learn how to maintain health and safety for yourself, colleagues and others. 

2. Business basics

  • Business Plan, Insurance and Finance
  • Law and Regulations
  • First Impressions
  • Advertising

Outcomes

  • Understand health, safety and welfare requirements which underpin this work.
  • Understand that businesses and the self-employed have to organise their own tax and NI payments
  • Know that your clients will evaluate first impressions, and why its important to look professional
  • Learn that advertising plays an important role in creating and growing a client base.
  • Understand different ways to advertise.

3. Getting started

  • Location
  • Equipment
  • Organisation
  • Attire

Outcomes

  • Learn which equipment used for removing knots, tangles and dead hair, the correct selection and techniques for their use.
  • Learn which equipment to use for removing excess hair, its selection and correct techniques for use.
  • Know how to clean equipment and correct storage methods
  • Know the protective equipment and clothing required when bathing a dog, its purpose and why it is important to use it correctly.
  • Know how to assess and plan the work to be done within an agreed timescale. 
  • Understand the work which the client has requested.
  • Know the types of tools and equipment for the work. 
  • Know the necessary condition of the work area for the work. 
  • Understand why it is important to use protective clothing during the drying process.
  • Know the different types of drying equipment available, their purposes and to which dog and coat types they are most suited. 
  • Understand the correct temperature and velocity of drying equipment, how to adjust them and the potential dangers of incorrect setting.

4. Anatomy and health

  • Anatomy
  • Common skin diseases and parasites
  • First aid
  • Grooming injuries

Outcomes

  • Learn what steps should be taken in the event of accidentally cutting the dog or self.
  • Know how friction burns occur and how they can be avoided. 
  • Know the normal signs of health and signs indicating the dog should be referred to a veterinary surgeon.
  • Know about abnormal conditions such as external/internal parasites and lesions. 
  • Know basic dog anatomy and physiology sufficient to be able to identify abnormalities.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of basic skin problems and infestations.
  • Know why it is important to obtain authorisation from the client or a senior colleague before using anti-parasitic products.
  • Know the limits of your role when informing clients of possible abnormalities and conditions (i.e. not diagnosing) and the importance of referring clients to a veterinary surgeon.
  • Understand the types of problems which may occur and how these should be dealt with. 
  • Know the signs of distress in dogs and the action that should be taken when these are observed.
  • Understand what heat stress and brush burn are, their signs and causes and how to prevent them happening.
  • Know how to identify abnormal conditions of the coat and skin, why it is important to do so. 

5. Pre-bath  

  • Getting ready
  • Selecting shampoos and conditioners
  • Handling and restraint
  • Pre-bath brushing
  • Pre-bath clipping

Outcomes

  • Learn why a dog’s coat should be bathed before trimming and when a dog’s coat should be removed prior to bathing.
  • Understand why the coat type and style to be achieved affect the methods of preparing coats and equipment that should be used.
  • You will know how to groom out a coat, removing knots, tangles and dead hair without injuring the dog 
  • Learn why clipping off and rough trimming are sometimes necessary and why the age of the dog may influence the decision 
  • Know how to judge the correct amount of hair to be clipped/scissored off and why it is important not to remove too much 
  • Understand the different types of cleansing products available, their purposes and the types of coat and conditions for which they are suitable 
  • Know how coat type and the condition of the coat and skin affect the cleansing products that should be used.

6. Bathing 

  • Protection
  • Wet down
  • Soap up and work in
  • Rinse and condition

Outcomes

  • Know the importance of preventing solutions entering the dog’s eyes, mouth and ears and why it is important to tell the client if this happens 
  • Know how to check that all residues have been rinsed from the coat and skin unless contraindicated by manufacturers’ instructions. 
  • Learn why its important to make a dog ‘squeaky clean’
  • Understand how to wet down a dog correctly
  • Know how to condition a dog

7. Drying

  • Towel
  • High velocity
  • Stretch
  • Kennel
  • Blanket

Outcomes

  • Know the methods to remove excess water from the dog prior to drying and why it is important to do this.
  • Learn how coat type and the condition of the coat and skin affect the drying techniques and equipment that can be used. 
  • Understand how the style that is to be achieved affects the drying techniques and equipment that can be used. 
  • Know how drying technique, equipment and brushing during drying affect the finish.
  • Know how to identify when coats are completely dry and the potential consequences of not drying a dog properly. 

8. Ears, eyes, teeth, feet and bum

  • Ears and eyes
  • Teeth
  • Claws
  • Anal glands
  • Hygiene clip

Outcomes

  • Understand why particular care is required when removing excess hair from around eyes and ears
  • Learn the importance of removing excess hair for the dog’s hygiene.
  • Understand the external examination of anal sacs, what is normal, when expression may be necessary, why it is done and the possible consequences of doing it incorrectly or ignoring their poor condition.
  • Know why it is necessary to check the anal glands, eyes, ears, skin, teeth and gums
  • Learn how to clean the dogs teeth safely and efficiently
  • Know how to clip dogs’ nails and what to do if they bleed.

9. Smooth and medium coats

  • Breeds
  • Equipment
  • Grooming smooth coats
  • Grooming medium coats

Outcomes

  • Know the necessary appearance and condition of smooth and medium coated dogs. 
  • Know the type of equipment used for styling and finishing smooth and medium coated dogs
  • Learn how to use the equipment correctly
  • Understand techniques for styling and finishing smooth and medium coated dogs 
  • Understand the client’s requests for styling for smooth and medium coated dogs
  • Know different types of breeds and how styling is achieved for smooth and medium coated dogs 

10. Long coat

  • Breeds
  • Equipment
  • Grooming

Outcomes

  • Know the necessary appearance and condition of long coated dogs.
  • Know the type of equipment used for styling and finishing long coated dogs. 
  • Learn how to use the equipment correctly 
  • Understand techniques for styling and finishing long coated dogs. 
  • Understand the client’s requests for styling long coated dogs. 
  • Know different types of breeds and how styling is achieved for long coated dogs.  

11.Wire coat

  • Breeds
  • Equipment
  • Brushing
  • Plucking and stripping
  • Trimming

Outcomes

  • Know the necessary appearance and condition of wire coated dogs. 
  • Know the type of equipment used for styling and finishing wire coated dogs.  
  • Learn how to use the equipment correctly
  • Understand techniques for styling and finishing wire coated dogs. 
  • Understand the client’s requests for styling wire coated dogs.
  • Know different types of breeds and how styling is achieved for wire coated dogs. 

12.Curly coat

  • Breeds
  • Equipment
  • Grooming

Outcomes

  • Know the necessary appearance and condition of curly coated dogs. 
  • Know the type of equipment used for styling and finishing curly coated dogs.  
  • Learn how to use the equipment correctly
  • Understand techniques for styling and finishing curly coated dogs. 
  • Understand the client’s requests for styling for curly coated dogs.
  • Know different types of breeds and how styling is achieved for curly coated dogs

Course 3 - Certificate in Pet Grooming Advanced Online Course

Lesson One - Skin Anatomy and Common Diseases

  • Anatomy

  • Skin Functions
  • Skin Structure
  • Skin Glands
  • Hair
  • Common Diseases
  • Allergies
  • Bacterial Skin Disease
  • Hormonal Skin Disease
  • Fungal Skin Disease
  • Nutritional Skin Disease
  • Tumours
  • Congenital Skin Disease

Outcomes

  • Have a clear knowledge of skin anatomy

  • Know the important functions of skin
  • Identify the different skin glands
  • Know the different types of hair and understand the functions of hair
  • Identify the different types of skin disease, understand them and know their treatments

Lesson Two - Parasites

  • Fleas

  • Lice
  • Walking Dandruff
  • Scabies
  • Mange
  • Ear Mites
  • Ticks

Outcomes

  • Have a clear knowledge of the common external parasites

  • Identify the different skin parasites
  • Know the different treatments that can be used for fleas
  • Identify the signs of parasite infection

Lesson Three – Dentistry

  • Anatomy

  • Diseases
  • Preventive Care
  • Scraping
  • Brushing
  • Diet

Outcomes

  • Have a clear knowledge of the dental anatomy pets

  • Know the important functions of the teeth
  • Identify the different ways to prevent dental disease
  • Know the two scale and brush a pet teeth
  • Have a clear knowledge of the common dental diseases found in pets

Lesson Four - Puppies

  • Why A Puppy Grooming Is So Important

  • Owners Grooming Training Program
  • Salons Grooming Training Program
  • Bathing Puppies
  • Puppy Clip
  • Useful Advice A Groomer Can Give To A New Puppy Owner

Outcomes

  • Know the important reasons for grooming puppies

  • Identify the different ways the owner can train a puppy to be groomed
  • Know how to start a salons grooming puppy training program
  • Learn the correct way to bath, dry and groom a puppy
  • Understand the meaning of a puppy clip 
  • Have an idea for how a groomer can bond and earn money from a new puppy owner

Lesson Five - Ageing Dogs

  • Why Grooming A Senior Pet Is So Important

  • Things To Look For
  • Lumps And Bumps
  • Bathing Older Dogs
  • Useful Advice A Groomer Can Give To A Senior Pet Owner

Outcomes

  • Know the importance of grooming ageing dogs

  • Have a clear knowledge of the steps that a dog grooming needs to take to keep a senior dog comfortable and safe.
  • Identify the different ways to help keep a senior dog healthy
  • Know the reasons why to clip old dogs nails
  • Have a clear knowledge of the different trims that can improve an old dogs life.

Lesson Six - Cat Grooming

  • Why And When

  • Breeds
  • Grooming
  • Clipping
  • Bathing
  • Dry Baths
  • Soft Paws
  • Cat Grooming Services

Outcomes

  • Identify the different types of coat on long haired cats.

  • Understand why and when cats need to be groomed
  • Have a clear knowledge of the how to bath, groom, and lion clip properly and safely.
  • Understand the different cat grooming services that can be offered
  • Have a clear knowledge of the common dental diseases found in pets

Lesson 7 - Small Animal Grooming

  • Why Groom Small Pets?

  • Rabbits
  • Long Haired Breeds
  • Handling
  • Grooming
  • Baths
  • Scent Glands
  • Mats 
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Breeds
  • Handling
  • Grooming
  • Baths
  • Scent Glands
  • Trimming
  • Fly Strike

Outcomes

  • Understand why small pets need to be groomed

  • Have a clear knowledge of the correct and safe way of bathing, grooming  and trimming small pets
  • Know the importance of handling small pets correctly
  • Identify the different breeds of long haired guinea pigs and rabbits
  • Understand fly strike how to prevent it and what to do about it.
  • Know how to clean small pets scent glands

Lesson Eight - Poodle

  • Poodle history

  • Preparation
  • Face
  • Beards and moustaches
  • Throat
  • Top knots
  • Ears
  • Body
  • Feet and cuffs
  • Tail
  • Banding

Outcomes

  • Have a clear knowledge and be able to identify how to trim a poodles coat into different styles including ears, body, beards, tails, and moustaches

  • Understand how to clip poodles feet
  • Understand what banding is, why its done and how to do it.
  • Know the different treatments that can be used for fleas
  • Learn how give a poodle a nicely shaped top knot

Lesson Nine - Bichon Frise

  • Bichon Frise History

  • Preparation
  • Fluff Drying
  • Note On Techniques
  • Head
  • Ears
  • Muzzle
  • Crest And Neck
  • Body
  • Front Legs
  • Back Legs
  • Feet
  • Tail

Outcomes

  • Have a clear knowledge of how to trim a Bichon Frise’s coat into a style

  • Understand how to clip Bichon Frise’s feet
  • Understand what fluff drying is, why it is done and how to do it
  • Learn how to give a Bichon Frise a nicely rounded head       

Lesson Ten - Yorkshire Terrier

  • Yorkshire Terrier History

  • Reverse Sneezing And Collapsing Trachea
  • Preparation
  • Making Grooming Bows
  • Natural Long Coat
  • Grooming A Long Coat
  • The Clipped Short Coat
  • The Puppy Clip
  • The Modified Schnauzer Clip
  • The Modified Westie Head
  • Top-knoted Head

Outcomes

  • Understand how to clip a Yorkshire Terrier's coat and face, into 2 different  styles

  • Understand what Reverse Sneezing and Collapsing Trachea is, what it sounds like and what to do about do it
  • Have a clear knowledge of the Yorkshire Terrier's history
  • Know how to make grooming bows
  • Understand how to groom a perfect Natural Long Coated Yorkshire Terrier

Lesson Eleven – Schnauzer

  • Schnauzer History

  • Grooming
  • Stripping Off
  • Hand stripping
  • Stripping Session Patterns
  • Rolling
  • Clipping
  • Body
  • Chest, Thoat and Cheeks
  • Head and Ears
  • Eyebrows and Beard
  • Back Legs
  • Front Legs
  • Feet
  • Tummy, Tail and Rear.

Outcomes

  • Know how to groom the Schnauzer's head and face correctly

  • Have a clear knowledge of the Schnauzer's history
  • Understand how to clip a Schnauzer's coat.
  • Understand how to hand strip and roll a coat
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of stripping a coat

Lesson Twelve - West Highland White Terrier

  • West Highland White Terrier History

  • Preparation
  • Grooming
  • The West Highland Terrier Trim
  • Body
  • Stomach
  • Tail
  • Front Legs
  • Rear Legs
  • Feet
  • Throat and Chest
  • Head
  • Ears
  • Dog Massage

Outcomes

  • Understand how to do the West Highland Terrier Trim   

  • Identify the different ways of clipping a West Highland White Terrier
  • Have a clear knowledge of the West Highland White Terrier's history
  • Know how to preform dog massage and understand its advantages

Lesson Thirteen - English Springer Spaniel

  • English Springer Spaniel History

  • Working Springer Spaniels
  • Preparation
  • Body
  • Clipping
  • Raking
  • Furnishings
  • Head
  • Ears
  • Tail
  • Feet
  • Finishing
  • Docking

Outcomes

  • Understand how to clip a English Springer Spaniel

  • Identify the different ways the Springer Spaniel is used to benefit people
  • Have a clear knowledge of the English Springer Spaniel's history
  • Know how raking why and how it is done
  • Understand the technique of bulk thinning

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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