Besides the over 900 minutes of instructional video content and 19 full-color course texts, QC’s Dog Grooming Course provides students with a free grooming kit. This 22-piece professional dog grooming kit has everything you need to complete the course and start a career in the grooming industry!
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1. WAHL ARCO 5-in-1 Cordless Clipper with 8 Stainless Steel Snap-On Combs
For most breeds, you’ll use your clippers to shave off the majority of the dog’s hair. These clippers are specifically designed for use on dogs with their powerful motors and higher teeth-count per blade. Don’t think human-hair clippers will cut it! A good pair of clippers start at a price of $100.
The QC Pet Studies dog grooming kit includes the lightweight, ergonomic WAHL ARCO clippers. They’re one of the most widely trusted brands in the grooming industry. These cordless clippers include rechargeable battery packs so you can move around freely during your grooms. They earn the “5-in1” title from the five different blade size settings they can switch between. You won’t need to change blades between clippings! The blade sizes are #9, #10, #15, #30, and #40—the #40 is surgical grade and only for veterinarian use.
You’ll also receive eight stainless steel snap-on comb attachments for added versatility. Use these combs with your blades to cut dog coats to a variety of lengths—from an eighth to a full inch of hair!
This professional clipper and comb set has a retail value of $200, not bad for a free kit!
2. Three Pairs of Professional 440C Steel Grooming Scissors
These sharp, 440C stainless steel scissors are powerful enough to cut through all hair types. The high carbon content of the steel makes them durable so they stay sharp longer.
A good groomer pays attention to the little details. While the majority of hair is removable by clippers, you’ll still need your trusty scissors to complete a groom. Sensitive areas and thin hairs that clippers can’t reach require extra attention. As such, these ergonomic scissors allow you to complete detailed grooms without straining your hands. You can adjust the tension to with a dial to accommodate every coat’s requirements
Included in this set are the versatile straight scissors for general work. You’ll also receive a pair of blenders. These scissors feature single-sided teeth and a cutting blade to thin out the dog’s coat without sacrificing length. You’ll also be able to soften and transition the hair lines between body parts. Finally, you’ll receive a pair of curved scissors to create rounded edges with ease. The set comes in a leather case for ultimate portability.
This high-end grooming scissor set has a retail value of $200.
3. Professional-Grade Combs, Coat Tools, Nail Clippers
Last but not least, you’ll receive a variety of other tools for working with coats and nails. Here’s what each of them are for:
Slicker Brush: This is the primary tool you’ll use on dogs every day once you’re a certified groomer. You’ll receive two slicker brushes in your kit. The first is a soft slicker brush and the second is a curved slicker brush for different coat types and densities. Their main purpose is detangling knots in a coat, but they’re also useful for removing the dead undercoat of a double-coated client.
Greyhound Comb: A greyhound comb has both wide and narrow-teeth settings. Use this tool to remove loose mats and tangles from a coat. Throughout the grooming process, run the wide tooth through the hairs to pull out excess coat that the brush can’t take out.
Fine Tooth Comb: At the final stage of the groom, run this comb through the dog’s coat to check if all the mats and excess coat is gone. As the teeth are set super close together, if this comb doesn’t catch as you run it through the entire length of the dog, you’ve groomed the dog effectively.
Undercoat Rake: This tool is used to thin and de-shed a dog’s undercoat. The wide metal teeth help with the detangling process without destroying the top coat.
Mat Breaker: You’ll receive two mat breakers, one small and one large. They both have long narrow hooked blades to cut through mats and allow them to be brushed out without pulling on the coat.
Curry Comb: Use this brush to break up the top coat and any shedding. This rubber comb is most effective on smooth-coated dogs—those who don’t have an undercoat.
Nail Clippers: You’ll receive two plier-style, spring-loaded nail clippers. The smaller of the two is for trimming the thinner nails of small dogs. The larger clippers are best for medium- and large-sized dogs.
This starter kit of combs, breakers, and clippers has a retail value of $50.
Taking care of your tools:
This grooming kit provides most of the tools you’ll need to groom your doggie clients during your training and after graduation. No matter what, you’ll need to constantly sharpen them or have the blades of certain tools replaced—it’s inevitable. But grooming tools aren’t cheap! If you take care of your tools, you’ll be able to extend their life.
Make sure you clean and sterilize your tools after each use. Remove any visible hairs, soak them in soapy hot water, and rub them with alcohol to kill any remaining germs. The last thing you want is to transmit any diseases and germs between doggie clients. Not only will you accrue a bad reputation as a groomer, but you’ll also be putting your clients’ dogs at a safety and health risk! Don’t skimp on cleaning!
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