In-Class vs. Online Dog Grooming Schools

Learning dog grooming online can be a difficult concept to wrap your head around. After all, dog grooming is a very “hands-on” profession. Surely it needs to be taught in-class by an instructor, no?

Definitely not. With the advancement of online learning in recent years, online dog grooming schools can be just as effective (if not more!) than in-class training. No one can dispute that online learning is far more convenient than in-class. The key is to find an online dog grooming school that allows you the same (if not more!) hands-on practice that a classroom curriculum would.

Below is a comparison of a typical in-class dog grooming school vs. an online grooming school like QC Pet Studies.

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Admissions

In-Class

Enroll by a specific date for the next year’s classes

 Online

Enroll at any time. No admission dates or class schedules.

Location

In-Class

Specific campuses that are equipped with dog grooming facilities.

Online

Study from anywhere; groom dogs at home or go to self-serve grooming areas.

Instruction

In-Class

Teacher gives in-person lectures on a strict schedule, and students read/study course books as homework.

Online

Students watch instructors on video (DVD or online) and read course books whenever it’s convenient.

Practice

In-Class

Students work on dogs in a classroom environment with other students.

Online

Student practices from home as often as he/she feels appropriate to master skills.

Finding Dogs

In-Class

Students are provided with a “class dog” or are asked to find/bring their own dog to class.

Online

Student are asked to find their own dogs to groom.

Theory Assignments

In-Class

Students complete written assignments with strict deadlines. Tutor marks assignments & occasionally discusses results with students.

Online

Students complete written assignments at their leisure with no assignment deadlines. Tutor grades assignments & provides detailed audio feedback to each student.

Practical Assignments

In-Class

Students complete full grooming assignments in-class. Tutor provides grade and feedback.

Online

Students complete full grooming assignments from home, submitting photos/videos of their work. Tutor provides grade and feedback.

Program Completion

In-Class

6 months – 2 years (depends on the program)

Online

Flexible – Complete the program at your own pace. (average 6 months – 1 year)

Business Training

In-Class

Not usually included

Online

Business Training

Tuition Cost

In-Class

$3,000 – $5,000

(average)

Online

$1,000 – $3,000

(average)

Certification

In-Class

Industry-Recognized Certificate of Completion

Online

Industry-Recognized Certificate of Completion

Next Steps

Dog Grooming Course Overview

Learn about QC’s online dog grooming course. Discover how you’ll get hands-on experience while learning from home.

Course Overview

Your Career
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