Unit A

Unit A will introduce you to the world of dog grooming, including the many career options available to you.

You’ll learn how to create a safe grooming environment and how to maintain a dog’s healthy skin and hair. This unit will also review dog anatomy and how to identify anatomical features.

Unit A Overview

Meet your Course Instructors

Meet your course instructors, Lisa Day and Paddy Gaffney – both Certified Master Groomers. Learn about their career development and how they got started in the grooming industry. Their passion for their work is guaranteed to get you excited about working in this rewarding field. They’ll provide important career advice and explore the many career paths you can pursue.

Introduction to Dog Grooming

Learn the history of dog grooming and how it developed into the lucrative industry it is today. Discover the many career directions you can take, including freelancing, working from home, working for a salon, starting your own business and many more. Get an inside look at the daily roles and responsibilities of a dog groomer, as well as the structure of typical grooming session.

Personal Health and Safety

Safety is essential to enjoy a long, happy career as a groomer. Learn how to prevent illness and injury by maintaining clean air, avoiding toxic substances, maintaining electrical safety and preventing muscle strain. You’ll also learn about the safety equipment that will keep you safe, such as dog restraints, masks and goggles.

Dog Anatomy

Understanding a dog’s muscular and skeletal structure lays the groundwork for interpreting grooming patterns. Learn all about dog anatomy and the proper anatomical terms used in the grooming industry. Discover the physical variations between breeds, including different types of skulls, ears, eyes and tails. You’ll also learn about different coat features such as beards, skirts, topknots and furnishings. Each of these variations comes with its own safety concerns and styling options.

Skincare and Esthetics

Discover how groomers and owners can work together to maintain a dog’s healthy skin and hair. Learn about the structure of a dog’s skin and how a dog’s hair grows. Next, learn the symptoms, causes and treatments of common skin conditions, including hot spots, fleas, alopecia, dry skin and many more. Dog groomers can’t diagnose skin conditions, but they play a vital role in discovering concerns and alerting a dog’s owner.

Unit A Assignments

Your dog grooming assignments in Unit A will test your knowledge of the theory of grooming. This includes basic dog anatomy and other skills you’ll acquire through your course readings and videos.

View the assignment sample below to discover more about what you’ll learn in Unit A. Click on the labels to see how you’ll complete your assignments online.