Unit B

Unit B will teach you how to read a dog’s behavior and how to form positive relationships with your canine clients.

We’ll cover the most common dog temperaments and provide tips for managing these traits during the groom.

Unit B Overview

Understanding Dog Behavior

Dogs can’t tell you what they’re thinking and feeling – that’s why it’s essential to read their body language. You’ll learn how to identify and interpret common dog behaviors so you can create a safe, positive grooming experience for every dog. You’ll also learn safe and effective strategies for responding to difficult issues such as anxiety and aggression. Plus, discover how dogs learn new information so you can help them acclimatize to the grooming process.

Meeting Your Furry Clients

First impressions are important. Learn how to meet and interact with a dog for the first time and how to make him feel comfortable in a new environment. Next, discover effective strategies for working with dogs that become stressed or anxious in the grooming salon. You’ll also learn how to interpret a dog’s relationship with his owner and what this tells you about the dog’s temperament.

Dog Temperaments

Why are some dogs playful while others are anxious? Discover the interplay of genetic and environmental factors that shape a dog’s temperament from puppyhood to adulthood, including breeding and socialization. Next, learn about common dog temperament traits such as sensitivity, intelligence, prey drive, playfulness, mouthiness and more. We’ll teach you how to recognize each trait and how to manage it during the groom.

Keeping You and the Dog Safe

Discover the tools and techniques that create a safe grooming environment for you and your canine clients. Learn how to predict and prevent reactive behavior, as well as how to safely operate sharp tools around reactive dogs. Next, learn how to use different types of muzzles and E-collars to prevent bites and scratches. You’ll also learn when to say “no” and when you should respectfully decline to groom a dog.

Conducting a Needs Analysis

The needs analysis determines the direction of a grooming appointment. You’ll learn how to examine a dog to identify his unique grooming needs, including his coat type, health concerns and styling options. You’ll also learn which questions to ask a dog’s owner to gain a thorough understanding of the dog’s health and behavior. The needs analysis is an essential grooming practice that allows you to plan a successful grooming appointment and to provide an estimated cost of your services.

Unit B Assignments

In Unit B of your online dog grooming course, you’ll find assignments that test your knowledge in dog behavior and working with canine clients. For your course, you’ll create a needs analysis for one of your clients to show your tutor what you’ve learned.

View the assignment sample below to discover how you’ll learn about dog needs and behaviors in your course.