The Dog Grooming - Level 3 Course is suitable for both beginners and those with an established background with dogs. You don’t need any previous experience - the course is aimed at students who wish to provide quality grooming for their own dogs, as well as those who are thinking of setting up their own grooming business.

The Dog Grooming Course gives you the opportunity to learn in detail about all aspects of grooming dogs. The course includes the history of humankind’s relationship with dogs, in-depth details of the grooming process, as well as helpful advice on how to set up and run your own dog grooming business. Even vets and dog breeders have studied this discipline successfully!

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.

Course Objectives:

The course will help you to:

  • Gain a detailed understanding of the relationship between humans and dogs and a working knowledge of the long history of this relationship

  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of different breeds of dog and the ability to adapt grooming techniques to suit each breed

  • Acquire the ability to understand that each dog has a unique personality and how to adapt accordingly, so grooming is efficient and hassle-free

  • Gain the ability to groom dogs as quickly as possible whilst showing maximum attention to detail

  • Gain the business skills necessary to help in the setting up of a dog grooming service

This is a theory-based course. If you plan to start your own business you will need to buy the relevant equipment and gain relevant grooming experience. A perfect way to do this is to ask friends and family and ask if you can groom their dogs for free.


The Course Includes the Following Units:-

  • Unit 1

The following topics are covered: Man’s History with Dogs; The History of Dog Grooming; and The Dog Grooming Profession.

  • Unit 2

The following topics are covered: Breed Recognition; Dog Anatomy and Physiology; Dog Diseases; and First Aid.

  • Unit 3

The following topics are covered: Smooth Coat Breeds; Short Coat Breeds; Double Coat Breeds; Long and Silky Coat Breeds; Harsh and Wiry Coat Breeds; Curly and Woolly Breeds; and Corded Coated Breeds.

  • Unit 4

The following topics are covered: Setting boundaries; Policies; Sticking to rules; Tantrums; and Bribery.

  • Unit 5

The following topics are covered: Equipment Required; Grooming Tools; Clippers; Blades; Shears; Scissors; Equipment; Maintenance; Uniforms and Protective Clothing; Protective Equipment; Products Required; Price Lists; and Suppliers Information & Contact Details.

  • Unit 6

The following topics are covered: Safety Measures; Dog Psychology; Dog Control; Pre-Bath; Bath; and Post Bath.

  • Unit 7

The following topics are covered: Grooming; Dealing with Double Coats; Professional Grooming Shortcuts; Working with Puppies; and Working with the Senior Dog.

  • Unit 8

The following topics are covered: Terriers; Terrier Trims; Head Details; Body Details; Hand Stripping; Terrier Breeds; Airedale Terrier; Australian Terrier; Bedlington Terrier; Cairn Terrier; Dandie Dinmont Terrier; Irish Terrier; Kerry Blue Terrier; Lakeland Terrier; Norfolk Terrier; Norwich Terrier; Schnauzer; Scottish Terrier; Sealyham Terrier; Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier; Welsh Terrier; West Highland White Terrier; Wire Fox Terrier; Yorkshire Terrier; and Breed Grooming Comparisons.

  • Unit 9

The following topics are covered: Spaniel Breeds; Spaniel Breed Trims; American Cocker Spaniel; American Water Spaniel; Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; English Cocker Spaniel; English Springer Spaniel; English Toy Spaniel; Irish Water Spaniel; Welsh Springer Spaniel; Poodle Types; Poodle Breed Trims; Miniature Poodle; Standard Poodle; and Toy Poodle.

  • Unit 10

The following topics are covered: Setter Breeds; Setter Trims; English Setter; Gordon Setter; Irish Red Setter; Irish Red Setter; Other Breeds; Bichon Frise; Old English Sheepdog; Portuguese Water Dog; and Mixed Breeds & Designer Dogs.

  • Unit 11

The following topics are covered: Drop Coat Breeds; Drop Coat Trims; Coton de Tulear; Havanese; Lhasa Apso – Pomeranian; Shih Tzu; and Troubleshooting.

  • Unit 12

The following topics are covered: The Law and You; Health and Safety; First Aid; Setting Up in Business; Accessories; Finances; Choosing Premises; Salon Design; Insurance; Business Plan; Business Profile; Business Portfolio; and Conclusion.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions, and a larger essay/case study assignment. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.

The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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