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Dog Grooming Advanced Course

The Advanced Dog Grooming course will teach you grooming techniques for dogs, cats and small pets. You will find that learning about grooming pet can be a very enjoyable and rewarding.

The Advanced Dog Grooming course provides an excellent basis on which to learn about the finer, advanced aspects of the subject. It explains the different grooming styles suitable for more challenging breeds e.g. poodles. It will provide you with the essential knowledge that you need to care for pets in a responsible safe conscious way.

Learn about things that will help you build a strong bond with your customers, so they will provide repeat business throughout the life of the pet.  This Dog Grooming Course also covers useful methods on how a dog groomer can expand their range of services.  

About Dog Grooming

The Dog Grooming Course will also assist you build a professional portfolio of Factsheets that you will find a useful resource, which you can use within your business or just to give to friends and family that need advice.

The Dog Grooming course is ideal for people who have taken the Dog Grooming Professional Course and those who already have some grooming experience, whether they are a groomer, considering a career working as a dog groomer, breeder or just want to gain a more advanced understanding and knowledge of dog grooming. 


Lesson One - Skin Anatomy and Common Diseases

  • Anatomy
  • Skin Functions
  • Skin Structure
  • Skin Glands
  • Hair
  • Common Diseases
  • Allergies
  • Bacterial Skin Disease
  • Hormonal Skin Disease
  • Fungal Skin Disease
  • Nutritional Skin Disease
  • Tumours
  • Congenital Skin Disease


  • Have a clear knowledge of skin anatomy
  • Know the important functions of skin
  • Identify the different skin glands
  • Know the different types of hair and understand the functions of hair
  • Identify the different types of skin disease, understand them and know their treatments

Lesson Two - Parasites

  • Fleas
  • Lice
  • Walking Dandruff
  • Scabies
  • Mange
  • Ear Mites
  • Ticks


  • Have a clear knowledge of the common external parasites
  • Identify the different skin parasites
  • Know the different treatments that can be used for fleas
  • Identify the signs of parasite infection

Lesson Three – Dentistry

  • Anatomy
  • Diseases
  • Preventive Care
  • Scraping
  • Brushing
  • Diet


  • Have a clear knowledge of the dental anatomy pets
  • Know the important functions of the teeth
  • Identify the different ways to prevent dental disease
  • Know the two scale and brush a pet teeth
  • Have a clear knowledge of the common dental diseases found in pets

Lesson Four - Puppies

  • Why A Puppy Grooming Is So Important
  • Owners Grooming Training Program
  • Salons Grooming Training Program
  • Bathing Puppies
  • Puppy Clip
  • Useful Advice A Groomer Can Give To A New Puppy Owner


  • Know the important reasons for grooming puppies
  • Identify the different ways the owner can train a puppy to be groomed
  • Know how to start a salons grooming puppy training program
  • Learn the correct way to bath, dry and groom a puppy
  • Understand the meaning of a puppy clip 
  • Have an idea for how a groomer can bond and earn money from a new puppy owner

Lesson Five - Ageing Dogs

  • Why Grooming A Senior Pet Is So Important
  • Things To Look For
  • Lumps And Bumps
  • Bathing Older Dogs
  • Useful Advice A Groomer Can Give To A Senior Pet Owner


  • Know the importance of grooming ageing dogs
  • Have a clear knowledge of the steps that a dog grooming needs to take to keep a senior dog comfortable and safe.
  • Identify the different ways to help keep a senior dog healthy
  • Know the reasons why to clip old dogs nails
  • Have a clear knowledge of the different trims that can improve an old dogs life.

Lesson Six - Airedale

  • Airedale History
  • Grooming
  • Hand stripping
  • Brushing
  • Body
  • Throat and Chest
  • Head
  • Ears
  • Eyebrows
  • Beard
  • Back Legs
  • Front Legs
  • Feet
  • Tail and Rear


  • Understand how to clip an Airedale's coat
  • Have a clear knowledge of the Airedale's history
  • Know how to groom the Airedale's head and face correctly
  • Understand the techniques for achieving the best look for the Airedale terrier

Lesson 7 - Creating A Natural Foot and Foot Soaks

  • Why it is important to trim dogs feet
  • Grooming the feet
  • Breeds
  • Feet shapes
  • Clipping pads
  • Trimming the top of the foot using scissors
  • Using scissors to trim the hocks
  • Using clippers to trim the top of the feet.
  • Using clippers to trim the hocks.
  • Foot soaks


  • Understand the importance of trimming dogs feet
  • Have a clear knowledge of the types of feet that can be created
  • Understand how to create a natural looking foot
  • Know the correct techniques of clipping and hand trimming dog’s feet
  • Lean how to give dogs foot soaks and why they are good for the dogs health.

Lesson Eight - Poodle

  • Poodle history
  • Preparation
  • Face
  • Beards and moustaches
  • Throat
  • Top knots
  • Ears
  • Body
  • Feet and cuffs
  • Tail
  • Banding


  • Have a clear knowledge and be able to identify how to trim a poodles coat into different styles including ears, body, beards, tails, and moustaches
  • Understand how to clip poodles feet
  • Understand what banding is, why its done and how to do it.
  • Know the different treatments that can be used for fleas
  • Learn how give a poodle a nicely shaped top knot

Lesson Nine - Bichon Frise

  • Bichon Frise History
  • Preparation
  • Fluff Drying
  • Note On Techniques
  • Head
  • Ears
  • Muzzle
  • Crest And Neck
  • Body
  • Front Legs
  • Back Legs
  • Feet
  • Tail


  • Have a clear knowledge of how to trim a Bichon Frise’s coat into a style
  • Understand how to clip Bichon Frise’s feet
  • Understand what fluff drying is, why it is done and how to do it
  • Learn how to give a Bichon Frise a nicely rounded head       

Lesson Ten - Yorkshire Terrier

  • Yorkshire Terrier History
  • Reverse Sneezing And Collapsing Trachea
  • Preparation
  • Making Grooming Bows
  • Natural Long Coat
  • Grooming A Long Coat
  • The Clipped Short Coat
  • The Puppy Clip
  • The Modified Schnauzer Clip
  • The Modified Westie Head
  • Top-knoted Head


  • Understand how to clip a Yorkshire Terrier's coat and face, into 2 different  styles
  • Understand what Reverse Sneezing and Collapsing Trachea is, what it sounds like and what to do about do it
  • Have a clear knowledge of the Yorkshire Terrier's history
  • Know how to make grooming bows
  • Understand how to groom a perfect Natural Long Coated Yorkshire Terrier

Lesson Eleven – Schnauzer

  • Schnauzer History
  • Grooming
  • Stripping Off
  • Hand stripping
  • Stripping Session Patterns
  • Rolling
  • Clipping
  • Body
  • Chest, Thoat and Cheeks
  • Head and Ears
  • Eyebrows and Beard
  • Back Legs
  • Front Legs
  • Feet
  • Tummy, Tail and Rear.


  • Know how to groom the Schnauzer's head and face correctly
  • Have a clear knowledge of the Schnauzer's history
  • Understand how to clip a Schnauzer's coat.
  • Understand how to hand strip and roll a coat
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of stripping a coat

Lesson Twelve - West Highland White Terrier

  • West Highland White Terrier History
  • Preparation
  • Grooming
  • The West Highland Terrier Trim
  • Body
  • Stomach
  • Tail
  • Front Legs
  • Rear Legs
  • Feet
  • Throat and Chest
  • Head
  • Ears
  • Dog Massage


  • Understand how to do the West Highland Terrier Trim   
  • Identify the different ways of clipping a West Highland White Terrier
  • Have a clear knowledge of the West Highland White Terrier's history
  • Know how to preform dog massage and understand its advantages

Lesson Thirteen - English Springer Spaniel

  • English Springer Spaniel History
  • Working Springer Spaniels
  • Preparation
  • Body
  • Clipping
  • Raking
  • Furnishings
  • Head
  • Ears
  • Tail
  • Feet
  • Finishing
  • Docking


  • Understand how to clip a English Springer Spaniel
  • Identify the different ways the Springer Spaniel is used to benefit people
  • Have a clear knowledge of the English Springer Spaniel's history
  • Know how raking why and how it is done
  • Understand the technique of bulk thinning



On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:

Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Dog Grooming Professional Advanced Diploma


Dog Grooming Professional Advanced Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.

Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 4 Dog Grooming Professional Advanced Certificate of Achievement


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).


The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.


The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Who are ABC

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual 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.

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.


Student Community

We understand that studying from home may be a new experience for you. You could even be excused for feeling a little dauntedsince you will not be studying in a traditional "classroom environment". To help our students overcome these concernswe have developed the Student Zone. The Student Zone encourages a high level ofinteraction with your tutor and other like-minded students.

All of our students receive access to the Student Zone,within this area you can:

  • Access the student forum which allows you to share ideas and chat with other students.
  • View your tutor's feedback on your marked assignments.
  • View optional reading lists for your course (where available).
  • Access free online games, for when you need a break from studying.
  • View the study guide with plenty of useful hints and tips on how to get the most out of your course.
  • Access free courses such as: Improving Learning Skills, Job Interview Skills, The Effective Learner, Goal Setting and Time Management, Ten Tips to Complete a Good Test Paper.
  • Find details on our generous Referral Programme.


Tutor Support

With this course you will have unlimited access to your own personal tutor who specialises in their field of study. It is your personal tutor's role to ensure that you receive constructive feedback and to deal with any queries you may have. You are more than welcome to telephone, fax or email your personal tutor.

You will also have access to a dedicated and friendly team of administrators and course advisors who offer sound and professional guidance and advice when you need it. This ensures that you will never feel neglected and that you will alwayssucceed!

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.





Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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