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Course Syllabus: Dog Grooming 101

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Course Description

For many of us, our dogs are considered beloved members of our family. They are constantly by our side and we know we can count on them even when it seems as though everyone else has abandoned us.


It is not surprising then that when it comes to caring for our dogs, nothing but the best will do. We care for them as we care for our own children by feeding them, loving them and giving them plenty of attention. We also need to care for them in one other important way: by grooming them on a regular basis.


In this course, we will show you how you can meet all of your dog's grooming needs. From bathing and brushing to nail clipping and even taking care of those nasty anal sacs, we will provide step by step instructions for making sure you do the job right.


Despite what you may think, grooming a dog isn't that difficult to do; all that you need are a few basic supplies, some patience and a handful of treats!

Course Requirements

There are no requirements for this course other than a high school reading level.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1 : Dog Grooming Basics
  • Lesson 2 : Getting Started
  • Lesson 3 : Getting to Know Your Dog Inside and Out
  • Lesson 4 : Bathing and Brushing
  • Lesson 5 : Understanding Doggie Hygiene
  • Lesson 6 : Clipping the Coat
  • Lesson 7 : Customized Coat Care
  • Lesson 8 : The Not-so-Common Occurrences
  • Lesson 9 : Doggie First-aid
  • Lesson 10 : Time Saving Grooming Trip
  • Lesson 11 : Becoming a Professional Dog Groomer

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in this course.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the preparations needed before starting the grooming process.
  • Know the procedures involved in bathing and brushing a dog.
  • Describe what to look for in doggie hygiene.
  • Know the methods used to clip a dog's coat.
  • Describe various customized coat care solutions.+
  • Know basic doggie first-aid.
  • Know next steps and career options in becoming a professional dog groomer, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Lesson 1: Importance of Dog Grooming20
Lesson 1 : Dog Grooming Basics7
Lesson 2: Tools Used for Dog Grooming20
Lesson 2 : Getting Started10
Lesson 3: Common Dog Ailments25
Lesson 3 : Getting to Know Your Dog Inside and Out10
Lesson 4: Handle the Dog with Care20
Lesson 4 : Bathing and Brushing10
Lesson 5: Importance of Dog's Hygiene20
Lesson 5 : Understanding Doggie Hygiene10
Lesson 6: Clippers for Trimming20
Lesson 6 : Clipping the Coat10
Lesson 7: Breeds of Dogs25
Lesson 7 : Customized Coat Care10
Lesson 8: Skunk Attack on Dogs20
Lesson 8 : The Not-so-Common Occurrences10
Lesson 9: First Aid Kit and Preventive measures20
Lesson 9 : Doggie First-aid10
Lesson 10: Tips for Grooming Dogs20
Lesson 10 : Time Saving Grooming Trip9
Lesson 11: Getting into Pet Grooming Business20
Lesson 11 : Becoming a Professional Dog Groomer10
The Final Exam49
Total Points:390

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