Advanced Certificate in Dog and Pet Grooming

Have you always been fond of seeing well-groomed and show-worthy dogs and pets, so much so that you want to learn the skills yourself and give them a makeover someday? Do you wonder how to professionally care for various pets, including their grooming needs? Perhaps you're considering starting your own pet grooming business but don't know where to begin? Or are you looking to expand your knowledge in dog care, nutrition and training? If any of these resonate with you, our Advanced Certificate in Dog and Pet Grooming is the perfect stepping stone to achieve your goals.
Course Provider
The Learning Group
(RTO 22557)
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One-on-One Mentor and Student Support Advisor

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Upfront Payment with a discount or an Interest-Free Payment Plan.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
Self-paced. Approximately 700 hours to complete the course, which has seven key modules made up of 69 lessons.
Flexible, online, self-paced learning with dedicated mentor support.
Career Outcomes

This course may be of interest to people working or aspiring to work in or as:

  • Start their own dog grooming business
  • Work as an animal groomer, caretaker or assistant
  • Prepare animals for shows
Course Modules

Module 1: Animal Grooming

  1. Scope and Nature of Grooming Animals
  2. Animal Biology 
  3. Care of the Coat and Skin
  4. Specialised Grooming Tasks 
  5. Handling Animals 
  6. Grooming Dogs 
  7. Grooming Exotic Animals
  8. Grooming Safety
  9. Show Grooming
  10. The Business of Grooming

This course is designed to teach you how to groom farm animals or pets for better animal health and wellbeing, or for competitive pet grooming and exhibition-level animals. You will learn the basics from how to handle animals, how best to care for an animal’s skin and coat, to grooming dogs and exotic animals and preparing for a showing.

Module 2: Dog Care

  1. Introduction to Dog Care
  2. Canine Biology
  3. Dog Health Part 1
  4. Dog Health Part 2 –Illnesses and Treatments
  5. Dog Breeds
  6. Breeding
  7. Dog Behaviour and Training
  8. Grooming
  9. Other Dog Services

A practical course to take you through all general aspects of dog care. You will learn the science of dog care, as well as how to care for the practical daily needs of a dog. Designed to give you a solid introduction into the different ways to care for your dog, from nutrition and feeding, to exercise, health care, breeding and behaviour and training. You will learn how to provide effective care for those needs either as a dog owner or a professional working in the industry.

Module 3: Starting a Small Business

  1. Introduction to Small Businesses
  2. The World of Business
  3. Considering the Alternatives
  4. Understanding Marketing
  5. Planning
  6. Record Keeping and Bookkeeping
  7. Sales Methods
  8. Budgeting
  9. Developing a 12-month Business Plan
  10. Implementing a Business Plan
  11. Reviewing Progress in a New Business
  12. Improving Profitability

This module is designed to give you an introduction to starting your own small business. Learn how to identify risks so you can avoid problems before they overtake you, recognise your assets and liabilities and utilise your resources to best effect. From planning your new business and developing a 12-month business plan to budgeting, exploring sales methods and improving profitability, you will learn the fundamentals required to build a small business.

Module 4: Animal Healthcare

  1. Introduction to Animal Health Care
  2. Common Health Problems in Farm Animals and Pets
  3. Animal Behaviour
  4. Signs of Ill Health
  5. Veterinary Facilities
  6. Safety Procedures
  7. Administration of Animal Health 
  8. Animal First Aid
  9. Preventative Health Care
  10. Routine Health Treatments
  11. Health Problems in Domestic Pets
  12. Rehabilitation Care

An introduction into animal healthcare, you will learn about animal first aid and how to care for the health of various types of animals. Become familiar with animal behaviours and how to recognise what is normal and what is not, to help identify signs of ill health. Learn about the facilities and procedures in a typical veterinary clinic environment, to give you a sound introduction on what to expect in these practices, from common routine health treatments to the administration of animal healthcare.

Module 5: Pet Food Business

  1. Scope and Nature of Animal Food
  2. Processing and Manufacturing
  3. Preservation and Storage
  4. Canine Nutrition and Feeding
  5. Feline Nutrition and Feeding
  6. Feeding Birds, Fish, Rodents, Rabbits, and Reptiles
  7. Toxins in Animal Foods
  8. Regulatory Controls for the Pet Food Manufacturing and Production Industry 
  9. Feed Selection, Diet Formulation and End-Product Sales

Explore the essential aspects of the pet food business in this module, focusing on the scope and nature of animal food. Learn about the processes involved in manufacturing and preserving pet food, ensuring its quality and safety. Dive into the specifics of nutrition for various animals, including canines, felines, birds, fish, rodents, rabbits and reptiles. Gain insights into identifying toxins in animal foods and the importance of regulatory controls in the pet food industry. This module also covers feed selection and diet formulation, equipping you with the skills needed for effective end-product sales in the pet food sector.

Module 6: Dog Psychology and Training

  1. Nature and Scope of Canine Psychology
  2. Canine Senses
  3. Understanding Natural Canine Behaviour
  4. Canine Behavioural Development
  5. Canine Behavioural Disorders
  6. Basic Dog Training
  7. Dog Obedience Training
  8. Controlling a Dogs Movement
  9. Training Working Dogs

Gain an exploration of canine psychology, examining the nature and scope of a dog's mental processes and sensory capabilities. It delves into the intricacies of natural canine behaviours, including behavioural development from puppyhood to adulthood and common behavioural disorders in dogs. This module also covers essential aspects of dog training, from basic obedience to specific training for controlling movement and working dogs. Students will gain comprehensive knowledge on how to understand and effectively train dogs, utilising a blend of psychological insights and practical training techniques. 

Module 7: Business Studies

  1. Establishment Procedures
  2. Management Procedures
  3. Communication in Business
  4. Problem Solving
  5. Staff Management
  6. Productivity
  7. Financial Management
  8. Marketing Techniques

This module provides an insightful journey into the world of business, from establishment to management procedures. It delves into effective communication strategies within a business context and hones problem-solving skills essential for any business environment. The module also covers staff management and ways to enhance productivity, coupled with essential financial management techniques. Additionally, students will explore various marketing techniques, equipping them with the knowledge to successfully navigate and manage different aspects of a business operation.

Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • One-on-one mentor and a student support advisor available to you five days a week.
  • Upon course completion, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.
Student Support

You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support advisor, mentor and course consultants, who are available 5 days per week.


Assessments are an important part of your study journey as they help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving on to the next. They also help your student support advisor and mentors identify where any further support may be required so that you get the most out of your course. You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, undertaking research and watching videos. Assessments might include case studies, quizzes, and written assessments.


Upon completing the course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for each certificate completed and a Certificate of Completion.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.

Availability of Content

12 months to access the course content (extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis)

Approval & Recognition

The Learning Group is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises quality and excellence in education providers in tertiary education.

Have A Question?

Our Course Consultants can answer any questions you may have. They will help you to find the best course for you and your goals and how to enrol.

*The contents are accurate at the time of writing. Get in touch with the course provider for the latest information.

About the Course Provider

The Learning Group

Whether you want to stand out from the competition, move into a new industry or turn your passion into a career, The Learning Group courses are designed to help you get ahead and stay ahead. They have a student-first approach, so you can study your way, when and how it suits you. Their courses are designed to fit in with your lifestyle, so you can continue to work and study at the same time. You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support mentor and their experienced course consultants, who are available to you 5 days a week. The pathway to success looks different for everyone. As a Learning Group student, you will have the opportunity to further study with their well-rounded study program with industry associations and partnerships to deliver personal development and career success. Plus, they partner with industry leading education providers, so you can unlock access to LinkedIn Learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of onlince courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. Their student-first approach ensures you can study at your own pace, balancing work and education. With industry partnerships and LinkedIn Learning access, these courses support career advancement and personal development, making it ideal for those looking to enhance their skills or pivot to new careers entirely, all through online study.
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