Course Catalog


Courses Offered




 Introduction to Dog Grooming (Lecture) Course


This is part one of a hybrid course and is designed to provide the student with the academic knowledge of dogs, AKC breeds, colors and coat types, AKC breed groups, canine nutrition, handling and safety around dogs, reading canine body language and canine behavior. This course will also prepare the student for working in a salon as a dog groomer by introducing them to common tools, equipment and products used by groomers, salon etiquette, communicating with co-workers and pet parents, and proper pre-grooming, bathing, drying and brushing procedures. 

To complete this course, the student must score an 80% or higher on the final written exam and score 60% or higher on all assignments and quizzes (6).

Completion of this course is a pre-requisite for the Certified Dog Groomer Course and requires concurrent enrollment in the Introduction to Dog Grooming (Hands-On) Course. This course does not require internships or externships.

 Curriculum Includes:

  •  AKC Dog Groups
  •  AKC Dog Breeds
  •  Canine Anatomy
  •  Canine Body Language & Stress Signals
  •  Animal Handling & Safety
  •  Breed Standard Grooming Styles
  •  Grooming Tools & Equipment
  •  Safety & Sanitation Protocols
  •  Tool Cleaning & Maintenance

  •  Introductory Grooming Procedures


 Program Outcomes:

1) Certificate of Completion received once both parts of the hybrid course are completed.

 2) Ability to build trust with potential clients by demonstrating knowledge and understanding of dogs.

3) Adequately prepared to follow the steps necessary to groom dogs.

 4) Build familiarity and confidence with the tools and equipment required to groom dogs.

 5) Identify individual dog breeds and their characteristics and make adjustments to how each dog can best be handled.

 6) Work with dogs safely and without incident.


 Pre-Requisite: None

 Format: At-Home via Textbook or Online. Must be taken concurrently with the Introduction to Dog Grooming (Hands-On) Course.

 Duration: Self-Paced. The student will have up to 6 months to complete the course and submit all assignments to the Instructor. Quizzes may be taken either on campus or online. The Final Written Exam must be taken On Campus.

 Cost: $1,000

 Semesters Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Disclosure: The State of California does not require state licensure to work as a Pet Groomer, Bather or Pet Hygienist. If the student resides outside of California, they will need to file for applicable occupational licensing (if any) in their state or country of operation.