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Introduction to Dog Grooming: Part 2

This is part 2 of a hybrid course and is designed to provide the student with the hands-on training and instruction required to become a professional dog bather. This class, taken along with Introduction to Dog Grooming: Part 1, will allow the student to enter the Certified Dog Groomer Course or to seek employment in any dog grooming salon or veterinary office as a Certified Pet Hygienist/Bather (title may vary by location).

To complete this course, the student must complete a minimum of 40 hours of hands-on experience, to be performed both on-campus and during field trips to a WCGA participating Animal Shelter. The student must also score a minimum of 55 points out of 70 points on the Final Technical Evaluation, in which they must bathe a dog to completion without assistance. This course does not require internships or externships.

Completion of this course is a pre-requisite for the Certified Dog Groomer Course. Upon completion of this course, the student is eligible for job assistance to seek employment as a Bather or Pet Hygienist (title may vary by location).

Curriculum Includes:

• Hygienist Tools & Equipment

• Salon Etiquette & Teamwork

• Dog Anatomy & Behavior

• Animal Handling & Safety

• Dog Breeds, Colors & Coat Types

• Grooming Products (Shampoos, Conditioners, Sprays, etc)

• Identification of Common Skin Conditions

• Parasite Identification & Treatment

• Pre-Grooming Assessment & Check-In Procedures

• Pre-Grooming Preparation (Nail Trims, Sanitary Trim, Paw Pad Trim)

• Bathing Procedures & Anal Gland Expression

• Drying Techniques

• Brushing, De-Tangling & De-Matting

• Making Bows and Bandanas

• Booking Appointments & Check-Out Procedures

• Customer Service Basics

• Cleaning & Disinfection Protocols

Program Outcomes:

1) Certified Pet Hygienist certificate received.

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

3) Adequately and safely bathe, dry, brush and do pre-grooming work on dogs.

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

5) Identify common skin conditions and treat common external parasites

6) Identify common medical conditions and refer the owner to a veterinarian for further examination.

7) Work with dogs safely and without incident.

Pre-Requisite: (1) Completion of OR Concurrent Enrollment in Introduction to Dog Grooming: Part 1.

Format: Hands-on class on campus.

Duration: 4-weeks for 4 hours per day, Mondays-Thursdays.

Cost: $2,500

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.


     West Coast Grooming Academy is a private vocational school approved by the Bureau for Private Post-secondary Education under the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 and Title 5. California Code of Regulations Division 7.5. Private Postsecondary Education. The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education approval means that this institution and its operation comply with the standards established under the law for occupational instruction by private post-secondary educational institutions. Institutional approval is subject to continual review and the institution must reapply for approval every three years.

      The Bureau for  Private Postsecondary Education  can be  reached by calling 

(888) 370-7589 toll-free or on the bureau's internet web site