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Course Code: BAG106
Fee Code: S1
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Learn to Groom Dogs, Cats and other Animals

  • Dogs and Cats
  • Pets, Livestock, Exotic Animals

Understand the significance of grooming to animal health and welfare, the tools and methods used, and how different animals need to be groomed in different ways.

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Grooming
  2. Animal Biology
  3. Caring for the Skin and Coat
  4. Specialised Grooming Tasks
  5. Handling Animals
  6. Grooming Dogs
  7. Grooming Exotic Animals
  8. Safety in a Grooming Workplace
  9. Preparing for Showing
  10. The Business of Grooming Planning a new grooming business


  • Discuss the scope and nature of grooming animals, including the animals that are commonly groomed, the situations in which they are groomed, equipment that is used and the tasks carried out by a groomer.
  • Describe external anatomical structures and physiological processes of animals which are relevant to grooming.
  • Describe how to manage the coats of different types of animals.
  • Discuss tasks used in grooming animals that are supplementary to grooming the coat.
  • Describe a range of techniques used to control a variety of different types of animals during grooming.
  • Compare grooming techniques used for different types of dogs.
  • Describe a range of techniques used to groom a variety of different types of animals other than dogs.
  • Determine protocols for safety of both animals and groomers, when grooming different types of animals
  • Explain how to groom dogs, cats, horses and a variety of other animals for a show.
  • Explain how to establish or improve a grooming business to be more successful.


Animals are not just groomed so they look good (though that may be one reason). 

Grooming is often important for the health and well being of animals in a range of different ways.

Through studying this course, you will learn to understand the reasons for grooming different animals, in different ways





Most dogs at one time or another will suffer from severe itchiness, often during the summer months. Homoeopaths view the skin as the third kidney, hence it is believed when skin complaints occur the body is trying to get rid of toxins via the skin and/or the mucosa, therefore treatments of skin conditions need to generally follow these steps.  Firstly settle the skin down, secondly help clear the blood and decrease inflammation, and thirdly remove internal parasites.  

To alleviate the itchiness you can use a homoeopathic lotion that contains Ledum Pal 3x, Calendula 3x and Apis Mel 3x.  This lotion can be dripped on the offending areas and gently rubbed in. This is a non-greasy lotion and will absorb easily into the skin. The calendula (marigold) has a healing effect and also acts as an antiseptic, while the Apis Mel and the Ledum (from wild rosemary) settle the itch.  

In addition to this, Hypericum 3x can be given internally every 3 hours for the first day to help reduce the itch.

Since the skin is considered an excretory organ, the next step is to help clear blood impurities using Sulfur 6x given twice daily on an empty stomach for the first week, in the second week change the potency to 30C.

If the dog is restless, experiencing aggravated symptoms and is off its food, the next remedy to use is Arsenicum album. The symptoms experienced include dry eczema and chronic dermatitis. Give the arsenicum album for one week at a dosage of 15x potency. When the appetite picks up and the general health improves stop this remedy.

If the dog shows symptoms of roundworm infestation treat with homeopathic Cina 3x. If there are signs of tapeworm treat either with Filix max 3x alone or use the filix max 3x after a traditional tapeworm tablet treatment.

Nutrition and hygiene are of utmost importance when treating skin complaints. Secondary infections are common from the constant scratching and biting. Good nutrition is essential in treating these.  Wash the animal in a tea tree shampoo and add some eucalyptus when washing their blankets as well as sprinkling it around the kennel to help prevent fleas.


Skin disorders are common health problems among cats. Maintaining healthy skin is one of the important factors in keeping a cat free from disease. Cat skin disorders can sometimes to hard to detect due to the fur that covers cat skin. It is important then for cat owners and groomers to regularly check a cat’s skin by gently moving your hand against the fur –this parts the hair and allows you to view the skin. Look for evidence of redness, flakiness, dryness, lumps, swelling, fleas, flea dirt, mites, bleeding, bites, oozing lesions or abscesses. 

The most common cat skin problem is allergies. One type of allergy is contact dermatitis which is when cats are allergic to certain things they touch. Many cats develop allergic skin reactions to plastic food and water bowls. This is easily be resolved by using stainless steel or ceramic food and water bowls. Another type of allergy that is common to cats is flea allergy dermatitis. Symptoms include cats regularly scratching, biting and pulling at their skin, and skin lesions that are small, red, raised bumps along with hair loss.   Regular combing with a flea comb can help remove some of the flea burden from the coat, along with regular flea treatment from you veterinarian. 

Ringworm which is very common in cats can be treated with anti-fungal medication from your veterinarian along with bathing with anti-fungal shampoo a few times until ringworm subsides. Clipping the cat will also reduce the spread of the ringworm as it can be spread via hairs that are shed from an infected cat. 

Nutrition and hygiene are once again of upmost importance for treating skin complaint and maintaining and healthy cat. Keeping an animal and its environment clean can great reduce its contact with allergens or other things that may cause skin aliments.




This course provides a foundation for providing better care to all types of captive animals; from the obvious (cats and dogs), to many others that may not be so obvious (eg. zoo animals); but which still need grooming if their health and well being is to be optimal. 

What you learn here can help you to be a better:

  • animal owner
  • animal keeper
  • veterinary assistant
  • farmer
  • animal protection officersShow judge or event organiser


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