Animal grooming courses are an opportunity to join the booming industry. In fact, the pet grooming products market is predicted to grow from $141 million in 2020 to $276 million by 2025!
Australians are increasingly taking to pet ownership, with over 60 per cent of households owning a pet! And these animal lovers just love to pamper their pets. But grooming isn’t just for the pampered pooches. It’s vital to any animal care regimen and is essential to an animal’s health and welfare.
So, if you’ve been considering a foray into the animal grooming industry, there’s never been a better time to study an animal grooming course.
Our Certificate of Animal Grooming is a professional development course that will introduce you to the many grooming techniques necessary for professional grooming. You’ll also learn about animal anatomy, safety precautions and how to establish your own animal grooming salon in this animal grooming course.
Outcomes achieved when you study our animal grooming course include:
- Understand the scope and nature of grooming animals, including the animals that are commonly groomed, the situations in which they are groomed, equipment used, and the tasks carried out by a groomer.
- Understand the external anatomical structures and physiological processes of animals that are relevant to grooming.
- Learn 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.
- Understand a range of techniques used to groom a variety of different types of animals other than dogs.
- Determine protocols for the 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.
- Learn how to establish or improve a grooming business to be more successful.
Animal Grooming is Booming!
In Australia, dog grooming is big business. In fact, the Australian pets and pet supplies market is worth a staggering $3 billion.
Further, Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership globally, with over 60 per cent of households owning a pet. And the demand for non-shedding breeds (particularly those crossed with poodles) is on the rise, making grooming a number one priority.
So, that’s a lot of fury clients to tend to when it comes to regular grooming. No wonder the local groomers are always booked weeks in advance – no last-minute appointments in this market!
25 Fun Facts You Might Not Know About Dogs
- A dog’s nose is like a human fingerprint. It can be used to identify them!
- Dogs only have 1700 tastebuds. Humans have 9000!
- A dog called Chaser recognises 1022 words!
- Dogs only have sweat glands between their paws.
- A dog’s sense of smell is 100,000 times stronger than a human
- A dog can smell feelings, especially fear!
- Dogs can see much better in the dark than humans
- A dogs wet nose to helps absorb scent chemicals
- Dogs lick their noses to sample the scent chemicals
- It’s proven that dogs can smell some types of cancer
- Dogs release oxytocin (the love hormone) when they are with humans
- Dogs curl up when they’re sleeping to protect vital organs
- The earliest fossils of dogs date back 10,000BC
- There are two dogs with black tongues – the Shar-Pei and Chow Chow
- Greyhounds can run up to 72km/hr and are the fastest dogs in the world (they can even outrun cheetahs!)
- Bluey, an Australian cattle dog, is the oldest dog that ever lived! Bluey lived to the ripe old age of 29 years and five months from 1910-1939.
- The heaviest dog recorded was an English Mastiff weighing a whopping 155 kilograms!
- The tallest dog was a Great Dane called Zeus, who stood at 112cm tall.
- The largest recorded little of puppies was by a Neapolitan Mastiff named Tia, who had 24 puppies!
- Dogs can sniff at the same time as breathing
- Dalmatian puppies are born pure white and only get spots when they grow older
- Studies have shown that patting a dog for 15 minutes can lower blood pressure by 10 per cent
- Dogs can benefit your physical and mental health
- The most balls caught by a dog in one minute with the paws is 14!
- Chocolate is deadly to dogs
Types of Dog Coats
Dogs have different types of coats from wiry to curly and shedding and non-shedding ‘fur’. Dog grooming courses will help you to provide the best serve to suit your furry client’s hair type and style!
These dogs, depending on their breed, can be completely hairless or have tufts of hair. Haircare is easy – just comb the tufts to keep them free of knots. Breed: Chinese Crested
Smooth or Short-Coated Dogs
The coat on these dogs is usually close to the skin and is smooth to touch in the direction of the hair growth. Against the coat, hairs can feel prickly, and this type of hair sheds. Breed: Doberman
Dogs with a coarse, wiry coat are rough and bristly to the touch. They do not shed but require a lot of grooming to avoid matts. Breed: Yorkshire Terrie
Long-coated dogs need regular grooming and coat care as they are more likely to tangle and matt if neglected. Breed: Afghan
Poodles are most well-known for their curly coat, and the degree of curl varies depending on the dog. Curly coats are attractive, and they seldom shed but are not easy to maintain. Dirt and debris can get caught in the coat. These dogs need regular, professional grooming. Breed: Poodle
A double coat on a dog refers to the layers – there is a top and under layer. This double-coated dog needs regular brushing that goes through to the undercoat. Breed: Australian Shepherds.
25 Fascinating Facts About Animal Grooming
When you study animal grooming courses, and particularly dog grooming courses, you’ll discover all these fascinating facts and more. You’ll also learn how to deliver five-star service to our furry friends to prioritise their health and well-being.
- Groom dogs every four to eight weeks (as a general rule)
- Groom dogs with short coats every six to eight weeks
- Medium to long coats should have a full groom every four to six weeks
- Animals with long coats should have a tidy-up groom monthly
- A long-coated breed should be brushed at least four times a week
- Trim a dogs nails every two months
- Regular nail trimming ensures a healthy foot structure
- Long, overgrown nails can contribute to arthritis in the legs and hips
- Bath dogs once a month – as a rule
- A dog should not be washed more than once a week as this will strip the coat of protective oils that keep the coat strong, moisturised, and shiny
- Clean a dog’s ears every two weeks
- Double-coated breeds should have a full professional groom regularly
- Matted coats can be painful for dogs
- A matted coat can encourage bacteria and fleas
- Matted fur can cause hotspots, irritated skin, and even infection
- Bathing a dog with matted fur makes the matts worse
- Matted fur takes longer to groom and often incurs more expensive grooming costs
- Matted coats can cut off the blood supply in extreme cases
- Fur breeds have a double coat, which consists of a soft undercoat and a coarser topcoat, which sheds to regulate body temperature
- Hair breeds have a single coat that continues to grow but does not shed
- Dogs with a fur double coat should not be shaved as it can cause alopecia, temperature dysregulation and increased hair growth
- Shaving a double coat ‘fur’ breed can also cause sunburn, heatstroke and fly/mosquito bites
- On average, grooming appointments are two to three hours longs
- When using spot flea treatments, wait for 48 before and after a bath to allow the product to penetrate
- A dog’s coat grows in different stages, just like in people (otherwise, we’d all go bald)
Gain knowledge in the fundamentals of animal grooming, including anatomy, safety and business skills, when you study animal grooming courses like our Certificate of Animal Grooming.