Ultimate Guide To Dog Grooming


Keeping your dog looking (and smelling) great is the ultimate gift any pet parent can give to their furry friend. 

Whether you are interested in becoming a dog-groomer, or just want to save money and time by tending to your pet’s hygiene and cosmetic needs yourself, we have the ultimate course for you. Broken down into eight modules and easy steps, you can have your pet looking picture perfect in no time.

Starting with the basics of safety, handling, and hygiene, the course covers brushing, fur trimming, clipping, and even styling based on breed. It includes how to spot and treat conditions and the best techniques for you to safely and lovingly care for a dog.

Award-winning dog groomer Tolo Vicens provides simple video tutorials alongside theoretical study to give you a great grounding in grooming skills. From a French bulldog to a Samoyed, you’ll learn how to work with different breeds and build up strong foundational knowledge to give you the confidence to start grooming.

We will have you all set to start your dog grooming journey and keep your pooch looking fresh, clean, and ready for action.


    Holly and Hugo courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Module 1: Where Did Grooming Begin?
    • Changing fashions in dog grooming

    • When did dog grooming begin and why?

    • Why dog groomers will always be in hot demand

    • Tips on being the top dog in the grooming world

    Module 2: Be Prepared!
    • Finding the right equipment for you and your clients

    • Making sure you and your staff know how to handle dogs

    • Kind ways to gently restrain dogs while you groom

    • Different types of muzzles and when you need them

    • Making sure the pet is safe and secure at all times

    Module 3: First Aid
    • Introduction to first aid

    • How to approach an injured or ill dog

    • When artificial respiration is required and how to act swiftly

    • How to give a heart massage to save an animal’s life

    • Recognizing symptoms and dealing with heat stroke

    • Stress from shock

    • Reacting quickly to an electric shock

    • Safely coping with seizures or convulsions

    • What to do if the dog is choking

    • How to deal with burns

    • What to have in your pet first aid and emergency kit

    Module 4: The Most Common Disorders
    • Introduction to disorders you may come across while grooming

    • Grooming a dog with eczema

    • What to do when a dog has ringworm

    • Bathing and brushing a dog with dandruff

    • The right way to deal with scabies

    • What is otitis?

    • How to clean eyes with conjunctivitis

    • Preventing the buildup of plaque

    Module 5: Working Tools
    • Why you should invest in the best possible equipment

    • Cutting equipment and scissors for grooming

    • Different brushes and combs for different breeds

    • Additional accessories for dog groomers

    • Importance of hygiene and disinfection

    Module 6: Psychology And Bathing
    • The dog groomer’s approach to dogs

    • Advice for clients on preparing dogs for grooming

    • How to handle aggressive dogs

    • How often and how to wash a dog

    • Preparing the dog before you start

    • Important little places to deal with

    • Shampooing and getting rid of nasty smells

    • Dive in!

    Module 7: Anatomy And Coat Types
    Module 8: Standard Styles
    • Introduction to styling different breeds

    • What’s best for a poodle

    • Grooming a Yorkshire terrier

    • Dealing with a West Highland White Terrier

    • Tips for an English cocker spaniel

    • Best treatments for a Shih Tzu

    • Brushing a Schnauzer

    • Correct procedures for a labrador/retriever

    • Techniques for a French Bulldog

    • Handling the coat of a Samoyed husky

    • Getting to know the mixed breed types


      Who is this course for?

      • Any pet parents who want to learn the proper techniques for bathing, brushing, and grooming their dogs.

      • People interested in setting up their own dog grooming business.

      • Anyone who already works with dogs, such as a kennel or pet hotel worker, pet sitter, or dog walker.

      • Anyone who shows or trains dogs and wants them to look their very best.

      Career path

      • Start your dream job working as a dog groomer in a salon.
      • Set up your own dog grooming business.
      • Offer your dog grooming services to pet care businesses such as kennels and dog day care centers.
      • Get a job or promotion in animal care with your knowledge of handling dogs and looking after them.
      • Existing dog groomers in pursuit of promotion or a raise can show they’ve followed an accredited course by an award-winning dog groomer.


      You will be required to complete each lesson in full, and answer exams at the end of each course module. If your pass rate exceeds 55% on each exam then you will receive a certificate of completion, to recognize your achievement. You can immediately download your PDF course certificate from HH.

      Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Education (CE) / Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CE/CPD points are accepted and recognized by professional member bodies and academic institutions across the US and internationally.

      All courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (www.icoes.org). When successfully completing a course, students can choose to purchase an ICOES certificate that recognizes the achievement, from this third-party institution.


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        Tolo Vicens

        Tolo Vicens is a professional dog groomer with over 20 years of experience in the dog grooming industry. Caring for dogs has been his life’s passion. In his teens, his love for dogs led him to prepare some prime breeds for showing in top competitions in Europe, winning many awards, including an international silver medal from Suerzoo (Zaragosa) and from the prestigious Crufts, UK. From Sizoo, Barcelona he was awarded the national gold scissors medal, making him champion in Spain, a silver medal for the poodle category, and bronze for his skills in stripping technique.