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Our guide to dog grooming courses

Ever found yourself wondering how good a pooch might look with a perm? If the thought of styling our four legged friends excites you then look no further than a course in dog grooming. Doggy styling is an industry that has grown incredibly over the last few years and you could be the one creating the latest looks or just providing a good old cut and clean to our furry counterparts.


You will need

First and foremost you will of course need to have a passion for dogs as you will likely be spending the majority of your day interacting with canines rather than human beings. Going hand in hand (or paw in paw!) with this you will need to have a firm yet gentle manner with dogs, be they big or small, calm or excitable. Owners will be putting their pets in your care and you must be prepared to deal with a stroppy pooch twice your size that will not take as kindly to a wash and blow dry as their owner will – to be a great dog groomer you will need patience and be confident in relaxing these nervous clients.


What will you learn?

Dog salons are a fast growing industry as many owners are willing to spend more and more on having their dog looking the business. Dog grooming courses will train you in the most typical treatments that a pet salon will offer including; washing, trimming/styling, conditioning and blow-drying dog’s coats. Then there are the less glamorous jobs like trimming claws, cleaning their teeth, ears and excreting their anal glands (a vital part of doggy health!).

In addition to the practical skills you must have under your belt, you will learn the basics in canine behaviours, diet and healthcare so you are able to advise owners on any queries they may have for you.


My career?

A dog grooming qualification leaves you open to the option of becoming a part time/full time stylist at a dog parlour, but it also gives you the option to start your own business should this be a route you wish to take. You could indeed open your own dog grooming salon either on business premises, or within your own home – or choose to be a mobile stylist who makes home visits in order to groom your canine customers. There are many avenues you could take in this area, and courses even leave related areas open to you, for example working as a dog handler.


The future of dog grooming

The US paves the way when it comes to dog fashion, trends and styling and there are many more treatments that are slowly making their way over to the UK, which American dog owners are already going crazy for. These include nail (or claw!) painting, hair (or fur!) dying, and even straightening and perm treatments for your pet. Dog grooming will continue to grow with even more wacky treatments entering the sector all the time.


Record breakers!

Bluey, an Australian cattle dog, holds the world record for being the oldest dog at 29 years and 5 months of age. In human years, that is more than 160 years old. Born in 1910 he worked with cattle and sheep for nearly 20 years before being put to sleep on November 14th 1939.

- The tallest dog living is Zeus from the USA, a Great Dane who measured 1.118 m (44 inches) tall on 4th October 2011 and is owned by Denise Doorlag and her family.

- The smallest dog living, in terms of height, is a female Chihuahua called Milly, who measured 9.65 cm (3.8 in) tall on 21st February 2013.

- The longest dog tongue on record belonged to a boxer named Brandy whose tongue was 17 inches long.

- Augie, an eight year old golden retriever holds the world record for most tennis balls in the mouth at one time. Augie has successfully gathered and held five tennis balls in her mouth at the same time.

- Rose, a six year old Labrador retriever/border collie mix, can catch and hold onto up to seven flying discs — thrown separately — without dropping any of them.

- Anastasia the Jack Russell terrier has popped 100 balloons in 44.49 seconds! She lives in Los Angeles with her owner and trainer, Doree Sitterly.

- The world record for the highest jump cleared by a dog is 68 inches and was achieved by a greyhound named Cinderella May at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals in October 2006.

- Sweet Pea, an Australian shepherd/border collie, holds the strangest records: most steps walked down by a dog facing forward while balancing a 5-ounce glass of water (10 steps) and fastest 100 meters walked by a dog with a can balanced on its head (2 minutes and 55 seconds).

- Tillman, an English bulldog, traveled a 100-metre stretch of a car park on a skateboard in just 19.68 seconds during the 2009 X Games in Los Angeles, winning him a world record and making him the Tony Hawk of the canine world.

- Uchida Geinousha's dogs are the star attraction of the Super Wan Wan Circus in Japan. The 13 jumping dogs hold the world record for most dogs skipping rope.


By Telsha Arora

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What others are saying about dog grooming

The Paw Pad Training School

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What: Extended Diploma in Dog Grooming

by Nicky - November 2014

I can't thank these two woman enough for the training i received.You start day one and you will never look back because you are constantly grooming dogs and being shown different techniques/styles & how to handle dogs & especially the matted ones. I really enjoyed my time with The Paw Pad Training School, they also explain to you how to run your own business and give help and discounts to all the grooming suppliers which is really handly when setting up. Thank you Amy and Jayne for all your teaching sorry not put a review on till now. Ive just starting setting my business up and slowing gaining customers and really enjoy it and the challenges . Hope you are both well Nicky.x

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