Pet Grooming School Online

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Pet Grooming Program Overview

Develop your skills with ICS Canada’s Online Pet Grooming Career Certificate Program in as little as two months! Learn how to become a pet groomer and handle all breeds of dogs and cats. Develop an understanding of dog and cat anatomy, personalities, behaviour, and more.

Pet groomers can be found working in a humane society, veterinary clinic, pet store, or kennel.¹ Plus, you'll be able to save money and anxiety for both you and your pets by learning how to groom your pets yourself!

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Pet Grooming certificate program teaches students how to care for the grooming needs of their own dogs.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the duties of a pet groomer and how to establish a grooming business
  • Discuss the historical background of the dog and cat and identify the anatomy of the dog and cat
  • Identify grooming hand tools and describe their uses as well as know how to prepare a dog for grooming and bath and dry the dog
  • Describe how to groom dogs from the Terrier group, non-sporting group, and toy group
  • Describe how to groom dogs from the sporting group, herding group, hound group, and working group
  • Describe how to groom poodles, mixed breeds and drop-coat styles, and puppies
  • Recognize this basic personalities of different dogs and describe how to groom dogs who have behavior problems
  • Identify the characteristics common to cats' personality types and describe how to properly handle each type of cat
  • Discuss the basics of bookkeeping, advertising customer service as well as pricing and fees to start a pet grooming business

PEP016: Introduction to Pet Grooming

Starting Your Program

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

The Grooming Professional

Read about career opportunities in pet grooming.


  • Identify basic equipment you’ll be using.
  • Understand the professionalism and communication skills you’ll need to be successful.

PEP017: Introduction to Dogs and Cats

Introduction to Dogs


  • Identify the types and personalities of dogs.
  • Describe the general handling of dogs.
Introduction to Cats


  • Identify the types and personalities of cats.
  • Describe the general handling of cats.
Anatomy and Health Care of Dogs and Cats


  • Identify the structures of dogs and cats in relation to body parts and purposes.
  • Understand basic health care of dogs and cats.
  • Inform the pet owner of problems noticed while grooming.

PEP018: Pre-Grooming Procedures

Equipment Selection, Use, and Maintenance


  • Demonstrate the use and proper care of equipment and grooming tools.
  • Understand maintenance and care of kennels and crates.
Preparation of Dogs for Grooming


  • Demonstrate combing and brushing techniques.
  • Clean ears and pluck ear hair.
  • Clip nails.
  • Take care of eyes, stomach, and rectal area.
Bathing and Drying


  • Demonstrate the procedures for using shampoos, conditioners, and flea products.
  • Explain basic bathing and drying techniques.
Basic Grooming Patterns


  • Demonstrate the procedures to treat mats.
  • Demonstrate shaving down a dog and choosing the proper cut.

PEP019: Dog Grooming, Part 1

Terrier Group


  • Describe the various types of terriers and the particular cuts for each type.
  • Understand the terminology related to terriers.
Non-Sporting Group


  • Describe the types of non-sporting dogs, the various breeds, and the original purpose of these dogs.
  • Define non-sporting breed cuts.
  • Describe the Bichon Frise.
Toy Group


  • Explain the types of toy breeds and the original purpose of these dogs.
  • Understand the terminology and cut procedures.
  • Describe the Shih Tzu.

PEP021: Dog Grooming, Part 2

Sporting Group


  • Explain the types of sporting dogs, the various breeds, and the original purpose of these dogs.
  • Define sporting breed cuts.
  • Describe the Cocker Spaniel.
Herding Group


  • Explain the types of dogs in the herding group, the various breeds, and the original purpose of these dogs.
  • Define herding breed cuts.
  • Describe the Old English Sheepdog and the Bouvier des Flandres.
Hound Group


  • Explain the types of hounds, the various breeds, and the original purpose of these dogs.
  • Understand the types and terminology of various cuts and procedures.
  • Describe the Norwegian Elkhound.
Working Group


  • Explain the types of working dogs, the various breeds, and the original purpose of these dogs.
  • Understand the working group breed cuts, the terminology, and the procedures.
  • Describe the Giant Schnauzer.

PEP022: Dog Grooming, Part 3



  • Explain the types of poodle cuts and the terminology.
  • Describe the lamb cut.
Mixed Breeds and Drop-Coat Styles


  • Explain the types of cuts for mixed breeds and drop-coat styles.
  • Understand the terminology, procedures, and choosing the mixed-breed cut.


  • Demonstrate the proper handling of puppies.
  • Describe the types of grooming problems associated with puppies.
  • Understand grooming in stages, recognizing signs of stress, introducing the puppy to clippers, bathing and drying puppies, and the positive grooming experience.

PEP023: Dog Personalities and Behavior

Specific Personalities


  • Describe the various personality types of dogs.
  • Understand groomer responsibilities, hazards, and the various procedures/techniques for working with each type of dog.
Grooming Dogs with Behavior Problems


  • Explain owner notification of problems with dogs.
  • Understand the protection of yourself and others.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of muzzles.
  • Explain how to instruct owners to curb grooming behavior problems.

PEP024: Cat Grooming

Introduction to Cats and Their Personalities


  • Describe the different types of cat personalities.
  • Understand the problems faced by groomers with each type and the hazards involved.
  • Explain kitten personalities and problems.
Cat Grooming Procedures


  • Understand proper handling procedures of cats.
  • Demonstrate combing and brushing procedures, dematting and shaving down, bathing and drying procedures, and grooming kittens.

PEP027: Business Practices

The Business Side of Grooming


  • Describe the job descriptions in a typical grooming business.
  • Understand setting prices, phone procedures, customer service, record keeping, advertising, accounting and payroll, and zoning regulations.
The Quick Reference Guide to Dog Grooming


  • Review grooming techniques and procedures, including the use of equipment and the grooming styles for specific dog breeds.
  • Recognize dog behavior, such as aggressiveness and stress.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, and an email account to complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

Sample Lesson

To view an Pet Grooming sample lesson, click here.

Pet Grooming Program Details

ICS Canada’s Pet Grooming training program includes an introduction to basic health care for cats and dogs, dog breeds, preparation for grooming, equipment selection, bathing and drying, and more.

Online pet grooming certificate

Pet groomers work for pet grooming businesses, humane societies, veterinary clinics, pet stores, kennels, and obedience training facilities. Here are a few qualities that effective pet groomers have in common:

  • Patient: It takes time and care when cleansing and grooming pets.
  • Communicative: You listen and talk through situations with pet owners, and are confident in handling animals.
  • Sociable: Spending time with others is fun and rewarding.
  • Compassionate: You care about others, and animals hold a special place in your heart.

"I chose ICS Canada’s Pet Grooming program because I’ve always had a love of animals and an understanding of their needs. When I lost my job in 2014, I saw an opportunity to make a new path for myself and do something I loved. ICS gave me all the tools and knowledge I needed to start my own business, and any time I had a problem, the online support team solved it immediately."

- Rebecca C., Pet Grooming graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Are there practical/hands-on training elements available for Pet Groomers? Is this recommended? Where do I start in finding a location?

Hands-on training is not required, though highly encouraged in this field. Students should look for options to volunteer or observe at their local pet groomer.

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¹ The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.