Hartpury College

Introduction to dog grooming

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Course Overview

This is a half day practical course which is suitable for those students with little or no dog grooming experience and who are considering applying for the City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants.

Students are required to provide 1 large/medium dog for this course ie German Shepherd, Border Collie, Golden Retriever


This course covers the basics of dog grooming, grooming out, bathing and drying, nail clipping and ear cleaning.  Please note: there is no clipping on this course.

You will need to wear flat shoes and old clothes as you will get dirty. Please also bring a plastic apron.

Note: Attendance on this course does not entitle an applicant to an automatic place on the City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants.

*Please note that this course is for those aged 19+.


Entry Requirements


If you wish to attend this course and are under 19 you will not be able to go onto the Level 2 course until you are 19+

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In Brief


1 Day

Tuition fees


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When should I apply

How to apply

Please call our short course bookings on 01452 702529 to book on to the course and to make payment or use the online shop. you can also email on shortcourses@hartpury.ac.uk.

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Course breakdown

What will I study on this course?

Students will learn how to:

  • Health and Safety for the grooming room
  • How to restrain a dog for grooming
  • Nail Clipping
  • Ear and eye clean
  • Grooming out techniques
  • Bathing and drying techniques
  • De-matting techniques

Students are required to provide 1 dog for this course
The best dogs for this course are large hairy breeds such as  Golden Retriever, German Shepherd Dog, Border Collie, Labradoodle, Cockerpoo,  the dirtier and matted the better.
NO CLIPPING on this course

Students will receive a Hartpury college attendance certificate