ANCI1018 – Dog Grooming Business Pathway

Do you want to start your own dog grooming business?

If you love canines, and want to work for yourself, what could be better than owning your own dog grooming business? This pathway is made up of four sections. To begin with, you will learn about the care requirements of dogs, and all about their health. Then, in the second, you will be introduced to concepts and facts which are crucial to any groomer. In the third section, you will move on to the “start your own business” course, in which you will learn essential business start-up skills. Finally, you will have access to FOUR 1 hour, one-on-one skype/video sessions with an expert groomer. From here, you will be an attractive candidate as a grooming apprentice, and can commence practical experience with confidence.

Rated 4.53 out of 5 based on 19 customer ratings
(19 customer reviews)
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19 reviews for ANCI1018 – Dog Grooming Business Pathway

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delwyn Raerora


  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kelly Marshall

    the course is at the point of struggle and i don’t feel like the tutors have explained the part i’m having trouble with enough so i can understand, so i have been falling behind.
    but otherwise beside this the course is great fun and tutors are lovely.

  3. Rated 3 out of 5

    Faiza Chowdhury


  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Frieda Yufan Lee

    The best parts of studying with The Career Academy is the online study because of the flexibility and the tutor supports were great. For the first two third of the study, I received alerts of marked assessments. Somehow there were no more alerts and I had to go online to find if the assessments were marked or not or if I passed the assessments. I did contact and enquired about this. the situation was the same although the technician had made some changes.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julie Bradley


  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    Wendy Jacobs

    i can do it in my own time

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Erin Mann

    Im loving it imhoping i can finally be able to sue the computer i have so I can finally do my study

  8. Rated 3 out of 5

    Joyce Yoon

    Simple and efficient

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Faizel Arendse

    Very helpful and cares about your future

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    Wendy Jacobs


  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Erin Mann

    very helpful checking up on me every week to see how am i am doing which is lovely hopefully i will get more proactive and have a better week with my connection to the internet

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melissa Reekie

    Being able to study in my own time , Nothing it was perfect for me!

  13. Rated 4 out of 5

    Samantha Ayres


  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lynne Pritchard

    I am loving the new job and thanks to Angela and the dog care team, i feel confident when doing my grooming job. i am absolutely delighted with my career change.

  15. Rated 4 out of 5

    Harriet Gregory

    Very impressed with the course, it made a lot of sense. My tutor Sean is always there whenever I need it!

  16. Rated 4 out of 5

    Pamela Giles

    Good course, enjoyable, really straightforward.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helen Alty

    Good course, really enjoying it. Tutors are very helpful and make contact really quickly. Found the folder really helpful.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ailish Treviss

    I wanted to do a Dog Grooming Course, and this course with The Career Academy was the only one I could find that provided a great course for a reasonable price.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenny Sharpe

    I decided to enrol with The Career Academy because I needed a course I could do from home. A bit more on grooming dogs would have been invaluable as that’s the field I wish to take but in saying that I really enjoyed learning about the other aspects of this course and looking forward to doing more studies through you. Excellent overall.

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Key benefits

  • Understand the basic care of dogs, including nutrition, exercise, hygiene, and preventative health care.
  • Learn about key concepts which are required by dog groomers including basic anatomy, hygiene, tools & equipment and handling.
  • Discover the basic skills needed when starting your own business
  • Receive tutoring sessions with an experienced groomer

Rachael – Dog Grooming Tutor

Rachel has over 20 years experience in the animal industry. She has owned her own grooming business and worked in a number of veterinary clinics. She has trained and been a mentor for many people who wished to learn to groom their own dogs and become professional dog groomers. Rachel is all about positive handling techniques and loves to see people succeed and follow their passion for working with animals.

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“The Career Academy are fully committed to helping to develop and support Irish students so they can succeed in their career or business. One of the Dublin Chamber’s objectives is to support and inspire business vitality and success – and together The Career Academy and Dublin Chamber are keen to further support.  We look forward to welcoming you as a new member once you graduate to continue your journey and success in your business.  There are a  number of members benefits including connecting, networking events, learning, maximise and grow your business, business savings, acting as a voice for business and being a platform for success.  The Career Academy will award students a 12 month subscription for membership to the Dublin Chamber on completion of the chosen course. We look forward to welcoming you.” Paul Byrne, Head of Membership Development, Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Course summary

Investment:  €999 or only €25 per week on an interest FREE payment plan.


Assessments: 27 modules / 27 assignments, and 4 x 1 hour live tutor sessions.


Duration: 18 months/250 hours (approximately 10 hours per module).  Learn at your own pace, but ideally complete one module per week.


Access time: We allow up to 18 months access to this course.


Delivery and support: Online with unlimited tutor support via email or phone.


Covering four modules

Certificate in Caring for Dogs

  • ANCG149 – Introduction to Dog Care
  • ANCG114 – Canine Biology
  • ANCG125 – Dog Health Part 1
  • ANCG126 – Dog Health Part 2 -Illnesses and Treatments
  • ANCG131 – Dog Breeds
  • ANCG124 – Breeding
  • ANCG123 – Dog Behaviour and Training
  • ANCG137 – Grooming
  • ANCG154 – Other Dog Services

Certificate in Dog Grooming

  • ANCG163 – Scope and Nature of Grooming
  • ANCG103 – Animal Biology
  • ANCG116 – Caring for the Skin and Coat
  • ANCG155 – Specialised Grooming Tasks
  • ANCG141 – Handling Animals
  • ANCG136 – Grooming Dogs
  • ANCG138 – Grooming Other Types of Animals
  • ANCG139 – Safety in Grooming Workplace
  • ANCG165 – Preparing for Showing
  • ANCG168 – Starting a dog grooming business

Start your own business

  • ANKI201 – Starting Up
  • ABKG186 – Preparing your Business Plan
  • MGTG129 – Marketing and Social Media
  • ABKI122 – Budgeting, Forecasting and Cashflow Management
  • ABKIG185 – Planning for Profit
  • ABKI214 – Fundamentals of Payroll
  • ABKI113 – Understanding VAT
  • ABKI189 – Financial Statement Analysis

One to one video sessions

1. Dog Washing
2. Brushing and Combing
3. Clipping and Trimming
4. Advice on Starting a Business / Getting Your First Step on the Dog Grooming Rung

Our students say

★★★★★ “Very impressed with the course, it made a lot of sense. My tutor is always there to help whenever I need it!” – Harriet Gregory


★★★★★ “Tutors are very helpful and make contact really quickly.” – Helen Alty

Receive a one-on-one session with a business coach!

Sarah Tottle

Sarah is a fully accredited life coach, psychologist and trainer who has many years of experience across sectors. Sarah is an international writer and has been published in high profile magazines such as CEO magazine, World Economic Forum, and other business magazines. She is an organisational trainer and has coached and counselled individuals and groups in both the public and third sector. She is committed to helping entrepreneurs succeed in their business. 

Declan Scott

This Pathway Program includes one to one mentoring from one of our very experienced and knowledgeable business mentors, Declan Scott. Declan has a significant amount of business and coaching experience. He is a University Lecturer and a facilitator. He has run several small businesses and enjoys helping students set up their own successful ventures. His dedication and expert advice has resulted in amazing student feedback.

Caroline Naguib

Caroline is a successful entrepreneur and founder of the Jaymen Group Ltd. She is passionate about helping aspiring entrepreneurs, running several of her own businesses while coaching start-ups, including a niche recruitment platform, a brand and PR agency, and an education consultancy. She is regularly sought after for her expertise as a consultant and has featured in CEO magazine and Inside Small Business.

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