Our Pet Courses
Our courses are designed to suit everybody. From a 25 day Open College Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming to short 1 and 2 day Dog Walking, Pet Sitting and Canine First Aid Courses. We cater for novices wanting some confidence to those seeking a career at the highest standard in a lucrative industry.
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The course is delivered over 25 days practical training with approximately 5 days of home study.
We are proud to have developed this qualification in conjunction with Open College Network West Midlands. The qualification is regulated by Ofqual and is recognised in the UK’s national education system at level 3 which is the equivalent of A level learning. Over the period of 25 days in one of our training centres, students will groom a minimum of 10 different breeds in a minimum of 15 different styles but often many more. There are no pre-requisites to starting the course, meaning you can join at level 3 without having completed a lower level (level 2) course first which can be a huge cost saving to students.
Students will be trained in practical skills such as bathing, scissoring, clippering, nail trimming, ear plucking and the qualification course includes hand-stripping.
Units included within this qualification are:
• Health Checking a Dog by a Dog Groomer
• Assess, Plan and Record Dog Grooming Work
• Carry Out Styling and Finishing of a Dog
• Promote and Maintain the Health and Well-Being of Animals
• Welcome, Receive and Care for Customers
• Canine First Aid
Uniquely, students are continually assessed via practical demonstration and coursework. You don’t have to sit an exam in order to achieve the qualification. This holistic approach has been welcomed by students internationally. iPET Network wants to take the pressure out of adult learning and this approach appeals to a wide range of students. We are striving to improve industry standards by ensuring students walk out of our doors qualified, confident and competent.
The Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming will demonstrate to an employer or the general public that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge to successfully groom a variety of dogs. This is a formal, regulated, nationally recognised qualification that will remain relevant throughout your career and can only be achieved by reaching the required skill level. It has been designed specifically for those looking to become professional dog groomers or those who already groom dogs (as a hobby or career) but do not currently hold a nationally recognised qualification.
A fast-track option is also available for experienced groomers seeking a formal qualification to confirm their skill level or those who have undertaken other qualifications but see the benefit in gaining the iPET Network seal of approval. Please contact us for further details or to talk through the course most suitable to you.
Overview - Industry Requirements
As from the 1st October, changes to the Animal Activity Licensing Regulations from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs necessitate that all staff working for Dog Kennels, Dog Day Care or Day Boarding must have a minimum of an Ofqual regulated Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject. To meet the higher standard, a member of staff would have a relevant Ofqual Level 3 qualification. The Level 3 Certificate in Canine Studies meet these exact requirements if you own your own canine business.
In addition, the Canine Studies programme is aimed at both dog owners who want to understand more about their own dogs, and those wishing to gain employment within the canine industry or progress on to further studies.
The Canine Distance Learning modules are accredited through Open College Network at Level 3 (A level standard) and are delivered by an online e-portfolio by iPET Network to enable you to study from home at your own pace and around other commitments.
To complete the full Level 3 Certificate in Canine Studies you must complete 4 modules or you can just complete the individual modules. There are 7 modules in total including Canine Care and Welfare, Canine Nutrition, Canine Behaviour and Communication, Canine Anatomy and Physiology and Setting up a Small Canine Business.
There are no pre-requisites for any of the modules. However, choose modules that are relevant to your own business or your own personal interests.
You can enrol at any time and there are no time restrictions for completion – however as a guide, each module should normally take 4-6 weeks.
Once you have enrolled, you will gain access to our online learning environment, and support will be available from your tutor (via email or phone).
Our Dog Walking, Pet Sitting and Canine First Aid Course is perfect for professionals who want to show their customers they have the knowledge and ability to care for their pets and be prepared should a pet need emergency treatment. Over 2 days, learners will develop practical and theoretical skills.
The course includes:
- Understand roles and responsibilities of Professional Dog Walker & Pet Sitters
- Understand roles, responsibilities and how to deal with problems/emergencies relating to the clients property
- Understand problems, injuries ad emergencies sustained by dog walker and dog whilst walking
- Understand current legislation, codes of practice and where to seek assistance
- Risk assessments and safety for people and animals
- Understand different types of breeds, health checking a dog and assessing behaviours
- Best practices and business operation
- Canine First Aid (how to treat injury, allergic reactions, stings, poisoning, choking, seizures, CPR, hypothermia and much more.
A combination of theory and practical exercises (with some of our brilliant demo dogs), we aim to prepare you with the knowledge required should you ever be faced within your business and in an emergency situation.
Our course is accredited through the Open College Network West Midlands and each student will receive a recognised certificate for their learning.
Our 1 day Canine First Aid Course is perfect for owners and professionals alike who want to be prepared should a pet need emergency treatment. Our course covers the most commonly faced canine needs such as how to treat injury, allergic reactions, stings, poisoning, choking, seizures, CPR, hypothermia and much more
A combination of theory and practical exercises (with some of our brilliant demo dogs), we aim to prepare you with the knowledge required should you ever be faced with an emergency situation.
Our course is accredited through the Open College Network West Midlands and each student will receive a recognised certificate for their learning. This certificate is valid for 3 years before requiring a refresher training day.
Hand stripping involves pulling out the dead outer coat (particularly popular in wired-haired breeds in pet grooming salons). The skill is performed by hand rather than cutting the hair with clippers or scissors. This allows a new coat to grow in, revealing a soft undercoat and makes a beautiful finish. It does not hurt the dog when performed correctly.
Many groomers do not offer this service however, as it is time-consuming and very labour intensive. This 2 day course aims to give students hands on skills practice of hand stripping, perfect for an owner wishing to hand strip their own dog correctly or a student looking to gain a strong basis of the skills needed to hand strip dogs as part of a career in dog grooming.
This course is the first step in learning all about dog grooming and trying your hand at some of the less complex styles. Developed over 5 days it is perfect for students who have little knowledge of dogs but who are interested in a career in dog grooming. It is also an ideal course for dog owners who wish to learn how to correctly groom a specific breed in a variety of styles.
The course will include units such as tools of the trade, basic handling, bathing, nail trimming, clippering and scissoring techniques. On completion of this course you will know whether you wish to pursue a career in dog grooming or if your new skills are just for your dogs to enjoy. If you wish to continue with your studies and undertake any of our higher level courses.
This course is a leap up from the Introductory Course offering further practical and hands on skill practice. Packed into 10 days you will touch on different aspects of dog grooming, this is the perfect course length to fit around your current employment or lifestyle. In this course you will gain knowledge of the most popular dog breeds seen in a grooming salon. The study level will appeal to potential employers in a salon job application and enable you to display an array of skills. This course may also appeal to students who have experience in grooming but wish to re-fresh their skills on suitable dog models in a grooming salon environment.
The course will include further details on tools of the trade, animal welfare legislation, handling, bathing, nail trimming, clippering and scissoring techniques, ear plucking, breed specific styling, health and safety in the salon, choosing the right products for the dog and distinguishing between different coat types to ensure the correct grooming methods are used