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How often should a dog be groomed, should you cut dog whiskers and mastering a paw trim

Whether a pup is long or short-haired, fluffy or hairy, big or small, keeping up with grooming is a vital part of caring for our furry friends. 

It is the responsibility of pet parents to ensure their dogs are kept comfortable in all weathers and temperatures, as well as keeping on top of claws, paws and whisker maintenance.

Here at My Learning Online we recognise that every dog is different, and, therefore will require different levels of grooming and care. 

In this blog we will take you through some of the basics of dog grooming, how often dogs should be groomed, what parts of the body should be groomed and how, as well as offering an in-depth look at the dog grooming courses we have on offer.

Stick with us, pup!

How often should a dog be groomed?

Depending on the breed of a dog, they may require more grooming than others. Long haired breeds in particular need regular grooming to ensure their coats are kept in good condition and that the dogs themselves do not become uncomfortable due to excessive hair growth.

As a rule of thumb, it is recommended that dogs get professionally groomed at least once a month for good maintenance of their claws and coats. However, dog owners should also keep up with daily/weekly grooming routines such as brushing and washing if required.

Allowing a dog’s hair to grow out too much can not only cause discomfort and overheating, it can also allow dirt and other things to get caught in the fur, creating bacterial risks and possible skin conditions or infections to arise. 

Claws must also be kept short and neat to avoid ingrown claws and discomfort for dogs.

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Mastering a paw trim

As well as keeping a dog’s claws in check, it is important to keep the fur between the paw pads short and neat. 

If this hair grows too long it can hinder the dogs movement and comfort, dirt and bacteria getting caught and giving way to possible infections and irritations.

Dogs can be fussy about having their paws touched, so patience and a steady hand is vital when it comes to giving your pup a paw trim.

Should you cut dog whiskers?

The short answer: no. The one area of a dog that should be left well enough alone is their whiskers. 

Whiskers allow dogs to feel and sense and are a vital part of their make-up, which is why a dog’s whiskers should never be removed.

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Dog grooming courses with My Learning Online

One of the best ways to kickstart your dog grooming journey and become the best you can be is by taking a dog grooming course. Our online courses in dog grooming are both comprehensive and flexible, making them the perfect choice for any level.

So, let’s have a round of online-course-speed-dating to see which takes your fancy!


Beginners Dog Grooming Certificate 

The best place to start if you are a beginner to the dog grooming business. This course will take you through all the need-to-know basics of dog grooming, such as bathing, brushing and clipping for a number of different breeds, all taught through high-quality video instruction.

Whether you just want to give your own pups a sweet makeover or have big dreams of creating your own at home dog grooming business, this course is an excellent place to start. 

We believe in a hands-on and interactive approach to learning, so you’ll find no endless reading lists on our course structure, oh no! 

Here at My Learning Online you can watch our dog grooming pros expertly conduct each lesson via video tutorials, so you can actually see how the professionals do it. You can then go off and have a practice with the professional dog grooming kit we provide you – pretty neat, huh!


Dog Grooming

Are you obsessed with dogs? Want to pursue a career in dog grooming but don’t have the time or option to commit to a classroom setting? We’ve got you covered. 

My Learning Online have partnered with igroomHub to bring you the one and only professional online dog grooming certificate in Australia that comes complete with a kit, containing everything you will need to not only complete your course but also become a true professional dog groomer.

On this course you will gain all the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to bathe, trim, clip & style the coats of all dogs, including speciality coat types and many different dog breeds.

Our dog grooming pros are back at it with their excellent and easy to follow video tutorials, showing you step by step the best grooming methods, tips and tricks.

A brilliant all-rounder course for any budding dog groomer who wants to take the leap up to a professional level.  


Advanced Dog Grooming Certificate

Lovingly referred to by us as the Rolls Royce of dog grooming courses, this advanced course in dog grooming is a top notch option for anyone wanting to excel to the highest levels of dog grooming.

No previous experience is required to take this course, all you need to bring is your passion and dedication – we’ll handle the rest! 

We will take you from the very basics all the way up to advanced grooming techniques and practices, helping you climb up the ladders of the dog grooming skillset. From there you will delve into the business of grooming, including the development of a business plan and marketing within the dog grooming arena.

Written and tutored by arguably Australia’s two best dog groomers, this course is for those individuals who are serious about a long term career in dog grooming.


Professional Dog Grooming, Training and Obedience

This course gives you the unique opportunity to delve into the canine mind, discovering how they think and feel, in order to provide them with a superior quality of care and training.

We start off with the key technical knowledge and skills needed in order to master the grooming process, teaching you everything you need to know regarding canine classification, treating different coat types, clipping equipment and techniques, safety and first aid procedures, as well as how to market your grooming services using social media. 

After that, we dive into training and obedience, exploring the world of canine psychology. Here, you will receive practical training on how to shape positive, constructive canine behaviours, facilitate desensitisation for dogs and also how to tackle undesirable domestic behaviours too.

Created by two of the best dog groomers in the industry, you can rest assured that you will be learning from the best of the best.

Why choose to study online dog grooming?

Our online dog grooming courses in Australia follow an entirely online course structure, giving you the flexibility to work your learning around your schedule and lifestyle. This 24/7 access to learning and total flexibility is what sets us apart from other study programs, and is the perfect choice for anyone who perhaps does not have the time or resources to commit to a full time degree course.

Not only that, for the courses which require it, we will send you your very own custom-made kit straight to your front door, with everything you will need to get started on your journey.

All online classes for dog grooming with My Learning Online come with a downloadable brochure with more information on course content, accessing your learning online, tutor support and more. We also have course fee payment plans available to make the financial side of things that little bit easier.

We have a friendly team of course consultants on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have, and to help direct you towards the best course for you. Speak to one of our consultants today to find out more about any of the courses which spark your interest.

Have big dreams of being the best dog groomer in the business? Let’s get that dream going with one of our online courses for dog groomers – get in touch today and reach your fullest potential.


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