Dog Grooming Basics

Mastering Dog Grooming Skills at Home

Improve your dog grooming skills

Next Available: Sat, 10 Aug 9:30AM (AEST)
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3 hours
Over 50 people have attended this class


Participants aged 10 -14 will be required to be accompanied by an adult.

Wanting to keep your pooch clean and tidy between grooms? Keen to improve your grooming and hygiene care skills for you canine friend? This short course will cover the basics of home grooming, bathing and nail care for dogs. It will cover points on:

- What can ethical dog grooming at home look like?

- Maintenance grooming to keep on top of your dog’s health and wellbeing.

- Learning techniques including nail trimming, ear cleaning, clipping*, and trimming around various areas such as pads, backside, armpits, and groin regions
(*clipping will be demonstrated and explained for the purpose of tidying intricate areas, full body style clipping will not be shown during the workshop)

- Tools used and techniques needed to de-shed and prevent matting.

- Ensuring safe handling and effective training methods to create a more enjoyable grooming experience for everyone involved. 

The session involves some theory related to dog grooming skills, and also cooperative care training, demonstration of grooming skills and conditioning dog to grooming tasks skills, and some practice of scissor use techniques.

Please leave fur babies at home as we will be working with RSPCA behaviour tested dogs

Demonstrations will be held by industry professionals. 

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What you will learn

  • How to create a positive grooming experiences though classical conditioning and giving the animal choice and control

What you will get

  • Understand how to create positive grooming experiences though classical conditioning and giving the animal choice and control

What to bring

  • Only your thirst to learn!

What to wear

Casual clothing

Appropriate for

Those keen to do some maintenance grooming themselves between professional grooming visits, or those who want to learn do it completely themselves

Age requirements

Participants aged 10 -14 will be required to be accompanied by an adult.

RSPCA Victoria

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Want to improve your animal skills? Looking for quality teaching by industry experts? Want real skills and training?

Whether you’re a pet owner or thinking of a career in animal care, RSPCA Victoria has a short course to extend your animal skills and understanding.

Designed to develop new skills for anyone dealing with animals; RSPCA short courses provide valuable access to industry experts and utilise quality resources and trainers in an informative and hands-on environment.

As the trusted name in animal welfare in Victoria, we understand what animals need, and what works and what doesn’t – and are keen to share our practical knowledge and skills with you through.


Gain professional skills. Learn about your pet. Or both!

Programs are tailored for those wanting to enter the animal industry or improve their skills within this field, as well as helping people to increase their skills with their own pets.

Hands-on experience is essential to understanding animals so you will have the chance to meet and work with – animals from our education team – as well as learn from industry experts and qualified trainers.

And of course, profits raised go towards supporting animal welfare projects. You’re helping animals while you learn to… help animals!

So book your course with us today.


About RSPCA Victoria

We are a non-government, community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. RSPCA Victoria was established in Melbourne in 1871. Since this time, the RSPCA has become Australia's leading animal welfare charity.

Our community services include work in education, advocacy, animal care and protection. In Victoria, we operate nine animal Adoption Care Centres and one community pet care centre, providing refuge and care to more than 20,000 animals every year. 

As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on community support to care for 'all creatures great and small'.  More than 90% of our funding is due to the generous support of the Victorian community.

For further information, visit 

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4.7 (13 reviews)
Jasminrated it
12 Feb 2024
This short day course was very informative. It would have been better to have smaller groups as it was a trouble to see some aspects. It also would have been great if it had some hands on aspects. Overall it was very well run and I got some great information from it
Leannerated it
11 Feb 2024
This class was so enjoyable! I left feeling encouraged and prepared that I could groom my two Oodles at home in a way that isn't traumatising for them or myself! Michelle and Belinda are experienced and passionate and have a fantastic knowledge of dog behaviour. We have plenty of tips and insights to help us along the way. I would recommend it!
Reneerated it
10 Feb 2024
Helpful and informative session that covered basic grooming and maintenance for double coated breeds.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 7 days before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A transfer can be requested 7 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 7 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions - Face to Face courses

  • Program activities are conducted by RSPCA Victoria Education Officers and staff. RSPCA Victoria reserves the right to alter activities or cease programs should staff and participant safety be compromised.
  • For safety reasons, participants must wear appropriate clothing and closed-in shoes. 
  • RSPCA Victoria reserves the right to cancel the class should minimum numbers not be met.  A full refund will apply in these circumstances. 


Participants may be involved in a range of hands-on activities during training. While the RSPCA takes all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of participants, all participants engage with these activities at their own risk.

By enrolling in these programs you acknowledge that you understand this disclaimer and release RSPCA (Victoria) and its employees, agents, volunteers and contractors from any liability whatsoever, to the extent permitted by law.

Terms and Conditions - Online On Demand Courses

The above does not apply. Please contact for assistance. 

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