Canine Stylist Technician

Canine Stylist Technician  – Full Time, 4 weeks (160 hours) 

This course is designed for those wanting to enter the field of pet care, but who are uncertain that this is the right career choice. It allows for a relatively fast entry into the industry as an extremely valuable member salon team member, and it’s an invaluable building block for future career development.

All successful grooming salons are built on a solid foundation of highly trained professionals at every level from “Rough in to Finish”. It is impossible for any groomer to produce a high quality product without correct client preparation (bathing and drying). This level of service will ensure client retention, and will ensure that a highly trained Bather/Dryer is essential in any professional business.

On Graduation

Students will be proficient in all aspects of basic grooming techniques & preparation for final styling. Bathing and drying techniques will be mastered for single and double coated dogs together with basic finishing on “Bath and Brush” clients (trimming feet, ears and tail). Nail trimming, ear cleaning, shaving under-pads and sanitary area are also included. A solid foundation of product knowledge, correct selection and usage together with safety protocols together with salon basics including general housekeeping is also covered.

Graduates will be canine First Aide Certified.

What’s Next?

Graduates of this course can expect to find employment in grooming salons, dog day care, boarding kennels, vet offices (if grooming offered) etc.

However this is an exceptional foundation course for those wishing to continue in this exciting industry and continue training with Alberta School of Dog Grooming and become a Certified Professional Pet Stylist.

Prospective students must be 16 years or older. A love of pets and pet care is essential.

Program Description

This program is specifically designed for students with no or minimal grooming experience. Over the course of the 4 weeks you will cover all aspects of basic pet grooming and handling techniques. Topics covered will include:

  1. Brushing and Combing
  2. Nail clipping
  3. Ear cleaning
  4. Rough In Clipping Techniques
  5. Bathing and Drying
  6. Basic Finishing
  7. Salon Basics: Cleaning and Finishing
  8. Salon Safety, and Proper Use of Equipment
  9. Salon Products: What to Use, and Why
  10. Safe Pet Handling Techniques
  11. Pet First Aid
  12. Client Basics: Phone Etiquette and Interaction

At the end of the course, successful graduates will be able to work in a grooming salon with minimal supervision as a Bather and Dryer.

Need to know more? Not sure if this is the career for you? We’re here to help! Feel free to leave us an email.


So far, I have hired two graduates from the Alberta School of Dog Grooming and I couldn’t be more thrilled! It was obvious right away that the training was thorough and reflected the most up to date grooming techniques.
Both graduates felt ready to begin their careers immediately after training and my clients continue to be thrilled with the results!
I would recommend this grooming school to anyone seeking excellent training towards a rewarding career working with animals! Well done to Lyn and her team!
Owner of ‘Through the Woof Canine Salon & Barkery

- Debi Bailer — Certified Groomer

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