National Groomer Association of Canada

Bathing Program offered by the National Groomers Association of Canada

NGAC is pleased to offer you this opportunity to learn to bathe animals correctly.  This 35 hour program is an introduction into the proper methods of bathing and blow-drying pet companions.

NGAC offers a 35 hour program to teach beginners in the field of animal styling and all one needs to know about bathing animals for your certificate and licensing as a Bather in the Pet Grooming Industry.

  • Learn the facts on Shampoos and Crème Rinses
  • Learn the technique to bath  dogs safely and efficiently
  • Identify popular breeds of dogs and textures of coat
  • Learn the scoop on Blow-drying animals to a Professional Level
  • Learn the scoop on combing out animals to a Professional Level
  • Learn the safety measures that need to be taken when bathing animals
  • Learn the Professional Techniques to ensure quality prep work


  • Certificate upon successful completion of the program
  • Gaining confidence to apply for entry level position in the pet industry world wide
  • Preparation for higher education
  • Employers are seeking Licensed Bathers to ensure quality control

Duration of Program:

35 Hours


  • Mississauga
  • Toronto
  • Scarborough

Your course will include the Grooming Fundamental Training Manual published by the National Agency of Pet Grooming Schools Inc. (NAPGS), which is an introduction into the Pet Industry and will give you the basic background that you will require to be a knowledgeable individual in this field.  This manual is for you to read and study.  It includes:

General Safety Measures and Professional Understanding of Bathing an Animal:                                

  • General Safety and Daily Tasks preformed by a Bather
  • Security Entrance and Escape Measures
  • Emergency Numbers and First Aid Kit
  • Equipment Safety Measures
  • Kenneling Safety Measures
  • Bathing Safety Measures
  • Blow Drying Health and Safety Measures
  • Bathtub Sanitation
  • Grooming Posture & General Safety Measures
  • Table Security
  • Muzzle and Safety Measures with Aggressive Animals
  • Breeding and Observations of a New Dam
  • Metric Conversion Chart
  • History of the Evolution of Dog
  • Understanding Pack Behavior
  • Facial expressions and Gestures
  • Actions of Dogs and the reasons why
  • Body Language
  • Vocal Communication
  • Critical periods of your puppy’s life
  • Dogs reactions to Smell and taste
  • Sight and Hearing
  • Sense of touch
  • Life Expectancy of Dogs
  • Euthanasia
  • Dealing with the loss of a pet
  • Health & Safety when it comes to Invisible Dangers
  • Internal & External Parasites
  • Anal Sacs
  • Normal temperature of Dogs
  • Immunization
  • Diseases of Dogs and why Immunization is so vital
  • Lyme Disease
  • Urinary Bladder Disorders
  • Disorders of Male and Female Reproductive tracts
  • Disorders of Ears and Eyes
  • Disorders of the Coat and Skin

All of the above are requirements for you to learn in order to be able to give and understand the Health and Safety Issues that go into a proper bath.  It is not just about adding water and shampoo to the animal fur and skin, but the professional understanding that goes into the methodology of bathing.

Hands on Training:

You will received live Hands on Training for the proper techniques in bathing and blow-drying a pet companion:

  • Health & Safety for the Bather
  • Ergonomics
  • Application and proper technique to shampoo an animal
  • Applying proper techniques to dry an animal
  • Bath Tub Sanitation
  • Table Security
  • Equipment Security
  • Applying proper techniques for prep work

Let's get started:

What you need to do now is become a member by completing your application for Membership and completing your Licensed Bather application, remembering to select your desire location for training. Now send in the completed forms and payments to National Groomers Association of Canada for your program start date assignment.

Course Fee:                                                                               $895.00

Grooming Fundamentals Training Guide:                         $  75.00

HST:                                                                                            $126.10

Total Charges:                                                                       $1,096.00

Start Dates:  Will be  based on location and availability.

Hours:            35 hours

Certificate:    After successful completion of your training you will receive a certificate as a Licensed Bather of Achievement,

This is the first entry level into the Pet Styling Industry.

Refund Policy

NGAC membership dues or contributions are refundable if the request for a refund is made within 7 days of payment.  Meeting registration fees are refundable if the request is made more than 2-weeks or more prior to the start of the event.  Licensed Bather of Achievement Program fees are refundable if the request is made more than 3 weeks or more prior to the start of the event.  Refunds for an item can be made if requested prior to receipt of the item or within 7 days of receipt of the item.

Testimonial by Vicky Toon,

Have you ever wanted to try something completely different? Have you ever had an

inclining that what you are currently doing in your carrier just isn't working for you?

Well I have and this is the story of what I did.

I have always, like most people, loved animals, Dogs in particular. I have had dogs all

through my life. A Spaniel, a Mutt, a Dalmatian, a Weimaraner, a Great Pyrenees and

now I have Wilson, my Labradoodle. All of these relationships with these wonderful

dogs brought to my current path. I want to be a dog groomer.

You must understand this is as far from my current career as you could most likely go. I

am a successful business Woman who has helped build a two person manufacturing

business in a garage into a multi-million dollar operation employing 20 staff in the

Greater Hamilton area. So...this is a big change.

I wanted to make sure that this would be the right choice for me, so I took the time to

research what the best introduction to the industry would be and I found it with the

NGAC and the Pet Bathing Program. It is a 35 hour course that would take me through

the process of how to safely and professional bath an animal. No problem I thought, I had

been bathing my own pets for years in the tub at home.

Was I ever in for an eye opening experience.

I had expected every dog to be like my dog. Well trained, healthy, calm, relatively clean,

no skin problems, never bites, no mats, very well balanced and taken care of...this, I

quickly learned was not the case.

This program took me through every possible scenario. The neglect on one poor dogs

coat was so bad that my instructor needed to wet shave him as grooming was just not

possible. Not only did I get to see how the dog was treated by the groomer (which was

with as much care and tenderness as possible) but how the groomer interacted with the

reluctant owners who wanted the poor pooch brushed out.

Over the 35 hours I learned to read a dog’s body language before the dog was even

moved to the tub so I knew how to approach the animal. I learned what products to use

on the dogs; I learned how to shampoo and rinse so the dogs eyes and ears were kept

clear of product and water. I learned what dog breeds may be more vulnerable to water. I

learned how to do a skunk bath and a flea bath. And let’s not forget the expressing of the

anal glands...I don't need to go in-depth into that but needless to can be pretty

frightful and needs to be undertaken with care and consideration.

The NGAC is pleased to announce that Vicky Toon has gone on to Successfully open and run her business Yellow Dog, congratulations Vicky!