Accredited Enhancer Courses in Behaviour and Low Stress Grooming for Professionals

We are a global, multi-award-winning online learning space that delivers advanced enhancer courses to professional groomers, covering cooperative-based grooming methods for low stress results.

The education we provide our students is science-backed and endorsed by some of the world's leading scientists and animal welfare advocates.

We come recommended by The Groomer's Spotlight as a CPD Course Provider and have been featured in various media publications as a pioneer in our sector.

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Do you struggle to groom "difficult" dogs? We can help you!

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the holistic grooming academy is accredited via uk rural skills
the holistic grooming academy is an official PDR school under iPET
the holistic grooming academy proudly associated with yappily
the holistic grooming academy is proudly endorsed by do no harm dog training
the holistic grooming academy is a member organisation of UK dog Behaviour and Training Charter
the holistic grooming academy is friends with the welfare for animals

Hi, I'm Stephanie Zikmann.
I created The Holistic Grooming Academy for people just like you...

During my training days I quickly realised that the professional grooming curriculum lacked a great deal when considering the emotional needs of dogs and cats, and how to accommodate to their needs within the context of grooming.

It seemed obvious to me that the majority of animals in the salon were unhappy and distressed with the demands our roles bestowed upon them, and it made me curious to dig deeper to find out why that was.

I spent the next three years studying canine behaviour and psychology before obtaining my official qualification as a canine behaviourist, which then spurred me on to develop a course that would focus more on grooming from the animal's perspective.

Fast forward to today and I have helped well over 100 students lower stress in their salons while building their confidence and competence in handling "difficult" dogs and cats.


Helping over 100 students achieve more success with less stress!

We have students from all across the globe, and here are just some of their experiences with us.

Leading the way for change

Stephanie is someone I aspire to be like and I truly believe she is leading the way for change in the grooming industry - I'm proud to be part of the journey.

by Daniella Malcolm-Stewart

Woody's Holistic Grooming

It's like joining a new family!

I'm loving every second and learning so much. The support and attention to detail are also great! It's like you're joining a new family and gaining an insight into a new world of holistic grooming.

by Laura Thorpe

Our Dog's Choice

Definitely a learning curve!

Definitely a learning curve and how much more I need to look after myself. The course confirms exactly who and how I want to be but extra steps need to happen. Thank you so much for confirming this!


All In Dog Grooming & Concept Trainer

I'm so proud to be a part of this movement!

I'm so delighted to announce that I have passed my Holistic Groomer Diploma! I can now say that I am a certified Holistic Groomer; I am so proud to be part of a movement that genuinely puts its doggy client's emotional welfare first and strives for a more relaxed grooming experience. Thank you to the lovely Stephanie Zikmann, who is my mentor and has been such an inspiration through the course!

Lorna Williams

Barks & Bubbles Grooming

The Holistic Grooming Academy Ethical Pledge

All students/members must comply with the Holistic Grooming Academy's Code of Ethics

  • Compassion

    Members must demonstrate a high level of compassion for others and hold back on judgement. It is important that members approach their practice with the individual needs of the animal in mind, and ensure that their needs are being considered at all times.

  • Choice

    Members must demonstrate an approach that considers the need for an animal to consent. Co-operation is built on trust using positive, force-free and updated techniques only. The use of outdated methods is not acceptable and would result on the immediate termination of their membership.

  • Care

    Members must put the needs of the animal and themselves before all else. This means appreciating that grooming is first and foremost the practice of care. Through a commitment to an updated education, members will be confident and competent in working from an animal perspective.

  • Creativity

    Members will be open to adapting their approach to grooming through careful observation and risk assessment. Understanding that there's no such thing as a "one-size-fits-all" approach to grooming. Using a degree of creativity, members are dedicated to providing a bespoke service every time.

  • Commitment

    Members are expected to invest in their personal and business development by making the most of the available educational resources, and attending as many of them live as possible. They are committed to developing their practice using positive and updated techniques.

  • Consideration

    Members are willing to consider the needs of their peers, themselves and other animals and will remain supportive. Members respect other members right to privacy and discretion and will not discriminate, bully or intimidate anyone which would subsequently result in the immediate termination of membership.