Accredited Courses in Behaviour-Led Grooming for Professionals

A global, multi-award-winning learning space that delivers advanced courses in low-stress grooming for pet professionals and dog carers. We provide a science-backed education in holistic grooming and behaviour guaranteed to reduce stress and increase safety in a professional grooming environment.

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

Our Holistic Grooming & Behaviour Diploma Is Accredited by

Enjoy Running A Less Stressful Grooming Salon Today.
Why Study With The Holistic Grooming Academy?

If you have ever had a difficult dog in your salon you'll understand how stressful and dangerous it can make the grooming environment.

We understand the challenges professional groomers like you face when handling a dog who is lunging, snapping, biting or resisting a part of the grooming process. And we are here to tell you that there are ways to make the experience more positive and less stressful for everyone involved.

Learning and developing your skills in canine communication, observation and safe-handling will stop frustration in its tracks, and create a far safer grooming environment for you and the dogs in your care.

Our Holistic Grooming & Behaviour Diploma helps the professional groomer work with difficult dogs in a more dog-centred way through the introduction of practical and easy-to-implement cooperative-based techniques.

We have combined our experience working as Professional Groomers with our knowledge of Canine Behaviour and Psychology to coin the first advanced Holistic Grooming and Behaviour Accreditation for Professional Groomers looking to raise the bar of industry standards!

If you:

  • have ever been bitten by a dog in the grooming environment
  • have ever had to ban a"difficult" dog from your salon due to "bad" behaviour
  • are interested in learning how to make grooming less stressful for dogs and yourself
  • don't feel confident working with dogs with a bite history
  • are looking for a justifiable reason to increase your prices
  • believe there must be another way to groom dogs that doesn't involve fighting against them (ALL THE TIME!)
  • want to do your bit in raising the bar of industry standards through the advancement of our profession and the way people see it

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