Dog Grooming Courses

All of our dog grooming courses are designed to give you the skills you need to work as a professional dog groomer, whether working for someone else or starting your own dog grooming salon. We have three levels of grooming courses operated from our centre in Wincham, just outside Northwich in Cheshire.

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The Paw Pad courses DO NOT require any written coursework other than notes you may wish to take. Our vocational, accredited training is 100% hands-on from day one. At The Paw Pad you will ALWAYS have a dog model to yourself – no sharing one between the whole class. And our post-course support service is totally and completely free for as long as you may need it.

What’s Included

A dog first aid DVD, dog grooming equipment and grooming models are supplied on every Paw Pad course. However, you are welcome to bring your own. We also include advice of what and where to purchase equipment upon graduation and how to obtain discounts from major suppliers. We understand that everyone is different, with varying obligations and requirements so please feel free to contact us and discuss anything you’d like – we don’t bite!

Level 1 Dog Grooming Certificate (5 days) – £700 per person

Whether you want a glimpse into the dog grooming profession, or just need to refresh your skills, The Paw Pad Dog Grooming School’s Level 1 Dog Grooming Certificate is the course for you.
This dog grooming course is popular with those who already have some grooming experience or qualified hairdressers who already have the necessary scissoring and clipping skills and want to expand their skill by learning some breed-specific styles.
Over 5 days, you’ll gain hands-on experience grooming the most common breeds encountered in salons in the UK. You’ll be guided by an experienced grooming professional to help build your confidence and skills on your path to becoming a dog groomer.

Friendly and very knowledgeable training. A big BIG thank you!Georgina, Happy Paws Dog Grooming
Accredited
Course

Level 2 Dog Grooming Diploma (10 Days) – £1350 per person

This is our most popular dog grooming course. The great news is that to attend this accredited Level 2 Diploma, you can start your journey to becoming a qualified groomer with no previous experience.

So, 10 days to learn a new profession. Really? Absolutely! The wonderful thing about dog grooming is that, regardless of the breed you’re grooming, the preparation is always the same. They need a brush through, de-matting, pad trimming, nail clipping, ear clean/pluck, bath and dry. This leaves the more complex, breed-specific styling left to master. Once you’ve got the hang of the prep, you can sail through to concentrate on the styling, making the process a lot less daunting and time consuming.

You can expect to learn the tools of the trade, product suitability, handling, bathing/drying, nail clipping, ear plucking and technical, breed-specific clips. Learners receive a business pack and advice about how to set up and manage your new dog grooming business. There’s also a free dog first aid DVD for peace of mind and free on-going post-course advice and support for as long as you may need it.

Please note: You do not have to take our Level 1 course in order to attend this course.

The learning environment was very pleasant with no pressure with a good variety of doggy models to work with. Amy and Kristy were a pleasure to meet and work with.
Paws Mobile Grooming Salon
Accredited
Course

Level 3 Extended Diploma In Dog Grooming (15 Days) – £1750 per person

Get ready to be super confident because this is The Paw Pad Dog Grooming School’s ultimate confidence-building dog grooming course! Great if you want plenty of experience before you set up your own business. You do not need any previous experience to attend our accredited Level 3 Extended Diploma.

This course helps fine-tune your styling technique so that, by the time you graduate, you’ll be grooming quicker therefore earning more money once your business opens. It also gives you time to become creative with your clipping and scissoring skills – you’ll be confidently whizzing along after completing our Level 3 training!

Over this extended course schedule, you get plenty of experience in our salon with our Head Trainer and can expect to learn the tools of the trade, product suitability, handling, bathing/drying, nail clipping, ear plucking and technical, breed-specific clips. Learners receive a business pack and advice about how to set up and manage your new dog grooming business. There’s also a free dog first aid DVD for peace of mind and free on-going post-course advice and support for as long as you may need it.

By the time you complete this dog grooming course, you’ll be able to groom any dog you meet!

Please note: You do not have to take our Level 1 or 2 courses in order to attend this course.

I am so grateful to The Paw Pad for getting me on track and I have finally begun the dog grooming business I have always wanted!Geri, Chester
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Course

1 Day Groom-Your-Own-Dog Course – £150 per person

Want to learn to groom your own dog but don’t want to take a full course? No problem! At The Paw Pad Dog Grooming School you can take our one day course. Bring your dog along and we’ll teach you how to pamper and preen them in the exact style you like.

This is also a good taster day for those wanting to try their hand at dog grooming before diving into a full course. Call to discuss your requirements.

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Dog Grooming Courses & Prices

Level 1

£700

(inc VAT)
  • 5 Days
  • Hands-on Experience Every Day With Real Dogs
  • Focus On Refreshing And Adapting Skills
  • Experience Preferred
  • Confidence Buliding
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Level 3

£1750

(inc VAT)
  • 15 Days
  • Hands-on Experience Every Day With Real Dogs
  • Skills and Business Advice
  • No Experience Required
  • Super Confidence Building
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For any questions regarding our pricing plans above, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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If you require accommodation while you’re with us, we've compiled a list of good local options. Accommodation is not included in our course prices.

Our Teaching Values

Experienced Trainers

Our courses are taught by experienced grooming teachers who are experts at all types of grooming.


Live Dog Models

At The Paw Pad you will always have a live dog model for yourself, from day one. No sharing one dog between the whole class.

Great Atmosphere

Our classes are taught in a relaxed, non-pressured atmosphere. You will feel like part of the family!


Small Class Sizes

We take no more than three students at any one time, so you can be sure you’ll get our full attention, and we can tailor the training to your ability level.

Business Advice

You’ll receive business advice including how to price for your services, how to get (and keep) clients, how to get insurance (and what you need to insure against), how to record your client’s details, where to buy equipment and and how to maintain it.


Everything You Need To Know

As well as practicial grooming experience, with us you’ll learn the tools of the trade, product suitability, handling, nail clipping, ear plucking and technical, breed-specific clips.

Certification

You’ll get a signed Paw Pad Dog Grooming School certificate at the end of your dog grooming course.


Post Coure Help

We remember what it’s like when we first started grooming and how daunting it can be but, don’t worry, we’re here to ease you into your new career and support you if and when you need it.

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