Paw Pad courses are practical hands on training for those wanting to groom dogs belonging to the general public. It is not a City & Guilds course; City & Guilds is absolutely not a requirement to become a dog groomer – contact your local council who will confirm this. It is aimed at show grooming rather than pet grooming (we can teach you how to groom show dogs if required but please be aware this type of grooming is undertaken by the show dog owner or breeder, not by a commercial groomer). And we will ensure you know all the ethical and technical aspects of pet grooming before you graduate as well as what the average client would expect from you. Our business advice includes tips about gaining a healthy client base and getting repeat customers.
We are a private adult education centre and offer our own commercial dog grooming qualification which meets the very high standard needed to groom pet dogs. We teach the practical cuts you’ll be asked for on a daily basis.
Though most learners go on to set up their own businesses, we are happy to offer a reference to anyone who has attended our courses and is seeking employment. No employer we have spoken to has declined a student’s future employment on the basis of our qualification, from small local salon owners all the way up to the Pets at Home in-store national salons. We would be more than happy to discuss this with you further if required.