Professional Dog Grooming Training

Learn from the experts at The Paw Pad Dog Grooming Academy. Based in Northwich in Cheshire, we provide hands-on dog grooming training enabling you to get working as a confident, professional dog groomer.

Dog Grooming Training Courses - Northwich Cheshire

If your dream is to become a trained dog groomer, we teach a variety of professional dog grooming courses to suit everyone’s needs. The Paw Pad Dog Grooming Academy offers hands-on dog groomer classes, taught by fully qualified dog lovers to build confidence and get you ready for your new career. Based in Northwich in Cheshire,  our school caters for students from all over the UK.

Still thinking about whether you want to become a groomer, read our Guide to Becoming a Dog Groomer for more information. Or have a chat with Alistair on 01606 872994. If you’re ready you can enrol in one of our dog grooming courses straight  away.

Did you know we are always looking for dog grooming models for our salon and our custom-built grooming school is the perfect place for your pooch to relax, unwind and become a super model! We offer bathing, clipping, nail trimming and hand stripping. Your pooch is guaranteed to leave with that ‘just stepped out of the salon’ feeling…because they’re worth it!

Dog Grooming Courses available from Sept 2022

We have opened up some extra student spaces for the summer. These will go quickly, give Al a call to secure
your spot on 01606 872994

Level 2
Dog Grooming Diploma


Level 3
Extended Dog Grooming Diploma


Level 3 Extended
Extended Dog Grooming Diploma


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Model dogs are included in all our dog grooming courses

How to Become a Dog Groomer

If you love dogs, want to be your own boss and undertake the right training, you can become a dog groomer! Read our Ultimate Guide to starting your own Dog Grooming business.

Diploma in Dog Grooming

Learn how to become a professional dog groomer in Cheshire

Level 2 Dog Grooming Course Diploma

The great news is attending this accredited dog grooming course and obtaining your qualification means you can start your journey to becoming a qualified groomer with no previous experience with this popular dog grooming course.

Level 3 Dog Grooming Extended Diploma

Be super confident with this qualification because this is our ultimate confidence-building dog grooming course if you want plenty of experience before you set up your own business. No previous experience needed to attend our accredited Level 3 Extended Dog Grooming Diploma.

Level 3 Dog Grooming Extended Diploma

As Level 3 but extended to a 4 week program. Be super confident because this is our ultimate confidence-building dog grooming course. Plenty of experience of different breeds before you set up your own business. No previous experience needed to attend our accredited Level 3 Extended Diploma. 

How We Work

At The Paw Pad, we love dogs, and we believe that the finished look of a dog is as important as the loving care and attention we give our pets. We offer accredited dog grooming courses for dog lovers who want to become professional groomers. There is a suitable course for everyone seeking to set up their own dog grooming business. All our staff are fully trained, friendly and completely understand that the decision you have taken to change career is one of the biggest you will ever make. We are here put you at ease with this transition and we are available any time after you graduate for free, on-going support.

The dog grooming business is a lovely career choice, and it can be lucrative; during times of recession, the pet industry tends to survive barely unscathed. You’ll meet friends you’ll have for life and fall in love with hundreds of dogs. One of the best feelings comes on the day a dog who has previously been scared of the groomer finally relaxes and lets you clip their nails, dry their head or trim their pads. It’s gaining that trust that makes it all worthwhile and here at The Paw Pad Dog Grooming Academy in Cheshire, we train you so all your pooches are perfect!

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What Our Students Say about their Dog Grooming School

I have recently competed my level 3 dog grooming course at The Paw Pad and can’t thank them enough. I have learned all the basics and more that I need to go into the industry feeling confident. Ali, Abi and Pam really helped with the grooming side while Al has a wealth of knowledge for starting up your business. Definitely worth it if you are thinking about getting in dog grooming.
Gemma Bonner
A fabulous grooming school. Friendly and helpful tutors, who guide you along the way, build up your confidence and support you on your learning journey. Lots of additional, after course support provided. They truly want each groomer to succeed and do all they can to help them achieve their goal. I highly recommend this grooming school. Thanks guys!!
Zebby Music
I went to the Paw Pad for my level 3 Dog Grooming Commercial Diploma. The team were very welcoming and supportive. I gained all the necessary skills to not only become a dog groomer, but to set up a successful mobile dog grooming business. Huge thank you to Alister, Amy and team.
Shake A Paw UK

Dog Groomers Northwich

Do you need a dog groomer and live in and around Northwich ?

We always need dog grooming models for our dog grooming course students and at a discounted rate of £18 it’s around 50% off a normal groom. Please get in touch and book your dog groom with us.

Meet Your Dog Grooming Trainers


Amy Elliott-Smith, owner of the paw pad


The Boss

dog groomer trainer Abi

Abi -Trainer

our dog grooming tutor Ali

Ali - Trainer

Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Dog Groomer

The short answer is you don’t need a formal qualification to become a dog groomer ! Shocking I know ! Dog grooming is an unregulated business just like dog training or web design. However, it is best to find a trusted dog grooming course to ensure best practice and safety.

There are also no facts to suggest that it will become regulated.
Our dog grooming training is carried out by our experienced dog grooming training together with business advice and help in setting up your own business or grooming salon.

You can find out more about our dog grooming courses here

Find a reputable dog grooming training course like ours at the Paw Pad. Look at our reviews and give Alistair a call or come visit us.

We have a detailed checklist of grooming techniques which we teach. We observe and check your techniques as we go through the course. You will learn health and safety, handling, equipment, first aid and practical things like how to set up your own dog grooming business.  We normally start with a two hour introduction to dog grooming and you will be grooming from day one. 

Our 3 dog grooming courses at the Paw Pad range from 10 days, 15 days and 20 days. We recommend our Level 3 Course 15 day course, which is our most popular course. You will learn many grooming techniques and dog styles including, spaniels, poodles, bearded, drop coats and bathing and brushing. By the time you have completed our 3 week course you’ll be able to groom any dog you meet!

Based on 5 dogs a day at an average of £40 a dog, a good estimate is £1000 a week before tax. Set up costs are around £6,000 including a dog grooming course.

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