Dog Grooming Courses
We have several levels of dog grooming courses, all operated from our centre in Northwich, Cheshire – just South of Manchester. All of our 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.
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!
The Paw Pad courses DO NOT require any written coursework other than notes you may wish to take (written coursework is optional on our City & Guilds courses). 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.
This is our most popular dog grooming course. The great news is that to attend this accredited Dog Grooming 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
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Our Teaching Values
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.
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.
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.
Depending on the course you take, you will get either a City & Guilds Accredited Certificate or a signed Paw Pad Dog Grooming School certificate at the end of your dog grooming course.
Post Course 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.