Our Dog Grooming Courses

Here at the Paw Pad, we have three levels of hands-on  grooming courses teaching modern dog grooming techniques, all operated from our centre in Northwich, Cheshire, just South of Manchester. All of our courses are designed to give you the skills and dog grooming qualifications you need to work as a professional dog groomer. The skills you acquire will give you the freedom to work for someone else or start your own dog grooming salon business. 

The Paw Pad courses do not require any written coursework other than notes you may wish to take during tuition. Our vocational, accredited training is 100% hands-on from day one.

At The Paw Pad, we provide a dog model for you from the very beginning. This avoids the frustration of sharing one dog model between a whole class or tutor group. This ensures your dog grooming is ‘pawsome’ from day one! Of course you can bring your own dog too.

Our post-course support is provided within a private study group, is included in the course price and is available for as long as you need it.

Prospective dog grooming students! We want to hear from you! 

Please call Alistair on 07415 897336 for an informal chat and to meet our dogs

What is included in The Paw Pad Dog Grooming Courses ?

Our dog grooming courses in Cheshire provide some of the best learning environments around. During your training, we provide dog grooming equipment and dog models for every Paw Pad Course. However, you are welcome to bring your own items if you prefer. We also include advice as to what and where to purchase dog grooming 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!

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Level 2 Dog Grooming Diploma 10 Days £1,897 (Deposit £447)

The great news is that to attend this accredited Dog Grooming Diploma, you can start your journey to becoming a qualified dog groomer with no previous dog grooming training or experience.

So, 10 days to learn a new profession in a dog grooming salon. Really? Absolutely! The wonderful thing about dog grooming is that, regardless of the breed you are 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 only leaves the more complex, breed-specific styling left to master. Once you’ve got the hang of the prep, you can then 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 and learn all about the dog grooming industry. There’s also a free dog first aid DVD for peace of mind and free on-going post dog grooming course advice and support for as long as you may need it.

Level 3 & Level 3 Extended Dog Grooming Diploma - 15 days £2,397 or 20 days £3,097 (Deposit £447)

This is our most popular dog grooming qualification. Get ready to be super confident because this is The Paw Pad Dog Grooming School’s ultimate confidence-building,  grooming training! 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 dog grooming qualification ; Level 3 Extended Diploma.

This dog grooming course helps fine-tune your styling technique so that by the time you graduate, you’ll be quicker at grooming and 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 dog grooming 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 qualification, you’ll be able to groom any dog you meet!

Please note: You do not have to take our Level 2 dog grooming course in order to attend Level 3 courses.

Dog Grooming Qualifications & Prices

Level 2

Dog Grooming Diploma
£ 1,897
10 Days
  • No Experience Required
  • Confidence Building
  • Hands-on Grooming Every Day
  • Skills and Business Advice
  • Dog Handling
  • Dog Health
  • Grooming Equipment
  • 3 Dog Styles
  • 17 Grooming Techniques
  • Private Study Group

Level 3

Extended Dog Grooming Diploma
£ 2,397
15 Days
  • No Experience Required
  • Super Confidence Building
  • Hands-on Grooming Every Day
  • Skills and Business Advice
  • Dog Handling
  • Dog Health
  • Grooming Equipment
  • 5 Dog Styles
  • 34 Grooming Techniques
  • Private Study Group
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Level 3 Extended

Extended Dog Grooming Diploma
£ 3,097
20 Days
  • No Experience Required
  • Super Confidence Building
  • Hands-on Grooming Every Day
  • Skills and Business Advice
  • Dog Handling
  • Dog Health
  • Grooming Equipment
  • 5 Dog Styles
  • 34 Grooming Techniques
  • Private Study Group

Our Teaching Values

EXPERIENCED TRAINERS

Our courses are taught by experienced dog groomer teachers who are experts at all types of dog 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 dog grooming salon atmosphere. You will feel like part of the family!

SMALL CLASS SIZES

We take no more than 3/4 students at a 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 practical dog 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

Depending on the course you take a signed Paw Pad Dog Grooming School certificate at the end of your dog grooming training.

POST COURSE HELP

We remember what it’s like when we first started dog 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.

What Our Students Have to Say About our Dog Grooming Courses

I took the 2 week dog groomer training course and loved it. A little Yorkshire terrier came to me today and the owner was really happy with her cut. I feel so grateful to the Paw Pad school who have given me this skill. I want to say thank you very much. I have learned so much and love my new career. I had so much fun on the course and sometimes wish I was back there. I miss 70s disco lunch with you ladies! I hope you are well!”
Carole
West Midlands
I completed the short dog groomer training course at the grooming school and was very impressed with the standard of teaching and support offered. 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. The standard expected was high and so it should be! The after support has also been excellent, a big thank you to you both and worth every penny. x
Paws Mobile Grooming Salon
Warrington
training course, it was totally outstanding!!! From scissoring, to clipping to different breeds, I really can’t believe what these lovely ladies have taught me in two weeks. Absolutely fabulous and thank-you for making my dream of grooming dogs come true, Amy and Kristy also included lots of advice and tips on marketing your new venture. I feel totally at ease in my new business. Once again Thank- you from the bottom of my heart for everything, much love
Claire
Ireland
Having dreamt of becoming a dog groomer for years I finally bit the bullet and booked a course at The Paw Pad and I am so very glad that I chose to go there to learn my new craft. I’m not the fastest learner – these ladies deserve a medal for their patience. I learned more than I ever thought I could in ten days and can now confidently groom many dogs thanks to the training I have been given. I want to give my heartfelt thanks to Kristy for my excellent experience. I would recommend anyone who wants to start their own business to come here and learn.
Diane
Kendal

Need accommodation during training ?

If you require accommodation in Northwich while you are training with us, we’ve compiled a list of good local options. get in touch and we can help.
Accommodation is not included in our course prices.