Dog Grooming Training Courses

Here at the Paw Pad, we have three levels of hands-on 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. The skills you acquire will give you the freedom to work for someone else or start your own dog groom 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 training is ‘pawsome’ from day one!

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 students! We want to hear from you! Please call Alistair on 07415 897336 for an informal chat.

What is included in The Paw Pad dog grooming training?

Our courses provide some of the best learning environments around. During your training, we provide dog grooming equipment and grooming 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 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!

Dog on grooming table

Level 1

Dog Grooming Course Certificate (5 Days) – £895 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.

Level 2

Dog Grooming Course Diploma (10 Days) – £1897 per person

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 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. 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.

labrador puppy sat in a dog bowl
two dogs saying hello

Level 3

Dog Grooming Course Extended Diploma (15 Days) – £2497 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 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 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.

Dog Grooming Courses and Prices

Level 2

Dog Grooming Diploma
£ 1897
10 Days
  • Hands-on Experience Every Day With Real Dogs
  • Skills and Business Advice
  • No Experience Required
  • Confidence Building
  • Private Study Group
MOST POPULAR!

Level 3

Extended Dog Grooming Diploma
£ 2497
15 Days
  • Hands-on Experience Every Day With Real Dogs
  • Skills and Business Advice
  • No Experience Required
  • Super Confidence Building
  • Private Study Group

Level 3 Extended

Extended Dog Grooming Diploma
£ 3097
4 weeks
  • Hands-on Experience Every Day With Real Dogs
  • Skills and Business Advice
  • No Experience Required
  • Super Confidence Building
  • Private Study Group

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. 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 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 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

Depending on the course you take 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.

What Our Students Have to Say

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

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