Dog Grooming Courses

Our courses are tailored to create a hands-on experience for everyone involved. We take pride in the knowledge we pass on, and work to create an environment that allows you to learn and prosper within a friendly, supportive salon.

Please click on the courses below to find out more.

With courses to suit everybody, we make it easy for you to get started. We cater for novices wanting some confidence to those seeking a career at the highest standard in a lucrative industry. We are proud to be one of the UK’s first Grooming Academy’s to introduce Tellington TTouch into our Grooming Courses. We have a qualified Tellington TTouch Practitioner to teach our students first hand this unique therapy. Making it a more relaxed environment for Groomers and dogs.

Course Cost: £3500

The brand new Open College Network L3 Diploma in Dog Grooming was launched in January 2017 by The Open College Network West Midlands. This new qualification was introduced to be an alternative route from the City & Guilds. The OCN qualification is the same level as the full Level 3 Diploma by City & Guilds. Both the City & Guilds Diploma and the new OCN Diploma are both regulated by Ofqual and are both the only two qualifications on the National Educational Framework.

What we like about the OCN Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming:

Firstly, there is no need to complete a lower level qualification first, for example the C&G L2 or the C&G L3 Introductory qualification. With the OCN you can go straight on to the OCN Level 3 Diploma.

Secondly, there are no formal exams or assignments. Rather than sitting exams, which can be extremely daunting, the OCN route will provide you with worksheets for each module. These questions will be answered in your own time and at your own pace. With full support from me, your assessor.

Units included within this qualification are:

– Assess, Plan and Record Dog Grooming Work
– Canine First Aid
– Carry Out Styling and Finishing of a Dog
– Health Checking a Dog by a Dog Groomer
– Promote and Maintain the Health and Well-Being of Animals
– Welcome, Receive and Care for Customers.

The practical units of this qualification comprise of completing 10 breeds of dog in 15 different styles. This sounds daunting at first, however we believe that this way proves your skills on a greater variety of breeds and techniques. Any breed or cross breed can be used, as long as you show a good variety of techniques and skills.

As a fast track option:

The fast track option is for anyone who is currently grooming but has no formal qualifications, has a level 2 qualification, or those wishing to take an alternative route.

Once you have enrolled on the qualification, we can arrange a mutually convenient date in which I can either travel to your salon or you can come to us in either Liverpool or Wirral. I will bring your course folder and talk you through the qualification and the worksheets for each module. On this day I will then assess you on three of your 15 styles. These can be any three dog breeds that you chose. Once you have completed your initial day with me, we can start to build a portfolio of the remaining grooms that you have completed in your salon. Evidence is required in the form of photographs and videos. You have an unlimited amount of time to do this.

The final unit of the qualification is to complete one of our accredited first aid courses. These are held at venues around the country or you can come to me to complete this. I feel every groomer should complete an accredited first aid course, so this is something I hold separately also.

The full course cost is £3500 which includes your OCN enrolment fee of £500, canine first aid course worth £100, an informative course folder and all of your tuition fees.

Course times are 9:30 to 4:00 with a break for lunch (For full day course please bring a packed lunch)

Refreshments are provided throughout the day.

Course Cost: £2800

The OCN Level 3 Certificate in Dog Grooming is a RQF registered qualification and is suitable for people who are new to the industry and can then progress onto the Diploma, or can be a stand alone qualification.

The qualification will demonstrate to an employer or the general public that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge to successfully groom a variety
of dogs. This is a formal, regulated, nationally recognised qualification that will remain relevant throughout your career.

Subjects covered within this qualification include:

– Welcome, Receive and Care for Customers
– Health Checking a Dog by a Dog Groomer
– Assess, Plan and Record Dog Grooming Work
– Canine First Aid – you will take part in a one day interactive seminar led by a qualified veterinary surgeon, veterinary nurse or suitably qualified pet care professional to attain the only nationally accredited and certified Pet First Aid Course for pet care professionals.
– Carry Out Basic Styling and Finishing of a Dog
– Promote and Maintain the Health and Well-Being of Animals

Students will receive all course materials and it is recommended that students bring along a camera for before and after photographs as well as pens, high-lighters and notepads.

Course Length: 20 Days.

Entry Requirements: None.

Course Cost: £750

This course is the first step in learning all about dog grooming and trying your hand at some of the less complex styles. It is perfect for students who have little knowledge of dogs but who are interested in a career in dog grooming. It is also an ideal course for dog owners who wish to learn how to correctly groom a specific breed in a variety of styles. The course will include tools of the trade, basic handling, bathing, nail trimming, clippering and scissoring techniques. On completion of this course you will know whether you wish to pursue a career in dog grooming or if your new skills are just for your dogs to enjoy. If you wish to continue with your studies and undertake any of our higher level courses, the Introductory course cost and time will be deducted from your next training course.

(Optional Open College Network West Midlands Accreditation: £95)

Course Cost: £1500

This course is a leap up from the introduction course offering further practical and hands on skill practice. Packed into 10 days you will touch on every aspect of dog grooming and is the perfect course length to fit around your current employment or lifestyle. In this course you will gain knowledge of the most popular dog breeds seen in a grooming salon. This course is an ideal start for students who want to become self-employed as a dog groomer or those who wish to gain immediate employment in a grooming salon. This course level will appeal to potential employers in any job application and enable you to display an array of skills. This course may also appeal to students who have experience in grooming but wish to re-fresh their skills on suitable dog models in a grooming salon environment.

The course will include tools of the trade, animal welfare legislation, handling, bathing, nail trimming, clippering and scissoring techniques, ear plucking, breed specific styling, health and safety in the salon, choosing the right products for the dog and distinguishing between different coat types to ensure the correct grooming methods are used.

On successful completion of the course you will receive a Trendy Pooches Course Certificate in dog grooming with an individual written reference from your course tutor detailing your skill level in each component of the course.

If you wish to continue with your studies and undertake the Intermediate or the Advanced Course, this course cost and time will be deducted from your next training course. In addition to this all Trendy Pooches students who have completed the 10 days of study or above will receive a 20% discount off our Canine First Aid Course.

(Optional Open College Network West Midlands Accreditation: £126)

Course Cost: £1000 / £1200

Fast-track options for experienced groomers seeking qualification.

Here at our Trendy Pooches Training Academy’s, we know many experienced groomers would like to be able to say they are also qualified and have had their skill validated. However, exams can be daunting and the cost can escalate if you need practice to prepare for them. That is why we have made our qualification assessed through coursework and ongoing demonstration to your tutor as you are guided through the skills needed to achieve your goal. Our modern grooming salons and experienced tutors make your learning fun and friendly whilst focusing on the essentials of great grooming. At Trendy Pooches we pride ourselves on providing a great opportunity for experienced groomers to achieve level 3 qualification status without the need for first completing a level 2 qualification.

There are two fast track options:

Option 1) Complete the qualification at your premises with your own dogs.

£1200 per registration.

*additional expenses for travel.

Option 2) Complete the qualification at Trendy Pooches Training Academy with our dog models.

£1000 per registration.

Course Cost: £100

Our salon experience days are perfect for students who want to gain vital work experience in a fully operational grooming salon. These days can really help build your confidence and enable you to further practice your learnt skills following the qualification course in the school. You will spend the day working alongside an experienced stylist who can show you varying methods and techniques to suit the dogs through the door that day.

Course Cost: £180

This one day course has been specifically created for those wanting to groom their own dog at home. You can bring your dog to us for the day and learn how to create one specific style you like and gain the skills you need to work on your own dogs coat type.

Course Contents:

– Bathing
– Brushing Out
– Drying
– Clipping
– Scissoring
– Health Check

Certificate on completion.

Course Cost: £120

This course is for any dog groomer looking to improve their handling skills and learn a technique to apply to their every day work to prevent dog bites and help with the more challenging dogs.

Course Contents:

– Understanding Calming Signals
– Behaviour Triggers
– Contain Versus Restrain
– TTouch Tool Kit
– Positive Reinforcement
– Bodywork Exercises
– Tension Patterns
– Coat Changes
– Customer advice

Course Cost: £99

Our canine first aid course is fully accredited by the Open College Network at level 3. This is currently the only recognised accredited course in canine first aid. On this course we like to use a combination of theory and practical based work. We have a state of the art CPR “Casper” model to demonstrate resuscitation, CPR and the recovery position. The course also covers vitals, bandaging, first aid emergencies, fractures, poising, haemorrhaging and so much more. This course is suitable for both pet owners and industry professionals.

Price includes your OCN registration, course materials and OCN certificate.

Course Cost: £300

Our Dog Walking, Pet Sitting and Canine First Aid Course is perfect for professionals who want to show their customers they have the knowledge and ability to care for their pets and be prepared should a pet need emergency treatment.

Course Contents:
– Understand roles and responsibilities of Professional Dog Walker & Pet Sitters
– Understand roles, responsibilities and how to deal with problems/emergencies relating to the clients property
– Understand problems, injuries ad emergencies sustained by dog walker and dog whilst walking
– Understand current legislation, codes of practice and where to seek assistance
– Risk assessments and safety for people and animals
– Understand different types of breeds, health checking a dog and assessing behaviours
– Best practices and business operation
– Canine First Aid (how to treat injury, allergic reactions, stings, poisoning, choking, seizures, CPR, hypothermia and much more

A combination of theory and practical exercises (with some of our brilliant demo dogs), we aim to prepare you with the knowledge required should you ever be faced within your business and in an emergency situation.

Find Us

Wirral Trendy Pooches Academy
145 Hoylake Road, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 9PZ
0151 488 5471