Pawsh Dogs are pleased to be able to offer dog grooming training courses as an approved satellite training school with the iPET Network.  The training courses are held within my dog grooming Salon in Dereham, Norfolk. Contact me if you would like any further information.

Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming

Open College Network West Midlands Qualification

£5,500 (25 days plus a minimum of 5 days home learning for full time but part time also available, please contact us to discuss).

The course is delivered over 25 days practical training with approximately 5 days of home study.

This qualification has been developed by iPET Network  in conjunction with Open College Network West Midlands. The qualification is regulated by Ofqual and is recognised in the UK’s national education system at level 3 which is the equivalent of A level learning. Over the period of 25 days in our grooming salon, students will groom a minimum of 10 different breeds in a minimum of 15 different styles. There are no pre-requisites to starting the course, meaning you can join at level 3 without having completed a lower level (level 2) course first.

Students will be trained in practical skills such as bathing, scissoring, clippering, nail trimming, ear plucking and the qualification course includes hand-stripping.

Units included within this qualification are:

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

Uniquely, students are continually assessed via practical demonstration and coursework. You don’t have to sit an exam in order to achieve the qualification. This holistic approach has been welcomed by students. iPET Network wants to take the pressure out of adult learning and this approach appeals to a wide range of students. iPET Network are striving to improve industry standards by ensuring students walk out of our doors qualified, confident and competent.

The Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming 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 and can only be achieved by reaching the required skill level. It has been designed specifically for those looking to become professional dog groomers or those who already groom dogs (as a hobby or career) but do not currently hold a nationally recognised qualification.

A fast-track option is also available for experienced groomers seeking a formal qualification to confirm their skill level or those who have undertaken other qualifications but see the benefit in gaining the iPET Network seal of approval.

Contact me if you’d like to discuss the course most suited to you.

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Dog Walking & Pet Sitting

Open College Network West Midlands Accredited

£400 (2 days)

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. Over 2 days, learners will develop practical and theoretical skills.

The course includes:

  • 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.

The iPET Network course is accredited through the Open College Network West Midlands and each student will receive a recognised certificate for their learning.

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Hand Stripping

Open College Network West Midlands Accredited

£300 (1 day)

Hand stripping involves pulling out the dead outer coat (particularly popular in wired-haired breeds in pet grooming salons). The skill is performed by hand rather than cutting the hair with clippers or scissors. This allows a new coat to grow in, revealing a soft undercoat and makes a beautiful finish. It does not hurt the dog when performed correctly.

This 2 day course aims to give students hands on skills practice of hand stripping, perfect for an owner wishing to hand strip their own dog correctly or a student looking to gain a strong basis of the skills needed to hand strip dogs as part of a career in dog grooming.

This qualification has been developed by iPET Network in conjunction with Open College Network West Midlands.

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Introductory Course in Dog Grooming

Open College Network West Midlands Accredited

£1000 (5 days)

This course is the first step in learning all about dog grooming and trying your hand at some of the less complex styles. Developed over 5 days 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 units such as tools of the trade, basic handling, bathing, nail trimming, clipping 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.

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Foundation Course in Dog Grooming

Open College Network West Midlands Accredited

£2000 (10 days)

This course is a leap up from the Introductory Course offering further practical and hands-on skill practice. Packed into 10 days you will touch on different aspects of dog grooming, this 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. The study level will appeal to potential employers in a salon 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 further details on:

  • tools of the trade
  • animal welfare legislation
  • handling
  • bathing
  • nail trimming
  • clipping 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.

This iPET Network course is accredited through the Open College Network West Midlands.

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Taster Day

£150 (1 day)

This day is ideal for anyone who would like an insight into our courses and learn the basics of dog grooming. Our friendly team will make you welcome and be available to answer your questions during the day. This would assist you in making a decision on whether dog grooming is the right career for you before proceeding with the longer courses such as the Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma.

An added bonus is that if you pay for a one day taster day and you then enrol on a course over 10 days in length, we will deduct the taster day amount off the overall course price. (You must book within one month of your taster day.)

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See what our students have to say

“I found Pawsh Dogs an excellent place to train and Kelly’s expertise helped me with areas that I was struggling with, she gave me the time and co-operation that I needed. I would highly recommend Pawsh Dogs Grooming Studio as a training centre and would not hesitate in going back for advice or further training.”

Rachel - Student at Pawsh Dogs Training

“For anyone considering undertaking the Dog Grooming courses, I cannot recommend Kelly Byrne, owner of Pawsh Dogs highly enough. She is a fantastic tutor who has an obvious passion for what she does and is able to impart her knowledge to others in an easy-going, friendly manner. The course is also academic (it is not just how to wash a dog!) so it is essential that you can self motivate as there are several written assignments to do but Kelly is always on stand by with great advice and her ‘mock exams’ are legendary. Kelly’s mocks MORE than prepare you for the actual exam. The course is excellent value for money and even though I am now qualified, Kelly is still willing to help and encourage me when I need it. I recommend Kelly without hesitation to anyone wanting a career in dog grooming”

Angela - Student at Pawsh Dogs Training

“Kelly is a fabulous tutor; throughout 2 yrs. Kelly has taught me C & G L2 & C & G L3 Dog Grooming, which I happily passed with flying colours. The quality of the course never faulted, mock exam papers Kelly set up really did prepare you for your real exams & showed you where you needed to focus & study!
If you were unsure or had any questions Kelly was always happy to help.
Kelly is very passionate & professional within her work & I 110% highly recommend Kelly at Pawsh Dogs!”

Debbie - Student at Pawsh Dogs Training