The Grooming Academy, dog groomer training courses

Professional Dog Grooming Courses


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Q: I want to learn to be a professional dog groomer, is your course suitable?
A: That is exactly what we do. At our dog grooming school in Manchester we run a number of canine grooming training courses. Our Dog Stylist Diploma course (Dog Grooming Stylist) is structured to provide the practical hands-on training for those wishing to enter the field of dog grooming as a professional dog groomer. The City & Guilds courses are the nationally recognised standards and qualifications for the trade.  It is possible to undertake a combination of the practical diploma and the City & Guilds level 2, these are our most popular dog grooming course choice.

Q: When I start up for myself, how many dogs will I be able to groom each day?
A: Initially, we recommend that our students aim to book in 2 or 3 dogs each day, depending on the breed, complexity of the groom and anticipated condition of the coat. This should allow new starters to be able to generate enough revenue to run your business and to draw a modest wage. In time, with experience, the number of dogs groomed each day should increase towards 5 to 8, depending on breeds.

Q: Will I be able to competently groom dogs when I’ve finished?
A: Our aim is to equip you to turn each dog that you groom into a smart example of it’s breed (in a breed-specific style), in an efficient time, at a fair cost to your customer and without any undue stress or discomfort on the dog. You should be equipped with these grooming skills when you complete your course.

Q: Will I be able to grow my Grooming Business?
A: With a gradual increase in bookings, reflective of your increased experience and competence, daily appointments should be able to be increased without letting your standards fall due to overbooking.

Q: Do you offer Dog Grooming Taster Days?
A: As professional trainers we have very clear opinions on "Taster Days".  We are happy to share our opinions and advice with you, see the page on Taster Days on this site.

Q: I think I can groom more dogs in a day than you suggest, should I do it?
A: You will be much better to concentrate on turning out 3 well-groomed dogs per day than to create 6 ‘rush jobs’. You should aim for a quality result, which will enhance your reputation and ensure repeat bookings, or you can expect your business to suffer as a result of poor workmanship. Remember that each dog that leaves your salon is a walking advertisement for your dog grooming business.

Q: If I need more staff to help with grooming who will train them?
A: When you reach a level where you need to take on additional dog grooming staff, our dog grooming school is always here to help with the training. You will have enough experience to start them off in a manner that suits your business and to familiarise them with using the grooming equipment - then you may want to consider enrolling them onto our Enhanced Skills course, where they will be tutored in obtaining a wider experience with various breeds of dogs and a better class of results. It worked for you it will work for them!

Q: What happens if I take longer than usual to learn some of the things?
A: We have qualified teaching staff who carefully monitor each student’s progress through our dog grooming courses. Until you are confident and able to work to an acceptable standard, we don’t allow you to progress further into the course - each unit that we teach relies to some degree on your understanding of the previous one. As a dedicated teaching establishment our facilities are constantly available, so a few extra days for you to gain the confidence of the skills we have taught you is no problem for us.

Q: Are the dogs which I will groom your customer’s dogs that you charge a grooming fee for?
A: All of the dogs that you will groom during your course are grooming models that are brought to our dog grooming school to be groomed by students under our supervision and guidance (similar to the schemes which operate at most hairderessing colleges). Most of the dogs are from our regular grooming clients, others are from breeders who would normally groom their own animals. Their owners are charged a minimal fee to cover materials used in exchange for making them available to our students. They do have our guarantee that their animal will be treated properly and it’s cut on return home will be of a good standard.

Q: Do I see the dogs that I have worked on when they are finished?
A: Of course you do - because in the vast majority of dogs you will be the person who is finishing it!  We believe that our students benefit from seeing the completion of the dog that they have been grooming, especially when the owner arrives to collect them and expresses their delight at the grooming. For those reasons, we always try to ensure that our students see a dog through to completion – even if it is completed with the assistance of one of our own experienced staff.

Q: Am I too young/too old for your course?
A: We have trained many people to a competent level on our Dog Stylist Diploma course and City & Guilds courses. Starting from young people who have recently left school and wish to embark on a career in dog grooming, to mature students who may have taken early retirement or opted for a career change and decided to start dog grooming in their later years. There are no applicable age limits, and no restrictions by previous abilities or otherwise.

Q: Dog grooming is a female profession, isn't it?
A: No - it most certainly is not!  We train many men who go on to run successful dog grooming businesses. In fact, on some occasions we have more men on our courses than women. We have trained men who have recently left school or college and wish to go into a grooming career, men who have chosen a change of career mid-life and men who have decided to establish their own grooming business at retirement. We have trained an ex Regimental Sergeant Major following the completion of his military service, who now runs a very successful grooming business in Scotland.

Q: How many dogs will I actually be grooming during the course?
A: Throughout the dog grooming training course we aim to give you hands-on experience on one or two dogs each day (sometimes this will be a part of the dog's grooming and other times this will be grooming the dog from start to finish). Depending on breed, complexity of the cut and your progress on the training course, this will mean that some days you may only groom one dog, other days you may have experience with 2 or more dogs. You will have experience with several grooming incidences throughout our Dog Stylist Diploma course and will leave us with the practical knowledge of styling various coat types and the ability to approach and correctly style any breed of dog.

Q: Will I be offered advice on setting up a dog grooming business?
A: We can advise all of our students on setting up and running a dog grooming business. We have experienced and qualified staff who can give advice relating to location, premises, equipment, funding, advertising, competition, staff, cash-flow, overheads and other items that will become a necessary part of running your business. This advice is given specific to your own business aspirations, however we do recommend consulting your accountant and/or bank with specific regards to finance and running your business.

Q: What do your students think of their courses and the time at The Grooming Academy?
A: See for yourself: See what our students say