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Woodland Paws Dog Grooming & Dog Grooming Courses, Kent

"I highly recommend Woodland paws for both grooming and training! Suzanne and the girls are so helpful and never make you feel stupid no matter what the question is! I done my level 2 city and guilds exam and training with Suzanne and highly recommend anyone to go here you will leave feeling confident and ready to groom on your own! Any doubts they are always more than happy to help! Couldn’t recommend enough!" ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kara Hales  recommends ·

"I done my level 2 city and guilds dog grooming course with Suzanne. She is a brilliant teacher, easy to get along with and is above and beyond with the service she gives! I would definitely recommend her to anyone who wants to start any grooming course or even to take your pooch to get groomed." Katrina Crozier reviewed Woodland Paws Pet Grooming & Boutique – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Dog Grooming Courses in Dartford, Kent

Woodland Paws School of Dog Grooming & Dog Grooming Training

Dog grooming is a great choice for anyone wanting a rewarding and diverse career, everyday is different, and working with dogs is probably the best job for the dog lover. Dog grooming can be anything you want it to be, a full time competitive, exciting career that will take you as far as you want it to or flexibly part time from home around your daily commitments, go mobile, set up a converted garage or chalet in the garden or shop.

There are endless possibilities, basically you choose how much and where you want to earn.

 Why choose a dog grooming course with us?

Our dog grooming courses are run by a fully City & Guilds qualified experienced groomer/tutor, with the necessary level 3 teaching and Assessing qualifications. Each course has a maximum of three students per day to ensure 100% attention and support. We are very flexible with our training, we can work around your commitments, offering one to four days per week, full days or half days. Our courses are quality assured by Summit Groomer Training Group and well structured following structured City & Guilds criteria. We will provide you with full training and homework support, build your confidence and hold your hand through the whole enjoyable journey. With a 100% pass rate we are very proud and passionate about creating excellent & kind dog groomers that will help raise the standards of this industry and welfare of all pet grooms.

Dog Grooming Courses run Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays  10am till 5pm with 30 minutes for lunch. A normal day will be one to three grooms, We are a working salon so you will get a real experience of what a day in the world of dog grooming is about, and what to expect. We make the most of your time in the salon by concentrating mainly on the practical side, there are a few theory days that will be held in the salon, these are used for written assessments and theory units that need to be covered to achieve your qualification. Homework assignments are completed at home in your own time, but we are always on hand to help you with these. 

Dog Grooming Taster Day - £80 (This is deducted from the course price if you decide to join us)

Unsure about spending out on dog grooming training or not sure if this is going to be for you? We understand it's scary! And think a taster day is a wise move if you have never worked with dogs before. We would love for you to come and spend a day with us, speak with other students, watch and participate in our classes, get a true feel of what our courses are like, what a day in grooming is like and meet the teacher and other members of our team. 

Woodland Paws Professional Groomer Course - 25 Days - £3,950

* Includes a level 3 starter kit worth £650 * Plus a City & Guilds Level 2 Qualification & Portfolios

* 2x  Level 3 dog grooming manuals worth £75.

City & Guilds Level 2 is a professional Assistant Groomer qualification and is the prerequisite qualification to the Level 3 Diploma. Our Professional groomer course will teach you how to groom to a high commercial standard, This course covers Animal welfare, safe handling, Preparing a dog for styling, clipping, scissoring, blending and pet breed styling. We cover all you need to know about the industry regulations and setting up your own business. This course will give you the opportunity to start your grooming career, with a recognised qualification, It will give you a head start and prepare you for your Level 3 Diploma, should you wish to take that in the future. 

Starter kit worth £650 supplied by Groomers Online

We have specially selected the tools in this kit to enable you to start grooming straight away, we have taken out the stress of choosing your own and making any unnecessary purchases. Everything we have chosen is the best in our opinion and most suitable for a Level 2/3 groomer.

Heiniger Cordless Clipper with 10 blade, Wahl Arco Trimmer, Andis ultraedge blade 30#, 
Andis ultraedge blade 7f, Set Wahl steel attachment combs, Kanpeki 7” straight scissors, Kanpeki 7” blending scissors, 
4.5” bull nosed scissors, Medium Showtech tuffer than tangles slicker brush, Prestige 6” comb, Undercoat rake / Ferminator, 
Small nail clippers, 4in1 clippercide spray, Wahl print tool bag, Wahl print apron

The benefits of a cordless clipper are you are able to groom where there is either no electricity or it would be difficult to access. It is also safer as there are no cords hanging around your feet causing a trip hazard the cords can sometimes also get in the way of your grooming, yes they are more expensive, but we personally prefer them, however if you don't feel it would be an issue for you, we will happily change the Heiniger Cordless Clipper for a Andis 2 speed Corded Clipper and this will deduct £100 from your course price. Please mention this when you complete our application form.

    City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma Course - coming soon 

This course will be available to those who have undertaken the level 2 with us. More information to come.

Woodland Paws Professional Dog Groomer Course  -  Extra Training Days - £150 per day 

For those already grooming or have recently trained elsewhere and would like a refresher day or extra tuition in any certain area of pet grooming. 

Owners Day - Learn how to groom your own dog £180 per day

There are many reasons, owners have chosen to groom their dog at home themselves, perhaps they are nervous or elderly or you have had bad experiences. We can show you how to groom your dog properly at home. 

Please note although we will do our best to give you a good understanding of how to groom your pet, it is not as easy as it looks. You may need a few learning days to complete your dog grooming training depending on your experience and the technicality of the style you require. We will advise you on this.

We train on your own dog so are unable to train you on dogs under 6 months old and who have never been to a salon before, it is paramount that you have your puppy groomed from 16wks old to ensure that they are familiar and comfortable in a salon environment. Bathing your dog at home is not the same experience.

To book please call us on 01322 221124 or email us at, we will arrange for you to come in and see us and send on the necessary application forms. Once the forms have been received, we will ask for a non refundable deposit of 20% to secure your place on the course and pay your registration fees. Full payment will be due 14 days prior to your start date. Terms and conditions apply.

"I completed my C&G level 2 diploma at Woodland Paws and couldn't think of a better place to learn. You are made to feel so welcome and the hands on approach to learning helps to build your confidence in no time. Suzanne and Chris have so much knowledge to share and the patience to go with it. They also treat all dogs as if they are their own. The flexibility of the course was also a major factor for me as it allowed me to fit the course in around my other commitments. It worked for me and I now have the certificate to prove it 😉. Highly recommend for training and for grooming." Liz Davie Recommends ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"I completed the level 2 City and Guilds course at Woodland Paws with Sue. I loved every minute of the course, all the staff and students were so friendly, I was able to learn new skills in a relaxed environment with Sue and Chris always on hand to answer any questions and offer encouragement. Every day was different with a good range of breeds of dogs which meant I was able to gain new techniques and skills. The training I received was always professional, informative and most of all with a great team of teachers and students. Thank you Sue for making my experience so positive, I would highly recommend Woodland Paws for anyone considering training in this field"

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