Dog Grooming (Beginners)

Experience practical grooming of a variety of breeds with emphasis on correct handling, bathing, drying methods, nail care, ear care, basic scissoring and clipping techniques and basic breed styling lines.

Welcome to the fascinating world of dog grooming. On this 10 week course you will experience the basics to practical dog grooming, with emphasis on correct handling, bathing, drying methods, nail care, ear care, basic scissoring and basic clipping techniques. All this in a working salon with emphasis on a pleasant, safe working environment, where responsible handling and customer care are vital.

The course focuses on introducing the range of beginning practical experience and skills on dogs including bathing, drying, basic scissoring and basic clipping. Tuition also covers an introduction to anatomy, diseases, parasitology and a sound grounding in health & safety. This course does not cover the clipping and styling in detail, this course is designed purely as the first stage of dog grooming and is essential for those students who have no proven industry experience.

This course is designed for beginners or those with limited or no previous experience. This course is designed for committed grooming trainees who wish to advance their skills to a suitable level for seeking employment or self-employment within the industry.

Tuition is largely practically based and takes place in our grooming enterprise within the Campus. Supporting retail, reception areas and an attractive easily accessible campus with excellent student resources, create an enjoyable learning environment.

Through practical and theory lessons in the grooming parlour.  Assessment is via portfolio of evidence completed onsite and as homework tasks.  All assessments for this qualification must be able to be completed independently without support or prompting to complete the tasks.

Staff can also support a wide variety of learning difficulties and disabilities and support may be provided if there is evidence that this is an appropriate way to help you (funding permitting).

Please contact us at least a month before your course starts if this applies to you, quoting the course you have applied for at Merrist Wood, so that we can look into this: gss@activatelearning.ac.uk

Dog Grooming Assistants Level 2

No formal entry requirements are needed for this course.

Once you enrol on a course, you will be contacted by a member of the Dog Grooming team for a phone or face to face interview.  Your suitability and experience for the programme will be discussed, as well as any individual needs you may have. 

Please note: if you are not suitable for this course or another level/course is more suitable, a refund will be given prior to you starting on the course .

Full 10 day attendance is required for achievement of appropriate standard and students will be asked to discuss and commit to definite attendance in order that the college can organise appropriate resources in advance of tuition.


Dawn Rigby

Tutor Dawn Rigby I believe that young children need a special environment in which to grow and deserve practitioners who are inspiring, dynamic, reflective and passionate about their learning.
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