Grooming Training School

Our courses

The courses at The Dog House are designed to suit everybody. You can learn how to groom your own dog in one day or complete a 31 day Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming Qualification. We cater for novices wanting some confidence to those seeking a career at the highest standard in a lucrative industry.

Unlike many centres we can tailor make our courses to suit your needs and accreditation through Open College Network West Midlands is optional on most courses. Although the core syllabus is our starting point, you can tell us what you need and we will ensure you cover it!

At The Dog House we work with you to get the most out of your learning and help you to be the best that you can be.

Learn To Groom Your Dog In 1 Day : £235

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. This will save you a lifetime of cost taking your dog to the groomers and give you fond bonding time with your favourite pooch.

First Aid (Canine) Level 3 Course : Accredited - £120. The Dog House Certificate £65

Our Canine First Aid Course is perfect for owners and professionals alike who want to be prepared should a pet need emergency treatment. Our course covers the most commonly faced canine needs such as 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 with an emergency situation.

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

This course can be offered without accreditation for £65

You will learn skills that can save canine lives.  Need I say more? Call us to find out our next course dates.

Certificate In Hand Stripping : £235

This handstripping course is great for anyone looking to gain additional experience or prove their skills in handstripping. 

The course will take you through the theory of wire coated handstripping. From the basics of coat growth, all the way to the technique itself. We will discuss factors that effect handstripping grooms, carding, rolling, equipment and after stripping care. During the day you will have hands on experience and practice on one of our wire coated doggie models, or you can bering your own dog.

If you would like to receive a formal certificate accredited at Level 3 from a National Awarding Organisation the additional cost of £40 can be added to the course price.

Introductory Course to Dog Grooming - 5 Days : £900

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.

Foundation Course To Dog Grooming - 10 Days £1800

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 Dog House Foundation 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 Dog House students who have completed the 10 days of study or above will receive a 20% discount off our Canine First Aid Course.

Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming - 31 Days £3900

The Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming qualification is top of the class at The Dog House Grooming Training School. The qualification is commonly known as OCN Level 3 Diploma.

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

Over the period of 31 days (26 days in the school and 5 days home study), you will groom a minimum of 10 different breeds in a minimum of 15 different styles. We believe this qualification course gives our students a solid foundation on which to continue developing their skills and career. Unlike other qualifications of the same stature, there are no pre-requisites to starting the course, meaning you can join at level 3 without having completed a lower level course first.

You will be trained in practical skills such as bathing, scissoring, clippering, nail trimming and ear plucking.

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 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. As such, completion of this qualification entitles you to join The Groomers Spotlight and proudly demonstrate your achievement. More details are available at

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.  For experienced groomers, we can offer a fast-track plan to gaining the qualification by skill demonstration.

Please contact Four Paws Groom School for further details

Fast Track Qualification £1800

Fast-track options for experienced groomers seeking the Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming qualification.

At The Dog House, 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 means you can complete a portfolio at your own pace, in your own time whilst ensuring you have the skills needed to achieve your goal.

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. This route is also ideal for students who hold the City and Guilds Intro Certificate but who have not yet reached the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma. Both diplomas are the same value on the national framework but simply awarded by different awarding organisations.

There are two fast track options:

Complete the qualification with us and our dog models
£1,800 (inclusive of VAT) per registration

Successful completion of this qualification entitles you to join The Groomers Spotlight and proudly demonstrate your achievement. More details are available at


Salon Experience Days : £100

Our salon experience days are perfect for people 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.

Salon experience days are also great for those considering a career in Dog Grooming. You can get a feeling for this exciting and rewarding career and ask as many questions as you like!