This qualification was newly developed in 2020 by iPet Network, a leading awarding body for professional courses in canine studies and dog grooming.  The course consists of 30 days practical grooming in our salon and 5 days worth of home study. Learners are required to groom a minimum of 10 different breeds in a minimum of 15 different styles, though we will do around 40-50 grooms in total. 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 as we will fill you with all the knowledge that would be required for level 2, thus saving you money.

As a dog grooming student at Hardwick Hounds, you will be trained in practical skills such as bathing, scissoring, clipping, nail trimming, ear care and hand stripping.

Units included within this qualification are:

• Promote the Welfare of Dogs conforming with Relevant Legislation
• Health and Safety in a Dog Grooming Environment
• Customer Care and Managing Complaints
• Assess and Plan Dog Grooming Styles and Maintenance of Equipment
• Health Checking, Handling and Canine Behaviour
• Prepare, Style and Finish a range of Dog Breeds
• Planning the Operation of a Small Canine Business
• Canine Emergency First Aid

The first day is an induction day to get you settled in and you will watch a demonstration of correct bathing and drying techniques and the grooming code of conduct. From then on, you will groom a dog in the morning and a dog in the afternoon and complete theory at home as self guided study. The courses are capped at 3 students and you will groom a dog by yourself, unlike many colleges where you may groom a dog with a partner.

Each student will receive a starter scissor set and a set of dog grooming blades to use during their training and to keep afterwards. We offer every student the opportunity of work experience as a dog grooming assistant in our salon after they’ve qualified. This is optional and isn’t a requirement for the course but is an opportunity for further experience before you embark on your new career.

To apply for a place on a dog grooming course, please download the application form on the right and email it to

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