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Fancy learning to groom your own dog?

Thinking of a career change?

Want to top up or refresh your grooming skills?

Whatever your reason for wanting to learn the art of dog grooming, the training should be an enjoyable and relaxed experience.

At Ashgate we offer a range of courses which are well structured, professional and quality assured by external quality assessors. Our courses are run for the complete beginner to those wishing to brush up on their grooming skills. We aim to be as flexible as possible so that our students can learn around their other commitments. We also offer payment plans to help you balance your finances.

On any of our “Dog Grooming as a Profession” courses our students will groom an average of 2 dogs a day and gain a minimum of 240 hours (30 day course) or 315 hours (45 day course) of guided learning hours within the training room and the salon. A number of home study hours are required in addition to this.

Dog grooming is a skill that will take time to develop and we believe that the foundations of this skill need to be established correctly and thoroughly. Training in our purpose built salon and training room is the perfect environment to learn in. The view out of the window is also lovely!! We can recommend some places to stay if you fancy booking a block of days land combine your learning with some sightseeing.

New for 2023

We are adding 5 confidence building days to the end of the course FREE OF CHARGE.  You will be one of our groomers in the salon for these days, working alone BUT with your tutors available to help if you get stuck.  We believe these extra days will set you up for working alone with much for confidence.

Courses & Costs

Dog Grooming as a Professional – Qualification Course

AIM Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma.
30 day course for students with Level 2 Dog Grooming Qualification £4,600.
45 day course for students with no previous experience £6,495.
10 day course for experienced groomers £2,195.
Taster Day £125 refundable against full course booked.

Improve Your Skills and Confidence

Dog Grooming Training Available at £250 per day.
Top up training for experienced groomers, Learn to Groom Your Own Dog, Handstripping – All Levels. 

Become a Qualified Microchip Implanter

Microchipping Training – Become a qualified implanter.
Courses run for individuals or groups to include basic kit £350.

Contact us for a further chat and to book your taster day
01460 281528 or email

What Our Trainees Say...

“What an amazing experience. I’ve learnt alot from both my tutors Kerry and Gemma. They both helped me regain the confidence I had once lost with styling when it comes to different breeds. So happy with what I’ve achieved and been taught along the way. Thankyou both for all of your support and helping me see that I can do it! If your looking for a new adventure or just want to refresh your skills highly recommend ashgate dog grooming academy.”