Would your pooch like a pamper session? Our students need dogs to groom!


Hartpury students are appealing for dog models to help them develop their grooming skills.

While our dog grooming students are asked to bring in dogs to practice on, the college also has a list of available dogs. These are dogs offered by members of the public for grooming, who then make a donation to Cheltenham Animal Shelter in return.

If anyone would like to offer their dog for grooming by our students, they can e-mail kate.turner@hartpury.ac.uk

Hartpury is the only college in Gloucestershire to offer City and Guilds dog grooming courses and there are still a limited number of places available for an intensive course that will run in the summer.

Starting on August 4th, 2014, the course - City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants – will see students come in for five-day blocks every other week. It is 17 days in all.

This course covers dog grooming, nail clipping, ear cleaning, de-matting, grooming out, bathing and drying and basic clipping together with theory on health and safety, restraint and control, diseases and parasites and hazards in a grooming salon.

The next one day a week Level 2 and 3 courses after the intensive course in the summer will start in September 2014.

The tutor, Dog Grooming Manager Kate Turner, has worked in the grooming industry and is experienced in teaching the subject. Hartpury’s grooming facility boasts a wide range of equipment that you would find in a grooming parlour.
Kate said: “By the end of the Level Two course, our learners are fully qualified to work for a groomer preparing dogs for styling. Many of them then go on to do their City and Guilds Introductory Level 3 Certificate for dog stylists and to then start up their own businesses as dog groomers or to work for others as stylists.

“These qualifications are equally suited to school leavers or people looking for a change in career. Our regular courses are one day a week over 17 weeks, so it can be a great way to gain qualifications while you are working and you can fit it in around childcare commitments. Alternatively, the intensive summer course allows people to learn the skills they need and gain their certificate quickly.

“We do need more dogs for them to practise on! It is of huge benefit if the students can gain experience of working with as wide a range of breeds as possible. The learners are carefully guided by me and the dogs usually love having their makeovers and come out transformed! So if you would like to get your dog in tip-top condition, please get in touch.”

There’s more information about our dog grooming courses at www.hartpury.ac.uk To apply and to find out more about any funding that could be available, call our short course department on 01452 702154.

Current dog grooming student, Penny Searle, 38, from Staunton, said: “I’ve learned so much since I’ve been on the course. There’s a lot of theory to learn but the best bit is getting hands-on with the dogs. I’m hoping to eventually run my own business from home.”

Alice Lee, 19, from Stroud, said: “I’m off to Exeter University to study Zoology and Animal Behaviour in September. By that time, I should also have my Level 3 qualification, which will mean I’m qualified as a dog groomer. It is a business I can fit in around my studies to help me fund my education.”

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