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


Shih Tzu need a snip? Spaniel need sprucing up? 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 Battersea Dog Home in return.

We’re currently appealing for dogs for clipping on a Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning, particularly any type of Poodle cross, Spaniels, Shit tzus or Lhasa Apso but any other breeds will also be considered. To offer your dog for grooming by our students, e-mail kate.turner@hartpury.ac.uk

Hartpury is the only college in Gloucestershire to offer City and Guilds dog grooming courses. 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 will start in February 2017. A new half day ‘introduction to dog grooming’ course will also start up next year.

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.

“We do need more dogs for them to practise on though! 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 702529.

Dog grooming student, Penny Searle, 38, from Staunton, said: “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.”

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