Want to learn dog grooming....we have the perfect solution at Woofs n Scruffs!!

Woofs academy now offers a range of dog grooming courses specifically designed for those wanting to start a career in dog grooming as well as for beginners and those who want to be able to groom their own dog.

We can now offer both Foundation and Advanced training in our modern Washington Dog Grooming Salon.
Our state of the art grooming salon is the perfect environment to learn and practice your new skills. It is a fully functional professional salon by day and training environment on an evening.
Jane our grooming tutor brings with her over 20 years of experience in the grooming industry. She is a fully qualified City and Guilds groomer and has many years of experience teaching grooming students in a North East College.

Foundation Certificate

Course cost is £499.00 or £550.00 if paid in 2 instalments


Our foundation training certificate is the perfect starting point for those individuals looking to get their grooming career off the ground or those looking to gain the knowledge to allow them to groom their own dog with confidence.

The Foundation Course runs for 3 hours per week over an 8 week period and covers the following subject area:


• How to work safely in a busy grooming salon
• Reducing hazards and risk assessing your environment
• Cleaning, and sterilising equipment and keeping working environment clean and tidy
• Legislation which will affect your work as a dog groomer
• Health checking dogs
• Parasites and steps to take to deal with them
• Reading a dogs body language
• Dog anatomy
• Grooming equipment suitable for various breeds and coats
• Preparing dogs for bathing
• How to handle and restrain dogs
• How to deal with different coat types
• Breed standards
• How to Bath dogs with various coat types ready for styling
• Use of equipment for different dog and coat types
• Nail trimming and Anal Gland Expression
• Basic Trimming


This Course is limited to 10 students per course...some basic grooming equipment will be required. We can provide this for you at a discounted price. Information will be provided after booking.


Foundation Course Dates

Tuesday 11th September (6pm-9pm)
Wednesday 12th September (10am-1pm)

Foundation Courses run for 8 weeks.

Advanced Certificate

Course costs £675 or £750 if paid in 2 instalments.



Our advanced training certificate is for those students who have previously completed the foundation certificate or who have experience working in a professional dog grooming salon.

The Advanced Course runs for 3 hours per week over a 12 week period and covers the following subject area:


• Students will build on the knowledge they have gained during the Foundation certificate or whilst working in the salon.
• You will learn styles and finishing of a variety of different dogs and coats styles.
• Use of clippers and advanced scissoring for a variety of breeds.
• Handstripping


This Course is limited to 9 students per course...some basic grooming equipment will be required. We can provide this for you at a discounted price. Information will be provided after booking.


Advanced Course Dates

Wednesday 21st March 2018
10am until 1pm

Advanced Courses run for 12 weeks.