We’re looking for well behaved dogs for discounted grooming whilst our students practice their skills.

An Introduction to Dog Grooming OCN accredited

12 nights – £550 

The introductory course is the first stage in learning about dog grooming and what it entails. You will also be able to try out less complex canine grooming styles. The introductory course is a taster for students who are keen to understand dog grooming and decide if they want to further their education in dog grooming, but who currently have little or no knowledge about dogs or the grooming process. 

The course will include basic handling, bathing, nail trimming, clipping and scissoring techniques. Upon completion of the introductory course, you will have a better understanding of the different stages of canine grooming and know if you want to pursue a career in grooming, or if you just wish to keep it as a hobby.  

If you wish to continue with your studies and undertake any of our higher level courses, £200 will be deducted from your next training course. 

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements, however, you will be required to source your own dogs. Your dogs will need to be of a suitable breed and have a suitable temperament. You will be required to bring a minimum of 8 different dog breeds over the 12 week period. Bitches who are in season, lactating or pregnant will not be accepted. Dogs with fleas or any dog with a serious medical condition will not be accepted. Please note hand stripping and giant breeds will not be covered on this course.  

What qualifications will I gain?

Open College Network West Midlands Introduction to Dog Grooming certificate – on completion of course and portfolio.


Sessions are practical based, however, please be aware there is a large volume of practical portfolio work that must be completed at home within the 12-week period  

Dates and times

Each course runs one day per week for 12 weeks.

Week 1 will be an induction with no practical element, weeks 2-11 will be full practical sessions and week 12 will be your final course day allowing you to complete any outstanding portfolio work before completion of the course.

Courses start dates:

  • Tuesday 8th December 2020, 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 9th December 2020, 6-9pm
  • Monday 1st February 2021, 1.30-4.30pm or 6-9pm
  • Thursday 4th February 2021, 6-9pm
  • Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 24th March 2021, 6-9pm

Please note – dates are subject to change due to COVID-19.

Dress code

Please wear old clothing, flat comfortable footwear (no opentoed footwear due to health and safety) and a tunic if possible. 


£550 – includes 12 weeks tuition, assessment, registration and certification.

How to apply

Please complete the form below to apply for this course. Once your application has been reviewed we will contact you to discuss it. Please be aware course places are limited so you may not be guaranteed a place.

If you would like any further information, please email canine@reaseheath.ac.uk.