Goody 4 Paws Learn To Groom Academy


Goody 4 Paws Academy

All of iPET Network’s qualifications that are delivered by Goody 4 Paws Academy are Ofqual regulated, as the dog grooming industry is not yet regulated no qualifications are required but groomers holding Ofqual regulated qualifications can offer their customers the added benefits of holding a regulated qualification this will demonstrate to your clients and insurance company that you have reached the required expected level that professionals in the industry aspire to. It also demonstrates that you have been taught and assessed on welfare issues, first aid and are a competent dog groomer and if/when the industry does become regulated you will already meet requirements.

The iPET Network qualifications are held in high regard within the industry this is the benchmark for most employers and what they require when hiring a dog groomer.
We at Goody 4 Paws Academy understand that everyone has a different learning ability and pace, our courses are designed with you in mind, if you have any special requirements, please discuss this with us and we will do our very best to accommodate you.
All of our IPET dog grooming courses cover:

– Coat preparation Bathing and – drying
– Clipping Scissoring Nail trimming
– Health and safety for people and pets Animal welfare legislation and best practice
– No prior experience needed!
– Customer care Planning dog grooming styles
– Health checks and canine behaviour
– Maintaining equipment Animal welfare legislation and best practice

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Goody 4 Paws

Grooming Courses

Is iPET Network the same as City and Guilds?
 short, yes! iPET Network, City and Guilds are all Awarding Organisations that offer qualifications covering the Canine and Feline Sector. Each has a Level 3 Diploma covering the skills and knowledge required for dog grooming and as such are often directly compared.

This is designed to give you an insight into the grooming salon and what pet grooming would be like as a career.

You will be part of the salon team for the day and will get hands on experience in our bathing area under supervision, watch our stylists and ask as many questions as you like.

Tunic supplied please wear comfortable shoes and trousers.

Workshop Length: Full Day
Workshop Fee: £200
Workshop Days: Mon-Fri
Workshop Times: 10:00- 16:00

This course is suitable for anyone that has an interest in dog grooming, no previous experience required. On this course you will cover an introduction to dog grooming from nail clipping/Grinding bathing and drying, basic clipping and styling. This course is an extended version of “Learn to groom your dog workshop” will cover up to 4 breeds with breed with modules to take home.

Course Length: 10 days part time or full time
Course Fee: £1500 (No refund toward further course)
Course Days: Mon- Fri
Course Times: 10:00- 18:00

This grooming course is for pet owners who wish to learn how to groom their own dog or for people wishing to get a taster before committing to one of the longer courses.

An invaluable workshop for those that have just acquired a new puppy and ant to lean the correct way to care for their coat properly. On this course pet owners will be taught how to groom their pet from start to finish

All students will be given breed notes, to take away to help you recap and style at home, as well as before and after pictures. All equipment and Apron will be supplied.

Using our veterinary experience, owners are welcome to ask questions regarding diet, training and general health or any other aspects of your dogs wellbeing you would like to know about.

Workshop Length: up to 4 hours days depends on dog breed and student
Workshop Fee: £150 (£50 deposit on booking £100 on the day) (limited to 5 spaces)
Workshop Days: Last Saturday of every month except December
Workshop Times: 10:00- 16:00

Try cat grooming and see if it’s for you in your salon or learn to groom your own cat. On this one-day course you will gain hands on experience of bathing and grooming cats, health and safety, handling cats safely, health checking and basic clipping and styling. You will gain a Goody 4 Paws Academy certificate of attendance.

Workshop Length: 1 Day
Workshop Fee: £150
Workshop Days: Tue 6PM

£4995 (Includes professional scissor/stripping knife /comb/nail clipper set and tunic) | 30 days in salon | 1 year to complete I-portfolio.

The qualification is designed for Candidates who wish to gain the skills and knowledge to prepare, style and finish a range of dog breeds, understand health and safety in a dog grooming salon, practice business management and gain skills in canine emergency first aid. The qualification consists of both practical and theory work.

iPET Network are proud to have developed this NEW qualification in the Animal Care and Veterinary Science sector. Candidates will groom at least 20 dogs to include a minimum of 10 different breeds, covering 6 different coat types but often many more. There are no pre-requisites to starting the qualification, meaning candidates can join at level 3 without having completed a lower level (level 2) course first which can be a huge cost saving to candidates.

Candidates will be trained at Goody 4 paws Academy in practical skills such as prepping, bathing, scissoring, clipping, styling and nail trimming on a variety of dog breeds. Our days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with a Friday morning reserved for theory help if needed.

Units included within this qualification are:

- 301: Health and Safety in a Dog Grooming Environment

- 302: Promote the Welfare of Dogs conforming with Relevant Legislation

- 303: Customer Care and Managing Complaints

- 304: Assess and Plan Dog Grooming Styles and Maintenance of Equipment

- 305: Health Checking, Handling and Canine Behaviour

- 306: Prepare, Style and Finish a range of Dog Breeds

- 307: Canine Emergency First Aid

- 308: Planning the Operation of a Small Canine Business

Uniquely, candidates are continually assessed via practical demonstration and coursework. There is no requirement to sit a formal exam in order to achieve the qualification. This holistic approach has been welcomed by candidates to our Training Provider from across the UK, Ireland and Internationally. iPET Network designed the qualification to have an excellent balance of theoretical and practical learning. Feedback suggests that this qualification takes the pressure out of adult learning and this approach appeals to a wide range of Candidates. Our Training Providers strive to improve industry standards by ensuring Candidates walk out fully qualified, confident and competent in dog grooming.

The iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management will demonstrate to an employer or the general public that candidates have the necessary technical skills and knowledge to successfully groom a range of dog breeds. This is a formal, regulated, nationally recognised qualification that will remain relevant throughout the Candidates career and can only be achieved by reaching the required skill level. It has been designed specifically for those looking to become professional dog groomers or those who already groom dogs (as a hobby or career) but do not currently hold a nationally recognised qualification. This approach and elements are unique to our course syllabus making the qualification a more rounded and robust qualification. Goody 4 Paws are here after qualification for all your support, help and advice. When qualifying with Goody 4 paws Academy you join our grooming family forever. We also offer a full set up and design service, using all our tried and tested methods we will take your ideas on board and create a bespoke salon at a location of your choice just for you. EDUCATION FOR PEOPLE, FOR PETS, FOR THE FUTURE

The iPET Network Level 3 Award delivered by Goody 4 Paws Academy in Hand Stripping is aimed at Candidates who wish to gain the skills and knowledge to hand strip a range of breeds and styles whilst carrying out safe handling techniques.

This qualification is a balance of theoretical and practical learning to ensure that vocational skills lead study with underpinned knowledge developed throughout. During the qualification you will have hands-on experience and practice, in choosing to style a wire or silky coated breed.

About this course
Hand stripping is a skilled grooming technique where the dead coat is removed to allow for new growth, creating a natural looking finish. It is particularly well known as the best grooming method for wire coated dog breeds such as Border Terriers, German Wire Haired Pointers or Irish Wolf Hounds but also used in silky coated breed styles such as Cocker Spaniels or Schnauzers. The iPET Network Level 3 Award in Hand Stripping qualification course will take you through the theory of wire and silk coated breeds and different hand stripping methods, techniques and tools to use and their benefits. The qualification also covers the factors that affect Hand Stripping and after Hand Stripping care. It is ideal for dog groomers to gain a new skill or pet owners wanting to learn how to correctly groom their own dog at home.

Hand Stripping theory
Tools and Equipment
Health checks
Bathing and drying

iPET Network Level 3 Award in Hand Stripping - For course Qualification Specification please email us pop in or call us and we will send you details

Duration: 1 day salon
Theory online: up to 1 year
Cost £425 (this includes a set of 4 stripping knives)

Sonja Oliver

Our Director, Your Teacher...

Hi my name is Sonja Oliver. I have been involved with animals since a very young age everything from Show jumping horses as a teen to Crufts Best of Breed Titled breeder and professional Handler. I am also a Kennel Club National and international approved championship Show Judge which has taken me to judging appointments as close as Neath or as far as Australia. We are very proud to be kennel club Assured breeders holding 3 accolades. My whole working life has revolved around veterinary practice and I gave 30 years to vet nursing and practice management, add to this my experience as a fully qualified dog groomer and teacher makes for quite a bit of knowledge on everything dog related.

I established Goody 4 Paws in 2011. Then moving to our new purposed built grooming academy in 2020 our beautiful new salon sports all the mod cons for your pets comfort ,safety and welfare. Why not pop in and meet the rest of the team, we work very closely with local colleges and offer opportunities to school leavers and young adults to join our team for a 12 month period some of which are still employed by us after finishing their college courses. Goody 4 paws was established in 2011 until July 2020 we occupied space in a local veterinary surgery. In July 2020 we opened our purposed built building that houses all our services along with a separate dog lounge. I wanted to bring all my veterinary and grooming knowledge to develop a place where owners can openly walk in any time they like. Here at goody 4 paws we have nothing to hide, owners are welcome to stay with their pets during their groom if they so wish. We are veterinary and local government licenced and inspected fully insured and qualified.

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