Learn 2 Groom


Learn 2 Groom Academy

Goody 4 Paws Academy offers both City & Guilds and OCN Courses and assessment as well as group & Private bespoke workshops tailored specifically to your dogs breed and coat type. We pride ourselves on a friendly and caring approach both to students and pets, unhurried tuition at your own pace.

We at Goody 4 Paws Academy understand that everyone has a different learning ability and pace, our courses are designed with you in mind so what have you got to lose?

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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.


Dog Grooming Courses

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. If you book one of our City & Guilds/OCN courses your £100 fee will be credited against the course fee.

Tunic supplied please wear comfortable shoes and trousers.

Workshop Length: Full Day
Workshop Fee: £100
Workshop Days: Mon-Fri
Workshop Times: 10:00- 16:00

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 tunic 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: £120 as part of a workshop (limited to 4 spaces)
Workshop Days: Saturdays
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: £1100 (No refund toward further course)
Course Days: Mon- Fri
Course Times: 10:00- 18:00

This 28-day grooming course will give students the chance to cover some of the basics of grooming. This is your first BIG!!!! Step to becoming a dog groomer. This qualification is for people who are looking to start a career within the dog grooming industry.

The learner must be 16 years old, or over. Be dedicated and have enthusiasm with working with animals and especially dogs as this rewarding career can require long hours.

The Level 2 Dog Grooming Assistant (7863-02) – Will provide learners with the practical skills and knowledge that is important for working as a Dog Grooming Assistant. Learners will work towards 170 hours This qualification is the pre-requisite for progression onto the Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming (7863-03) and so on successful completion of the Level 2 Dog Grooming Assistant (7863-02) qualification learners can progress their knowledge and skills further in this area to become a professional Dog Groomer

We will provide learners with the practical skills and knowledge that is important for working as a professional Dog Groomer. You could work for a business or as a self-employed dog groomer.

To earn this qualification, you must complete a range of mandatory and optional units in your handbook or/and in salon these including:

• Bathing and cleaning dogs
• Controlling and restraining animals
Handling payments from clients
Recognition of health problems
Brushing, de-matting and bathing and some basic clipping and trimming
Health and safety in the salon
Ear cleaning, nail clipping
Practical & theory assessments for the qualification

Students are provided with a study book, level 2 tuition, and qualification

Course Length: 28 days full time or 3 months part time total 170 Hours
Course Fee: £2700 (do not forget to take off cost of any of our smaller courses if attended)
Course Days: Mon-Fri
Course Times: 10:00- 18:00

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: £130
Workshop Days: Wed & Sat Am & PM

The OCN Level 3 Certificate in Dog Grooming is an RQF registered qualification and is suitable for people who are new to the industry and can then progress onto the Diploma or can be a stand-alone qualification. Ideally you would have completed your level 2. Experienced groomers may want to choose our FASTRACK OPTION The OCN level 3 Certificate is the same level of qualification as the City & Guilds Level 3 with more focus on a hands on approach.

Students have 12 months to complete a Certificate in Dog Grooming qualification from the date of registration. There is a pre-requisite to hold a Level 3 Emergency Pet Care qualification this course is covered in the price of this course; however, you will have to arrange your own transport if not attending at the academy.

The qualification has been designed for those who wish to learn the basics cuts and trims to be able to offer a commercial grooming service. The qualification covers assessing, planning, and recording grooming work, health checking a dog prior to grooming and essential first aid.

After initial training you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in coat preparation. You will do this by bathing various coat types, drying appropriately per coat type and your final assessment you will be able to demonstrate a range of grooms to include 5 coat types within a commercially acceptable time.

Following your 40 days including 260 hours of training you should possess the practical skills enough for you to be able to sit the final assessment. Extra training workshops in a range of disciplines can be taken at an extra cost.

Subjects covered within this qualification include:

• Welcome, Receive and Care for Customers
Health Checking a Dog by a Dog Groomer
Assess, Plan and Record Dog Grooming Work
Canine First Aid
Carry Out Basic Styling and Finishing of a Dog
Promote and Maintain the Health and Well-Being of Animals

The qualification will demonstrate to an employer or the public that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge to successfully groom a variety of dogs. This is a formal, regulated, nationally recognised qualification that will remain relevant throughout your career.

The OCN Level 3 Dog Grooming Certificate qualification is nationally accredited and Ofqual regulated

It has been designed specifically for those looking to become professional dog groomers or those who already groom dogs but do not currently hold a nationally recognised qualification. For experienced groomers, we can offer a fast-track plan to gaining the Diploma qualification without having to undertake a training course, see our fast-track plan on this page.

Course Fee: £4200

Experienced Groomers who already groom 4/5 dogs in a day and have been grooming over a year should be able to ‘Fast Track’ without the need for further training.

You will be able to demonstrate an excellent level of grooming and competency, with the use of such documentation as records, photos and witness evidence. You will log and prove that you have the required number of hours in bathing, drying and styling. You will log a total of 280 hours. Witness evidence will consist of your own customers signing and dating photos of their dog/dogs to endorse your evidence of grooming all coat types.

You would only need to attend our training centre for an 'initiation day' in which you would be given your Learners Journal and work sheets. We would talk you through your learning journal and be on hand 24/7 should you require assistance over the phone. Should you need to improve on your skills further? training days can be arranged (at an extra cost). You will also have to attend an accredited Canine First Aid Course the cost for this course is included but you will have to arrange your own transportation.

What’s included: - Registration, Health & Safety audit, course support, study guide, assessment material, single entry onto practical assessment, single entry onto theory external examination (if applicable) and certificate on successful completion.

Course Fee: £1250

This course is suited to the individual that wishes to become a fully qualified Dog Groomer. This course is run over 60 days or longer if required and students will be required to cover the following topics:


• Prepare and groom dogs prior to bathing for grooming
Bathe and clean dogs
Control and safely restrain dogs
Dry dogs and prepare their coats for styling
Basic trimming of the coat
Undertaking reception duties
Handle payments from customers
Safely moving dogs between locations

You will need to complete a set amount of recorded and signed tuition, sit a practical and online theory exam to achieve the City & Guilds Level 2 Qualification.

*You must already have achieved your level 2 City & Guilds to be able to advance to this qualification*


• Welcome, Receive and Care for Customers
Health Checking a Dog by a Dog Groomer
• Assess, Plan and Record Dog Grooming Work
Canine First Aid
Carry Out Basic Styling and Finishing of a Dog
Promote and Maintain the Health and Well-Being of Animals

Course Fee: £6000 (60 day course) 

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