Dog Grooming Courses

Courses are designed to suit everybody. You can learn how to groom your own dog in one day or complete a 25 day Open College Network (OCN) West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming Qualification. We cater for novices wanting some confidence to those seeking a career at the highest standard in a lucrative industry. We also provide courses for experienced groomers keen to continue in their professional development.

Unlike many centres we can tailor make our courses to suit your needs and at Mutz Cutz Academy we try to accommodate all our student requests to fit around their lifestyle and existing commitments i.e. complete the course 2 or 3 days per week etc. Start dates & training days can be arranged on a flexible basis to suit individual requirements where possible by arrangement.

At Mutz Cutz Academy we aim to work with you to ensure you get the most out of your learning and help you achieve your goals.


Learn the basics in how to groom your own pet on a full day course. This one day course has been specifically created for those wanting to groom their own dog at home. You can bring your dog to us for the day and learn how to create one specific style you like and gain the skills you need to work on your own dogs coat type.


  • Bathing
  • Nail cutting
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Brushing Out
  • Drying
  • Clipping/Scissoring
  • Health Check

Certificate on completion

Course price £235 (non-refundable deposit £75)

Includes Tellington TTouch techniques for worried or anxious dog


Within a small group environment learn the basics in how to groom your own pet and maintain your pets coat at this  workshop.


  • Coat care
  • Nail cutting
  • Health check
  • Ear care
  • Oral hygiene
  • Tips on grooming nervous dogs
  • Recommended grooming products for your dogs coat type.

Certificate on completion

Course price –  £40 (non-refundable deposit £20)


Our course covers the most commonly faced canine needs such as how to treat injury, allergic reactions, stings, poisoning, choking, seizures, CPR, hypothermia and much more.

A combination of theory and practical exercises, we aim to prepare you with the knowledge required should you ever be faced with an emergency situation. You will learn skills that can save lives.

Our course is accredited through the Open College Network West Midlands and each student will receive a recognised certificate for their learning.


  • Theory of first aid
  • Practical tasks such as bandaging, burns, wounds stings etc
  • Resuscitation/CPR
  • The canine recovery position
  • AND much more.

Certificate on completion

Course price £120 (non-refundable deposit £50)


Our Dog Walking, Pet Sitting and Canine First Aid Course is perfect for professionals who want to show their customers they have the knowledge and ability to care for their pets and be prepared should a pet need emergency treatment.


  • Understand roles and responsibilities of Professional Dog Walker & Pet Sitters
  • Understand roles, responsibilities and how to deal with problems/emergencies relating to the clients property
  • Understand problems, injuries ad emergencies sustained by dog walker and dog whilst walking
  • Understand current legislation, codes of practice and where to seek assistance
  • Risk assessments and safety for people and animals
  • Understand different types of breeds, health checking a dog and assessing behaviours
  • Best practices and business operation
  • Canine First Aid (how to treat injury, allergic reactions, stings, poisoning, choking, seizures, CPR, hypothermia and much more

Certificate on completion

Course price £360 (non-refundable deposit £75)


This taster day gives you an insight to see how a busy salon works and to help you decide if you want career in dog grooming. Our friendly team will make you welcome and be available to answer any of your questions during the day. The taster day is aimed at assisting you in making a decision as to whether dog grooming is the right career for you before proceeding with longer courses such as the Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma.

Course Price – One day £160 (non-refundable deposit £50, NB as an added bonus we will refund the £50 deposit when booking a 25 day course within one month of the taster day)


This course is the first step in learning all about dog grooming. It is perfect for students who have little knowledge of dogs but who are interested in a career in dog grooming.

On completion of this course you will know whether you wish to pursue a career in dog grooming or if your new skills are just for your dogs to enjoy.


  • Basic Handling
  • Bathing
  • Nail cutting
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Brushing Out
  • Drying
  • Basic Clipping/Scissoring techniques
  • Health Check

Certificate on completion

Course price £875  (non-refundable deposit £275)


This course is a leap up from the introduction course offering further practical and hands on skill practice. Packed into 10 days you will touch on every aspect of dog grooming and is the perfect course length to fit around your current employment or lifestyle. In this course you will gain knowledge of the most popular dog breeds seen in a grooming salon. This course is an ideal start for students who want to become self-employed as a dog groomer or those who wish to gain immediate employment in a grooming salon. This course level will appeal to potential employers in any job application and enable you to display an array of skills. This course may also appeal to students who have experience in grooming but wish to refresh their skills on suitable dog models in a grooming salon environment.


  • Handling
  • Bathing
  • Nail cutting
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Brushing Out
  • Drying
  • Clipping/Scissoring
  • Breed Specific Styling
  • Health Check
  • Health & Safety
  • Animal Welfare

Certificate on completion

Course price £1,650  (non-refundable deposit £500)
(Optional Open College Network West Midlands Accreditation optional for additional charge)

PROFESSIONAL DOG GROOMING LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA – Twenty Five Days (Academy & home study)

The Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming Qualification Awarded by Open College Network West Midlands is a recognised Level 3 (A level) Qualification approved by Ofqual.

You do not need any prior experience to start this course or to have completed a Level 2 first.  Unlike other qualifications of the same stature, there are no pre-requisites to starting the course, meaning you can join at level 3 without having completed a lower level course first.

Over the period of 25 days, you will groom a variety of different breeds and complete a range of styles. This exceeds other courses available and we believe gives our students a solid foundation on which to continue developing their skills and career.

The qualification will demonstrate to an employer or the general 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.

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. For experienced groomers, we can offer a fast-track plan to gaining the qualification by skill demonstration.


As with all of our grooming courses at Mutz Cutz Academy you will be trained in practical skills such as bathing, scissoring, clipping, nail trimming and ear plucking.

Course Units included within this qualification are:

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

Certificate on completion

Course Price £4,000 (non-refundable deposit £500, balance due 10 days before course start date). Price inclusive of qualification, assessment and certificate from OCNWM.

Also, to support our students and to help you achieve your new career in Dog Grooming we also offer a ‘pay as you go’ payment plan. This plan requires a £1000 deposit and then allows you to pay for your training in five separate 5-day blocks of £580, so effectively you are paying for your training as you go along. Each payment must be paid in advance of starting the next 5-day block. The training can still be undertaken on a flexible basis, but it must be completed within a 6 month period and a plan of attendance will be required

Course Price £4,400 (non-refundable deposit £1,500, £580 each for Day1-5, Day6-10, Day11-15, Day16-20, Day21-25). Price inclusive of qualification, assessment and certificate from OCNWM.


TTouch training will benefit any newcomers joining the grooming industry as well as any existing groomer wanting to gain a new skill. If you are looking to improve handling skills, learn a technique to apply to every day work challenges that make grooming more enjoyable and a safer environment to work in by preventing dog bites, then this TTouch course will benefit you.

This amazing technique, based on cooperation and respect is a positive approach that you can trust to help with everyday grooming challenges including:

  • Resistance to grooming
  • Anxiety
  • Extreme Fear & Shyness
  • Excitability
  • Nervousness & MUCH more


  • Understanding Calming Signals
  • Behaviour Triggers
  • Contain Versus Restrain
  • TTouch Tool Kit
  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Bodywork Exercises
  • Tension Patterns
  • Coat Changes
  • Customer advice

Certificate on completion

Course price – 0ne day £120 (non-refundable deposit £50)

Our course is accredited through the Open College Network West Midlands and each student will receive a recognised certificate for their learning.

FAST TRACK QUALIFICATION – Experienced Groomers Only

Fast-track options for experienced groomers seeking qualification

We know many experienced groomers would like to be able to say they are also qualified and have their skill validated. However, exams can be daunting and the cost can escalate if you need practice to prepare for them. That is why we offer a fast track solution to qualification, assessed through coursework and ongoing demonstration providing a great opportunity for experienced groomers to achieve level 3 qualification status without the need for first completing a level 2 qualification. This route is also ideal for students who hold the City and Guilds Intro Certificate but who have not yet reached the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma. Both diplomas have the same value on the national framework but are simply awarded by different organisations.

There are two fast track options:

Option 1) Complete the qualification at your premises with your own dogs

£1500 per registration

Option 2) Complete the qualification at Mutz Cutz Academy with our dog models

£1250 per registration

*additional expenses for travel / accommodation may be charged based on location of school from our headquarters in Lancashire but will be negotiated before you commit.

To find out more please complete the contact us form or email on our contact form


Our salon experience days are perfect for students who want to gain vital work experience in a fully operational grooming salon. These days can really help build your confidence and enable you to further practice your learnt skills following the qualification course in the Academy. You will spend the day working alongside an experienced stylist who can show you varying methods and techniques to suit the dogs through the door that day.

Course price £120