Now offering The Award in Education and Training Level 3 and Level 4 Qualifications.

Professional Dog Grooming
& Animal Care Courses

Dog Groomer Training Courses

Dog grooming Courses

One of our specialist areas is indeed dog groomer training. At our centre or dog grooming school we run a number of individually tailored dog grooming courses throughout the year. 

These can vary, from one  day courses to full on professional dog grooming courses that include practical dog grooming exams, practical assessments and even help building your theoretical portfolios. Making your transition from student to professionally qualified and nationally accredited qualified level 3 dog groomer.  We do it all at Riverside Dog Grooming School.

Contacting us to speak with us about a structure that suits your needs, not to mention the possibility of the location of these dog grooming courses or even to discuss our online and blended dog grooming courses. Chatting  to us is the only way to determine which one of them may be for you.

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Nationally accredited dog grooming courses

In the past we have overseen delivery of many well known nationally accredited dog grooming courses such as OCN, ABC & City and Guilds . We can also offer learners any animal care qualification, such as Pet First aid courses along with, Level 2 and Level 3 dog walking and pet sitting or OCN behaviour and training. If you dont see mention of the course you would like to complete, drop us a line and we will always be happy to help. 

We teach learners from all over the UK and in fact worldwide, so dont be concerned about distance. Having a bank of highly recommended bed and breakfasts local to us that have been part of our integral assistance for almost 20 years.

 C&G is  a very broadly known awarding organisation by many learners in all subject areas in the  UK.  However, different industries have their preferred awarding organisations. For our industry our preferred awarding organisation for animal care qualifications and teaching qualification would be OCN and ABC awards, the dog grooming and teaching qualifications we offer from these awarding organisations are Ofqual and QCF regulated and carry just as much kudos as C&G. Meaning, whichever level stamp the qualification has been given then are precisely that level from an academic point of view. Just as a GCSE is a GCSE whether the awarding organisation is AQA or edexecel, then, of course a level 3 is just that if they have been awarded that level, whether the awarding organisation endorsing it are OCN or ABC or any of the others. Regulated qualifications at a particular level are of equal credibility within the standards awarded. Taking this information into consideration it is a good idea to listen to your advisor and take the route they are suggesting as they will be aware which route is better for the industry you are entering into. But of course the final decision is yours. They quite often go further by offering degree level qualifications in some areas of study.

Potential learners are strongly advised to give us a call and chat about the options available to them, when considering a career change or development in the dog grooming industry. Giving them a chance to gain a more in-depth insight to this very forward thinking alternative to the commonly considered qualifications. 


Specialist Dog Grooming, Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Courses

One of our specialist areas is helping those already existing professional dog groomers working in the industry who are ready to formalise their skills with a nationally accredited ofqual  regulated qualification. This is what we simply call "Fast Track". If you would like to learn more about this option and you are already practicing as a professional in the industry  without an accredited qualification, please call and ask to speak to one of our course advisors, who can talk you through things step by step. It really wont break the bank or pull you away from your business.

No matter where you are in the world we can help you gain this industry recognised qualification, minimum downtime.

Other specialist dog grooming courses, including Asian Fusion, Creative, learn to groom your own dog and taster days are available to new comers, to industry professionals and dog owners.

Other courses can include City and Guilds or ABC awards dog walking courses Level 2 and 3, City and Guilds Pet Sitting Level 2 and Level 3 and of course Pet First Aid.

If it isn't mentioned here please do not hesitate to contact our dog grooming school and animal care college and speak to a member of our teaching staff,Just ask the question, whatever is on your mind," do you know of any (whatever you are interested in) classes near me",  I feel sure we can answer you.

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About Our Dog Grooming and Animal Care School

Fully qualified teaching staff overseeing all of our Animal care courses

Whatever animal care course you wish to complete, Whether it is one of our dog grooming courses or one of our pet sitting, pet first aid or dog walking courses our staff have been delivering OCN, ABC awards, City and Guilds & other nationally accredited qualifications since June 2000. All teachers are on hand to help you achieve the highest standards as you work towards your qualifications and new career.

Your success is very important to us and all our courses are tailored to your individual needs.

Our centre is a family owned establishment and we can therefore offer massive discounts on all of our top quality courses, we are happy to try to price match any of the courses we offer with any you may have found elsewhere cheaper. 

No matter which course whether it is  The Award in Education and Training Level 3 or Level 4 or our own dog grooming  or a Level 3 dog grooming or animal care course, all your training is held either at our head office  training facilities in Manchester or at one of our hand picked training sites based across the UK. On that note you need to keep your eyes peeled and your ears pricked. In 2019 there will be an amazing new centre opening which will offer the full monty. All your doggy day to day care needs and all your vocational training needs for animal care and  pet first aid and accredited dog grooming courses. All this and much more!

 DOGZ CLUB might be just what you are looking for.

 Students travel to our dog grooming school from all over the North West and in fact the entire UK and abroad to attend our courses. However, if Manchester is too far for you call us or email us and simply ask the question " Do you know of any dog grooming, pet sitting, dog walking or pet first aid classes near me".

You never know we may be able to help you!

Whats new about us

We have a pet crematorium  here, we have had it here for a few years now. Offering individual farewell services for our beloved furbabies. This service enables our beloved pets to be back home with us, before the end of the next day, so 24hrs and they are home. Have a look at the website

 Our school name is relatively new, it was changed early last year due to a change in structure, but our centre and establishment owner isn't new and neither are the rest of our people. We have had a few changes and still some facelifts going on, along with the installation of great new and exciting things.

What like, did you say?

We are having a human spa installed on site so our pet owners can be groomed too!

Plans are being drawn up to pop a coffee shop on site so dog walkers, students and pet owners can have a biscuit and cup of tea or something while they wait for their pet to be returned to them.

So ..... It may take a while to get things finished, but we will keep you up to speed with with it all. 

How about your dog becoming a model ?

Why not call us today and tell us a little about your dog grooming or puppy grooming needs? 

Speak to a teacher or trainer who will be delighted to bring your darling dog onto our books in the appropriate slot, according to your dogs needs. 

Puppy grooming is always in demand, and it is best to get them onto the grooming table as soon as they have been fully vaccinated.  We strongly advise all pets are vaccinated as they can pick up a virus that can make him or her very poorly by simply being in their own garden. For this reason, we always ask our owners to be responsible and have them covered for any event. Particularly if they go to the park, visit dog or pet boarding kennels or they are frequenting a dog grooming salon.

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Better yet, see us in person about your professional dog grooming course!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

Talk to us about Which pet grooming courses or teaching courses might be for you.

Riverside Dog Grooming School

21 Little Ees Lane, Altrincham, Sale, M33 5GT, United Kingdom

0161 670 8935


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed