The student training facilities are equipped with variable height electric grooming tables. Each table has an overhead control bar and is operated by a hand held control unit. Each student has their own work area and will not be required to share tables, equipment or dogs.
The training centre is fully air conditioned for comfort. Constant tuition and support is provided so that you can learn new skills with confidence.
You will be provided with blades and general grooming equipment to use during training. You will, however, need your own clippers and small hand tools and as the course progresses you will need to have your own scissors and thinners ready for this stage of your training. Scissors are precision tools of the trade and it is essential to choose the right ones - especially if you are left handed. Dapper Dogs can order the equipment on your behalf so that it is ready for you when you start - and one less thing for you to have to do - and you would then be required to pay for it at the start of your course (no mark up on supplier prices and no postage fees for you either)! Alternatively you can elect to purchase your own equipment before your course starts and we can send you a list of required items to assist you in sourcing what you will need.
Alongside practical experience in each aspect of grooming you will be provided with written Training Aids to assist you to understand more about the rationale behind each new skill. In addition you will be given salon produced books on various aspects of animal health including the major infectious diseases, parasites, general hereditary problems and many more. Although you will cover some of the theoretical elements of grooming and health in this way, your time in training will concentrate mainly on the many practical skills which you will need so that you will have maximum opportunity to gain vital hands - on experience.
There are no upper age limit restrictions but applicants should be aware that dog grooming can be physically demanding and involves long periods of standing. An affinity with dogs is essential, and "would be" groomers need to possess infinite patience whilst, at the same time, exercising firm but gentle control.