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What we do

Four Paws Groom School believes in giving people the skills to care for all animals correctly, ensuring their welfare is maintained during any activity undertaken including dog (and cat!) grooming. These skills are adaptable across the animal care and veterinary science industry and allow our students to excel in any spere with a strong foundation.  For example, previous students have gone on to become award winning dog groomers, judges, TV personalities, run their own businesses, gain employment in top companies, upskill to high level professions and even create their own product ranges. They each started with a passion for pets which lead them to finding a training school that shared their ethos. We are proud at Four Paws Groom School to have supported over a thousand people start a new career in dog grooming.

Our Schools

Our training schools are designed to be welcoming for people and pets.  We want everyone to be at ease as we know learning is most productive when you are comfortable, and animals benefit from a relaxed environment too. Although our schools are usually set up for dog grooming courses, they are multifunctional spaces which enable us to deliver a range of qualifications and quickly transform to classrooms or meeting space. But what really makes our schools unique is your friendly tutor who is dedicated to your success. Your tutor will guide you through every step of your course, answering any questions you may have and sharing their knowledge and experience.

We provide valuable hands-on skills practice throughout your time at our schools which is vital for all practical based qualifications such as dog grooming. All of the dogs that you groom during your course are grooming models; they have all gone through checks to ensure they are happy to be groomed by students under our supervision and guidance but they are not robots and real dogs means real experience.

Throughout your dog grooming training course we aim to give you hands-on experience of one or two dogs each day (with assistance from your tutor when required). This means you get the most from your course as you are learning the correct styling techniques from start to finish of the groom and how one part effects the next, for example, drying and coat and then styling it.

Four Paws Groom School are known as educators for the whole of animal care sector, not just dog grooming. As such, we deliver courses in person and online, making them accessible to those not near a school. For online / remote learning qualifications your tutor will always be available to support you throughout your learning journey. Whichever qualification or course you choose to complete, with Four Paws Groom School our experienced tutors will help you achieve your goals.

Explore all of the qualifications we deliver and start your learning journey today!

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Our Tutors

All members of our team have been hand picked for their exceptional skills and knowledge of dogs in the canine and feline industry.

Your tutors will see you right the way through your course, from start to finish. This individual attention will ensure that you progress at a pace to suit you, and by getting to know you well our tutors can guide you in your learning most effectively. The friendly and approachable nature of all our team members will put you at ease and make your learning fun whether your course is in person or delivered online!

We encourage you to draw on our experiences and ask lots of questions during your studies at Four Paws Groom School. We love to talk and pass on all the knowledge we have gained whilst operating a number of canine businesses.

Our sector experience includes:

  1. City and Guilds Level 2/3 in Animal Management
  2. iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management
  3. City and Guilds Level 2/3 in Dog Grooming
  4. Level 3 Basic and Advanced Techniques in Dog Grooming & Master Groomer Certificate & Dog First Aid
  5. Qualified ISO 9001 & 14001 Quality auditor
  6. Diploma in Dog Grooming
  7. Diploma in Canine Law
  8. Diploma in Canine Psychology
  9. Veterinary Support Assistant Certificate
  10. Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming
  11. iPET Network Level 3 Award in Education and Training Qualification
  12. iPET Network Level 3 Award in Canine Emergency First Aid
  13. iPET Network Level Level 2 Award in Principles of Puppy Socialisation
  14. iPET Network Level 4 Award in Canine Emergency First Aid in the Workplace
  15. iPET Network Level 3 Award in Microchip Implantation for Pet Animals
  16. ICMG (International Certified Master Groomer)

Our tutors are committed to continual learning and achieve a minimum of 30 hours Continued Professional Development (CPD) annually. Our tutors attend grooming shows, seminars and complete the iPET Network Professional Development Recognition courses which include: Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Responsible Dog Ownership, Introduction to Pet Bereavement Support Skills and Diversity.

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Our Courses & Prices

Four Paws Groom School is renowned for educational excellence in the canine and feline sector. We offer a multitude of cat, dog and education training courses for hobbyists, those wanting to work in animal industries or professionals wanting to re-fresh or update skills and qualifications.

Our core qualifications are the dog and cat grooming courses and are a great way for anyone looking for a new career working with animals. However, we offer far more career paths such as qualifications in how to become a dog walker, how to become a pet sitter, how to become a dog or cat groomer, general animal care, welfare and Behaviour and educational routes into teaching in the animal care sector.

All of the Four Paws Groom Schools, located in Northwich, Cheshire, Ledbury, Herefordshire and Market Drayton, Shropshire, offer a wide range of Animal Care qualifications to meet the needs of the animal care sector.

At Four Paws Groom School we try to accommodate all our student needs and requests to fit around their lifestyle meaning it’s possible to complete practical courses 1 or 2 days per week if desired. We can also deliver our training days on Saturday’s to help those in full time employment make the career change. For online / remote learning qualifications your tutor we always be available to support you through your learning journey. Whichever qualification or course you choose to complete with Four Paws Groom School our experienced tutors are always available to guide you through the process and help you achieve your goals.

We train students from across the UK and Europe, at the school in Northwich, Cheshire we have accommodation on site for those who would like to stay to complete their studies.

At Four Paws we work with you to get the most out of your learning and help you to be the best that you can be!!.

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After School Support

At Four Paws Groom School, your tutor support does not finish at the end of your course. More often than not you will have more questions when you are up and running in the real world than you had when you were attending your course!

A private Facebook group ‘iPET Network Students & Alumni Group’ is available for anyone who has attended a course at Four Paws Groom School or another iPET Network training centre. This group has been set up to share tips, advice, ask questions and success in a friendly, supportive community.

This group is there to support you and to get advice and help one and other. Post pictures of your grooms, share your business page, advertise positions and more whilst you get advice on how to improve, and better your skill away from the training environment.

We are also at the end of the phone or email whenever you need us to offer support and advice in your new venture.

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Our History

We opened our doors to students in 2009 and are proud to have seen so many highly skilled and motivated groomers go on to achieve their dreams. Our team of dedicated professionals have a wealth of knowledge for you to draw on and experience in every sphere of the pet care industry.

Pets are more popular than ever and the public want to be assured that their companions are being cared for by trained, qualified professionals and they are going to leave a grooming salon happy, and looking great!


Fern Gresty one of the Directors here launched Four Paws Groom School after failing to employ a dog groomer who matched her expectations. Working with other professional’s, she went on to design courses that ensured we deliver dog grooming training to the highest standard and that they kept evolving as practices and techniques updated. Sarah Mackay joined Four Paws Groom School in 2015. Her creativity and focus on quality teaching led to her becoming joint owner and fellow Director starting the perfect partnership. Together, Fern and Sarah hope to inspire all their students into following their dreams to work with animals whilst raising industry standards.


As the number of dogs requiring grooming continues to grow, the UK desperately needs more qualified, skilled pet groomers. In 2021 Four Paws Groom School continued their growth and opened another school in Ledbury, Herefordshire. Belinda Morris joined as Director of our Ledbury training School. Belinda has been in the dog grooming industry for over 15 years. Starting her career in Ireland for a small independent shop before moving back to the UK to work with a large corporate company while completing her level 2 and 3 dog grooming qualifications. Belinda went on to continue her learning and development by completing her higher diploma in dog grooming, becoming a member of the guild of master groomers and gaining a level 4 qualification. Over the past 7 years Belinda has bought her knowledge of working in small independent and corporate salons to teach dog grooming in colleges and private training facilities, helping others to achieve their goals, while continuing her own learning and development. Now the fantastic trio Fern, Sarah & Belinda support others aspiring to work with animals.


In 2024 Fern & Sarah opened the doors to Four Paws Groom School Shropshire, based in Market Drayton, taking their successful business to the Midlands and enabling even more students to achieve. The school is just below the iPET Network offices and makes it a hub for animal education and excellence.


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iPET Network

iPET Network is a sector specific Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual, CCEA Regulation. Specialising in developing innovative Animal Care & Veterinary Science qualifications, iPET Network aim to improve the welfare of animals & people through education and that is why Four Paws Groom School chooses iPET Network as the Awarding Organisation of the qualifications they deliver.


Payment Plans

At Four Paws Groom School, we are mindful of the cost of your training and try to make our courses accessible to all. We are happy to discuss individual payment plans with our students to accommodate requests.

Sign up with a deposit payment and pay ongoing monthly payments as you learn.

Each qualification has a timeframe for completion so the payment plans are worked out based on the qualification requirements and the initial registration fees to iPET Network to enroll you on the qualification.

You can enroll today on any course from as little as £100 deposit and then spread the costs over a number of months to suit you, up to a maximum of 12 months depending on the qualification.

As we offer a portfolio of qualifications the payment plans can be tailored to suit you based on the course and number of months you choose. All agreed installment payments are paid via Direct Debit using Go Cardless and are usually taken out on the 14th of each month.

For the practical courses you can enroll straight away, start to complete your theory at home on our e-portfolio system and pay in the agreed installments amounts via Direct Debit. There may be some aspects on the theory work that can’t be completed at home as you need the practical knowledge and experience but once all payments have been made the practical element can be completed. Should you want to pay the reminder of the balance earlier than the agreed schedule and start your practical days then this is an available option.


Four Paws Groom School in Cheshire has accommodation next to the school so if you are travelling from afar to complete your training you can stay in the self catering accommodation for as little as £35 per night.

When you are staying in our accommodation our nearest town is Northwich, Cheshire, please find below a travel guide to Northwich to help your settle in and explore the local area.

Northwich, a charming town nestled in the heart of Cheshire, England. Known for its rich history, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant community, Northwich offers a delightful blend of old-world charm and modern amenities. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or a foodie, Northwich has something to offer for everyone. Here’s a comprehensive travel guide to help you make the most of your visit:

1. Attractions:

Lion Salt Works: Begin your journey by exploring the Lion Salt Works, a beautifully restored industrial heritage site that provides insights into Northwich’s salt mining history. The interactive exhibits and guided tours offer a fascinating glimpse into the town’s past.

Anderton Boat Lift: Experience a piece of engineering marvel at the Anderton Boat Lift, also known as the “Cathedral of the Canals.” This historic lift connects the Trent & Mersey Canal with the River Weaver and offers boat trips and panoramic views from its visitor centre.

Arley Hall & Gardens: Immerse yourself in the splendour of Arley Hall, a stately home with stunning gardens. The hall is known for its Elizabethan architecture, while the gardens boast vibrant flower displays, woodland walks, and a walled garden.

2. Natural Beauty:

Marbury Country Park: Nature enthusiasts will delight in Marbury Country Park, a serene haven featuring woodlands, lakes, and meadows. Take leisurely strolls, enjoy picnics, and spot wildlife in this tranquil setting. Ideal for dog walks with on and off lead play potential.

Dane Valley Way: Embark on a scenic walk along the Dane Valley Way, which offers breathtaking views of the River Dane. This long-distance path is perfect for both leisurely strolls and more challenging hikes. If you have prams or a bike, the surface is perfect with grassed areas that dogs love too.

3. Dining and Cuisine:

Traditional Pubs: Sample local flavours at Northwich’s traditional pubs, where you can savour classic British dishes and enjoy a pint of ale in a cozy atmosphere. The Slow and Easy, The Salt Barge, and The Leigh Arms are just a few options to consider. Close by to Four Paws Groom School in Leftwich is The Kingfisher and The Woodpecker offering good quality food at reasonable prices or you have the Chinese, Morrisons and Face food just yards from the front door.

Market Town Cuisine: Explore the Northwich Market, where you can indulge in a variety of culinary delights, from artisanal cheeses to freshly baked pastries. This is a great place to experience the local food scene and gather ingredients for a picnic.

4. Shopping and Leisure:

Barons Quay Shopping Centre: For a dose of modern retail therapy, head to Barons Quay. This shopping centre offers a mix of high-street brands, boutique shops, and dining options, all overlooking the River Weaver. Out of town shopping is also available.

Northwich Artisan Market: If you’re visiting on the second Saturday of the month, don’t miss the Northwich Artisan Market. Discover unique crafts, local produce, and handmade goods from the region.

5. Festivals and Events:

Northwich River Festival: Held annually, this festival celebrates Northwich’s waterways with boat races, live music, food stalls, and family-friendly activities.

Northwich Festival of Arts: Enjoy a cultural experience at the Northwich Festival of Arts, featuring exhibitions, performances, workshops, and more.

6. Nearby Excursions:

Delamere Forest: Just a short drive from Northwich, Delamere Forest offers trails for walking, cycling, and even Go Ape treetop adventures. This is dog paradise and visits are highly recommended.

Tatton Park: Explore Tatton Park, a historic estate with a mansion, gardens, a deer park, and a farm. The mansion offers a glimpse into the region’s history, while the parkland provides ample opportunities for leisurely walks. Dog walks are strictly on lead due to wildlife.

Whether you’re interested in history, nature, or simply soaking in the local culture, Northwich promises an enriching and delightful experience. From its heritage sites to its picturesque landscapes, this charming town in Cheshire invites you to explore, unwind, and create lasting memories.

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Leadership Team

Starting her early work life in sales and marketing, Fern’s career quickly went to the dogs! Like so many, Fern was inspired by her own canine companion’s welfare, and this saw her found a group of canine businesses offering a wide selection of services. Encompassing her passion for animals, education and business, the group has grown […]

Belinda Morris joined as a Director of Four Paws Groom School Herefordshire in 2021, the dog grooming training school is located in the village of Ledbury. Belinda has been in the dog grooming industry for over 15 years. Starting her career in Ireland for a small independent shop before moving back to the UK to work […]

Sarah Mackay joined the Four Paws family in 2015 as a tutor after leaving behind a career in the corporate world to follow her passion. Her creativity and focus on quality teaching led to her becoming a Business Partner and fellow Director of Four Paws Groom School Cheshire in 2016. Together Fern and Sarah have launched […]

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iPET Network Level 3 Certificate in Dog Grooming and Introduction to Styling

I am very happy with this course and will definitely be back to do another 15 days to upgrade to the Diploma qualification.

Rebecca, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Certificate in Dog Grooming and Introduction to Styling

Great course and so lucky to get an extra 5 days from an offer. Great experience and confidence gained from this course. I have learned a lot about dog grooming and myself.

Sarah, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Certificate in Dog Grooming and Introduction to Styling

Very happy with how this course ran. My tutor Belinda totally understood me and knew how to get me to work to my best potential. I just wish I had done a longer course. Still so much to learn. Hope to do more days at some point.

Nadia, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

I have had the best time. Belinda has endless energy, enthusiasm and knowledge. It has been challenging for me both mentally and physically however, it has been hugely rewarding to learn a completely new skill in such a professional and friendly environment. I would recommend four paws Herefordshire to everyone. Thank you for changing my life in 2022.

Rachel, Student

iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

I have really enjoyed the four paws experience. I wish the 30 days hadn’t gone so fast and would love to do more days I enjoyed it so much. Thank you for simply the best 30 days and I can’t wait to get my own salon set up.

Michelle, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

An amazing course and Belinda’s brilliant. She is very knowledgeable and there’s no such thing as a stupid question. She is so willing to talk about any aspect of the grooming industry. She has been the perfect teacher. I will miss her Sadie and Liam very much.

Kerra, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

I have absolutely loved training at Four Paws with Belinda. Her knowledge is incredible and she is always ready to share her tips and experience.

Amy, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

I really enjoyed the practical aspects of this course. Belinda was such a knowledgeable and supportive tutor. Thank you very much for all your training and guidance. I am feeling much more confident and really looking forward to the next adventure and renting a table from you.

Rebecca, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

I have enjoyed every minute and learned so much. I am ready to start my new career as a dog groomer. Thanks Belinda.

Karina, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

Brilliant Course! I have learned so many new skills and gained confidence in grooming a range of dogs. I feel very prepared to go and work independently as a groomer. Belinda thank you for all your help and support. I will miss you, Sadie and Liam.

Yamine, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

Belinda at Four Paws Ledbury was amazing, very knowledgeable and patient when teaching. I can highly recommend the i Pet Level 3 course. There is nothing to think about but sign up today you wont be disappointed. The best career move for me and couldn't ask for better guidance. Four Paws all the way.

Natasza, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

The team really are great and were very welcoming, it is like a little family. Thank you for giving my confidence back. THANK YOU! The school and its staff are fab. This course has helped me enormously

Lucy, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

Found the course challenging at times with juggling my child and being pregnant but felt the tutors supported me really well and helped me to complete the course.

Yasmine, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

Thank you for everything, I’ve had a great time and I feel like I could finally start having a go myself thanks to you guys. The instruction has been great.

Laura, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Award in an Introduction to Dog Grooming

Love the course!! Tutors were fantastic! Support and advice given through- felt confident in asking lots of questions, as tutors were very patient. Great environment, cannot think of anything that I would change!

Sam, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

Training alongside all the tutors at Four Paws has been amazing. The atmosphere is relaxed and feels homely. Everyone is extremely helpful even during difficult days where maybe staff or student levels were a little lower or higher than planned. All the staff were extremely knowledgeable and provided a great moral and supportive network.

Abigail, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

Fantastic course, I have learnt so much and enjoyed every day. All staff have been amazing. Thank you!

Jill, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

Diploma Fast Track Course - I was very happy with the course, it has great content and is much more thorough than the diploma I did 8 years ago. The tutors were all knowledgeable, helpful and always supportive. I think it’s helpful to be able to do assessments virtually too so that’s worked particularly well for me as I’m not local to Northwich. I’ve been able to finish it in really good time so the course length is more than adequate too. Thank you for an enjoyable qualification!

Hannah, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Certificate in Dog Grooming and Introduction to Styling

I have really enjoyed the course and feel like I have learnt a lot. I like that you are left to try what you can without the tutors hovering too much, but they are always around when you ask for help.

Lily, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

The course has been great! I have enjoyed every second of it, it is very informative and helped me learn new skills and develop those I already had.

Charlotte, Student

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iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management

Diploma Fast Track course - I have enjoyed my course. The tutors were very helpful, especially Michelle who delivered the First Aid course and marked my practical assessments.

Katie, Student

Enhance your animal care career

Completing a course with Four Paws Groom School offers learners a distinct advantage in enhancing their animal care career by providing a comprehensive and hands-on curriculum taught by experienced professionals. With a focus on grooming techniques, animal behaviour, and industry best practices, our training courses equips learners with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the competitive field of animal care. The modern facilities and personalised guidance from experienced tutors ensure that student not only meet but exceed industry standards, positioning them for success in a fulfilling and rewarding career working with animals.

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