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Student reviews
We've had some pretty amazing students train with us over the last three years. This is what a selection of them thought about the course and how they benefited from the accelerated learning process.

The Barking Barnet

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“I'm so pleased that I chose to do the SCDGA course. When I chose this course, the thing that stood out to me the most was the personal touch, and it really didn't disappoint. Sarah and all the teachers at the academy are so helpful and knowledgeable, they have a genuine interest in every student succeeding and this makes it’s a really lovely environment to learn in. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to open their own dog grooming business.”
– Louise Adlam, The Barking Barnet

Monika Karonska

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“After training at South Coast Dog Grooming Academy, I feel totally confident and capable at grooming dogs of all breeds and temperaments. I started as a complete beginner and hadn’t done anything like this before but, have thoroughly enjoyed learning everything about grooming and dogs in great detail.

All the tutors – Sarah, Sarah & Hannah have so much knowledge in what they do and are incredibly helpful with the practical work as well as the theory studies. I would highly recommend studying at south coast dog grooming academy!”
– Monika Karonska

Laura Scott

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“It’s hard to know where to start as I’ve just loved every minute of my time at South Coast Dog Grooming Academy. Sarah and the team are amazing, they were so welcoming from the moment I enquired about the course, and have been nothing but supportive, caring and fun throughout! I am genuinely going to miss being there every Saturday, but I know that they are always there if I have any queries along my grooming journey. The course has given me the knowledge and confidence to build my dog grooming business and deliver high quality grooms, and I cannot thank them enough. For anyone looking to learn about all aspects of dog grooming and setting up your own business, I cannot recommend this course enough.”
– Laura Scott

Paws Cottage Dog Grooming

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“Did my 20 week dog grooming training at SCDGA and from signing up in lockdown to finishing my course I was kept up to date with starting date, we did the first aid online which was very informative. They are flexible with days, I did mine every Saturday for 20 weeks other came and did 2-3-4 days and finished earlier. My time there was great, we learnt all aspects you need to start up your own company successfully and competently. Social media advice, equipment help was also given.
I am confident to do all breeds of dog that have come my way and it’s all down to the support I was given at SCDGA. I highly recommend them and their encouragement".
Very happy student Cheryl - Paws Cottage

COATS Dog Grooming

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“My choice to train as a groomer at SCDGA was the best decision for me. The course is very well developed and delivered with patience and understanding. Sarah and staff are very quick to pick up on individual student’s pace and needs. The classes are small, really enjoyable and centred completely around the well being of the great range of dogs that regularly visit the training salon. The content is perfect for those wishing to become a safe, competent groomer in a relatively short time and there’s great business advice along the way. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.”
Lisa MacRorie - COATS Dog Grooming

K9 Valentine

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"I completed my training with SCDGA in August 2021. Sarah and the team have been amazing, and I cannot thank them enough. They are all professional, approachable, and highly knowledgeable. Above all, they treat all the dogs with nothing but love, care, and respect – the dog’s welfare is their number 1 priority. I have been lucky to groom a wide variety of different breeds whilst training at the academy and with the guidance and support from Sarah and the team, my knowledge and confidence has grown so much over the 20 weeks. I fell in love with so many dogs – I know you shouldn't have favourites but – Suki, Pep, Jesse & Holly. I just love you (not forgetting the lovely Kobe)

I miss my Saturdays at the academy, however we have a fantastic ongoing support network, not only with Sarah and the team but also with fellow students and graduates- all at different stages. Some have already completed their course and others have just started. We can all share our experiences and support each other throughout our journeys.

Anybody looking for a career in dog grooming, I would highly recommend this course – you won’t regret it!"
Sam @ K9 Valentine

Collar & Comb

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"After working in dentistry for over 30 years I desperately needed a change of career. I found South Coast Dog Grooming Academy and booked onto their course. I loved it. It was the best thing I ever did. Sarah and the staff were so brilliantly patient with a huge amount of knowledge. They are kind and passionate about their teachings and they continue to support me whenever I need any help or advice. 
 
Your course was the best thing I ever did. I am finally living my dream. I absolutely love my job and it's thanks to you and your amazing staff. If anyone is considering doing it. Go for it, you will love it!"
Jane Linton - Collar & Comb

Country Paws

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“The best decision I made in 2020 was to take a course in dog grooming at South coast dog grooming academy not only was it relaxed & great fun but it set me up to start my own business which has always been my dream. Every day I look forward to meeting my gorgeous doggy clients. The after care & continued support by Sarah is second to none. I would urge anybody who’s deliberating to just take the plunge and do it you won’t regret it!”
Gaynor - Country Paws Dog Grooming

Natasha Jones

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“I came to that point that In my life where I was unsure of what I wanted to do next.
Dogs have always been my biggest passion in life, but jobs that are dog related are so hard to come by. The idea of grooming dogs for a living seemed so unreal for me, but I hopped onto Google to see what was in my local area. Multiple choices came up, but I was drawn to South Coast Dog Grooming Academy. I emailed their Sales Manager, Hannah and she was lovely and very helpful, she supplied me with all the information I needed, and I paid my deposit, got my starting date and was ready to go.
I can honestly say I enjoyed every single day that I attended the academy, and I was so sad when I had completed the course.

Sarah who runs the academy is just wonderful, she is such a good teacher and I have learnt so much from her. All her staff are kind, helpful and so supportive! They'll answer all your questions and help you wherever you need it. I would highly recommend this course as I feel like I have learnt so much from SCDGA, I feel confident enough that I'll have a job with dogs for life!”

Paw Amore

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"I have started my training to become dog groomer at SCDGA last year and never looked back! From day one I was made to feel really welcome in my class, all the girls that work there really friendly and helpful. The main thing we were not overloaded with theory (don't get me wrong you still have to do it!), but practical side was the most useful from day one! Sarah is very supportive and always on the other end of the phone whenever you need an advice while you train or days, weeks even months after you finished! Thank you SCDGA for opening a path in my life that I will never regret as becoming a dog groomer was THE BEST decision I have ever made!"

Country Barn Dog Grooming

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"I looked at all the different avenues and qualifications when I decided to train as a dog groomer. South Coast Dog Grooming Academy ticked the boxes for me as it gave a full directive not only in how to handle and groom all breeds and temperaments but it strongly supported how to set up your dog grooming business. This course is the complete package in how to run a successful business within the dog grooming industry. You are totally supported from the start, during and at the end of the course with a postgraduate student support group. The training is detailed but also fun and I enjoyed every minute of my course. I was sad to leave but very excited to set up in my new career. Sarah and her team are professional, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. If this is an industry you are thinking of training in, then I would highly recommend SCDGA! "

Bloom Natural Dog Grooming

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"I can’t thank Sarah and her team enough for the training, support and ongoing guidance they have given me during my intense dog grooming course at the Academy. The course provided me with the skills and confidence to groom dogs with a knowledgeable and caring touch as well as how to start and build a business. The course helps make the dream of becoming a dog groomer full time possible and practical. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and would recommend it anyone that wanted to learn to groom their own dogs, those that want to work in a salon, or those who want to start and run a fully fledged business of their own. Thanks Sarah and your wonderful team."

Dory’s Dog Cutz & Walkies

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"I completed my training at SCDGA in April 2021 and it was the best decision I’ve ever made! Sarah and the team have not only trained me in dog grooming but have also supported me in building my own dog grooming & walking business. I started this course with just a love for dogs and zero experience in grooming now I can safely say that I’m even more of a crazy dog lady and a professional dog groomer!"

Tilly Holden - The Wagg Club

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"I joined my training with Sarah in May and it was the best decision I made! Sarah is so down to earth, very knowledgeable and a great laugh. She was able to teach me to a high standard of dog grooming and continues to offer support when needed. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking for a career in dog grooming!".

Sally-Anne Hall - Molly's & Friends Dog Hotel and Grooming

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"I thoroughly enjoyed the training with Sarah and her team at South Coast Dog Grooming Academy. They made me welcome from the very start, put me at ease and always encouraged me to do well. Sarah made training fun but also ensured we were fully clued up when it came to health and safety, dog handling and all the aspects of practical dog grooming.

I would absolutely recommend Sarah, I have left with a mountain of knowledge and grooming skills that have allowed me to start my own business with clients straight away. I was sad when the course finished as I had enjoyed it so much but also very excited for my future. All of Sarah’s team are wonderful and helped me in some way which I am true my grateful for."

Nicky partridge @4YourPawsOnly

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"I honestly cannot thank sarah and her brilliant team at south coast dog grooming academy for what they have done for me. They literally have changed my life, they made me so welcome from the start and gave me the confidence I needed to start my own business. I came away with so much knowledge, new skills, confidence and friendships. If anyone wants to get into this industry there is no question these are the guys to train with. They are so much more than an academy. I was sad to leave but excited for my new adventure! "
Student reviews
We've had some pretty amazing students train with us over the last three years. This is what a selection of them thought about the course and how they benefited from the accelerated learning process.

Monika Karonska

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“After training at South Coast Dog Grooming Academy, I feel totally confident and capable at grooming dogs of all breeds and temperaments. I started as a complete beginner and hadn’t done anything like this before but, have thoroughly enjoyed learning everything about grooming and dogs in great detail.

All the tutors – Sarah, Sarah & Hannah have so much knowledge in what they do and are incredibly helpful with the practical work as well as the theory studies. I would highly recommend studying at south coast dog grooming academy!” – Monika Karonska

The Barking Barnet

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“I'm so pleased that I chose to do the SCDGA course. When I chose this course, the thing that stood out to me the most was the personal touch, and it really didn't disappoint. Sarah and all the teachers at the academy are so helpful and knowledgeable, they have a genuine interest in every student succeeding and this makes it’s a really lovely environment to learn in. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to open their own dog grooming business.” – Louise Adlam, The Barking Barnet

Laura Scott

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“It’s hard to know where to start as I’ve just loved every minute of my time at South Coast Dog Grooming Academy. Sarah and the team are amazing, they were so welcoming from the moment I enquired about the course, and have been nothing but supportive, caring and fun throughout! I am genuinely going to miss being there every Saturday, but I know that they are always there if I have any queries along my grooming journey. The course has given me the knowledge and confidence to build my dog grooming business and deliver high quality grooms, and I cannot thank them enough. For anyone looking to learn about all aspects of dog grooming and setting up your own business, I cannot recommend this course enough.” – Laura Scott

Paws Cottage Dog Grooming

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“Did my 20 week dog grooming training at SCDGA and from signing up in lockdown to finishing my course I was kept up to date with starting date, we did the first aid online which was very informative. They are flexible with days, I did mine every Saturday for 20 weeks other came and did 2-3-4 days and finished earlier. My time there was great, we learnt all aspects you need to start up your own company successfully and competently. Social media advice, equipment help was also given.

I am confident to do all breeds of dog that have come my way and it’s all down to the support I was given at SCDGA. I highly recommend them and their encouragement".

Very happy student, Cheryl - Paws Cottage

COATS Dog Grooming

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“My choice to train as a groomer at SCDGA was the best decision for me. The course is very well developed and delivered with patience and understanding. Sarah and staff are very quick to pick up on individual student’s pace and needs. The classes are small, really enjoyable and centred completely around the well being of the great range of dogs that regularly visit the training salon. The content is perfect for those wishing to become a safe, competent groomer in a relatively short time and there’s great business advice along the way. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.”

Lisa MacRorie - COATS Dog Grooming

K9 Valentine

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"I completed my training with SCDGA in August 2021. Sarah and the team have been amazing, and I cannot thank them enough. They are all professional, approachable, and highly knowledgeable. Above all, they treat all the dogs with nothing but love, care, and respect – the dog’s welfare is their number 1 priority. I have been lucky to groom a wide variety of different breeds whilst training at the academy and with the guidance and support from Sarah and the team, my knowledge and confidence has grown so much over the 20 weeks. I fell in love with so many dogs – I know you shouldn't have favourites but – Suki, Pep, Jesse & Holly. I just love you (not forgetting the lovely Kobe)

I miss my Saturdays at the academy, however we have a fantastic ongoing support network, not only with Sarah and the team but also with fellow students and graduates- all at different stages. Some have already completed their course and others have just started. We can all share our experiences and support each other throughout our journeys.

Anybody looking for a career in dog grooming, I would highly recommend this course – you won’t regret it!"

Sam @ K9 Valentine

Collar & Comb

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"After working in dentistry for over 30 years I desperately needed a change of career. I found South Coast Dog Grooming Academy and booked onto their course. I loved it. It was the best thing I ever did. Sarah and the staff were so brilliantly patient with a huge amount of knowledge. They are kind and passionate about their teachings and they continue to support me whenever I need any help or advice. 
 
Your course was the best thing I ever did. I am finally living my dream. I absolutely love my job and it's thanks to you and your amazing staff. If anyone is considering doing it. Go for it, you will love it!"

Jane Linton - Collar & Comb

Country Paws

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“The best decision I made in 2020 was to take a course in dog grooming at South coast dog grooming academy not only was it relaxed & great fun but it set me up to start my own business which has always been my dream. Every day I look forward to meeting my gorgeous doggy clients. The after care & continued support by Sarah is second to none. I would urge anybody who’s deliberating to just take the plunge and do it you won’t regret it!”

Gaynor - Country Paws Dog Grooming

Natasha Jones

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“I came to that point that In my life where I was unsure of what I wanted to do next.

Dogs have always been my biggest passion in life, but jobs that are dog related are so hard to come by. The idea of grooming dogs for a living seemed so unreal for me, but I hopped onto Google to see what was in my local area. Multiple choices came up, but I was drawn to South Coast Dog Grooming Academy. I emailed their Sales Manager, Hannah and she was lovely and very helpful, she supplied me with all the information I needed, and I paid my deposit, got my starting date and was ready to go.

I can honestly say I enjoyed every single day that I attended the academy, and I was so sad when I had completed the course.

Sarah who runs the academy is just wonderful, she is such a good teacher and I have learnt so much from her. All her staff are kind, helpful and so supportive! They'll answer all your questions and help you wherever you need it. I would highly recommend this course as I feel like I have learnt so much from SCDGA, I feel confident enough that I'll have a job with dogs for life!”

Paw Amore

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"I have started my training to become dog groomer at SCDGA last year and never looked back! From day one I was made to feel really welcome in my class, all the girls that work there really friendly and helpful. The main thing we were not overloaded with theory (don't get me wrong you still have to do it!), but practical side was the most useful from day one! Sarah is very supportive and always on the other end of the phone whenever you need an advice while you train or days, weeks even months after you finished! Thank you SCDGA for opening a path in my life that I will never regret as becoming a dog groomer was THE BEST decision I have ever made!"

Country Barn Dog Grooming

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"I looked at all the different avenues and qualifications when I decided to train as a dog groomer. South Coast Dog Grooming Academy ticked the boxes for me as it gave a full directive not only in how to handle and groom all breeds and temperaments but it strongly supported how to set up your dog grooming business. This course is the complete package in how to run a successful business within the dog grooming industry. You are totally supported from the start, during and at the end of the course with a postgraduate student support group. The training is detailed but also fun and I enjoyed every minute of my course. I was sad to leave but very excited to set up in my new career. Sarah and her team are professional, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. If this is an industry you are thinking of training in, then I would highly recommend SCDGA!"

Bloom Natural Dog Grooming

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"I can’t thank Sarah and her team enough for the training, support and ongoing guidance they have given me during my intense dog grooming course at the Academy. The course provided me with the skills and confidence to groom dogs with a knowledgeable and caring touch as well as how to start and build a business. The course helps make the dream of becoming a dog groomer full time possible and practical. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and would recommend it anyone that wanted to learn to groom their own dogs, those that want to work in a salon, or those who want to start and run a fully fledged business of their own. Thanks Sarah and your wonderful team."

Dory’s Dog Cutz & Walkies

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"I completed my training at SCDGA in April 2021 and it was the best decision I’ve ever made! Sarah and the team have not only trained me in dog grooming but have also supported me in building my own dog grooming & walking business. I started this course with just a love for dogs and zero experience in grooming now I can safely say that I’m even more of a crazy dog lady and a professional dog groomer!"

Tilly Holden - The Wagg Club

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"I joined my training with Sarah in May and it was the best decision I made! Sarah is so down to earth, very knowledgeable and a great laugh. She was able to teach me to a high standard of dog grooming and continues to offer support when needed. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking for a career in dog grooming!".

Sally-Anne Hall - Molly's & Friends Dog Hotel and Grooming

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"I thoroughly enjoyed the training with Sarah and her team at South Coast Dog Grooming Academy. They made me welcome from the very start, put me at ease and always encouraged me to do well. Sarah made training fun but also ensured we were fully clued up when it came to health and safety, dog handling and all the aspects of practical dog grooming.

I would absolutely recommend Sarah, I have left with a mountain of knowledge and grooming skills that have allowed me to start my own business with clients straight away. I was sad when the course finished as I had enjoyed it so much but also very excited for my future. All of Sarah’s team are wonderful and helped me in some way which I am true my grateful for."

Nicky partridge @4YourPawsOnly

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"I honestly cannot thank sarah and her brilliant team at south coast dog grooming academy for what they have done for me. They literally have changed my life, they made me so welcome from the start and gave me the confidence I needed to start my own business. I came away with so much knowledge, new skills, confidence and friendships. If anyone wants to get into this industry there is no question these are the guys to train with. They are so much more than an academy. I was sad to leave but excited for my new adventure!"

For more information call us on 01903 233059

Click on the links below to read Tails of the Unexpected Dog Groomer blog by one of our graduates, Samantha Hobden

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Highlights of the course
• Just 30 days duration
• Small classes
• Saturdays only course available
• Full training manual
• Hands on approach
• Focus on pet cuts – reality of the modern world of grooming!
• Canine first aid certificate (CPD)
• Emmi dog teeth cleaning workshop
• Clipper & scissor maintenance workshop
• Guidance on your business plan, set up, self- employment and H&S
• Marketing seminar with Abstract Creative
• Full support and guidance throughout your dog grooming career

For more information call 01903 233059