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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.

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!"

Marian Sharrier - The Gentle Groomer

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"I couldn't ask for a nicer trainer in Sarah Fowler. She is very approachable, kind, patient and positive and she has been very flexible with me, which has been very helpful. I feel that having personal training has been very beneficial as Sarah has been able to work with me around my way of learning. Sarah has also been very supportive outside of the training days by being available by text or phone when I have had any moments of worry before grooming a dog on my own and whilst I gained confidence in myself. The course has prepared me for starting my own business and I would definitely recommend Sarah if you want to learn how to be a good 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!".

Louise Hayley - Doggie Doodles

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"I cant thank Sarah enough for teaching me the art of dog grooming and being there when I had a problem and I texted her a picture. The answer came straight back and I could breathe again. I am well on the way to building my business now. So glad I made that initial step".

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 22 days duration
• OCN endorsed
• 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