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Academy

The Paw Pad Parlour & Academy provides an inclusive learning environment for grooming at any level of experience. As the first dog grooming academy in North Devon since 2020, we have been teaching for over 3 years. More than 10 students who completed our course have successfully launched their own businesses.

Our academy is accredited by the Pet Collective Network, founded by Kelly Gayler, known from Pooch Perfect. In partnership with Shelley Hill, we offer the AIM program, featuring a recognized Level 3 Diploma and First Aid Certification.

The 10-month course takes place one day a week on either Thursday or Tuesday, usually from 9 am to 5 pm, with some flexibility to accommodate commitments like school runs. With a maximum of only 3 students per course, each trainee receives personalized 1-on-1 support.

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates have the opportunity to rent a table in our newly revamped salon, equipped with the best grooming facilities on the market. They can go on with their own business with ongoing support.

Course Fees

The Level 3 Diploma costs £5700 plus a £340 admin fee. However, a package of equipment worth over £300 is provided at the beginning of the course. Monthly payments of £570 can be made at the end of each month to help spread the cost.

Our training meets high standards, aiming to prepare you to establish your own dog grooming business after completing the course. Your success in this career path depends on your dedication and time commitment.

For additional questions or information, please contact Alicia at 07532145001 or visit our Facebook page: Paw Pad Parlour & Academy.

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What People Say

Megan Kavanagh
Megan Kavanagh
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I am currently a student at the Paw Pad Parlour completing my level 3. I'm learning so much from Alicia everyday, her knowledge of grooming, handling and dog behaviour is impeccable. I have gained so much confidence in the last 9 months thanks to Alicia. I am really lucky to have her teaching me and sharing her high level of knowledge and skills, she is incredibly patient and will always help point you in the right direction. The hands on salon experience is priceless and I now feel confident to start up my own business at the end of the course. If you are looking to get into grooming or want to work with dogs I would highly recommend her academy! Thank you for all your support Alicia😊🐶
Beth Francis
Beth Francis
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Alicia at Paw Pad Parlour and Academy accepted me as work experience 2 years ago when nobody else would give me a chance. After learning so much, I decided it was worth doing the course and it has been an amazing experience! Alicia has so much knowledge and passion for dog grooming and especially for teaching. She is patient with me and has become a such a good friend to me, and I have gained so much confidence with my grooming over the last few months. I was a complete beginner with no experience or knowledge at all before starting here, so if you're thinking of dog grooming as a career, I 100% recommend Paw Pad Parlour😊
Claire Jennings
Claire Jennings
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I am truly grateful to Alicia who has helped me Immensely on my dog grooming journey. Achieving my level 3 with Alicia through her academy was down to her extensive knowledge, patience and generally her passion for the industry, teaching me all the aspects along the way. I would highly recommend Alicia and the Paw Pad Parlour Academy if you're planning on starting your dog grooming journey. Hands on experience, seeing how a salon is ran on a daily basis and gaining all the knowledge to start on a good foundation. Thank you Alicia🐾🐾🐾
Libby Rippon
Libby Rippon
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Im currently training at the paw pad parlour and i could not recommend alicia enough shes so kind and patient and is really passionate about her job and really loves and cares about all the dogs and clients that come in the salon.
She made me feel so welcome and helped me learn so much in such little time which i never thought i would do. Would really recommend alicia 🙂
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Graham Ball
Graham Ball
2023-11-03
The hotel meets all our needs clean nice look to the outside,yes I would book in once more .
Millie
Millie
2023-10-31
I would never take my WFT anywhere else. Since moving back to Barnstaple earlier this year Alicia has been hand stripping my lovely boy Rory. I cannot praise her enough. Hand stripping is super tricky and a WFT coat is especially difficult, unlike most other dogs and some groomers won’t even touch them….Alicia has invested time, energy and money in learning to groom a WFT to the perfect breed standard and I couldn’t be happier with the job she’s doing. Rory goes monthly to keep his coat rolled and I get so many compliments on how smart he looks. I really admire Alicia’s passion for her work and she is a perfectionist…Rory LOVES her and sits outside the shop when we walk past sometimes keen to see her again (v cute). I don’t hesitate to recommend Paw Pad Parlour to friends and feel lucky to have found such a great groomer for my boy. She even gave him a Halloween bandanna on his most recent groom. Always the extra mile.
Gary Stanbury
Gary Stanbury
2023-10-25
Can't recommend Alicia enough,took my nervous pug to be groomed and she was so patient and understanding.
Ruth Sky
Ruth Sky
2023-10-24
I was nervous taking my cat to get groomed for the first time, but I really shouldn't have been. Paw Pad Parlour couldn't have been more amazing, I think the lady I dealt with was called Alisha and she was fantastic. Already booked in for next time.
Sam Jolly
Sam Jolly
2023-10-24
Alicia was incredibly professional and super helpful. She went over and above when grooming my new puppy. I certainly won't be going anywhere else. Highly recommended.
Tony Rippon
Tony Rippon
2023-10-23
Take all my dogs here would highly recommended one of my dogs is 16 years old and she takes such good care of her and the rest of my dogs high quality services
Libby Rippon
Libby Rippon
2023-10-22
Im currently training at the paw pad parlour and i could not recommend alicia enough shes so kind and patient and is really passionate about her job and really loves and cares about all the dogs and clients that come in the salon. She made me feel so welcome and helped me learn so much in such little time which i never thought i would do. Would really recommend alicia :)

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