Bark Training Academy is proud to be offering the following dog grooming courses from our new training academy


Taking bookings for new OCN level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming

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The brand new Open College Network L3 Diploma in Dog Grooming was launched in January 2017 by The Open College Network West Midlands. This new qualification was introduced to be an alternative route from the City & Guilds. The OCN qualification is the same level as the full Level 3 Diploma by City & Guilds. Both the City & Guilds Diploma and the new OCN Diploma are regulated by Ofqual and are the only two qualifications on the National Educational Framework.

What we like about the OCN Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming:

Firstly, there is no need to complete a lower level qualification first, for example, the C&G L2 or the C&G L3 Introductory qualification. With the OCN you can go straight on to the OCN Level 3 Diploma.

Secondly, there are no formal exams or assignments. Rather than sitting exams, which can be extremely daunting, the OCN route will provide you with worksheets for each module. These questions will be answered in your own time and at your own pace. With full support from me, your assessor.

Units included within this qualification are:

  • Assess, Plan and Record Dog Grooming Work

  • Level 3 Canine First Aid

  • Carry Out Styling and Finishing of a Dog

  • Health Checking a Dog by a Dog Groomer

  • Promote and Maintain the Health and Well-Being of Animals

  • Welcome, Receive, and Care for Customers

Additional qualifications and add ons including in your Diploma

  • Level 2 Health and safety

  • Level 2 Fire Safety

  • Level 2 Manual Handling

  • Business Plan Template

  • Business Brand set up

  • Tellington Ttouch Therapy (See Below for more information)

The practical units of this qualification comprise of completing 10 breeds of dog in 15 different styles. This sounds daunting at first, however, we believe that this way proves your skills on a greater variety of breeds and techniques. Any breed or crossbreed can be used, as long as you show a good variety of techniques and skills.

20 days in salon practical 

8 days home study 

The Course is delivered by a fully qualified City and guilds and OCN qualified Dog Groomer with several years of experience in the industry and running a successful dog grooming salon. 

It has been designed specifically for those looking to become professional dog groomers or those who already groom dogs (as a hobby or career) but do not currently hold a nationally recognised qualification. For experienced groomers, we can offer a fast-track plan to gaining the qualification by skill demonstration.

The full course cost is £4000 which includes your OCN enrolment fee of £500, canine first aid course worth £120, an informative digital course folder, and all of your tuition fees. (printed course folder available at an additional cost of £65)

Course times are 9:30 to 4:00 with a break for lunch (For full-day course please bring a packed lunch)

Refreshments are provided throughout the day.

Dress Code: Please wear old clothing, flat comfortable footwear- no open-toed footwear due to health and safety.



ONLY £3000
Limited space available

Level 3 Diploma
8th November - 3rd Dec 2021
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Level 3 Diploma
31st January - 25th Feb 2022
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Level 3 Diploma
25th April - 20th May 2022
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Only £4000

Tellington Ttouch Therapy 


This course is for any dog groomer looking to improve their handling skills and learn a technique to apply to their everyday work to prevent dog bites and help with the more challenging dogs.

Our Academy is one of the first of its kind specialising in Tellington T Touch,  a unique therapy that is used on animals to help release tension, reduce stress, by releasing habitual tension patterns, and improving physical, mental, and emotional balance.

Stress reduction is essential in supporting the immune system and helping dogs adapt to new situations.  For dogs who are reactive, nervous, or shy T Touch can help them learn a more relaxed way of being.  We have found T Touch an invaluable tool to use during the grooming process, helping to make grooming a more enjoyable and safer environment and very importantly preventing dog bites.

We are now very proud to be offering grooming courses that incorporate t touch, we want to share this amazing way of handling dogs with a gentle and positive approach to enable groomers to learn Tellington T Touch bodywork…. use body wraps, and help make grooming less challenging with the more nervous or reactive dogs.

TTouch – the Tellington TTouch – is a method based on circular movements of the fingers and hands all over the body. The intent of the TTouch is to activate the function of the cells and awaken cellular intelligence – a little like “turning on the electric lights of the body.”

The TTouch is performed on the entire body, and each circular TTouch is complete within itself. Therefore it is not necessary to understand anatomy to be successful in speeding up the healing of injuries or ailments or changing undesirable habits or behavior.

The Tellington TTouch is a specialized approach to the care and training of our animal companions. Developed by internationally recognized animal expert, Linda Tellington-Jones, Ph.D. (Hon), this method based on cooperation and respect offers a positive approach to training, can improve performance and health, and presents solutions to common behavioral and physical problems. It also helps establish a deeper rapport between humans and animals through increased understanding and more effective communication.

Using a combination of specific touches, lifts, and movement exercises, TTouch helps to release tension and increase body awareness. This allows the animal to be handled without provoking typical fear responses. The animal can then more easily learn new and more appropriate behaviors. By using the TTouch and a variety of other tools, like the Confidence Course, you can assist the animal in experiencing self-confidence in previously frightening situations. Even the most difficult problems are often eliminated. You can also learn how to apply the Tellington TTouch to assist with recovery from illness or injury, or just enhance the quality of your animal’s life.

The Tellington TTouch can help in cases of:

  • Excessive Barking and Chewing

  • Leash Pulling

  • Jumping Up

  • Aggressive Behavior

  • Extreme Fear and Shyness

  • Resistance to Grooming

  • Excitability and Nervousness

  • Car Sickness

  • Problems Associated With Aging

This gentle method is currently being used by dog groomers, trainers, breeders, veterinarians, zoo personnel, and shelter workers in several countries. There are many certified practitioners teaching TTouch around the world who can show you how to help you with your dog, cat, or other pet.


  • Understanding Calming Signals

  • Behavior Triggers

  • Contain Versus Restraint

  • Positive Reinforcement

  • Bodywork Exercises

  • Tension Patterns

  • Coat Changes

  • Customer advice

Cost for 1 day £145

Certificate on Completion

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Our course covers the most commonly faced canine needs such as how to treat injury, allergic reactions, stings, poisoning, choking, seizures, CPR, hypothermia and much more.

A combination of theory and practical exercises, we aim to prepare you with the knowledge required should you ever be faced with an emergency situation. You will learn skills that can save lives.

Our course is accredited through the Open College Network West Midlands and each student will receive a recognised certificate for their learning.


  • Theory of first aid

  • Practical tasks such as bandaging, burns, wounds stings etc

  • Resuscitation/CPR

  • The canine recovery position

  • AND much more.

Certificate on completion

Course price: £120 (non-refundable deposit £50)


Call to book your course

We have courses running all year round the dates & times for the diploma are above.
Contact us to find out the dates of the other qualifications 

Foundation Dog Groomer 

Introduction to dog grooming 10 days 


Level 3 Certificate in Dog Grooming 

15 days Practical & Theory

Certificate in dog grooming 


Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming

Fully Qualified Dog Groomer 

20 days Practical 8 days home study 


Level 3 Canine First Aid 

Level 3 Canine first aider for groomers and pet lovers 


Call 07792569915 to get more information