Scruffy Pups


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  • Learn from the best

  • A future in grooming

  • Dreams into reality

We appreciate your interest in Scruffy Pups Training School and Grooming Salon. The Professional Groomer is in great demand in this country due to the ever increasing number of dogs as our best friends.


On completion of our courses you have the opportunity to start your own profitable pet grooming business and enjoy being your own boss. Alternatively you could find employment in a grooming salon, vets, pet shop, kennels and much more.


It is imperative before commencing on this exciting journey that you obtain the best possible training available. Suddenly there has been so many so called teachers springing up willing to show you this profession. A large number of our students have gone on to run very successful and profitable businesses and they will be happy to speak to you by arrangement so you can confirm this with them.


If we can be of further assistance in either advising you or providing the necessary training please feel free to telephone or email or if you would prefer please call into our salon to view at anytime. If you're looking for dog grooming in the Darlington area then please read through our site to see what we can offer you and your dog.

Looking forward to hearing from you.


Kind regards

Shaun and Shane


We offer courses tailored to the individual, which may include any of the following preparation for City & Guilds level 3 diploma, grooming techniques for pet owners, refresher courses for existing groomers, preparation for a show dog and much much more.



All our training is to City & Guilds level. We can supply all of the information regarding the exam which is run through the Pet Industry Federation, as we are a member.


Under expert guidelines from our experienced tutor, you can explore the various skills required for grooming dogs; whether for a future professional career or just simply for the pleasure and satisfaction of preparing and caring for your own pet.



We are extremely lucky to have staff that have a passion for pets and people. We are committed to providing you with an unsurpassed customer service experience. All of our Instructors and Coaches are highly experienced in teaching adult learners. Our communication style is simple, straightforward, and easy to understand.


Shaun Leach, our main tutor, has been a dog groomer for over 25 years and runs a very busy grooming parlour along with his partner, Shane Boniface. He has also shown Poodles for himself for this period and other breeds for other people. Shaun holds a City & Guilds Advanced Certificate in Dog Grooming 7750 and has achieved the higher Grooming Diploma and the City & Guilds Teacher Training Diploma. He is also a member of the Pet Industry Federation and the British Grooming Association. Previously Shaun has also taught Intermediate and Advanced Grooming at Houghall College in Durham but resigned as he felt the need to concentrate wholly on the increasingly popular training courses held at Scruffy Pups.

Professional Groomer

You love pets and you enjoy caring for them. Why not turn this passion into a career in dog grooming? With a City & Guilds dog grooming qualification you could be working as a professional groomer in a grooming salon, vets, pet shop, kennels and much more. Even better you could be opening your very own pet grooming business.


The City & Guilds qualifications you can obtain from Scruffy Pups Training School will give you the sound footing required to set yourself up in a grooming business. Furthermore Scruffy Pups will help you with setup advice and guidance on all things related to running a successful grooming business.


Why wait? Get in touch now and begin your journey toward a new professional career in pet grooming.

We Turn Your Dream of Working with Pets into Reality.


You have the desire and drive to turn a simple love of animals into a new career. At Scruffy Pups School of Pet Grooming, we have been turning that dream into reality for over 10 years.


Join a training team committed to unparalleled quality in the field of professional pet grooming and styling — The Scruffy Pups School of Pet Grooming.


We are a City and Guilds Qualified Dog Groomers and Training School. We groom all breeds of dogs. Poodles and Westies a speciality.


We are members of the Pet Industry Federation and the British Dog Groomers Association.

About Us

We are now a Pet Industry Federation Satellite Centre, which means we can offer the following Qualification

Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming


Train with the best

Our trainers Shaun and Shane have almost 50 years collective grooming experience. They have expert knowledge of the City & Guilds qualification structure and are on hand to fulfill your training requirements.

Real Qualifications

With guidance from our experienced tutors, you can explore the various skills required for grooming; whether for a future professional or just for fun.


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