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Wednesday, 7 March 2018 01:15 AM

Canine Design Grooming Academy


Dog grooming training in Evercreech, Somerset

 UK Grooming School of the Year 2014


Top 3 finalist - UK Grooming School of the Year 2013

                      - UK Grooming Business of the Year 2009


We offer high quality dog grooming tuition and are one of the longest established dog grooming training schools in the UK.  


Canine Design was founded by Lesley Garratt, LCGI in 1992.  

Lesley is one of less than 30 members of the Guild of Master Groomers and holds the PIF Higher Diploma – the highest dog grooming qualification in the UK.  Canine Design is run by Lesley and Lottie, her daughter, who has been grooming competitively since she was 7 years old and has won many awards along the way including YKC Groomer of the Year when she was 11 years old.  

We are assisted by Julie Matthews, who is a C&G Level 3 qualified groomer, an ex-Canine Design student and college lecturer.  Julie tutors part time at Canine Design and enjoys sharing her vast knowledge with the students.  


We have trained well over 1,000 students, many of them achieving great success since training with us. 


·      Three of our ex-students have won the title of Young Kennel Club Groomer of the Year – Lottie, Lesley’s daughter, at the time of writing is the only competitor in the youngest age category to win the competition overall.  

·      Lesley’s daughter, Millie, was runner-up YKC Groomer of the Year when she was 11 years old.

·      Two of the competitors in Pooch Perfect, the BBC1 television programme featuring some of the UK’s top groomers, did their training at and worked at Canine Design.

·      We have trained several top level award winning groomers

·      We have trained several other well respected, award winning training schools.


Most of our students go on to run their own successful businesses, and we offer our on-going support following their courses.




Our courses are tailored very much to meet individual needs and are geared to your own learning speed and requirements.  All tuition is to City & Guilds standard, with the option of taking City & Guilds qualifications if required.


Training provided is intensive, with a great deal of time being spent on practical work, although we do provide all-important theory lessons to our students.  Training can be taken in stages rather than as a one-off course should that be required.





During your practical training you are provided with dogs to work on, which are hand picked to have suitable temperaments for you to gain the maximum out of your training, with a mix of trims and personalities for you to hone your skills.  You will be provided with guidance and demonstrations from your tutors throughout your course, but our aim is for you to be able to complete as much of the trimming yourself as possible, although we will not push you out of your comfort zone.


You will learn how to deal with various coat types, how to correctly undertake a health check, check and clean ears as necessary, and check and correctly trim nails.  You will also be taught how to correctly and thoroughly bath and dry the dogs.




One day per week is devoted to theory and you will be provided with an extensive course folder, together with written notes for your theory lessons.  We cover all the necessary topics to enable you to become a knowledgeable and safe groomer, together with giving you the knowledge you need in order to achieve success in your exams.




We offer City & Guilds qualifications with the option of completing Level 2 or Level 3, or a combined course covering both qualifications.


To find out more, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01749 830723 or email us at  Web –

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