50% discount for dogs booked in with trainee groomers

Prestigious City and Guilds Courses in County Durham

From our premier dog grooming training centre in Consett, Top Trimz Dog Grooming offers a range of professional training courses for the next generation of dog groomers. Our Crufts award-winning team offer you prestigious City & Guilds qualifications, ensuring that you are more than prepared to provide an excellent service to customers.

Qualifications We Offer

We offer level 2 & level 3 City & Guild diplomas in dog grooming, which is the only nationally recognised qualification in the UK. These courses are taught at our premier dog grooming training centre, the only one of its kind in County Durham.

Our Excellent Tutors

Catherine Hands

Catherine has completed the level 3 professional diploma and has also exhibited dogs at championship level including winning 1st Place at Crufts. Catherine also holds the BTEC level 3 award in education & Training.

Marie Burns

Marie has completed the level 3 professional diploma and is one of the only 28 groomers in the UK to have achieved the British dog groomers higher diploma. As well as that, Marie holds the level 3 award in preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector & is a qualified assessor. 

She is more famously known for winning Best in the Show at Crufts in 2016, with her West Highland White Terrier Devon.

Our Course Times

Our courses are available right throughout the year at our salon in Consett, we recommend potential trainees to book early to avoid disappointment.


Courses are 2 days per week -Tuesday and Wednesday 

Course Times

Tuesday and Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. - 3.45 p.m.

Contact us to hear more on the prestigious City and Guilds courses provided by our Crufts award-winning team at ou salon in Consett.

Proudly Serving Customers in County Durham, Sunderland, Newcastle and Areas within a 50 Mile Radius.

Our Previous Students

“I've never looked back.”

"I was one of Marie's first students in 2012, after leaving my job as a supervisor for 14 years I took a 28-day course with Top Trimz and the training I received was exceptional, an opinion shared by the other students training with me. We all went on to run our own successful business', and all keep in touch to this day and still have support from Marie if needed. I have a lovely customer base and make over 3 times the salary than I did as a supervisor. I've never looked back, and within the next year or two, I plan to open a main street shop and employ staff to help with my ever-increasing business."

Gemma Edwards | Posh Muttz

“I can't speak highly enough of the training I received at Top Trimz.”

"I trained to become a Dog Groomer at Top Trimz on a 28-day course ending in 2014, this was one of the best decisions I have made career-wise. I have a job that I love and that I can fit around my family life, and that has given me the opportunity to work for myself and be my own boss. I can't speak highly enough of the training I received at Top Trimz, if you are considering a profession in dog grooming look no further, you won't regret it."

Jodi Clark | Mutts Nutts

“The support and knowledge I got from Marie and Catherine was amazing.”

"I had no previous experience and little confidence, but the support and knowledge I got from Marie and Catherine was amazing. I never felt alone they were always on hand to guide me, demonstrate for me and answer any questions I had, I now run my very own shop called Pampered Paws and couldn't be happier.”

Donna Lyons | Pampered Paws

“My business is going from strength to strength.”

“After much research, Marie's Toptrimz Grooming training course which was City and Guilds endorsed just ticked all the boxes I needed and knowing Marie was the best qualified in the north it just came out on top. I knew her standards would be high, so I enrolled on the course to start January 2014 for 28 days full time to be completed by March of the same year. The course was hands-on, intense and high energy with both study group work and grooming dogs, all done within the salon. I now run my own success full Grooming Salon Nose to Tail and I have a more realistic work-life balance for myself and my family, my business is going from strength to strength each year and I've achieved the goals set out way back in 2014. “

Joanne Duncan | Nose and Tail

“I tell everyone that I trained with the best.”

“There is a lot more to it than meets the eye and the course is quite intense, however, I thoroughly enjoyed it and Marie works very hard to ensure you have all the right skills to build your ability and confidence. I opened my salon 18 months ago and it is a thriving business and building all the time. I tell everyone that I trained with the best.”

Shirl | 2014

Student’s Testimonials

“I wish I could do it all again.”

“I have had a wonderful & enjoyable course here at Top Trimz, couldn’t have asked for anymore. Marie & Catherine have been totally amazing, so friendly, welcoming & understanding. I wish I could do it all again.”

Nicola Mann | 2015

“I learned so much on this course.”

“I learned so much on this course. It finished too fast as I enjoyed it from start to finish. Great teaching with patience, kindness & fun. Lots of hard work but most certainly worth it.”

Debbie Fox | Training completed in 2015

“I wouldn’t have wanted training elsewhere.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time here at Top Trimz, I now have the knowledge & experience to help me kick start my career. Marie & Catherine were so helpful and their knowledge is beyond compare, I wouldn’t have wanted training elsewhere.”

Beth Jobson | Training completed in 2015

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Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy applies to Top Trimz Dog Grooming . (along with all subsidiaries, affiliates, successors and assigns thereof, referred to hereinafter collectively as “Top Trimz Dog Grooming ”, "we", "our" and/or "us"), our websites and services. Top Trimz Dog Grooming knows that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your expectation that we will do so carefully and sensibly.

By visiting this or another Top Trimz Dog Grooming website displaying this Privacy Policy or a link thereto (a "Website", or collectively the “Websites”), or by otherwise interacting with Top Trimz Dog Grooming you agree to accept the practices described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy is further subject to the Top Trimz Dog Grooming Services Agreement related to the Top Trimz Dog Grooming services you utilise and/or purchase. For questions on this Privacy Policy please contact our team via the contact information found on this Website.

Top Trimz Dog Grooming values your privacy and is dedicated to protecting your personal information and providing you with notice about what personally identifiable information we collect and how it is used, what choices you have regarding the collection, use and distribution of that information, the security procedures we implement to protect that information and what access you may have to correct any inaccuracies in the information we have collected from you.

What Information Is Collected

We receive and store any information you enter on our Websites or give us in any other way, such as via telephone, electronic mail, online or otherwise. For example, this information may be collected when you contact us for customer support.

Here are the types of information we gather:

Contact Information: We collect and retain personal contact information that you submit to us voluntarily and this includes, but is not limited to, your name, mailing address, web address, telephone number, and e-mail address. This information may include your full name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and, where provided, your fax number. Such contact information may be used, for example, to communicate with you when necessary with respect to transactions. Additionally, we may collect contact information provided to us during any correspondence relating to customer support, as well as in connection with products and services offered on our Websites.

Financial Information: We collect and retain certain financial information from when you purchase our products and services. For example, when you sign up for any other product or service through Top Trimz Dog Grooming , we require you to provide a credit card number and billing address before we will process that application. We will not sell, share or rent any financial information collected from you except as disclosed in this Privacy Policy or as necessary to fulfil any order for our products or services.

Demographic Information: We may collect and store anonymous demographic information (such as your postcode, gender and age), and use this data to tailor your experience on our Websites, provide content that we think you might be interested in, perform general improvements to the Websites, and display the content according to your preferences. Such demographic information may be shared with partners, market researchers and other third parties on an aggregate, non-personally identifiable basis. No personally identifiable information will be linked to such aggregated demographic information that is shared with third parties.

Other Information: We collect and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. For example, our servers track the type of web browser you are using and the page from which you link. Additionally, we log IP addresses (a unique number assigned to every computer on the Internet) in order to improve security, analyse trends and administer the Websites. We may track your movement within the Websites, the third-party website pages from which you were referred, access times and browser types. We use this information to gauge the effectiveness of our Websites, track information for statistical purposes and to improve the products and services we provide. We collect this information to better develop a sense of what services our customers need and identify areas of improvement to the Websites. We may use such information for marketing purposes, and to send information to you that we believe might be of interest. In addition, such information may be shared with partners, market researchers and other third parties on an aggregate, non-personally identifiable basis. No personally identifiable information will be linked to such aggregated information shared with third parties.
We may supplement the information you provide us by acquiring publicly or commercially available information as available in the public domain or from third parties, for instance, to verify your address or to update your information and to create a profile of your preferences. We tie your personally identifiable information to information in the profile, in order to improve the content of the Websites for you or to inform you about products or services that we think will be of interest to you. From time to time, we may also ask you to participate in surveys or other communications conducted by us or third parties designed to help us improve the Websites or the products or services we provide.

Cookies: The Websites use “cookies” such purposes as enhancing your online experience by making it easier for you to navigate through the Websites and making certain features work better. Cookies are text files which are commonly deposited by websites on a user's hard drive when the user visits a website. The file identifies a user's computer and can record the user's preferences and other data about the user's website visit. We do not extract information about individual users during this process. Your web browser may enable you to disable cookies, but please note that certain services may not function correctly without it and your experience on our Websites may be hindered.

Third Party Cookies: We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on our behalf across the Internet. These companies may collect and use information about your visits to this and other websites and your interaction with our products and services in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. However, no personally identifiable information (such as your name, address, email address or telephone number) will be connected with such information. They may use information about your visits to this and other websites to target advertisements for goods and services and may be used to keep track of user response to each advertisement. These targeted advertisements may appear on our Websites or on other sites that you visit. The anonymous information is collected through the use of a pixel tag or cookies, which are industry standard technologies used by most major websites. If you do not want such companies to collect this information you may opt-out.
To learn more about the use of this information or choose not to have this information used by certain third-party advertising partners, please visit the Network Advertising Initiative at http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices. Please note that if you delete your cookies, use a different browser, or buy a new computer, you will need to renew your opt-out choice.

Web Beacons: The Websites may contain electronic images (called a "single-pixel GIF" or a "web beacon") that allow a website to track the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. No personally identifiable information will be transmitted via web beacons.

Telephone Recording and Monitoring: To ensure Top Trimz Dog Grooming customers receive quality service, Top Trimz Dog Grooming selects phone calls for recording and/or monitoring. These calls, between Top Trimz Dog Grooming customers (or potential customers) and employees, are evaluated by Top Trimz Dog Grooming representatives. This is to guarantee that prompt, consistent assistance and accurate information is delivered in a professional manner. In contacting Top Trimz Dog Grooming creating an account with Top Trimz Dog Grooming , or by otherwise utilising any Top Trimz Dog Grooming products or services, you hereby consent to any such call recording and/or monitoring.

How Personal Information Is Used

Our Use: We receive and store any personal information you enter on our Websites or give to us voluntarily in any other way and may use it to contact you from time to time. We take steps designed to ensure that only the employees who need access to your personal information to fulfil their employment duties will have access to it. By registering on a Website and providing your telephone number, you agree that this action constitutes a purchase, enquiry and/or application for purposes of telemarketing laws. Regardless of the fact that your telephone and/or cell number may be listed with the TPS, you are providing your express written consent to receive future information (including telemarketing) about products and services from us and/or our affiliates, and you hereby agree and consent to our contacting you using the information you have provided and will provide to us. This means we may contact you by e-mail, phone and/or cell number (including use of automated dialling equipment and/or pre-recorded calls), text (SMS) message, social networks or any other means of communication that your wireless or other telecommunications device may be capable of receiving (i.e. video, etc.). We may also send you information or offers from time to time to the postal address or email address we have on file (as further outlined in this Privacy Policy). You further acknowledge that you are not required to agree directly or indirectly or enter into an agreement regarding our telemarketing efforts as a condition of purchasing any goods or services from us or our affiliates.

Electronic Mail: From time to time, Top Trimz Dog Grooming may use your personal information to contact you by electronic mail concerning our services. These communications are often intended to inform you of important information regarding your account, or about general services provided by Top Trimz Dog Grooming and/or its affiliates. If you do not want to receive email from us or our affiliates regarding new services, please click the "unsubscribe" link which is included at the bottom of any email you receive from us. However, in order to fulfil our service obligations to you, we will continue to send you emails regarding your account administration, as well as any necessary information, such as renewal notices and instructions. By providing us with your email address you consent to receiving communications from us electronically and all notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.

Service Related Uses: We may use your personal information to contact you about the goods or services you have purchased from us, or for other purposes in which you have expressed an interest, for example, if you have contacted customer service or made an enquiry. We will also provide you with service and account related announcements. For instance, if the delivery of a service or product is delayed we might send you an email, or other message, or if there is some service issue with something you might have ordered. Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to cancel your services with us.

Protection of Top Trimz Dog Grooming and Others: We may release account and other personal information when we are required to do so by law, court order, subpoena or other government or law enforcement authority or regulatory agency, including ICANN, in order to enforce or apply our Services Agreement or other agreements, or when we believe in good faith that disclosing this information is necessary or advisable, including for example, to protect the rights, property, or safety of Top Trimz Dog Grooming , our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for fraud protection, credit risk reduction or other similar purposes. Sites Other Than Top Trimz Dog Grooming , Top Trimz Dog Grooming has no control over and is not responsible for the privacy policies or information gathering practices of other websites, including those to which we may link and those which may link to us. We strongly recommend that you review the privacy policies of every online service you use before submitting any personal information and direct any concerns to the site administrator of that website.

How Long We Keep Your Personal Data.

We keep information only for as long as we need it to provide you services, manage our business or as required by law or contract. Where you have a contract with us, we will retain your data for the length of the contract, and will further retain that information for a time period consistent with our legal or regulatory responsibilities, after you terminate all your services with us to resolve disputes, enforce our relevant Service Agreement, and to adhere to the technical and legal requirements and constraints related to the security, integrity and operation of the Sites. If you have any questions about how long we will keep your specific data, please contact us.

How We Keep Your Personal Data Safe.

We work to protect the security of your financial information during transmission by using Secure Sockets Layer ("SSL") software, which encrypts the information you input on the Site. However, no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is completely secure and we cannot guarantee its absolute security. You can further help to ensure your security by taking a few simple precautions. For instance, it is important to protect against unauthorised access to your computer, and to be sure to sign off when you are finished using a shared computer.

Limitation Of Liability

Top Trimz Dog Grooming assumes no responsibility or liability with regard to any theft, loss, alteration or misuse of personal or other information lawfully provided by Top Trimz Dog Grooming to third parties, or with regard to the failure of any third party to abide by this privacy policy or such third party.

Contacting Us.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, you can contact us by writing to us at toptrimzdoggrooming@gmail.com or by mail at 1 St Ives Road, Leadgate, Consett, County Durham, DH8 7PY.