Golden Paws Grooming Academy runs alongside The Lady and the Tramp Grooming Salon & Spa which is a busy dog groomers based in Gloucester. Golden Paws Grooming Academy is a stand alone business but utilises the facilities of the grooming salon from the modern grooming equipment to the fabulously diverse range of four legged customers. The Lady & the Tramp Grooming Salon & Spa was created and set up by Carol Hutchins and in September 2015 celebrated 25 years of successful trading. 


Carol has always loved working with animals and started her working career at a stables looking after horses. As life moved on, Carol has worked in a number of jobs including being licensee and owner of a popular public house on the Isle of Wight and as a professional caterer. With a strong desire to return to working with animals, Carol decided to take a grooming course at a local kennels and upon completing the course, needed a suitable dog to practice on. Carol purchased her first standard poodle, the ultimate canvas for a groomer, and so it came about that two passions were born; the love of the standard poodle as a breed and the love of wielding scissors!


The original version of The Lady and the Tramp Grooming Salon operated from a room in Carol’s home at the back of her garage and Carol worked part time in other jobs until she was able to build a client base that supported the ability to work full time as a groomer. This was very soon achieved and outgrowing the space at her home, Carol took the decision to find a suitable business premises to operate from.





Three years after initially starting the business, a lady customer came to Carol with a Bichon Frise that was so badly matted that it needed to be shaved off completely. The customer returned later with her 15 year old daughter, who the dog belonged to, and Carol had ‘words’ with the daughter about the detriment she was causing her dog by being so negligent in coat care. This was the first meeting that Carol had with Natasha Anderson and a friendship started that continues to grow and evolve and now includes a business partnership. Natasha was soon to complete a week of work experience at the salon and then went on to work Saturdays and additional part time hours with Carol for many years. 


Natasha also has a great passion for animals and in particular dogs. When she was younger she always had non moulting breeds due to allergies so work experience and a part time job at a grooming salon was ideal! Natasha went on to work as a Dog Warden for the Stroud Local Authority and has also worked as an animal behaviourist. 


Having learnt to groom at the salon and having worked with Carol for most of the years she has been in business, Natasha has played a key role in training the other staff the salon has employed. Recognising there was a need to offer good tuition to those wanting to groom and recognising that teaching was something that Natasha was a natural at, Golden Paws Grooming Academy evolved.


In 2011, it was clear that the two businesses were outgrowing their premises and the move to Bristol Road Gloucester occurred. Natasha was delighted and honoured that, as part of the move, Carol asked her to work full time with her as salon manager and also invited her to be a full partner in Golden Paws Grooming Academy. Natasha quickly achieved her City & Guilds Level 3 Professional Diploma in Dog Grooming and went straight on to achieve her Level 3 City and Guilds in Teaching & Education. Natasha is proud to have built Golden Paws Grooming Academy into a respected education facility that strives to produce only the highest quality from and get the very best out of its students. Both Natasha and Carol strive for excellence in the industry and prioritise the wellbeing of dogs above all else and as such, ensure that their students are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to practice dog grooming at the highest level.  


Natasha and Carol strongly believe that quality over quantity is a worthy maxim and only ever have two to four students within Golden Paws Grooming Academy at any one time. The Lady and the Tramp Grooming Salon & Spa is a byword for quality and excellence and Golden Paws Grooming Academy reflects this by ensuring an appropriate level of tuition is provided to students. In addition, all students considering a course at two star level or above are requested to undertake a ‘taster’ day before making a commitment; this to ensure that Golden Paws Grooming Academy is the right learning environment for them as an individual and also to get a feel for dog grooming.


Golden Paws Grooming Academy is able to offer experience of working in a successful and busy grooming environment and although all tuition is led and coordinated by Natasha, students have the opportunity to learn tips and skills from the salon’s great team as well as having a scissors masterclass from Carol. 


Golden Paws Grooming Academy is pleased to offer a full range of learning experiences. As well as our popular star courses, we run a range seminars and workshops some of which we lead, some of which are led by leading figures in the grooming industry. These sessions are aimed at already professional groomers, new starters and people genuinely interested in the art. We are also able to offer specialist 1:1 tuition designed specifically for the individual student- for example, this may be perfecting scissoring skills or learning how to prepare a poodle for the show ring.


Carol and Natasha are constantly expanding their own knowledge by regularly attending workshops & seminars or undertaking courses and encourage their salon staff to do the same. Even after all these years of experience both believe there is always something new to learn and recognise the importance of staying at the top of the game and being aware of, and open to new trends. Both ladies also very strongly believe that knowledge is a gift to share and are proud and pleased to be able to do this through Golden Paws Grooming Academy.


Dogs play a large part in the lives of Carol and Natasha and are both involved in other areas of the dog world. Where able they are keen to raise money for local animal charities and donate their time willingly to events that promote animal welfare. Carol also breeds and shows her beloved Parcheeni Poodles and has enjoyed good success in the show ring (including UK Champion dogs) receiving many compliments from judges and other competitors alike about the quality of her presentation. Natasha has also shown a standard poodle but finds the world of grooming competitions more to her taste and is now focussing on this area.


We hope this gives you an overview of who we are and what we do. We do believe we offer a learning experience unlike any other and our passionate about what we do. Please check out our courses page or check back regularly to see what one off special events we are providing. If you like what you see or want more information then contact us for further information and a chat.


NB: Golden Paws Grooming Academy was previously know as the Grooming School




Shop 4, Park Parade



GL10 2DB

01453 822622



01453 822622