Canis and the Community

Whilst we are a tiny business, we try to do our bit for our local community, and also for the environment:

  • We take young people for work experience to help them with their training in animal care, and have done this over many years
  • We employ young people, and we provide on the job training and qualification through a nationally recognised City and Guilds apprenticeship scheme; we also ensure that all our staff engage in training and we provide them with opportunities for further qualification
  • The products we use in the salon are made from organic ingredients which are better for the dogs skin with no chemicals that can be absorbed systemically and cause cumulative problems, and better for our hands; the lack of petrochemicals is also better for the environment; the packaging is also biodegradable

Supporting Business and Organisations

  • Animal Love First Aid - run by Sophie Bell, a Vet, who delivers brilliant pet first aid courses all around the UK; Sophie also offers a brand-new online first-aid course that is rated for CPD points, and we use the online course for our students.  She also has an online shop where you can purchase first aid equipment and supplies for your pets
  • Canine Massage Guild - qualified canine massage therapy practitioners, a therapy that is brilliant for soft-tissue injuries (the problems that cause lameness but don't show up on x-rays), and for old dogs that need a little helping hand in their final years to stay mobile and comfortable.  Try it! It really does work.
  • Canine Massage Therapy Centre - training provider for accredited canine massage therapists
  • City & Guilds Institute of London - is an Ofqual-approved awarding body for UK-wide skills training including dog grooming; OCN is the only other Ofqual approved awarding body for level 3 dog grooming.
  • Fluffypuppy - a supplier of high quality hand-forged grooming scissors. 
  • Groomers' Spotlight - organisation highlighting professional dog groomers in UK, you can search by postcode or town
  • Pet Industry Federation - a pet trade organisation provides representation for the UK's animal care industry to regulatory bodies/government, as well as training and qualification via City & Guilds. The National Pet College is part of PIF
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