Groomer, Canine Esthetician and Tutor

A qualified professional groomer and trainer, certified canine esthetician and experienced dog owner and exhibitor

Hi!  I have been a dog owner all my life with involvement in obedience, working trials, showing and breeding and grooming dogs, certified canine esthetician, qualified canine massage therapist, reiki practitioner, and training people to groom dogs - 40 years of dog experience!  Dogs have been really important to me and my family - we can't live without them.  At home we have a Portuguese Water Dog called Calypso and a Giant Schnauzer called Esme (Esme replaces our old Giant Schnauzer boy called Caspar).  We have previously had experience of a Border Terrier, Ruby, known to many of my grooming students until she recently died.  Sophie the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a little Blue Cross rescue dog.  Many years ago I owned, showed and bred Turkish Kangal Dogs - a giant flock guarding breed, with a double coat.  

Dog grooming is an unregulated industry, but personally, I wouldn't let my dogs be groomed by anyone that I didn't know to be trained, skilled and qualified in what they were doing, and that is what got me interested in grooming as a profession - I didn't want my Border Terrier to be groomed by anyone but me - so I went on a course.  I was hooked!  I became a dog groomer in 2010, and since then I have been on a mission to learn everything I can so that I can provide the best service to both dogs and their owners, and also to teach my grooming students all they need to know about the art and business of dog grooming.  I am also trained as a Canine Massage Therapist (with Natalie Lenton of the Canine Massage Therapy Centre).   I am also very proud to be a member of Groomers' Spotlight,  an organisation for professionally qualified dog groomers which aims to encourage lifelong training and development to improve the safety and quality of dog grooming within the UK.  My particular breed interests are Schnauzers of all sizes, Border Terriers, Portuguese Water Dogs, Cockerpoos and Labradoodles (particularly where owners want something aesthetically pleasing)

My grooming/teaching qualifications are:

Higher Diploma in Dog Grooming (this is the highest level of formal dog grooming qualification in the UK and leads to Master Groomer status) - I hold 5 of the 10 available modules (grooming qualifications for Giant Schnauzer - clip and scissor and handstripped, and Cockerpoo- freestyled)

City & Guilds 7763-03 Diploma for Dog Grooming Stylists (handstrip of Border Terrier, clip/scissor Mini Schnauzer, clip/scissor West Highland White Terrier, clip/scissor English Cocker Spaniel)

I have Certified Canine Esthetician status, and this is a US training programme run by Christein Pearson-Sertzel.  I am also part way through the Iv San Bernard certification programme - Pet Skin Clinic - again another US training programme

City & Guilds Level 3 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Level 3 Certificate in Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance

Trained invigilator for City & Guilds exams

I hold current certificates in First Aid for Pets and also for people.   My pet first aid training was carried out with Sophie Bell, MRCVS, of Animal Love First Aid .  I have also taken Sophie's course in Canine and Feline Oral and Dental Care.  

I have undertaken Reiki First and Second Degree Training, including Reiki Therapy for Dogs in the Grooming Salon - my Reiki Master was Rob Fellows

I regularly attend seminars covering a range of different topics in dog grooming or groomer training to keep my skills and knowledge up to date: seminars I have attended in 2018/19 - Labradoodles and Cockerpoos, handstripping terriers and spaniels, asian fusion, bedlington terriers (and I love Bedlingtons), Emmi-Pet Ultrasonic Teeth Cleaning, and of course Crufts which I have attended virtually every year since 1987.  I felt very honoured to receive an invitation to compete at the Pet Industry Federations Groomer of the Year 2019 competition (invitation only, and 20 people invited).

In addition to caring for my lovely dogs, Calypso and Esme,  I enjoy watching Outlander on Prime! and Game of Thrones has recently become another favourite, and have just started watching Stranger Things which is fab, and Chernobyl was totally gripping.  I have more or less forgotten Pride and Prejudice and now I am hooked on Bridgerton and Sanditon.  I do like a gin and tonic in the evening!

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