A qualified professional groomer and trainer, 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, qualified canine massage therapist, and training people to groom dogs - 35 years of experience! Dogs have been really important to me and my family - we can't live without them. At home we have a Border Terrier, a Portuguese Water Dog, and up until recently a rescue Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a rehomed Giant Schnauzer called Caspar. Without Caspar and Sophie, there was a bit of a gap, so we acquired a Giant Schnauzer puppy called Esme, and we hope that she will begin a successful show career this summer, and who knows, perhaps one day be as successful as her father Stablemaster's Faiz (he was Best of Breed at Crufts 2019, and Group 3 winner) - Esme has now qualified for Crufts 2020.
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, 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 an assessor for dogs wishing to join Canine Concern (these are therapy dogs who provide a lot of pleasure for old people, or young children struggling to learn to read). 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 4 of the 10 available modules (qualification for Giant Schnauzer and Cockerpoo)
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)
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 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, 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), though unfortunately I will not be able to attend as Esme will not be quite old enough to be ready for this experience.
In addition to caring for my lovely dogs, Calypso and Ruby, and my new Giant Schnauzer puppy, 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 do like a gin and tonic in the evening!
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