As dog lovers, our dog groomers believe that the handling and comfort of the dogs in their care is as important as the haircuts they offer. The better the experience the dog has whilst in the grooming room, the more it learns to work with us and the better our continuous relationship will be and therefore the happier the dog will be. All our staff are carefully selected so they have that special something that enables them to bond with and get the best from the dog. They are trained to handle all the dogs in our care with gentleness, patience, love and care. We have all the up to date equipment, hold specialist shampoos for different coat types, continuously attend training seminars and have top stylists and examiners come to the salon to train us so the dogs experience the best salon experience possible. We strive to continuously be the best we can so we provide the best service we can for you and your dog.
I have always had a dog at my side making me laugh since before I could walk and therefore have always lived with the knowledge of how special the relationship between the dog and their owner is. Having a business degree and a background working in business I wanted to change my direction and develop my career where I could work with and alongside my best furry friends. I studied Animal Care at Lackham College and specialised in canine behaviour. I continuously developed my knowledge by working in kennels, attending training seminars, attending a tellington-touch course, setting up a training school and going abroad to study with a canine behaviourist in America. Eventually in June 2005 I was city and Guilds trained and immediately began my professional dog grooming career, completing the City and Guilds Diploma exams in 2016.
Alongside my grooming I gain a lot of enjoyment from training and competing my own gundogs all over the UK. My dogs are very much part of mine and my family's entire life and so are never far from anywhere I am.
Nicki Johnson – Dog Groomer & Owner of Canine Class
We understand to remain as good as we can be and to improve ourselves we must continuously be keeping up to date with training and trends. Therefore we aim to attend the training seminars that are put on nationally as well as inviting renowned groomers to us for training days. These include:
- City and Guilds qualifications
- Dezynadog Training day 2011
- Mastergroom Training day 2012
- Annual visit to Crufts to research the latest equipment and techniques
- On site Training by Master Groomer Kelly Davis February – May 2012
- Groomers Festival of Grooming 2 day training seminar. July 2011 and July 2012
- bi-annual staff training from top grooming industry professionals at our salon
- Members of the English Grooming Group /facebook
- All professional grooming staff are City and Guilds qualified
- Member of the Pet Industry Federation 2017
We do take work experience students. Please contact Nicki for more details. We sometimes have openings for professional dog groomers who have their city and guilds examinations and have 2 years salon experience. Also we occasionally have an opening on our apprenticeship scheme. Please watch this page for opportunities with Canine Class.