I'm Daniella and I am a certified holistic grooming behaviourist (graduated from the Holistic grooming Academy), specialising in co-operative care and welfare grooming. My journey into dog grooming started when I struggled to find somewhere I felt comfortable enough leaving my fearful collie cross Maximus.
Since then I have completed my Level 2 City and Guilds qualification, my Level 1 DAATA grooming and currently studying for my Level 2 as well as being one of the first to complete my Holistic Grooming Diploma (equivalent of a Level 6 behaviour qualification). I have also attended a wide number of webinars, seminars and day courses on grooming, canine training, behaviour and husbandry.
As a Certified Holistic grooming behaviourist, I pride myself in offering bespoke appointments with your dogs emotional wellbeing being as important as their physical. My entire salon has been designed with the dogs comfort in mind.
Your dog is given complete freedom when they are with me, and rather than restrain or force them through something, I spend time building trust, and helping them learn how to offer behaviours needed by a groomer (and in some cases a vet). These behaviours include chin rests (useful for cleaning and trimming hair away from eyes, brushing teeth etc), allowing you to brush them, clip their nails (or how they can file their own nails) and so on. All things that will make handling and grooming that little bit less stressful.
Dogs spend approximately 260 hours of their life being groomed. If we’re not able to identify when a dog is becoming stressed and do something about it, we risk them regularly entering a state of chronic stress which can cause long term damage such as reduced immune cell production, stunted skeletal growth, poor sleep quality and reduced tissue healing
I am constantly learning, and plan on continuing to do so too - as you should never stop being a student of your trade. Things change constantly and it’s important to stay up to date.
Woody was my first dog. He was a rescue from Dogs Trust who joined our family at just 10 weeks old.
Woody was the kindest dog you could ever meet, a gentle boy with the most beautiful eyes you could imagine.
Sadly on the 13 October 2013 at the age of 12 Woody passed away. He was such a big part of our family that loosing him was one of the hardest thing's we've ever been through.
I vowed that day that I would do all I could to keep his memory alive, and so Woody's is dedicated to him.