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Nine to Fido: Life as a Dog Groomer & Boarder

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Our Nine to Fido feature is back putting the spotlight back on those who’s working life revolves around our four-legged companions. Christine Peters shares her experiences as the owner of Oliver’s Dog Grooming Services and Dog Boarding in Cornwall.

Describe your typical working day
Cuddling, walking, grooming and playing with our lovely doggy guests!

What made you decide to become a dog groomer and dog boarder? 
My complete love of dogs! Before that I worked as an Area Manager in the Charity Sector.

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What training & requirements did you need for your dog job?
For the grooming side of the business, I undertook a private dog grooming course at The Paw Pad Dog Grooming School in Cheshire. This was a 10-day course with hands on experience of grooming a wide variety of dog breeds. I obtained a Diploma in Dog Grooming Certificate, which notes that I successfully completed a number of formal unit credits as proof of skills in a variety of breed specific clipping & scissoring techniques, bathing, handling and care of dogs whilst grooming.

For the dog-boarding side of the business I had to obtain a licence to keep a Home Boarding Establishment from Cornwall Council, which involved an inspection to ensure both myself and my home complied with their regulations.

What are the pros and cons of your dog job?
The pros are seeing all the dogs in my care happy, content and loved. I find it really rewarding knowing that all the dogs in my care are safe, well and looked after - owners even comment that their dogs are not in a hurry to leave. The only drawback is that it’s a 24-hour job, which has completely taken over my life but saying that I wouldn't change a thing!

What has been your most memorable doggie moment? 
There are so many. Notably, seeing an owner cry tears of joy and relief knowing how well their dog had been looked after and how happy he was.

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What advice would you give to someone interested in doing your job?
You must give it your all and have a genuine love of dogs. With regards to grooming, it’s essential that you obtain professional training. If you wish to go into boarding, you’ve got to love every dog that comes into your care as if it were your own.

Christine recently won the Pawesome Service Award, which celebrates amazing pet related businesses who strive to provide the best service for their customers and their pets. To find out more about both of Christine’s dog services visit Dogboardingcornwall.co.uk andoliversdoggroomingcornwall.co.uk, and keep up with her latest news on Twitter @OliversDGS.

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