Monday, 10 March 2014

Back to School - Day 1

Today was the first day of my 5 week training to get my City & Guilds qualification in dog grooming. I'm living in London by myself for 5 weeks and I was so nervous this morning but Heidi and all the other students made me feel very welcome.

All the other students are at least half way through their training, some even further and it's great to see how good they are after such a short time. Hopefully I can follow in their footsteps!

This morning I was mainly observing the students grooming as they were short staffed so I couldn't have my proper induction day.

In the afternoon I practised clipping a Westie called Poppy and also did a bit of scissoring her legs and feet. She was a very good girl despite wanting to sit down all the time which wasn't very helpful!

At the end of the day I stayed late to observe a cat groom. I've only seen this being done twice before so thought it would be useful to get some more experience in it.

This is Toulousse the Chinchilla cat.

She was very matted but felt much better after her bath and hair cut. She went home with a lovely lion trim.

I really enjoyed today and mostly liked seeing how the salon runs and the different handling techniques used. It's very different to where I have previously worked but I'm sure I'll be used to the changes by the end of the day tomorrow.

Hayley x

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