Victoria Mackenzie is the one canine groomer within the North of Scotland to be accredited by the Holistic Grooming Academy.
A DOG groomer from Dornoch is main the best way in her career with a brand new accreditation from an internationally recognised grooming academy.
Victoria Mackenzie (43) is the proprietor of Ultimuttly Groomed, a canine grooming salon in Dornoch, and she will be able to make a declare to being the one groomer within the north of Scotland (and presently considered one of solely seven within the UK) to have achieved a certification in holistic grooming.
She stated: “I may see that numerous canines had been fairly fearful of the grooming course of and actually didn’t wish to be within the salon.
“That’s fairly upsetting whenever you love working with canines, as you don’t wish to be the reason for their stress and concern. I didn’t need them to be so burdened, however I didn’t know assist them.”
After researching other ways to method the commerce, Victoria got here throughout the Holistic Grooming Academy – an internationally recognised distance-learning faculty whose programs are accredited via the Complementary Medical Affiliation and authorized via CPDUK.
Victoria owns Ultimuttly Groomed, an expert canine grooming salon in Dornoch, which has been working for nearly 5 years.
The diploma requires a 12 months of self-study overlaying subjects akin to canine behaviour, physique language and communication, the “force-free” method and constructive coaching strategies.
After completion, the qualification equips the groomer with strategies to assist scale back concern, stress and anxiousness within the salon.
Victoria’s cabin is cage and crate free, so canines have free run of the area. The totally one-to-one setting, which means her consideration is at all times on the canine.
Ms Mackenzie added: “In case you have a canine who will get groomed, the probabilities are you’ll concentrate on some points they’ve, akin to concern of the dryer, or a dislike of their toes being touched.
Victoria makes use of a spread of desensitisation and counter-conditioning strategies.
“Whereas it’s unrealistic to anticipate canines to ultimately love all facets of their groom, via working with the canine you possibly can assist them study to tolerate this stuff, which in flip results in a greater expertise for us each.
“I’m actually pleased with myself for finishing the diploma. I’m assured that I’m now capable of do my highest for every canine who comes via my door.”