Meet Our Groomers

Certified Professionals | Bonded and Insured | Background Checked

All of our groomers at Club Canine have been in the business of grooming for more than 10 years. It is a rare thing to find at a grooming shop where there is so much experience. Like any artist, our groomers specialize in different breeds and have different skill sets but they all have a serious love for all dogs and grooming is their passion.

Dara

Dara

The Whole Pet Grooming Academy

I have been working with horses and dogs professionally since 1991.  My knowledge ranges from competing, handling, and grooming of horses, cows, dogs, rabbits, and other small animals.  In 1999, I attended the Nash Academy in Lexington, Kentucky, upon completing the Nash grooming program, I earned my BA for Small Business Management from Ottawa University.  I moved to New Hampshire in 2006, and utilized my business degree to open my first grooming shop and boutique, The Doggie Bag & Day Spaw.

In six years I built a business that earned recognition from the community and my devoted following of clients.  I was presented the Best of Souhegan Valley Award as Best Groomer for the years 2007 through 2012.  After selling The Doggie Bag and Day Spaw, I opened up what is now Dara’s Paw Spaw and The Whole Pet Grooming Academy in 2012.  The Academy is licensed as a postsecondary career school by the state of New Hampshire with a very strong curriculum offering 6 diploma programs, 15 courses and  22 certified workshops for continuing education as well as the only certified professional Animal Communication program in the world.

In December 2016, I joined the Board of Directors for the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, in which I was an active member and volunteer on multiple committees for our region.  I had the honor of being recognized as Emerging Business Entrepreneur of the Year  in 2016 and Business Educator of the Year in 2015. 

In June 2017, I hosted a first of its kind Groomer Business Owner Retreat. Seminars were business focused along with round table discussions, massages, pedi-soaks and a fabulous evening croquet match.  All  business owners that attend pre registered for the June 2018 retreat.  2017 also saw a sponsorship with Evolution Shears to promote myself as a new industry speaker.  I am one of the founders and board members of the American Professional Pet Groomers Association, which launched its debut in April 2018 at Intergroom.  I am one of the founders, board members and supporters of the New Hampshire Groomers Alliance that is working to setting higher standards for the practices of groomers in the state and will be a educational portal for pet parents.  Just recently, I have been asked to join the board of 2 other national grooming organizations.

2018, I opened PETborough Boutique, which offers retail, self-serve dog wash, hourly doggie daycare, a full kitchen for a dog bakery and a seminar room for pet owners.  This addition is the training site for academy students that are in the advanced business and nutrition programs.  This allows for future business owners to have a real feel for the everyday running of both grooming shop and retail business.  They will have opportunities to host a seminar, work inventory, customer service, scheduling and much more. This year, I will finish my training as a Certified Canine and Feline Nutritionist.  The retail store, Dara’s Paw Spaw and The Whole Pet Grooming Academy will now be calling Club Canine its new home.

As a groomer, I have scoured the market for the best products and have adopted unconventional techniques to accommodate each of my client’s needs.  I am constantly looking for ways to grow and learn within and beyond the grooming industry.  My pleasure comes not only from the finished product, but also with making sure the pet enjoys and is comfortable throughout the entire process.  My passion for animals comes from my desire to ensure their utmost happiness.  The skills and knowledge from years of experience has helped me develop new and better ways to make the pets and those in my care comfortable throughout their lifetime. 

Now this knowledge and experience will be passed on to students that come to the academy for training.  The academy is now 4000 square foot state of the art facility offering  future groomers a world class environment for their training.  Using the same skills and practices that customers receive, student training begins with the best equipment, products and curriculum unlike any other offered in the country. Students are held to the highest standards with the care and handling of the pets.  Training is not just about producing a beautiful groom, it is about the well being of the groomer, the pet, the customer and the business.

Cathy

Cathy

Groomer

Vikki

Vikki

Groomer

Carly

Carly

Groomer

Julie

Julie

Groomer

More than just Grooming