PRIMPING and preening pampered pooches may seem like a walk in the park, but it’s an extremely competitive business and requires professional skill, according to award-winning dog groomer Helen Forester.
The Warnbro dog groomer is a three-time State champion and will vie for the title of Australian Supreme Champion at the Sydney Royal Easter Show next year. Ms Forester recently won the WA title at the Perth Pet Expo.
“I love making dogs look beautiful,” she said. “I get a lot of enjoyment from transforming a dog, but also just making them comfortable.”
Ms Forester said it was important to keep up with the latest trends in the world of competition grooming.
“The latest trend is Asian fusion, which involves achieving a look of big heads and small bodies,” she said.
Ms Forester travels around WA conducting seminars and workshops for groomers. “I love passing on and sharing my knowledge to new and aspiring groomers,” she said.
While grooming dogs might seem as easy as a quick shampoo and getting to work with a pair of clippers, Ms Forester said the industry was becoming a lot like hairdressing.
The industry was not licensed yet, but groomers should be certified.
“Gaining my Cert 4 Professional Pet Stylist Certificate was a high for me, but achieving International Master Groomer certificate was even higher,” she said.