My name is Hélène Bélanger
Some people love dogs, some are crazy about dogs – the latter
would describe me very well, as I am totally crazy about dogs.
Dog grooming is actually a late career change. I enjoyed and was
successful in my previous careers, which included accounting,
various roles in the automotive industry: first in service,
sales and financing department which was followed by a career in
the private education field as a career counselor... but
something was missing. Then, some years back, I acquired my
first purebred show dog and thus began my passion for grooming
and training my wonderful canine friends.
In September 2005 I enrolled in a nine months dog grooming
course at a school in Brampton, which is the only dog grooming
school recognized and accredited by the Ministry of Vocational
Training. I chose the school based on the extensive training,
both written and practical. My teacher, Barbara Hodgkinson, is a
Master Groomer (yes they do have accreditations for dog
groomers) and has won a number of International Grooming
Competitions. Her daughter, Ginger, is incredibly talented.
By having this high level of training, I was able to learn not
only the correct, but the recognized grooming techniques for all
the various breeds and dog groups. I graduated with honors in
June 2006 and was offered a position at the school as a groomer
and teacher’s assistant. I worked at the school for 18 months to
gain more hands on experience, which was invaluable as it
provided more time to develop my scissoring technique and to do
so surrounded by a very talented group of teachers. I decided to
leave the school simply because the demands being made by my
personal clients left me with little time to devote to the
school and students.
My salon is located in my home. The environment here is more
relaxed than at a busy grooming shop, which is nice for nervous
dogs. But since this is my house, I take a maximum of four dogs
per day. Most owners leave their dogs for only a few hours while
they are being groomed. Naturally not every owner is able to
pick up their dogs when they are finished, those dogs are
welcome to stay here until the end of their owner’s work day.
Since I groom by myself and I am not located next or in a
veterinary clinic, I cannot groom large breeds or dogs which are
not groomed regularly or extremely matted. I recommend that if
your dog is matted to the skin, he or she be
groomed by a groomer located inside a veterinary clinic, in the
event of a clipper cut or other complication. I will be happy to
recommend another groomer.
I am also involved in breeding Chinese Crested dogs with a
wonderful friend of mine and kennel partner, Laurel Brown. We
travel to various dog shows across Ontario and the US with
Laurel’s motorhome. This way we can bring all our dogs. What
better way to spend some of our weekends than with our dogs and
great friends? We also get to see the many different breeds
which help me in keeping in touch with how each breed is
groomed. Often, I use the example of some of the dogs I see at
dog shows and adapt their clips to a more practical “at home”
style, shorter while retaining some of the breed’s individual
style of grooming.
My philosophy about dog grooming is simple: I strive to give
each dog the best possible clip for his or her breed, taking
into account the age, coat texture, health and lifestyle of both
the dog and its owner. It’s all about your dog and his or her
Price varies depending on your dog’s breed, size and coat
condition. Please contact me for further information..