Teagin began her career in 2001 in a boutique dog-grooming salon in Melbourne’s, Albert Park. Whilst in Melbourne, Teagin also completed a certificate in Dog Behaviour and Training. Moving back to Brisbane 2 years later, armed with new knowledge and inspiration, Teagin started Four Paw. With ongoing research, training conferences, and guidance from world-class dog groomers Teagin has developed Four Paw into the most trusted name in Queensland for all your pet grooming needs!
Bringing with her over 7 years of grooming experience, Libby is proficient in the management and care of any breed of dog. As well as her beaming personality and proficiency with all grooming techniques, Libby is able to quickly ascertain every client’s requirements and tailor her approach to whatever coat type, breed or character of pet she is working with.
Having joined the team in 2009, Nicole quickly established herself as a talented Groomer with excellent skills and a knack for exceeding customer expectations! Her attention to detail and love for the job make her one of the finest groomers in the industry.
If you are interested in becoming a top-level pet groomer there are certain skills you need. Having a love for animals great and small certainly helps, but there are other requirements that will help you progress from a Grooming Technician to a Master Groomer or Salon Manager.
- Strong work ethic – As a pet groomer you work hard and because your clients are often their owners pride and joy, you need to be committed to doing whatever is required to have their pets leaving Four Paws looking and feeling their best!
- Be reasonably fit and healthy – Pet grooming involves plenty of standing, bending, reaching, carrying and multi-tasking. Whilst not overly exertive, it’s important that you’re able to move freely, sometimes for several hours at a time.
- A willingness to learn – Pet grooming involves more than simply trimming, plucking and brushing. With the incredible variety of species, breed, size and shape of animals that come into our store on a daily basis, it’s important that you learn as much as possible about all of them as well as the numerous tools we use when grooming. There are numerous courses offered at TAFE or private colleges that you will be required to complete if you want to further your career as a pet groomer.
- The ability to get on with a wide-range of people – Pets have owners who love them, and whilst having their pride and joy groomed is the reason they are in-store, owners also need to be looked after in-store. Much like the pets we see, you will encounter a variety of different people as a pet-groomer and the ability to interact with them is as fundamentally important to the role as the ability to make their pets feel at home.
- Don’t be too squeamish – Whilst our clients always leave the store looking fantastic, you will encounter a lot of drooling, slobbering, urinating and other bodily functions during the course of the day.