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Debby Knight L.C.G.I.

My name is Debby Knight. I am the owner and trainer at The Bristles Dog Grooming. We are a busy grooming salon located in Oswestry, Shropshire, on the beautiful Welsh border.

I have been grooming for over 40 years, both in the UK and USA.

Prior to The Bristles I groomed under the business name of Paws and Claws for over 25 years

I spent 10 year grooming in Las Vegas, NV. During this time I groomed for Liberace, Kenny Kerr and Wayne Newton. I also groomed the white tigers of Sigfreid and Roy (Actually it was just their house cats).

In the UK, I groomed Tatiana de Bellevita's (fashion designer for Ralph Lauren) Afgan hound, Baron, and Simon Gilbert's (drummer for Suede) Labrador, George, along with other well know people..

I have been teaching grooming in the UK since 1995.  I opened The Bristles Dog Grooming, in Oswestry, in 2006. We started off teaching and preparing groomers for the City and Guilds Level 2.  Now we are accredited to asses City and Guilds Level 2 and Level 3.  I am also an assessor and examiner for both the Level 2 and Level 3 diplomas.

I attend many grooming seminars and competitions, held both here and in US.  This ensures that I keep on the cutting edge of the grooming trade and know and can ensure I teach my students the latest trending.

In Oct 2011, I attended a weeks training at The Paragon Pet Grooming School, in Michigan. I spent time with both Melissa VerPlank (author of Notes From The Grooming Table) and her Husband Marc Lefleur.

I have shown many breeds, to include Standard Poodles, Boston Terriers and Russian Black Terriers .




Certifications and Diploma

Emergency First Aid at Work

City and Guilds Level 4 L.C.G.I.

City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma For Professional Pet Stylist

City and Guilds Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Dog Grooming (7750/2)

City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate of Technical Competence in Dog Walking (0146-21)

Diploma in Advanced Grooming (Groomers)

Canine First Responder

Certificate in Canine First Aid (Distinction)

Further & Adult Education Teachers Certificate Stage 1

K.C. Accredited Breeder Scheme (poodles and Russian Black Terrier)

Reiki Level 1 (for dogs)

Diploma Advanced Grooming Training (The Paragon Pet Grooming School USA)

Accredited Pet Care Professional


Member of:

English Groomer's Group

Business and Professional Women (UK)

Russian Black Terrier Club

National Dog Groomer Association of America


I also regularly attend seminars and product shows, keeping up to date on latest products and techniques.



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