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Spa Mission Statement

A Star Canine Spa seeks to treat all it’s visitors, canine and human, with respect, decency and kindness. We offer force-free grooming and a bespoke groom so as to maintain the health and wellbeing of the dog.

A Star Canine Spa seeks to offer clients a calm and kind environment where, free of time restraints, an unhurried experience minimises stress.

Force-Free Dog Grooming: Theory and Practical

A six-week modular course combining theory and practice over four mandatory days a week with a flexible start date. Students will have 1:1 teaching, guidance and support from a qualified teacher. At the end of the course students will have a working understanding of force-free grooming techniques, practical handling experience and underpinning theoretical knowledge.


  • Industry Legislation, Health and safety
  • Canine anatomy and behaviour
  • The preparation of dogs prior to bathing
  • Equipment used in the grooming of dogs
  • The styling and finishing of dogs
  • The promotion and maintenance of the health and wellbeing of dogs and the cleanliness and bio-security of the working environment.

A certificate of completion and competency will be awarded by A Star Canine Spa to students who pass all module assignments to an acceptable standard.

Start dates for the course are flexible and by arrangement with the course teacher.

Cost £2500

Course Code: ASCS1

Force-free Grooming Practice 4 day Experience

Want to know more about how force-free grooming works? You can ask all the questions and have practical experience on this bespoke course with 1:1 teaching. This course is ideal for those with prior grooming training and experience.

Over four days you will be able to observe and participate in force-free dog grooming techniques building a portfolio of experience.

On successful completion students will be awarded a CPD certificate by A Star Canine Spa.

Cost £500

Course Code: ASCS2

For more information or to book your course, please get in touch via the contact form.

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About Me

I opened A Star Canine Spa in August 2016 having completed a salon-based apprenticeship and taken early retirement from post 16 teaching. I taught for 21 years, latterly delivering vocational subjects to 16-19 year olds in a sixth form college.

Julie Skelding and her dog, Maisie

I took a leap of faith opening the spa and making such a change in my life, I have never looked back. Working as I do with force-free techniques, and in my own home, I am able to meet the individual needs of each dog, yet dogs live in human relationships and so I also have the privilege of meeting new people and offering advice and guidance on the care of their dog between grooms.

I have my own dog Maisie who is a cross between a miniature schnauzer and toy poodle, she’s a Schnoodle. She is the worst behaved client I have on the grooming table!

Julie & Maisie - New Force Free Dog Grooming Courses

I am constantly humbled by the special relationship I witness, over and over again, between dog and human and how the unconditional love they offer brings such joy into our lives. I am force-free because I choose to be, because our canine companions deserve such respect and because it really, really works.