London, England (PressExposure) October 18, 2012 -- Award-winning dog groomer and competition judge, Colin Taylor, has opened his own dog grooming training school in London. The Colin Taylor Academy operates from the premises of Just Barking, an upmarket salon and pet boutique in Kensal Rise, North West London.
"The difference with my school," says Taylor, "is that I take on a very limited number of students at any one time. That means they get a lot of close personal attention from me - whether they like it or not."
Prospective students will have plenty to learn from Taylor's direct approach. In 2004, Taylor was crowned Intergroom International Groomer of the Year. In 2006 he won the World Cup Grooming Games at Burbank, California. He has won countless Best in Show awards and has been 'a groomer to the celebrities'.
Training at the Colin Taylor Academy is designed both for beginners looking to achieve the nationally-recognised City & Guilds Qualification, as well as for advanced groomers who may need some training with Taylor in preparation for an exam or competition.
"But my training," adds Taylor, "is also ideal for anybody with an established salon who needs to refresh their skills and reinvigorate their grooming business."
"It's fair to say that dog owners are more aware these days about the benefits to their dog's health and wellness if groomed regularly," explains Taylor.
"What does that mean for a groomer," he asks, "in terms of choosing the right shampoos or a dryer or managing bookings or staff or customer relationships? Even experienced groomers need to work smarter."
Notes for editors: Originally from England, Colin Taylor trained in London before relocating to Hong Kong and then to the United States, where he lived for more than twenty years whilst competing at shows in the US and around the world with Groom Team USA.
When he returned to England five years ago, Taylor continued to judge at competitions, run workshops and hold Master Classes at salons across the UK and Europe. He co-founded Master Groom, one of the UK's top annual dog grooming competitions.
Taylor, who has appeared on the cover of Groomer to Groomer Magazine five times, is a featured guest speaker at the British Dog Grooming Championships 2012 to be held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, England, on October 28.