Excellent service, Beau has not limped or had any problems with her leg since we have been coming here, all staff are brilliant :)
Steph Cottam(Friday, June 23 17 12:27 pm BST)
An absolutely fantastic place to train to be a dog groomer. Well not just a groomer. You learn the business side and also undertake a first aid course � Wonderful, friendly staff too. Nothing was too much trouble even when I asked stupid questions. � My training was the start of my doggy empire as I am now in the process of opening a second dog grooming salon. All thanks to Poppy, Steve and the team. The best thing I have ever done. Thanks so much �
Victoria Pratt(Friday, June 23 17 12:13 pm BST)
Making the decision to change my life started when I took the leap to train at the most welcoming, supportive, professional, happy & friendly environment with Poppy and her amazing team at Howgill Farm. Opening my Salon in January had been scary but without a doubt the best decision I could have made. Continuous support gives peace of mind and takes away the fear of never being on your own even when you work alone. Forever greatfull to Poppy and her amazing team for having a big part in changing my life and helping me to fulfil a life long dream. ����
Paul Christodoulou(Saturday, May 20 17 09:05 pm BST)
Gabriel has now been attending Canine Health and Hydro for over a year now. In that time his Hip Dysplasia has significantly improved and is now more or less cleared. He loves the Hydrotherapy and the staff, to such an end that even though his 2 x 10 sessions have sorted his problem, we continue to take him there every other week, as it is more than clear that he benefits every single time. We see it when he runs and plays outside. Now he also goes in the treadmill every other visit to fine tune his gate. Each time is followed by a good shower and a dry. I cannot recommend Canine Health and Hydro enough. A superb organisation with the care and health of dogs their first priority.
Linda Holme(Tuesday, April 25 17 12:10 pm BST)
I completed my course on the 18th December 2016 and the fact that it has taken this long to write a testimonial, due to being so busy dog grooming in my little salon is the best compliment I could pay to Canine Groom School!! Thank you to Poppy, Steve, Jess and Sarah for making the experience one I will never forget. I enjoyed every minute and the teaching and support I received was second to none. I have made friends who I am able to share my new business journey with and the continued support from groom school is helping me to succeed in a job I love. Thanks to you all again! Linda xxx
Nicola rutland(Friday, April 14 17 09:11 pm BST)
Cannot describe how wonderful Ruth was with our 6month old bulldog Maggie in her first fun session..very impressive, friendly and full of knowledge. Highly recommended.. Maggie loved the session and we loved watching her.
Thanks Ruth and all the team.
Lynlyn Miller(Sunday, April 09 17 08:43 pm BST)
I enjoyed this course from start to finish, didn't want to leave but I know I have been taught to the best standard of dog grooming. It has been a totally hands on experience with plenty of dogs to practice on and with the very best grooming tutors and amazing help and support with Poopy, Jess and Sarah being so nice and patient in fact everything about it is amazing at CANINE GROOM SCHOOL. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done choosing CANINE GROOM SCHOOL. I am forever grateful for everything. A Million thanks to all the staff.
Andy Lucas(Monday, March 20 17 05:44 pm GMT)
Puppy Cocka came for his first clip today.
His mummy is not feeling to good, but after seeing his new hair do, it made her day, over the moon.
Thanks to all.
Maggie Brady(Thursday, March 16 17 10:30 pm GMT)
Our beautiful 3 legged Doberman has been for 2 sessions of laser and hydrotherapy and she's loving it. Lola lost her front leg 5 years ago and managed fantastically without it up until last year when her remaining leg started to show the strain � now she has limited mobility and at the age of 9 is struggling to do very much walking at all. I contacted Steve at Canine Health & Hydro a couple of weeks ago and after his speedy response Lola has already had an assessment, taster session in the pool and is now looking forward to her third lovely laser treatment and dip in the pool chasing a pink donut ���� we're all feeling hopeful for another summer with our lovely lass Lola barking at the passers by from our front garden thanks to Steve and the wonderful friendly team x
Kim Pilkington(Friday, March 03 17 09:21 am GMT)
When I started at Canine Groom School I didn't have a clue what I was doing, however with the amazing help and support of Poppy, Jess and Sarah I learnt so much. Their experience meant that any question you have they will give you their best advice to help you. I was scared when I started that I would not be able to do it all in such a short space of time but with everyone's patience I did it all and couldn't be happier. I can't thank all of the staff at Canine Health and Hydro enough, everyone is so kind and helpful and they will always try and help you. Definitely the best choice I made doing the course here. I will miss it!
Ruby Cameron(Thursday, March 02 17 09:34 pm GMT)
What an amazing place! I loved my time at the grooming school I have learnt so much and now I am a fully qulified dog groomer can't believe it, thank you Poppy and the girls, they are brilliant tutors and I can't thank them enough. Ruby
Anne Cahill(Friday, February 24 17 09:16 am GMT)
After thinking about becoming a dog groomer and finding a very kind person who let me go and work every Saturday morning in her salon here in Switzerland, I realized that it was something I really wanted to do. As there are no schools here who offer a qualification in this field I decided to look for a training centre in the U.K.
Eventually, I chose two and on a visit to see family last summer, I paid for a taster day in a salon in the North East. However, at the end of the day( 4 hours) I was not very happy with the way it went. A little disappointed, I decided to call Canine Health and Hydro and talked to Kerry the receptionist. With her friendly, informative manner she convinced me to go for it. And the adventure began.
The course of 24 days was adapted for me, 6 days a week for 4 weeks, as I was coming from a long way and had to take unpaid time from work.
I must admit that on my first day, 9th January 2017, when Poppy told me about everything I would have to do over my 4 weeks, I panicked and thought I would never be able to manage it all.
The grooming salon team, Poppy, Sarah and Jess, and patient Kerry's help with printing written assignments from my computer first thing in the morning, soon showed me that it might be possible. With the hands on, from day one, professional approach, encouragement, patience, good humour and all the help and information about course work and exam preparation helped me to start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
I lost my confidence a few times because of the short time pressure, wondering if I was doing the right thing at my age (57), but was always brought back from the brink by this wonderful team.
I even managed to fit in an exam revision talk, business talk from Steve and a first aid talk given by a veterinary nurse.
And there it was, suddenly my last day. Course work done, practical assessments over, and City and Guilds exams successfully achieved with a distinction, merit and a pass.
I worked very hard and pushed my limits but without this wonderful team I would never have managed.
I met some lovely people and had some great laughs despite the hard work and highly recommend this place to anyone wishing to join the dog groomers world.
So, here I am one month after. Back at the grooming salon in Switzerland two half days a week. A proposal from a girl with an up and running garage grooming business to join her at the end of April for two full days a week. With the total conviction that by the end of this year, teaching English will be a thing of the past.
Thanks to you all at Canine Groom school.
Diane(Wednesday, January 11 17 05:57 pm GMT)
What a friendly knowledge professional team ! From my first email, to visit I was made welcome by lovely staff, & students.
Katherine Payne and Rachel Elliott(Sunday, January 08 17 02:40 pm GMT)
Hector has his thirteenth birthday in February 2017. He has been going to Canine Health and Hydro for a number of years. Initially he started having weekly swimming sessions with Steve and then moved onto maintenance swimming before changing to treadmill sessions. He has also recently started having laser sessions before he goes on the treadmill. The difference in Hector is amazing. He has had several near death experiences in his relatively short life. A short list of these experiences includes: being savaged by another dog causing abdominal and back injuries requiring extensive surgery; being hit by a bus; being caught in a snare; being run over by a vet. We were worried that Hector was in pain from scar tissue and we also noticed he was not running evenly with his hind legs. We had seen the benefits of water treadmill therapy in our horses. So, we decided to try swimming for Hector and booked in a session with Steve. It is clear that his swimming and now laser and treadmill sessions mean Hector can continue to live life to the max. His pain is managed and has also clearly regained muscle loss. Importantly for Hector, thanks to the team at Canine Health and Hydro, he can still sprint fast; very important for a Jack Russell Terrier who likes to chase rabbits.
Hannah & Neil Mulholland(Tuesday, January 03 17 12:56 pm GMT)
Thank you to Steve (hydro) & Lianne (laser) on behalf of our lovely Doberman Daisy who sadly passed away suddenly on 17th November 2016. Her referral to them made such a difference to her mobility during her last year. The sessions were based around her needs and despite her reluctant start Steve persevered and she began to enjoy the treadmill. With Lianne she was totally relaxed during the laser sessions. The two treatments meant she made great progress and began jumping into the car again, what a joy for us to see. Her mobility improved significantly and we can't thank you all enough. We can recommend taking your dog to have treatments for arthritis.
Hannah & Neil M
Dedicated, professional, personal and caring are a few words from so many I can use to sum the outstanding training I received at Canine Groom School. The whole team are totally committed to each individual ensuring the training you receive is fun, consistent and too the highest standard. Having completed the course 2 months ago I am now in my 8th week of business, fully booked and feeling confident. Clients are rebooking. Thank you for providing the ultimate training in such a short period.
This school has got to be the best in the country!! It is second to none. The training, support and 'after care' is amazing. I completed my City and Guilds Level 3 in October 2016 and have since opened a grooming salon. Steve, Poppy and the team are full of advice, tips etc even down to which towels to use in a salon. Worth every penny. Thankyou so much , I have more than enjoyed the course and made some very firm lifetime friends.
I completed the level 3 city and guilds qualification in April, I can honestly say I wouldnt recommend anywhere else, Poppy, Steve, Stacey and Jess make you feel so welcome and put you completely at ease from the minute you walk in on day one to the day you qualify. They're always on the end of the phone during and after the course for tips and advice and they genuinely care about all the dogs they have coming to them. I absolutely loved my time there and I'm looking forward to my new venture that wouldn't have been possible without the ongoing support from these guys. Loved that I could bring my dog in so I could learn how best to style him too!
Thank you for everything,
Bianca and Bruce the dog :)
Emma Smith(Sunday, December 18 16 09:14 pm GMT)
I completed my Level 3 C&G training at Canine health & Hydro Groom school in September 2016 and I was very sad that it came to an end! The tutors and all staff at the centre were always professional and helpful and were fantastic at buildingmy confidence. There were students from many different backgrounds, some beginners and some who had been grooming years and each and every day we all learned something new. Poppy and Steve are always available with help and support even after I qualified and I wouldn't hesitate to do my time there again. I would whole heartedly recommended the groom school and their courses to anyone wanting to learn. The very experienced tutors are willing to share not only their knowledge and expertise but also their personal experiences of running grooming salons.
Michaela Haines(Sunday, December 18 16 08:49 pm GMT)
After spending the last twenty years working for Salford Council I made the decision in April to swap my desk for a table and my keyboard and mouse for scissors and to try and become a professional Dog Groomer. I had no previous experience whatsoever of dog grooming and I'd never held a pair of scissors in my life. All I knew was I loved dogs -a lot! Prior to choosing Canine Health and Hydro I did my research and looked at several places offering the City and Guilds Level 3 training. What finally swayed me to choose to come here were the testimonials and so I felt it was only right that I write one myself and I hope that mine might sway you to come here too! Im not exaggerating when I say that you would have to go a long way to find a better place to train and gain your qualifications. Poppy and Steve and their team make you feel welcome from the minute you walk in there. The Groom School is simply brilliant and the tutorship is second to none. You are taken through every step of the way and before you know it you will become a confident but most importantly competent groomer. Everything you need is provided for you and the support and encouragement you receive is endless. Its not only Poppy and her team who make the Groom School special it's also all of your fellow students that make it such a special time/experience. I have made life long friends from far and wide (you'd be surprised how far people travel just to be taught here!) I will be eternally grateful for the skills I have acquired. I feel incredibly privileged to have been taught by Poppy, she is one very special lady. If you have any choice at all where you do your training then come here. You will not be disappointed. I really could wax lyrical about this place forever but I shan't but what I will finish off by saying is that I could not feel any prouder of being a Canine Health and Hydro Groom School alumni!
Teresa Chappell(Sunday, December 18 16 08:00 pm GMT)
I completed an intense training course with at Canine Health & Hydro in September 2016. It was hard work as I did 6 days per week for 4 weeks which included all practical assessments, tests, exams and course work with no prior experience of dog grooming. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the expert tuition. Couldn't have passed without them! Would do it all again tomorrow! Thoroughly recommend Canine Health & Hydro!
From the beginning when I originally enquired, Poppy and Steve were extremely helpful and accommodating from the get go. I started my Flexi course in April 2016 and was Level 3 Qualified by mid June 2016.
All the staff at Canine Health and Hydro were so lovely and they genuinely want the best for their students. I could call/email/facebook message any time of day and speak to a staff member if I needed some further information, and I can still call them now if I am ever in need of some help.
Even after leaving the course I still feel very much a part of Canine Health & Hydro Groom School and I think that is a very unique and positive aspect of Groom School for sure. I was sad to leave if I'm honest as I made some good friends whilst studying and I truly admire the skill and expertise Poppy has - (I hope I will get to the same level as her in the future)
I have just booked on to do my Level 3 Diploma in Professional Dog Grooming in May 2017, I am extremely excited to be heading back to Groom School for a couple of mock exam days before sitting my final exams.
I can't recommend Canine Health and Hydro enough. Thank you Poppy, Steve & the gang, I wouldn't be here without your help!!
Lisa Holt(Sunday, December 18 16 07:11 pm GMT)
For anybody thinking about training to be a dog groomer then doing it with Poppy and her team at Canine Groom School is the ONLY way to do it! What an amazing team! Supportive, friendly, patient, generous with their sharing knowledge and experiences - the perfect learning environment. As the saying goes - 'just do it!' You won't regret it.
Eleanor Manning(Sunday, December 18 16 07:09 pm GMT)
It's coming up to 3 years since I first set foot in the groom school. It was all a bit of a whirlwind and despite lacking self confidence with the support and tuition of Poppy, Anna & Steve and the cameraderie of my fellow students I made it to the end! I have been running my own business since April 2014 and now have a busy salon working alongside Animal Care. I still feel part of the family and love the ongoing advice & support we all give each other. Excellent standard of training and highly recommended to anyone interested in starting their own career in dog grooming.
The Canine Groom School has exceeded all my expectations...you couldn't wish for training delivered by the most knowledgeable tutors I have ever met, nothing is too much trouble for them..I knew as soon as I walked into the school this was the place to train. I don't think I ever want to leave!!
Zoe Glossop(Thursday, December 15 16 08:52 am GMT)
Nala has been going to Canine Health and Hydro for 5 months now. She loves each and every session. Her fitness levels have improved massively since she started and she gets stronger every week. It's lovely to see how excited she is every time she gets in the pool. She has built up such a good relationship with Shona and the love, care and attention shown to Nala has been second to none, special thanks to Shona, Ruth and Tracey.
Karen Isherwood(Saturday, December 03 16 01:54 pm GMT)
We have been visiting Canine Health and Hydro since around March 2016 and the team have been truly fantastic. The sessions are always based on Tilly's changing needs and her next steps are always catered for. Tilly loves coming here, Ruth has built a bond up with her and us since July. A family run business that always do their best to help no matter who we see. Our own knowledge and after care skills have improved too throughout Tilly's treatment. We won't be leaving this place anytime soon!
The Isherwood Family x
Michelle Oliver(Saturday, December 03 16 01:51 pm GMT)
01/12/16 - We had been recommended and referred to this service by our vet Pam, following Sams minor stroke as part of rehab therapy. On arrival Sam had a full check/assessment by Ruth and Sam was found to have lost an awful lot of muscle on his back legs - one only 12" circumference. Sam took to his swim sessions like a "duck to water", having sessions of half an hour with both Ruth and Tracey. As soon as I get out Sam "swim bag" he gets excited knowing where we are going.
As I write this Sam has lost 2kg in weight and has gained muscle on his back legs (18" both legs) so is well on his way to recovery with four more sessions booked in.
Highly recommended - we have our old boy back :)
Well done team - keep your good work up xx
Lynton James(Saturday, December 03 16 01:45 pm GMT)
I can't put into words the benefit Hydro as provided for Max. He has been coming for 3 years on a weekly swim. Max had surgery on his elbow to remove cartlidge. Hydro is now a big part of Max's exercise. Big Thanks to Ruth and Tracey!
Amanda Duckworth(Saturday, December 03 16 01:43 pm GMT)
Can't thank everyone at Health and Hydro enough, especially Ruth for all their help and advice with Alfie's treatment for Osteoarthritis. After only 6 sessions, Alfie has gained muscle on all legs and is losing weight. Alfie enjoys his treadmill sessions and all the positive attention and care he gets from the staff.
Thank you so much!
Lee Nuttall(Thursday, December 01 16 01:35 pm GMT)
Stevie had a TTA in late December of 2015, I only heard of Health and hydro in April of 2016. Since Stevie attended, he has come on in leaps and bounds, he has lost over 6kg, the muscle loss due to the surgery, has been fully regained, and some. The advice given by the staff. Steve, Ruth and tracey, has been invaluable to Stevie's recovery. I would recommend this treatment facility, my only regret, is that I didn't start the treatment, straight after the operation.
Molly Mckiernan(Wednesday, November 30 16 06:29 pm GMT)
My experience at the groom school has been one in a million. Endless help, advise and knowledge. Poppy, Jess and Sarah have been the best teachers I could have asked for and knowing I have their support even after the course is over makes me so grateful.
Rebecca Young(Wednesday, November 30 16 06:27 pm GMT)
I jumped in with both feet to take this course with a certain amount of trepidation. However after just one day I knew I had done the right thing.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my 24 days and have gained new skills and a whole load of knowledge about dog grooming.
I am now looking forward in a new direction as a professional dog groomer and can't wait to get started.
Yvette Lee(Tuesday, November 29 16 10:05 am GMT)
Ozzie has had 4 sessions on the treadmill so far with Shona and Ruth. He has built up strength in his legs already and the staff have been wonderful and supportive and fully explained everything that they are doing and the benefits provided to Ozzie.
I highly recommend the treatment and am really pleased that we chose Canine Health and Hydro.
Karen Miller(Tuesday, November 29 16 09:54 am GMT)
First time here today and what a revellation! We met lovely Ruth who was so informative, explaining all the techniques used to best improve Teddy's rehab.
We look forward to our next sessions, onwards and upwards :)
Sue Eastham(Tuesday, November 29 16 09:53 am GMT)
Very impressed with all aspects of Hydro treatment for Rubi!
Therapists - Tracey, Shona and Ruth have all been exceptional in their treatments and genuine love for dogs.
Rubi on 3rd treatment and enjoys her visits here.
Anthony and Lisa Hart(Saturday, November 26 16 12:44 pm GMT)
We are really pleased with the progress that Monty has made since starting Hydro. Every member of staff are friendly and approachable. Ruth has been fantastic with Monty and is always ready to answer any questions we have. Monty thoroughly enjoys his sessions with Ruth and she is always willing to adapt the session to Monty's needs.
We cannot recommend Ruth and the rest of Steve's team highly enough.
Olwyn Spedding(Saturday, November 26 16 10:40 am GMT)
Bracken has arthritis in his left leg. He has been coming to the Hydro weekly for 4 months. He is doing really well and has put 3" of muscle on his left leg. He loves Ruth to bits and always likes to please her. He looks forward to his weekly swims.
Jane(Friday, November 25 16 09:03 pm GMT)
My young dog called Bobby developed Hip Dysplasia when he was 6 months old, I took him to Canine Health and Hydro for a course of hydrotherapy the team were fabulous with him and he really likes them all especially Helen. It helped him a lot to cope and improved his right hip enormously. Two weeks ago he had a hip replacement on his left side the team were very kind and supportive and Helen even rang me to check he was OK a very personal and caring touch. We have now gone back for a course of laser and will be doing some more hydrotherapy in the new year, thank to you all xx
David Ingham(Friday, November 25 16 05:24 pm GMT)
We had the initial taster session with Ruth and as a result booked a plan of 10 sessions to improve Holly's mobility and well being.
She is not a fan of water but has reacted to the sessions remarkably well increasing her muscle mass and fitness.
Overall, delighted with the results which have resulted in increased mobility and flexibility.
All the therapists are excellent and Holly clearly enjoys the sessions.
I would have no hesitation in recommending the centre.
Sue Thompson(Friday, November 25 16 01:14 pm GMT)
My 10 year old dog Sampson was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and arthritis in his hind legs.
He has lost a large amount of muscle and so it was recommended by the vet to do hydrotherapy. Canine Health and Hydro were recommended and Sampson had his first session and initial assessment. The moment we arrived we felt at ease and felt welcomed by the staff.
Ruth was the staff member who took the session and she was extremely warm, professional and experienced. She explained the process in detail and immediately I felt confident that Sampson was getting the best treatment.
Susan Pateman(Friday, November 25 16 11:52 am GMT)
Lottie has arthritis in her elbows. After only one session of laser and under water treadmill. There was a great improvement in her movement after 4 sessions. She has reverted to being a puppy and has to be prevented from doing too much exercise. Ruth and Helen are lovely girls and she enjoys coming.
Thanks so much for giving us our real Lottie back.
Christine Phillipson(Friday, November 25 16 09:54 am GMT)
Alfie has been coming to hydro for 2 years now. He first came with hip dysplasia in both hips. He is now pain free and has good muscles in both back legs. He doesn't need to take any medication from the vets. Recently Tracey has been taking Alfie for his hydrotherapy session. Alfie loves coming and Tracey works him hard to maintain his fitness, she also makes the session fun for him. We are so grateful for the care Alfie has received over the last two years.
Steve, the owner, has been very helpful to us with very useful pointers and tips for Alfies home life, he helped turn a poorly dog into a machine.
Mr I Osbaldeston(Thursday, November 24 16 06:43 pm GMT)
I cannot praise Canine Health and Hydro enough for the care and attention given to Oscar who is 15 1/2 years old and suffers from osteoarthritis. After his session in the pol and a session of Laser treatment he is like a new dog.
David Rushton(Thursday, November 24 16 12:17 pm GMT)
Bert started his hydro as a result of a medial cruciate ligament tear. The therapy has been wonderful in restoring strength to his leg. He absolutely loves the exercise and the attention he gets from Tracey and Ruth. They are knowledgeable and provide excellent routines. Although Bert virtually doesn't need hydro now it is great for maintenance and he would definitely object if we stopped!
I would highly recommend Canine Health and Hydro! Thank you!
Helena Washington(Thursday, November 24 16 10:54 am GMT)
My dogs have both come to Canine Health and Hydro for Laser and Hydrotherapy. It is fantastic here and they both have benefited hugely. My 8 year old Labrador becomes like a puppy again when she has her Laser therapy. She has worked with all the therapists - Ruth, Lianne, Tracey, Shona and Helen - they have all been great. Thank you
Derek russell(Thursday, November 24 16 10:44 am GMT)
Helen and the team have worked wonders with my dog, Denton. 2 months ago he appeared to be in relapse after from his spinal operation which had resolved his back end paralysis. He however suddenly again suffered poor balance and an inability to stand and it looked like I may have to have him put down rather let him live in pain and suffering.
After 2 months of laser and hydro-therapy treatment he can again stand and walk under his own steam, is lively and more like he was 2 years ago.
Thanks Helen and the team for giving me my boy back; he is so dear to me.
Jo Derbyshire(Wednesday, November 23 16 04:04 am GMT)
Taffy is my pal of 15+ years who has been coming to hydro and laser since May. He loves his sessions and tends to know we've got our weekly date time just me and him and is always up bright and breezy! When we get to canine hydro he starts with his laser session to soothe his aching old back legs and loves Lianne and Helen lots, this then sets him up nicely for his swim, he started off with Steve who he quickly grew to love and trust and then we've moved on to Helen and Shona and he enjoys his swims and cuddles. For an old dog he does fab and it really helps with his wobbly legs and is a lovely weekly treat for my little pal, we top it off with a nice shower every week too bad he looks dapper in his towelling robe. His treatment certainly helps keep those legs moving and gives Taffy the weekly boosts his needs to his joints for his walks, couldn't ask for more they are all bril.
Katie Carden(Tuesday, November 22 16 02:05 pm GMT)
After having spinal surgery at the beginning of 2016 - it was suggested that Charlie had hydrotherapy so we were referred here!
The initial consultation was very in depth and plenty was asked about what Charlie had been through. Charlie was well and fit enough to go straight to the pool to start his hydro!
He was a little apprehensive at first but he didn't take long to relax and has loved coming ever since!
All the staff are absolutely brilliant with both Charlie and myself. Their knowledge is second to none and they have answered any questions I had. I'm a little sad Charlie has finished his sessions but we are definitely coming back!
Keep up the good work gang!!
Chris Goldthorp(Sunday, November 20 16 06:57 pm GMT)
We had thought about hydrotherapy for our old girl Sally a Collie/ Jack Russell cross for some time due to arthritis in her back legs. She's like a Collie stuffed into a Jack Russell body with little back legs. Other health issues came into play and her arthritis seemed to be worsening. This all pushed us into finding Canine Health and Hydro.
Well, it's the best thing we could have ever done for Sally!
After making an appointment Steve called me and had a really good chat asking about Sally, giving information on what would happen at the assessment offering advice about weight loss which was one of our goals for her.
Steve was great with Sally at her assessment and she went on to gave twice weekly pool sessions and now once weekly.
She sees different therapists who are are great, friendly and attentive to her. She has become more sprightly, moves better and has increased extension in her back legs. Oh and has lost almost 2Kg.
We highly recommend Canine Health and Hydro whose staff are always friendly and welcoming. They've helped improve an old girls quality of life! Thank you!
Gemma Kay(Sunday, November 20 16 06:06 pm GMT)
Can't thank Steve enough for the kindness and generosity he's shown and the teams continued efforts to help Loki the rescue husky with his hip dysplasia. Thanks to Helen in particular for her work with him, he's come so far already and I look forward to him progressing further. Such a lovely knowledgeable and professional bunch and nothing's too much for them. Thanks so much 😊 Love Loki Lou X
Anne Robinson(Saturday, November 19 16 08:58 am GMT)
Cinni was really bad with walking, swollen elbows, could only walk a short distance - few hundred yards before lying down and wanting to go home. Since she has been coming to Canine Health and Hydro we have seen a total change - her movement is so much improved, she now wants to go for a walk and is gradually increasing the distance. Her sitting position and lying position are now "normal" and the swelling in her joints is virtually gone. Although she will never be 100% because of the problems she has, the work and dedication of the staff has made such an amazing difference. The understanding, patience and car they show helps so much and has given me so much confidence in knowing what they do can and does make such a big difference!
Thank you so much xx
Karen Mortimer(Friday, November 18 16 02:43 pm GMT)
Leo is doing really well with the hydro. Just loves being with Ruth & Helen as he does the treadmill. They make him feel safe and secure and he is very trustworthy. Lianne is so patient with Leo with his laser treatment. Thank you so much! Would recommend these therapies for other cats as part of their recovery. They will be well looked after with the team at Canine Health and Hydro. We are very impressed with their love of animals and the care they receive. Thank you so much :) !! Purr!!
Maggie & Geoff Hanson(Friday, November 18 16 02:38 pm GMT)
From the first encounter here we found both Ruth and Helen to be professional and caring. They both took the time to be extra aware of his fear of water in the hydrotherapy, also with the laser they took the time to explain everything to us. They had complete patience & understanding of him & us. We can not praise them enough for what they are doing for Farne.
Tracy Horsfall(Friday, November 18 16 02:33 pm GMT)
Referred via vets for Jack after two back knee operations to help build up muscles, been here 7-8 weeks and what a huge improvement as we can tell when walking him. Great staff who have worked with jack, Big difference, still as noisy if not nosier than before! Big thanks!
Tracy(Friday, November 18 16 12:56 pm GMT)
After 2 back knee operations Jack been coming for hydro therapy for last 7 weeks seen a huge improvement in his recovery and all the staff are great with him getting stronger week by week as we can tell when he pulling on his lead highly recommend canine health and hydro
Julia Castellazzi(Thursday, November 17 16 07:28 pm GMT)
I feel very fortunate to have heard of this rehabilitation centre, Canine Health and Hydro, after one operation - Bilateral Luxating Patellas and another one planned for my CKCS, Tulip. The treatment has been excellent and has been extremely successful. All the staff have been helpful and and I thank in particular Lianne and Ruth for their friendly and professional care.
Kerrie Slater(Thursday, November 17 16 01:08 pm GMT)
Tilly has really come on whilst having the hydrotherapy sessions. I've never managed to get her in the water before. Her muscle is also back to nearly as it was before surgery. All the girls are fab and really good with Tilly as she is quite a nervous dog. Even managing to get her to jump in the water without help.
Susanne Engelmann(Thursday, November 17 16 12:08 pm GMT)
Since first coming to Canine Health and Hydro on recommendation my Billy is like a changed dog. Seeing him run again is the best thing ever! :) Thank you so much to Steve, Tracey, Ruth, Helen, Shona and Lianne for all you have done for us. You have made Billy one happy and healthy old boy! Love Sus x
Carley Anderson(Wednesday, November 16 16 12:59 pm GMT)
After attending our vets for 10 weeks with Hugo's hind leg and a diagnosis of arthritis we saw Steve. Steve was not convinced it was just arthritis and after further tests Hugo was found to have Cruciate ligament rupture. Hugo had surgery in May and began to see Steve and the team again in July. All we can say is this team really do work miracles, Hugo is 11 but thanks to hydrotherapy and K laser he's bounding round like a puppy again. We cannot thank Steve and all his girls enough for giving Hugo his quality of life back.
Angela Stuttard(Friday, November 04 16 10:12 pm GMT)
Monty was diagnosed with 3 bulging discs and was suffering with arthritis in both front elbows. Monty is a 91/2 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier. His back legs weren't doing what he wanted, he struggled to remain balanced cocking his leg, he would suddenly loose his balance and sit down, he was down in the dumps and so was I. He didn't want to go out for walks and didn't want to play. Since attending hydro as a regular inpatient I cannot believe how much he has improved! He had regained his posture, he has regained his balance and leg movement. With K laser therapy his arthritis has calmed down and he no longer 'bobs' when walking. My monty is back and so is my sanity. We are on a journey and his rehabilitation has been a bit up and down, but he is now on the the right road. A typical staff who doesn't swim, he has been a bit stubborn! But with patience and encouragement all the staff have gained his trust and now he loves going. He has never been in kennels and I was worried about him being in inpatient for the whole day at a time, but he loves it there. I really can't express my gratitude to all the team who have not only worked wonders with monty but also been a fabulous support to me, providing me with additional advise and tips on his care, as well as tissues! I can't recommend canine health and hydro enough
Damian(Tuesday, November 01 16 02:28 pm GMT)
Thankyou so much to all of the team and all of your tremendous dedication in Winstons rehab.
Pauline Jackson(Wednesday, September 21 16 10:34 am BST)
Our golden labrador, Ellie, was suffering from stiffness in her joints and overweight. Our vet referred her to the Hydro for a course of treatment.
She had six laser treatments and ten sessions in the pool over the past ten weeks and has shown a lot of improvement.
She has also lost over four Kgs in weight due to Steve's diet recommendations.
The facilities on offer are first class and the staff have been amazing. Thanks for everything.
Elisa helliwell(Wednesday, September 14 16 03:50 pm BST)
I attended groom school and qulaified in April 15, Now running my mobile business full time. I searched for a while for a suitable training school and came across canine health and hydro and didn't
look back, from day one I felt comfortable, had the support, guidance and encouragement I needed. Poppy and Ana were very easy to get along with and I felt I could ask for help at any time. I was
working full time whilst attending groom school which was hard but worth it, I left my full time job early this year and now work full time grooming, loving every minute! I keep a check on the
Facebook page for any hints and tips. Anyone thinking of taking the course you won't be disappointed, it's hands on from day one. Thank you Poppy. Elisa x
Stewart Curtis(Monday, September 12 16 04:37 pm BST)
Lord Elton, Mackie, & Josie all come to the hydro for a half day pleasure and to be groomed regularly. They love it and so do we as our family s treated so well and look so grand
Susan Ansell(Saturday, September 10 16 06:55 pm BST)
We would like to say thank you to Steve and his staff for giving Bonnie our French mastiff a new lease of life. She was very over weight but after going to hydro which she loved she lost one and a
half stone . A big thank you to you Steve .
Anthony Parkinson(Friday, September 09 16 01:05 pm BST)
Tony & Joanne Parkinson (9th Sept 16.)
On the 23rd June 2016, our precious little dog Poppy had a Traumatic Disc Extrusion, or as someone put it more loosely, a spinal stroke. At first she was paralysed in the hind legs. Having first
taken her to North West Surgeons in Frodsham we were then referred to Canine Health and Hydro Ltd in Ribchester. We have to say that this was the best thing that would happen to her. Steve and his
staff were brilliant and over a ten sessions period Poppy has regained her fitness and confidence and is now enjoying life again. We can't thank them enough for, as Steve put it "getting our dog
back". We would most certainly recommend them to anyone. A heartfelt thank you to Steve and his staff from ourselves and our family.
Joanne Tinsley(Friday, September 09 16 09:11 am BST)
Thank you to Steve and team for treating my Jack Russell for Cruciate Ligament issues. 11 swim sessions and she is on the mend with no operation needed. Hugh thanks and highly recommended.
Jane(Tuesday, August 30 16 09:50 pm BST)
I finished my course at the end of July after travelling from York every weekend and working full time, it was very tiring but I enjoyed and looked forward to my weekends at Canine Groom School. I
can't thank Poppy and the team enough for helping me get through everything, with a few tears on my part a few times during this time. I would recommend Canine Groom School to anyone who wants to
lead a career in Dog Grooming. Thank you to everyone especially Poppy and Stacey for their patients :)
Grayeam, Julie and Dobby(Saturday, August 27 16 12:18 pm BST)
Our dog Dobby loves the Hydro. He really enjoys the workout in the water - good for his osteo-arthritic bones - and has lost 22% of his starting body weight, making him sleek and much fitter.
Grateful thanks from us all to Steve and the team.
Ella Bunton(Wednesday, August 10 16 09:25 am BST)
In April 2016 I started a flexible dates course with Canine Health & Hydro, and on the 15th June I passed my City & Guilds Level 3 Exam! Since then I have proudly opened my salon 'Natural
Instinct Dog Grooming'; it's an amazing feeling to finally be doing something for myself. I couldn't have done it without the fantastic help, teaching and support from Poppy and Stacey, and all the
nattering and laughs with the rest of the team Jess, Nicole and Linzi. Since I've left I've felt real support from the online groom school group and know if I am ever stuck I can call or message for
help. When I impulsively decided one night to go ahead and find training I wanted to make sure I was going somewhere with a founded reputation and also a nice place and people. Canine Health and
Hydro is not the closest training centre to me but I am so glad I traveled there to do the course and didn't take the easy option. Highly recommended, I looked forward to groom school every day and
now I miss it! xx
Jo Aspinall(Monday, August 08 16 02:35 pm BST)
This was the best school to attend to become a dog groomer. not only is it hands on from the outset so you get a lot of interaction with the pooches. Poppy & Steve have implemented a business
course, first aid course (with Lianne a vet) and revision talks to help you with every aspect of going at it alone. I had the best experiences at this place and met a lot of lovely people on the way.
Thank you once again Poppy you are a fantastic patient tutor. I would recommend anyone wanting to go into this industry to attend canine health and hydro for the training it truly is a fantastic
place to learn and grow as a groomer. xx
Andrea(Wednesday, August 03 16 10:48 am BST)
All I need to say about this course with these people is that it is THE BEST start you could possibly have to kick off your new exciting career as a dog groomer ‘guaranteed’!!! The owners and staff
are amazing; they not only instruct to a very high standard and support you fully during the course, they give you 100% support after the course so you never actually feel alone and never stop
learning. There is a Facebook page which gives you access to communicate with all previous students and which gives you instant responses from the owners and instructors to any questions you might
have once you finish the course for not only grooming related aspects but for the business side of things as well. It’s a community not just a course and if you wish to start a career in the dog
grooming industry then this is the course you should enrol on. They not only run full time courses they run courses that fit round your current lifestyle. I completed a weekend only course as I was
still working but there are also full time courses and there are flexible courses if you work shifts for instance; there is nothing too much trouble so you can be assured that they will do everything
they possibly can to help you complete the course around your current circumstances. This course run by these people has changed my life forever and I can’t thank you enough Poppy, Anna, Stacey and
Steve for all your tuition, help and continued support. Hope to see you all again very soon.
xxx Andrea xxx
Chelsea Weighman(Thursday, June 30 16 12:48 pm BST)
Well what can I say...
A truly professional, caring and easy environment with the best tutors! Nothing is ever a problem... They are always there to help, even after the course! The course is really in depth and gives you
the confidence to be able to go out and do it all yourself to a really high standard! It's so exciting learn all the different techniques! I would recommend this groom school to absolutely everybody,
the support and help they have given me along the way has ensured that I really am confident to go it alone! Thank you so much... Stacey, Jess & Poppy (not forgetting the lovely receptionist
Linzi)... Canine Health & Hydro is the place to learn your skills, and there new groom room is to die for! I miss all you loads and will be over soon to come and say hello! Thanks for everything,
you've all been amazing! Xxx
Rachel longstaff(Saturday, June 25 16 08:12 pm BST)
What a fantastic establishment, I have been taking my 7 year old German Shepherd Sam weekly for hydrotherapy over the last few months to aid her recovery after injuring her cruciate ligament.
I chose the Conservative management route over the TTA operation and with Steve and his teams hard work and experience she is like brand new and able to enjoy life to the full again! Can't thank
Steve enough. I highly recommend canine health and hydro to anyone who wants the best for their pet.
Susan McLean(Tuesday, June 21 16 09:37 pm BST)
great training worth the money,i felt at ease all the way through. Thanks to poppy and Stacy
Richard & Val Webster(Tuesday, June 14 16 12:25 pm BST)
Alfie our 10 year old jack Russell was diagnosed with a slipped disc, after a month of total rest we were recommended by a vet to have hydro therapy, after 10 sessions with Steve on the treadmill the
results have been remarkable he now runs and jumps like a young dog and is in no pain whatever.
Debbie Wilde(Wednesday, June 08 16 03:56 pm BST)
I would recommend canine health to anybody, my Labrador Stevie has been having Hydrotherapy after having a couple of operations on his Leg. He has benefited so much, has much more movement in the leg
and less pain. Steve and his team have been fantastic.
Caroline Hedworth(Saturday, June 04 16 06:42 pm BST)
I have just completed my dog grooming training at this amazing place. I have spent 3 months travelling through from Darlington to stay nearby and train every weekend and it has been a truly amazing
experience. The staff are all so lovely and build your confidence from day one. They are professional, kind and have such a positive approach towards the students and offer fantastic advice for
starting your own business. Although I have undertaken this course alongside my full time job I have not once felt like it was too tiring or stressful, quite the opposite! As soon as you enter the
groom salon there is a relaxing, friendly atmosphere and I found it therapeutic and calming. I have finally found what I want to do and I can't thank Poppy, Steve and the team enough for teaching me
and making me believe I can now go out and do this! I can't recommend this groom school enough and if you are thinking about signing up to do this course, don't think about it any longer, just do it!
I am going to miss these guys so much but one day I look forward to having a ride over there again to tell them how well my business is doing :-)
howard brown(Thursday, June 02 16 10:03 am BST)
After having treatment with Steve after his operation our 1 year old patterdale junior has made a brilliant recovery due to having treadmill therapy and he really enjoyed it too thankyou from Howard
and Donna Brown
Allan and Sue Humphreys(Tuesday, May 31 16 08:04 pm BST)
Our Border Collie Zak contracted Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) when he was 6months old. HOD is a bone disease that occurs more commonly in fast-growing large and giant breed dogs. HOD is
characterized by decreased blood flow to the metaphysis (the part of the bone adjacent to the joint) leading to a failure of ossification (bone formation) and necrosis and inflammation of cancellous
bone. Fortunately Zak recovered and managed to live with his condition with no ill effects other than his back legs were slightly weak and deformed. As he approached old age his back legs grew weaker
so we decided to investigate on a course of Hydrotherapy.
So at the age of 12 we visited Steve at Canine Health and Hydro to determine what might be possible. After a thorough examination and assessment of Zak’s overall fitness he had a trial swim and loved
it. A course of 10 weekly sessions were signed up to.
Steve and the team at Canine Health and Hydro were professional, extremely patient, and caring in Zak’s weekly sessions. As Zak’s confidence grew the sessions became more intense and the strength in
his hind legs improved.
Unfortunately Zak had some more serious underlying issues which only came to light following blood tests and x-ray’s and unfortunately he had to be put to sleep two weeks ago - he is missed
Had we realised the benefits of Hydrotherapy earlier then we believe that Zak’s overall fitness would have been enhanced and his quality of life improved.
Thank you Steve and the Team we thoroughly recommend your services and only regret that we didn’t find you sooner.
Judith Black(Tuesday, May 24 16 03:43 pm BST)
Qualified May 16. Following redundancy from a Financial role I decided a change was needed. I had an interest in dog grooming and hoped to pursue it further. I am so glad I found Canine Health &
Hydro and Groom School, I can never thank Poppy, Steve, Stacey, Jess & Linzi enough for helping me change my life. They are there for you every step of the way with support, advice and guidance.
Their passion for dogs and the grooming profession is truly inspirational. I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you are looking to train as a groomer, look no further. I am now looking forward
to starting my own Business and I know their support and advice is only a phone call away when needed.
Debra murphy(Saturday, May 21 16 10:07 pm BST)
I have completed my city and guilds qualification in April and am chuffed to bits!! I could not have done this without the dedication and patience of the staff at Canine Groom school. In particular
Poppy and Stacey for being the best groomers and teachers I've ever met. Could not have done it without them. I am now grooming part time until I manage to build up a client base and know that if I
need any advise, they are happy to help. Thanks again 😀
Keith Wright(Tuesday, May 17 16 02:17 pm BST)
Oscar is a Staffy Cross (we think with a Boxer) and is very energetic and strong. When we found he had torn a hind ligament in the knee joint it was a massive blow both to him and us. His whole
character changed and he became quite withdrawn apart from having to hobble about on three legs. Following a very successful operation the vet recommended that Oscar underwent a course in
hydrotherapy and so we met Steve who went through the process he could offer. Initially I was somewhat sceptical as to what could be achieved in the recommended 10 sessions but these were soon
allayed when it was clear that the hard work on the treadmill in the water tank was paying off. Oscar has never been a great lover of water but he took to it well and with a little encouragement
worked very hard.
Apart from Steve his assistant Sian was great with Oscar and obviously has a genuine love for the work.
Oscar is now charging around as before and we are back to having to return "stolen" balls to other owners again which is great!
Well done Steve and team.
" Do a job you enjoy and you'll never do a days work in your life." I now know this to be true.
I attended groom school after a 30 year history in Insurance. I have had the most wonderful and patient trainers who always has time to answer any questions. There were several times during the
course that I doubted myself but Poppy and Stacey always came to the rescue and I left feeling skilled and confident in what I had achieved. I am now running my own dog grooming business but do not
feel alone due to the back up the school provides you with after qualification. Steve is also on hand providing useful tips and sound business advice. It was an amazing time at a fabulous place and I
am so proud and happy of what I have achieved. You will not find more skilled or nicer people anywhere.
John Boothby(Wednesday, April 27 16 08:14 pm BST)
Max, our labrador retriever, has been refered to have hydrotherapy by his vet. Canine Health & Hydro at Howgill Farm has been brilliant for treating him. Steve and his team are a friendly,
knowledgeable, well practiced group who have aided Max with his recovery and exercise for his elbow dysplasia.
I would recommend the centre for anyone who has a dog in need of hydrotherapy, as Max not only gets treatment, but he loves it here too and gets excited when he realises it is time for his trip for
to Rimmington for his therapy.
Mel Newton(Friday, April 22 16 06:45 pm BST)
I completed my City and Guilds qualification a few weeks ago at the Canine Groom School. Poppy, Steven and all the staff were wonderful and especially Stacey who taught me throughout my time there.
Stacey gave me confidence throughout the course and provided fantastic support through my training and I cannot thank her enough. I am now running my own business and building my clients up every
week. They still provide support now I have left and are only a phone call away if I need them. I highly recommend the Groom School and enjoyed every minute. Mel Newton
Christine and John Burrows(Sunday, March 20 16 07:04 pm GMT)
buffy is a 18 month old jack Russell cross. At 14 month old she had a femoral head excision which meant the ball of her hip had to be removed as there was no blood circulation going to her hip. Our
vet recommended hydrotherapy as buffy was not weight bearing. We got in touch with Steve and his team and Buffy started her treatment. She started in the pool then on the water treadmill now she is
bouncing about again and using her leg which is an amazing achievement thanks to Steve for all his hard work and patience with Buffy. Many thanks Steve to you and all your team its amazing what you
do for all those dogs young and old .
Lesley & Richard Cleaver(Tuesday, February 09 16 12:36 pm GMT)
Our five year old Golden Retriever, Bess, has been going for hydrotherapy with Steve and Laser treatment with Leanne for the last six months.
When we first took Bess to Rimmington for hydrotherapy we were apprehensive as the previous place we had taken her to had great difficulty encouraging Bess into the water...to the extent that it took
two adults, one pulling and the other pushing her to get her in the pool; then once she was in, she was so stressed that she got no benefit from the sessions.
When we first arrived for Bess’s assessment with Steve, he called her over and spent quite a while touching her, speaking to her, and getting to know her, and the places that her arthritis and the
bulging disc in her spine were giving her pain and muscle spasms. Bess, who is a very ‘stressie’ dog, normally will speak to people she doesn’t know, but then returns to us for reassurance....well,
she just melted at Steve’s touch....we have never seen anything like it.
She was so relaxed with Steve that he had no problems getting her into the pool, and now, six months on, he struggles to stay upright when he gets into the pool with Bess, she is so excited to get
her session with Steve underway!
Bess’s pain levels have considerably reduced during the time she has been to the centre for treatment, and this is borne out in her medication coming down to minimal levels, and the fact that she
very rarely goes to the vets now.
We are incredibly grateful to Steve, Leanne and the team at Canine Health & Hydro for bringing our happy, fun-loving Bess back to us, after so many months of pain.
Now every time she gets to the centre she goes mad and loves to run round and give everyone kisses. She doesn’t behave like this anywhere else, and we can only think that it is her way of saying
thank you for all the help they have given her.
Dawn Billington(Wednesday, January 20 16 02:49 pm GMT)
I have just completed my City and Guilds Level 3 Dog Grooming course which I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I cannot express enough how helpful and dedicated the tutors and staff have been
throughout the course and got me through the course. I would highly recommend Health and Hydro Dog Grooming school for a future of following your dreams working with dogs. I looked forward to
attending the course everyday learning and experiencing the grooming and handling of dogs and first aid. The staff are very friendly with a family atmosphere. Thank you very much to all staff at
Health and Hydro.
Debbie Martin(Tuesday, January 05 16 09:37 pm GMT)
I can honestly say this was the best thing I have ever done, having making the decision to change my career and thinking about the change for a good long while, I took the plunge and spoke to canine
health and hydro groom school, they are a lovely group of people, Poppy Stacey, Steve and Linzi made me feel very welcome. They have a lots of knowledge and experience and are fantastic at guiding
you through the course, the course is intense and lots of hard work but worth every minute, I really enjoyed the course and got lots of out of it and more, from the grooming to business starting and
also the first aid course with Leanne very useful. I now am slowly building my own little business and this is all down to their fantastic training, thanks again
Debbie Martin(Sunday, January 03 16 07:57 pm GMT)
Should have done this years ago but after years of working in an office day to day I finally took the plunge and decided to go with my heart and become a dog groomer....this was a challenging course
with lots to learn, take on and remember but with the support of Poppy, Stacey and Steve well worth the work and now I'm up and running my own salon and grooms coming in at a steady pace. The course
like I say was intense but you have instant support and praise from all and any questions are always answered and the help they give is amazing, they give you the confidence to know that you are
capable to go it alone, (even though I never wanted to leave) make you feel welcome and full of knowledge, I have every reason to recommend this groom school it got me through it and it's the best
thing ever achieved, many thanks to all of you. Thanks again xx
christine cunliffe(Sunday, December 20 15 07:21 pm GMT)
my 13 year old westie, jack, ruptured his cruciate ligament in march this year. my vet recommended conservative management and hydrotherapy.
at first i said no to the hydro, as jack only likes a paddle and hates being out of his depth.
however, just 3 - weeks later when i saw how much muscle tone he had lost i decided he would just have to "man up" and get swimming.
thank goodness i did.
after 21 sessions he is just about perfect. the muscle has built up and he is once again running across the moors, fields and woods.
sadly he never did get to like the swimming part which was a shame as he proved to be a very good swimmer.
thank you so much to all at CH&H.
i have my boy back.
Hilary royal(Sunday, December 13 15 06:48 pm GMT)
Our dog milo has attended hydrotherapy for the last 6 weeks after being referred by our vets. What a fantastic place never thought milo would get in the pool as he hates puddles well he did and he
absolutely loves it. Fantastic, friendly staff who really know their stuff. Big thank you for all your amazing work. Hilary, keeley and milo
Emma Hilton(Thursday, November 12 15 07:41 pm GMT)
I have just qualified on the city and guilds level 3 dog grooming course and I have really enjoyed my time. All the team at Canine Health and Hydro have been amazing; I couldn't thank them enough.
The team are professional and really supportive. I would highly recommend this course. Thank you! Xx
Sarah Jane Berry(Monday, November 09 15 05:55 pm GMT)
I have just completed the city and guilds level 3 24 day dog grooming course, as I had child care commitments they were very helpful providing a mixed match of days to fit the course around my life,
I would highly recommend the groom school as they are very accommodating and then the course itself was excellent, hands on experience from day one! poppy, anna and stacy were all very supportive and
really worked with me and boosted my confidence greatly! I know even now I have finished the course, support will still be on hand! Thank you to all the team!
Kellie Hutchinson(Sunday, November 08 15 12:24 pm GMT)
Officially completed City and Guilds level three, Canine groom school with a distinction. I throughly enjoyed my time, the team are friendly and professional. Cannot reccommend this groom school
enough, they are dedicated to supporting their students. A huge thank you to Canine health and hydro, groom school staff for everything.x
Mrs Caroline Lenarcic(Friday, October 16 15 11:56 am BST)
Our 13 1/2 year old Golden Retriever Molly has been coming for hydro for 18 months and loves it. Although it has helped hugely, she still had pain with her arthritis despite medication. Steve
suggested we try laser with Leanne. Molly has had 2 sessions now and we have a much happier dog. She is more playful and seems much more comfortable. She seems to really enjoy the laser sessions and
I just wish I had tried them sooner. Hopefully we will continue to see improvements in our lovely old girl.
Christine Exley(Tuesday, October 13 15 02:56 pm BST)
After a great deal of thought and research I decided to go to Canine Groom School to learn to become a dog groomer,and it was definitely the right choice. I have just completed the full time
intensive 24 day course and cannot thank Poppy, Steve, Anna,Stacey and Lucy enough for the the fabulous tuition, guidance and support throughout the course. I cannot believe how much I have learned
in such a short time and how much I have enjoyed my learning experience.I have without a doubt been given the best start to my new chosen career and feel confident enough to groom any dog. Poppy and
her team have been amazing throughout the course and even though I have now completed I know they are only a phone call away if I ever need them. Thank you Canine Groom School for everything xx
Clare Shaw(Thursday, October 01 15 08:53 pm BST)
Brought my dog Daisy for k-laser with Lianne and don't regret it for a second.
We were met by a warm welcome and made to feel at ease immediately.
Daisy was given plenty of fuss and treated with care and patience even when she fidgeted during her treatment.
Will definitely be coming back when she has had her second surgery as the laser definitely help aid her recovery from patella surgery.
Many thanks Lianne
Fiona Catherwood(Monday, September 14 15 10:09 am BST)
After 8 years in a career I no longer enjoyed I knew it was time to "take control" and do something I really wanted to do. Poppy, Anna, Steve and Lucy at the Canine Groom School have enabled me to do
just that. I can't actually believe that in just 24 days how far I have come and that's all thanks to the team. All provide their own years of experiences not just in the practical side of grooming
but also in managing behaviours, talking to clients, animal first aid and running a business.
The course is intensive but totally flexible to fit around you, as if like me you need to fit the training in and around your day job. It's hard work with a lot to learn but I for one had a lot of
I will now be starting my own mobile dog grooming business and I could not be more excited. Canine Groom School have given me the confidence and the tools to do this, however the support doesn't end
with the end of the course. All students can keep in touch and ask for advice via the Groom School Facebook Page.
If you're passionate about becoming a dog groomer, Canine Groom School is definitely the place to learn the tools of the trade. It was clear to me that the team love what they do and strive to get
the best out of their students. I honestly can't thank them enough!
Emma Botham(Wednesday, September 09 15 07:39 pm BST)
I recently completed the City & Guilds qualification at Canine Groom school and can honestly say I loved every minute of it. Poppy and Anna made me feel so at ease right from the off and the way
they teach just makes it enjoyable. Whenever I felt like I was struggling with anything they would be there to help and reassure me. I feel confident as a groomer thanks to them and also know they
are there for me if I need any help. Definitely recommend the course and Canine Groom School to anyone wanting to become a dog groomer xx
Andy Lucas(Friday, July 24 15 08:38 pm BST)
Thank you Anna and team. Our Shih tzu's, Zorro, Valerie and Fleur, look wonderful after their grooming. Fleur who is nearly 15 has a new lease of life and is bouncing round like a good un, she's like
a two year old. They love their visits to you and your kind care.
Thank you again.
Joan and Andy Lucas
Jill Woodhouse(Saturday, July 11 15 05:02 pm BST)
I was made redundant after 17 years working as a lab. technician at a candle factory. I had a chance to follow a long time dream to become a dog groomer. After searching on the internet I came across
Canine Health & Hydro. Read all the reviews and went for it. I did the intensive course C&G Level 3 and passed July 2nd 2015 with distinction. Still cannot believe it. I could not have done
this with out the support of Poppy and Anna. Their patience, experience, knowledge and guidance.
Steve on showing us how to handle difficult dogs and understand their body language also how to run a business.
Lucy who gave me encouragement when I doubted myself and booked the dogs in for us.
All the team are friendly and welcoming. From the first day we were all bathing and grooming 2 dogs with a variety of different breeds.
Do not let the course work and the exams scare you as Poppy and Anna teach you everything that you need to know.
I am going to miss them all and the students. It was relax and a friendly atmosphere.
Even though I have left I know that they are always at the end of the phone to give advice and support.
I would recommend Canine Health & Hydro to anyone who is thinking of setting up their own dog grooming business or just to groom their own dog/dogs.
Many thanks again for a brilliant 5 weeks. Jill x
Janet Brothwood(Wednesday, June 17 15 04:19 pm BST)
I have just completed my C & G Level 3 Dog Grooming course at Canine Health & Hydro. It has been a brilliant experience. At the age of 50 years I decided to have a total career change
(previously in Financial Services for 32 years). I am so glad that I made this decision and took the “leap of faith” into dog grooming. Poppy and Anna have been excellent trainers. They supported me
through the intense grooming course showing me the correct grooming techniques and how to handle the different dogs behaviours. They supported me with the learning and assignment work needed to
attain the C & G qualification. I’d also like to say thanks to Steve for his business support and to Lucy who does a great job managing the booking in of dogs to groom. I would recommend using
Canine Health & Hydro if you are looking to train to be a Dog Groomer. The team are brilliant and I miss them lots. Thanks for everything Janet Brothwood
Laura lemon(Sunday, June 14 15 02:04 pm BST)
Just want to say the biggest thank you!! My sid came in after a spinal injury at the beginning of February. He had not been able to weight bare without the help of a sling. We were greatful he was
still with us but almost resigned to him being a shadow of his former self. I asked my vet about the benefits of hydrotherapy and was referred to Steve and his team. Wow!!
From the first session I had renewed hope for sid and I'm so glad I stuck with it. Now, only a few months later he is so fit and loves his swimming!! Sid is back running on the beach and through
woods, something I never dared hope for. If you didn't know he'd had an injury you honestly wouldn't know. He took a lot of persuasion from Steve initially who was so patient throughout and now sid
thoroughly enjoys his sessions!
I cannot recommend this place enough!! I have got my nutty pointer back and I truly believe it is down to Steve and the thorough sympathetic sessions he has continued to put sid through. Thank you
and we'll see you soon, Laura x
Letizia Stephenson(Monday, June 01 15 07:54 pm BST)
The dedication of Steeve and his team to the health and well being of our dogs is of the highest standards. I cannot thank Steeve enough for teaching Coco our Newfie to swim. Unfortunately she fell
in a deep pond as a puppy and was afraid of high waters, Steeve psicological approach has been fantastic and she has now fulfilled her ability to swim and loves it!
Lesley Roberts(Tuesday, May 26 15 07:51 pm BST)
I have just completed my C&G level 3 certificate in dog grooming with Canine Health & Hydro and have had a fantastic time!! I thoroughly recommend Canine Health & Hydro to anyone
considering doing a dog grooming qualification. All the team; Poppy, Anna, Steve & Lucy were extremely professional yet friendly and approachable throughout the entire course. We were grooming
dogs from day one; bathing, clipping, scissoring, with continual support and guidance. We were able to groom a wide variety of dogs and I can’t believe it but I have left feeling confident enough to
groom a range of dogs on my own! Whilst on the course, you also cover the business aspect in depth which has been a great help too! Once again, a massive thank you to all the team at Canine Health
& Hydro – I couldn’t have asked for better tutors!!
Laura G(Saturday, May 16 15 08:46 am BST)
I cant thank everybody enough at the canine groom school for everything, poppy and anna for teaching, steve for the advice and lucy for sorting out all the dogs for us, its one of the hardest but
best things i have ever done, i hit a point where i thought id made the wrong decision because its so challenging but with all the right encouragment i got through it and im so happy now to be
booking my own dogs in! I made great friends who i think we'll all keep in touch for a long time and have there to ask for advice if i still need it, it was definatly worth it and i miss it alot!
Thankyou everyone at canine groom school, especially all the doggy models :-) There cant be a better place to train!
Zoe Jermyn(Thursday, May 14 15 11:29 am BST)
I spent a fab 6 weeks with Poppy and Anna and Steve. It was a lot of fun and there was lots of laughing. Poppy and Anna take a very systematic approach to grooming. You start on the basics and you
work your way through the dog, maintaining a good technique at an even, non hurried pace. You start by learning the best way to wash and dry and then the paws and clippering until suddenly you
realise you're confidently doing the faces and heads with minimal supervision. The girls are always milling around and are very patient and unhurried. They make it a really nice environment to learn
in. They teach to a very high standard of grooming and I get a lot of very good feedback thanks to the skills they taught me.
The only criticism I would have is not always accommodating the student to listen in to the customer when they drop the dog off. So that the student can hear how clients ask for different hair cuts
and how you explain why you need to cut it in a certain way etc. However, once in the job, that comes with experience and practice and you find your own way of speaking to clients and understanding
what they want.
About 8 months after I finished, I was clippering a very matted old westie. It really upset me and I got myself into a bit of a panic about the whole thing, in my van, outside the owners house! I put
a message on our groomers Facebook page pleading for encouraging words and instead of just that, Steve rang me. We talked through the cut and he told me I was doing a great job and I calmed right
down. I know that I could ring the "red phone" and I would be supported. And knowing that's there, is a huge comfort.
I would genuinely recommend canine groom school and I wish I could come back, even to just hang out for the day!!
Marching Paws, Wirral.
Carol Houghton(Wednesday, May 13 15 01:12 pm BST)
I cannot praise the standard of training and support provided by the whole team at Canine Health & Hydro. Their patience and skills are amazing and the level of commitment to their students is
second to none.
Having started training, I was very worried about how I would ever
achieve the standard required. Poppy and Anna constantly assessed my progress and made sure I had a great deal of exposure to the areas which required further development. In my case, I was
struggling with the clippers. To overcome this they made sure I practiced, practiced, practiced. With their help, guidance and encouragement I finally got the hang of it. They also make sure there is
a variety of dogs of different breeds available so that you get an all round exposure.
The way in which they deal with situations as they arise is a credit
to them. Not only are they dealing with some dogs that may be difficult, they also have to deal with their students. Steve is fantastic at providing advice on how to handle difficult dogs.
Apart from teaching you how to groom dogs of all breeds to a high
standard,they also provide advice on how to set up your business, have great contacts you can use for equipment etc. They have thought of everything.
Please do not be afraid of the course work or the final exams. Poppy and Anna make sure you are more than ready for the assessments and provide all the support you will need to ensure you pass. The
assessments and modules are taken throughout the course so you feel encouraged that you one step closer.
On completing the course, the support from the team does not end. You can contact them any time for advice and they are always there to help. Their facebook page for previous students is fantastic.
You may be
feeling alone and unsure of what to do and then you see another past student ask a similar question which makes you realise you are not the only one having a little bit of a wobble. If the question
asked is not straight forward or a student is really struggling they will ring you and talk you through things. The ongoing support is just fantastic.
I was that impressed with their training, I sent my husband to them for a weekend. In the usual husband way, he wanted to get involved and help me but would not listen to me. Solution - send him to
Poppy, Steve and Anna. It was the best decision ever. They showed him how to bath, dry and
groom out a large variety of dogs as well as providing tips and advice on how to handle them. In five years of having Cockerpoos he has never so much as put a brush near them. Now he is very hands on
with them which is great. He is also proving to be a valuable asset when it comes to the large dogs that I need support with. He may consider doing the full course now he has an understanding of what
is involved. Having met the team and seen them in action I don't think he will need much encouragement. They
have given him the confidence - something I could never do in a
Well done Poppy, Anna and Steve.
Carol orourke(Tuesday, May 12 15 09:39 am BST)
I am 55 years old and always wanted to be a dog groomer . The time finally came last year when I took the city and guilds course and passed and now I have a one to one grooming business which is
taking off and I enjoy it so much . I couldn't have been trained at a better place all hands on with the dogs under the guidance of the best teachers Poppy, Anna and Steve they are all so
enthusiastic to teach you. I loved every minute of the course and was sad when it ended as I made some lovely friends too. I can't recommend this course enough and all I can say is Go For It !!! You
will not be disappointed .
David Rushton(Thursday, April 16 15 08:21 pm BST)
Bert our border terrier ruptured his cruciate ligament. Hydro therapy wad recommended. We booked him in for ten sessions and to our surprise Bert was soon a good swimmer and loved the experience. Amy
did a great job with him and his leg soon got stronger. We got our boy back and will continue with the visits.
Danielle Holt(Monday, April 13 15 09:18 pm BST)
We cannot recommend Canine Health and Hydro highly enough! The work that Steve and his team do is absolutely incredible. Our dog, Fergus had intermittent forelimb lameness that was gradually getting
worse. There was no known cause and after x-rays came back clear he was referred for Hydrotherapy.
Fergus has just completed his 8th weekly session and the transformation is unbelievable. Back in January, we couldn’t walk a mile without him starting to limp and he is now back off the lead and
doing everything a fun-loving 2 year old dog should! Even after the intensity of the sessions has increased there has been no sign of lameness or stiffness, which has made us truly realise the
benefit of this therapy.
His fitness has improved massively and we strongly believe that hydrotherapy has not only increased his strength in the pool but out of it as well. Steve has carefully monitored Fergus’ progress from
day 1 and gradually increased the intensity of his sessions as well as advising us on a training plan for walks and even helping sort some behavioural issues.
Fergus absolutely loves the sessions and Steve is a natural with him. We plan to book 10 more sessions (moving from once a week to once every fortnight) because the hydrotherapy with Steve not only
improves Fergus physically but also mentally.
We cannot thank Canine Health and Hydro enough, we now have our superstar Fergus back!
Kelly Helm(Sunday, March 29 15 10:49 pm BST)
I've just completed the City & Guilds weekend Dog Grooming Course. I can not speak highly enough of Poppy & Anna with their teaching & Steve with advice on setting up your business.
If your looking for a course, then look no further, you won't find a better course than the Canine Groom School, with the relaxed atmosphere, warm welcome & the tuition you receive, you will walk
out feeling confident, you know you have just been taught from the best!
I will miss you all and thank you!
Andy Lucas(Sunday, March 01 15 10:02 am GMT)
Zorro, Valerie and Fleur our three Shihtu's again had there groom with Anna and team, They look brilliant and Fleur who is 14 came away bouncing, with a renewed lease of life. The other two also
enjoyed their experience. Thank you to all concerned. Andy and Joan Lucas
jeanette hamer(Tuesday, February 10 15 08:14 pm GMT)
Ben our 21 month old golden retriever.Suffered massive nerve damaged due to neglect in kennels, then man left him 3 days without seeing a vet!!! he was seen at Liverpool university had mri scans and
they found a big blood clot, they operated to remove it but they advised amputation! which I said no I need give bengi more time, and get my head round it, so I thought about hydrotheraphy the
neurologist daneil was ok with it. so I did some research and saw an article in Lancashire magazine. there he was steve maney canine health and hydotheraphy. I rang up got app on Monday morning ben
walked in and loved steve straight away, he swam him and the trust he had in steve was amazing, steve and poppy are amazing people they took ben in there home for a month swam him 3 times a day , he
then sat with lucy on reception, we started seeing progress it was overwhelming, I sat there many times crying to see my bengi get use back in his shoulder and leg, Fitzpatrick clinic saw him still
advised amputation, but I still said no!! at xmas ben started to walk again and its all down to the decation , love and caring treatment he got here, I took ben back 3 week ago see his buddy steve
who is god im eyes, I want people out there to know how good and fantastic steve and amy are they have given bengi his quality of life back thank you from his loving family Jeanette x tony bengi boo
Keith & Christine Phillipson(Friday, January 30 15 06:05 pm GMT)
we would like to thank Amy and Steve for their total commitment, care, advice and reassurance. our 12month old puppy Alfie was diagnosed with severe bi-lateral hip dysplasia in Oct 2014. we were
devastated as Alfie had become quiet and obviously in pain. his back end was under developed and thin, it was so sad. Since attending CHH and Amy's hard work and devotion he is now a happy , playful
puppy with muscles developing in his back legs. we are so happy with him now. we are also grateful for the reassurance Amy and Steve gave us. Many thanks to you all at CHH xx
Emma Draper(Tuesday, January 27 15 05:10 pm GMT)
I would like to say a massive thank you to all at the Groom school for their fabulous and professional tuition and teaching. I finished this course just before Christmas, Anna was my tutor for the
duration and her skills, patients and knowledge were second to none. I fully believed I would enjoy the course but could not foresee how much I would enjoy it or learn in such a short space of time.
Steve and poppy always there to give help and business advice even down to ordering the products I needed to start on my own. The school provide a wide verity of breeds and temperaments so you are
ready and confident to go out on your own. I Would not hesitate on recommending this establishment, all the experice and knowledge under one roof is amazing, which they are more than willing to
share. Once again thank you.
Helen Shepherd(Wednesday, January 21 15 07:53 am GMT)
We have 2 Border Terriers – Rocky and Winston. Rocky suffered a partially torn left cruciate ligament in May 2014. After a period of strict rest (easier said than done with a Border!) our vet
suggested trying hydrotherapy to strengthen the weak leg and referred us to Canine Health & Hydro.
WOW. WHAT A PLACE!
Rocky has a tendency to be a little “nervous” around strangers but as soon as he met Steve, he was putty in his hands - we’ve never looked back. Rocky loved the pool and Steve’s expertise in
everything canine is second to none. Rocky fully recovered from his injury after a 10 week program of one swim a week (a real workout for the little chap) – until October when he then tore his right
cruciate. We needed no referral this time – another 10 sessions booked – another operation avoided – and now a fully fit Rocky.
We now take both Rocky and Winston for a weekly swim for fun and fitness and they love it. Winston is a little stubborn and won’t use his back legs to swim – at the moment! But if anyone can get
those legs moving it will be Steve! They have great fun swimming around after the toys and love the between swim massages!
And I must mention the other aspect to Canine Health & Hydro - the groom school. We had our boys hand-stripped in August 2014 and what a great, professional job was done with them. Needless to
say that they’re booked in again for stripping in February.
We can’t recommend Canine Health & Hydro enough – all the team are so friendly and so client focussed. If anyone reading this is at all sceptical about hydrotherapy and my (and other’s)
testimonials are not enough, go to Canine Health & Hydro’s Facebook page and read the truly amazing story about Ben.
A continuing thanks to all at Canine Health & Hydro.
We decided to take Sam along to Canine Health& Hydro as he had limp which our vet thought could be a degenerative cruciate ligament problem. Steve diagnosed muscle wastage in his leg as well and
started work to build up the muscle and support the cruciate. After a course of 10 treatments Sam was much improved, improved muscle and hardly a limp.
As Sam was loving the sessions with Steve and Amy we decided to continue the therapy and now take him monthly to keep up the muscle tone and for fun.
Sam has never been fitter or happier.
So if you are considering treatment here don't hesitate. Sam highly recommends it.
Aliece sheridan(Monday, November 24 14 10:21 pm GMT)
My name is aliece and I have Just finished my level 3 in dog grooming ..all my life learning has been so hard for me as I am dyslexic n learning new skills is a Challenge .all the staff at the
training school are so good n helpful . I spent a lot of time with Anna who is amazing she is a brilliant teacher and had so much time for me she encouraged me all the way ,when ever I needed her she
was there ,she really did go above and beyond to help me there was time when I could of give up and thanks to her support and patience I passed
Carol Houghton(Monday, November 24 14 03:52 pm GMT)
Can't teach an old dog new tricks? Poppy and Anna can! I have just completed my 24 day City & Guilds Dog Grooming course and could not have done this without their help, support and
encouragement. Anyone who is thinking about doing this course and is concerned, don't be. The tuition is excellent and I would certainly recommend this groom school to anyone. They provide a wide
variety of dogs to ensure you have exposure to all breeds and are very patient and helpful. This is a quality operation that I am sure you will find hard to beat. The team is excellent. The business
support provided by Steve, along with his knowledge of how to handle the dogs, is second to none. I cannot praise the team enough!
Sheila & John Simpson(Monday, November 03 14 04:21 pm GMT)
Holly is our nine year old Labrador. She injured her back leg whilst out on a walk and was prescribed steroids, minimum walking and rest. This continued for a number of weeks but she didn't seem to
be improving. I looked at Steve's web site and was impressed by all the positive testimonials. At Holly's initial assessment we were surprised at how quickly Steve established trust with Holly. He
explained how his was a holistic approach and gave us advice on exercise and weight. Holly loved her first session and didn't want to get out of the pool. Now she is a different dog. She is back
walking on the moors - sometimes even running - and has regained her playfulness and zest for life. She has completed her 10 week course and we have signed up for a further 10 as we are delighted
with her progress and all the hard work Steve has done with her. We can't thank Steve enough for all his dedication, professionalism and commitment to his work. He has given Holly her quality of life
back and for us that means so much. I would like to nominate him to be the "Dog Whisperer of England" - who needs Cesar Millan!!
Sammy Lamb(Wednesday, October 01 14 07:50 pm BST)
I completed this course in October 2013 and do not look back on it at all. Poppy, Anna and Steve are relaxed and friendly, making the classes good fun; but they remained thoroughly professional and
vigilant in their approach towards the dogs in their care. The course was fantastic; from day one all the students had a hands on approach and we would groom at least 2 dogs a. The breeds and sizes
varied from day to day, as did the temperament of each dog we were given to groom. This not only gave us the opportunity to learn the style cuts for a multitude of breeds, but also get a feel for the
differing temperaments and medical issues of each breed. We learnt first aid and I had the opportunity to work in the grooming salon in Padiham, which gave me a working insight into how a grooming
salon works. I would thoroughly recommend this course for anyone who wishes to venture into the dog grooming business; it is hands on from the get go, it is fun, it is hugely informative and it is
everything you need to start your business. Thank you !
I have now completed the 24 Day Professional Dog Grooming course at Canine Health and Hydro. I also completed the City & Guilds Level 3 Grooming qualification and passed with flying colours! None
of this would have been possible without the careful training and attention Poppy, Anna, and Steve provided. From day one you feel like an instrumental part of a working salon and the dogs you groom
over the days and weeks vary in breed, size and temprement. This not only gives you the chance to practice various different styles, it also grounds in you vital dog handling skills. I have, since
finishing the course groomed several dogs very confidently, and feel I can deal with both client and owner in a professional manner. The team continue to provide help and support beyond the duration
of the course so if I get stuck or feel out of my depth I know I can easily contact them. Thanks again Poppy, Anna, and Steve.
Louise Thompson(Monday, September 15 14 06:43 pm BST)
We want to sincerely thank Steve for his commitment and support in significantly helping our beautiful 15 month old cocker to get back to full health and fitness after his terrible illness!!
Our dog 'Leo' was taken seriously ill and was admitted into Liverpool University intensive care unit, where he miraculously pulled himself back from near death. When we first brought him to see Steve
he was a very weak and poorly dog but within weeks of hydrotherapy and Steves fabulous diet and exercise advice he strenghened within no time!!
Leo loves Spending time in the pool with Steve and both us and our vets are overwhelmed at how quickly Leo has returned to health!!
Thank you so much Steve.
Michael Knight(Sunday, September 14 14 07:05 pm BST)
My Westie pup had a hip condition. He was limping and not using his right back leg, the vet thought it better to leave treatment to see if bob would recover when growing. His leg worsened rapidly and
he underwent an operation to remove his femoral head and neck. So bob now had no right hip joint. Bob recovered a little but needed more. I got a referral to Steve from my vets. His leg was withered
and wasted. Steve got Bob into the pool he loved it and Steve said he worked well in the pool. He took video under the water to show me how bob was swimming. Bobs recovery was outstanding and now
when I walk behind him there is no evidence of the limp and the muscle has returned to normal.
I cannot thank Steve and his staff enough for all the work they have done. Now bob can run circles round me. Thank You.
Nicky Broadhead(Saturday, September 13 14 07:04 pm BST)
Our boy Baxter is an 11 year old springer who has always been a fit and healthy boy, however stiffness in his back legs (due to age) and an old injury was preventing him from enjoying his life to the
full. He struggled jumping up for cuddles and when really stiff wouldn't jump onto his favourite spot in the house, the doggie couch :-) He was a little miserable and didn't enjoy play time the same.
After passing Canine Health & Hydro one day I checked out their website and decided to ask my vet for a referral. The following week we went to see Steve who recommended a course of swim
sessions. Baxter has always loved the water and couldn't wait to get started. He has now had 6 sessions and I cannot believe the change in him. He has not only lost weight but more importantly he can
stand on his back legs once again and jump for special cuddles. He even plays again with his brother and of course us. He is weight baring on his back legs again so I cannot recommend this treatment
highly enough. Your dogs will love it. The staff are also very friendly and knowledgeable. Give it a go
Nicky, James, Madi, Baxter & Bruno
Eve & Noel Eke(Monday, September 01 14 01:34 pm BST)
Our Labradoodle Seth has hip dysplasia. He is 7 years old. After a 10 week course of hydrotherapy he is now having monthly sessions. He loves swimming and has lost 5kgs in weight; is fitter; jumps
in/out of the car; and is much happier. We have followed Steve's canine dietary advice, and are thrilled at the progress Seth has made. He loves attending the centre and enjoys his regular grooming
sessions. We can't thank Steve and Poppy enough for helping us to improve upon Seth's quality of life.
John Catterall(Monday, August 18 14 12:20 pm BST)
I take 2 dogs for trimming every 8 weeks this last time after having them trimmed I received the following comments from a spanial breeder also she is a groomer and as judged spanials all over the
world. The comments she made about guss are as follows "this is one of the lovliest trimmings I have come across everything is perfect, he is a lovely dog and a credit to the person who trimmed him".
Bebe had small cuttings which were not flowing but it was not a bad cut". When I explained were they had been trimmed she was shocked that students could make such a good job and just said tell them
to keep it up.
Nancy Dykins(Thursday, August 07 14 09:26 pm BST)
Our 6 year old black lab, Lola had an operation on her elbow and although started to make some recovery, was still left with a limp. 10 sessions in the pool with Steve sorted her out! Initially she
was nervous of the pool and the new situation, but she quickly grew to love it and started to cry in the car as soon as we got there with excitement and anticipation and practically leapt in the
pool. Thank you Steve. We are eternally grateful.
Laura Stott(Wednesday, July 30 14 03:29 pm BST)
If you want the perfect dog grooming course then look no further you are in the right place! I've just completed the 24 day intensive training and come out with a distinction and obviously im over
the moon and can't stop pinching myself. Poppy, anna and steve are the best teachers you could ask for, they are patient, professional and the skills they teach you are fantastic. They fill you
confidence and reassure you that you can do it. You are hands on from day one and by the time you have finished your course you will have groomed every breed under the sun. I can't thank them enough
for everything they have done for me, they have been absolutely fantastic I couldn't recommend them enough. Thanks guys, you are super stars and I will miss you loads.xxxxxx
Adrienne Wright(Sunday, July 27 14 09:38 pm BST)
Thank you to Steve for making such a difference to Alfie. He developed Immune mediated Arthritis and had lost his spark never mind his muscle. We were really concerned over the change in our lively
Jack Russell, he had become very lethargic and was struggling to go on his walks. Our vet recommended Canine hydrotherapy and Alfie has really improved with the sessions. An added bonus is that he
really loves going and is desperate to get in the pool! Five stars from us.
Catherine Young(Monday, July 21 14 11:11 am BST)
My 7 year old beagle, Milo, injured his cruciate ligament earlier on in the year. He was unable to walk and unable to put any weight on the back leg that he had injured. As you would be I was very
worried about him and honestly thought that we may lose him due to the pain that he was in. The vet gave me 2 options... An operation which had no guarantee of success or hydrotherapy to try and
rebuild and fix the damaged ligaments. I chose the hydrotherapy option because I thought that if this didn't work, we the still had the operation route to try and fix him.
A HUGE improvement was seen in Milo after his 1st session with Steve. I really couldn't believe it. Beagles are known for not being the best swimmers, but after sessions so far, you want to see my
boy go! Milo is back to his bonkers, pain free happy self and it is all down to Steve. I'm totally amazed at the results and so happy to see my boy running around the fields again like he should. The
ten sessions are nearly done with now but I'm going to continue to bring him to Steve to maintain the work done with him over the past ten weeks. Milo doesn't even need his armbands anymore :-)
I can't thank Steve enough and would recommend this treatment to anyone. :-)
Debbie(Sunday, July 06 14 06:12 pm BST)
On my 'to do list' has been to swim with my dog Puddin, who is an 11 year old Collie cross. Puddin also has arthritis in his hips and was occassionally struggling to get up stairs, he is also a very
complex character (just like his owner!) So I set about initially finding a pool that we could just swim in and be left alone to it as, he isn't the best with new people.
I found Canine Health & Hydro and made the call... He isn't great with new people I said, he has never bit anyone but he might I said, he is very naughty I said, I don't think you will be able to
take him into the water yourself I said, I don't even think he will like the water I said. Steve just said confidently he will be fine, just need a vet referral. And then went to the vet for his
referral. The vet was happy to refer but her parting words was 'are you sure Steve can will be able to handle him?'(Puddin doesn't like being shut into small rooms so went a bit nuts with the vet
trying to poke him).
Our first day, I arrived petrified with a load of what if's....
Steve met puddin for the first time and within 10 minutes of us walking in Puddin had his life jacket on and was in the pool not only that Puddin immediately starting playing with the ball. He showed
no signs of any naughty behavior or nervousness. Nothing of what I had pre-warned Steve of.
I figured what I kind of already new, I am way too protective of Puddin and am the one with the nerves!
10 weeks on and Puddin loves going swimming, he has to enter the pool with a running sideways slide and I trust Steve with Puddin completely.
Not only has his swimming helped his hips as now he walks and runs upstairs a lot easier. I have actually witnessed my dog truly happy... only wish I had done this years ago!
And Steve thanks for helping me to chill out a lot too! You are probably the calmest person I know!
Jean Hewitt(Monday, June 23 14 11:41 am BST)
We have a 5year old Golden Retriever ,Harry, who is recovering from a cruciate ligament and a low grade mast cell tumour on the same leg. It has been going on for over 12 months and we had nearly
forgotten what it was like to have a healthy mobile dog. Since attending his weekly hydrotherapy session he has come on in leaps and bounds. The added advantage is that he really loves it! He cannot
wait to get in to the car when we utter the magic words "swimming" or" lets go and see Steve"! He is weight bearing on the operated leg, his gait has improved and he has started to lose weight. He is
a much happier dog and we are much happier owners thanks to Steve and his care and advice.
Michelle Thurn(Sunday, June 22 14 03:56 pm BST)
Like a lot of other students I trolleyed the internet for a grooming course to fit in with my work obligations and I found it at Canine Health and Hydro. I recently finished the 12 weekend (24 day)
grooming course. This was a fantastic course with a hands on approach from day one! The groom team were great! a really friendly bunch who monitored your progress carefully and helped you work on the
areas you needed to. There was a wide variety of dog breeds covered on the course which is exactly what I wanted in training! The atmosphere in the groom room was relaxed and sociable, and at the end
of the course I felt quite sad to leave the groom team and other students who id been closely working with. It was a great experience and I came out with a distinction which I was chuffed about :) I
now feel confident enough to go ahead and set up my own grooming business. I am about to launch my mobile grooming business and I already have people asking to book me just from seeing my picture
portfolio from the groom course! Ignore the online dog grooming courses, you need to learn the practical skills and get stuck in which is what this course is about. I fully recommend this course, you
wont be disappointed plus the backdrop is beautiful and a pleasure to drive to! A big thanks to Poppy, Anna and Steve it was a pleasure to learn with you! Xx
Alison and Andy Marsden(Sunday, June 15 14 08:11 am BST)
In the short space of time our dog has been seeing Steve, we are very impressed with the way he has improved after his hip displaysia procedure. Steve has really worked hard with him and a difference
was noticed after about 3 sessions. Would thoroughly recommend it.
Bluey is going to miss his weekly sessions and Steve.
Donna & Chris Ryan(Monday, June 09 14 07:58 pm BST)
3 weeks ago today, our 9 year old spaniel cross Lola, was happily playing with her pals at the park, when she suffered a spinal stroke. This is where part of the cartilage of the spinal discs breaks
free and lodges in the spinal cord, causing lameness. Lola lost use of her left hind leg, her tail and control of her bowel. She was unable to sit or lay down properly and couldn't weight bear or
walk without us using a sling to help her.
After her MRI, we were advised to consider hydrotherapy as an aide to her recovery, although we had to consider that it may take months and she would probably only gain 80% usage back.
On emailing Steve (many anxious times in 48hrs), he rang me from his family holiday (thank you) to book me in on their return to the UK. We saw Steve the day after his family arrived back home.
Now after only 4 hydro sessions, Lola is doing amazing. She is now weight bearing, walking (albeit with a slight limp), is jumping up on our bed, chasing the cat and her ball and is sitting and
laying as before. Her tail wag is back too!
We have in fact just been on a walking holiday to the lakes and she managed 3x 8 mile walks and 2x 4 mile walks.
She has another 6 hydro sessions to go and I cannot wait to see the results.
I would advise anyone whose dog suffers from a spinal stroke to waste no time on commencing hydrotherapy. The longer you think about it the less likely your much loved pooch will recover to the
extent Lola has. Start hydro ASAP and give your dog the chance to lead a happy/normal life again.
I would also advise that the fitter and slimmer your dog is prior to the stroke, the better the recovery.
Lola was and still is thanks to Steve an active dog who has already gained back 90% use and normality.
Steve ... I cannot thank you enough and I will endeavour to promote you and your expertise to all because hydrotherapy really does work!
Bronwyn and Kenneth Byng(Wednesday, May 28 14 08:36 am BST)
May 2013 our beautiful 8yr old King Charles became paralysed at her rear end and was diagnosed with a severe slipped disc. After undergoing major surgery and two and a half weeks in hosital Elle came
home. She was paralysed for a week after the op but then gradully was able to stand with a sling under her back end for support. She was also incontinent. We continued to use the sling as she could
not walk without it and we could take her in the garden to encourage her to do her toilet. After about 3 weeks she was using the garden to toilet with only a few accidents inside. It was Steves
advert in our local paper that got me interested. I rang Elle's surgeon who said go for it. We did, and twelve months on Elle is walking unaided, she even runs when the mood takes her, she has lost
weight and is now within the Cavaler ideal weight. She is 9 next month and has never been healthier we can never thank Steve enough for what he has done for Elle he has given us back our little girl.
We still give her hydrotherapy and will continue to do so for as long as Elle is enjoying it.
Denise Thornborough(Monday, May 12 14 01:49 pm BST)
Just finished the 6 week Dog Grooming Course. I have to say it was very intensive but exhilarating as well and is best course I have ever been on! If your thinking of becoming a dog groomer the
teaching is first class! Thanks again to Poppy, Steve & Anna for all your patience. I've learnt so much on the course from handling different breeds to recognising each individual personality of
a dog when grooming. Now I've had a rest and recuperated, I feel confident to set up my business and I know the support & advice is just on the end of the phone from the team. Thanks again to you
all think your great!
Mr and Mrs Lenarcic(Sunday, May 11 14 02:13 pm BST)
Molly is our 12 year old Golden Retriever who 3 months ago had a sudden and severe onset of arthritis in her rear legs. She was unable to walk comfortably and started on medication from the vets. I
decided to try hydrotherapy and was recommended Canine Health and Hydro. Molly didn't take to the water straight away but Steve was very patient with her allowing her to get used to the warm water
and surroundings. Now after 6 sessions there is no stopping her swimming after her ball! She has built up her muscle strength and out of the water she walks comfortably and even wants to run which
seems like a miracle. I would recommend Canine Health and Hydro to anyone and can't thank them enough for the improvements in Molly.
Debbie Beasant(Thursday, May 08 14 02:36 pm BST)
I have just completed the 6 week dog grooming course at Canine Health and Hydro. It was the best decision I could have made! Poppy, Steve and Ana are the greatest teachers you could possibly wish
for. Their knowledge, encouragement and patience have been endless and I can't thank them enough. We now have a grooming van and feel confident to go forward and make a real success with our grooming
business. When the going gets tough or I feel a little wobbly I take a deep a breath and recall similar instances whilst grooming Canine Health and Hydro and how I was guided through it. Thank you
again to Poppy, Steve and Ana!
Fran & Russ Bond(Wednesday, April 30 14 05:19 pm BST)
Back in October 2013 our 5 year old wire Haired Dachshund Diesel was diagnosed with disc herniation and required immediate surgery at Liverpool small animal hospital. After this he came to work with
Steve in the pool the transformation has been amazing after 10 sessions, the dog I thought would never walk properly again is now able to go out & about with only a minor wobble! being in the
pool & being made to work regained his muscle tone and focused his brain on moving his legs. Thanks Steve for showing me what can be done to give a dog back his independence.
Judy Yacoub(Thursday, April 17 14 06:36 pm BST)
My Welsh Springer bitch Rye (Bushwacker Perfect Storm for Laithmoor), aged 2, is probably one of the younger clients using the hydrotherapy facility. I initially brought her to build up muscle
because she has been diagnosed as having a minor degree of hip dysplasia--certainly not enough to affect her movement at this stage of her life, but I felt hydrotherapy would benefit her as a good
source of non-percussive exercise. Behind that lay a completely different, and even more important aim: Rye had separation anxiety, was not at ease with dogs (other than her own pack), was very
insecure without her pack and had been unsettled in the show ring.
On our first visit Rye tried every trick in the book to scramble out of the pool, and her distress and frustration became very vocal when she was not allowed to run back to me. Gradually Steve wore
down her resistance by using her natural retrieving instincts. For the first time in her life she is now looking for someone else’s attention and approval. Steve has absolutely turned her around
through patient, hard work, getting at the key things that motivate her and using them to develop a more balanced dog.
Hydrotherapy is usually recommended to deal with physical injury or disability, but for me, by far the more exciting part of this process has been witnessing its psychological impact on a dog locked
into insecure behaviours. While the exercise has undoubtedly helped her to mature physically, her attitude is markedly more positive and this has been especially noticeable in her performance in the
I would absolutely recommend Canine Heath and Hydro as an outstanding facility, but in particular would like thank Steve forhis excellent work. He as a very highly skilled therapist who has turned
Rye into a confident and happier girl, and we both look forward to our weekly visits.
Leigh & Raven(Saturday, April 05 14 06:21 pm BST)
Our 5 year 8 months old Black Labrador, Marley, has recently started his second course of sessions with Steve, after he worked wonders with Marley.
On 1st December 2013 Marley suffered a huge Fibrocartilagenous Embolism whilest running and chasing his tennis ball on the field. He was instantly paralized from halfway down his spine on his rear
end. After a night in the emergency vets and 16 days/nights at the Small Animals Hospital at Liverpool university, we brought Marley home with very little movement in his back legs, an not even a wag
from his tail. The day after we rang Steve and he instantly booked us in for a consultation, on a Saturday as well !! Steve was so enthusiastic and excited to work with Marley, from the second we
struggled in with Marley's rear legs in a sling. And after only the consultation we saw signs of improvement. Marley started an intense course of 2 sessions a week with Steve and has not we looked
back since. Twelve or so sessions later, Marley is unrecognisable from the dog we first took to Steve. He can now walk without his sling, do a bunny-hop-style run and even start to sit up on his back
legs like he use to. We cannot thank Steve enough for the hard work, help and patience he has put into giving us our cheeky boy back.
Lisa Sinclair(Thursday, March 27 14 09:14 pm GMT)
If you made the decision to be a groomer you couldn't choose a better place to train. Poppy and her team are very professional and teach you to groom to a very high standard. It's not always easy but
they show you how to deal with the trickiest dogs. Learning how to handle difficult dogs is as important as learning how groom them and they know what to do! I came out of the course having groomed
almost 50 dogs from a wide cross section of breeds. I feel well prepared to set up my business and they promise continued support to help me on my way. A brilliant experience. I wouldn't hesitate to
recommend the course. Let no dog go ungroomed....!
Natalie & Lynton(Sunday, March 23 14 09:35 pm GMT)
Max our 6 Year old Staffy has just finished his 10th session of Hydro.
We initially brought him to help with his weight loss and lameness after long walks.
We was unsure how Max would react as he has never been in water before but after his first taster session we knew he was in safe hands with Steve!
Max has benefitted massively from his sessions by him getting the exercise he needed without causing stiffness with his joints.
As a dog owner you only want the best for your pet and with Canine Health & Hydro you get that from start to finish.
Joanne Richardson(Tuesday, March 18 14 03:02 pm GMT)
Noah our big fat Rottweiler; started Hydrotherapy with canine health and hydro, on the 2nd February after undergoing an operation for a cruciate ligament injury, he was then referred via the surgeon
to Steve at Hydrotherapy.
Noah was not the best around water, he certainly wouldn't have even gone near a pool and or any water; this was a little worrying at first, we wasn't sure Noah would be able to cope with the session;
it was also a little worrying because Noah is a little aloof around men and this concerned us slightly, I didn't think he would take to Steve; how wrong were we !!! Noah took to Steve almost
instantly, I have never seen him trust a man so quickly before, it usually takes a while for that to happen, but, not for Steve, it was almost like they had met before and as for the pool....well, no
problems their either, he walked with Steve outside and climbed in the pool with more confidence that we thought he would.
Noah weighed around 12 stone and was terribly overweight which were affecting his ability to walk, thus putting more pressure on his knee, this didn't help the healing process. Noah took to swimming
really well, his trust for Steve astounded us; his swimming has improved so much; he does not have buoyancy anymore; Steve took time out to watch how he moves his legs in the water and how he can
strengthen Noah's leg; this has been fantastic, he no longer limps on his leg as much and he eats and sleeps much better. Steve has helped Noah so much; his ability to move around has become much
stronger, he has lost over 4kilos in the past 5 weeks, he's a much happier dog and looks forward to going Swimming every week, so much so that we will continue with his hydro even after the allotted
appointments are complete. My son came to watch Noah and thought Steve was the coolest person he'd met (that from a 17yr old is pretty good).
I would totally recommend this service to anybody, Steve has shown us that having a big fat Rottweiler who is frightened of water and aloof around men, and limp like an old fella can change so
dramatically physically and mentally; without the hydro team I am sure Noah would still be suffering, big massive thank you to Steve....and all the team, who are very friendly and professional
Andy Counsell(Thursday, March 13 14 07:06 am GMT)
Our chocolate lab Max has elbow dysplasia which meant he was struggling to walk too far. This in turn contributed to a significant weight gain which in turn exacerbated the elbow problems - a proper
vicious circle. On the recommendation of a friend we tried CH&H and the improvement is obvious. Steve advised a change of diet & a course of 10 sessions. We've just done session 7 & the
weight is starting to fall off, Max is so much stronger & fitter and there is a massive improvement every week. He so obviously enjoys his hydro sessions & this in turn is making him much
more energetic on his walks. Can't recommend Steve highly enough.
Sarah(Tuesday, February 18 14 08:46 pm GMT)
Sasha our 11 year old Newfoundland was suffering dreadfully with joint problems which in turn caused overweight issues & open sores on her joints which wouldn't heal due to medication including
high steroids. Vet recommended we booked our course in hope of some improvement
Within 2 sessions with Steve we could see our old Newfie getting back to her old self.
We have just finished the course of 10 sessions she has dropped over 6kg & we have halved her steroid intake as her mobility ( I would say) is now equivalent to a 7 year old Newfie.
She is bounding, happy & healthy. The results are way beyond our expectations!
Thank you Steve, the results are outstanding!
Lorraine braithwaite(Sunday, February 09 14 06:00 pm GMT)
Our Alaskan Malamute Blitzen suffered a carpal collapse 4 years ago. She had numerous operations inserting metal plates and screws, nearly lost the leg following gangrene and suffered a break to the
leg a year ago.
She has had a heavy limp for the past four years.
We decided to try hydro therapy not expecting very much to be honest!
How wrong we were, she has benefitted hugely - she is much stronger generally, only limps now when she has overdone things and her stamina has increased .
After nine sessions of ten we can say without hesitation she will be back!
Steve has done a fantastic job - many thanks.
John Melling(Monday, February 03 14 07:22 pm GMT)
My cairn terrier had pulled the cruciate ligament in one of her back legs and four trips to the vets had not resulted in any improvement. Fortunately someone recommended I contact Canine Health and
Hydro. Steve advised a course of 10 x thirty minutes sessions in the pool. After just two sessions I could see a marked improvement and after all the sessions she was cured. I have no hesitation in
whole heartedly recommending Steve and CH&H
andrew edward corrigan(Monday, February 03 14 04:42 pm GMT)
thankyou!!! its not much but it speaks volumes. after searching for a dog grooming course i couldnt of found a better one, poppy, steve and anna were amazing from the first time i stepped through the
door to the last. there skill and knowledge is far beyond anything i imagined, it was the perfect course run by the perfect people, thankyou, you have given me the skill, knowledge and motivation to
start my own business which i did not think was possible, once again....thankyou!!!!
Joanne(Sunday, February 02 14 11:27 pm GMT)
Fantastic, very professional, Steve knows his stuff, glad we went, he calms down your dog in such a way, highly recommended.
Diane, Jonathan, Lucas and Lucy Burridge(Friday, January 24 14 11:20 pm GMT)
Our vet recommended Steve and CH&H for our Choccy Lab Lucy who at 11 years old had gained weight on top of an arthritis problem and got into a downward spiral of not wanting to go out for walks
and gaining more weight. The first trial session was initially upsetting as we were told that our most treasured friend had also lost significant muscle tone in her back legs which we were not aware
of. However Steve was both realistic and reassuring about helping Lucy and put together a program of diet and hydro treatments. Lucy was reluctant to go in the water at first but through Steve's
unique magical way that he so quickly builds the trust and rapport with your dog he soon gave Lucy the confidence to dip her paws in the water. Six sessions in and we can see a marked difference in
her appearance and whole demeanour, she is obviously in less pain and has begun to look forward to short walks again now going to the door where her lead is. We have got a bit of our puppy girl back
again. the whole atmosphere at CH&H is welcoming and professional and you instantly feel that your dog is in safe hands. Steve we can't thank you enough for all that you have done for Lucy so
far, we still have quite a lot of work ahead of us but you will get her there for certain.
Alex Yates(Thursday, January 09 14 10:30 am GMT)
My mother-in-law's dog Bertie was in a terrible state. He was 14 years old, suffering from arthritis and grossly over weight. His back legs totally went and she was going to have him put down but we
took him to Canine Health & Hydro to see if anything could be done. Steve was amazing, he came with a recovery plan including swimming exercise, diet, massaging and daily exercise. Six weeks
later Bertie's back on all fours, tail wagging and 4kg lighter. We still have a bit to go before Bertie is down to his target weight but I'm confident that it won't be a problem. The transformation
seen since we first took Bertie there has been miraculous and given his owner the best Christmas present she could wish for. I will most definitely be recommending their services to other fellow dog
owners and friends.
Massive thanks to Steve and the team at Canine Health & Hydro
Joan Peel(Monday, December 09 13 04:46 pm GMT)
Thank You My two dogs look Beautiful after grooming and I was a little concerned about my 10 year old ex breeding bitch but the calm relaxing atmosphere you have created is brilliant
Anne Burns(Sunday, November 24 13 01:46 pm GMT)
Wow - what a place so very professional and inviting somewhere everyone with a dog should know about should they require rehabilitation, recovery, performance,fitness or fun for their best pal as
they deserve the best. We took Alice our 6 month old weimaraner for a fun swimming session to help build her confidence in water and with Steves help she was like a little duck she will be returning
to continue her confidence building in water. A big thanks Steve x
Julia Ward(Tuesday, November 19 13 08:06 pm GMT)
thank you poppy, anna and steve
the 5 week grooming course was fantastic, poppy and anna are great teachers, very patient, and I felt that they really wanted me to achieve the best that I could. the course was very intensive, I
cant believe how much I have learned in 5 weeks, it was hard work but worth every bit of it. I achieved a distinction and was over the moon and now have the confidence to go out and be a dog groomer
on my own, steve was fantastic with his advice on the business side of things. poppy, anna and steve have given me so much confidence, they are still there for me at the end of a phone if I need any
advice now I am out in the big wide world on my own. Thanks so much to all of you not forgetting sabine who makes a lovely cup of coffee
jayne smiles(Tuesday, November 19 13 08:03 pm GMT)
Having decided that I wanted to take a professional dog grooming course, I looked at a couple of different training centres. As soon as I visited Canine Health and Hydro however, I knew that this was
where I wanted to train. The grooming school is bright, spacious and well equipped. The welcome I received was also extremely warm and friendly. Training here was definitely the right decision. From
day one I was grooming a wide variety of dogs and learning new skills all the way. In addition to grooming, I also learnt about dog handling, client care and how to build my own business. I think
that this rounded approach to the teaching is what sets this course apart. Poppy is an excellent teacher and is always there to give tuition and guidance. As a student I had responsibility for the
dog I was grooming, yet at the same time, I received all the help and support I needed to ensure that I was achieving a well finished and thorough groom for my doggy 'clients'. The course taught me
technical skills, theory, and practical skills in a fun and friendly environment. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the training at Canine Health and Hydro. With my diploma now hanging proudly from my
wall, I feel I am ready to launch my own dog grooming business.
Georgia Whittaker(Wednesday, November 13 13 08:44 pm GMT)
I took my dog, Rossi, to the health and hydro centre with Steve for a desensitization therapy session to help him cope with fireworks and other loud bangs. We had tried everything the vet suggested
(such as plug ins and a firework CD) but nothing worked and bonfire night and new years eve have been traumatic for him for the past 4 years. However after the therapy session with Steve, Rossi was
coping much better with the fireworks and now I know how to help him overcome his fear. Definitely a success, would recommend the centre to anyone for any of treatments they offer.
Mrs Sandra OReilly(Wednesday, October 30 13 10:18 pm GMT)
Our dog J.C. has just had his eleventh session of hydrotherapy after his ligament op.(counting the free one) Steve has been amazing with J.C. he's the dog whisperer of Lancashire & Yorkshire!
J.C. has loved the sessions every week - we will certainly be going back for more - the grooming Steve gave J.C. is one of the best he has had and the photos will be treasured memories for a long
time to come. I would recommend Canine Health & Hydro without any hesitation - all the services they offer are some of the best we have seen. Well done! keep up the good work.
Zara Chaplin(Wednesday, October 23 13 08:36 am BST)
I picked up my two pups last night and I was amazed how fantastic they look!!! Thank you so very much to whoever cut Scratch and Kaiser. It was there first ever cut and now I've seen the difference I
will definitely be coming back for a regular cut! They even smell nice!
Thank you :-)
Simon Whiteside(Sunday, October 20 13 07:26 pm BST)
I cannot thank Steve and his team enough for the dedication and care they've shown Max. A 7 year old Boxer whom it appears has gone for a while with undiagnosed arthritis in his back left leg, Max
was losing muscle tone and standing lame after exercise. It wasn't a quick overnight change, but definitely by the 3rd or 4th session there was a marked improvement in Max's stamina, walking and
definition. After 10 sessions Max was looking very fit and solid. No longer lame and able to do short bursts of exercise off lead in the field with good recovery, I have Steve's professionalism and
honest advice to thank for it. Keen that Max doesn't regress, I've booked him I for 10 more sessions on a maintenance plan.
JULIE ROSTHORN(Thursday, October 17 13 09:37 pm BST)
I would like to thank the groomers here. Marlo nearly 10months (and very boisterous) visited here for a grooming session. The staff are brilliant he was very happy and he looked amazing! Massive
thanks to all :)
Poppy , Steve, Anna & Sabine. Thank you for a fantastic 5 weeks. I met some great people and had a good laugh. The groom school was better than expected. As you know I was unsure to begin with
but your experience really helped me learn and I now feel confident to move my own grooming business forward. Thank you so so much. Chantelle x
janet holmes(Friday, October 04 13 08:23 pm BST)
Kaya is a Northern Inuit she is 3 years old and was diagnosed earlier this year with Bi Lateral Hip Displasyia a course of hydrotherapy was recommended so kaya,s mum contacted Steve at canine health
& Hydro .Kaya weighed in at 40.80 kgs at the beginning of her sessions ,so she was also overweight ,so we began the course and working alongside a weight reduction programme the work started
.Kaya was initially not to sure of the pool but has time went by she started to love it and began to adore Steve ,he worked her more bit by bit and has her muscle tone began to build up more the more
she enjoyed being worked .All this being done under Steve,s guidance.Kaya completed her 10 sessions and results were starting to show ,one of the other issues was getting on top of her weight so
having done a total change of diet results was staring to show .A further 10 sessions was advised and i must say this was the best professional advice ever .Kaya is now on her 19th session .She has
trebled in her fitness and muscle tone and along with a weight reduction programme has gone from the 40.80kgs to 35.15kgs .She is now such a happier girl and dare i say it ...shes back to puppy mode
again ....this is just wonderful to see .I cannot recommend Steve enough he has helped me change kaya,s life with his knowledge and expertise of what is needed for our beautiful furries who have been
diagnosed with this unfortunate problem .I would just lie to end by saying last week i took Kaya along with my other dog on a 8km walk which she completed without any issue after months of work to
buid this back up it has worked .Thankyou Canine Health & hydro .Kaya xx
Dave & Carol Hook(Thursday, October 03 13 01:39 pm BST)
3 Months ago Bruno our German Shepard Cross, Age unsure but an old chap that we rescued was on 3 legs due to a bad bite from a dog attack, he had 2 operations on his leg and it wasn't looking good.
Our Vet advised Hydrotherapy and after a 10 session course with Steve he is back on 4 legs and running around, his old Bruno self! The water sessions were wonderful, absolutely MAGIC! Very recomended
- Thank you Steve. Dave & Carol and a BIG BIG Thankyou from BRUNO.
Took my dog to be groomed and here & were fantastic. He looked like a different dog when he come back. When i got him his fur was all mattered & we couldn't get a comb through it but now he
has a nice fresh start and he looks great :). A very Happy customer will be using these again :)
Leanne Barber(Tuesday, October 01 13 09:34 pm BST)
Murphy has just finished his 10 sessions of Hydrotherapy. I cannot thank Steve enough. I would highly recommend Hydro which has helped Murphy as he has been struggling with his joints. Murph is 10
years old and not being able to take him on long walks with his ball was heartbreaking. With Steve's experience in getting to know and bond with your dog and the advice and persistent sessions we
have had we have finally got there. Murph went to Southport on Sunday and we enjoyed a lovely day, something we have not done for a few months. Steve I cannot recommend you enough. You are a born
natural with dogs and are highly recommended. We are definately carrying on with the sessions. Thanks Canine Health & Hydro for all your help, advice & fun swimming times. Leanne & Murphy
Mark and Lauraine(Monday, September 30 13 08:19 pm BST)
I Write my note with reference to our four year old Staff Cross Jeff, Jeff regrettably had to have a cruciate ligament repair recently and following a period of short walks our vet recommended if
possible a course of Hydrotherapy to further assist with Jeff's rehabilitation. My wife and I arranged for Jeff to visit for a “trial " swim which went well apart from me getting in trouble for
laughing at Jeff splashing around! and my wife's serious apprehension that Jeff would not enjoy or tollerate the sessions. We are now six sessions into the ten recommended by Steve and have already
future booked for ongoing “maintenance “for the little fellow. I say little fellow as Steve on day one noticed ( much to my wife's disapproval ) that Jeff was to say the least somewhat over weight (
it would seem toast is not good for dogs ! ) however Steve struck a chord and by following his reccomended simple diet plan Jeff is now a light weight, stream lined swimming expert. I cannot
recommend highly enough the service Steve provides and I would add that both his knowledge and skills in handling dogs would be fair to say are second to none. If he can turn a crazy frog like Jeff
into a lean mean swimming machine he is quite simply a genius!. We are pleased to say that Jeff is back on track following his surgery and has no restrictions in movement following the opp, this is
as a result of the swimming sessions to which we are eternally grateful.Steve many thanks for your efforts to date with Jeff they are truly appreciated.
Martin, Sammy and Bailey(Sunday, September 29 13 03:57 pm BST)
We were advised to try Canine Health and Hydro through our vet, after our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Bailey was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. He immediately trusted Steve, which filled us with
confidence from the off. Within a few sessions Bailey was having so much fun in the pool, whilst still receiving his much needed exercise.
Now our 10 sessions are over, we would definately recommend Steve and the hydro therapy and will most certainly be going back for more swims.
Not only is Steve great with dogs, he gives the owners much needed advise. For this we are very grateful. Thanks Steve
Martin, Sammy and Bailey
Andy Lucas(Friday, September 20 13 04:05 pm BST)
Zorro and Valerie our Shih Tzu's have just had another grooming session, my wife says her "babies" look lovely and happy. She's happy, so I'm happy. Thank you
Mark Towler(Tuesday, September 10 13 03:22 pm BST)
My better half has a Shih Tzu just 9 months but had 3 or 4 grooming sessions before (elsewhere) I thought I would try these guys out and cannot praise them enough for the quality of her groom. The
best by a mile she has had. My Mrs can be quite picky when it comes to her little princess but she was nearly in tears when she saw her after her trip here. Thanks for such a great job!!
Rebecca Mart(Tuesday, September 03 13 11:22 pm BST)
After searching high and low for a really good hands on dog grooming course, I finally stumbled across Canine Groom School at Canine Health and Hydro and what a fantastic find it was! Their intensive
courses offer so much to their students. It is very hands on from the word go, you get to know all of the different techniques to grooming and handling, learn about the business side of the grooming
industry, but best of all, for me especially, you get salon experience with real clients and a variety of different breeds. I found all of the tips and advice given by Poppy, Steve and Anna
completely invaluable, grooming is not easy but with their help, tuition and practice its truly amazing how everything falls into place. I now have the skills and confidence needed to be let loose
into the grooming world and cannot thank the team enough for all of their hard work and effort throughout the course. It's been life changing for me and I couldn't recommend it enough!
lisa Lord(Wednesday, August 28 13 09:24 pm BST)
What a difference 10 sessions make!!!!!
our 2 year old labrador Murphy started the sessions at 30 kg with a limp that no VET could diagnose! With the help of Steve and a good diet Murphy has managed to loose an incredible 4 kg in just 10
murphy's limp has improved and his weight loss can only be a massive benefit to his well being! Also must note that Murphy couldn't wait to get into the pool... Totally loved it!!!
Thank you so much Steve am sure we'll be back!
Lisa and Anthony Lord xx
Julian Barnes(Wednesday, August 14 13 10:46 pm BST)
We contacted Steve after our puppy Alfie was diagnosed with elbow dysplacia and somoen recommended Canine Health and Hydro. After a few sessions we managed to get Alfie off all the pain killers and
anti-inflamatory drugs seeing a noticeable improvement in his mobility and discomfort. We can thoroughly recommend Steve and the hydro therapy, Alfie's so much better and almost like a normal dog now
with a great quality of life, many thanks Steve, we'll be coming back for top up sessions and would recommend anyone with a similar problem with their dog to give this a try, many thanks, the Barnes
family and Alfie
Jim Rivers(Wednesday, August 14 13 07:33 pm BST)
sam our 11year old border collie has been having hydrotherapy swimming sessions with Steve for the past 9 weeks. He has been suffering with arthritis in his hips and back legs His muscules have grown
stronger and can jump in the car and is walking better he has got his old bounce back Steve is very professional the way he goes about the sessions and good with the dog we will be continuing with
the sessions as sam enjoys them to
Trish Howard(Wednesday, August 14 13 11:21 am BST)
Message: Hi Anna & Students
Thai, Sky, Spice & Star would like to say a big hug to you all for
making us look beautiful. Our Mum was really pleased with your hard work
this is the first time that she let groomers bath and groom us. Hope you
enjoyed out visit and enjoy your future venture as professional
groomers. lots of kisses from Thai, Sky, Spice and Star xxxx
I've just completed the Canine Professional Dog grooming course and couldn't recommend it enough. From start to finish the course provides you with the hands on practical skills necessary for this
profession. Poppy's style of teaching is very straight forward and encouraging which allows you to grow in confidence as you learn to master the different grooming techniques. You are guided through
grooming all manner of dog breeds as well as handling difficult temperaments. It is a very thorough practical course which i would highly recommend.
Debbie Dixon(Tuesday, July 23 13 09:22 pm BST)
I have just completed the 25 day grooming course and started my own mobile grooming business, I cant believe how my life has changed from when I joined Poppy for my taster day, I was working for a
large company, with 0% job satisfaction, enormous amounts of stress and very little work life balance. I have so much to thank Ana, Poppy & Steve for. When the course first started I couldn't
help thinking, how will I ever do this, then things suddenly all started to fall into place, just like Ana & Poppy said it would. It is hard work, both physically and mentally but so rewarding,
it beats anything I have ever done before. The ideal part of this course is that you get input and feedback from 3 different groomers, which helps you decide which way is best for you. Also, you
don't just see the well behaved dogs you get to see how to handle the naughty ones too, giving you real exposure to dog behaviours that you will need to manage with your own customers. Steve gave me
advice on how to manage collecting dogs from their doorsteps and how
work with the dogs in my van, which has been truly invaluable. I still have to pinch myself as I cant believe that I have calls on a daily basis from new customers and thanks to Canine Groom School,
I am a professional dog groomer. Job satisfaction 100%, stress 0%, work life balance 100%. I really cant thank you guys enough !!!!!
trish howard(Friday, June 28 13 06:51 pm BST)
Just want to say thanks for all the support and help for Tim the Afghan.
He has had 8 of his 10 course and he is improving so much and will continue bringing him for his swim sessions
Andy & Michelle(Tuesday, June 25 13 08:51 pm BST)
Our Springer Spaniel, Lexy, had an operation for a ruptured cruciate ligament & our vet referred us for hydrotherapy. Lexy had become withdrawn & quite nervous following the op. Steve was
brilliant. He was very patient & receptive to Lexy's needs & after only a few sessions we could see the benefits not only physically, but mentally to her. She is well on her way back to full
fitness. She loves the sessions & has 4 more to go. We would recommend Canine Health & Hydro without hesitation. We can't thank you enough Steve! Andy & Michelle
Sylvia Plant-Mathieu(Friday, May 24 13 07:05 pm BST)
I have just completed the 5 week dog grooming course at Canine Health and Hydro. After looking at different academys for dog grooming I decided that the above academy offered the best course. So I
packed my bags and travelled from Canada to take the 5 week course. I was not wrong in my instinct because the course is brilliant. It is intensive but the instructors, Poppy, Steve and Ana are
superb in their teaching skills. The course was not only teaching us how to groom but also the business side of a grooming salon too along with dog handling skills, plus a Pet First Aid course.
Thank you Poppy, Steve and Ana for helping me open a new chapter in my life and for sending me off feeling confident in my new venture.
It really was worth the 3000 mile trip to attend the Grooming Academy. xxxxxx
Julie Gilrane(Friday, May 24 13 06:47 pm BST)
A big thanks to Poppy, Steve and Anna who through a lot of hard work and patience successfully trained myself and two others to become professional dog groomers through their Groom School. It was a
hard 5 weeks, dog grooming is not easy, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and would recommend anyone thinking of taking it up that you consider training at the Groom School at Canine Health and
Emma Barnes(Sunday, April 28 13 10:06 pm BST)
AMAZING first hydro session last week Steve, you are brilliant. Cooper seemed to enjoy himself and was very tired after his swim session (or rather splashing session!), I have no doubt you're going
to get his back legs working properly, and for him to actually be able to swim and like it. Thanks for soaking me too! See you Sunday. Emma x
Joanne and paul Clough(Sunday, April 28 13 09:59 pm BST)
Bobby has severe arthritis in both front legs, his exercise is very limited. He was putting on a lot of weight due to medication, he has just completed 10 weeks rehab and is losing weight a lot
happier in himself, prior to going to Canine Health & Hydro he never swam, now he loves swimming un -aided-and loves playing with his ball in the pool with Steve. Thanks Steve you have done
wonders with Bobby, he's looking forward to his next 10 sessions. Best Regards & Thankyou Joanne & Paul Clough
Pam Kent(Thursday, April 18 13 08:02 pm BST)
Steve has helped my Border Collie after extensive surgery. She came to us from a breeding farm so was also very scared but Steve's handling of her has been wonderful. I didnt think she would swim but
with his gentle way she has progressed beyond my expectations and gained in confidence and also the Hydro Therapy that was recommended by my Vet has helped her gain muscle and strength in her leg.
Cant speak more highly of Canine health & Hydro.
Jenny Woodward(Tuesday, April 16 13 07:43 am BST)
This is a must experience for any dog for a number of reasons. My dog Mollie was nervous around water at the beginning of the 5 weeks sessions. Last night she was happily swimming around, relaxed and
enjoying the water. Thats down to Steve, giving Mollie and me the encouragement to overcome her fear and ensure she enjoys water. Thanks a million Steve. Go on try it yourself.
Sarah Woodward(Monday, April 15 13 10:11 pm BST)
I have been taking my munsterlander and lab cross to swimming for a couple of months now. They have loved every single minute of it! The first session it took 15-20 minutes to encourage them into the
pool. Tonight...I nearly got dragged in! Their fitness levels have increased two fold and it's been great to see them enjoy it so much! It has especially helped my munsterlander build muscles that
aren't used as much, which has in turn helped her in the show ring.
Rebecca Hargreaves(Monday, April 15 13 05:59 pm BST)
Daisy really loved the photoshoot and the photos are fantastic! Steve was so patient with her and has captured her perfectly.
Would highly recommend
Andrew Bury(Monday, April 15 13 02:20 pm BST)
Just to say a big thank you to everyone at the centre yesterday as Molly had a wonderful time swimming and being pampered.
Great knowledge from the staff, friendly and helpful.
Would, and will, recommend to everyone.
Stephen Jagger(Sunday, April 14 13 09:47 pm BST)
Charlie, our 13 year old springer spaniel, really enjoyed his 10 sessions with Steve.
His movement and mobility really improved over the weeks.
I would definitely recommend the Hydro therapy for any dog suffering from mobility issues.
Steve really knows how to connect to your dog.
Alan Nothard.(Friday, April 12 13 07:50 am BST)
Best My Border Terrier Has Ever Looked.Friendly Service.Thank You.
Catherine Brown(Monday, March 04 13 01:42 pm GMT)
Milly our 18 month Border Collie has just had her 2nd Hydro session with Steve. It is amazing how she has progressed her hip and leg have improved so much since her treatment started and she has lost
her limp. Thankyou Steve you are doing a great job with her. Looking forward to her next session.
Leanne westwell(Saturday, February 09 13 05:28 pm GMT)
Freddie has had another fun time with Steven today. He improved so much from his first session and even jumped in for the first time! He will benefit so much from these sessions and having taken him
to another hydrotherapy centre in the past can see how good and how professional this one is.
Julie Ann Hulme(Wednesday, February 06 13 06:39 pm GMT)
Zak our Newfoundland dog had the best experience today with Steve in the Hydrotherapy pool. He was also pampered with a bath, massage, grooming & photo shoot. Lovely venue, very friendly
experienced staff. Definitely recommended.Xx
Mark Pickup(Sunday, January 20 13 02:05 pm GMT)
Our Chocolate Lab Poppy has had 3 sessions with Steve and is already showing improvment, Poppy can't wait to get into the water. Steve puts her at complete ease ... she loves the sessions. Highly
Kathryn Gardner(Saturday, October 27 12 02:58 pm BST)
Just had a photo shoot of my two boys, fantastic, professional results. Would highly recommend this service for a lasting memory of our treasured friends
Sarah Wright(Saturday, September 29 12 05:11 pm BST)
Really pleased with the treatment of Gizmo by Hannah at the Padiham shop. He looks really good and seemed to enjoy it.
Graham Hargreaves(Friday, August 17 12 10:25 am BST)
Just had milly my parsons terrier groomed by
Steve ! She looks fantastic thank you so much.
Charlotte Hawkins(Friday, August 10 12 11:10 pm BST)
GREAT GROOMERS!!!!!!!! Herbie and me both love the day he has a groom :) Steve took some fab photos of Herbie and I've recommended friends who have become regular customers.......perfect every
Andy and Joan Lucas(Thursday, August 09 12 03:33 am BST)
Our dogs second grooming,they were happy and we were also.
Leanne(Wednesday, August 08 12 10:26 am BST)
My dogs have been attending Daisy's now for 12 months plus, the service is fantastic and the staff are very well mannered.
On arrival to the groomers my 'trained lab' looses all her manners and drags me drown the street into the shop. Now as it is the dogs that are being cleaned i think there actions show me that they
love it here.
My JR's are very fussy yet they still seem to love it , I have recommended many people to Daisy's. As for the staff here, 'Poppy' is know to me straight away, when running your own 'family' business
you learn to notice who the owner is. All the girls are very helpful and once again the dogs love them.
fiona(Tuesday, August 07 12 10:15 pm BST)
great service , really did a good job we had one dog groomed and were that impressed we had our other dog done , super 5 star
Rebecca(Tuesday, August 07 12 09:06 pm BST)
We have taken our two springer spaniels to both Colne and Padiham branches, we were made to feel really welcome and was reassured that the dogs would be okay (we hadn't left them before). We returned
to see two very happy springers and they looked and smelt brilliant!!! there coats were soft and shiny and we their tales were all fluffy. We have been to other groomers in the past but since we been
here, we wont go anywhere else. Highly reconmended!!!
Tara Smith(Tuesday, August 07 12 01:31 pm BST)
The staff at daisy's are so lovely and the service that they deliver really is outstanding.
I had my french bulldog puppy Hugo's photos done by them and they are absolutely fantastic.
If you want excellent service at an affordable price i'd deffinately recommend that you go to daisys dog grooming, Hugo wont be going anywhere else :) x
sandra dixon(Tuesday, August 07 12 01:25 pm BST)
Took my Bullmastiff for her first groom as she was maulting loads.Also had the photo shoot done at the same time.
She now smells and feels great.
the pictures were great.
think she loved the experience,will be visiting again great service
Peter Mogford(Tuesday, August 07 12 10:31 am BST)
Had the Grooming and Photos done, Ecellent, Friendly and Proffesional. Pictures are superb and my dog looks and smells clean. Will be dealing with again Highly Recomend.. A****
paul minion(Monday, August 06 12 09:33 am BST)
took millie and poppy our shih tzu's to the Nelson centre..they were well looked after while they were groomed..lovely cut and they were totally relaxed when we picked them up...we also had a lovely
photoshoot done while they were there...excellent pictures.first class..put them on facebook and everybody loved them ......it was our first visit and the service was top class...thanks....
Phil newsome(Saturday, August 04 12 05:00 pm BST)
Well done the girls in the padiham shop what a fantastic job
you have done with Ecko the Sibirian Husky on such short notice best ever x
Tara Smith(Tuesday, July 24 12 05:07 pm BST)
Hugo the french bulldogs Photoshoot was brilliant and the pictures you took of him are stunning, thankyou :) Xx
Becki Sanderson(Saturday, June 09 12 09:56 pm BST)
We took our two springer spaniels Obie and Merlin to Colne to get them cut. Obie has previously been to Padiham however it was Merlin's first cut as he is only a nine months! we were soo please when
we came to pick them up they looked amazing!!! the ladies that were there cutting them we so friendly when we came to collect them Obie and Merlin looked so happy and looked and smelt great there
coats looking brilliant. We will defiantly be booking them in again Thank you so much .x
Charlotte Hawkins(Friday, May 18 12 08:42 pm BST)
Herbie has been groomed several times at Daisy's grooming and he's been perfect everytime!!!!!!! FANTASTIC!!!!! I think he actually enjoys going for his regular haircuts :) definitely recommend,
Steve is excellent with him!
Andy and Joan Lucas(Tuesday, May 15 12 11:08 pm BST)
First time for Zorro, Valerie and Fleur, my wife's much loved Shih tzu's. Steve was brilliant with them, they came home HAPPY, and the best cut ever. See you again, three lovely woofs
Super happy with the treatment and i have come home with a very happy dog! highly recommend and will be visiting again very soon!
Lorraine hills(Tuesday, May 01 12 07:10 pm BST)
Excellent photos and dog grooming service. Really impressed. Buddy can't wait to come again xx woof woof xx
rachael(Sunday, April 29 12 10:58 pm BST)
my westies have always gone to a local groomer but when i heard that one in colne was opening and also had photo shoot i wanted to try it out. Their cuts were excellent, love how it was done with the
added benefit of george's bushy tail. The photos were superb and definately booking in just for a photo shoot on its own again soon. Steven was very friendly and helpful and going to book my next
appointment asap, would highly recommend both the grooming and photo shoot and can't wait for my westies to try swimming too.
Wayne(Thursday, April 26 12 06:24 pm BST)
Daisy's Dog Grooming Colne
This was our first time taking our bichon pup for a cut, Steven was excellent provided a great service and took some really good pictures of presley in the studio after.
Already booked him in for his follow up cut.
Samantha Greenwood(Sunday, April 22 12 09:45 am BST)
I've taken my dog to several salons in the past and was never completely satisfied, so for the past few years I have cut her hair myself. I took my dog to the colne salon and I am so happy with the
cut and the photos. Steve was lovely with my dog I will certainly take her back.