About Stylin' Dogs
My name is Candace Breach and I am the owner and manager of Stylin’ Dogs.
Stylin’ Dogs was established in 2009 after I was looking for a career with animals. I have loved animals for as long as I can remember. In 2005 I began my Veterinary Nursing course but after 2 years I decided it wasn’t for me. I am a big softie when it comes to animals and I couldn’t handle the surgery side of Veterinary Nursing.
I began to explore other avenues of the pet industry and that’s when I came across dog grooming. Having worked in pet shops around Geelong for many years along with the 2 years I studied veterinary nursing I had a vast knowledge of pets and their health.
Luckily for me a family friend has a home-based dog grooming business in Melbourne where I went and spent months watching and learning every aspect of her 25 years of dog grooming skills. I also completed a basic dog grooming course through the Gordon TAFE.
Researching for months on equipment, health, safety and practising on friends and family members dogs, I bought a second-hand dog grooming trailer and made it my own for my new business venture.
18 months into my business I loved everything about dog grooming and decided to upgrade my trailer as I knew I had found a job I wanted to do forever. I purchsed a brand new Savel Mobile Pet Salon, a state of the art dog grooming trailer with all the features a groomer could ask for, including an autofill hydrobath, electric table, air conditioning and more.
In September 2012 I had built my business significantly and I could no longer accommodate for all my customers needs as there wasn’t enough hours in the day to fit them all in. It was then I decided to expand my business and open a salon in Belmont.
To begin with I was working in both the mobile service a few days a week and the salon a few days a week but the demand for the salon was also growing rapidly so at the end on 2013 I decided to close the mobile service of my business down to focus on the salon.
I have an amazing team of girls assisting me in the salon.
Elva has been grooming since 2008 and left her role as a salon manager in a corporate store in 2016 to join the Stylin’ Dogs team. We are lucky to have her a part of the team with the experience and knowledge she has.
Claire is origianlly from Ireland and is crazy about dogs! When she moved to Australia she found her dream job in a dog grooming salon in Perth. Her partner was transferred to Geelong through his job so Claire came to see us and became part of the team in 2016. Claire has fit right in with the team and is enjoying expanding her skills.
Kate has always loved animals and has a particular love for dogs and grooming. She began grooming in 2015 and is a natural. Kate moved from a corporate store to Stylin’ Dogs in 2017 and is a great addition to our team.
Hollie began with Stylin’ Dogs in April 2017 with no experience in the dog grooming industry but her passion for animals was so obvious she was given a chance to join the team and learn from scratch. This decision definitely paid off and the dogs just love her calm nature and she has learnt extremely quickly.
Karalee began grooming in 2007 and has never lost her love for grooming. After 10 years in a corporate store she needed a change and is loving the friendly, relaxed atmosphere at Stylin’ Dogs. Karalee joined the team in 2018 and is looking forward to learning more by attending seminars and grooming competitions. The best thing about being a dog groomer is there’s always something new to learn.
Our salon is designed to be “cage free”. We do have large pens for dogs who like to be alone but generally we keep your pets either in the pens or running free in the salon socialising with other dogs. We generally run our appointments by time so your dog only needs to be here as long as it takes for us to groom them however they are certainly welcome to stay all day.
Our salon has heating and cooling for the comfort of your dog and has all the highest quality equipment such as electric tables. We strive to make grooming a positive and fun experience for all dogs and never push them beyond their means. Stylin’ Dogs take pride in the fact that we all LOVE dogs and enjoy spending time with them.
“Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.”
Stylin’ Dogs used to teach the ‘Basic Dog Grooming’ course run through the Gordon TAFE in Geelong at our salon in Belmont, however the Gordon no longer offers this course.
Candace still teaches the grooming component to students studying animal courses at the Gordon and offers one-on-one training in her salon to those eager to learn about grooming.
We look forward to meeting you and your furbabies soon!