About Michelle
& the Yes You Chien family

I started grooming dogs when my two Cockerpoos were young and progressed from there to my friends asking me to do theirs. Encouraged by some lovely people at the brilliant charity Les Amis des Animaux I went off to get trained, completing a Formation at a groom school in the Dordogne.

I continuously top up my training to learn new techniques. I am also studying hard to complete a two year course which encompasses not just perfecting the groom of many breeds to show standard, but also studying the skeletal and muscle structure of dogs, plus illnesses, parasites and first aid.

My interest is not just in the styling side of working with dogs, but in their evolution, behaviour and motivation. I am experienced in handling and training puppies and knowing the most comfortable ways of introducing them to the groom room.

I have also worked with rescue dogs at a rescue sanctuary in Berkshire, U.K. I am passionate about ensuring all dogs always have positive experiences when they are with me so that they feel relaxed for future grooms.

Having a positive time in my groom room, especially on the grooming table can also help with visits to the vets.  

My husband David and I bought our house in France after falling in love with the French Pyrenean area and holidaying in the region for several years in a camper van.

We are both huge lovers of dogs and one of the main reasons for relocation to France was to expand our animal family and to run a dog grooming business.

Qualifications, Training & Experience

Learning, Motivation and Reinforcement - Understanding & Working with Canine Behavior

Formation de Toilettage

Formation in Dog Grooming

Obedience

First Aid

Dog sledding Northern Rocky Mountains, Canada

I learnt to care for and drive a pack of 10 sled huskies with a musher who had competed in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race.

Pets as Therapy

Weekly visits with my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and cat into a dementia home after passing relevant tests with my dog.

Puppy School

6 month training course with Gwen Bailey - dog trainer, author and owner of "The Puppy School" franchise

Working with rescue dogs

at the Diana Brimblecombe Rescue Sanctuary, Berkshire.