Gosford Grooming Finalist
Central Coast Business Awards
Outstanding Home Business

Our goal is to provide our clientele with first class service including quality products, friendly professional advice and individual attention to each pet.

MBDA Canine Groomer of the
Year Nominee 2014


Awards & Achievements

2008 PIAA Grooming Competition Dogs featured on Better Homes & Gardens with Dr Harry
Click on the link below for the video clip


Charmaine Bright is qualified as an International Certified Master Groomer under Australian Breed Standards.

Traditionally a “master” qualification applies to a proprietor of a business that employs others and trains apprentices. Like Master Farriers, Plumbers and Builders, now Groomers can have the professional recognition of their grooming skills. This voluntary certification and testing offers recognition of expert grooming skills on all breeds, knowledge of canine anatomy and health as well as dedication to the humane handling of dogs. Charmaine  endured vigorous testing by Canadian Judge, Master Groomer and IPG Certifier Ms Sandy Potter & Michel Evans. Over 8 hours of practical skills using 4 local dogs  and10 hours of written theory exams were sat. Questions were tested on 185 breeds of dogs from the Australian Dingo to the Weimaraner.,

Master groomers can offer breed specific styling, against “shave downs“, As we are familiar with all our breeds  and their standards here in Australia we have an eye for designing a fabulous look for the numerous new designer dogs and all their different looks and coat types.

There are over 20 Master Groomers in Australia and the Central Coast has 3 of them. Other Master Groomers in Australia can be found at

Gosford Grooming is a Member of the following organisations and abides by their codes of Practice

  • Life member of RSPCA

  • The Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA)

  • Member of Central Coast Cat Care Inc.

The Gosford Grooming team attends the PIAA Groomex & Ausgroom Seminars held around Australia each year since 2000

15 of Charmaines Grooming Articles have been printed in
Dogs NSW Magazine (formerly The CanineJournal)-

A Day in the Life of a Pet Stylist  -January 2006
Puppy Grooming - March 2006
Why I became a Pet Stylist - August2006

Central Coast Canine Carnival Committee Member (2002)
Committee member involved in organising and promoting the day.
Gosford Grooming happily participates in this event.

Gosford City Council Dog Exercise Area Advisory Committee (August 2001- February 2002)
Committee member representing Central Coast Beach Access Reform Coalition (CC BARC) in developing a new Dog Exercise Area Policy including Off-Leash Areas in parks and beaches. This involved dedicating a lot of time and energy to attending fortnightly meetings, researching information and visiting every existing and proposed Off-Lead dog exercise area in Gosford City Council.

Canine Good Citizen Instructors Course (2001)
Certificate IV in Dog Behavioural Training (incomplete)

Dr lan Dunbar Instructors Course (2001)
Behavioural Problems, Learning Secrets, Effective Training Techniques

World Wide Pet Supply Association -Grooming of Cats (2000)

  • Safety Procedures

  • Handling Cats - tips and facts

  • Equipment

  • Shampoos and Rinses

  • Bathing Techniques

  • Drying

  • Finishing

  • Veterinarian Advice

  • Procedures for grooming a nasty-tempered Cat

World Wide Pet Supply Association - Study of Clipper and Scissor Techniques (2000)

  • Definitions and uses of various blades and scissors

  • How to select the best tools

  • Time saving practices

  • Humane de-matting techniques and alternatives

  • Techniques for improving clipping and scissoring skills

  • Sharpening and maintenance of grooming tools

  • Mechanics and technology of grooming tools

  • How to identify coat types and suggested grooming techniques for each terminology

  • The importance of release forms and home care instruction sheets

Qualified Companion Animal Hygienist (2000)
Course held by World Wide Pet Supply Association Groomers Certificate Programme.


  • Pet Safely

  • Brushing Techniques

  • Ears. Nails

  • External Parasites

  • Internal Parasites

  • Skin Problems

  • Shampoos, Conditioners & Rinses

  • Bathing

  • Anal Glands

  • Pesticides

  • Drying Techniques

  • Finishing Touches

  • Disinfectant Procedures

 - (First groomer in Central Coast area to qualify)

Taking the "Bad" out of Behaviour - Gwen Bailey (2000)
A three day seminar with Gwen Bailey about good dog behaviour. Ingredients for the perfect puppy and shelter dogs

Certificate IV in Small Business Management (1999)
All aspects of small business operations

Canine Community Awareness Certificate (1998)
Awarded by the Central Coast Dog Obedience Training Club

GOSFORD GROOMING - Awards and certificatesDistinctions awarded for the highest pass in the T.A.F.E Kennel and Cattery Operations Certificate II Course for the following subjects (1997)

  • Kennel and Cattery Housekeeping

  • Animal Care and Ownership

  • Animal First Aid

  • Dog and Cat Housing

  • Dog and Cat Nutrition

  • Animal Genetics

  • Dog Breeding

  • Dog Health and Disease

  • Animal Behaviour

  • Dog Care and Grooming

Click to Enlarge Photo of Jenny Eade 1969 Grooming Apprenticeship (1990)
3 years grooming apprenticeship with Jenny Eade. who owned and managed one of the first dog grooming salons in Roseville NSW in 1969.

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