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Groomabilities

Groomabilities Classes & Private Training for the Wairarapa

Our Groomabilities programmes are All About teaching dogs to love grooming

“ Hey! Did you know? Grooming can be FUN! ”

Who Groomabilities is for:

Puppies who haven’t yet been groomed

Let’s teach your puppy to love being groomed right from the start—it’s a lot easier than fixing the problem later, and will make for a lifetime of easy groom visits or home grooming.

Dogs who are uncomfortable being groomed

If your dog is a little wary of the bathtub, or squirmy and impatient when you try to brush his fur, a little Groomabilities training will transform him into a happy, cooperative pooch.

Dogs who all-out hate or fear being groomed

For dogs who have had a bad grooming experience and/or who are convinced grooming means the end of the world, we recommend our Private Groomabilities training programme.

Dedicated dog parents who want to groom their dogs at home

Just want to give your dog a bath without getting soaked? Trim your dog’s nails without having to coax her out from underneath the bed? Groomabilities is just the thing!


Groomabilities group training class

For dogs with mild to moderate fear of grooming

Working on site in our grooming salon, this small group class (3 dogs only!) provides hands-on support and guidance through real-life exercises designed to take the scary out of grooming. We’ll get your dog comfortable with grooming equipment like brushes, nail trimmers, the bathtub, and the blow dryer. We’ll teach her how to work with us during a groom by volunteering her paws and resting her chin in our hands. We show her that being touched all over can feel great. We’ll even work up to an actual bath and some nail trimming.

Class details:

Groomabilities group training class runs for 7 weeks, including an orientation session without your dog to help set you up for training success.

$280 + GST

Class is held at All About the Hound HQ in Masterton on Saturdays.

Only 3 dogs per class, so grab your spot right away!

Ready for easy grooming?


Puppy Groomabilities group training class

For all puppies

Working on site in our grooming salon, this small group class (3 puppies only!) provides hands-on support and guidance through real-life exercises designed to teach puppies to enjoy grooming right out of the gate. We’ll get your pup comfortable with grooming equipment like brushes, nail trimmers, the bathtub, and the blow dryer. We’ll teach her how to work with us during a groom by volunteering her paws and resting her chin in our hands. We show her that being touched all over can feel great. We’ll even work up to an actual bath and nail trim.

Class details:

Puppy Groomabilities group training class runs for 7 weeks, including an orientation session without your puppy to help set you up for training success.

$280 + GST

Class is held at All About the Hound HQ in Masterton on Saturdays.

Only 3 puppies per class, so grab your spot right away!

Ready for a lifetime of easy grooming?


Groomabilities private training

For dogs with mild to severe fear of grooming

If your dog is severely uncomfortable being groomed, or you just don’t have time for group class, drop your dog off for personalised private Groomabilities training with our certified dog trainer and groomer, April Williams. April will design and guide your dog through a customised training plan to overcome her grooming fears.

Private training details:

Groomabilities private training begins with an Initial Consult to assess your dog’s training needs, after which April will provide a customised training programme recommendation.

Price on Application

Private training is held onsite at All About the Hound HQ in Masterton.

Ready for grooming relief for you and your dog?


Meet your instructor & trainer, April Williams

You are awesome!

It’s so great that you’re here. So many dog parents force their dogs through stressful and frightening grooming experiences year after year, not knowing what else to do. I’m so glad you found All About the Hound and are considering our Groomabilities programme to help your dog overcome her grooming fears. You’re both going to feel so much better next time bath time rolls around or a grooming appointment pops up on the schedule. You just won’t believe the difference this is going to make!

Learn more about April and her professional credentials.

April Williams and her dog Archie

A message from our mascot, Wallie

Groomabilities Is The Word

A poem by Wallie

Wallie, the mascot of All About the Hound

Have you heard?
Groomabilities is the word!

If your dog hates her groom,
Don’t worry; she’ll soon be over the moon.

We know you’re going to love it, too
Just choose the program that best suits you.

No more splashing at bath time
No more hearing your dog whine

Now when it’s time to go the salon
your dog will pull to get there, full-on.

Is it magic? Could it be true?
It’s simply amazing what training can do!

Don't just take our word for it!

  • April does an amazing job with our Husky! She is very professional & always does 110%. We recommend her to anyone!!! See you next fur appointment!Shay Thomas

  • April did a great job on my Maltese/Shih Tzu, Jemma! She went in looking like a hairy Yeti and came out looking like a beautiful princess. Well done April. You are an excellent dog groomer!Amanda Olsen

  • Thanks April for getting us on the right track with training, I have a very tired superstar Teddy who walked loose lead and sat quietly in a cafe today.Joanna Kemp

  • Sheba is looking very clean and fluffy after her appointment with April today. She is now looking forward to her play date with April and friends next week. Highly recommend!Julie Morris

  • April is lovely, has a great personality and is very professional. Thanks for all your help with Bailey. Kerry Potts

  • Thank-you April, you did such a great haircut on my dogs. They look fantastic. Penne-ann Huston

  • Thank you April for taking such great care of my deaf old Airedale, Charlie. He was in such a knotted state but you got him looking wonderful! Great breed clip. We will be regulars now. Thank you :)Jannine Yost

  • April offers such an exceptional service; she is friendly and attentive and is good at what she does!Lovena ByMe

  • Thanks April for grooming Becca with such care. We will be back next time for sure and will certainly recommend you for growing in the area.Aziza Young

  • Very happy with Charlie's makeover. Much quicker than where I usually take him. Thanks April, will definitely be back :-)Kristine Mickelssen

  • Benji has been to AllAbouttheHound for a bath and tidy. He came home smelling very tropical and sporting a very full and fluffy look. I was very pleased and will definitely be going back. I thought the service was great.Octavian Filimon

  • Our precious Max has had his second groom at AllAbouttheHound and what a fantastic job April has done. With a professional set up and equipment, I could trust a great job would be done and I wasn't wrong. Max looks super cute and we will definitely be returning customers.Patricia Acampora

  • April was very caring & loving towards my baby dog. Fantastic work with the grooming!!Vicky Madytianos