We are Pretty Paws and we were born in 2005. We now work from our unit in Harrogate and offer a range of services including:

  • Dog day care
  • Grooming
  • Dog walking
  • Pet pop-ins

Amy H


I qualified from Askham Bryan College in York where I studied animal management. The course included breeding, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, behaviour, welfare and rehabilitation, exotics, farm, equine, conservation, pet store and kennel management, and animal husbandry.

I gained experience at a veterinary clinic, pet shop, and at a grooming salon. After this I went on to work as a vet nurse for two years. I also volunteered for the RSPCA for over two years and completed a top-up dog psychology course.

I trained in three of the country’s leading grooming schools before starting my own business in 2005, initially working from home. I have attended seminars all over the country learning new skills and techniques.

I attend many dog shows throughout Europe (including Crufts, Groomer of the Year, and the World Grooming Championships) enabling me to keep up to date with new styles and to gain valuable knowledge from breeders.



I have owned a few dogs including Labradors, Cocker Spaniels and Springer Spaniels. I don’t own a dog currently, though I’m never without one.

When Amy started dog grooming it took off quickly which enabled me to become involved with the business.

Amy trained me on bathing and grooming out, and I was soon ready to start clipping. She taught me a few clips and also enrolled me on a training course where I learned more clipping lines and styles.

It was great starting a new career, especially working with dogs. I attend to the day care side of the business which I love.

It’s so nice having different dogs to play with, and we’re quite surprised at how quickly the dogs settle in with us.

Amy S

After working in customer service for 6 years, I wanted to finally work with dogs as this is close to my heart.

A little different from customer service, a lot more loving but very cheeky and demanding!

Working at daycare has allowed me to take on my own little boy, Ozzi the Labrador and he loves coming to work with me. My duties include looking after the dogs in daycare & preparing the dogs ready to be styled.

I hope to train as a dog groomer as it’s something I really enjoy. Best job ever!!!!


My name is Emillie, I am currently doing an apprenticeship in Animal care at Pretty Paws and at Bishop Burton college. Before working at pretty paws I competed a business and management degree as I would love to have my own business one day! I have a 3 year old Cavapoo called Buddy who I absolutely adore. My duties at Pretty Paws include walking the dogs, keeping them happy in day care and preparing the dogs for styling.


Hey I’m Georgina, having worked in insurance for the past few years I really wanted to start a career with animals so joining pretty paws has allowed me to study animal care at Bishop Burton college through my apprentiship, here at Pretty paws I help with prepping the dogs for grooming and also ensure the day care dogs are happy!!

I have a fond love for all animals especially dogs having grown up with them and forever happy to dog sit for my friends and family, I’m currently working on my boyfriend to get our own fur baby!


Hi I’m Kelly. I’m a qualified dog groomer and have my own little salon in Otley. I come to Pretty Paws one day a week and help out with prepping and styling dogs who have come in for a pamper session! I also have my own little corgi called Prince.


Hi my name is Liz, I have two grown up sons and after working with additional needs children in early years settings for 15 years, the opportunity came to work at Pretty Paws. After having dogs around all my life….I’m now surrounded by them! I have a Lhasa also called Teddy, who comes along with me to work to day care and is also groomed here at Pretty Paws.

I help to keep the day care clean and tidy, I walk the dogs and also prepare the dogs ready to be groomed.

With us on work experience…



My name is Lillie, at the moment I am completing my work experience here at Pretty Paws, I’m at Askham Bryan in York studying a foundation degree in canine and feline behaviour and welfare.