JR Alcantara CMG is the owner of The Dog Groomer and has been in the industry over 30 years.
JR moved to New Zealand in 2012 from Los Angeles where he had a passionate life in the world of dogs. In the States, JR was an All Breed Professional Handler and Kennel owner. At the kennel, he offered Boarding, Training/Behaviour modification and Grooming. As a Profession Handler, he travelled the country and world caring for, grooming, showing and training customers pets to become Champions. His knowledge in nutrition, coat care and conditioning has made him have a successful career. JR is a breeder of German Shepherds, Bouviers does Flandres and Lakeland Terriers.
Jade spent her first year out of college finding out what she enjoyed and what kind of work preferred. She started in hospitality and moved on to calf rearing by mid year. Jade looked into dog training behaviour courses ,vet nursing ect. She decided dog grooming was it. Her passion for grooming dogs has grown since she attended an 8 week intense course of dog grooming with JR Alcantara. She really enjoys working with JR, although it can be a stressful at times, getting the dogs to perfection for the customers. Dog grooming is definitely a calling for Jade, she loves that they all have such unique personalities and loves befriending different breeds every day. There is so much to learn in this industry and she's glad to have a mentor to help learn as she pursue this journey.
"Jade was a natural to start with and I saw she could be a great part of our team at the Dog Groomer. In her first week I was keen to keep her on after graduation." - JR