Wakefield dog grooming guru inundated with HUMAN haircut requests

A Wakefield dog groomer has been inundated with requests to cut the hair of owners thrilled with his expert doggy beauty technique as people struggle to get post-lockdown salon appointments.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 1:24 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 1:36 pm
Corey Lockwood is responsible for training in six of Jollyes’ 14 pamper and grooming spas in England and Northern Ireland.

Joining Jollyes three years ago, Corey Lockwood, 26, is responsible for training in six of Jollyes’ 14 pamper and grooming spas in England and Northern Ireland.

From his base on Ings Road, Wakefield Corey and his team carry out between 100-120 dog styling appointments each week, and he has a cult following on social media.

Jollyes’ spa customers know there’s nothing Corey and his team can’t create with his clippers for a cockapoo or a cocker spaniel.

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Since lockdown ended, most customers who’ve visited him and his teams in Jollyes’ Yorkshire spas have asked whether they could carry out a sneak short back and sides at the same time their pooch gets a makeover.

Corey said: "The phone’s been ringing off the hook since lockdown ended.

"We’re back-to-back with dog grooming appointments but it’s clear their owners are struggling to get their own hair chopped.

"To be honest, every owner who comes in is asking for their own haircut!”

Corey is a keen dog-owner and horseman – sadly a horse-riding accident stopped him from fulfilling his ambition to be a jockey but he’s building a career with Jollyes alongside the animals he loves.

Corey’s well known for his doggy art. He loves the challenge of an owner who wants a specific cut for their dog – he’s famous for the Mohican demanded by one Wakefield customer for their Terrier-Cross and an afro on a Cockapoo.

The average time Corey and his team spend with a dog is around 90 minutes to two hours – but when grooming for shows such as Crufts, he can spend anything up to three hours getting the dog looking pooch-perfect.

Customers travel as far as Manchester to get an appointment with Corey and his team – his regulars call him the Nicky Clarke of the M62.

Corey said: "Some owners have tried to get scissor-happy themselves during lockdown but secretly they know there’s no substitute for a professional.

“We can see that loads of people have got a dog for the first-time during lockdown which means we’re now offering advice to new dog owners as to how to really maintain healthy grooming habits.”