About Us

Jill Matthews

Dog Grooming Teacher offering courses, workshops and grooming services.


My name’s Jill Matthews and I’ve followed a life-long dream and set up a business with pets. I’ve been a pet lover ever since I was a small child. I have been taking care of pets for years, both my own and other peoples’ when they are away on holiday.

Originally from a small, farming community in Devon Uk, I’ve lived and worked in Africa, the USA and Australia. Life has always revolved around the animals that I’ve taken care of. It seemed a natural part of my journey to groom dogs and teach other people how to care for and groom their pets.

I have lived in Cairns, Australia for over 30 years now and opened up my grooming business Smooch a Pooch Dog Grooming Salon and School in 2010. I’ve enjoyed a long and happy career grooming all the ‘hot’ dogs and cats in Cairns.

I now also offer Dog Grooming Courses. I really wanted to use my teaching and grooming skills to help people take better care of their pets, or to help passionate pet lovers to make a living in the Pet Industry as a Groomer. You can attend a 4-Day Hands-On course in Cairns or Brisbane.


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Book A Dog Grooming Course

Jill teaches dog owners how to groom their own fur babies and also teaches ‘would-be’ professionals how to groom dogs for a career. You can learn everything you need to know to get your own business or career starting in the massively-growing Pet Grooming Industry.

The Introduction to Dog Grooming online course is only $47 and is the perfect way to get started.

Jill runs a 1-Day Hands-on Workshop for Dog Owners in Cairns. Spend a whole day pampering your precious fur baby and learning essential dog grooming skills. Occasionally, the 1-day workshop is run in Brisbane.

If you want to become a Professional Dog Groomer and have a new career or business, then Jill will teach you in ONLY 4 DAYS – come to the school in either Cairns or Brisbane for an intensive hands-on course.

I look forward to meeting you and grooming your precious pets or teaching you some grooming skills. ?

You can see photos of happy students and well groomed dogs on our Facebook Page @smoochapooch.

Please contact Jill if you require more information!

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