The Dandini's Team

Who We Are


Caroline Cogan

Owner / Senior Stylist / Grooming Tutor

Caroline has been grooming dogs since 2008.  She joined Dandini's after training at Absolutely Animals in London which won the title of best training school in the UK and was taught by two master groomers, Heidi Anderton and Colin Taylor who are both very influential figures in the dog grooming industry.  She then worked for Dandini's with Jan an experienced groomer of 40 years.  During this time, she was able to develop her skills before taking over the business in 2011.  She is a fully qualified dog groomer having gained her Advanced Stylist Level 3 City & Guilds qualification. Caroline is currently working towards her higher diploma which is the highest qualification within the industry.  She loves running the business and training new groomers, striving hard to maintain Dandini's high standards of work, its long standing reputation as one of the best dog groomers in Portsmouth.  She now concentrates on teaching the art of dog grooming to external students in The Training Room which is run as a separate facility but on the same site.


Robyn Maloney

Salon Manager / Senior Stylist

Robyn has been at Dandini's since September 2011.  Starting as an apprentice and trained under the watchful eye of Caroline she has completed both her level 2 and 3 qualifications in dog grooming gaining top marks.  She is also currently training for her International Certificate of Master Groomers in which she has successfully passed all modules so far with distinctions.  Robyn enjoys attending dog grooming competitions across the UK.  At her first competition, at the very prestigious Mastergroom, she won first place in one of the largest classes to date.  She has since gone on to get placed in other competitions across the country and also has been successful in showing her standard poodle, Jaxson, who regularly gets placed at professional dog shows.  In 2018, she was promoted to salon manager allowing Caroline to concentrate on teaching new groomers in The Training Room.


Jessica Peppall

Senior Stylist

Jess came to Dandini's for work experience back in April 2011 and simply fell in love with being a dog groomer. Whilst studying for her Level 3 diploma in animal management, she continued to volunteer during the holiday periods.  After achieving a distinction on her course, she started part-time with Dandini's alongside a job as a dog walker.  She soon became trained to become a full-time dog groomer under the guidance of Caroline.  In 2014 she started work at Dandini's full-time and has never looked back.  She quickly progressed to gain her Level 3 Introduction to Dog Grooming at Brinsbury College.  Since then Jess has continued to work hard to further progress culminating in gaining her full Level 3 Advanced Stylist qualification in dog grooming.   Jess works closely along side Robyn helping her manage the salon and specialises in hand-stripping.

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Claire Cooper

Senior Stylist

Claire came to Dandini's in 2015 after having gained her initial grooming skills from a course at Merristwood college in 2014.  Bringing in skills from her previous life working with horses and in dog agility and with the support and encouragement from the team Claire has developed in to a competent and compassionate Dandini's groomer.  Suffice to say Claire is now an established member of the team and supports Robyn and Jess running the salon.


Columbya Dunn

Stylist and Teaching support assistant

Columbya has been working at Dandini's for nearly 5 years.  After working at a local doggy daycare she decided she would like to work at a groomers and joined us initially as a grooming assistant. She worked her way up to being a stylist trained by Caroline, Robyn and Jess and picked up the skill quickly having a natural talent.  She holds a Level 2 in dog grooming and is currently working towards passing her final Level 3 exams in dog grooming and is taking a course at a local college to gain a Level 3 award in Education.  She grooms dogs in the salon but also supports Caroline training new groomers in The Training Room.


Alice Smith

Head Grooming Assistant

We jumped at the chance to have Alice join our team when she applied for a job with us to be one of our grooming assistants.  We already knew Alice as she had come to us previously for training with Caroline and so with her previous grooming experience she was perfect for the role.  She has been with us now for 3 years and has achieved her Level 2 in dog grooming with us.  She runs the bathing and drying side of the salon and works with students who are gaining experience before their course starts in the Training room.