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I'm a student a week away from graduating at Unleashed. I cannot say enough about Jackie and her ability as an instructor. She is one of the most patient, gentle, and relatable people I've met in general. She truly cares about animals. All of them. No exceptions. Even the ones who may not be so cute or nice. And trust me, there are plenty of those. She has a system to advance individuals, and I believe she customizes that per student, based on their comfort level and how quickly they catch on. She would never throw something at you she didn't feel confident you could do (with supervision and instruction, of course), BUT she also doesn't allow students she can tell are ready to NOT do something new because they may feel unsure of themselves unnecessarily. What she does takes more finesse than one might imagine. I know I couldn't do it! She finishes up each dog/cat ensuring they go out the door looking just as good, and in many cases even BETTER than a full priced salon, and at DEEPLY discounted prices. She has worked very hard to get where she is today, and she more than deserves it. She's a genuine person who would help any human or any dog/cat/squirrel/ferret/etc, etc, etc no matter what. I also should add that she has old students come in all the time just to visit. That alone should speak to what kind of teacher she is. I feel very indebted to Jackie, and also her assistant instructor, Amy. If you love animals and want to have a career dealing with them, but don't want to have to see heartbreaking situations like you would working for a vet, go to Unleashed. Pay attention, learn & become successful as a Groomer! Amanda
This review is written from the perspective of a former student. Before graduation: Jackie (the owner) starts all of her students out easy, with baths and all-over shaves, and eases them into the more intricate cuts over time. I never felt uncomfortable or rushed to move forward in the curriculum. However, I left feeling (almost) fully capable of grooming professionally. In addition to the great education, the environment at Unleashed was fantastic! Jackie, as well as her assistant, Amy, is incredibly helpful and PATIENT. I asked certain questions more than once and heard my classmates do the same, but our instructors always answered them with the most tolerant and professional demeanor. After graduation: I’ve interviewed at two different grooming shops, and both have told me that they’ve heard wonderful things about Unleashed. These are our potential employers, and they have nothing but good things to say about this school! The job I decided to take chose me over someone who had FIVE YEARS of experience grooming…at a less sophisticated level. And, on the first day at work, the manager asked me for Jackie’s phone number so that she could call and thank her for giving me such good training! Bottom line, if you’re willing to show up, follow instruction, and take things seriously, you’ll be on your way to being an excellent groomer by the time you graduate. I can’t say enough good things about this course.
I graduated from "Unleashed" in January of 2012. I was almost immediately hired on a part-time basis by a local mobile service. The owner was so impressed with my skills and abilities that I only spent 2 days in training before being handed the keys and told to call if I ran into anything I couldn't handle! I have to say, I owe that to Jackie and her staff. The hands-on training I received was second to none and the casual, fun--loving atmosphere made going to school every day very enjoyable. I looked forward to going in and learning something new almost every single day. I am now a full-time pet stylist with hardly any room left in my calendar. My clients are extremely pleased with my work and specifically ask for me to put them on standing appointments...money in the bank and I am doing well. Again, I thank Jackie and staff at Unleashed for a fantastic learning experience that I will never forget. Do I recommend Unleashed? Absolutely, without a doubt, hands down, it's the only place to attend grooming school in Oklahoma where you will learn everything you need to know in order to be an independent groomer from day 1 after graduation! Thumbs up UNLEASHED!!!