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Paragon School of Pet Grooming (Jenison, MI)

The Paragon School of Pet Grooming is dedicated to providing the best professional learning programs for people interested in the exciting and growing field of professional pet grooming. Melissa Verplank, one of the pet industries leading authorities, brings her wealth of knowledge and experience in grooming, judging, and teaching to this new and exciting program. Her commitment and passion is to help you become the best pet professional you can be! Melissa has taken her knowledge and experience as owner of one of the finest pet grooming academies in the country and developed the best curriculum available with educational tools and information on the latest styling trends and techniques in the pet industry. Visit our website for more information, including our distance learning programs alternative to attending in Michigan. Please visit our website for more information.

Groomer Training Center / JKL Pet Grooming School Curriculum (Annville, PA)

JKL Pet Grooming School

Note: JKL Pet Grooming School is a long-established home study course but you can attend the onsite version of the curriculum in a classroom format at the Groomer Training Center in Annville, Pennsylvania.

Classroom Curriculum: Seeking classroom training? JKL has some very exciting news! The JKL course is now being taught in a US classroom! We are delighted to announce our partnership with Groomer Training Center in Pennsylvania. Allison Alonso, owner of GTC, has been a professional groomer for over 23 years and is a fully qualified JKL Certified Instructor. Click here for more information on the Groomer Training Center.

Home Study Curriculum: As an IEAA internationally accredited career distance learning school, and a government-registered career training school in Canada, JKL has been successfully offering comprehensive professional groomer training since 1980. Joy Waters, author and instructor of the JKL program of studies, has now proudly trained several thousand students from all corners of the world, including Canada, Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom, and the USA, to their graduate levels. Long before videos or the internet came on the scene, Joy was successfully training professional groomers through home study. Student alumni, some still earning their living at their trade for more than two decades now, are a testament to the high quality of professional training always offered through JKL. Our intensive academic program, together with its substantial, self-provided hands-on component, has been formulated to train our students in their own homes, at their own pace, to achieve their professional diploma qualification. As well supervised practical instruction by a JKL-certified grooming instructor can be arranged at a Canadian or US-based training center. The JKL course offers nearly 1000 pages (500 academic hours) of groomer training instruction, accessible online, on CD-Rom, or in a printed course manual. It includes many color diagrams, illustrations, and photographs; complete business start-up information, business plan, templates, salon designs, and floor plans; exclusive JKL Glance & Groom Breed Trim Charts; instructional CDs, plus optional DVDs by industry leader Jodi Murphy.

To learn more about both curriculums, Visit the JKL Grooming Web Site.

American Grooming Academy (Temecula, CA)

At American Grooming Academy, we are educating the future leaders of the Pet Care Industry! Our mission is to offer training and career development for those individuals who desire a career as a professional in the Pet Care Industry. Additionally, for current professionals aspiring to advance their careers, we offer continual education to refine their skills. American Grooming Academy offers what few other schools can: instructors with both the private sector and corporate management experience in the grooming salon, mobile grooming, and animal behavior business. Our instructors are driven by their passion for teaching, their experience in the real working world, and the insight gained from their personal drive to learn and perfect their craft. Whether you aim to be the business owner of a grooming salon or mobile grooming business or pursue a career in management, the Team at American Grooming Academy has the knowledge and experience to guide you in reaching your goals. American Grooming Academy will provide you with the education and hands-on training you will need to begin a new career or continue the pursuit of your career development. Career Training for Life! Please visit our web site for more information.

Clip Shoppe School of Dog Grooming (Newfoundland, NJ)

Clip Shoppe School of Dog Grooming


The Clip Shoppe School of Dog Grooming, a State Approved Private Vocational School, was established in answer to the need for trained dog groomers and the lack of grooming schools within the NJ, NY, and PA areas. The Professional Dog Groomer Certificate Program includes a combination of hands-on training, instructor demonstrations, lectures, and video.

Our main objective is to help Students learn the essential elements to become a finished groomer and graduate with the experience and confidence to gain employment and have a successful career in the pet care industry, where groomers are highly demanded. The vision of the Clip Shoppe School of Dog Grooming is to raise the profession’s standards by teaching the most current methods of dog grooming and encouraging social responsibility in the treatment of dogs and their owners.

Clip Shoppe’s guiding principle is to positively impact the profession by teaching the students to make grooming a happy and pleasant experience for both the dog and the groomer in their chosen place of employment. Visit the Clip Shoppe School of Dog Grooming Web Site.

Merryfield School of Pet Grooming (Oakland Park, FL)



What Makes An Outstanding Professional Pet Grooming School?

By Gregg Docktor, Director of Merryfield School of Pet Grooming – What makes a great pet grooming school? It’s the adherence to the philosophy of how to treat people. If these students were your family, how would you treat them? I treat my students as if they are my family and offer them every supportive chance to get a great education from a pet grooming school that truly strives to be the number one Florida Pet Grooming School in the country!

There are five main factors to the pet grooming school:

Placement and/or business opportunities
Open policies for grads and non-grads alike
Pet Grooming Teachers:

The initial process of selecting instructors for the school was easy to imagine and conceptualize but not easy to execute. I wanted the best in the country to teach at Merryfield pet grooming school in Florida to ensure that the students who do get involved in the pet grooming school are given the absolute best shot at success.

I first contacted Michael Lamb, one of the top miniature poodle breeders in the country, a show groomer, and he has also campaigned over 125 dogs to AKC Champion status. When approached, he said, “Sure, I’m interested.” I’ve always admired Michael; he’s exciting and has always been an excellent instructor. After that, we needed more staff, and Michael recommended Irina ‘Pina’ Pinkusevich. She emigrated from Ukraine in 1989 and has become one of the top international groomers. She has been a delightful addition to our staff. She loves teaching, and I love the fact that she is a grooming competitor. Pina is a Certified Master Groomer (NDGAA), and a multiple award winner in the Terrier class, Carolina Fest 2007, Groom Expo 2007, the World Championship in Germany with her teammates on Groom Team USA in 2009, and in the Best in Show category to name just a few. Her passion for the professional grooming industry was immediate when she was initially introduced to it. She was taught by certified master groomers, top breeders, and professional handlers and has gained tremendous insights from fellow top grooming competitors. By 2010 Pina was numerically ranked the #1 groomer in the nation and is currently the all-time record holder in the point system. Pina has had a varied career; she worked for ‘Shear Delight’ in New York City and later purchased the salon she owned for ten successful years. After selling Shear Delight, she went to work for one of the most prestigious and well-known salons in Manhattan ‘Doggie-Do and Pussycats Too’ where she had the opportunity to groom many celebrities’ pets, including Jennifer Lopez, Betsy Johnson (the well-known designer), Sean ‘P-Diddy’ Combs, Patricia Fields and many Broadway stars. At one point, Pina was also involved in opening ‘Canine Ranch,’ ‘And Fancy Shmancy Dog’ (, and after first moving to Florida, she worked for ‘Grooming by Tina.’

As the pet grooming school progressed and grew, I had the good fortune of hiring Joanne Marino (NCMG) and our newest instructor, a former Merryfield graduate Blancy Torres (NCMG).

My philosophy when hiring instructors was to hire the best I could because people interested in the industry deserve to be taught by master groomers. I feel that if one of my kids or relatives wanted to learn how to groom professionally, I would tell them to go to a master’s and stick by them. So I’ve turned my personal belief system into the philosophy for my school.


As the administrator of the pet grooming school, I have many different duties. One of which is the enrollment process. Does this prospective student that sits before I want this career? Can they speak ‘dog’? Do they have the understanding that the non-verbal communication between pets and people is real? Whenever I ask these questions, I get a smile of understanding; if the candidate has no idea of what I’m talking about, I know I’m on shaky ground. I also explain the program in depth and full detail.

The program is 600 hours in length, and it is broken up into four main areas of understanding:

All-breed dog and cat grooming

Grooming speed, because you can’t be a wonderfully successful groomer and be a slow-poke. Symmetry, proportion, and balance. The secret to our student’s success is that we strive to teach the correct styles and variations for all breeds, creative grooming for mixed breed pets, and the differences between AKC and the NDGAA standards. This, I believe, is the secret to our success. It seems that most pet grooming schools don’t get too involved in these concepts, and it’s one of the most important aspects of our educational process.
Students must complete a 100-hour externship before graduating, where they are placed in a grooming salon or in a mobile grooming setting. The main purpose of the externship is to give the students real-world experience. Does their skill set meet the expectations of the salon/mobile business owner? Do they feel confident with what they have learned and accomplished during their time at pet grooming school? Typically upon completion of the externship, our diploma is awarded.

After graduation is attained, our pet grooming school also helps to assist in either job placement or helping the student go into business on their own. While offering a job guarantee is illegal, we have a very active job placement service. We have more job opportunities than graduates who can fill them. It has always been this way, and I can only credit the instructors for this wonderful situation.


We have a 16,000-square-foot facility. It’s currently broken down into two distinct operations: Merryfield School of Pet Grooming and Merryfield Motel for Pets. The pet grooming school currently has three classrooms, with a fourth one to be created in June 2015. Classroom space currently takes up 6500 square feet, and the motel takes up the balance. Unfortunately, we will be encroaching on the motel to add that 4th classroom which will add another 1500 square feet dedicated solely to the pet grooming school.

Business Opportunities For Pet Grooming School Graduates:

There are basically four ways we help to develop businesses for graduates.

House call pet grooming.
Mobile grooming.
Subleasing Space.

Open Policy for Graduates and Non-Graduates:

A great pet grooming school allows graduates to come back for brush-ups and further attention if they feel the need. It’s worked out very favorably, and we also extend this offer to students who come back to pet grooming school and complete their education.

Join our pet grooming school today and be on your way to your new career. Learn more about Merryfield School and Federal Financial Aid at our website,

Texas Allbreed Grooming School (Arlington, TX)

Texas Allbreed Grooming School


Texas Allbreed Grooming School is centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth in South Arlington, Texas. Arlington is a growing city of 365,000 residents and 10,000 businesses. It is the State’s seventh-largest city and ranks 46 in the country. This charming city contains all the social amenities of entertainment, restaurants, theaters, and comfortable housing. It is the home of Six Flags, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Texas Rangers.

We are located in an open area with easy access from Interstate 20. The school contains ample space for classroom work. A break room is provided with a refrigerator and microwave for lunches and study. This is a non-smoking business. There is a cage room for dogs to be kept. A separate tub room for bathing is equipped with dryers to brush and fluff dry each pet. Each student has an individual grooming table and equipment stand for their own personal use. Each student is responsible for the sharpening of their own tools and care of equipment.
Texas Allbreed Grooming School is a member of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, The National Federation of Independent Businesses, the National Dog Grooming Association, and the International Society for Canine Cosmetology. Before deciding on a pet stylist career, each student must have unlimited patience and love for animals, be willing and able to work long and strenuous days, be in good health, and be able to accept criticism and learn from it. Pet grooming can be a respectable, rewarding, and enjoyable career. Please visit our web site for more information.

Licenses & Approvals: Texas Allbreed Grooming School is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools, and Colleges, 101 East 15th Street, Austin, Texas 78778-0001.

Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming (Manassas, VA)

Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming

We are dedicated to furthering the grooming profession and the idea that its graduates perform in a highly skilled and responsible manner and encourage the natural love and care of dogs and cats. The Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming has a certificate to operate issued by the Virginia Board of Education. Located near Quanitco Marine Base in Dumfries, VA. Forty-three miles south of DC. Our classes are small, six or less, and hands-on. We have many award-winning stylists working all over the USA. Visit our website today! Please visit our website.

Cindy’s Canine Companions Dog Grooming Classes (Rehrersburg, PA)

Cindy's Canine Companions Dog Grooming Classes

Thank you for your interest in Cindy’s Canine Companions pet grooming program. Cindy’s Canine Companions offers you an opportunity to learn pet grooming skills that will prepare you for a career in the pet grooming industry. The personalized one-to-one instructions you receive at Cindy’s Canine Companions are unique and offer a hands-on approach to developing the essential skills required for professional pet grooming. Your experience will prepare you to choose from different areas of the pet grooming industry, such as grooming in pet shops, kennels, veterinarian clinics, mobile grooming, and much more. I also offer customized schedules and try to meet the needs of the committed adult. For more information please don’t hesitate to call 717-933-1333 or click here to visit our website. Visit Cindy’s Canine Companions Web Site.

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