Welcome to an advanced directory of pet grooming schools by PetGroomer.com. There are many directories on the Internet and we strive to be one of the best. We update our list annually or upon news and confirmation that a school is no longer operating.
SELECTING A GROOMING SCHOOL
We strongly encourage you to read our page Read Selecting a Pet Grooming School once you find some schools that interest you. It has invaluable information on the selection process including a list of sample questions to ask school owners before you make your final decision.
It is a major understatement to advise you that all schools and their programs are not alike. There is no governing board or agency that judges the effectiveness of the content of grooming instruction from the viewpoint of being themselves expert in grooming. State agencies or bureaus do hold schools to consumer law as a vocational institution. They look for and document evidence that each school has a solid background in pet grooming, and has planned a curriculum but is it a poor, average or great one? Agencies cannot accurately judge that. Why? Pet grooming is not a vocationally licensed profession in any U.S. state, therefore there are no legal guidelines to what must or must not be in any school’s curriculum and how many minimum hours of instruction are required. Therefore, agencies can only look for reasonable evidence to support their decision to state license a vocational school offering pet grooming instruction. As a result, curricula can vary widely. Please, read the post we recommended.
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UNITED STATES AND CANADA
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 career we offer continual education to refine their skills. American Grooming Academy offers what few other schools can: instructors with both 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 your aim is to be the business owner of a grooming salon, mobile grooming business or wish to 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 we will provide you the education and hands-on training you will need to begin a new career or continual your pursuit in your career development. Career Training for Life! Please visit our web site for more information.
Other California Schools
- Northern California Grooming Academy
- Flawless Pet Grooming
Merryfield School of Pet Grooming (Oakland Park, FL)
LEARN FROM AWARD-WINNING GROOMERS
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 choose to treat my students as if they are my family, and offer them every supportive chance to get a really great education from a pet grooming school that truly strives to be 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 yet not an easy one to execute. I wanted the best in the country to teach at Merryfield pet grooming school 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 the Ukraine in 1989 and has since 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 team mates 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, professional handlers, and has had the opportunity to gain 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 which she owned for 10 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’, ‘Fancy Shmancy Dog’ (fancyshmancydog.com), 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 very best I could, because people that have interest 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 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 perspective student that sits before me want this career, can they speak ‘dog’, do they have the understanding that the non-verbal communications between pets and people is real? Whenever I ask these questions I usually get a smile of understanding, if the candidate has no idea of what I’m talking about then 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 broken up into 4 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 different breeds, creative grooming for the mixed breed pets and the differences in AKC and the NDGAA standards. This, I believe is the secret to our success. It seems that most pet grooming school don’t get too involved in these concepts and it’s one of the most important aspects of our educational process.
Students are required to complete a 100 hour externship prior to 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 it is illegal to offer a job guarantee, we do have a very active job placement service. We actually have more job opportunities than we have 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 2 distinct operations: Merryfield School of Pet Grooming and Merryfield Motel for Pets . The pet grooming school currently has 3 classrooms with a forth one to be created in June of 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 4 ways we help to develop businesses for graduates.
House call pet grooming.
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 in a very favorable way and we also extend this offer to students that choose to 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 www.merryfield.edu.
Pet’s Playground Grooming School (Pompano Beach, FL)
For over 16 years Pets Playground Grooming School has been training students to enter into the grooming field, by providing the best education and training available through individualized curriculums and hand on training that incorporate the latest, most effective concepts in the industry.
Our school is accredited by the accrediting commission of career schools and colleges (ACCSC). Our guiding principles are to equip students with superior knowledge and skills within a positive learning environment. Our classes are conducted in an actual grooming facility, here the students are given the opportunity to work with a wide variety of breeds, experience customer interactions, expectations, and at the same time receive individualized one on one training from our instructors. Rest assured that you are receiving the best training available from an accredited school.
We have an open door policy which allows our graduates to always come back and brush up on techniques. We consider our students family and keep in touch with them long after graduation to assure that they are happy in their career.
We demand the best instructors:
Ellen Artuso is a certified master groomer (NDGAA) with over 20 year’s experience in the grooming field, she has a passion for teaching and is dedicated to the success of her students.
PPGS works hard on placing our graduates in the grooming industry. While placement is not a guarantee, we work together with many grooming shops in the area as well as networking in other areas in which the student would like to work. Huge opportunities presently exist in the grooming industry, these are found in grooming shops, Vet’s offices, as well as, “Mobile Grooming Units”. We can also show you how to establish your own grooming shop. We are here to help you with whatever your grooming goals may be and strive for each of our graduates to become highly successful members of the grooming industry.
Start your future career here at Pets Playground Grooming School, an accredited grooming school. Ask about our financial aid assistance. www.petsplayground.careers
Other schools in Florida
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 that 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 of 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.
Other Michigan Schools
- Michigan School of Canine Cosmetology
- Rio Grooming School
Clip Shoppe School of Dog Grooming (Newfoundland, NJ)
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 area. 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 to graduate with the experience and confidence to gain employment and have a successful career in the pet care industry where there is a high demand for groomers. The vision of the Clip Shoppe School of Dog Grooming is to raise the standards of the profession by teaching the most current methods of dog grooming, and by encouraging social responsibility in the treatment of dogs and their owners.
Clip Shoppe’s guiding principle is to make a positive impact on 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.
Other New Jersey Schools
- Just 4 Paws, Lyndhurst, NU
- Furry Tails
- Nanhall Professional School of Grooming, Greensboro, NC
Groomer Training Center / JKL Pet Grooming School Curriculum (Annville, PA)
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, United Kingdom and 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 home, at their own pace, to 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, floor plans; exclusive JKL Glance & Groom Breed Trim Charts, instructional CDs, plus optional DVDs by industry leader, Jodi Murphy.
Learn more about both curriculums Visit the JKL Grooming Web Site.
Cindy’s Canine Companions Dog Grooming Classes (Rehrersburg, PA)
Thank you for your interest in Cindy’s Canine Companions pet grooming program. Cindy’s Canine Companions offers you a 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 will receive at Cindy’s Canine Companions is unique and offers you hands on approach at 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 clinic, 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.
Other schools in Pennsylvania
Dog Grooming School of Pennsylvania
- National Cat Groomers Institute, Greenville, SC
- Concord School of Grooming, Knoxville, TN
Texas Allbreed Grooming School (Arlington, TX)
Texas Allbreed Grooming School is centrally located in South Arlington, Texas between Dallas and Fort Worth. 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 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.
Other Texas Schools
- Golden Paws
- Maser’s Academy of Fine Grooming, Kenmore, WA
- Alberta School of Dog Grooming, Leduc, AB
- Animal Haven Grooming, Surrey, BC
- Canada West School of Professional Groomers, Westbank, BC
- Dog Station Grooming Training, Como Lake Village, BC
- Western Dog Grooming School, Maple Ridge, BC
- Pet Grooming Studio Academy, Richmond Hill, ON
- Pampered Paws Grooming Academy, Toronto & Mississauga, ON
- Fluffy Paws
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