Pet's Playground Pet Grooming School is committed to teaching the highest level of quality grooming skills to students wishing to pursue a career in pet grooming. Our accredited dog grooming school is designed to assist the student with the skills to professionally groom dogs in salons, veterinarian offices, and mobile grooming. Within the 600 hours of lab work and theory, students are given the opportunity to work with a wide variety of breeds.
Our Florida dog grooming school trains students with customer relations, grooming equipment found in the field, bathing, proper hair drying, dematting coats, combing, fluffing, nail clipping, ear cleaning, breed recognition, recognition of skin diseases, first aid, dog biology, pattern recognition, clipper work, and scissor work.
For Each type of pet groomed there are common core learning objectives. Each student will work on these in the first two weeks which include: Tool recognition, customer relations, ear cleaning, nail cutting, pad cleaning, sanitary area, rough in, brush out, bathing techniques, drying techniques, setting the pattern, finishing work. Once mastered the student will start to move through the different course codes below.
Pet Stylist Grooming Program Snapshot
Starting Pay: Graduates of our Stylist grooming program start out making $45,000 - $60,000
Tuition: $9,500 - Financing, payment plans, and financial aid are available!
Full-Time Schedule: 5 days per week, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. Approximately 34 weeks (8.5 months) to complete program
Both written and hands-on examinations will be given at the completion of the program. A diploma is awarded for each program to students who have:
- Successfully passed all required testing in the pet grooming curriculum.
- Attended all class hours
- Fulfilled all monetary obligations to the school
Pet Stylist Curriculum
600 Hours - Courses NG 101-104, plus:
Client Relations and Salon Operations – 50 HoursStudents learn how to book appointments and create groomer schedules. They also gain experience with professionally addressing clients during check-in and check-out, discussing and interpreting requests, and how to communicate incidents that occur during grooming.
Corrective and Breed-Specific Grooming –100 HoursStudents are taught when and where to use "Corrective Grooming" techniques to hide minor deformities and create flattering looks on dogs. Hands-on instruction with breed-specific grooming -- like traditional terrier patterns -- is provided throughout the course.
Canine Anatomy – 50 HoursStudents about the basic anatomy and characteristics of different breeds of dogs. Through the course, students gain an understanding of breed-specific healthcare and grooming practices, as well as learn the history and purpose behind breeding different dogs.
Business Operations and Documentation – 25 HoursStudents spend time operating the front desk, answering phong phone calls, booking appointments, and checking in clients, with instructor oversight. Other operational tactics -- like creating and introducing liability waivers to clients -- are explained and practiced.
Opportunities in the Industry – 25 HoursStudents learn the nuances of grooming in different environments, including mobile units, private salons, corporate salons, veterinary offices, and in-home grooming. Classroom discussion includes pay rates for the industry and the pros and cons of being 1099 and W2 workers.
Hands-On, In-Class Grooming on Client Pets – 150 HoursStudents practice the skills they have learned throughout the course on clients' dogs. Hands-on experience is critical to preparing for successful job placement and students are expected to take care of pets during the time they are at the school. Students are graded on several services to ensure that the consistency and quality of grooming is mastered.
Pet Stylist Program Grooming Kit
Receive an Artero grooming tool kit consisting of high-quality equipment needed to groom pets professionally. Students may purchase and use their tools instead of buying the schools tools, however, tools must be approved by the instructor.