Welcome! Since 1997 we have provided the most detailed grooming school directory worldwide. The directory below is also available in the Resources Buyer's Guide, part of the GroomerTALK Social Media area. This valuable directory also provides career seekers with hundreds of leads for tools, equipment, sharpeners, suppliers and much more. On this page you are given a list of schools, but if you are looking for the big dog web sites dedicated to grooming career info, you must visit our newest career site, and order the free jam packed PetGroomerCD for career seekers. There is no other similar tool anywhere in the pet care industry for career seekers with a desire to learn more about the pet grooming industry.

Our school directory sorts location. A few schools are not listed here by their request! Our popular directory can generate volumes of info requests which can be a bit much for schools accepting as few as 2 to 6 students a year. Others we choose not to list. Did you know some U.S. states don't have a single school of pet grooming? True! Even the largest states have just a few schools. Many career seekers are shocked to learn how few grooming schools exist in the US. New developments are always going on too. Some educational providers offer hands-on externships in the US and Canada.

Not all schools are the same! That's an understatement. Your educational choice is one of the most important decisions you will make in your career. “Caveat emptor” is Latin for “Let the buyer beware.” That adage applies. Pet grooming is not vocationally licensed in any U.S. state. School owners have liberty to design curriculums "their way.” That's why we say, no two are the same. Don't be scared. Most schools are reputable. However, not every grooming program serves the needs of every career seeker. Our goal at is to help you become informed of what your unique educational needs are.

If you were to ask us the most common mistake students make in selecting a school, we wouldn’t lose a beat and say, “Choosing to attend a school solely based on the reason that it is the closest one to where you live.” The odds that the curriculum right for you is in your neighborhood wouldn’t take you far in Las Vegas. We have heard every excuse why someone cannot travel outside of their area to attend school for a few weeks. We don't question the reasons. It is your choice. However, we are giving you our best advice. All too often we have heard remorse from students disappointed they find a way to attend this or that school, so there you have it. Let’s move on.

Here’s our next best advice. Ensure that the institution you select is properly approved to provide pet grooming vocational education in accordance with the laws applicable within the jurisdiction where it exists. Except for a small handful of U.S. states, "vocational schools" must be “state approved” or “state licensed” by an agency of the state in which they reside. It is your responsibility to ensure your school is currently state licensed (where required by law) before you enroll in the institution. Several U.S. states require vocational schools to provide all prospective students with the name and contact information for the state agency which licenses them. You can contact that agency to ensure if the school is in good standing. Most schools outside the U.S. are not formally licensed like most U.S. vocational schools, but sometimes they are certified. The same rule applies, investigate your school’s approval where required. You can ask for references from graduates.

Your first step is to contact the schools of your interest and request their brochure (sometimes called a “catalog”). Thoroughly review the contents and follow-up with a site tour and interview with the institution's administration where applicable. Some U.S. states require a tour before you enroll; what does that tell you? Make it a point to tour institution before you enroll. Here's another very important piece of advice. If several courses are offered, always take the longest course (whenever possible). As we have said before you will find that pet groomers keep learning more and more about grooming for the first several years. There are so many breeds and mixed breeds it can take some time before you had a chance to groom all the breed groups and the hundreds of different mixes. The longer your training period the more likely you will have a broad variety of experience. That experience will show down line and you will gain more confidence. We allow schools to advertise here, and that's why some have banners and links to their web sites. If you are a school owner and wish to advertise click here. If you are thinking about opening a grooming school click here for consultant and licensing information.


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NOTE: Most the links on this page open in a new window. Be sure to temporarily disable any pop-up blockers. The links lead you to school web sites, or listings retrieved from our grooming industry Resources Buyer's Guide, an essential resource for groomers. To be listed here courses must involve some hands-on, on-site grooming and not be home study only.

It's a Dog's World Grooming School, Phoenix, AZ
The Petstop School of Dog Grooming, Litchfield Park, AZ
Arkansas Pet Grooming School, Wynne, AR
Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyO.C. Academy of Pet Styling (Fullerton, CA)

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Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyAmerican Grooming Academy (Temecula, CA)

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Allen's Academy of Dog Grooming, Lodi, CA
Amber's Academy of Pet Styling, Corona, CA
Dog Lovers Career School, Los Angeles, CA
Styling Pet Academy of the Westcoast, Yorba Linda, CA
Classy Pet Grooming School, Loveland, CO
Critter Clips Dog Grooming School, Colorado Springs, CO
Dog Country Grooming School, Littleton, CO
Dogs' Own Grooming School, Loveland, CO
Connecticut K-9 Education Center, Newington, CT
Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyInstitute of Technical Arts (Casselberry, FL)

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Academy of Animal Arts, Largo, FL
Cashmere Academy of Pet Grooming, Melbourne, FL
Florida Academy of Pet Grooming, Pace, FL
Merryfield School of Pet Grooming, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pets Playground Pet Grooming School, Pompano Beach, FL
Star Academy for Pet Stylists, Inc., Stuart, FL
Tampa Bay Area Pet Academy, Tampa, FL
Graywood Academy of Pet Care Design, Newnan, GA
The Pooch Parlor, Ponderay, ID
Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyGolden Paws Pet Styling Academy (Chicago, IL)

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Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademySensational Stylings Academy of Pet Grooming (Frankfort, IL)

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Academy of Dog Grooming Arts, Arlington Heights, IL
Doggone Rite, Chicago, IL
Great Lakes Academy of Professional Pet Styling, Homer Glen, IL
LaBest Academy, Edwardsville, IL
Midwest School of Pet Grooming, Chicago, IL
Windy City School of Pet Grooming
Animal Arts Academy, Carmel, IN
Barkfellers Grooming Academy, Indianapolis, IN
Terri's Dog Styling School LLC, Davenport, IA
Kritter Kutters School of All Breed Dog Grooming, Wichita, KS
Melody Manor School of Dog Grooming, Newport, KY
Nash Academy, Lexington, KY
Pet Grooming Academy of Louisiana, Hammond, LA
A+ Pet Grooming Academy, New Gloucester, ME
Destiny School of Professional Dog Grooming, Levant, ME
Baltimore School of Dog Grooming, Baltimore, MD
Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyThe Dapper Dawg School of Professional Dog Grooming

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Agawam Dog Works, Agawam, MA
Massachusetts Academy of Canine Cosmetology
Massachusetts School of Pet Grooming, Medford, MA
North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA
Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyParagon School of Pet Grooming (Jenison, MI)

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Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyMichigan School of K-9 Cosmetology (Lansing, MI)

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Academy of Animal Arts, Dearborn Heights, MI
Cutting Edge Pet Grooming School, Minneapolis, MN
Rio Gran Dog & Cat Boarding Training & Grooming School, Hastings, MN
K-9 Designs School of Pet Styling, Hattiesburg, MS
Petropolis Academy of Pet Grooming, Chesterfield, MO
Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyGolden Paws Pet Styling Academy (Great Falls, MT)

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Distinctive Dogs Academy, Las Vegas, NV (?)
All Dogs Academy, Manchester, NH
Jan Waldo's Grooming Boutique, Hooksett, NH
Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyClip Shoppe School of Dog Grooming (Newfoundland, NJ)

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Barking Spa Grooming Academy, Milltown, NJ
Dogs 'n Cats Grooming School of the Jersey Shore, Barnegat, NJ
Albuquerque Grooming & Academy, Albuquerque, NM
American Academy of Pet Grooming, New York, NY
Rochester Institute of Dog Grooming, Henrietta, NY
Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyNanhall Professional School of Grooming  (Greensboro, NC)

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Raleigh Grooming Academy, Raleigh, NC
Central Ohio Dog Grooming Academy, Reynoldsburg, OH
Cornerstone Dog Grooming Academy, Clyde, OH
Dog -n- Suds Pet Grooming School, Medina, OH
Diamond Cut Dog Grooming School, Medina, OH
Hair of the Dog Grooming Academy, Lima, OH
Ohio Pet Styling Academy, Strongsville, OH
American School of Dog Grooming, Oklahoma City, OK
Unleashed Pet Grooming School, Oklahoma City, OK
Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyOregon Pet Grooming Academy (Albany, OR)

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Betty's Grooming School, Cornelius, OR
Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyJust Four Paws Academy of Pet Styling  (Girard, PA)

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Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyGolden Paws Pet Styling Academy (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyCindy's Canine Companions Dog Grooming Classes (Rehrersburg, PA)

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Brandywine Pet Grooming Academy, Exton, PA
Pampered Pet School of Pet Grooming, Brentwood, PA
Pennsylvania School of Pet Grooming, Indiana, PA
Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyGroomadog Academy (Ridgeway, SC)

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Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademySouth Carolina School of Dog Grooming (Irmo, SC)

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Greenville Technical College, Greenville, SC
National Cat Groomers School, Greenville, SC
Concord School of Grooming, Knoxville, TN
Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyGolden Paws  (Houston, TX)

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Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyTexas Allbreed Grooming School  (Arlington, TX)

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Stylin' Pets Grooming Academy, Logan, UT
Utah Pet Grooming Academy, Taylorsville, UT
Bow Meow Pet Grooming, Essex Jct, VT
Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyCanine Clippers School of Pet Grooming (Manassas, VA)

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Virginia School of Pet Grooming, Manassas Park, VA
Maser's Academy of Fine Grooming, Kenmore, WA
West Virginia Academy of Dog Grooming, Beaver, WV
Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyGolden Paws Pet Styling Academy (Marinetta, WI)

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Wisconsin School of Professional Pet Grooming, Oconomowoc, WI
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
SPA Betes v.i.p. Inc., Montreal, QC
Golden Paws Pet Styling AcademyAPEX Academy of Professional Grooming and Animal Arts (Regina, SK)

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