American Academy of Pet Grooming Curriculum

One of the most important lessons in pet grooming is learning by doing, not later on the job.  With individualized attention, you will learn.  All of our instructors are experienced groomers.  They will teach you grooming and share their field experience.  You will be prepared to develop your own client base.  We also have guest lectures from professional groomers in the metropolitan area and field trips to local shops, the AKC Library, Westminster Dog Show, and Intergroom Show. 

But, bottom line, you will learn by doing.

Questions?  Please read the Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions.

The Basic Program

  • Introduction to dog grooming
  • Hands on grooming
  • Equipment care
  • Basic grooming techniques
  • First Aid
  • Flea and tick evaluation and treatment
  • Breed recognition
  • Dog anatomy
  • Identification of skin disorders
  • Dental care
  • Styling techniques
  • Field trips including shops, Westminster, and Intergroom
  • Dog handling and control
  • Bite prevention techniques
  • Bathing, drying, brushing, combing, and dematting of coat
  • Scissor control and clipper use

The Advanced Master Pet Stylist Program

  • Everything in the Beginner Program PLUS…
    • Pattern setting
    • Blending
    • Shaping
    • Shop management:
    • Business planning
    • Customer relations
    • Field trips
    • Planning your grooming purchases
    • Receiving client’s dogs
    • Flea and tick evaluation and treatment
    • Dental care


Total for Basic Program: $5,804.44
Total for Advanced Master Pet Stylist Program: $7,304.44


Registration: $100.00 (non-refundable)
Professional Equipment Kit: $650.00 plus $54.44 tax (non-refundable)
Basic Program Tuition: $5,000.00 for 150 Hours
Advanced Master Pet Stylist Program Tuition: $6,500.00 for 250 Hours