Basic Grooming

Students concentrate on basic pet grooming and handling of dogs and cats, (cats optional), including brushing, combing, clipping nails, cleaning ears, preparatory clipping, bathing, drying and basic finishing techniques for various long haired, short haired, and double coated breeds.

Students are taught to properly groom the popular breeds of dogs and cats (cats optional) encountered in a typical grooming shop. Focus is on low maintenance clipper trims, basic head styling and foundation scissoring skills. Trainers work with students to develop gentle and effective handling skills so students can win the trust and cooperation of pets in a professional setting.

Application and Entrance Exam Processing Fees: $50.00
Pre-requisite: None
Total Training Time: 240 Classroom hours
Time Requirement: Part-time = Ten weeks (24 hrs/wk); Full-time = Six weeks (40 hrs/wk)
Class Start Dates: 2016 Start Date Calendar. 2017 Start Date Calendar


Tuition, Tools & Textbooks

  • Deposit ($175.00)
  • Tuition ($3,450.00)
  • Books ($150.00 + $9.00 tax)
  • Tools ($750.00 + $45.00 tax)
  • Video Lesson Flash Drive ($300.00 + $18.00 tax)


  • Two Speed Professional Clipper w/ #10 Blade
  • #40 Blade
  • #15 Blade
  • #7F Blade
  • #5F Blade
  • #4F Blade
  • O Guard Comb
  • #1 Guard Comb
  • #2 Guard Comb
  • Combination Comb
  • Wide Toothed Comb
  • Heavy Slicker Brush
  • Rubber Curry
  • Thinning Shears
  • Small Shears
  • Straight Shear
  • Curved Shear
  • Hemostats
  • Large Nail Trimmer
  • Blade Coolant
  • Ear Powder
  • Ear Cleaner
  • Kwik Stop
  • Spray Disinfectant
  • Kennel Lead
  • Paragon Duffle Bag
  • Paragon Smock


Canine Psychology: Cesar’s Way – Cesar Millan
Canine Anatomy: Canine Terminology – Harold Spira
Breed Standards: AKC Complete Dog Book – The American Kennel Club
Grooming: Notes from the Grooming Table – Melissa Verplank, CMG
Grooming: Theory of Five – Melissa Verplank, CMG
Canine First Aid: First Aid in the Salon – John Stazko

Total Investment = $4,897.00