Basic Pet Stylist

This is our most popular, comprehensive and flexible training program. Students concentrate on basic pet grooming of dogs and cats, (cats optional), including the study of canine anatomy, brushing, combing, clipping nails, cleaning ears, bathing, drying techniques, clippers and scissor finishing techniques as well as proper pattern setting for various breeds.

Emphasis is placed on perfecting grooming skills while concentrating on proper breed profile, safe handling skills, proper body mechanics while increasing speed, efficiency, and developing maximum grooming potential. The bulk of this training program is spent practicing and perfecting skills with pets under the guidance of trainers on the Paragon training room floor. Forty additional hours of training after graduation are also available at no additional charge.

Application and Entrance Assignment Processing Fees: $50.00
Prerequisite: None
Total Training Time: 600 Classroom hours
Time Requirement: Part-time = 25 weeks (24 hrs/wk); Full-time = 15 weeks (40 hrs/wk)
Class Start Dates: 2018 Start Date Calendar

Tuition, Tools & Textbooks

  • Deposit ($175.00)
  • Tuition ($6,250.00)
  • Books $185.00 + $11.10 tax)
  • Complete Toolkit ($875.00 + $52.50 tax)
  • Video Lesson Flash Drive ($300.00 + $18.00 tax)


  • Two Speed Professional Clipper w/ #10 Blade
  • #40 Blade
  • #30 blade
  • #15 Blade
  • #7F Blade
  • #5F Blade
  • #4F Blade
  • Guard Comb Set
  • Combination Comb
  • Wide-Toothed Comb
  • Medium Slicker Brush
  • Rubber Curry
  • Thinning Shears
  • Advanced Thinning Shears
  • Small Shears
  • Straight Shear
  • Curved Shear
  • Hemostats
  • Large Nail Trimmer
  • Blade Coolant
  • Ear Powder
  • Ear Cleaner
  • Kwik Stop
  • Spray Disinfectant
  • Kennel Lead and Loop
  • Paragon Duffle Bag
  • Paragon Smock and Grooming Pants
  • Ear Protection
  • Grooming Mask


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 – 2nd Edition – Melissa Verplank, CMG
Grooming: Notes Pocket Pal – 2nd Edition – Melissa Verplank, CMG
Grooming: Theory of 5 – Melissa Verplank, CMG
Canine First Aid: First Aid in the Salon – John Stazko

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