The Only Hands-On Dog Grooming School AND Dog Training School in the United States!

Dog Grooming School

Learn about our dog grooming courses and how you can become a certified dog groomer in as little as four weeks. Teachings include everything from bathing and brushing to breed trims. 

Dog Training School

Our dog training certifications teach everything from basic obedience to scent detection and service dog training, so find out how you can become a dog trainer today...

Dual-Certifications

We offer dual-certificates to those who desire a knowledge in both dog training and dog grooming, because many of our graduates choose to start their own pet business or desire to be leaders in the industry.

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Looking For A Career Change?

If you are curious about a career working with animals, The Academy of Pet Careers is here to help. The demand for certified dog groomers and dog trainers is growing and the industry is in desperate need of professionals. All our programs offer flexible scheduling and open enrollment, so you can start a new career in no time!

Want To Start A Pet Business?

Graduates of our dog training and grooming courses often start their own business. With the proper education and experience, starting a pet business can be as easy as finding your first client. No matter what your goals, education plays an important role in finding success. Check out how we can help you jump start your pet business today...

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Our Philosophy

The Academy of Pet Careers teaches skills and techniques that empower pets. Pet Empowerment is all about understanding the psychology of fear in pets so that we can better serve them. Because of this desire to help, our passion at the APC is in improving the quality and standard of care in the pet industry. Every day, pets are taken to their vet, groom salon, or doggy daycare for socialization. They deal with fears and anxiety that most pet professionals don’t know how to recognize.

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Latest News and Information

Dog Training School Takes on a More Positive Approach

September 18, 2018

ST LOUIS, MO – October 1, 2018 – The Academy of Pet Careers eliminates the use of punishment from their curriculum. With the agenda of empowering pets, their dog training school is determined to only use reward-based methods to teach pet obedience. The pet obedience world has predominantly been focused on corrective-based training methods, using…

Meet Our Newest Dog Training Instructor

September 18, 2018

The Academy of Pet Careers is excited to welcome the newest addition to our team, Jody Epstein! Jody will be taking over the role of head dog training instructor for our dog training school. In addition, she will be the new animal behavior instructor for our Pet Empowerment Program. We are excited to have Jody…

Fox 2 News Speaks with President Joseph Schifano

September 6, 2018

Joseph Schifano speaks with Lisa Hart and Kevin Steincross (Fox 2 News) about our dog training school. Lorrie Curnes and Tony Alaimo demonstrate training skills learned at the APC dog training school. Dog Training School In Missouri How Much Do Dog Trainers Make?