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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.

Latest News and Information

Free Tuition For Displaced Vatterott Students

December 18, 2018

ST LOUIS, MO – December 18, 2018 – Yesterday, Vatterott College announced its closing, displacing hundreds of employees and thousands more students. In response, The Academy of Pet Careers is offering up to 5 Vatterott students free tuition to attend their pet career school in hopes that other educational facilities will follow their example. With this news,…

On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals By Turid Rugaas

December 18, 2018

Book Summary Turid Rugaas does an excellent job in explaining the many subtle signals that dogs use to communicate when they are uncomfortable in social situations. These are referred to as calming signals. While she acknowledges that we don’t know if such signals are given with direct intent to communicate or if they are simply…

How To Teach Your Dog To “Station”

December 12, 2018

One of the first skills students at our school learn to teach is Station. This skill can go by many names such as Place, Mat, Climb, Bed, etc. What you call it is up to you. Here at The Academy of Pet Careers we call it “Station.” First you must decide on a defined spot…