Dog Grooming School St. Louis

The dog grooming school at The Academy of Pet Careers is one of the top rated dog grooming schools in the area. There are many ways to become a dog groomer but none of them as comprehensive as hands-on, practical dog grooming courses. With dog grooming courses ranging from 4 weeks to 15 weeks, you could be in your ‘fur-ever’ career in a matter of a few months.

All of our dog grooming courses are designed with your personal goals in mind. Some will only go as far as learning maintenance grooming, so they can go work for a kennel or shelter, whereas others may desire to be professional stylists who can do breed specific trims, making them an asset to any grooming salon. Many professional groomers will pass out of the beginner grooming courses, so they can focus on the skills taught in our advanced grooming course.

Dog grooming school

If you are wondering how to become a dog groomer and are interested in any of the topics below, contact us today or book a school visit to learn more about our dog grooming school.

Bathing / Brushing

No dog grooming class can be complete without learning the fundamental skill of bathing and brushing. Despite it being the first skill taught in grooming school, it is one of the most important. When bathing a dog, you are creating the foundation for the rest of the groom. You must understand the skin and coat, what products to use to get the optimal results, and often times how to recognize health issues.

Maintenance Grooming

The majority of dog breeds don’t get breed specific trims. That is why our grooming classes put an emphasis on learning maintenance grooming skills. These are the core skills needed by any dog groomer. From outlines to full body shaves, maintenance grooming can be done on any dog. Mastering these skills can make you a valuable asset for any salon, kennel, or day care.

Style / Breed Trims

Most dog groomers that come to our school aspire to be the best. They appreciate the value of quality over quantity. These grooming students will go through our professional grooming course and learn how to do breed specific styles that can help them show off their skills as a groomer and help them make more money.

Applied Animal Behavior

What makes our academy of dog grooming unique is the focus put into understanding the dog and applied animal behavior. Our dog groomers learn how to make the grooming experience more enjoyable for the pets, creating happier customers, and setting themselves up for success in their pet business.

How Much Do Pet Groomers Make?

Depending on your career goals, pet groomers can make a wide range of wages. A starting wage for a bather/brusher can be between $8-$12 per hour in our area. Skilled groomers who can trim and style dogs can start around $15 per hour and make up to $30 per hour. These numbers can vary based on your location but the national average for a pet groomer, before tips, is between $15-$20 per hour. Most grooming students why graduate from our dog grooming school will have the ability to do full trims and will be ready to start a career as a pet groomer.

The magic for groomers is in the amount of tips they can receive. It is one of the only professions in the pet care industry where tips are expected. Groomers with a loyal following can make an additional $5,000 - $10,000 per year in tips alone.


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Reasons to Become a Pet Groomer

Pet Contact

There is no career in the pet care industry where you get to work hands on with pets as much as dog grooming.  Unlike training, lodging, daycare and veterinary services, a dog groomer’s fundamental role is to handle the pets in their care.  This is a unique benefit that attracts so many to the field. If you love pets, there isn't a more rewarding career than becoming a dog groomer.

Expressing Your Creativity

Great dog groomers are creative and artistic.  Once you learn the fundamentals of grooming you will then enter the area of artisan.  Ultimately, skilled groomers are measured by what they can achieve using scissors.  As you master your scissoring skills you will soon find your artistic skills exposed. Each pet you groom is a new canvas and your imagination is your only limitation.


Not so surprising, pets will be brought to your salon by pet owners.  These clients will continue to come back only when they feel trust and value the service that you provide.  When they do, tipping is a typical expectation and tips can become a significant part of your dog grooming income.  Pet grooming is the only profession in the pet care industry where tips can generate such high financial rewards.

Start Your Own Pet Business

Look around your community and visit a few salons.  You will soon discover that business ownership continues to be a valued opportunity for dog groomers.  If you desire to be your own boss, being a groomer offers many opportunities to own their own businesses from mobile grooming to opening your own shop. Alternatively, there is a high demand for qualified groomers if you are interested in a stable career with less obligation.

Dog Grooming School You Can Trust

You deserve to learn from the best. Our dog grooming school offers the most comprehensive dog grooming certification in the area. Our education is designed to help you succeed. We want nothing more for you to graduate, get a job, and thrive in a career you will love. Our curriculum was created to make you more desirable to employers. As a student you will learn so much more than how to bath and trim. You will learn about health and nutrition and their effects on a dogs skin and coat. You will also learn how to read dog body language so you can better manage stressed pets.

Our school is lead and backed by pet professionals who have been in the industry for decades. Each one of our instructors has worked in the field and continue their education by going to seminars and trade shows so that you can learn the most modern techniques to date. Leadership continues to own and run some of the most successful pet service businesses in the area, so you know you can trust the value of what is taught.