Complete Certification

The Golden Paws curriculum and instructor are approved
by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Pet Grooming School

If you love animals and you have a flair for creativity,
a career in pet grooming is for you!

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Pet Grooming School - Complete Certification

If you love animals and you have a flair for creativity, a career in pet grooming is for you!   At Golden Paws Pet Styling Academy, Pittsburgh PA, you can train to begin an exciting and rewarding career in grooming in as little as 10-12 weeks. Whether your dream is to work independently or in an established salon, Golden Paws Pet Styling Academy can assist you to reach your goal. The Golden Paws curriculum and instructor are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

We offer individual instruction and a “hands on” approach to grooming. We are unique in that we operate along with a fully staffed and professional Pet Salon. This allows the student to gain experience grooming a diverse range of dog breeds. Call Golden Paws Pet Styling Academy today at 412-279-9383 or email to schedule a tour and begin your exciting career in grooming!

“Lisa is an absolutely wonderful instructor. She is always so informative and very willing to help and answer any question. She and the entire Golden Paws staff are amazing.”

Linda DePellegrini

“Golden Paws was a great place to learn. The 1 on 1 availability gave me the best hands on experience. I feel confident that I can move on to a grooming career with all the tools I need.”

Renee Sabolick

“I am so happy that I chose Golden Paws Pet Styling Academy. I liked the individual instruction that i received and feel ready to begin my grooming career.”

Mary Sutton

Tuition / Fees / Tools

Equipment Statement: TO BE KEPT ON FILE

All equipment used for instruction will be purchased in advance by the student.  All tables, extra grooming equipment and dryers are owned by Golden Paws Pet Styling Academy.

Tuition Fees

$150     Mandatory registration fee to hold your place

$6140   Tuition

$1290   Equipment

$7580   Total –must be paid in full prior to the start of class

Terms of Payment

Cashiers Check, Master Card, Visa or other financing the student obtains.  Addtitional charges may apply to any financing programs obtained by the school on behalf of the student. There will be a 2 percent convenience charge assessed for the use of a credit card for tuition payments.

Registration Fee:

$150.00 (ONE HUNDRED & FIFTY DOLLARS) Non-refundable

Equipment Cost:

Professional Pet Styling Program: *$1290.00 (TWELVE HUNDRED NINE DOLLARS.) Figure can be subject to change based on manufacturers pricing.

Intrest and Finance Charges:

These charges will be listed in accordance with Federal Truth-in-Lending and state retail installment contract requirements on the required TILA disclosure documents that are presented in conjunction with a TFC Retail Sales Contract.

Program Outline

Program Title: Pet Styling (320 Hours) 

Students will be able to enter the pet styling field as a pet stylist with the acquired skills learned in 101, 102, & 103. The school program is designed to develop quality styling skills. The speed techniques are built into the course. The student speed will increase after entering the job market. The student will have the skills to enter the job market as a pet stylist in salons, veterinarian clinics, mobile grooming, and kennels or open their own business. As in any field the students success depends on the students desire to work and apply themselves. The student will learn the job skills listed in each subject that will develop a strong foundation to enter the job market as a pet stylist.

Prepping 101

Curricula Description: The student will learn how to efficiently prepare the pet for the bath in this course. This will include learning time management, control positions, pet psychology, safety for pet/bather, avoiding injuries and skin irritations, prepping procedures, proper tool usage, tool maintenance, cutting toe nails, ear care and why, how to properly and humanly brush out a coat, and de-shed. The student will also be introduced to cut downs and some breed design settings.

The Prepping 101 Course will teach students the use of the following tools and procedures:

  1. Prepping Tools
  2. Control Positions
  3. Safety Procedures
  4. Shaving Procedures
  5. Toe Nail Cutting
  6. Ear Cleaning & Ear Care
  7. Pre-Bath Brushing
  8. Safety and Sanitation
  9. De-Shedding Procedures
Bathing & Drying 102

Curricula Description: This course of the program will cover how to achieve a professionally Bathed and Dried pet. This course is very important to set the foundation to achieve quality pet styling. The student will learn how to properly apply shampoo, wash the pet, blow dry and finish brush. You will also learn use of therapeutic shampoos, control positions and how to avoid injuries and skin irritations to the pet. The student will also learn speed techniques, and anal gland expulsion.

The Bathing and Drying 102 Course will teach students the use of the following procedures:

  1. Shampoo Procedures
  2. Anal Gland Expulsion
  3. Flea Treatment
  4. Blow Drying
  5. Finish Brushing
  6. Therapeutic Shampoos
Styling 103

Curricula Description: The student will learn the mechanics and some of the art of pet styling. This is all about developing the students pet styling skills, such as shaving, line refinement, cut downs, outline shaping, balance & proportion, understanding breed designs and creation, and being able to apply the learned pet styling skills. The student will also learn pet communication and learn professionalism in the pet styling field.

The Styling 103 Course will teach students the following procedures:

  1. Outline Shaping
  2. Guide Blade Techniques
  3. Fine Finish Techniques
  4. Breed  Designs
  5. Straight and Curly Coats
  6. Scissoring
  7. Pet Handling & Psychology
  8. Individualized Customer Request Styling
  9. Diseases and Parasites
  10. Prioritizing Time
  11. Bow Application
  12. Nail Painting
  13. Dental Hygiene
  14. Professionalism in the career
  15. A Happy Pet is a Joy to Groom!
Salon Manager Responsibilities 104

Curricula Description: Students will be introduced into the concept of salon management and management responsibilities.

  • Understand areas of managerial responsibilities
  • Characteristics of a successful manager
  • Internal and external working relationships
Creating a Successful Support Staff 105

Curricula Description:Students will be instructed on how to create a stable and skilled support staff with minimal turnover that is essential to having a successful pet styling salon.

  • Create job descriptions
  • Learn the essentials of an employee handbook
  • Employee training
  • Developing a reward system
Hiring the Support Staff 106

Curricula Description:Students will be instructed on the hiring process.

  • Sources of job candidates
  • Job applications
  • How to conduct interviews
  • Checking references
  • Conduct job evaluation testing
  • Evaluate candidate
  • Make an employment offer
Developing an Effective Supervisory System 107

Curricula Description:The student will learn that improving supervisory skills is an effective way to promote the growth and profitability of the pet styling salon.

  • Effective communication with the support staff
  • Improving and maintaining employment moral
  • Benefits of support staff meetings
  • Common performance problems
  • How to conduct a job performance evaluation
  • Procedures for involuntary employee termination
  • Procedures for voluntary departures
Developing a Safety Program 108

Curricula Description: The student will learn that a safety program is an essential component of a professionally managed pet styling salon.

  • Pet handling safety
  • Equipment safety
  • Fire safety
  • Chemical safety
  • Emergency procedures
Daily Bookkeeping 109

Curricula Description: The student will learn a method of accurate and complete bookkeeping of records.

  • Daily handling of cash and credit card receipts
  • Managers daily summary
  • Methods of recording service performed to pets
  • Weekly employee time keeping record
  • Controlling the salon’s supplies inventory
Understanding Financial Statements 110

Curricula Description: The student will learn the significance of a pro-forma profit and loss statement, as well as elements of the income statements and balance sheets.

  • Income statement
  • Balance sheet
  • Financial analysis ratios
  • Summary of financial performance

2101 Greentree Rd. (Scott Towne Center) Suite B-109 • Pittsburgh, PA 15220