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Smoochie Pooch Academy of Pet Grooming, Indiana

Insightful Programs That Prepare You for Your New Career

Smoochie Pooch Academy of Pet Grooming is taught by nationally certified groomers looking to share high quality grooming education. We are committed to helping students develop new skills, discover ways to share their love of animals, and embark on a successful career. Our dog grooming courses has a lot to offer:

  • Hands-on skill development
  • Personal attention
  • Nationally-certified instructors
  • Placement opportunities

Our dog and cat grooming courses will teach you to become an expert at handling, bathing, grooming and styling. We also train you on how to properly use Iv San Bernard’s wide range of all-natural products.

*Smoochie Pooch Academy is accredited by Indiana State Office for Career and Technical Schools.

Become a certified dog groomer at Smoohie Pooch Academy

Our Grooming and Styling Programs

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Our courses provide in-depth, hands-on training in all aspects of dog grooming and cat grooming, giving you the skills to become a professional pet groomer. 

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Our focus is on hands-on training. Students work with dogs and cats to become skilled groomers. Small class sizes ensure students get individual attention.

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Students of Smoochie Pooch Academy receive placement services after graduation. We help graduates meet their career objectives. Graduates may even receive an opportunity to work with Smoochie Pooch.

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Exciting Careers

What You Can Do as A Stylist and Groomer?

Pet stylists and groomers have many career opportunities.  Well-trained groomers and stylists are in high demand by:

  • Pet owners
  • Animal shelters
  • Boarding kennels
  • Pet stores
  • Veterinarians
  • Animal hospitals

Creative groomers are sought after for pet shows, grooming dogs and cats for competition, advertising, TV work and film productions.

Founded over 10 years ago in Northwest Indiana, Smoochie Pooch is one of the longest-established pet grooming and styling salons in Indiana. Today, we have multiple salons and a fleet of mobile vans across Northern Indiana.

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Our goal is to provide advance technical training that will help you succeed in a grooming career. With 600 hours of learning time, our pet grooming course encompass theory and practical training. In addition to normal grooming techniques, our dog groomer training course covers skin care and breed specific instruction. You will be taught by nationally accredited instructors who are animal lovers themselves with extensive pet grooming experience.

With a focus on American Kennel Club competencies, the Pet Stylist Program and Assistant Pet Stylist Program develop your skills and technical knowledge with hands-on training.

The Pet Stylist Program is designed for students with prior pet grooming experience. Emphasis is on perfecting grooming skills and concentrating on proper breed profile. Students realize their full potential and focus on speed and efficiency. The program focuses on the basics of cat and dog grooming, including combing, brushing, nail clipping, ear cleaning and drying techniques, scissor and clipper finishing techniques and proper pattern setting for different breeds.

The Assistant Pet Stylist Program is designed for students who have no professional grooming experience. This pet grooming class helps students enter the world of grooming in a relatively short time. It focuses on the basics of dog grooming, including combing, brushing, nail clipping, ear cleaning and drying techniques, and basic finishing techniques for short-haired, long-haired and double-coated breeds. 

There is no substitute for hands-on training. We teach students to handle animals confidently and with care. Award-winning instructors provide personalized attention, guiding you to becoming professional groomers. They bring years of passion, knowledge of techniques, and encourage students to express their creativity.

Our programs are designed by nationally certified, Smoochie Pooch pet groomers. Once you complete your course, you will be primed for a successful career as a pet groomer. We encourage students to express individual creativity, while providing an understanding of customer satisfaction.

Our dog and cat grooming courses are designed in accordance with standards set by international pet grooming associations. We focus on AKC competencies to make you a responsible and skilled groomer. 

Pet grooming is a booming industry and the demand for qualified pet groomers far exceeds the current talent in the field. We help every student secure employment that best meets their career aspirations. Pet grooming training courses are designed to give the practical skills you need to become a skilful groomer. Our courses cover dog and cat grooming training.

Upon successful completion of dog grooming classes, students become qualified pet grooming and pet styling professionals. They receive a certificate in the field of pet grooming and styling, which aids them in reaching desired career goals. Our groomers go on to become:

  • Pet stylists
  • Master/Competition groomers
  • Industry experts/speakers