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About Smoochie Pooch Academy

Training To Turn A Love Of Animals Into A Rewarding Career

Smoochie Pooch Academy is founded by nationally-certified groomers looking to impart high quality grooming education. We are a dog and cat grooming academy committed to helping students develop new skills, discover ways to share their love of animals, and embark on a successful career.

  • Skill development
  • Personal attention
  • Nationally-certified instructors
  • Placement opportunities
  • Hands-on pet grooming training

Our dog grooming courses will make you an expert at handling, bathing, ear cleaning, pruning, trimming and styling. Students receive a diploma upon successful completion of the program, and can work anywhere around the world. Become a confident and knowledgeable grooming professional.

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

Become a certified dog groomer at Smoohie Pooch Academy

Our Grooming and Styling Programs

Our programs are designed to provide an all-round education in pet grooming and styling. They are designed to employ theoretical learning as well as extensive practical training to hone scissor and finishing skills. Students will be able to identify different breeds, understand unique requirements and handle pets safely. Graduates receive a diploma upon successful completion of the program. 

Grooming Courses


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

Grooming Courses Cost


Our focus is on hands-on training. Students work with dogs, cats and other animals to become skilled groomers. Small class sizes ensure individual attention.
School Accreditation

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

Turn Your Passion into A Rewarding Career Today.

Flexible Dog and Cat Grooming Classes | Professional Instructors | Accredited School

Pet grooming courses at Smoochie Pooch Academy in Indiana

Exciting Careers

What You Can Do as A Stylist and Groomer?

Pet stylists and groomers have found virtually endless career opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics expects strong growth for the grooming industry and healthy job creation for at least the next five years. Certified groomers can earn at the level of the national average (commensurate to experience). Those preparing animals for competitions, film, TV and social media can expect greater reward.

Those looking for groomers include:

  • Pet owners
  • Animal shelters
  • Boarding kennels
  • Pet stores
  • Veterinarians
  • Animal hospitals
  • K9 units
  • Support animal groups

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

Roles and Responsibilities of a Pet Groomer

Pet owners expect groomers to be knowledgeable professionals, someone who can look after the well-being of their pet. In addition to bathing, grooming and styling animals you will be expected to offer advice on animal health and act as empathetic presence for pets.

  • Bathe and clean pets
  • Brush and comb coats
  • Brush teeth and clean ears
  • De-shed and de-mat
  • Clip nails
  • Cut and trim coats
  • Creatively style pets
  • Identify infestations and infections
  • Check skin condition
  • Understand customer expectations
  • Grooming business operations

Our programs are designed to make you a well-rounded grooming professional. Every student receives personal attention to develop a high standard of skill, address weaknesses and build strengths.

Smoochie Pooch Academy

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.

Not ready to become a groomer but your pet needs grooming?


Smoochie Pooch Academy is one of the only grooming schools near Indiana that provides certified cat and dog grooming courses in the state. Receiving a diploma from a reputed pet grooming school makes it much easier to find employment, market your own services and find work in the creative grooming fields. No matter where you are, our grooming certification will help further your career.

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

The Pet Stylist Program and Assistant Pet Stylist Program develop your skills and technical knowledge with hands-on training. Our programs focus on American Kennel Club competencies.

The Pet Stylist Program is designed for students with prior pet grooming experience. Emphasis is on perfecting on grooming skills, concentrating on proper breed profile. Students realize their full grooming potential and focus on speed and efficiency. The program focuses on the basics of 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. The pet grooming classes help students enter 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. National award-winning instructors provide personalized attention, guiding you to becoming professional groomers. They bring years of passion, knowledge and techniques, encouraging students to express their creativity.

Our programs are designed by nationally certified, Smoochie Pooch pet groomers. They are designed to prepare you 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 KCI competencies to make you a responsible and skilled groomer.

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

Upon successful completion of our dog grooming classes, students become qualified pet grooming and pet styling professionals. They receive a diploma or 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

Those who choose to start their own pet grooming business relish the flexibility in the working environment. As ‘your own boss’ you decide the hours you work and the customers you want to serve.

You will receive career counselling and guidance on placements. Smoochie Pooch Academy is committed to helping you achieve your cat and dog grooming career goals.