Admission Requirements

*Applicants must have a genuine affection and concern for animals.

No previous grooming experience is required to apply to a Smoochie Pooch Academy program. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older or must have completed a high school diploma.

Professional pet grooming is a physically active profession and applicants must be prepared to spend extended periods of time standing, remain mentally alert, and have good dexterity with their arms and hands. Applicants should be able to lift up to forty pounds comfortably.

Dog grooming training equipment

Required Tools for Training

Pet Stylist Program

All tools and tool payments are required by the first day of class.

TOOLKITS

Items listed in this kit are the minimum requirements for the Pet Stylist and Pet Groomer Programs. Students are not required to purchase their tools through Smoochie Pooch Academy. However, years of experience have allowed us to put together comprehensive kits with excellent pricing value.

GROOMING SUPPLIES

All shampoos and special grooming products necessary for grooming the various breeds are available for student use and are included in the price of the tuition.  Pets for student assignments and instructions are supplied by the school.

Required Tools:

Two Speed Professional Clipper w/ #10 Blade

Thinning Shears

#40 Blade

Small Detail Shears

#30 Blade

Straight Shears

#15 Blade

Curved Shears

#7F Blade

Hemostats

#5F Blade

Large Nail Trimmer

#4F Blade

Blade Coolant

Attach-on Guard Comb Kit

Ear Powder

Combination Comb

Ear Cleaner

Wide Toothed Comb

Kwik Stop

Medium Slicker Brush

Spray Disinfectant

Rubber Curry

Kennel Lead and Loop

Ear Protection

Grooming Mask

*Left Handed shears available

Assistant Pet Stylist Program

All tools and tool payments are required by the first day of class.

TOOLKITS

Items listed in this kit are the minimum requirements for the Assistant Pet Stylist and Pet Groomer Programs. Students are not required to purchase their tools through Smoochie Pooch Academy. However, years of experience have allowed us to put together comprehensive kits with excellent pricing value.

GROOMING SUPPLIES

All shampoos and special grooming products necessary for grooming the various breeds are available for student use and are included in the price of the tuition.  Pets for student assignments and instructions are supplied by the school.

Required Tools:

Two Speed Professional Clipper w/ #10 Blade

Thinning Shears

#40 Blade

Small Detail Shears

#30 Blade

Hemostats

Attach-on Guard Comb Kit

Large Nail Trimmer

Combination Comb

Blade Coolant

Wide Toothed Comb

Ear Powder

Medium Slicker Brush

Ear Cleaner

Rubber Curry

Kwik Stop

Ear Protection

Spray Disinfectant

Grooming Mask

Kennel Lead and Loop

Education Materials

All textbooks and payments are required by the first day of class.

Textbooks

Items listed in this kit are the minimum requirements for the Pet Stylist and Pet Groomer Programs. Students are not required to purchase their tools through Smoochie Pooch Academy however, year of experience have allowed us to put together comprehensive kits with excellent pricing value.

Required Textbooks:

Canine TerminologyHarold Spira
The New Complete Dog BookThe American Kennel Club
Notes from the Grooming TableMelissa Verplank
Theory of 5Melissa Verplank
Groomer’s Guide to Pet First Aid, Injuries & HealthBoyd Harrell, DVM

A rewarding career awaits!

600 hours of hands on grooming training | Taught by certified instructors | Placement support