Golden Paws Pet Styling Academy

A school licensed by the NYS Bureau of Propriety School Supervision.




Choosing a career in the pet styling profession offers opportunities and flexibility nationwide. Whether you decide to be self-employed or work for others, you have the choice of working in a salon, boarding kennel, veterinary clinic, mobile grooming unit or grooming in other people's homes. The opportunity to succeed in this recession-proof industry is possible because the demand for well-qualified pet stylists is far greater than the supply. The demand has created exceptional opportunities for people who love animals. If your dream is to develop the skills needed to make pets beautiful and have people recognize you both financially and professionally, now is the time to make your dream come true!

The Golden Paws instructional pet styling program  breaks down each step in the grooming process so the student learns quickly the styling skills needed to create beautifully-finished breed designs or customize any style your customer desires.

We provide you with professional-grade grooming tools, teach you proper tool usage to develop high-quality pet styling skills and how to apply those skills to satisfy the needs of your clients. We maintain the highest standards in quality teaching, professionalism and the care of pets using the most up-to-date equipment and methods.

Our rolling enrollment allows you to join a class at the beginning of any week as long as there is a table available.  For more information, go to


Professional Dog Styling (300 hours)

Full Time (8 weeks, M-F, 8:30 am-4:30 pm)

Part Time (20 weeks, Sun., 9 am-4:30 pm, Tues/Wed, 5:30-9:30 pm)

Prepping 101: 

Prepping 101:  Pet Oral Hygiene, Pet First Aid, Clipper Techniques, Pet Psychology, Dog Anatomy, Control Positions, Tool Usage and Maintenance, Blade Lengths, Nail Care, Ear Cleaning

Bathing & Drying 201:  De-matting & De-shedding Skills, Drying Techniques, Brushing & Combing, Anal Glands, Flea/Skin Treatments, Sanitation, Bathing Techniques, Blow Drying/Fluff Out Brushing, Skin and Hair, Safety Techniques, Therapeutic Shampoos

Styling 301:  Creating individual styles, Detachable Blade Skimming, Cut Down Techniques, Outline Shaping Fine Finishing Skills, Breed Design, Camouflaging Faults, Scissoring & Thinning Shear Techniques, Blending/De-bulking, Add-on Services, Pleasing the Customer, Job Counseling

Successful Completion of 101, 102 & 103 is necessary to receive a State-approved certificate.


Registration $ 100.00

Tools            $ 900.00

Tuition         $6600.00

Total cost     $7600.00

(The non-refundable Registration fee is due upon enrollment. Tool prices are based upon manufacturer's cost and are subject to change without notice. See catalog for tuition payment and refund policies.)

You must be at least 17 years old and have a valid high school diploma or GED to enroll in classes.

 Our new school website is now active and can be found at and our e-mail address is