(732) 970-4999 - 1 Ravine Drive, Matawan NJ 07747
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Our unique teaching environment is highly personal and attention driven. We want you to become the best, most professional groomer you can be. Class sizes are no more than 8 per 18 week period. You are guaranteed to get professional one on one instruction from our instructor. She is educated with 21 years of grooming experience and has a background working as a veterinary assistant. Our instructor is educated in professional dog training and has worked extensively with shelters and rescues. Our curriculum is an intricate blend of book theory and techniques matched with 100% hands-on experience. 

Your course curriculum is as follows:

Orientation and Behavior Training - 2 Weeks

  • School policies and procedures
  • Accident prevention and shop safety
  • Developing a routine order for maximum efficiency
  • Identification and proper use of tools and equipment
  • First aid for people and Pets CPR (video)
  • Breed identification
  • Pet body language & behavior (lectures/video/guest speakers)
  • Handling & holding techniques for bathing and prepping
  • Use of muzzles for your safety and the safety of the pet


Students will learn to identify & execute:

  • Proper uses of shampoos and treatments
  • Proper shampoo selection
  • Diseases
  • Parasites
  • Ear care and nail care
  • Ear and nail anatomy
  • Trimming sanitary areas
  • Trimming pads and faces
  • Identify matting
  • Ear and skin infections
  • Proper use of grooming equipment
  • Types of grooming tools
  • Basics of pet grooming
  • Proper handling of canines and felines
  • Brushing and combing
  • Skin problem identification
  • Preparatory clipping
  • Bathing and drying styles and techniques
  • Basic finishing techniques


Students will also study the following:

  • Canine anatomy
  • Breed history
  • Origin
  • Group classification
  • Breed purpose
  • Temperament
  • Colors
  • Size
  • Weight
  • Official standard

Basic Skills - 3 Weeks

  • Basic trimmings of feet and furnishings
  • Body clipping
  • Basic puppy cuts and shave downs
  • Prep trimming
  • Continuing to develop your routine
  • Beginning hair clips
  • Scissoring feet and body
  • Use of additional grooming tools
  • Instruction on clipper, scissor and blade maintenance & repair
  • Use of restraint equipment for proper and safe restraint and handling of pets
  • Expressing anal glands
  • Proper and efficient bathing techniques
  • Learning when its appropriate to air dry for maximum efficiency
  • Proper use of high velocity forced air dryers
  • High velocity drying safety
  • Proper fluff drying techniques
  • Avoiding brush burns

Training & Demonstration - 10 Weeks

  • Setting breed patterns
  • Clipping poodle feet and faces
  • Clipping felines
  • Trimming for mixed breeds
  • Finishing touches
  • Use of snap on combs
  • Simple clips for the sporting and non-sporting groups
  • Clips for the terrier group
  • Grooming breeds from the Hound, Toy, Working, Herding, Sporting and Non-Sporting,and Terrier Groups
  • Safe handling and bathing of felines(optional)
  • Flea and Tick Identification and Removal
  • Specialized wet shedding techniques
  • Safe and efficient removal of matting
  • Safe use of dematting tools
  • Use of special de-shedding tools
  • Proper use of tools and equipment
  • Handling difficult or aggressive animals
  • Handling puppies and kittens
  • Handling elderly animals
  • Handling & holding techniques for grooming
  • Difference between manhandling and proper restraint of pets
  • Making and applying bows & bandanas
  • Rare breed grooming
  • Advanced Poodle Patterns
  • Hand scissoring
  • Bichon Frise and other Advanced clips
  • Efficiency and speed grooming techniques
  • Class Trips
  • Students will be expected to complete 30 hrs of shelter work over the 18 week course

Certification Completion 3 Weeks

  • Continued practice in increasing your skill level, efficiency, speed
  • Time management in a salon to maximize production and profits
  • Pricing your services
  • Building your business
  • Client relations
  • Building repeat business
  • Bringing all the steps together for maximum efficiency
  • Sculpting and skimming
  • Hand Stripping and Show Grooms (videos)
  • Advanced Pet Design techniques for extra pizzazz
  • Creative styling and coloring
  • Designer Dog styles

In order to receive a certificate of graduation you must demonstrate that you are capable of performing a minimum of eight complete hair cuts, each taking no longer than 3 hours start to finish, according to our professional standards. You will groom on your own without being able to ask questions, be strictly timed and must show attention to detail as well as timeliness. After each successful grooming exam, you will move on to the next level. Once all eight exams are complete, you will receive your certificate of graduation. There will also be periodic written exams and quizzes given, as well as written and reading homework assignments throughout our program.

Dog Grooming School New Jersey

Our 2,400 sq. foot facility was specifically designed for ease of instruction and the health and safety of each pet and student groomer that enters Central Jersey Grooming Academy.

Our goal is to teach every pet grooming student, humane and stress-free grooming. Most importantly, regardless of where you start your pet grooming career, you will leave Central Jersey Grooming Academy with a sense of completion and professionalism that enables you to hit the ground running!