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Privacy Policy

This privacy policy discloses the privacy practices for ( This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by this web site. It will notify you of the following:

What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the web site, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.
Information Collection, Use, and Sharing
We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to ship an order.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, or changes to this privacy policy.

Your Access to and Control Over Information
You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our website:

• See what data we have about you, if any.

• Change/correct any data we have about you.

• Have us delete any data we have about you.

• Express any concern you have about our use of your data.

We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.


Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time and all updates will be posted on this page.

If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via telephone at 732-939-0600 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Student Services

We want your educational experience to equip you for a long career in pet grooming. Our classes are both fun and knowledge driven. Just think ... you're getting paid to work with the very pets you love. Could it be any better than that? Along with the fun and education certification, you also get the following guarantees!

Lifetime Job Placement Assistance

We have enjoyed networking with grooming shops in NJ and have offered job placement assistance to each graduating student since day one. As dog grooming jobs come available in New Jersey our students are made aware via email, phone and text. Students that want to work rarely go without several interviews.

There are job opportunities in a variety of types of businesses within the pet industry. Pet shops, veterinarians, . boarding kennels, dog trainers, and pet super stores in addition to pet grooming salons. Many shops have positions available for pet groomers both part and full-time.

There is a drastic shortage of professional groomers throughout the country! Therefore graduating pet groomers have very little difficulty obtaining a position immediately. Most of our graduates have job interviews lined up before graduation. For graduate students requiring help in finding the right position, we offer lifetime job placement assistance. We keep a list of employers all over the state that are currently seeking groomers.

Pet Grooming Student Graduates may call as often as they like to view our current listings. We occasionally have positions available within our own salon and hire our best graduates to fill these positions.

Create a Professional Portfolio

You will have the opportunity to compile a beautiful professional style portfolio of photographs depicting your achievements in class. You are going to be very proud of how professional your portfolio looks. This will be very helpful in presenting your work to potential employers and future customers. (And you're going to love showing it off to your family and friends too!)


On your first day...

On your first day of class, have all your tools marked with your name or initials so that if you lay it down somewhere, we know who to return it to. You will be responsible for all your grooming tools. The school will not be held responsible for lost or damaged tools.

You need to bring some sort of equipment bag or tackle box to keep all of your equipment organized. Tis can be purchased from or from a craft store such as Michaels or Joanns.

Dress Code

The required uniform is scrub tops and bottoms. Your shoes need to be comfortable and have non-skid soles. Proper shoes such as sneakers or any type of a nursing shoe is required. If proper attire is not worn you will be asked to leave class until proper uniform is acquired. Hair must be neat and not interfere with grooming. Jewelry such as dangling earrings or facial piercings are NOT permitted. Scrubs can be purchased online. We recommend the following sites: Uniform City, Uniform Advantage, Uniform Country, and All Heart.

Tools of the Trade

You can choose to either order the equipment yourself from the following list or purchase you equipment from the school.  If you chose to purchase these items yourself you may do so from the following websites: Petedge, JB Wholesalers, or Ryans.  You may find other places as well.  Eye and ear protection can be purchased from any hardware store.

  • 1 Notes from the grooming table
  • 1 The Complete Dog Book
  • 1 Theory of 5
  • Home Veterinary Handbook
  • Canine Body Language(optional)
  • 1 greyhound comb
  • 1 metal flea comb
  • 1 soft medium slicker brush
  • 1 Dremel/Nail Grinder
  • 1 Andis AG2 super 2 speed clipper with #10 blade
  • 1 small slicker brush
  • Boar bristle brush
  • Pin Brush
  • Rubber curry brush
  • 1 Furminator(optional)
  • 1 pair of 7.5 double duck ultra gold shears
  • 1 large nail clippers
  • 1 small cat nail clippers
  • 1 ear powder
  • Ear cleaner
  • 1 pair non locking straight hemostats
  • 1 quick stop
  • 1 quick stop holder
  • 1 pack of grooming bands
  • 1 pair 8" straight shark fin shears
  • 1 tool box to store equipment can be purchased from pet edge or craft box from any craft store(Michaels, A.C.Moore)
  • 1 clipper cool spray with disinfectant
  • 1 pair 8" curved shark fin shears
  • 1 #40 blade
  • 1 #30 blade
  • 1 #15 blade
  • 1 #7F blade
  • 1 #5F blade
  • 1 mat breaker
  • 1 #5 skip blade
  • 1 #4 skip blade
  • 1 set of large and small snap on combs
  • 1 pair of 46 tooth double duck  thinning shears
  • 8 finger guards
  • 2 Thumb guards
  • Tooth brush
  • Ear and Eye Protection

That's all that is required. Students choose to add other items, but it's not needed, just optional.


We make every attempt to answer the questions you may have right here online. Read through the questions and answers below. If you still need future questions answered, please use the CONTACT page.


Do you groom pets for the public?

A. Yes! For an appointment at Hair of the Dog please call 732-566-3900.


Where is your school located?

A. Less than 3 miles from Garden State Parkway exit 120. We are at 1 Ravine Drive - Matawan NJ.


How much is the tuition?

A. Click here for all tuition costs.


Is there financing available?

A. Students may choose to pay in one or up to 4 equal installments. In house financing may be considered in certain situations. There are no financial programs offered via the state or federal government.


What are your admission requirements?

A. We only require that you are physically and mentally able to complete all class skills and assignments in a timely manner in order to be able to successfully complete our program. Age and prior education are not factors in determining if you will be successful in our program. Students must be at least 18 years of age. As long as you are physically and mentally fit, you should do very well! All students are required to exhibit a basic skills assessment in the first three days of the program before continuing full-time.


Who is your average student?

A. Our average student is someone who is unhappy with their current career and looking to change to something they love. The words we hear most often from these students is that they wish they hadn't waited so long and had done this a long time ago. Don't wait another minute to get started in your new career! Our other popular student is the person that has decided not to attend college in favor of learning pet grooming. It is an invaluable skill you will have your entire life.


How long does it take to complete the course?

A. Terms are 16 weeks, approximately 440 hours - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


If I already have some of the equipment, do I still have to buy it?

A. No, if you have equipment that is comparable to what is in the kit, you can use what you already have.


What is in the equipment kit?

A. Click here to see our professional equipment list.


What do I wear to school?

A. Click here to see our professional dress code.


When I finish your course, will I be certified?

A. YES!! You will be given a certificate of program completion. The certificate signifies that you have completed the number of required hours in the program as well as received passing grades on each of the tests. You will receive a diploma with our Training Academy seal. Certifications are earned. Should you not receive passing grades and completions on tests, assignments and hands-on work, you will not receive a full certificate of completion.


What happens if I need to take a break or a leave of absence?

A. We offer a flexible schedule that you can change at any time. Our revolutionary training methods allow you to tend to your individualized needs. No other pet grooming school allows the flexibility that we can offer for you. You are required to complete all hours for graduation. Leaves of absence are addressed in the Student Handbook that all students must sign.


Do I Have to share grooming of pets with other students or will I have my own pets to groom?

A. Unlike other grooming schools, we aim to have a pet per student per day to groom! The hours you've completed will help determine the number of dogs you will groom, You are rarely required to share pets with other students.

On occasion a rare breed will come in and students will tag team on the grooming for experience sake. Also, from time to time you will assist another groomer with large and or difficult dogs. With our apprentice style learning, you will be more job ready by graduation than at any other school.

It is our goal to schedule you grooming appointments just as you would encounter in the work place. No other school anywhere can offer the variety of breeds and experience we can. You get tons of valuable experience in grooming and business training. Don't cheat yourself out of a quality education by attending anywhere else!


What kind of grading or evaluation system do you have?

A. Students are evaluated on a weekly basis for their progress, knowledge, skill level, efficiency. As we move forward there will be written and practical tests as well as impromptu quizzes. This gives everyone an excellent opportunity to sit down and review their progress. Once reviewed, decisions on what the student would like to work on, as well as goals for the upcoming week and where improvements will be decided by the instructor.


I'm seriously thinking of enrolling in your school, what should I do next?

A. First, fill out the online application. Second, call to schedule your tour. Three, bring the application fee (check or money order - $50) with you to the tour. Student spots are limited and fill up on a first-come-first-served basis. We're sure if you take a tour, you'll be convinced that you want to attend. You're going to love it!


Will you teach me just how to groom my own dog or just one specific breed?

A. No. We no longer offer one-on-one personal training for single breeds. All training requires a commitment to the full 16 week program.


Can you recommend a school in another state?

A. No, we cannot recommend any other school, as we are not familiar enough with them.


Can you help me find a school near me?

A. I'm sorry, but we do not maintain a directory of other schools.

Graduate Certification

When you come to Central Jersey Grooming Academy you are given the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Completion. In order to earn the certificate, you must be paid in full, pass all assets and testing as well as being absent less than 5 class sessions. You are not guaranteed a certificate. Like all schools, you must earn the certificate. 

Once you have completed our program, you can pursue two other certificate options. The National Dog Groomers Association and the International Pet Groomers Association, Inc. are the most elite certification organizations in the world and the most prestigious certificate you can earn! If you choose to pursue certification, we will assist you with your testing. Our Professional Groomer courses will prepare you to succeed in passing the written and practical exams to become certified.

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!