Available Electives & Tuition 

$150 one-time application fee applied to tuition, refundable within 3 days

Business Consultation: Hourly Rate $85.00 or 4 hours $300.00


Customized Training Days: $500.00 6 hours in your salon, plus travel; $400.00 in our salon.  Alumni $400.00 6 hours in your salon, plus travel; $300.00 in our shop

Upon tuition paid in full, academy catalog will be available in full to download or a hard copy will be given to student on first day of class.  At any time throughout the year; hands on courses are limited to 4 students.  We specialize in the one-on-one attention for our customers, students and pets.

*available online as well as classroom


100 Level Novice:            Electives can be taken a la carte

*Pet Sitter & Dog Walker     4 hours     $240.00 

This course is designed for high school and college aged students to give them a boost into a pet care career while they are away at college and breaks.   

Feline Stylist Assistant        15 hours     $900.00

 This course will cover common feline breeds, behavior and handling techniques for assisting feline stylists to help with keeping felines calm and safe during the grooming process, as well as knowledge on equipment understanding and products that can be used on felines. 


Canine Skin & Coat Therapist      90 hours      $4,050.00 

This course will cover all breeds in the AKC (American Kennel Club), brushing, bathing, anatomy, blow drying skills, deshedding, behavior signs, first aid, preparing for the bath, sanitary areas, sanitation of shop, pests you will encounter, shampoo and products, equipment and its maintenance.  **20 hours of this elective will be dedicated to 4 hours of Introduction to Canine Science, 4 hours of Pet Cosmetology, 6 hours of Topical Applications & Effects

Offered separate online:

​​​​**Introduction to Canine Science**   10 hours    $600.00

**Pet Cosmetology Part 1**                 4 hours     $250.00

**Topical Applications & Effects**      6 hours     $360.00

             Product Knowledge

Introduction to First Aid      2 hours      $120.00 

This course will cover the basics of pet and human first aid such as necessary supplies for each medical kit, normal body temperatures, finding the pulse, cleaning out bites or scratches wounds, knowing when to contact veterinary or medical help, being prepared for a medical emergency. 

*Basics of Animal Nutrition      3 hours      $180.00 

This course will cover mostly canine nutrition; reading and understanding a label on pet food, raw diets, kibble, home cooking, digestive tracts and how diet affects coat and skin health.


*An Informed Professional      4 hours       $240.00 

This course is designed for first year groomers to understand the health risks and how to avoid them.  Students will learn about the history of the grooming industry, sanitizing and disinfecting the workplace of harmful diseases, ergonomics of the body, staying healthy mentally and physically. 




Level 200 Intermediate:         Electives can be taken a la carte

Feline Stylist      30 hours      $1,800.00 

This course will cover bathing, brush and blow dry, cuts and styling, what types of shampoos and equipment are cat safe, behavior, and how to make the shop a safe, calming environment for the animals.


Intermediate Canine Stylist      90 hours     $4,050.00

This course will cover styling tools (scissors and thinners), clippers and clipping, blades and length, snap on combs, breed specific trims and patterns, setting patterns,  faces and feet trims.  18.5 hours of this elective will be dedicated to 4 hours of Intermediate Canine Science, 10 hours of Pet Cosmetology and 4.5 hours of Grime & Slime Over Time: Best Salon Sanitation Practices:  Salon sanitation at its cleanest.  The only state approved certificate course for business owners of grooming shops, daycares, kennels, pet sitters and retail shops or boutiques for understanding cleaning, disinfecting and sanitation practices.  

Offered separate online:

**Intermediate Canine Science**                   4 hours     $250.00

**Pet Cosmetology Part 2**                               10 hours    $600.00         

**Grime & Slime Over Time:                                4.5  hours   $270.00 

         Best Salon Sanitation Practices

Introduction into Pet Industry Practices      7 hours      $420.00 

This course will help determine the career of students; shop manager, owner, stylists, dog walker/pet sitter…..etc. 


First Aid & CPR      6 hours      $240.00 

This course will cover restraint, primary assessment and getting the pet's vitals, rescue breathing, canine and feline CPR, choking management, bleeding and shock management, as well as the basis for dealing with insect bites and stings, snakebite, heat and cold injuries, and seizure. Emphasis will be placed on the prevention of illness and injury, the importance of early veterinary care. Students will also learn how to equip a first aid kit for pets.  Taught by certified PetTech Instructor April Begosh, owner of  Healthy Pets NH.  

Level 300 Advanced:             Electives can be taken a la carte

Advanced Canine Stylist      40 hours       $1,800.00 

This course will allow for more advanced blending, styling, breed patterns, hand scissoring, creative or Asian styling and refining one's grooming touch.  7 hours of this elective will be dedicated to 4 hours of Advanced Canine Science and 3 hours of Therapeutics Esthetician Part 3 of the Pet Cosmetology. 

 **Advanced Canine Science**      4 hours     $250.00 

**Therapeutics Esthetician**     3 hours      $200.00

*Business & Facility Management      30 hours       $2,700.00 

This course is designed for students that are preparing to open their own shop.  They will have hands on experience with not only operations of a grooming shop, but a retail boutique with a dog bakery and dog wash.


*Advanced Animal Nutrition      20 hours      $1,200.00

This course will cover preparing and making cooked diets, bakery treats for canines and felines.  This will be covered by learning the proteins, balancing the diets, chemistry, storage, digestion, bone, minerals, vitamins and fats.  Understanding natural remedies or holistic approaches for feeding as well as a stronger knowledge base on feeding kibble and raw diets. Case studies will be expected for completion of course.  


Level 400 Master:          Must complete first 3 levels

 Pet Aesthetician      10.5 hours       $600.00

This course will cover advanced formulating and compounding, research methods, dermatological issues, along with herbs and plants.  This final course will also teach one how to market themselves, partner with veterinarians, ethics and establishing boundaries.

Master of Canine Science: Coming Soon

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The Whole Pet Grooming Academy is licensed and approved by the State of New Hampshire, Department Of Education as a post-secondary vocational school under the provisions of RSA 188-G:1-10 with a primary purpose of educating individuals as a professional pet stylist and animal communicator.

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