Available Courses

 Feline Stylist Assistant:  15 hours

 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. 


 Feline Stylist: 30 hours

 This course will cover the common feline breeds,  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.



Canine Stylist Assistant: 90 hours           

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.  **10 hours of this course will be dedicated to "Product Knowledge" with Master Groomer Barabara Bird and can be taken online.**


 Intermediate Canine Stylist: 90 hours

 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. 


 Advanced Canine Stylist: 40 hours

 This course will allow for more advanced blending, styling, breed patterns, hand scissoring, creative or Asian styling and refining one's grooming touch.  


Introduction To Business: 7 hours

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

Offered in class and online.  


Business & Facility Management:  30 hours 

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.


 Pet Sitter & Dog Walker: 4 hours             

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.   

Offered in class or online.


 Introduction to First Aid: 2 hours             

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. 

Offered in class or online.


Pet First Aid & CPR: 6 hours 

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.  


Introduction to Nutrition: 3 hours

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.

Offered in class or online. 


 Advanced Nutrition: 20 hours

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.  

The Healthy Groomer: 4 hours

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. 


Canine Cosmetology: 20 hours

This course will cover advanced skin and coat topical conditions, anatomy of the skin and coat,  product selection, effects of equipment and techniques and understanding the effects and properties of chemicals. Offered online.   Taught by Master Groomer Michelle Knowles

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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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