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Instructional Program

The instructional program at Golden Paws Dog Grooming Academy of Indiana is a simplified step-by-step method designed and refined over a 35-year period by one of the nation's top instructors, Jacqueline Rauch. Jacqueline has produced five instructional videos with the same step-by-step material. These videos complement the instructional manual and they work in conjunction with one another. The composition of the instructional material is arranged and organized to develop quality styling skills, outline shaping, blending, balance and proportion, and how to apply those skills to breed design, control methods, proper handling, and speed techniques.

Our course is 90% hands on. Our comprehensive program is designed for the student to master all of the basic grooming skills with an emphasis on the fine finishing skills. The student will begin the program by learning about the various tools, their usage, operation, and maintenance. The next areas covered will be control methods, safety procedures, proper handling, pet oral hygiene, cleaning and sanitation. The skill development portion of the program is taught in three parts. Part one is the bathing and blow drying skills, part two is the prepping skills, and part three is the styling and finishing skills along with the breed designs.

You will also learn about the dog grooming business if you desire to do so and in addition how to increase your income through "add-on services" such as toothbrushing, the sale of supporting products and de-shedding. Toothbrushing and de-shedding are two of the most requested optional services and you will learn that by offering these and other optional services, you will increase your grooming income substantially with a minimum of extra time and effort.

This institution is regulated by:
Office for Career and Technical Schools
10 N Senate Avenue, Suite SE 308
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-234-8338 or 317-232-1732

Professional Dog Styling Program

320 Clock Hours 
(8 weeks full time)
  • Pet Oral Hygiene 
  • Clipper Techniques 
  • De-matting Techniques 
  • Curly Coat Cutdown 
  • Pet Psychology 
  • Dog Anatomy 
  • Control Positions 
  • Shaving Skills 
  • Tool Usage and Maintenance 
  • Blade Lengths 
  • Toenails 
  • Ear Cleaning 
  • De-shedding Skills 
  • Drying Techniques for optimal results 
  • Brushing & Combing 
  • Shampoo 
  • Anal Glands 
  • Flea/Skin Treatments 
  • Sanitation 
  • Bathing Technique 
  • Blow Drying/Fluff Out 
  • Brushing 
  • Skin and Hair Safety Techniques 
  • CPR and other subjects of importance 
  • Pleasing the Customer 
  • Creating Individual Styles 
  • Detatchable Blades 
  • Skimming Techniques 
  • Cut Down Techniques 
  • Curly Coat and Straight 
  • Outline Shaping 
  • Fine Fishing/Balance 
  • Blade Skills 
  • Breed Design 
  • Thinning Shear Techniques 
  • Blending / De-bulking 
  • Camouflaging Faults by Styling 
  • Add-on Services/Job Counseling 
  • A Happy Pet is a Joy to Groom
Salon Manager Responsibilities 104
  • Managerial responsibilities
  • Characteristics of a successful manager
  • Working Relationships
Creating a Successful Support Staff 105
  • Job Descriptions
  • essentials of an employee handbook
  • Employee Training
  • Reward System
Hiring Support Staff 106
  • Job Candidates
  • Job Applications
  • Conduct interviews
  • Check References
  • Job evaluation testing
  • Evaluate Candidate
  • Make an employment offer
Effective Supervisory System 107
  • Communication with support staff
  • Improving and maintaining employment moral
  • Benefits of support staff meetings
  • Common performance problems
  • job performance evaluation
  • employee termination
  • Procedures for voluntary departures
Developing a Safety Program 108
  • Pet Handling Safety
  • Equipment Safety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Emergency Procedures
Daily Bookkepping 109
  • Daily Handling of cash and credit card receipts
  • Managers Daily Summary
  • Methods of recording service performed to pets
  • employee time keeping record
  • supplies inventory
Financial Statements 110
  • Income statement
  • Balance Sheet
  • Financial analysis ratios
  • Summary of financial performance

Professional Dog Bathing Program

75 Clock Hours
(10 days full time)
This program will show how to achieve a professionally bathed and dried pet. The purpose is to equip the student with a strong foundation of bathing skills that will enable you to have a Career in Dog Bathing profession. In addition to learning pet bathing, which is the foundation of dog grooming, special attention will be focused in learning correct pet handling, safety procedures & speed techniques.
  • Shampoo Procedures 
  • Flea Treatments 
  • Anal Gland Expulsion 
  • Blow Drying 
  • Finish Brushing 
  • Comb-Outs 
  • Therapeutic Shampoos 
  • Nail Clipping 
  • Ear Cleaning 
  • Safety & Control 
  • Pet Communication 
For financing options and part-time information, 
please call 765-455-3093. Bonded and approved 
by the State of Indiana Educational Approval Board.
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