School of K9 Cosmetology Training Programs

Doggone Rite Dog Grooming Academy

We would like to invite you to join us in the wonderful world of dog grooming. Our Academy offers hands-on training from four certified instructors with over 100 years of combined experience as well as classroom instruction and periodic unit testing to check for comprehension. Graduation from the Academy will prepare you for an exciting career in the rapidly growing field of dog grooming. There is a great demand for dog groomers all over the country, especially in large cities.

Career Opportunities

The pet styling industry is in constant need of well trained, qualified professionals. For those who enjoy working with animals, many opportunities are available for a rewarding career as a pet stylist or shop owner. Doggone Rite Dog Grooming Academy prepares students for employment as either an Groomer Assistant or a Professional Groomer in Animal Hospitals, Kennels, Pet Shops or Grooming Shops. There is also unlimited room for growth in this field, as a well-trained dog groomer you will be able to open your own PET SALON, if so desired.

Admission Policy

An applicant for admission must be at least 17 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED Certificate. If the applicant is under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must sign the application. Applicants must be able to read and understand course materials, be in sound physical and mental condition to operate grooming equipment, and have the patience to cope with a variety of canines and felines. Applicants must also present evidence of a current tetanus booster. There is a $100 applicant fee. All applicants will be interviewed by the director before being approved for admission.


The total tuition for the Professional Groomer course is $5380 (includes $880 of books and supplies and a $100 registration fee). 

The total tuition for the Assistant Groomer course is $2722 (includes $662 of books and supplies and a $100 registration fee).


A variety of seminars pertaining to the grooming profession will be held throughout the course. ALL SEMINARS ARE MANDATORY.


Illinois Board of Higher Education



Doggone Rite Dog Grooming Academy offers one course of instruction: Professional Groomer. Our student/instructor ratio in the program is 3:1. Each student will complete 19 written tests, two reports, three test dogs (hands-on evaluations), and a series of seminars which equal 70% of their final grade. The final written exam is worth 30% of the final grade. All students in the course will also be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Animals (CPR) by an outside, licensed veterinarian. The classes involved in the course are listed below. All course work is in-residence.

Below are the forms you will need to download and print out to enroll into one of our courses please click the links below and welcome to Doggonerite Grooming Academy.

Statement of Accreditation: This Institution is not accredited it is approved to operate by IBHE

Professional Groomer Enrollment Agreement

Assistant Groomer Enrollment Agreement

Professional Groomer Catalog

Assistant Groomer Catalog

Institutional Disclosures Reporting Table

Gia Stevens

Pets Grooming offer an amazing service and I will be sending my dog there again no questions asked. I trust this team and I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Five star grooming and service!

Gia Stevens
John Murphy

I’ve tried many groomers before Pets Grooming. Really friendly staff, great price and above all one happy and well groomed dog. You do a wonderful job and you are the best.

John Murphy
Dana Hubbard

You are absolutely amazing! We are happy we found someone that can groom our pets the right way and the way we want they to be groomed. Thanks so much to you guys.

Dana Hubbard


The Academy offers a “Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation” (C.P.R.) course for animals. This course will be open for the students of the Academy, persons in the pet industry (Groomers, Pet Shop Staff, Kennel Owners & Staff, Professional Trainers, Handlers, Breeders and Pet Sitters) and to any one of the general public that wishes to learn how to possibly save an animal’s life. Our CPR Program will buy time for an animal in cardiopulmonary distress or arrest until it can be seen by a Veterinarian. Class size is limited on a registration basis. Class time will run approximately 2 hours.

In our C.P.R. session a licensed C.P.R. Trainer will instruct class with a dog mannequin.  Mannequin simulates and registers actual reading of a “real dog” in distress.  Upon completion and passing of the course, you will receive a C.P.R. certificate. This course is also offered to the general public.

  • learn how to begin respiration and administer external cardiac massage
  • learn how to verify “cardiac arrest”
  • learn how to correctly take a pulse
  • learn how & when to compress large and small dogs or cats
  • learn individual and “team resuscitation” for grooming shops, pet shops, kennels, or for your own pet

Because dogs do not go through life uninjured or disease free, here are some situations that might warrant the use of canine C.P.R:

  • Heart Disease
  • Post Seizure (epilepsy)
  • Hit by a car or foreign object
  • Dogs (especially puppies) swallow something that blocks the airway
  • Bloat
  • During whelping (if bitch’s heart stops while giving birth)
  • After a dog fight