Ruff Housing Grooming Academy

Start your new career here! We offer one-on-one training with individual students, allowing us to work with you at your pace.

Our 12-week program covers: 

Breed recognition
Canine anatomy
Proper dog handling/safety techniques
Proper bathing/drying techniques
Proper cuts for each breed
Knowledge of shampoos/grooming products, and what works best for different hair types
Recognition of possible skin, ear and hair issues
Holistic recipes for shampoos, scrubs and sprays
Proper client interaction

Classes will be held Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m to 3 p.m., with an emphasis on hands-on grooming. Students complete our standardized course work on-line so that class time can be primarially on first hand learning and working with dogs. Instructors will guide students through our 8-week standardized course and then students will have the opportunity to learn from a variety of experienced groomers for the final four weeks.

The cost for the entire course is $3,900. This covers the cost of tuition for the entire course plus the following supplies (approximate value $1,000): grooming smock, set of clippers, thinning shears, curved shears, straight shears, nail clippers, 14 blades, clip comb set, Dremel, comb and brushes, flea comb, hemostats, three grooming textbooks, and a notebook containing a syllabus, laminated grooming instructions for common breeds, laminated blade chart and other important reading material. We will purchase your supplies for you and provide them to you on your first day of class.

If you would like more information or if you are interested in applying for the grooming academy, please call us at 336-602-1538 or send an email to