Picture-perfect pets are what our stylists create with each snip and clip, bubble and brush.
Our Grooming Academy includes over 800 hours
with more than 200 different dogs.
As you help pets look great, we'll give your career a “glow up” too.
PetSmart is proud to offer competitive benefits packages and valued discounts to our salon associates.
Say hey to some of the amazing people who pamper pets, teach other associates and enjoy salon #LifeAtPetSmart.
Our Grooming Salons and training opportunities are hands (and paws!) down a fun way to put both your passion for pets and your creativity to work! Explore all of the ways you can grow your grooming career with us.
Under the guidance of the salon leader, you’ll begin training as a bather and learn about different dog breeds and styling.
Our initial training provides all the operational, safety and technical knowledge you need to be an exceptional bather.
Safety is always our #1 priority, for the pets and for you! You'll learn how to complete a hands-on pet assessment at the beginning of every appointment.
You'll bathe over 125 dogs before moving on to our paid
Grooming Academy, where you’ll learn the tricks of the trade
and have hands-on experience.
After getting some experience under your belt (well,
smock!), you’ll attend our paid Grooming Academy—an exclusive and knowledge filled 4-week, 160-hour-long program!
Click here for more information on our Grooming Academy.
Learn the basics of grooming and sporting trims from our experienced District Academy Trainers in a classroom setting.
Get hands-on experience with long-legged terriers, senior and puppy grooming, as well as poodles and fluffy dogs. And as an added bonus, at graduation, you'll also receive a free tool kit worth over $600!
Put your brand-new education and fancy new tool kit to work when you head back to your salon. With support of the team, you'll quickly begin grooming all different breeds and sizes of dogs.
You'll start building long-lasting relationships with pups and their pet parents, advising them on styles, suggesting new services and taking good care of them while they're visiting our salons.
To make sure you get the experience you need, you'll groom 200 dogs of all shapes and sizes in order to hone your styling skills!
After you've groomed 200 dogs and passed a technical assessment by a PetSmart District Academy Trainer, you’ll earn the respected title of a PetSmart Pet Stylist!
We’ll help drive traffic and empower you to build your book of business. Some of our best stylists have been grooming their clients for over a decade!
We offer opportunities for you to do formal and informal training with leaders in the grooming field. It’ll help you make sure your skills (and your tools!) stay sharp.
You’ll earn a guaranteed hourly wage and up to 50% commission. You’ll also have paid time off, health benefits, discounts on PetSmart merchandise and receive 35% off grooming tools.
Our career opportunities don’t stop at stylist. With PetSmart, you can continue to grow into Salon Leader, District Academy Trainer or Salon Operations Leader.
Let's cut to the chase. Here's why you should choose PetSmart for your salon career.
Pet Stylists are able to be trained in cat grooming in-house through a 3-day Academy with technical experts. Stylists are provided with cat specific grooming and safety equipment and can customize their schedule to determine which days and times to offer cat grooming services to clients (and earn an additional 5% on all cat grooms!)
“What I enjoy most about being a Pet Stylist is the time I get to spend with animals and the connections I get to make with my clients and pets I work with. I also enjoy being able to transform pets from being a little shaggy to super flashy and pretty!
To be on the PetSmart Grooming competition Team is am amazing lifetime opportunity and it’s awesome to be able to compete with different stylists that are well-versed in so many different things.”
Learn more about Angelica’s #LifeAtPetSmart
“PetSmart gives us the ability to work with shelters. We actually get to go in and work with dogs who haven’t been adopted yet. We get to help them look and feel their best and help them to find their forever homes.”
Learn more about Vanity's salon #LifeAtPetSmart
Salon Quality Education Leader
"The thing I love most about my job is the connection you see between the pet and the pet parent. There's nothing more satisfying than seeing a pet recognize their owner and the owner get super excited, and you know that by having them clean and well-groomed that you were able to build that connection."
Learn more about Ashley's salon #LifeAtPetSmart
Regional Salon Business Partner
"There's something to be said about a company that has a mission and vision statement that is all-around pets and taking care of pets and pet parents. You really get to see that with all of the associates. It's top-down, it's really, truly inspiring and it keeps me going to work every day."
Learn more about Jessica's salon #LifeAtPetSmart
District Academy Trainer
"We're here to help. We genuinely will love your dog like it's our own. We just want what's best for your pet."
Learn more about Gloria's salon #LifeAtPetSmart
"I really think all PetSmart groomers think of the dogs that they work on as their own. We build a really cool connection with your pets for sure."
Learn more about Jenna's salon #LifeAtPetSmart
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