PetSmart Salons

groomed for greatness

Picture-perfect pups are what our stylists create with each snip and clip, bubble and brush.

life in our salons

Paid Training

Our Grooming Academy includes over 800 hours with more than 200 different dogs.

Career Development

As you help pets look great, we'll give your career a “glow up” too.

Salon Benefits

PetSmart is proud to offer competitive benefits packages and valued discounts to our salon associates.

A Great Team

Say hey to some of the amazing people who pamper pets, teach other associates and enjoy salon #LifeAtPetSmart.

career pathing

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.

On-Site Training

Our initial training provides all the operational, safety and technical knowledge you need to be an exceptional bather.

Safety Training

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.

Build Your Confidence

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.

What to Expect

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!

Classroom Training

Learn the basics of grooming and sporting trims from our experienced District Academy Trainers in a classroom setting.

Hands-On Training

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!

Build Relationships

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.

Grooming Goals

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!

we offer more than just fluff

Let's cut to the chase. Here's why you should choose PetSmart for your salon career.

PetSmart Independent Salon Mobile/At-Home
Guaranteed hourly wages
Additional earnings through commission
$1,500 sign-on bonus or a $1,000 sign-on bonus and a new tool kit for new stylists
Eligibility for health benefits and paid time off
Brand recognition that drives for new and existing customers
Quality tools provided plus 35% off grooming tools, plus up to 50% off select merchandise and services
Room for career growth
(Salon Leader, District Academy Trainer)
Relocation opportunities available
Best-in-class safety, technical training and continued education
Additional benefits, such as tuition assistance and paid grooming academy
Business overhead, including monthly or out-of-pocket expenses (gas, taxes, insurance)

meet our groomers


Pet Stylist

“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


Regional Salon Business Partner, 13 years with PetSmart

"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


Salon Quality Education Leader, 19 years with PetSmart

"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


District Academy Trainer, 9 years with PetSmart

"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


District Academy Trainer, 12 years with PetSmart

"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



pets groomed every year in PetSmart Salons

$ 0K+


worth of academy training



stylists graduate from our Grooming Academy each year



years of average tenure for a PetSmart Grooming Team Member

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