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“I was trained for success and I took it and ran with it. I started as a Bather and I am now a District Academy Trainer. The ability to grow and develop yourself in this company is unreal.” – Jennifer Nall, District Academy Trainer

Career Progression

Creative & Inspired Individual

Creative & Inspired Individual


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You’ll begin your new life by joining the PetSmart team as a Bather. Once you have gained several months of experience handling all types of breeds by shampooing various breeds of our pet clients, you can apply to become a Groomer Trainee through the PetSmart Grooming Academy.

Apply today to become a PetSmart Bather

Grooming Academy

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The Academy is a four-week long paid apprenticeship with instruction valued at $6,000.

During the program, you’ll receive formal instruction in addition to gaining a ton of hands-on experience. Your lessons will include best practices in grooming, from how to interact with animals to intricate cutting and brushing techniques that add body and volume to even the most delicate fur. Upon graduating from the Academy and beginning work in the salon, you will recieve a comprehensive kit of Andis professional-grade tools to let your creativity shine through.


The PetSmart Grooming Academy strives to jumpstart the careers of individuals in search of long-term grooming careers, growth opportunity, and earning potential.

Take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from industry professionals while earning a competitive hourly rate. Most importantly, you’ll be able to earn a living doing what you love.

Apply today to become a PetSmart Bather

Grooming Trainee

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You've graduated from grooming school, at either our PetSmart Grooming Academy or another trade school. Now you get to put your new skills into practice. You'll hone your craft across all breeds of dogs. As you keep pets looking and feeling their best, you'll build your clientele and create a full book of business. Under the supervision of an experienced groomer, you'll get the experience needed to become a master groomer.

If you’re interested in becoming a Groomer Trainee with the PetSmart Grooming Academy, start your journey by applying today to become a Pet Stylist.

Experienced Pet Stylist

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We know how hard it is to strike out on your own. The constant hunt for leads, self-employment taxes, and health insurance worries are enough to drive you barking mad. Yet, we understand your need for independence coupled with stability. PetSmart provides reliable schedules for our professional Pet Stylists in addition to 401ks, medical and dental insurance, and paid time off.

By transitioning from an independent practice to employment with PetSmart, you stand to gain more financially. We offer a highly competitive hourly base rate for all of our professional Pet Stylists in addition to 50% commission for every pet groomed. While PetSmart provides you with all of the customers you’ll need for a full book of business, you’re encouraged to increase your earnings by bringing your existing clients to PetSmart and using our resources to tame their mane in-house.

As an additional incentive for joining our team, PetSmart provides the supplies you need in addition to offering Pet Stylists a 35% discount on professional grooming equipment.

If you have what it takes to make pets look runway-ready, apply today for a Pet Stylist career at PetSmart.


See how our great stylists keep our furry friends clean, happy and looking runway-ready.

Free, paid pet stylist training!

If you’re entrepreneurial, fashion forward, and have a passion for pets, PetSmart has built the perfect foundation for your new career path. We’re currently in search of novice Pet Stylists to receive formal training and start careers via the PetSmart Grooming Academy. No prior experience is required! We offer free, paid training in our Grooming Academy. This includes:

  • Salon Academy

    (4 weeks) Train in a paid apprenticeship with instruction valued at $6,000.

  • Salon Field Practice

    (8-12 weeks) During this time you’ll groom 200 different types of dogs to graduate as Pet Stylist (Groomer).

  • Apply Now

Make the Best Job Even Better.
Become a Pet Stylist at PetSmart

If you have experience running your own salon or working as a freelance groomer, we want you to transition into a career at PetSmart as a professional Pet Stylist. Here, you can stabilize your earnings, increase your clientele, and expand your expertise. All by working with thousands of PetSmart's furry customers across hundreds of different breeds. Working with us lets you focus on your passion for keeping pets runway-ready.

Apply Now

The Groomery by PetSmart is a new approach to make our client’s pets look ready for the runway. A stand-alone salon with a spa-inspired design, the Groomery will provide upscale and innovative grooming services. We are looking for experienced and aspiring Pet Stylists to create a personalized salon experience that is as unique as the pet itself! Join us for this new and exciting opportunity!



    Experienced Pet Stylist, 9 Years at PetSmart in Mount Laurel, New Jersey

    • First Place in All Other Purebreds, Intermediate Division, Groom Expo West
    • First Place in Other Purebreds, Intermediate Division, Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference
    • First Place in Sporting & Spaniels, Rising Star Division, Intergroom
    • Rising Star of the Year, Intergroom



    Experienced Pet Stylist, 12 Years at PetSmart in Austin, Texas

    Won: Third Place in All Other Purebreds,
    Groom Expo West



    Experienced Pet Stylist, 14 Years at PetSmart in Denver, Colorado

    Won: Second Place in Sporting Breeds, Entry Division,
    Groom Expo West



    Experienced Pet Stylist, 15 Years at PetSmart in Charlotte, North Carolina

    Won: First Place in Large Poodles, Entry Division,
    Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference

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