Grooming School of Indiana
Professional Groomer Course
The Grooming School of Indiana’s Professional Groomer Program is designed to offer students, with no professional grooming experience, an avenue to enter the market in a relatively short period of time, concentrate on basic pet grooming and handling of dogs. It also allows students to concentrate on basic pet grooming including everything taught in the first portion of the program as well as clipper and scissor finishing techniques, proper pattern setting for various breeds.
Emphasis is placed on perfecting grooming skills while concentrating on proper breed profile, increasing speed, efficiency and developing maximum grooming potential. The bulk of this training program is spent practicing and perfecting skills with pets under the guidance of the Instructor, Corryne Smith. Upon successful completion of this program, students will receive a Certificate of Completion and be able to work competently as a Professional Groomer.
Upcoming Class Dates:
SPRING – May 2018
(May 7 – July 26)
FALL – September 2018
(Sep 10 – Nov 29)
WINTER – January 2019
Corryne Smith has been grooming dogs for over 10 years. Her experience ranges from working at big corporate salons to small salons to boarding and training facilities. Her love of animals has been life-long and stems from her childhood; she grew with up with Great Pyrenees that her family bred. She has always had a passion for working with dogs and has worked in the animal care industry for much of her life. Her first job was at 14 working on a farm. She also grew up a 4-H member showing pigs, horses, cattle and chickens. Corryne also works closely with different rescue organizations and currently has seven rescued dogs of her own which include a Dachshund, Rottweiler, Terrier mix, Shih-tzu and three Chihuahuas in addition to two cats.
She strives to make the grooming experience as stress-free as possible. She believes it is a must to have a great deal of patience and trust, as well as the ability to read dogs’ body language. She has had a great amount of success in grooming pets without using any form of sedation. Clients have told her that she has a special knack for working with dogs that other groomers turn away.
She takes great pride in her work and is very much a Quality over Quantity type of groomer. She keeps up to date on the latest grooming trends, equipment, and products by attending trade shows and seminars. A big part of being a professional groomer is knowing what products can help get the look and feel that clients want. Corryne is a believer that there is always something new to learn in the grooming industry and strives to learn new ways to keep your dogs happy and healthy.
With Corryne’s experience and knowledge, she will be able to prepare any student wanting to become a professional dog groomer.
Renee White is a happily married mother of four, living on a family farm near Bowling Green Indiana. Renee has had animals in her life for as long as she can remember. As a small child, she managed to talk a wild squirrel into coming out of the tree to her. Since then, she has been handling, caring for and breeding a number of different pets.
Renee began breeding and showing ocicats in 1998 while raising a triple grand champion who worked as a Eukanuba model. She was a member of the ocicat breed committee for the ACFA and helped to re-write the breed standard used at that time. She stopped breeding after the birth of her third child and has remained active with cats by serving as a 4-H judge in Indiana over the last ten years.
Renee began grooming dogs twelve years ago when her second child started showing her miniature schnauzer in 4-H. Shortly after that, she got her first dog as a personal pet, a shih-tzu, and taught herself to groom by watching videos on-line. After a few years, she decided to pursue grooming as a career, enrolled at the Grooming School of Indiana in 2011 and earned her CPPG.
She started out working alone for Royer Veterinary Clinic in Worthington, Indiana for two years. She then worked at PetCo in Bloomington, Indiana for a few months before deciding that she wanted to go into business for herself. Renee opened Doggy Style Pet Salon in Spencer, Indiana where she currently grooms by appointment.
Renee is also a breeder of sugar gliders and standard poodles. She attends seminars and courses in an effort to continually improve her work.
“Thank you! For helping me to go confidently in the direction of my dreams! And to live the life I’ve imagined.” – Penny Benge
“Two years ago I was a nurse wanting to quit working as a nurse but not ready to retire. I was 54 years old and had wanted to be a dog groomer for many years. I kept thinking that I was to old to start something new. I did some research and job shadowing and decided I was going to go to grooming school. It is one one of the best decisions I have made.
“My dog grooming adventure started because I have a Lhasa Apso named Harley! One hot summer day I decided to cut his hair. Well it didn’t turn out to bad, but it wasn’t that great either. I thought to myself for months that I should go to dog grooming school. Well one day I decided to look into it.
“I enrolled in grooming school of Indiana because I was interested in grooming. Although I didn’t have much knowledge I wanted to learn. The instructor (Pam) was great, she taught me a lot about the different breeds that I had never learned. She made it easy and took her time. I now have the skills and knowledge to be an informative professional groomer.” – Carla Bryant
“My daughter is a 22 year old hearing impaired girl that was looking for career. She was not academically motivated, but also needed to start thinking about her future. She has always been an animal lover and knew she wanted to work in that field. She decided that pet-grooming was a positive option for her.
“I had a great experience at Grooming School of Indiana. The hands on atmosphere is the reason I chose this school. The instructor Pam is very informative and taught me lots of tips with different breeds. Thanks to pam and Grooming School of Indiana I now have the skills to excel and be a confident groomer!” – Natalie Caruthers