Dog Grooming Program and Salon

​​​Professional Dog Grooming Program Information

The non-credit Professional Dog Grooming certificate prepares students for a career in the grooming industry. Through a blend of online and hands-on training, students will learn the basics of safe animal handling, bathing, dr​ying, scissor techniques, grooming skills, breed groups and industry terminology. Students will groom various breeds in the salon as skills are gained and mastered. During the training students will also focus on customer service, appointment scheduling, facility sanitation and maintenance within a working salon and lab setting.

The program is 13 weeks long and meets in-person two days a week. The Professional Dog Grooming course consists of 150 hours of online work students complete on their own through Blackboard and 150 hours of in-person, hands-on training in the dog grooming lab.

Fall 2022 Schedule
August 22-November 17
Cohort 1 In-Person Sessions – Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 am-2:30 pm
Cohort 2 In-Person Sessions – Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 am-2:30 pm
Six students are enrolled in each cohort.

For enrollment information, please complete the following form: (form coming soon)



DMACC Southridge has a new Dog Grooming salon open to the public!

Bear Clips is closed for the summer and will reopen on August 23rd. Book your fall appointments now! To make a grooming appointment, please call 515.256.4994 or email

We are located at the DMACC Southridge Center

1111 East Army Post Road

Des Moines, IA 50315

Grooming Appointment Procedures:

  • Dogs must be current on their Rabies, Distemper Parvo and Bordetella vaccinations with documentation
  • Appointments are available on Monday and Wednesday
  • Dogs must be dropped off and picked up at the Southridge south door (next to the tall, overheard door), a student will greet you at the door
  • Grooming appointments may take up to 4 hours as this is a learning experience for our grooming program students
  • When the appointment is complete, a grooming program student will contact you and you will be asked to pick up your dog promptly
  • Credit/debit card payments only


Small (0-25 lbs)
Medium (26-45 lbs)
Large (46-70 lbs)
X-Large (71-100 lbs)
Giant (101+ lbs)


Nail Trim
Nail Trim with File
Face Feet Fanny Upgrade
Blueberry Facial
Deshed Treatment (includes 20 extra minutes of brushing)
Extra Brushing
$5.00 per 15 minutes
Handling Fee (matted or pelted dog or hard to handle dog)
Anal Glands Stand-Alone
Nail Painting