Golden Paws®  Pet Styling Academy offers the Golden Paws Instructional Pet Styling Program created by Jacqueline Rauch who has used and refined this method over five decades.  You may wonder how you can go to school for 8-9 weeks and really learn quality dog styling when other school programs may be longer.  Training success in any field is all about the quality of the program.  The Golden Paws®  Method of Teaching is unique.  Jacqueline, who is a master stylist and one of the nation's top instructors, has broken down each step in the grooming process so the student quickly learns the styling skills needed to create beautifully finished breed designs or customize a style meeting the customer desires.

Our instructors are professional stylists who are proficient with the training program. Each instructor aligns his or her styling skills alongside each instructional step in the program. Each one of these steps builds the framework in which the students develop their skills. For this reason, it is essential for both the instructor and the student to follow the program steps in a systematic manner. We work with each student on an individual basis to help them reach their fullest potential.

Our main priority is the student and if you need an extra week to feel comfortable, one will be provided at no charge.

The most important part of any training program is for you to receive the very best training.  Students come to us worldwide for that training.  You owe it to yourself to see why graduates who have been trained in the Golden Paws method go on to start successful businesses and careers.

Choosing the Career

Choosing a career in the dog styling profession will give you the choice of being self-employed or becoming a professional employee. The choice is yours! This profession offers opportunities and flexibility nationwide. These opportunities are possible because the demand for well-qualified pet stylists is greater than the supply. This short supply is the result from the profession being somewhat hidden and almost obscure from the public as a career choice. This relative obscurity has created exceptional opportunities for people who love animals and who want an exciting and rewarding career in the pet care profession. If working with animals has always been your dream - now is the opportune time to make it come true.

The Instructional Program

Give customers a reason to do business with you.  

The instructional program at Golden Paws®  Pet Styling Academy is a simplified step-by-step method designed and refined over a 50-year period by one of the nation’s top instructors, Jacqueline Rauch. Jacqueline has produced five instructional videos with the same step-by-step material. These videos compliment the instructional manual and they work in conjunction with one another. The composition of the instructional material is arranged and organized to develop quality styling skills, outline shaping, blending, balance and proportion, and how to apply those skills to breed design, control methods, proper handling, and speed techniques.

Our comprehensive program is designed for the student to master all of the basic grooming skills with an emphasis on the fine finishing skills. The student will begin the program by learning about the various tools, their usage, operation, and maintenance. The next areas covered will be control methods, safety procedures, proper handling, pet oral hygiene, cleaning and sanitation. The skill development portion of the program is taught in three parts. Part One is the Bathing and Blow-Drying Skills, Part Two is the Prepping Skills, and Part Three is the Styling and Finishing Skills along with the Breed Designs.


  • Full and part time classes available 
  • Job placement assistance
  • Financing may be available for those who qualify