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Groomer Training





Learn to be a Groomer from the Professionals at Under One Woof

Pet groomers are in great demand, but there has not been a grooming school in Northern California for over a decade. Correspondence courses with little to no hands-on instruction have been the only alternative for people in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Under One Woof has launched its own groomer training program to fill that need and help people learn the skills necessary to get a good-paying job grooming dogs and cats.

Our three-month, full-time Groomer Mentorship Program provides intensive, hands-on instruction from working professionals at Under One Woof. Master Groomer Seiji Morikawa and three other members of our grooming staff have been trained in Japanese-style grooming techniques that are growing in popularity throughout the United States but are taught in very few grooming schools in the country.

Students work on pets brought in by our regular clients. Clients are advised that their pets are being groomed by a student under the supervision of the master groomer.

The program is designed for the needs of both beginners and more experienced groomers seeking to sharpen their skills. Only two students will be admitted at any one time so the curriculum can be tailored to their needs based on an assessment of their skills. Students who complete the program will be eligible for employment at Under One Woof.

The cost of the program is $2,500, payable in installments at the beginning of each month. Groomers will be expected to provide their own equipment, which generally costs $650. Groomers without equipment will be assisted in selecting the right tools.

If you are looking for a new challenge or a new career working with pets, please download the following documents for more information and an application for admission, then contact us at to schedule an interview.

Grooming Mentorship Program Description              Grooming Mentorship Program Terms and Conditions                Grooming Mentorship Application for Admission


 Kay Young is a graduate of Under One Woof grooming mentorship program.  Kay has been a lifelong pet owner and always had the desire to work with animals. Before enrolling in the grooming program, she brought her dog to Under One Woof regularly for grooming. When she discovered that Under One Woof offered grooming training, she was eager to embark on her new career path. 

Once Kay graduated from the grooming mentorship program, she expressed she wanted to continue to develop her grooming skills. She decided to become a full-time groomer here at Under One Woof. Kay has been trained in both American and Japanese grooming techniques.  Kay's favorite breeds to groom are Mix breeds, Havanese, Maltese, and Yorkie.    



Kanokwan "Liz" is a graduating student who has gone through our grooming mentorship program.  

My path to being a dog groomer

My love for my rescue dog woke up in me the idea that maybe I could be a dog groomer. First, I tried to learn the skills with a groomer in my neighborhood. But this guy, even though he did good haircuts, was rough to the dogs, and when I tried training with him, he just used me for cheap labor without really teaching me.

Luckily, I found the Under One Woof grooming school led by Seiji Morikawa. Seiji and his team run a 3-month course with a strict curriculum. I am a slow learner, but little by little, I started picking up the skills under his patient supervision.

Not only did he teach me to bathe first, then use clippers, then scissors skillfully and safely. He is an expert in creating the prettiest and most perfect dog haircuts.

But more importantly, he taught me how to treat all dogs with patience and love. Not all dogs are easy customers. They can be scared, the young ones can be restless and crazy, the old ones tired and unable or unwilling to stand through the procedure. Seiji has a way to get them all through it with ease. He seems to speak their language.

After my formal training, when Seiji recognized my potential and my passion for the job, he took me on as a groomer in his team. But my training was not over at that point, it keeps continuing every day. I am thankful that he allowed me to learn a job that is so rewarding and fun.

Kanokwan " Liz"



Kanokwan  "Liz"  loves all dogs and I can see how she enjoying as a groomer. I noticed Liz is a very detailed person during her time as a student. She has a wonderful technique when it comes to using scissors.  I offered her a groomer’s position because I’m sure she has the groomer’s eye. Liz as a lot of potential become a good groomer. She just started her journey becoming a groomer and has much more to learn. I have all the confidence she will make it.


Seiji Morikawa

Owner/Master Groomer