The students are in class for 3 months total, so appointment availability is as follows:

Month 1: Baths Only

Month 2: Tidy Trims & Haircuts

Month 3: Haircuts Only

Depending on where the students are at in their class, we may not be able to accommodate haircut dogs during bath month, or bath-only dogs during haircut month, etc. If your dog requires a service that the students are not able to perform at that time, we recommend booking your appointment with a Certified Groomer instead, or waiting until the students are at the appropriate stage in their course to accommodate your needs. Thank you!

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Discounted Student Dog Grooming
(Salon Only)

Receive up to 50% Off!

West Coast Grooming Academy is the California’s first State Approved vocational school for pet grooming. Do you want to save money on your pet’s groom while helping our students learn? If your dog is friendly and easy to handle, your dog may be eligible for our student grooming program! Receive up to 50% off your dog’s base grooming package when you request a student groomer (add-ons and service fees not included). Students are always supervised by a WCGA Certified Dog Grooming Instructor during their class.

Student grooming is offered In-Salon only, at any of our Approved Training Facilities  listed. Please click the links below for more information each salon that we operate our schools in:


WCGA is a school only and is not responsible for appointments at affiliated salons. Thank you for understanding!

Please be advised that each location has its own booking systems and academy class schedules, so academy appointment times and dates may vary by location, as well as methods for booking appointments. WCGA is not responsible for grooming appointment bookings, so all questions or concerns should be directed to the salon you wish to book at. Student grooming appointments are not available on any Mobile Grooming vans or for cat grooming services at this time.

When making your in-salon appointment, please be sure to request a Student Groomer to ensure that you receive the Student pricing, otherwise your appointment will be scheduled with a Certified Groomer at the regular price (excludes Playa Vista).

Student grooming appointments are available as follows, but may be subject to change:

Dog House– Studio City: 10:00am or 1:00pm  Monday-Tuesday  (not accepting free groom cards)

Fur Town– Arcadia: 10:00am or 1:00pm  Monday-Thursday

Fur Town– Melrose: Varies

Fur Town– La Verne: 10:00am or 1:00pm  Monday-Thursday (starting in June 13th, 2022)

Moon Doggy’s– Santa Monica: 10:00am or 1:00pm  Wednesday-Thursday   (not accepting free groom cards)

West Coast Grooming Academy– Playa Vista: 9:00am or 1:00pm  Tuesday-Sunday   (not accepting free groom cards)

If you need a different time other than the appointments times listed above, Certified Groomers are available at most locations to accommodate your scheduling needs. Please be advised that Student appointments may take up to 2-4 hours, so if you are in a hurry, we recommend booking your appointment that day with a Certified Groomer (if available) instead, or postponing your appointment to a later date. Express grooming is not available for student groomers.

Student Pricing

The 50% discount applies only towards Student Grooming services and not applicable for appointments with a professional or Certified Groomer. Discounted student services apply towards your pet’s base grooming package only, and are not valid on retail products, add-on services, de-shed services, specialty shampoos, matting fees, flea shampoo, flea treatments, or service fees, including handling fees. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Call our salon and schedule an appointment with a Student Groomer at the location of your choice. Your dog’s first appointment with us will be an assessment groom to see if they are eligible for the Student Grooming program. You will be quoted the salon’s regular price when booking for their first appointment, in the event your pet is ineligible for the students and your dog’s groom must be completed by a Certified Groomer or Instructor.
  2. Arrive 10 minutes early on the day of your dog’s appointment to fill out a New Pet Form.
  3. Bring your dog’s current vaccination records. A current Rabies vaccine is required for your dog to receive grooming services.
  4. An Instructor will do a pre-grooming assessment to examine your dog’s coat condition, asses their temperament, and to discuss your dog’s grooming needs with you . If your dog does well in its pre-assessment, we will proceed with grooming them. Please keep your phone nearby in the event the Instructor needs to reach you regarding your dog.
  5. Once your dog is done with its groom, the Instructor will make a final determination. If your dog passes their assessment and is accepted, they will be eligible to receive 50% off their base grooming packages from that day going forward.

If your pet does not pass their assessment, the Instructor may make recommendations for your dog, and you may apply for a re-assessment at a later date, depending on the Instructor’s recommendations. (Some dogs may require more training or de-sensitization to certain aspects of the groom, may need to have certain services altered or skipped, may need to seek veterinary care or have a Certified Groomer work with them or correct their coat before they are approved.)

Student Grooming Program Policies 

CANCELLATIONS/NO SHOWS/LATE ARRIVALS: Student grooming dogs must arrive on time for their appointment, since the students are unable to learn if their scheduled dogs are not there for their class. Dogs who frequently arrive late, cancel same-day, or no-show will be dismissed from the program and will not be able to re-book with the Academy. We understand that life happens, so if you experience a scheduling issue, please give us a call as soon as possible to avoid being dropped from the program. If your pet has been dismissed from the program, they may re-apply after 3 successful Certified Groomer appointments without incident.

BEHAVIOR: Dogs who are too aggressive, too wiggly/difficult, too overly stressed/fearful to be done safely by a student may need to have parts of their groom modified, or may require a Certified Groomer or Instructor to complete their groom safely. Dogs who require a Certified Groomer or Instructor to take over their groom are not eligible to receive student pricing that day. However, if your dog’s behavior improves, your dog may return for a re-assessment.

MATTING/FLEAS: Pets who arrive to their appointments too severely matted or flea infested may require a Certified Groomer to correct their skin & coat safely. In the event your pet requires a Certified Groomer, your pet will be charged the salon’s standard rate for that day’s visit. If your pet has been previously been approved for Student Grooming, you may continue to book future grooms with the students without needing to reapply as long as your pet returns every 4-6 weeks to prevent your pet from becoming severely matted again.

HEALTH: Please note that we are unable to accept pets who are not current on their Rabies vaccination, or who appear ill or injured at the time of their appointment.

ELIGIBILITY: Please be advised that pets who have been approved for student grooming may become ineligible at any time if their health, behavior or condition changes over time and the Academy’s Instructor determines they are no longer eligible.

If your pet is not approved for Student Grooming, you may always reapply again a later date, depending on the Instructor’s recommendations provided at pick-up. Some pets may require more training or de-sensitization to certain aspects of the groom, or may need to seek veterinary care before they are approved. If you have any questions regarding your pet’s eligibility status, please do not hesitate to speak with the Academy Instructor at pick-up or call us.

Interested in learning to groom? Visit our school website for more information at!

*Please note that student grooming is only available for dogs at this time.

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