Welcome to the HipDog School of Grooming Arts!
Improving the industry by setting the standard!
We offer a unique cutting edge curriculum and philosophy for those interested in a career as a professional
canine artist/stylist. We feel grooming is a form of art! ( the medium we work in is dog hair). Anyone can
give a dog a hair cut but it takes an
artistic eye, a creative spirit and full understanding of why you learn to groom the correct way the first
time to produce
the superior level of expertise our students enter the profession with.
We limit classes to no more than 2 students at a time as we truly do not subscribe to the cattle call type
schools who see students as money and cram 8 - 12 students in at a time.
There is no way one instructor can
provide enough time individually with that many students. Speaking from experience, I was forced to do this elsewhere
and saw first hand how impossible it is to be that many places at once, and give the amount of time each student needs
at any given time without dogs getting injured. Doesn't work for me at all.
HipDog combines pet and show grooming instruction and techniques to our students along with superb safety techniques that produce
groomers who look like they have been grooming for years!
We also offer our Reality Pet Grooming DVD Series for those who cannot take
three months out of their life to go to a residence school.
Debbie Stover is the school founder as well as primary instructor. She has 17 DVD's on the market
that can be purchased individually or as two different sets. My Home Study Series© has been sold
nationwide since 1992 and used as part of the curriculum in other grooming schools over the years.
The Reality Series© was shot in January 2009 and is available for purchase on this site.
How many other local schools
can offer an instructor with 30 years experience
who has taught people all over the country to groom for 18 years via videos sold nationwide,and hands on at dogs shows as
well as private grooming sessions?
She also does Consulting. She can design your shop and save you hundreds of dollars by showing you what
you really need and what you don't in the beginning when saving money is crucial to a
successfully run shop. (A common mistake among new facility owners.) Facility Owner/Employer
Consulting is in great demand these days as many owners need to stop putting unrealistic expectations on new groomers.
Negotiations are something I get asked a LOT about between facility owners and groomers.
No other school in the DFW area has these offerings or credentials. Her new easy to understand
grooming digital ebooks will be available for download next year. Ever forget how to do a breed?
Just grab my apps by the tail and you'll have instant step by step instructions
on the fly to save your grooming day and still look like the professional you are!
As you can see, we offer more experience, more hands on
time with dogs and more diverse knowledge
which we believe is the difference between learning grooming
as the fine art that it is, as opposed to just another vocation.
With my 30 plus years experience as a professional groomer of both pet
and show dogs I am able to offer more hands on knowledge and experience than other schools
who rely on less experienced people to instruct. The expertise and professionalism
you receive at HipDog is rivaled by none. I offer more hands on salon time and will not waste your time
rattling on about irrelevant stuff that is "filler" time like some other schools. I won't waste your
time or money. This is an intense 11 weeks with a lot of information coming at you in
many mediums. It is up to you, the student, to make the best use of your time and
take this seriously. It goes fast and I expect a lot from you.