Meet your Instructors

Jennifer Smith

Owner and Instructor Jennifer Smith is a nationally Certified Master Groomer, having attained this prestigious status in 1996. Jennie is a much sought after national speaker at grooming conventions, speaking on various topics related to dog grooming. She has contributed to a number of published dog grooming reference books, and is considered a valuable resource by other grooming professionals.

She has been a grooming instructor for seventeen years. Her hands-on, individualized approach to teaching will allow you to get the most from your education. If you want a rewarding career that allows you express your creativity, let Dogs' Own Grooming School help you get there.

Kelly Thompson - Groomer

Kelly Thompson

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Kelly moved to Colorado in 2002 and started her career with animals with Longmont Dairy Farm raising their calves. In 2005, Kelly made career change and began working as a grooming assistant /bather which she continued until 2010. After being an assistant for 5 years Kelly made the decision to pursue grooming school to become a groomer. She attended Classy Pet Grooming School in Loveland,Colorado under the instruction of Jennifer Smith . Kelly quickly realized this was exactly the career that she had been looking for! Her love for animals shows through her work and she continues to be excited to learn more and continue to grow and help maintain the high standards at Dogs' Own.

Andrew - Groomer

Andrew moved here from New Jersey in 2008 where he began a job as a dog groomer. He didn't realize at the time that this was the start of a long career in grooming. It shouldn't have been surprising however, that his childhood love of animals would carry on into his professional life. Much of his training was done with rescue dogs, and he still has a fondness for grooming pets ready to start their new lives.

Andrew is married to his partner of 10 years, and has a hairless dog named Tesla. He spends much of his time taking care of his collection of reptiles and tarantulas.


"A skill for life, that I can use immediately!"


"Jennie is very knowledgeable and detail-oriented!"