If you are a serious about being a succssful groomer, this is your only choice of schools to go! I should know as I left another school to attend DOGS’ Own. I am amazed just how much I know about all aspects of dogs, and grooming. A super well-rounded course. My only regret is that I couldn’t sign up for the longer course. Jennie is honest with you about your good qualities and ones that you need to work on. Knowing what I needed to work on helped me to put things into perspective and turned things around to enable me to be a better groomer. I have learned a skill for life, that I can use immediately.

Tina, 2013 Graduate


Great School! Packed full with hands on experience and book knowledge. Positive atmosphere, excellent staff, and Jennie is very knowledgeable and detail oriented. I will leave with a good understanding of the business.

Susan, 2013 Graduate


I had a great experience here. I got the hands on experience that I wanted and also built my confidence to want to make a career as a groomer. I loved the enviornment and wish I could work in a salon like DOGS’ Own. I will miss it here and would definitely take another class here!

Rachelle, 2013 Graduate

Jennie has given me an outlook on a career I didn't think I was able to achieve. Me being, let's say middle aged and beginning a new profession, I lacked confidence when I became a student of Jennie's in 2007.

I have continued to improve myself with more education, and when doing a complicated groom, I hear her voice saying, "yes you can". I now own a successful grooming business in Northern Minnesota. I couldn't have done it without her.......Thank You, Jen

Mary S.

With very little confidence (my third grade teacher wouldn't let me use scissors), I entered grooming school. I don't think I would have left with the knowledge and the confidence I gained if it weren't for Jennie. Not only is she an amazing groomer and professional, but she cares about her students. Knowing that every groomer does things differently, she doesn't just clone you to be little versions of her. She helps shape you into becoming the best groomer you can be. There is no "one way" with Jennie. She taught many different techniques to obtain the same style. I am now a successful salon manager. Even though I graduated two years ago, I'm still able to call Jennie with any questions and never feel like a nuisance. She's simply the best teacher I've ever had.

Katelyn J


I started my grooming training at a corporate store. I liked it, but the corporate system was beating me to pulp. When the day came that I took it upon myself to complete my training independent of my corporate employer, I had no idea what I was getting into. It was obvious from the moment I set foot into Jennie's class, and met my teacher, Jennie Smith, that things were going to be quite different. Every moment I spent in that classroom, I was learning something new. Jennie never once discouraged any question I had, or showed any frustration when I was struggling with scissoring fluffy feet. She simply coached me through the process over and over again. I remember specifically, when I was having a particularly frustrating moment, her telling me something along the lines of: some groomers are good at grooming feet, and others are good at grooming heads. I, like you, am better at grooming heads than feet. It was in that moment that I realized that this was going to be my life. I was floundering under the corporate system. While I liked working in grooming, I was still thinking of it as something to get me by until I found a niche, my passion, that job that I would enjoy so much that it wouldn't matter if I got paid for it or not. Jennie ignited that passion in me. I went from dog lover to dog addict, and I have never been happier or more confident that I am on the right path. She gave me the skills to begin, the desire to continuously learn and grow, and the confidence to go out there and live my passion. The path that Jennie started me on has brought me so much that I would have missed. Specifically, I never would have met my husband if I were in any other field. I remember meeting him while I was in my last week of class. Jennie was just as excited for me meeting him as she was when I finally got my fluffy feet right. Jennie is the teacher who changed my life, and for that, I will forever be grateful.

Emily G

Dogs' Own has provided me with so much more than an education in grooming. Being someone with Dysgraphia and Dyslexia, learning has been a challenge, to say the least. Through Dogs' Own I have been able to observe so much throughout this program. I am not only leaving with a career, but a new found self-confidence and I could and I could not be more grateful for that. Jennie does a phenomenal job finding the best way to teach each person. She goes above and beyond to make sure you succeed. I cannot say enough good things about Dogs' Own!

Dog's Own Grooming School was beyond amazing. I loved that everyone who worked there was always willing to help. I've always struggled with school, but Jennie really took the time to understand what I needed help with and figured out the best way to teach me. I don't think I could have had a better teacher or have been in a more positive environment.


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


"Jennie is very knowledgeable and detail-oriented!"