I attended this school and it wasn't worth the money. A student "graduated" one day and was a teacher the next!! There were NO certified groomers. The emphasis was on production NOT instruction. I never signed a contract nor received a handbook. My the end of my first week, I was doing full shave downs. You can't be an RN and run a grooming school when you don't know squat about grooming. Then her daughter was the receptionist and she would sit on her boyfriend's lap while customers were entering the building. How unprofessional is that. The shampoo was so diluted, we would have to use 2 - 32 ounce bottles of shampoo to try and get the dog clean. What a waste of money. Be sure to thoroughly investigate a school prior to beginning.
Posted: 10/23/2010 • Link to this review
I brought my first dog Rex to Pet Design, He is a rescue and has a troubled background. I felt safe with the staff from the moment I walked into the door. Rex is a long haired Lab mix and came out cute, clean and walked out the door with a wagging tail! The prices are great and my troubled dog that had been asked not to come back from some other grooming shops was happy and smelled great! I will be bringing Rex and my other pets to Pet Design. If Rex was happy so am I! Awesome staff, great prices and happy pets!
Posted: 2/08/2010 • Last edited: 3/01/2010 • Link to this review
I personally know the new owner of Pet Design. The service is great, and the dogs are always well taken care of. Some customers think that their pet is not taken care of, but the animals truly are. All pets are taken out to use the bathroom multiple times a day, and given breaks while being groomed. Upon request of owners the pets are fed. Otherwise they are given a few treats during the day. The groom is professional and any injuries to the animals are promptl taken care of, and reported to the owners at time of pick-up. This dog grooming facility is really the best in town, and great prices in this economy.
Posted: 12/03/2009 • Last edited: 3/01/2010 • Link to this review
This is no place to try and learn how to groom, and is definately no place to bring in your dog! The school is not a school at all, it is a forced labor camp for students who paid to learn which are treated worse than sweat shop employees! Little or no instruction is given, instructors are not always present and are mostly absent. Equipment is substandard and falling apart. Not safe at all for you or your dog. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
Posted: 5/22/2009 • Last edited: 3/01/2010 • Link to this review
Have you seen the recent CBS-46 News Investigation about Pet Design? Check out the story and help make sure all pet owners are aware of this -- The story can be found at www.CBS46.com >> 46 Investigates >> Recent Investigations >> Archive or cut and past the following direct link into your browser: http://www.cbs46.com/video/14513798/index.html This business is really a grooming school where your dogs and cats are used for practice! The Alpharetta locations is located near Mt. Pisgah Church and the Marietta location, which also does boarding is near the Indian Hills Country Club.
Posted: 11/17/2007 • Last edited: 3/01/2010 • Link to this review
Horrible place!! They talk a great talk to get yo in the door, but after you are there for a while you see the "school" for what it really is...dangerous, dirty, very unsafe for animals due to the limited instruction and LACK of supervision the "students" are given. They have also been investigated by the local news media!!!!
Posted: 11/14/2007 • Last edited: 3/01/2010 • Link to this review
Please read all of the reviews for Pet Design in Marietta listed on this site. Both locations are owned by the same people. The International Academy of Pet Design IS NOT A REAL SCHOOL!!! They currently have no real groomers as instructors. The website for the school is filled with lies! There is no library and no clipper vac system for example. When you go there, you become nothing but slave labor. Save your time and your money. Find a real school. The last two "real groomers" left in June and July of 2006. Even Jamie Kumm who is listed as a reference on their site has nothing good to say about them. Call some groom shops and ask about their reputation. Shame on the State of Gerogia for allowing this sham to exist!
Posted: 8/22/2007 • Last edited: 3/01/2010 • Link to this review