Why Is Dog Grooming So Expensive? (Solved & Explained!)

So why can dog grooming be so expensive? Your groomer has to work with an animal that doesn’t know them very well and is likely to aggressively resist their grooming attempts. Grooming also includes a lot of time-consuming steps, such as brushing, bathing, nail-trimming, cutting and styling. A good groomer can make the job look easy, but it is anything but. 

If you’d like to know more about grooming, then you are in the right place. We’ve collected grooming questions trending on the web this week and you can read on through the section below to find out what people are asking and what you need to know about grooming your dog. Let’s take a look!

What is a good price for dog grooming?

This will depend on the size of your dog and exactly what is included in the grooming package, but on average you can expect to spend about $30 up to $90 for a local grooming session for your dog.

Just be sure to check Yelp if using a local commercial service or to Google the groomer to check them out in advance if you haven’t used them before.

Why is it worth getting a dog groomed professionally?

There’s a reason that people hire professionals – they have training in a particular skill that they exercise every day, so they are good at their job. For grooming, it helps to think about how you groom yourself. Typically, you’ll visit a stylist or barber, who gives you a perfect cut and you get a professional job at a reasonable cost.

It’s the same for your dog. While you can watch what they do and do it yourself at home, it’s usually not going to be as good as what you get from someone who does this job every day.

How much does it cost to groom a dog yearly?

Grooming sessions are generally done once every 4 to 8 weeks. Factoring in average costs for grooming, this will come to around $480 per year.

Keep in mind, that unlike a barber visit for yourself, dog grooming often entails not only a haircut, but nail trimming, bathing, brushing, and it’s all done professionally with sterile and sanitized brushes and blades.

Should I tip a dog groomer?

Yes, tipping is customary in the United States for many industries, with grooming included. A base 15% is the average tip for decent service, while excellent service should move that up to 20 – 25%, depending on how outstanding the work is.

A good groomer can make all of the difference and they also know the latest doggy haircut styles, so if you’ve got a great groomer then make sure that they know that you appreciate them!

How often do you groom a dog?

Professional grooming should be done every 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the breed-specific needs of your dog. Professional grooming aside, home grooming such as brushing your dog’s hair should be done 2 to 3 times a week if you have a longhair variety dog and bathing should be done once every 2 to 4 weeks.

How do groomers keep dogs still?

This depends on the dog. Some dogs will stay still on their own, while others require what is called a ‘grooming noose’. This is a bar of metal which is L-shaped and comes with a neck-loop to keep your dog still.

If a dog is extra-fidgety, then further restraints may be required to keep their paws still and prevent them from jumping off of the grooming table and it’s a good idea to stick around for the grooming session. You’ll learn some grooming tricks and your presence will help to keep your dog calm.

How long does a dog grooming take?

That depends on the breed of your dog. With a short haired breed, grooming may often take as little as 20 minutes, but with longer-haired or ‘fancy’ haired dogs, expect it to take about an hour.

Extra options will, of course, add additional time, but your Groomer should be able to give you a pretty accurate estimate of the time it will take.

What dogs don’t need grooming?

Some breeds have very short hair and don’t really need much more than regular brushing at home. Examples of dogs that come with very minimal grooming requirements include Beagles, Italian Greyhounds, Boxers, Great Danes, and Dobermans.

Short-haired breeds like this should just get regular brushing once or twice a week and this will help to keep their already-minor shedding at it’s very minimal.

Should I groom my own dog?

You can, if you feel comfortable doing it, you’ll just need to invest in a few basics. Grooming scissors, electric shavers, brushes, and nail clippers are a good start.

Also, if you aren’t certain what to do, then you can watch a pro as they groom your dog and after you see this a time or two then you’ll have a good idea how it’s done. Just be very careful when trimming their nails, as cutting too much can hurt your dog. Check YouTube for tutorials for best results.

How do I know if my dog needs a haircut?

Usually, it will be quite obvious when your dog could use a little grooming. Dirty or matted fur is a telltale sign, or hairs growing down and obscuring your dog’s vision. You can also simply mark your calendar and schedule regular visits every 4 to 8 weeks.

That way you can ensure that your dog is always looking their best and all you’ll need to do is keep them brushed and bathed until it’s time to visit the groomer.

What dog needs the most grooming?

Some dogs need grooming more than others, due to longer or more difficult-to-work with fur. Example breeds include Bichon Frise dogs, Pulis, Afghan Hounds, Shih Tzu, and Poodles.

Dogs such as these need a little more maintenance when it comes to their coats, as well as extra brushing and bathing, but the end results definitely make all that extra grooming worth it.