How Much Does Dog Grooming Cost?

The earliest recorded incidence of pet grooming dates back around the Elizabethan era (the 1560’s). Although no exact methods were specified, historians are certain that the dogs and cats of this time were well bathed, cleaned, and groomed.

This goes to show that our ancestors had grown fond of animals as far back as this point in time.

Having your dog groomed is also a way of preventing health issues that may arise. However, this type of service doesn’t come cheap.

Today, we will take a look at the ways to save you some money while giving your dog the pampering he or she deserves. 

Dog getting groomed vector

Analyzing the Costs of Dog Grooming

If you are too busy to accommodate the needs of your pet or not keen on doing the chore yourself, then it may be wise to seek the help of professionals. 

However, you may have to shell out an average of  $16-$152 per grooming session. The prices can go even higher depending on the quality of service and years of experience of the groomer. 

The good thing is, there are a lot of options in the market from which you can choose.

In this article we will be talking about dog grooming prices for the most common services, as well as the costs for the more specialized ones. 

First, we will discuss the different types of dog grooming services like brushing and bathing, trimming, nail filing, ear cleaning and anal gland expression. In addition, we’ll review the packages offered by some of the online pet groomers.

Types of Dog Grooming Services

  • Bathing

This is probably the most sought after pet service. Dogs need to be bathed regularly to ensure that they don’t harbor parasites, as well as for their overall health. Grooming helps keeps a dog’s coat nice and shiny. Bark and Sparkle offers a self-service bath that includes the use of the tubs, shampoos/conditioners, combs/brushes, face/ear wipes, towels, force dryer and a scented spritz for about $8-$22, depending on the size of the canine.

grooming dog by bathing

  • Haircut

Most haircuts include bathing services in the price. Groomers do this to remove dirt and possible tangled fur on the canine before the haircut. For this combined service, Alpha Grooming Pet Salon charges around $85. The price range also depends on the hair type and the size of the dog. Some dogs, such as full-coat Shih Tzu’s have long hair that takes more time, and thus costs more to maintain.

women giving haircut to a white poodle

  • Nail Trimming and Filing

Trimming your dog’s nails needs to be done on a regular basis. If left unattended, they may make your dog uncomfortable, and even lead to injuries and subsequent infection. Long nails left unattended can also cause unintentional wounds to you or your loved ones. Additionally, it is best practice to have your dog’s freshly trimmed nails filed such that they are smooth to the touch. Unfiled nails can cause minor scratches to wood floors, and snags to clothing and carpet. The usual charge for this service is around $10-$25.

nail trimming of a cocker spaniel dog

  • Ear Cleaning and Plucking

Dirt and bacteria easily accumulate inside a dog’s ear, particular for breeds with floppy ears. If a dog’s ears are not cleaned and left dirty for a prolonged period the germs can cause infection to your canine. Treatment for an ear infection can be costly. Therefore, ears should be cleaned thoroughly with inner hair plucked out on a regular basis. Ear cleaning and plucking cost about $15.

professional hairdresser cleaning ear of a yorkshire terrier

  • Anal Gland Expression

Anal glands are the two small pouches on each side of a dog’s anus. These secrete smelly fluids used by canines to mark their territories. Your dog requires these to be cleaned, at least monthly, by squeezing out the fluid and thereby avoiding impacted and infected glands. However, doing so can prove to be gross for some people. 

Additionally, if done improperly the impacted anal glands will not express, and thus worsen over time and likely require a costly vet visit. Many pet owners prefer a trained professional to express their dog’s anal glands. This service averages $10 per visit.

Dog Grooming Packages Inclusions

If you’d like to have a combined package for some or all of these services instead of opting for the a la carte approach, Petsmart grooming package costs are clearly marked for an informed buying decision. The most basic grooming package can be purchased for $16, while the most complete and thus expensive one is $137.

For the basic grooming service, Petsmart charges $50 to $152 depending on the size of the dog and the addition of some upgrade options. The basic service includes an oxygen-infused bath with shampoo and blow dry, 15-minutes of brushing, dematting and haircut, nail trim, ear cleaning, paw pad shaving and anal expression.

Factors Affecting Groomers’ Price

Groomers charge a higher fee for servicing large dog. This is due to the quantity of products used, as well as for the amount of time it takes to service a large breed dog. 

Another factor is the style of haircut. Some dog owners prefer their dogs to styled in very specific and time consuming cuts. A Poodle maintained in a standard Poodle cut will likely cost more than a dog in a traditional shaved cut. For an idea about pricing based on the breed of the canine, Grooming Angel Pet Salon has a detailed list about it. For example, a full groom on a Chihuahua costs around $45 while it’s $85 for an Akita.

The price also increases for dogs with long coats. These breeds require more products such as shampoos, conditioners and colognes. The groomers also require more specific training, and spend a great deal more time to complete a grooming session for these types of coats.

Location is also a factor to consider when comparing grooming costs. You are more likely to spend more money on grooming if you live far from pet centers. You may opt for a home service, but know that these likely charge an additional fee for transport costs.

There are also services that tend to be more expensive than the others mentioned above. You will likely spend more should you select to have your dog pampered and treated like a VIP (Very Important Pet). These types of specialized service include individualized service, versus many dogs serviced back-to-back. 

Additionally, they can include pickup and drop off when complete, as well as walking services and catered meals. Shampooch Dog Salon specializes in these services, offering a special haircut at a starting price of $70.

yorkier in a towel after grooming bath

Some Tips and Tricks

Knowing the average price for dog grooming services gives you leverage to shop around. It enables you to choose what best fits your budget for the services you want to provide for your dog. Heck, with enough information you can even attempt to seek out a bargain.

To help save money, you can attend to the basics like bathing your dog once in a while when you have the time. This way, you don’t have to spend money every time your pet needs tending to. It will save you some money that you can use to buy extra treats for your canine.

In the end, it’s about knowing what your dog needs and the budget you can afford to provide. Whether you’re running low on funds or someone who has enough, the important thing is that you’re able to tend to your beloved pet, because that’s what being a fur parent is all about in the first place.

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