Most dog owners tend to take care of their dogs themselves, performing all the necessary cleaning, preening, and clipping themselves. However, for many people, this can be a time consuming and not always enjoyable experience, especially if their dog doesn’t particularly enjoy being groomed.
This is where a professional dog groomer can help. They are experienced in dealing with jumpy dogs, and can help to calm them down, perhaps even to the point where the dog learns to enjoy a grooming. They also have all the proper tools, so they can do the job in half the time and to a much higher standard than you could yourself.
Although paying a professional to groom your dog is more expensive than doing it yourself, it can also save you a lot of time, and the results can be much better. So, assuming you’re considering paying for your dog to be groomed, how much can you realistically expect it to cost?
Most groomers with charge between $35 and $70 for a complete grooming. Considering it might take you several hours to do the job yourself, you can see that this isn’t so expensive after all!
Some groomers will adjust their basic rate depending on the breed and size of the dog. This is fair enough, seeing as some breeds are more complicated to groom, and a larger dog generally takes longer to groom than a smaller one.
Occasionally, groomers will insist on seeing your dog before they give you a price. This is so that they can assess the dog’s condition before quoting for their work. As an example, a dog with a particularly dirty of matted coat will generally take longer to groom, so the charges will be higher.
Finally, the price you pay also depends on the level of quality you want. Most groomers offer an extra special service for clients who are preparing their dog for a show. This is excessive for most people, who just want the basic service, but for people who are hoping to win a prize with their dog, it is a necessity. You can generally expect to pay around $40 extra for this sort of service.
While many dog owners shy away from the idea of getting their dog professionally groomed, it can actually be a real blessing, saving you a lot of time and effort, and producing better results than you could yourself. When you take this into consideration, you will often find that what you thought was a lot of money is actually a bargain!