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Dog Grooming Prices in 2021: How Much Does It Cost?

For most dog breeds, grooming is a typical part of routine maintenance. They start getting a bit overgrown, matted, or unkempt and it’s time to make an appointment. Since it’s such a common aspect of the dog-owning experience, you’re probably looking for the best rates.

So, what are dog grooming prices like in 2020?  Dog services differ quite a bit, so you can find affordable mom-and-pop shops or fancy palaces with all the tricks to take care of all your canines’ needs.

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How Much Does Dog Grooming Cost in the US?

When it comes to the total cost, several factors play a role. But most importantly, the size of your dog is going to matter. A small dog like a Shih Tzu will be less expensive than a Standard Poodle, for example. The coat texture is also important.

Grooming the Shih Tzu dog
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Plus, are you prepping your dog for show or just giving them routine care? The amount of work your dog requires means a lot, too. Remember, the groomer is spending time to get your pooch dazzled up and looking their best.

In general, the total range looks something like this:
  • Toy Breed—$30
  • Small Breed—$40
  • Medium Breed—$50
  • Large Breed—$60
  • Extra Large Breed—$70+
Other factors that influence the price:
  • Your Dog’s Behavior — if you have a particularly aggressive or anxious pooch, it can make it very hard for your groomer to do their job. Your groomer is putting his or her safety in jeopardy every time they work with a bite-risk. Plus, a squirmy dog can be hard to control.
  • Pickup/Drop-Off Services — if you arrange for your dog to be picked up or dropped off, this can accrue a little extra in the cost department, too. It will likely be included in the total and explained beforehand. Of course, if this is a service you need, the cost will be worth the convenience.
  • Where You Live — The cost of living can significantly influence how much you should expect to pay. Living in a costly city like New York will make grooming costs rise. If you live in a small town or suburb, you may pay on the lower end of the spectrum.
  • Customer Loyalty Discounts — If you frequent a shop and continue to give the company business, many of them offer awards. You can get discounts or rack up rewards points.
  • Extra Grooming Services — If your dog needs a little extra pampering, there will be a long list of add-ons or options you can pick. Also, many companies offer different packages that include various forms of grooming services tailored to meet your pup’s needs.

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How Much is Grooming at PetSmart?

PetSmart is a trusted company for so many pet families. In addition to nutrition and pet adoption, PetSmart also helps with grooming needs affordable to most.

PetSmart costs for full grooming can vary from $30 to $80+.

What Services Does PetSmart Offer?
  • Bath & Full Haircut
  • Bath & Haircut with FURminator
  • Bath & Brush with FURminator
  • Bath & Trim
  • Puppy Bath & Trim
  • Puppy Bath & Brush
Beautiful funny shih-tzu dog at the groomer's table
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How Much is Grooming at Petco?

Petco is another huge supplier of pet products. They offer licensed and trained grooming professionals to lend a hand prettying up your pooch.

Petco costs for grooming can vary from $40 to $80+.

What Services Does Petco Offer?
  • Bath & Haircut
  • Customized Packages—pick all the specialized services you need
  • A la Carte—get only a select service or two from the menu

How Much is Grooming at Pet Salons?

When it comes to privately-owned pet salons, the cost can be very affordable or high-priced given that there is such a wide variety under this category. On average, it is $30 to $90 for regular grooming.

Services at privately owned pet salons can change, sometimes drastically. So, you may be able to get all kinds of unique options for your pooch.

Grooming the yorkshire terrier
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Other Options for Grooming

That’s not all! You have a few other options that may work better for your situation.

Mobile Groomers

This grooming choice is exactly what it sounds like—the groomer comes to you. Typically, they will have a large van or commercial vehicle with all of the necessary instruments and space to pamper your pet.

Mobile grooming costs can vary tremendously. Higher-end companies could charge much more while a self-employed mobile groomer may cost less. Also, these groomers are meeting you personally, unlike many walk-in facilities.

Typically, this service ranges from $30 to over $100 or more.

Self-Grooming Stations

Self-grooming stations are a perfect solution to saving a few bucks and not getting your house messy. You can bring your dog to one of these places, paying a fraction of the cost—roughly 25% less than traditional facilities.Divider 4


Typical Services Included in a Grooming Session

In a grooming session, you will get several services in one.

These typically include:
  • Bath
  • Brushing
  • Cut or Trim
  • Nail Trimming
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Anal Gland Expression
Extra services offered — average cost:
  • De-matting—$1.25 per minute
  • Accessories—$10.00
  • Nail Polish—$5.00
  • Brushing Teeth—$10.00
  • Breath Refresher—$12.00
  • Blueberry Facial—$5.00
Dog taking a bubble bath in grooming salon
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How to Choose Your Dog Groomer

Selecting a dog groomer is about more than finding a price you like. You’re going to want to leave your pup in the hands of a seasoned professional who can prepare your dog to look their best. Your dog should feel comfortable in their care, and your groomer should feel the same.

Groomers should have a certification to prove their skillset.

The most common certifications are:
  • National Dog Groomers Association of America
  • International Professional Groomers
  • International Society of Canine Cosmetologists

Some places offer their groomers on-the-job training.

Your groomer is an individual who will build a relationship with your dog. The more you acclimate the dog to the groomer, the better rapport they will have together. Your dog may even look forward to their monthly pampering.

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What is dog grooming?

Dog grooming is essentially a salon day for your furry friend. Whether they need a trim, cut, clipping, teeth scrub, or deep cleaning—grooming plans meet the needs of the individual pooch.

All dogs can benefit from regular grooming. But grooming is especially common for show purposes or for dogs that require regular coat cuts.

Hairdresser mows Yorkshire Terrier fur
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Are you supposed to tip a groomer?

Yes, you would tip your groomer the same way you would tip your hairstylist or manicurist. The tip depends on how much you can afford, your dog’s behavior, and how well the groomer did at their job.

Generally, it would be best if you tipped the groomer 15 to 25 percent of the total cost. Of course, that can go up depending on a few factors. You should tip even more when the groomer has gone above or beyond for your pet.

Some situations to top more include:
  • If they gave you more services than you paid for
  • If your dog was incredibly dirty or very matted
  • If your dog gave the groomer a run for her money
  • If your dog required extra accommodations
  • If your groomer was particularly exceptional at his or her job

What is included in full-body grooming?

While services can vary slightly from company to company, full-body grooming is pretty standard.

It generally includes:
  • Shampoo + Conditioning
  • Blow Dry
  • Nail Clipping
  • Haircut or Trim
  • Sanitary Trim
  • Pad Care
  • Scent or Spritz
  • Anal Gland Expression
Bubble Bath a lovely dog chow chow
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Do dogs enjoy grooming?

Some dogs absolutely adore grooming. After all, they get rubbed down and cleaned up—they thrive on the attention and good feelings associated with it.

However, some dogs can be nervous, which can cause aggression or frantic behavior. It’s not easy for every dog to be in a strange place away from their humans—kind of like a vet visit. It will depend on each dog and always plan grooming appointments prepared.

How Often Should You Groom Your Dog?

Grooming frequency is breed-specific most of the time. It depends on fur texture, length, and management. Typically, you should groom your dog every 4 to 8 weeks—which averages about $480 per year.

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Final Thoughts

With a little look at what places offer grooming services around your area, you can gauge the average in your neighborhood. You can know what to expect going forward to save or splurge at your leisure. If your dog needs a little extra pampering, you can tack on a few additional services.

Whether you put it in the hands of a professional or use a self-service, your dog will be looking dapper as the day is long when all is said and done.

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