Brushing your pup at home is fine, but some dogs need professional haircuts. Dog groomers are experts at getting tangles and mats out, trimming nails, and making your pooch look red-carpet worthy. Ready to send your dog to the salon? Here’s what to expect when it comes to grooming fees and how much to tip your dog groomer for their service
The frequency of grooming really depends on your dog. According to the American Kennel Club, pups with longer, thicker coats may need grooming once a month. But consider grooming lower-maintenance dogs at least once a quarter, says the ASPCA. Even if you’re not getting a full grooming session, you can still go in for a nail trim more frequently. “You can come in for a nail clipping between grooming visits,” Sholar says. “That way the nails don’t get outrageously long and make your dog uncomfortable.” When you hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor, it’s time for a trim.
Uses/benefits of Dog Grooming
Grooming is a vital part in the well-being and healthiness of a dog, which can improve its quality of life. How much grooming a dog needs depends on its breed, age, and health. Regular grooming helps to ensure the dog is healthy and comfortable. While many dogs shed, others such as the poodle, do not shed as profusely and require grooming every 4-8 weeks.
The main reasons for daily grooming include:
- decreased chance of various health problems, such as thrush, scratches, and other skin problems
- general cleanliness of the dog
- monitoring of the dog’s health by checking for cuts, hot spots, swelling, lameness, or changes in temperament, all of which could be indicative of illness
- forging of a closer bond between dog and owner
- reducing infestation load of external parasites on skin
- avoid matting that can potentially cause health concerns like skin irritation or the entrapment of harmful bacteria in the coat
Features of Dog Grooming
Grooming is also crucial because it is an opportunity to familiarize yourself with your dog’s body. For instance, combing your furry friend after playing in the yard doubles as a chance to inspect them for fleas and ticks. If you regularly clean your dog’s teeth, the more likely you will realize when something looks (or smells) out of the ordinary. When you are trimming their nails, you may notice a sensitive spot in their paws. With consistent grooming, you are better educated on any potential problems you may want to bring up to your veterinarian.
The biggest impact on cost is the dog’s size and the length and thickness of the coat, says Susan Sholar, president of American Professional Pet Groomers Association. It comes down to how long it’s going to take to groom your dog—the more fur, the more work. Other factors that bump up the price include:
Poodles, schnauzers, terriers, and other breeds have haircut patterns that give them a certain look. Asking for a special haircut rather than just an overall trim may raise the price.
It pays off to regularly brush your dog at home because it keeps mats from forming. It probably won’t cost extra if your dog has one or two mats, but if there are several tangles it’ll be an added charge, says Sholar.
The average cost of dog grooming changes depending on where you are in the nation. Some areas are more expensive than others.
Prices of Dog Grooming
$30.00 – $90.00