Dog Grooming Prices

Dog Grooming Prices – How Much Should You Pay?

Even dogs deserve to be pampered. Some dog owners know how to clip their dog’s nails and do all the other grooming activities their pup needs; however, others are simply too busy or don’t have the skills (or tools) to groom their dog. 

If you’ve decided to take your dog to the dog grooming salon, how much can you expect to pay? 

On average, you can expect to pay between $30 and $100 for dog grooming services. The final price will depend on a few other factors like what grooming services you want (the basics versus spoiling your pooch), your location, the size and breed of your dog, and even how matted your dog’s hair is.   

Let’s get into the details of dog grooming services, what’s included, and more! 

How Much Should Dog Grooming Cost? 

The cost of dog grooming services depends on various factors. These are: 

  • What grooming package you choose for your dog’s grooming session – the basics, extra, or luxury salon treatments 
  • Where you are based as services are more expensive in certain locations, like big cities compared to smaller towns 
  • Your dog’s breed as some have specific haircut patterns that is more expensive than just a basic trim 
  • Your dog’s size 
  • How matted your dog’s hair is as several tangles cost extra
  • How well-behaved your pooch is, if it has anxiety, aggression issues, or needs special care 
  • Whether you are dropping your dog off at the salon or they need to be picked up and dropped off
  • Whether you are using a mobile groomer 
  • How often you take your pup for grooming    

Average Price By Services

For the average dog grooming services, here’s what you can expect to pay: 

Dog Grooming ServiceAverage Price / Dog
Full Service$30 – $100
Bath$30 – $80
First Puppy Bath$15
Second Puppy Bath$23
De-Shedding$20 – $40
Nail Trim$10
Nail Trim & Buffing$15
Brushing of Teeth$10
Breath Refreshing$10
Cleaning of Ears$5 – $10
Anal Gland Expression$10
Face, Fanny & Feet Trim$15
Flea and Tick Treatment$15
Blue Berry Facial$5
Paw Balm$5
Nail Polish$7
SPA Treatments$6 – $28
Remoisturizing or Oil Treatments$12 – $20
Colored Hair Extension$10
Express Service$10

Average Price By Dog Size

For the average dog grooming service according to the size (weight) of your dog, you’ll pay in these ranges: 

Dog WeightAverage Price / Dog Weight
0 – 14 pounds$25
15 – 25 pounds$30
26 – 35 pounds$35
36 – 50 pounds$40
51 – 60 pounds$45
61 – 70 pounds$50
71 – 80 pounds$55
81 – 90 pounds$65
90+ pounds$70

Average Price by Dog Breed

For the average grooming price according to a dog breed, you’ll pay: 

Dog BreedAverage Price
Chihuahua, Maltese, Mini Dachshund, Pomeranian, Pug, Shih Tzu, and Yorkshire$40
Corgi, Dachshund, Schnauzer, Toy Poodle, and Wire Hair Terrier$50
Mini Doodle, Mini Aussie, Miniature Poodle, Scottish Terrier, and Westie$55
American Eskimo, Border Collie, Cocker Spaniel, and Wheaten Terrier$60
Australian Shepherd, Flat Coat Retriever, Golden Retriever, Lab Retriever, and Springer Spaniel$70
Chow, Doodle, German Shepherd, Husky, Malamute, Old English Sheepdog, and Poodle$80
Great Pyrenees, Newfoundland, Portuguese Water Dog, and Saint Bernard$100 and more

Mobile Dog Grooming Prices

If you have an anxious dog or can’t travel with your pooch because they get motion sickness, then a mobile dog groomer is the service for you. 

If you have more than just one dog, then you can save money too.    

There is no set grooming price if you opt for a mobile groomer. 

Some mobile groomers, with a 20-minute drive included in the price, can charge you between $35 and $75 or more for a full grooming session, but the grooming cost will depend on your dog’s breed, size, and other factors. 

Self-Service Dog Grooming Prices

If you choose a self-service dog grooming service, you use professional grooming tools at a salon, but you get to do all the fun (and hard) work. Usually, there are workers who can lend a hand if you need help calming your dog or cleaning the tools. 

As such, self-service pet grooming costs about 25% less than traditional grooming services. Expect to pay between $10 and $25 to wash your dog.    

You don’t generally have to book an appointment for these self-service dog grooming salons; however, it is always advisable to check.  

What Is Included in the Full Dog Grooming?

In a full dog grooming session, expect these services: 

  • Bath (usually with an anti-tick and flea shampoo)  
  • Brushing and trim 
  • Nail cutting or trimming 
  • Ear cleaning 
  • Anal gland expression 

A basic grooming session typically includes all of this, except the anal gland expression, which is a service where the pet groomer squeezes the anal glands of your dog to get rid of the smelly fluid.

Extra services could include de-matting, de-shedding, flea and tick treatment, a blueberry facial, nail polish, and more. 

How to Choose a Dog Groomer

The dog grooming industry is unregulated, which means a groomer doesn’t need a certification to provide pet grooming services. 

However, there are organizations, like the International Society of Canine Cosmetologists (ISCC), the International Pet Groomers Inc (IPGI), and the National Dog Groomers of Association of America (NDGAA) that offer training and certification. 

So, it’s recommended to choose a professional dog groomer who has training and certification. 

Plus, you’d want to consider the salon or mobile dog groomer conditions too.  

Are the premises clean? What about the tools the groomers use? 

How do they interact with you and your pooch? 

If a dog groomer is good, then they’ll happily show you around, put you at ease by answering all your questions, and make your pup feel welcome too.  

How Often Should You Get Your Dog Groomed?

How often you groom your dog or take it to a dog groomer depends on your dog. If your pooch has a thicker coat, then it needs to be groomed at least monthly. 

Take your dog to the groomer once a month if their coat gets matted quickly or easily. If your pup is low-maintenance, then you can opt for a quarterly grooming session.

There are dog breeds that require more frequent grooming than others. Here’s a list of some of these breeds you should have regularly groomed: 

  • Afghan hound 
  • Airedale terrier 
  • Bichon Frise 
  • Chinese crested 
  • Havanese
  • Komondor
  • Lhasa Apso 
  • Maltese 
  • Pekingese 
  • Poodle
  • Portuguese water dog 
  • Puli
  • Shetland sheepdog
  • Shih Tzu 
  • Yorkshire terrier  

It’s recommended to at least take your dog for a regular nail trim, and you can book this service in between the full grooming service. When should your dog’s nails be trimmed? When you hear the nails clicking on your floor.    

If you aren’t sure how often your dog should be groomed, your vet or groomer can make a recommendation.  

The Last Groomer

Grooming your dog regularly is an important aspect of being a good pet owner. You can either do this yourself at home if you have the skills and tools or you can go to a self-service dog grooming salon and use the facilities there. 

The other options are to get a mobile dog groomer who comes to your home and grooms your pooch there, or you can opt for “traditional” dog grooming services. 

The least expensive option is to do it yourself or use the self-service salon. 

Mobile and traditional grooming costs between $30 and $100 depending on whether you have a small or large dog, your dog’s temperament, and various other considerations. 

Happy grooming! 

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