What’s Included in the price of The Dog Grooming Service ?
As a dog groomer, often the first question I get asked when answering the phone is “How much does dog grooming cost ?”
This is somewhat fustrating. Whilst we have set prices for customers who have their dogs groomed on a regular basis, it will differ for those leaving longer between dog grooming appointments.
This is not the only question to ask when trying to find the right dog groomers. How can you compare when you don’t know whats included in the price. Some groomers consider nail clipping etc as an extra service. Make sure you know what you are getting.
What do we consider a full Groom ?
When we quote the cost of our dog grooming service, it includes the following:
Initially to check there are no health problems with your dog before grooming. Also to ascertain any specific requirements for style of cut. Behaviour issues, any sensitive areas. This also allows your dog to settle in before grooming.
The exact content depends on breed. Smooth coated dogs will be de-shedded where required. Any pad areas requiring trimming. Ear leathers cleaned. Nails clipped. Shampoo and rinse to loosen dirt. Second shampoo and conditioner removing any debris and maintain coat. Blow dry and fragrance as required.
With longer coats, additionally we brush out loose and dead hair when grooming dogs with double coats that don’t require clipping. Examples of these would be Golden Retrievers and Collies. Where coats are styled, clipping is included as well as scissoring where required.
Our Shampoo and conditioners are all naturally based.
Other Dog Grooming Cost Considerations.
In the salon we only have one persons dog in the grooming area at a time.
For us, it is a more personal dog grooming service. We find often dogs are more relaxed. As long as it doesn’t stress the dogs, humans are allowed to watch them been groomed. There is no extra cost for this
There is extra cost if your dogs coat is heavily matted or your dog behaves badly whilst grooming. This is due to the extra time it will take to groom safely.
What am I paying for ?
In using a dog grooming service, or any small business, not all your payment goes to the dog groomer. When you are told the cost of dog grooming, remember you are paying for:
- Premises Rent
- Groomers training
- Groomers ongoing training
- Water Supply
- Correct waste disposal
- Business insurance
- Buildings Insurance
- Liability Insurance
- Music Licence (you need it for a radio)
- Groomers Wages
There are things missing off this list, but we feel it much better to expand on your question “How much does it cost to have my dog groomed “, than apologise for anything less.