Grooming – What Determines the Cost of Grooming A Dog

While most grooming salons have a base price for grooming specific breeds, it is typically only an estimate, and the cost to groom your dog may be higher or may even be lower. The cost to groom a dog is based on the amount of time it takes to complete the grooming process. Many factors determine the amount of time required to groom a specific dog. Those factors include:

  • Your dogs comfort with the grooming process. Green Acres Kennel Shop is committed to Fear-Free, Pain-Free, and Force-Free pet care. We will not intentionally cause discomfort or anxiety when grooming your dog which may mean we will need to proceed at a slower pace or may need to take regular breaks to keep your dog comfortable. In rare cases, we may need to break the grooming process up into several sessions or even refer you to our dog behavior consultant so you can also work on this at home.
  • Your dog’s behavior. The grooming process can make some dogs uncomfortable while, some may see it as just one big play session. These behaviors can increase the amount of time it takes to groom your dog. By starting mini-grooming sessions with a professional groomer while your puppy is in their critical socialization period, 8 to 16 weeks of age, you can minimize behavioral issues. During this time your puppy is very open to new things. After this period closes, new experiences are typically viewed as being dangerous, until proven otherwise.
  • Your dog’s age. Grooming requires your dog to stand for much of the process. That can be difficult for older dogs with orthopedic issues so that breaks may be necessary.
  • The condition of your dog’s coat at the time they are groomed. Any mats will need to be removed before your dog can be bathed. Eliminating mats can take time even for a dog that stands perfectly still and this process can take even longer with a wiggly dog. Trimming takes place before your dog is bathed and if your dog’s coat is dirty, it will require more breaks to change blades on the trimmers. A dirty coat dulls the blades. If fleas are found in your dog’s coat, additional bathing with a flea shampoo will be required, which will take extra
  • The length and type of your dog’s coat. Short-coated dogs take much less time to bath, brush out and dry. The longer the coat, the more time these processes take.
  • The type of cut you want. When cutting or trimming a dog’s coat, the type of cut can range from a simple, short all over to an elaborate show coat. The more elaborate the cut, the longer it will take. Also, remember, while your dog may be the same breed as the picture you show us, your dog’s coat may not be suitable for the type of cut you want.
  • Your dog’s size. Big dogs take longer to groom.

The best ways to reduce the cost of grooming your dog are:

  • Brush your dog with the correct tools, at least once per week, at home. Our groomer can offer guidance in selecting tools and provide instruction on how to brush your dog so that it is a pleasurable experience for both of you.
  • Do NOT bathe your dog before all mats are removed. Once a mat becomes wet it becomes much more difficult to remove.
  • Ask your veterinarian to recommend a flea preventative. Flea and tick preventatives sold by your veterinarian are much safer and more effective than any products that you can purchase over-the-counter or online. Also, since your veterinarian knows your dog’s health, as well as that of the other pets in your home, they can prescribe something that is safe for everyone in your home.
  • Have your dog professionally groomed on a regular basis? If you are providing all of the home grooming described above, the average time between professional grooms is about 4 to 6 weeks. Note that if you are not doing the home maintenance described above, you may need to see a professional groomer more often. Also, nails typically need to be clipped more frequently. If you can hear them going “click” and “clack” on the floor, the nails are too long.

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