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Dog grooming costs and how much to tip your groomer for his services

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Brushing your puppy at home is fine, but some dogs need a professional haircut. Dog groomers are experts at removing tangles and mats, trimming nails, and making your dog look like a red carpet. Ready to send your dog to the salon? Here’s what to expect when it comes to grooming fees and the tip to be given to your groomer for their services.

How Much Does Grooming a Dog Cost?

You can expect a basic grooming session to include: bathing, brushing, trimming the nails, cleaning the ears, and often expressing the anal glands (releasing accumulated fluid with external pressure). The cost typically ranges between $ 30 and $ 90, depending on several factors.

The biggest impact on cost is the dog’s size and the length and thickness of the coat, says Susan Sholar, president of the American Professional Pet Groomers Association. It depends on how long it will take to groom your dog: the more fur, the more work. Other factors that increase the price include:

Breed specific models

Poodles, schnauzers, terriers, and other breeds have haircut patterns that give them a certain look. Asking for a special haircut rather than a simple overall haircut can increase the price.

Tangled hair

It is worth brushing your dog regularly at home as this prevents mat formation. It probably won’t cost more if your dog has one or two mats, but if there are multiple tangles, it will cost extra, says Sholar.

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The average cost of dog grooming varies depending on where you are in the country. Some regions are more expensive than others.

How often should you have your dog groomed?

The frequency of grooming really depends on your dog. Puppies with longer, thicker coats may need grooming once a month, according to the American Kennel Club. But consider grooming dogs that require less maintenance at least quarterly, says the ASPCA.

Even if you don’t get a full grooming session, you can still cut your nails more frequently. “You can come and cut your nails between grooming visits,” says Sholar. “This way the nails don’t get excessively long and make your dog uncomfortable.” When you hear your dog’s fingernails clicking on the ground, it’s time to cut.

Should you tip a dog groomer?

When people ask Sholar if they should tip a groomer, his response is, “You tip your barber? Bite.” So yes, you absolutely must show groomers how much you appreciate them with a tip.

How to calculate how much to tip a dog groomer

When determining what to tip a dog groomer, think about what you would give your barber. Standard tips represent 15-20% of the total cost. But give more if your groomer has gone above and beyond in accommodating your puppy’s feed, special health needs, or doing you any favor. It’s important to know how much grooming services cost, as well as things like vet expenses and dog day care. It helps you figure out how much to budget so that you can provide the best possible care for your four-legged friend.


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