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Professional dog grooming price comparison: 10 Top North American groomers

Professional dog grooming salon price comparison

How much does dog grooming cost is a great question! Unfortunately, it varies hugely on location but, never dissuaded from a hard task, we have done a price comparison of ten top professional dog groomers all over North America to give you an idea. You may want to start with this article on general information about types of professional dog groomers and the services they offer before diving into the pricing structure and price comparison analysis below. Keeping reading past the price chart to get more information on puppy grooming and for thoughts on why dog grooming is so expensive.

 

Professional Dog Grooming Cost & Pricing Approach

There are three main approaches to determining cost that a professional dog groomers may use:

  1. Flat grooming fee + extra charge for large/long haired breeds + add-ons
  2. Small/Medium/Large pricing structure + add-ons
  3. Breed specific grooming fee + add-ons

 

Comparison Dog Grooming Price List for North America (10 cities in US & Canada)


In June 2016, a sample of 40 top dog groomers was picked from cities all over North America as per Google Search. 10 of the best representatives from this sample that had pricing available on their website were chosen for the comparison. The sample includes both bricks-and-mortar dog grooming salons and as well as mobile salons (mobile salons are noted in the groomer title row).

For comparison purposes, we used to the lowest starting price of the dog grooming service, which typically is either: the base flat rate, the small dog rate, or a small breed rate. If you have a large or very hairy dog, you can follow through the links on the groomer titles below to see the prices offered for large dogs, or as a rough guide you can easily add 100% of the price below.

 

Groomer Location Service Cost Currency
Running Paws New York City, USA Basic Bath $55 USD
Basic Bath & Cut $75 USD
Hot Shot Mobile Dog Grooming Houston TX, USA Basic Bath $65 USD
Basic Bath & Cut $75 USD
Posh Paws Seattle WA, USA Basic Bath $35 USD
Basic Bath & Cut $50 USD
Dog Chicago Chicago IL, USA Basic Bath $35 USD
Basic Bath & Cut $50 USD
Ken’s Dog Grooming Salon San Jose Cali, USA Basic Bath $25 USD
Basic Bath & Cut $65 USD
Diamond in the Ruff Mobile Grooming Vancouver, Canada Basic Bath $55 CAD
Basic Bath & Cut $65 CAD
Leelee’s Grooming Lounge Ontario, Canada Basic Bath $30 CAD
Basic Bath & Cut $40 CAD
Wizard of Paws Victoria, Canada Basic Bath $25 CAD
Basic Bath & Cut $47 CAD
Toiletteage Pooch Mobile Grooming Montreal, Canada Basic Bath $30 CAD
Basic Bath & Cut $40 CAD
Happy Dog Grooming Salon Toronto, Canada Basic Bath $45 CAD
Basic Bath & Cut $55 CAD

 

Puppy Grooming (Puppy Cuts)


Puppy cuts are offered by all professional dog groomers and are just puppy versions of the exact same adult services and treatments. Puppy dog grooming can vary at between 40-60% of the cost of the same adult service. Each dog salon independently defines how many months of age is covered under the puppy deal, but it can range from 3 – 12 months. It’s a great idea to introduce a puppy to the dog groomers from a young age so they are de-sensitized to the experience and are well behaved during visits as an adult dog.

 

Cost of Dog Grooming: Why so Expensive?

Although it may seem like a lot when you’re forking it over, when you factor in business overheads, wages, and used products, there really isn’t a huge profit margin in the dog grooming business. Professional dog groomers often are doing it as a labour of love, but will make money from a well-run salon, selling related products, and up-selling add-ons. In my opinion the biggest lack of value comes when you have an extra large dog, as prices can start to get astronomical and DIY at home dog grooming starts looking like a much more attractive option for the wallet.

 

Ready to Book?


When booking your own dog grooming service, make sure to shop around and get a couple of quotes to ensure you’re getting a great price for your area. You may also want to check out the related articles on how to get a great deal on cheap professional dog grooming and to be prepared with these 10 tips to make professional dog grooming go smoothly for both you and your pet.  

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