Dog Grooming

My Pricing is as follows.  Estimates listed below are for dogs in great to good condition.  If in horrid condition, price could easily double.  Prices consists of nail trimming, anal gland expressing, Dead Sea Salt Soak, Bath (Specialty shampoo if needed), Hydro Massage, CO2 Bath, Blow Dry, Hair Cut, Foot Trim, Brush Out (Unless horribly matted, then price will be reflected), and a thorough body check for any Lumps, Bumps, Scratches, or Rashes. Please note that the prices do not include GST 

Small Dogs $55+

Chihuahua (Short) 
Chihuahua crosses are in the 'Medium group'
Small Pugs
Toy Fox Terrier

Medium Dogs $65+

Basset Hound
Bichon / Bichon X
Chihuahua (Long Haired)
Coon Hounds
Lhasa Apso
Labs (Purebred)
Maltese / Maltese X
Miniature Schnauzer
Mini/ Toy Poodle/ Poodle X
Old English Bulldog
Pomeranian / Pom X
Shih-Tzu / Shih-Tzu X
Silky Terrier
Westie / Westie X - clipped
Yorkie / Yorkie X

Wired Haired Terriers:
Sorry, I no longer do Hand Stripping

Medium/Large $75+

American Eskimo (Mini)
Australian Shepherd
Border Collie
some Border Collie X's
Cocker Spaniel:  $85
Cocker Spaniel X's
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Shiba Inu

Large/ x-Large:

Prices are estimates only and may change due to condition of coat and attitude could easily double or triple. Basically I charge $65 an hour. These prices are typically for females. Males may be a bit more due to being larger as well as thicker coats. and up

Akita $150 - $200
Alaskan Malamute - $150 - $200
Bearded Collie - $150.00
Bernese Mountain Dog - $130 - $150
Bouvier - up to 1" of coat - $145.00
Chow Chow - $150+ (could easily double or triple depending on condition)
Collie $150 - $200
Doodle's - Starting at Small: $75+, Medium: $100+, Large :$150+ 
  -Depends on length of hair - Shave off is cheaper than scissoring
German Shepherd - $95
Golden Retriever - $95
Great Pyrenees - $180 - $250
Husky - $150 - $200
Komondor - $200+
Lab (Purebred) - $65
Maremma: $150 - $180
Old English Sheepdog - $150.00
Samoyed - $140.00
Soft Coated Wheaten - $85 and up
Springer Spaniel - $85 and up
Standard Poodle - $135 and up

Single Services: $15 each

Anal Glands Expressing
Eye Clip
Nail Clipping
Sanitary Clipping
Ear Plucking


Dental Scraping: $30 for the first 10 mins, then $3/min for every minute after
Teeth Brushing: $5


Nail Trim: $25
Bath and Tidy: $100
Basic Trim or Lion Trim:  $135

Almost daily I get a call or two from someone asking "How Much?"
I think the more important questions are "How much are you willing to pay?" and "Do you want a GOOD groomer or just a cheap haircut?" 
This certainly is NOT the cheapest salon.  If you want a cheap haircut, I would probably look elsewhere. 

First let’s look at what I do, so you know where your money goes.

* I am my own secretary. I answer my phones, and talk to walk in clients, answering questions, scheduling appointments, and take payments.
* I do my own books at the end of each day, and month, and year.
* I have to clean and maintain my blades, scissors, dryers, tables, tub, kennels, clippers, brushes, combs, nail clippers, etc etc...
* I order and purchase all my own supplies and make sure the things I need are in stock.
* I clean the salon, and anyone who walks in after I just finished de-shedding a hairy dog will know that I have my work cut out for me!
* I offer the animals water, and promptly clean up any pee, poop, or puke messes that may occur in the salon.  Sometimes I may have to groom them again because they messed themselves in the kennel waiting for their owners.
* I have to wash towels and grooming clothing, and wash the "wet dog" smell off of myself at the end of the day, while picking out hair splinters and cleaning any wounds I have received from sharp nails, nicking myself, or occasionally teeth! 
* I stretch and strengthen my muscles to keep them fit enough to handle wrestling with unruly animals, and sometimes need to resort to chiropractic care or  massage therapy.
* If I am ever sick or hurt bad enough, I have no disability being self employed and no one to take over my job. If I don't work, I do not get any compensation.
* I continue to educate myself by reading grooming magazines, attending seminars and workshops, competing in dog grooming, and exchanging information through groomer forums and groomer meetings.  This can involve some traveling, as many of these competitions and workshops are far from home and not free!
* I assess the overall health of the dog by looking at and feeling the skin and coat, all over!  I see what's in their anal glands, how clean and healthy the ears are, how clean and healthy the teeth are, and how clear and healthy the eyes are.  I find lumps, bumps, cuts and hot spots.  I naturally treat any minor problems involving skin and coat with treatments, and anything that needs Veterinary attention I promptly let you know to make an appointment.
* I train the dogs to accept the grooming procedure, and to stay calm and still as best as possible during the short amount of time I have them in my care.

Oh... and did I mention that I GROOM THE DOGS TOO!

That includes nail clipping, ear cleaning, ear hair removal, emptying the anal glands, brushing the teeth if wanted, washing the coat/skin with high quality shampoo (two washes, and if the coat is really greasy a third or fourth), I condition the coat if necessary, and hand dry the coats when required to get a nice even finish!  I trim the entire coat, if necessary, and this can include feet, bum, genitals, ears, face, body, legs, tail, or I just trim what is needed or requested by the owner. The dog will be groomed to your liking, as long as it is a realistic request.  Shedding dogs will get a thorough de-shedding where I remove as much undercoat as possible.  

I do brush mats to a point!  Many salons do not de-mat PERIOD but on most dogs the mats can be removed, but this is done at your own risk as some irritation may occur during the process, and if the coat is TOO MATED, then it will be clipped down, as mat removal can be quite uncomfortable or even painful for the dog.  Some tolerate more than others, and I will only go as far as the DOG allows.  With my specialized techniques I can usually save more coat than the average groomer, so your dog isn't completely bald after a mat removing session.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO BRUSH AND COMB YOUR DOGS AND BRING THEM TO THE GROOMERS OFTEN TO PREVENT THE DISCOMFORT OF DEVELOPING AND REMOVING MATS!

Oh and I need holidays too, and don't get paid for stats or get any sort of a v
acation pay! 
So back to the original question... "HOW MUCH?!?"
Obviously there are many factors that go into pricing a groom, such as size of dog, behaviour of dog, coat texture/type, coat/skin condition, coat density (drying time), and the chosen grooming style!  Mostly I charge by how long it takes me and how much my body aches after grooming that dog :-).
Typically I charge for hands on time spent on the dog.  I don't charge for the entire time the dog is in my care. Prices are approximate.

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