Dog Grooming Prices – How Much Does a Dog Groomer Cost in UK?

If you have a dog, then you already know that grooming them is an essential way of ensuring that they are loved and cared for. Grooming isn’t just about hygiene and health; it’s also a way of showing your dog that you love and care about them, and want to keep them as happy and as comfortable as possible.

But if you have (and love) a dog, then you also know that dog grooming is fairly expensive, whether you’re trying to do a routine weekly session or the more in-depth grooming that’s expected every six to eight weeks. In this article, we’re going to discuss how much it costs to get your dog groomed, as well as what kind of services are available for your pup.

How much does it cost to groom a dog?

In general, a full dog groom costs from £18 to £80, with the average cost being £39. A full groom includes washing them, drying them, and clipping or trimming their fur. Other services can be included as well; these included brushing your dog’s teeth, cleaning their nails, and treating their fur for colour and shine.

What does the price of dog grooming depend on?

Various factors will affect the cost of a grooming session. Some of the most important factors are how big your dog is, how much hair they have—and, perhaps more importantly, what type of hair they have—and what breed of dog they are.

Dog Size, Hair Type, and Breed

There are a lot of factors that go into the price of a grooming session for a specific dog. While some salons might decide the cost for a session based on one predetermined factor—such as the size of a dog, their breed, or what kind of coat they have—others may decide the cost of grooming on a case-by-case basis, taking into account all of these factors at once. For this reason, the information we’re including for this article is based on several factors.

For small dogs, grooming prices on average range from £26 to £40. Those with short hair and smooth coats—like Jack Russells, dachshunds, chihuahuas, and pugs—will have the cheapest grooming sessions. In the middle are small dogs with long hair, as well as those with woolly or silky coats, like bichon frisés and Shih Tzus. On the most expensive end of the spectrum are dogs with wiry hair and double coats, including Shelties and border terriers.

Grooming prices for medium-sized dogs range on average from £30 to £50. Short-haired, smooth-coated medium-sized dogs include beagles, greyhounds, and dalmatians. The middle prices in this range are set for long-haired dogs like cocker spaniels and miniature poodles. The most expensive grooming sessions for medium-sized dogs are those for dogs with wire hair and double coats: those like Westies and Scotties.

Finally, prices are the most expensive for large dogs: they range from £35 to £70. Large dogs with short hair and smooth coats include Weimaraners, labradors, and boxers. Those with woollen coats, in the middle of the dog grooming price spectrum, include border collies and setters. As for the dogs with the most expensive grooming sessions—those with wire hair and double coats—these breeds include golden retrievers, Airedales, and huskies.

Dog groomer prices are most expensive for giant dogs, including mastiffs. On average, prices range from £50 to £85.

Dog’s Temperament

Another factor that can affect the dog grooming price is your dog’s temperament. Dogs will react in different ways to being groomed. For example, a nervous dog may be easily frightened and will have trouble staying still, whereas an aggressive dog might bar in excess and snap at the groomers. These temperaments can and do affect how much grooming costs.

You can make things easier for your groomer by calling to make an appointment—rather than dropping in—and, during the call, telling them about your dog’s temperament. Nevertheless, it will often cost more for a groomer to deal with an aggressive dog. They might also choose to charge a higher price to groom sensitive dogs. In both cases, the increased time and effort it will take to groom them is a factor in the higher price, as is the safety of the grooming staff.

In some cases, staff may choose not to groom an overly aggressive dog. In others, an aggressive dog might need to be sedated. If your dog is aggressive, talk to your vet before you book a session.

Location: Groomers in the city vs. in rural areas

Dog-grooming facilities are much more common in the city than in the country. If you live out in the country, you might need to go into the city for a grooming session. Of course, the proper care and treatment of your dog will always be worth it; but take travel time and costs into account when choosing a groomer.

If, by contrast, you live in the city, groomers will be easier to access, and more plentiful—but they’ll probably charge higher prices. You can counteract this by researching to find the groomers in your area that are the most affordable.

Grooming History

It can be easy to neglect the proper care and grooming of your dog. For example, they need their teeth brushed every few days—something you can do at home—and, even if you brush them regularly, they can still develop matted hair and tear stains. Matted hair, in turn, can lead to skin infections. Frequent grooming is useful not only for detangling their hair, but also for double-checking that there’s no skin damage, cysts, or ear infections—all issues that can go unnoticed on dogs who aren’t groomed.

Dogs can also develop tick and flea infestations, which can have disastrous consequences if not tended to—both for your dog and the rest of your family. A dog that isn’t groomed may also retain faecal matter around their rear end, which can make it difficult for them to defecate.

Your dog’s grooming history will affect the prices. Thus, for example, if a dog’s hair is so matted that groomers can’t deal with it, if there is a flea or tick infestation, or if an extra bath is required, then a groomer may charge more for these additional services. In many cases, these extra services are essential for the health and comfort of your dog, as well as of the groomer.

 

Dog grooming services and prices

Other additional costs can increase the price of a grooming session. For example, for an additional fee, dog groomers can trim your dog’s nails or brush their teeth. In any case, the base session will involve either a bath and dry, or a full groom, depending on your needs; the other services can be added on top of these bases.

Full Groom

The full groom includes everything that a dog would need for a regular grooming session: combing and brushing their fur, bathing and drying them, and clipping and trimming their fur. This service tends to cost from £25 to 65, depending, again, on the size of the dog, their breed and temperament, and what kind of hair they have.

Bath & Dry

This is the canine equivalent of going to the hairdresser and having them wash and shampoo your hair. Dog groomers will clean and hydrate your dog so that it can feel its best. It generally costs from £20 to £55.

Nail Trimming

In the UK, cutting or trimming a dog’s nails will generally cost from £5 to £10. This is one of the most useful services you can order since long, untrimmed nails can injure people and other pets. Moreover, while you can do it yourself—in fact, it’s recommended that dog owners cut their dogs’ nails once a week to once a month, depending on the dog’s breed and how fast they grow—the task is often arduous, for both owners and dogs alike. In contrast, dog groomers have so much experience that they can cut your dog’s nails with as little pain as possible.

De-shedding

De-shedding refers to the task of removing the hair from a dog’s undercoat. As a general rule, this kind of hair doesn’t come off your dog when you brush or comb their fur; these tasks instead take off the dirt and debris from the upper layer of their fur. This treatment aims to reduce future shedding directly from the undercoat and is effective for dogs with both short and long hair. It generally costs from £25 to £55.

De-matting

De-matting is the practice of using a comb to detangle a dog’s hair and ensure that it’s not matted anymore. It’s particularly effective for both medium- and long-haired dogs, as well as dogs with coarse fur. In general, you can get your dog’s fur de-matted every six to eight weeks; it’ll cost from £5 to £15. De-matting will help your dog remain healthy and safe since excessively matted hair is painful for them.

Ear Cleaning

Groomers clean dogs’ ears to remove the dust, dirt, and other debris that may accumulate inside them. To this end, they use specialized tools and ear cleaners. The service costs from £10 to £20.

Gland Expression

This term refers to the emptying of dogs’ anal glands so that they don’t maintain an unpleasant smell. Usually, during bowel movements, the anal glands excrete a smell that tells other dogs the age and sex of your dog; however, these need to be cleared every so often. Groomers express dogs’ glands by gently squeezing the glands to empty them.

The treatment generally costs from £5 to £15. Depending on the breed of dog and other health conditions, a dog may need their glands expressed every few months to once or twice a year.

Tooth Brushing

Just like humans, dogs need their teeth brushed regularly. In the case of dogs, it must be done every two or three days. But it’s a lot easier to let a groomer do it if you’re taking your dog in for a full groom anyway. At a groomer’s, teeth brushing generally costs from £10 to £20.

Breath Refresh

Groomers don’t just clean your dog’s teeth: they can also freshen their breath so that it smells nice. Breath refresh entails cleaning their mouth rather than their teeth and is a distinct service from teeth-brushing. This service costs from £10 to £20.

Face, Feet and Fanny Trim

This type of grooming is, as the name suggests, done to groom dogs around their eyes, feet, and rear ends. Groomers will wash and dry the area, then cut out excess fur that can get in the way and bother your dog. This service generally costs from £25 to £50.

Flea & Tick Treatment

This type of grooming is, as the name suggests, done to groom dogs around their eyes, feet, and rear ends. Groomers will wash and dry the area, then cut out excess fur that can get in the way and bother your dog. This service generally costs from £25 to £50.

Blueberry Facial

Dog groomers can help improve the colour of your dog’s coat with a blueberry facial. To do so, they often use face wash and shampoo with blueberry or blueberry extract. In addition to enhancing the colour of your dog’s fur, a blueberry facial will also eliminate tear stains—that is, the stains underneath a dog’s eyes that are caused both when the eyes are irritated and when their tears don’t drain properly. This service will cost you from £5 to £15 and is often applied after your dog has been thoroughly washed and brushed.

Mobile Dog Grooming Prices

There are two ways of getting your dog groomed: you can go to a groomer’s, or they can come to you, and care for your dog in the safety and comfort of your own home. Because the groomer has to come directly to you with all their equipment, mobile grooming tends to be more expensive. In fact, it may cost from £25 to £60, depending on the size, breed, and temperament of your dog, as well as where you’re located.

Nevertheless, the service can be well worth it, especially for anxious dogs, dogs who have trauma, and dogs who don’t feel comfortable going to new places that they aren’t familiar with. For similar reasons, it’s also a great idea for older dogs and dogs who have disabilities.

How to Save Money on Dog Grooming

One thing you might have gleaned from this article is that dog grooming can get pretty expensive. Nevertheless, you can still save money when it comes to dog grooming. One way is to do certain things yourself: buy the supplies, watch videos, and read books on dog care. These will help you give your dog “spa treatments” at home so that they’re groomed in a comfortable, familiar place.

Aside from DIY, another option is to look up discounts and rebates. Check your local paper flyers, and websites like Groupon and RetailMeNot, and ask your dog-owning friends if they know places you can go to save money. You can also save money with the loyalty discounts that are offered by many groomers: simply ask about it the next time you go. Since you’re a good customer, they might be willing to help you out by giving you an exclusive discount.

Last, you can get different, cheaper cuts. The simplest way would be to refrain from fancy cuts that, for example, make your dog look like a lion. If you have a poodle, you can also avoid the kinds of coat cuts traditionally associated with poodles, since these are often more expensive.

That being said, you can also opt for cutting your dog’s hair shorter—not too short, since they need a decent amount of hair for when it’s cold outside, but enough so that going to the groomer is less expensive. This can help you too: your dog will no doubt shed less hair this way.

Dog grooming: Expensive, but worth it

Despite the prices associated with dog grooming, it’s definitely worth it—both for you and your dog. It will help your dog feel more comfortable when getting their coats groomed or nails trimmed and can be a nice opportunity for your dog to go out on the town and interact with new people and dogs. It can also save you the huge hassle of grooming a dog without being completely sure that you’re doing everything correctly. So the next time you’re planning out a care regimen for your dog, consider taking them to the groomer’s every so often: they might just love it.