Have you ever wondered why it costs more to get your dog groomed than to get your own hair cut? There are several factors that lead to the price differences. I want to share some of those reasons with you.
- You only have the hair on your head cut. Your hairstylist doesn’t shave your entire body. Even most small dogs have a larger surface area than the average human head. And small dogs can be even more difficult to groom than larger ones because they are shorter than many grooming aids.
- Your hairdresser does not include a pedicure and manicure in the price. Nail trimming or grinding is usually included in the price of your dog’s groomer.
- You don’t need to have your butt shaved. If you ever asked your hairstylist to cut the dingleberries off your butt, you’d probably be arrested.
- You probably won’t scratch or bite your hairdresser. Assault charges, anyone?
- You probably won’t pee, poop, or vomit at your hairdresser. Welcome to the glamorous life of a dog groomer, where a shower after work is mandatory.
- You’ll probably keep quiet. Little kids may squirm for a haircut, but most adults will cooperate. While some dogs remain still for the entire groom, most dogs wiggle during at least parts of the process, and some may fidget or fight throughout the grooming process.
- You don’t go eight weeks or more without brushing your hair. If your hairdresser had to dematte your hair before he could cut it, he would certainly charge extra.
- Your hair won’t come out in clumps that blow around like a snowstorm when your hair is dried. Imagine someone blowing a handful of hair in your face while you’re in the sauna and you can understand what it’s like for a groomer to dry a double-coated dog like a husky.
- There aren’t dozens of other people standing in the back clamoring for attention. Most groomers keep dogs in kennels to dry for several hours, and many of those dogs bark the entire time.
If you’re still not convinced that groomers deserve to be paid more than hairstylists, find a grooming salon where you can watch them at work so you can better understand how much work goes into typical dog grooming.