|Barked: Fri Sep 28, '12 11:03pm PST |
|Dog groomers, for the most part, are underpaid, especially compared to a profession such as a hair stylist for people. I don't think most people understand the amount of effort it takes for most dogs, and the care that really goes into their pet. For the most part, when I groom dogs I spend 2 hours on them (depending on their coat condition and type of coat they have, of course). I wouldn't charge anything less than $50 for a Shih Tzu (shaved down or brush out - depending on how matted the coat is). If it was a small, short coated dog, the least I would charge is $40. This is because I am still spending time on that dog and will still work to deshed that dog. I still need to make so much per month to cover rent and expenses at my shop, plus I need to make something for myself (and trust me it's not a whole lot).
For a Sheltie like mine I would charge at least $60, and if I couldn't groom him myself I wouldn't have a problem paying that to get him groomed, if I knew he was being groomed properly and with much care. I love my dog, I want the best for him, so I see no problem spending money on him.
In my area, this is the norm for pricing for these breeds, and I live in a decent sized area. Toronto isn't far from here, and they charge much more than that. The only places who charge for grooms that are real cheap (anything under $30-40) are usually people grooming in their own home, most of them aren't even a legit business, and they probably haven't gone to school to learn how to properly groom a dog. There's a lot to learn when grooming dogs, and safety is a big part of it. I would encourage people to spend the money to know their dog is safe and being groomed with safe techniques and clean equipment, rather than going to whoever is cheapest where you might get a nice looking groom job, but it might not be safe or sanitary. If you love your dog like I do then you will see no problem with this.
It's the same with every service; there's the cheap place that takes short cuts and is just in it for the money, and the place that charges what they are worth and does it right. You get what you pay for.
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