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How Much Does Dog Grooming Cost in Australia? 2024 Price Guide

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on June 10, 2024 by Dogster Team

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How Much Does Dog Grooming Cost in Australia? 2024 Price Guide

If your pup’s grooming needs are a bit too finicky for you to take care of at home, a professional groomer can take the weight off your shoulders—there’s nothing like knowing your dog’s new hairdo or manicure is in expert hands! That said, the grooming fees can be costly.

In short, the price of dog grooming in Australia ranges between $85 and $185 AUD on average, depending on the service that you need. In this post, we look at typical dog grooming services and how much they cost in Australia.

The Importance of Dog Grooming

Grooming is a crucial part of keeping your dog happy and healthy. It helps remove and prevent knots, tangles, and mats, which if not kept under control, can end up being an uncomfortable problem for your dog.

Of course, you can always do this at home, but some dogs—double-coated breeds, to be precise—shed excessively, especially during shedding seasons. A professional groomer can be invaluable if you’re a bit pushed for time and need a helping hand.

Dogs—typically indoor dogs—also need regular nail trims to prevent ingrown and split toenails, which can result in infections, injury, and a lot of discomfort.

Terrier Dog being Groomed by a Professional Groomer
Image By: Tima Miroshnichenko, Pexels

How Much Does Dog Grooming Cost in Australia?

The cost of dog grooming depends on the type of service you choose, your location, the size of your dog, and the length of the job. The tables here show the average prices in different locations in Australia and the cost of each service.


Location Average Grooming Cost
Melbourne $90–185 AUD
Brisbane $90–180 AUD
Sydney $95–150 AUD
Adelaide $85–150 AUD


Please note that grooming costs will vary depending on your groomer’s policies. The prices in the table here are based on real salon prices (DogFX, Adelaide) and reflect average prices across Australia.

Service Small Dog Medium Dog Large/XL/Giant Dog All Sizes
Full Body Clip $85 AUD $95 AUD $120–150 AUD
Breed-Specific Full Body Clip $95 AUD $105 AUD $130–160 AUD
Wash and Tidy $70 AUD $80 AUD $100–120 AUD
Full De-shed $85 AUD $95 AUD $125–$150 AUD
Nail Trim $18 AUD
Basic Teeth Brushing $15 AUD
Anal Gland Expression $20 AUD
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Additional Costs to Anticipate

Groomers take into account several factors when determining a price. You may be charged extra for the following.

Transport Expenses

If you’re using the services of a mobile groomer, they may include travel costs in their fees. Some independent contractors and salons also offer a “pet taxi” service, which involves picking up your dog and returning them to you.

Special Requirements

For dogs with medical or behavioral issues (nervousness, anxiety, etc.), groomers may charge extra. Please let your groomer know about any potential issues when discussing a price to make sure you get the most accurate estimate possible.

Extra Services

If your groomer finds, for example, that your dog’s eyes or ears could do with a clean, they may offer this service for an additional cost.

Bernese mountain dog grooming macro, female hands. Pet hair dryer, slicker brush
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How Often Should I Get My Dog Groomed?

If you brush and/or de-shed your dog’s coat at home, you only need to visit a professional groomer now and then when they need a trim or a general tidy-up. Most dogs typically go to the groomer for a trim and/or style around four to six times per year. If you don’t de-shed your double-haired dog yourself, though, you’ll need to pay extra visits to a groomer for this.

Does Pet Insurance Cover Grooming?

Standard pet insurance plans do not typically cover grooming, as these plans are only meant to cover accidents and illnesses. However, some pet insurance companies offer wellness plans in addition to comprehensive insurance. Wellness plans may reimburse (or partially reimburse you) for certain routine procedures like nail trimming and teeth cleaning.

Lady grooming a black brown dog
Image by: Tima Miroshnichenko, Pexels

What to Do for Your Dog’s Coat Between Grooming Sessions

It’s important to brush your dog’s coat regularly at home to help keep it in good condition. For short-haired dogs, a weekly brush should do, but with long-haired and double-coated dogs, daily brushing is a good idea to help prevent mats and tangles.

Double-coated dogs also shed their undercoats heavily during shedding seasons, which typically occur in spring and fall. At these times, you’ll need to use a de-shedding tool to properly remove the undercoat or take your dog to a groomer.

If you’re new to parenting a double-coated breed, it might be a good idea to have a groomer de-shed them the first time so you can pick up a few tips.

You can also trim your dog’s nails at home—though some dogs just don’t take to it well, and only a professional groomer can get the job done. As for teeth cleaning, it’s recommended to brush your dog’s teeth twice daily. Dog dental chews are also a great way to supplement your pup’s cleaning routine.  If your dog won’t tolerate brushing, speak to your vet for advice.

divider-dog pawIn Conclusion

To sum up, dog grooming in Australia can cost anywhere between $85 and $185, and the price varies depending on the service and your dog’s size and coat condition. Grooming expenses don’t seem to vary massively across Australia, but it appears that grooming is more expensive in Sydney and Melbourne on average than in other locations.

When you contact a professional groomer, try to provide as much information about your dog as possible to get the best possible price estimate. Every dog has different needs, so it’s always best to prepare in advance and avoid the unpleasant surprise of unexpected extra costs.

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