Why is dog grooming more expensive than my haircut?

On average, when people go to the hairdresser, they are going for a trim or a cut and a blow wave. When people get their dogs groomed, they are often surprised by the price tag. “Why does dog grooming cost so much?” they may ask. Well, there are several reasons that grooming your dog is more expensive than the average visit to the hairdresser:

1. Your hairdresser doesn't clean your bum and sanitary area

Could you just imagine! Your dog groomer not only cuts and washes the area around your dog’s anus, making sure it is tidy and clean, but actually also squeezes the anal glands to get rid of all the smelly fluid. This is not a pretty job but someone has to do it and that’s part of the package when you pay your dog groomer. Also, there’s the chance that your dog may poo or wee on your dog groomer – and that’s no picnic in the park, but your groomer is prepared to go through that to get the job done.

2. You sit still for your hairdresser

Luckily, for your hairdresser, you sit still. Dog groomers wish they had that luxury. Dogs like to move around – all the time. Especially, when it’s their first time being groomed, dogs will move side to side, and around when being handled by a dog groomer. A good dog groomer knows how to calm a dog so that he can get the job done well – but it does take effort!

3. Your haircut doesn't come with a mani-pedi

Don’t we all wish that we could get a free manicure and pedicure when getting a haircut. When getting groomed your dog, of course, will get all their nails trimmed to a perfect size. Did you know that nails that are too long actually hurt your dog when they walk? It is vital to your dog’s happiness and wellbeing to have their nails trimmed regularly – and this wonderful service is included in the dog grooming. Often vets will charge a lot of money for this service. With dog grooming you kill two birds with one stone and get your dog’s nails cut while being groomed!

4. Your haircut doesn't take that long

Getting a haircut is a wonderful activity of sitting down and getting a wonderful new look. Usually a good hairdresser who knows what he is doing won’t take that long when cutting and blow drying the hair and will finish under an hour. This is not the case when grooming a dog. There are many steps a dog groomer takes when dog grooming in Auckland, and it can take well over an hour for the entire process. A lot of time is involved in making your pooch look perfect!

5. Your hairdresser doesn't get rid of your parasites

Imagine if your hairdresser looked at any health problems you had and applied treatment on your skin (just like a dermatologist) to fix them. Well, your dog groomer is going to get rid of huge and dangerous problems your dog might have. These are problems such as ticks and fleas. Your dog groomer has special shampoo that they will use to kill fleas and they will wash them off your dog’s body. Your dog will literally be very grateful for this.

6. Your hairdresser doesn't clean out your eyes or ears

Dog grooming involves cleaning out the eyes and wiping away any pus, goo or liquid that may come out of them. It also involves trimming excess hair around the eye area that may affect your dog’s vision. Cleaning and trimming the ears is also important and your dog groomer will do this.

7. You don't bite or scratch your hairdresser

Imagine sitting in your chair at the hairdresser and suddenly biting your hairdresser’s arm. That’s just asking for a lawsuit. Your dog groomer knows very well that they could get bit or scratched but they love dogs enough to take this risk and apply their passion in their work so that your dog will feel calm enough to relax during their grooming.

8. Your hairdresser doesn't brush your teeth

As hard as it is to admit it, most people don’t brush their dogs’ teeth as much as they should. Luckily, when their dogs are being groomed, their dental needs are taken care of. Teeth are brushed so that they can feel clean. Making sure your dog has good dental hygiene is really important.

As you can see, there are many reasons why your dog groomer may cost more than a haircut. It takes a whole lot of patience and special skill to make dog grooming a pleasurable experience for your pooch.

For any extra information you may need or to book an appointment, feel at ease to contact Brandon 
and he will answer any question you may have!

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