Searching for a dog groomer can be time-consuming, costly, and if your dog has the tendency to misbehave, it can also be nerve wracking! We had a terrible time finding a suitable groomer for our mid-size cockapoo, Angel. He simply wouldn't behave. We were instructed by one groomer to administer sedatives to help him calm down before the grooming but even that didn't work. Luckily, our vet clinic offered grooming services and Angel likes the groomer—so he's much happier now...and so are we!
But what about mobile groomers? Perhaps a mobile groomer would've been a better alternative for our dog even after considering the up charge. A person traveling to your house is going to cost a bit more than the stationary groomer with a shop, right? But before we talk about price, let's consider the pros and cons.
Convenience - Obviously, the biggest plus is convenience! The groomer comes to your home, so you spend zero time driving. Some mobile dog groomers even offer extended hours as well as early and late appointments to accommodate your schedule that traditional boutiques do not (usually) offer.
No dreaded car trip for sensitive pets - Some dogs just don't do well riding in cars, and if your pet becomes nauseous or anxious during the ride to the groomer, then it isn't going to be a pleasant experience for both pet and groomer. A mobile pet groomer can eliminate this dreadful car ride, thereby minimizing the stresses on your pet.
Location - The biggest problem for mobile grooming may be where your house is located. For instance, if your home is situated on a challenging road that can be accessed only by a four-wheel drive truck, this can spell trouble for the mobile pet groomer. Some gated communities, neighborhood associations and condos may have restrictions on mobile groomers who need to park their vans somewhere in front or near where you live.
(Usually) Higher cost - Now, here's the question for which you've been waiting. What does it cost? As expected, you can usually expect mobile pet groomers to charge more than the stationary groomer. Of course, the cost will vary by groomer and location. (According to PetGroomer.com, grooming prices tend to be higher in the Northeast region of the U.S. as compared to the Midwest, with the rest of the country falling somewhere in between the two.) However, when it comes to high-end pet spas or boutiques, you may find your local mobile pet groomers may actually charge less than these types of stationary groomers that offer extra bells and whistles. So, you shouldn't automatically assume that mobile grooming will always be more expensive. The best thing to do is shop around and compare prices—which is exactly what I did.
Here's the pricing I've found for standard dog grooming with a mobile groomer: at the lower end, grooming will cost around $30 to $50, with the average cost somewhere between $50 to $70. At the higher end, expect to pay between $70 to $99 and above! What's more, mobile groomers usually charge a convenience fee which adds up to about $10 to $15 extra.
The pricing becomes a bit more complicated when you factor in the breed, hair type, and complicated cuts. For example, the Bichon Frise, Miniature Poodle and Maltese not having thick hair or requiring a complicated cut can see a grooming cost of about $30 to $50 while a larger breed like an afghan hound or golden retriever can average around $50 to $70 and up. Mid-to-large size breeds that require complicated cuts, breeds that have thick hair, or "giant" breeds can cost $70 to $90 and up. I'm referring to breeds like the Standard Poodle, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bouvier Des Flandre, Briard, and Great Pyrenees.
What About Cats?
Cat grooming, believe it or not, can be very expensive. Some groomers charge about $50 or so for grooming and this includes a brush out, haircut, blow dry, ears clean, nails trim, etc. Again, the pricing really depends upon where you live. Across the country, you may pay $35 to $45 for an average full service cat grooming (plus tip). The "luxury" items or add-ons may send this price skyrocketing!
Just keep in mind, if you decide not to shop around and settle on the first groomer you find whether it's a stationary groomer or a mobile pet groomer, your pet may not be the only one being clipped!
By Tom Matteo