Cost of grooming for a small dog?

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by FloatinInABlueLagoon, May 24, 2007.

  1. FloatinInABlueLagoon

    FloatinInABlueLagoon Mouseketeer

    Oct 19, 2006
    Hi! I am thinking about adopting a small dog this summer. The breeds I'm looking into are something like a Yorkie Poo, Shih Tzu, get the idea. On average, how much would grooming cost? For example, trimming the hair so it's still relatively short and probably nails. How difficult would it be to maintain myself and how much does it cost to take the dog to a local groomer for a trim? Thanks in advance. :thumbsup2
  2. wdwfam

    wdwfam Mouseketeer

    Dec 30, 2001
    Our shih tzu costs $29 for shampoo, cut, ears cleaned, nails. We keep her in a puppy cut and have her groomed every 4-5 weeks. I've tried, but I don't have very good luck trying to groom her myself.
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  4. momof5boys

    momof5boys Mouseketeer

    Jan 29, 2007
    I have a schnoodle,had him shaved last week, nails and everything. Costs $35. I tried to shave him myself 2 months ago(he gets matted really easy because my Rottie slobbers all over him) poor dog looked like he got in a fight with a weedwacker!:scared1: Needless to say I'll spend the money! :goodvibes
  5. ExPirateShopGirl

    ExPirateShopGirl <font color=blue>My posts are sanitized for your p

    Feb 20, 2005
    My Westie runs about $45 at the groomers, but that's in So Cal, so adjust for inflation/deflation.

    I take him to a Doggie Day Spa now that is self service. I use all their stuff, it takes me an hour, and it costs $12. They charge by the size of the dog. I think the max is $16. I bring my own clippers, but everything else I use is theirs.
  6. Jeanne B

    Jeanne B DIS Veteran

    Dec 11, 2004
    We have two Shih Tzu's and it cost's $35/ea for shampoo, cut and nails. I bring them in every 8-10 weeks and they get a short puppy cut each time.

    We tried grooming our oldest Shih Tzu once, didn't work, they both behave wonderfully for the groomers though (naturally).
  7. luvsmickeymouse

    luvsmickeymouse Opt to Adopt!

    Jul 31, 2005
    We have a toy poodle and it is $35 for everything for her. She gets what is called a puppy cut, not the fancy designs that some poodles get. LOL! I have her done every 10 weeks. It is her spa day.
  8. DaBoo

    DaBoo Mouseketeer

    Sep 19, 2005
    Our Shih Tzu is $20 plus tip for cut wash and goom. This includes having nails clipped, ears cleaned and anal glands expressed. We have a great groomer and she only charges $5 per night for boarding.
  9. melanie18

    melanie18 DIS Veteran

    Jul 17, 2003
    We have a 9 lb Shih Tzu and it costs $45 here in NJ.
  10. travlnman1

    travlnman1 Been there..done that..going back!

    Feb 10, 2002
    I have a Hungarian Puli and he costs me $65.00 every 4 weeks!!:scared1:
    ....and I get MY hair cut at the haircuttery. Go figure.
  11. momoftwodisneykids

    momoftwodisneykids Mouseketeer

    Aug 3, 2005
    Our pugs cost about $20 each for grooming. Includes bath, nails and anal glands (trust me you don't want to do this yourself). They really don't need their fur trimmed. They are a fantastic breed. I wouldn't trade my puggie boys for anything in the world.

    Joanne :flower3:
  12. DisneyAprilFool

    DisneyAprilFool DIS Veteran

    Jan 5, 2007
    Oh, do it- we brought home a baby Shih Tzu this past week and wow- what a nice breed of dog! I'm used to the bigger breeds and having a little lap lover is sooo nice! (In fact, that's where Tribble (ie Trouble with Tribbles, Star Trek) is right now!)
  13. DisneyAprilFool

    DisneyAprilFool DIS Veteran

    Jan 5, 2007
    (Heh- I don't know grooming costs, btw- just wanted to tell you what a great thing a little lapdog can be!)
  14. skatingmom

    skatingmom Mouseketeer

    Apr 19, 2007
    Our Shih Tzu costs $23 for everything. We probably have her groomed about 4 times/year. We have the top of the head left long enough to put a barrette or pony tail in.
  15. Nolcrest

    Nolcrest DIS Veteran

    Mar 1, 2000
    $35 for my toy poodle for the works. Actually he could use a grooming right now too. :)
  16. angwill

    angwill I just want to live at WDW!

    Apr 20, 2005
    I love my shih tzu. She costs $25 to have groomed (everything done) and $7 a night to board at our vets office. I have her groomed about twice a year because it is impossible to cut her nails myself (she hates it). The rest of the times I groom her most times with scissors and she is really good about it. I just get down on the floor with her and pet her while I clip and or comb she just loves it.

    Have fun deciding,
  17. trulygoofy

    trulygoofy DIS Veteran

    Dec 7, 2005
    We have a miniature poodle and I groom her myself. It is a lot easier for me to just do it myself than drive to the groomer and pick her back up. I have a professional clipper and I think they are around $150 or more depending on the brand. I tried cutting her with a cheaper clipper, but the poodle hair killed it. They have so much hair and it gets matted easily. It isn't too hard to do once you get the hang of it. The first time I cut her she looked awful, but after about three times I figured it out. I looked online at pictures of different poodles and went from there.
  18. Piecey

    Piecey <font color=darkorchid>I find myself fighting with

    Feb 16, 2005
    Lots of Shih-Tzus!

    The one in my signature is about $30 everytime I take him. Depending on how matted he is, because oh does he love to roll in the dirt and wiggle to make all his fur stick together and knot!
  19. aubriee

    aubriee <font color=brown><marquee>Chocolate always makes

    Dec 3, 2004
    It costs me $32.00 to get my shih tzu bathed, ears plucked and cleaned, nails trimmed, and anal glands expressed. She can get really matted though, as my Akita loves to slobber on her. We keep the hair on top of her head long enough for a top knot with a bow.

    Off topic: If you do get a shih tzu you will love your new little lap dog. They are bossy, dominating, little demons with a Princess complex, who know their place in the world and truly believe that everyone else is placed on this earth to cater to their wishes. You should see the look of total shock and disbelief on their adorable faces when they are informed otherwise. They feel they are masters of their domain. They will tell you when to go to bed, then will make you move your feet exactly where they want them, so they can be comfortable as they lie crosswise in your king size bed, (scooting you to the very edge). They will demand your food, then sniff at it daintly for a few moments then give you a look like they did you a favor (and why isn't it filet mignon, mom?), before they grab it (taking half of your finger with it), They will give you a totally shocked look, if you ever use the word no to them. They are absolutely adorable and always act like they are ten feet tall and weigh over 100lbs, instead of 8" tall and 13lbs. My little angel thinks nothing of bossing all of us around, including my 80+lb Akita, who she thinks he is her personal chew toy. She's a Princess, knows it, and has no problem conveying to everyone who comes in contact with her that she is not only a Princess, but THE High Princess.
  20. AnnaS

    AnnaS DIS Sponsoor/Veteran

    Jul 7, 2001
    Hi everyone,

    I was also about to post this question.

    I am ready to take my pappilion any day now. It's been about 10 years (our maltese) since I have gone to a groomer. Just curious if anyone tips the groomer, and if so, what would be reasonable amount.

  21. dismom24

    dismom24 Mouseketeer

    Jun 22, 2005
    I am up early this morning house training our brand new little pomeranian:). He did great last night (second night). If you start grooming them right away, it will be very easy to do yourself. I gave him a bath as soon as my Dh gave him to me (he is white, but had been in the breeders yard so was a little dingy). He loved his bath - fell asleep during his blow dry. I'm going to do his nails and do a sanitary shave tonight - he doesn't really need it yet, but I want to get him used to the clippers. We have a persian cat and I have always done her bathing and shaving. You may not want to do it yourself, but just a thought. We bought our other pom to the groomer when we first got her and they left the blow dry on too long and burned her a little. I haven't been able to find a good reference for another groomer, so just decided to try it myself adn it was real easy. Good clippers were around $100 and I replace the blades yearly for $40.. Enjoy your puupy!

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