Costs and benefits of grooming your dog yourself

April 12, 2012

Many people think that they aren’t paying all that much by taking their dog to a professional to be groomed, but when you compare what you are spending to pay a professional to what you would pay if you did it yourself you may be surprised at how much you really are shelling out. When you take your dog to the groomer you can easily spend $50 to $100 for the full grooming package! This doesn’t seem bad, but when you start to look at how much it can cost you to do it all on your own you may be shocked!

Dog Grooming and You

Grooming on your own can cost you next to nothing. What you need to groom your dog is dog shampoo which will cost you about $5 to $10 a bottle for great quality shampoo. You will also need a pair of nail clippers, which will cost you about $5 and then a good quality brush which will also cost you about $5. In addition you’ll want to buy a toothbrush, which will cost about the same as the nail clippers and the brush. All of these things can last you years, with the exception of the shampoo. So, starting out you will spend less on all of your grooming supplies than you would spend on one grooming session. You would only spend dollars a year on grooming instead of spending hundreds of dollars per year, this is a huge savings!

In terms of the amount of time that it will take you to groom your dog, you’ll be happy to learn that it really doesn’t take all that much time to groom your dog. The most time consuming part will be bathing and this can take as little as 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of your dog. You can do brushing while you watch television at night, and nail trimming takes just a few minutes once a month, as does brushing their teeth.

The benefits of grooming your dog cannot be found just in the money that you will save, it will also be in the connection with your dog. Your dog will definitely enjoy being groomed by you more than they will enjoy being groomed by a stranger. When you groom your dog you will develop a series of rituals that will form a new bond between you and your dog. You will find that you both look forward to the togetherness and that you are able to establish a new level of trust with your pet. The togetherness will mean that you take more pride in the health and beauty of your dog and that they will trust you to provide for all of their needs. When you look into grooming your dog on your own, remember that the benefits transcend the monetary savings and you may find that you were missing out on a great connection with your pet that can only be found through regular grooming!

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