mobile dog grooming cost

How Much Does Mobile Dog Grooming Cost?

Regardless of how proficient, you may have become at grooming your pet dog, or no matter how complete your pet grooming kit is, chances are you will still need the services of a professional dog groomer. While most of us would rather bring our pets to our favorite dog grooming salon, there are some folks who prefer having the groomer come to them. These are what we call mobile dog groomers. Since these professional groomers come to your house, their services are naturally more expensive. But the real question is, how much will you pay for mobile dog grooming?

mobile groomer with a dog

Advantages of Mobile Dog Grooming

Before we take a look at how much it will cost you to avail of a mobile dog grooming service, let us first try to understand why you should avail of such a service.


One of the most important advantages of getting a mobile dog groomer is the convenience it gives you. They will be the ones who will come to your place and take good care of your dog. There’s no need to make adjustments to your own schedule since the grooming will occur right in your home or in the mobile grooming van parked right outside your property. You will never have to worry about keeping your pet safe and comfy on a crate while going to the salon. You can continue with your normal activities of daily living. Best of all, some groomers can accommodate your schedule so you’ll be on top of things. In the case of grooming salons, it is you who will have to adjust to their schedule and not the other way around.

Less Stressful for Pet

Not all pets like traveling. Some can get motion sickness while others can experience severe anxiety. A really anxious dog will even be more anxious once the grooming is initiated at the salon. On the other hand, if you get a mobile dog groomer, your dog will still be within its own ‘territory’. It will feel more at ease and more relaxed. And even if it doesn’t like to be groomed inside the mobile dog grooming van, you can always invite the groomer inside your house and in the room where your dog is most comfortable.

Undivided Attention

When you go to a pet grooming salon, you and your dog are not the only clients the groomers have to serve. There are plenty more. Sometimes, while the groomer is already performing a particular service on your dog, he or she can get distracted by phone calls, other clients asking for something, or even the innate behavior of other dogs being groomed by other groomers. The point is that the groomer’s attention may not only be focused on your dog, but also on the others in the salon. Mobile dog groomers, on the other hand, work on only one dog at a time. There are no distractions (unless you invite him or her inside the house where he or she will be grooming your dog). It’s just the pet groomer and your dog.

Drawbacks of Mobile Dog Grooming

Like everything else, mobile dog grooming has its own set of disadvantages, too.


Compared to a pet grooming salon that may have a team of pet groomers, a mobile grooming unit will usually be handled by at most two individuals. One will do the grooming while the other will provide assistance. On average a mobile dog groomer can spend about 2 to 3 hours on a single pet; sometimes shorter, other times longer depending on the nature of the grooming. You can also factor in the travel time that the groomer will need to get to your place and you’re looking at a mobile dog groomer who can accommodate only about 4 to 5 clients per day. You may want to have your dog groomed now, but if the groomer is already fully booked, then you’ve got to book for the next available slot.


It is okay if you live in the city as accessibility may not really be an issue. But what if you live in the countryside where the only mode of transportation that is possible is through 4x4s and other off-roaders? It will be a little bit more challenging for the groomer to reach your place. Of course, this is an exaggeration, but you do get the point. There are also gated communities wherein the association strictly forbids groomers and other similar service providers into these exclusive enclaves.


One of the most obvious drawbacks of mobile dog grooming is that it is a little bit more expensive than what pet grooming salons will typically charge you. But if you’re going to factor your time, effort, and the stress that the travel time can bring to your dog, then perhaps this premium price is well worth it. This is not to mention the fuel you will need to put into your car or even the risk of meeting an accident as you travel to and from the grooming salon. Generally speaking, mobile dog groomers can charge you anywhere from $30 to $50 for the low-end market and a minimum of $70 for those on the higher end. There are factors that can play into the determination of the cost of mobile dog grooming, but we’ll get to that in the next section. In addition to these rates, mobile dog groomers typically charge you an additional $10 to $15 as a convenience fee.

Factors that May Affect the Cost of Mobile Dog Grooming

There are no standards when it comes to the cost of mobile dog grooming. The prices are usually dictated by a number of factors that typically include the breed of the dog, its temperament, the location of both the groomer and the client, the different services offered, and the frequency of using such services.


Some breeds of dogs are a breeze to groom. For example, grooming a Boxer, Miniature Pinscher, or even a Vizla or Weimaraner is relatively easy because of their relatively short hair. But if you have a Poodle, Bichon Frise, Afghan Hound, or even a Portuguese Water Dog, know that these will require very extensive – and costly – grooming services. Now, if your dog happens to be a Komondor or even a Puli, then expect the price of mobile dog grooming to be really steep. Grooming these breeds of dogs requires a minimum of 3 hours. And if you have a mobile dog groomer that charges $75 for dogs with easy coats, then you may be looking at an additional $20 to $40 per hour on top of the base charge.

Dog’s Temperament

Most dogs don’t really like the idea of grooming, especially when given a bath to your dog or when their nails are being trimmed. Some don’t even like having their coat clipped. As such, they may show aggression during these episodes of grooming and the professional groomer may be wary of getting bitten by the dog. It is for this reason that some groomers may charge you an extra if he or she deems that your dog has aggression issues. The same is true if your dog requires some special care that is not normally found in other dogs.


Mobile dog groomers located in metropolitan areas that have a high cost of living typically charge higher rates than those found in places with a lower cost of living. For example, residents in Palo Alto, California will usually be paying more for these mobile dog grooming services than those from Modesto since the cost of living in the former is higher than that of Modesto. Of course, other factors can still have an impact on the cost.

Grooming Services Offered

Some mobile dog groomers offer a variety of grooming packages or a la carte services that fit right in your budget. For example, standard nail care can set you back by around $25 to $30. But if you bundle it with another grooming service, then this can be reduced to just $15 to $20. The same is true for brushing your dog’s teeth and ear cleaning.

mobile groomer cutting a dog's hair

When it comes to tooth scraping or the removal of dental plaques from the dog’s teeth, you can choose to go with anesthesia or without. Just remember that tooth scraping with anesthesia will usually set you back by an additional $150 to $250. There are also those groomers who provide a complete package that already includes wash, anal gland expression, nail trimming, dental care, ear cleaning, and even haircut.

You may also like some of our dog grooming guides, such as dog ear cleaners,  dog grooming scissors, dog wipes, and dog grooming tables.


More like a rewards system, some mobile dog groomers provide discounts to their loyal patrons. Some may offer a 5% discount on their next grooming appointment while others prefer giving out a free grooming session with a certain number of accumulated sessions. For example, they may offer a 5+1 deal wherein you will have the 6th grooming session for your dog absolutely free.

Mobile dog grooming does have its pluses and minuses. But if you’re going to look closely at its cost and weigh in the advantages, you’d definitely want to avail of such a service for your dog rather than you bringing it to the pet grooming salon.

  1. Linda Veit
    Mar 24, 2022

    I’m looking for someone who can come over to the fountains and Bettendorf I want to run to groom my seven-year-old Yorkie

  2. Sean
    Mar 15, 2022

    These prices aren’t very accurate. You might find some groomers who will charge these low amounts, but mobile groomers need to typically make at least $80/hr to be able to make a decent profit. This is a profession that takes a lot of time and effort to become a good groomer. They deserve to be paid accordingly. Small dog haircuts average around $90. Large can be well of $150. Tip your groomers they put up with a great amount of stress.

  3. Michelle Shelton
    Nov 11, 2021

    I have a 7month old akita 52lbs needs flea treatment nails bath up to date on shot easy to bath loving obedient how much and do you service 63115

  4. Venus
    Oct 27, 2021

    My dog have everything it needs but I can’t find it and his dog hair is patch up

  5. Maikel chao
    Jul 30, 2021

    I wanted to know the price for a hair cut and a bath and shampoo for 2 small dogs in the Orlando area.

  6. Laura L Cole
    Jun 23, 2021

    I have a miniature poodle I live in Westmoreland TN how much do you charge

  7. Carley Kerry
    Apr 03, 2021

    My dog is a small mix female she really needs her nails cut I no longer have a car.. I don’t know but 2 people here I live in Tomball. Could u call me please

  8. Patricia Stokes
    Mar 29, 2021

    Hi…..Could someone email me back please.
    I do have questions relating to your services. Thanks so much.?

  9. Sara
    Feb 21, 2021

    I had my first Hydodog mobile grooming experience today. My dog is a Chihuahua mix. He is pretty small, under 20 lbs, short hair, etc. I just wanted him bathed & his nails cut. After his appointment I was shocked when I was told it would be $75.00!!!! That doesn’t even include the tip!!! I normally pay $25.00 at my local groomers for a bath & to get his nails cut & ground down. $30 tops if I want the de-shedding package! I don’t know why but I was not expecting that steep of price! I thought maybe $40-$50 not $75!!!

  10. Richard Tichenor
    Dec 08, 2020

    I’m a senior and my dog is to. I’m looking for a mobile unit to give my dog a gentle bath and nail trim.

  11. Clarissa Hunter
    Nov 29, 2020

    I can’t drive for medical reasons and it’s been two years since my dog had his nails cut. I live 1830 Valley Terrace S E Washington DC I need help right now! If you can’t help me can you please Recommend someone who can help me ASAP

  12. Barbara
    Nov 29, 2020

    I just moved to Medway and I have a yorkie who is a senior , he needs a grooming can you give me a ballpark figure on price ? Please Email me as I would like to have him groomed on a Wednesday, thank You I!

  13. Jenifer Figone
    Aug 01, 2020

    Hi, I have two Small dogs need to grooms , How much price for that and are you service Ca, Eldorado hills? Please, let me know.
    Jenifer Figone

  14. Marsha Sexton
    May 19, 2020

    I have a Maltese she is 2 years old. I have always had her groomed every 2 weeks since she was 3 months old. Hair trimmed every 3rd time approximately. The groomer closed her shop because of the virus situation. My daughter suggested this type of service. My dog is my love of my life. I have tried to care for her myself but her body hair is not typical maltese hair. It gets really this and Gracie gets really hot and it can mat. So I resorted to cutting it out (the matts) we really need help. We would love to find a replacement. Would you please get ahold of me. I work nights. Early morning are best before I go to bed for a call. Groomer coming to my house would be great if they are kind and don’t cost a great deal and do a great job she looks like a princess

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