Dog Grooming: DIY or Hire a Professional?

Taking care of a dog is pretty rewarding. When your pup soaks you up in drool and cuddles with you, every parenting effort seems worthwhile. With that said, there are also times when raising a dog can seem like a nightmare of sorts, especially when you have to clean your pooch up and make sure it’s pawsitively sparkling from head to toe. Grooming a dog can be tricky. There is a lot that goes into keeping a canine tidy. You need to clean their paws, nose, coat, teeth, brush their hair, and trim their nails, which can be tough. And if someone is a new parent, then getting the hang of dog grooming is all the more difficult, which is why first-timers prefer to take their fur child to a professional groomer. But then the question arises which way is better? Home grooming or professional grooming?

The answer to that question is ‘whatever works for you.’ You must find our answer quite frustrating, but trust us when we tell you that it’s the right approach to dog grooming. There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to grooming your four-legged companion. If you are comfortable taking care of your pup’s upkeep at home, you can do so perfectly well. And if you prefer an expert dolling up your dog, then that is fine too. Both methods of dog grooming have their share of positives and negatives. When you choose one, you miss out on the benefits of the other, but that doesn’t mean your choice is wrong. As long as you understand what the grooming method you chose entails and whether it’s useful enough to meet your dog’s grooming needs, you are good to go.

So what are the pros and cons of DIY dog grooming and professional dog grooming, and what are the key differences between the two? Well, let’s find out.

In-home Dog Grooming

Bathing your fur pal at home and looking after their hygiene needs yourself may seem like the inferior choice between the two dog grooming options to many, but it comes with quite a few advantages.



The first and foremost benefit of DIY dog grooming is cost saving. By scrubbing your pooch at home, you get to save a lot of money, as professional groomers can be pretty expensive. And since dogs love to get dirty, your hard-earned money will go down the drain (literally) pretty quickly if you choose to get your fluffy baby professionally groomed. You bring your pup home all sparkly and shiny, but an hour later, it’s drenched in sweat and covered in mud, squandering your money. And you can’t even get mad because your baby looks adorable, all dirty and unkempt. So, if you want to save money, then in-home grooming is the better option for you.

Bonding Opportunity

Many dog owners are always on the lookout for an opportunity to bond with their pet, and in-home grooming gives you just that.

Showering and grooming your canine companion at home allows you to connect with them while tidying them up. It’s a win-win situation if you ask us.

In-home grooming sessions with you will make your fur baby feel loved, and resultant; they will get closer to you. Now, who wouldn’t want that?


The best part about doing anything DIY is the comfort it brings. You don’t have to make time for an outsider or make special arrangements, all you need to do is decide when you want to do something and just do it. Grooming your fur pal at home gives you that liberty. You get to wash them off your own accord. With that said, don’t get too comfortable and go for days on end without cleaning your dog. Make sure you remain consistent with your pup’s grooming sessions.


Lack of Expertise

A professional groomer is likely to have more in-depth knowledge about keeping a dog clean than you do. They will know how to care for dogs with different coats, know the best techniques to clean a dog thoroughly, and also have a better understanding of dog grooming products. So, if your fluffy baby goes to an expert, they will get advanced pampering.

Choosing Products

Another drawback of DIY dog grooming is having to choose grooming supplies for your pup. The canine product market is brimming with shampoos, balms, and other dog upkeep items, which can make choosing the right product for your sidekick confusing, especially if you are a new parent.

Professional Grooming

Although professional grooming may seem the obvious choice to some dog parents, it may or may not be so for many others.


Professional Care

It goes without saying that an expert will give your dog the best possible care and also ensure that all of your pet’s grooming needs are met. They will know how to comb your canine companion’s coat correctly, which products will work best, and how to control them if they start to get antsy in water or around grooming products.

Exclusive Space

Professional groomers have exclusive products and space for grooming dogs, which allows them to care for dogs far more properly than you can at home.



Hiring a professional dog groomer can be quite costly. Although the price you pay for your little one’s grooming session depends on a lot of things, such as the company you choose, the deal you select, you will still have to pay more money than DIY grooming.

Commute Inconvenience

If you decide to get your dog professionally groomed, you might find carrying your pet to the dog saloon troublesome. You can hire a mobile dog groomer, but they charge more than the regular ones. Either way, you will have to face some stress, physical or financial.

The Final Verdict

Since there is no right or wrong choice when it comes to dog grooming, you can choose to do whatever you want. However, we would suggest that you enjoy the best of both worlds. That is, groom your dog at home to reap the benefits of in-home grooming but sometimes also take your pup to an expert for some advanced pampering! I also would like to point you to our awesome PH-Balanced dog shampoo if you decide to DIY.  Please visit our collection of PUCCI Spa Products for your pup:

by Maria A Davidson  || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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