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Old 11-11-2012, 04:20 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I am not a groomer but have done most of my own grooming on my other poodles. That being said I feel that every penny that I pay to have Rhett groomed is sooo worth it. He is growing by leaps and pounds (30 @ 4 months). I know I could do it but he deserves the best that I can afford. The amazing groomer on charges me around $47. That is not too bad. She has done an amazing job with him. He is still not sure about the table but she says he is very good for his age. And he loves going which is another plus. I know that I am getting the best for him. My hat goes off to all groomers who love what they do and make each if the dogs that they do beautiful. Grooming Prices-imageuploadedbypg-free1352640034.735887.jpg
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I am not a groomer but have done most of my own grooming on my other poodles. That being said I feel that every penny that I pay to have Rhett groomed is sooo worth it. He is growing by leaps and pounds (30 @ 4 months). I know I could do it but he deserves the best that I can afford. The amazing groomer on charges me around $47. That is not too bad. She has done an amazing job with him. He is still not sure about the table but she says he is very good for his age. And he loves going which is another plus. I know that I am getting the best for him. My hat goes off to all groomers who love what they do and make each if the dogs that they do beautiful. Attachment 28341
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i've been doing all of my own grooming since adopting my poodle 4 months ago so this makes me very curious (and self-conscious- lol!) because i hadn't considered doing it myself to not be "getting the best for him."

can you explain how it is better for your dog to go to a groomer because i want to always do whats best for my dog, too. thanks.
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Kuku, if you can do it yourself, you will save loads of money. If you like to keep him in a simple cut and don't mind the bathing work, I think it's better to learn and do it yourself.

One groomer in my city charges $125 for a standard, but she is really good like tokipoke. That is for a very basic cut. She charges an extra $50 for a Miami. That's for every 4-6 weeks. I don't think she's worth it, so I take mine to a different groomer.

I go every two weeks, so get a frequency, regular customer discount plus I have referred two people who go regularly, so I get an extra $5 off on Bonnie. They charge $5 extra for fleas. They charge $5-25 for matts. They do nails, anal glands and ears. They offer teeth cleaning every Tuesday with a vet tech.

Bonnie is $30 every two weeks (she is a small standard at just under 22 inches at the shoulder). They will do a Miami for that with some scissoring.

Jazz will be more because he is bigger. They charged me $25 for him for bath, blow and feet shave until last time. He is bigger than Bonnie now. They charged me $30 last time and told me he would end up being $40 every two weeks or $90 a month or $135 every 6 weeks. It is worth it for me to go every two weeks and get the frequency discount and I like them looking clean most of the time.

I will be spending $70 every two weeks or $140 every four weeks plus tips for grooming two standard poodles (one small and one larger).

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Outwest, you have a really good system set up there! By my calculations you spend about the same as most people who only take their dogs in every 6 weeks, BUT you get 3 X the grooms! So you always have a nicely groomed pair of dogs. I think, with reference to kukukachoo's question, a lot of people take their poodles in to groomers because it would take longer to groom them themselves and they feel sorry for the poodle. But people get quicker with time and let's face it, with a standard poodle, you get lots of practice in! Well I have two, so that doubles my practices, lol. Plus groomers are trained to look for looming health problems like ticks, fleas, skin problems, teeth problems, compacted anal glands etc. But owners can do the same thing.
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No offense meant to anyone who does their own grooming. What I may not have been able to articulate is that I do not have the time to groom him myself so I am more than willing to pay for him to be as beautiful as possible. And those can I envy.


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Here in Chicago I spend $55 for Sunny, every 5 weeks, and I think Stacy raises her rates a few dollars every few years. I have been going to her for 15 years now. She is worth every penny and then some.
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Here in Chicago I spend $55 for Sunny, every 5 weeks, and I think Stacy raises her rates a few dollars every few years. I have been going to her for 15 years now. She is worth every penny and then some.
It would be worth the airfare to Chicago for me to get Chagall groomed by Stacy! I am trying to copy his bell bottoms, and within another two grooms (transitioning him out of his summer Miami) I hope he'll be sporting them. I home groom but I "cheat." I have access to a GREAT groomer who fixes my blunders on an as-needed basis and tirelessly shows me (she literally holds my hand, the one with the scissor in it!) what to do. She is trying to convince me to let her put Chagall in a pattern called a Dutch clip. She tells me "It's an old fashion clip but he's made for it. He would look really good in it." I am afraid, not of having her groom him, or the cost, just the look. But I am getting more adventurous with his styles, so we'll see. I admit I love/hate grooming him myself; I love fiddling with his hair, but hate that I can never get him to look symmetrical. I do a better job on his left side than his right, every time! A good, congenial pro groomer is worth his or her weight in gold to me.
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Local groomers here in the S. Atlanta area charge $55 for a miniature poodle for a basic clip (bath, clip, nails, anal glands, limited scissoring).

I started grooming Potsie myself about every 3-4 weeks to save money, and my clippers paid for themselves in 3 grooms (not including extra blades, which I've bought over time)! Of course, he doesn't look quite as good as a pro, but the savings is worth it to me right now. If I had an unlimited budget, I'd take him to the groomer every 3 weeks! I actually have one in my area who is a competitive groomer - she's good!
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I'm in the Seattle area, and a groomer. At our shop toys would start around $60-70, minis around $70-85 standards $95-130. 1/2" or less cuts generally cost less, the longer the hair or more complicated the cut the prices goes up. I also charge a little less if the dog doesn't get clean face & clean feet, those take longer to do.
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Indiana, yes, I feel like I get a good deal, but the groomer says it is far easier to groom a dog every two weeks than deal with a mess every 6 weeks. It's easier on the dogs, too. I also make sure to brush them out thoroughly in between so I never take her a matted dog. It works for us.
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