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OK, I'm really hesitant to blog this, because its so personal, but hey, what the hay ! 

I'm just curious on how much it costs to groom a dood around the country and with our friends up north.  We just had Ginger groomed today and she really looks great.  Here in Horseshoe Bay, Texas we have several choices of grooming.  We can go to PetSmart, where it costs $86 US dollars and takes about 3-4 hours with the dog in a cage waiting for its turn.  Or, we can hire one of maybe 3-4 "mobile" pet groomers, who will come to the house with their trailer or van, and do the job in about an hour and a half.  Our mobile groomer has charged $82 US dollars for a cut, bath, nail cut, ear clean, and anal gland clensing.  With the less stress, I prefer the home visit over PetSmart, since the cost is so close.  What do you all pay and what's your experience ?

 

But our groomer indicated that her cost will go up to $90 this year.  Still a good price, I think, but it got me wondering about doing it myself.  I'm sure I could learn, and Ginger wouldn't mind looking like Josie Bag 'a Donuts the first few times, but I'm flat out afraid to try it.  Afraid of the unknown type of thing.  I've seen several do-it-yourself videos when googled dog grooming, so schooling shouldn't be a problem.  Anybody got advice ?

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Comment by Jane Smith on February 22, 2011 at 6:30pm
I take both my doodles to Petsmart.  There is only one groomer I will let cut them and I don't allow the use of a razor.  I tried someone else one time and when I picked Lucy up she looked like a poodle.  I was not happy.  I pay $57 and I take her every 6 weeks to be cut and I take her to be bathed every two weeks.  The bath is $27.
Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on February 2, 2011 at 3:09pm

Thanks, everybody, for the comments.

Went to PetSmart yesterday to look at clippers.  Saw several Andis boxes, but none had any identifying numbers on the box, so i couldn't identify the 22360 that Laurie mentioned.  Amazon.com had one for about $129 US, and the ones at PetSmart were $89 and then $189..BIG price difference.  Decided to wait a month or so to save up my money and get the one off Amazon.

While at PetSmart, ran into another Goldendoodle going in for grooming.  EXACTLY like my Ginger in size and color, but much curlier (like a poodle) and not near as well behaved as Ginger.  We went nose to nose for introduction and it was fun.

Comment by Michael Reutter on February 1, 2011 at 12:56pm
We take are doodle to petco in Patchogue groomer name is Terry .  She does lots of doodles and does a great job . Cost about 75.00 plus 10.00 tip. Money well spent.... she gets groomed every six weeks....
Comment by Erica Carano on February 1, 2011 at 8:37am
Both of our boys go to a local groomer called Doggy Go Go. They charge $55 each and have a waiting room for the dogs that are ready for pick up. No cages. It takes about 3-4 hours for both of them. They're less than a mile from home, so my boys never have long to wait to get picked up. I'm very happy with their work too.
Comment by Tracy Roberts on January 28, 2011 at 4:02pm
We actually have Roxy done by a local groomer in Ontario NY near Rochester. She was reccomended to us as she is also a trainer as well as teaches basic dog grooming. Roxy is a little nervous so I wasn't comfortable with the young staff I saw at the "Big Box" operations. Our groomer Sue charges $65 and we usually give her a $10 tip. We usually have Roxy shaved down very short and have it done 4x year because she likes to jump in water...We found that a lot of private groomers do not take bigger dogs! The Big BOx charges around $90 here like everywhere else.
Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on January 26, 2011 at 4:06pm

Laurie Nug & Puk...

Thanks for the info and the insight.  I don't know why, but we in Texas seem to be way overpriced for the grooming.  Wonder why ?  I moved here because the cost of living was less than the rest of the world !  Connie...$50 bucks in San Diego...WOW !  I'm jealous !  4 of the best years of my life was spent there, back in the 60's. 

Thanks everybody...I was just curious.  I'm scheduled with my groomer up through June, so I can put off any decision for awhile. .....and Ginger thanks you.

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on January 26, 2011 at 8:08am
I don't love doing it, but don't mind because it is a necessity in caring for my boys. And the clippers cost me just a little over what it costs me to have both of mine groomed once. So to me well worth it.
Comment by Connie Kaplan on January 26, 2011 at 12:53am
I am not sure about the do it yourself route, because you have to buy the expensive clippers and then if you don't like doing it you are out the price.  Our groomer is walking distance away and charges $50, extra for nails.  We live in San Diego.  I have asked around and it is one of the more inexpensive places, but I went by a place the other day with a comparable price.
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on January 25, 2011 at 7:37pm

One more thing about the clippers. I have gone the Conaire and Wahl route, don't waste your money, Get the better clippers. The others do not have enough power to cut through all the Doodle fluff.

Get either the Andis or Oster. Both are great brands.

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on January 25, 2011 at 7:32pm

Laurel,

I use the Andis 22360 AGC Super 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper. I have a 10 blade (that's what came with it) on it but always use the comb attachments so it really does not matter the size of blade. I got them off of Amazon because at the time they had the best price. Great clippers, quiet and they do not get hot too fast. I have an extra blade so that I can switch out when it starts to get hot, but really I am never touching the dogs skin so they would not know if they were hot or not. I just don't want to damage the blad or clippers. The best thing about using the combs to is it leaves a shaggy look and not a perfect cut like you get at the groomers, so it does look more natural. I think it goes against all groomers grain to not make it look perfect. 

If you mess up don't worry it grows back so fast.

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