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We have 2 doodles, a golden and a labradoodle and we went to Petsmart a few times. The wait was long, they wouldn't win any points on personality with the dogs and it was soooooo expensive. We paid $100 for each of our dogs - rediculous! We have 2 groomers now who charge the same price and do every bit as good a job and do if for $45 each! Big difference. We are south of Charlotte, NC. We have never tried the mobile groomers, but have considered looking into them.

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Comment by Joe Bowers on December 8, 2012 at 2:39pm

I live in Tampa fl. went to the groomer for the first time and when I picked up Teddy he looked like a racoon with Poodle legs eveh though we told her not to shave the face just to clip it "SOME" anybody out there in this area that knows a good Doodle groomer???

 

 

Comment by Jane Castleman on December 7, 2012 at 12:59am

You won't believe this!  We moved to Mexico a few months ago, and had 70-lb. Q groomed on the way down so he'd make a good impression on our new landlord.  He was beautiful and the price in Mazatlan was 250 pesos, about $25 with tip.  Now here at Lake Chapala we found someone who does the best job ever--and the price for bath and cut even less!  Here in Mexico, Q can go to restaurants with us--he's been so well-behaved he impresses even us--and to the outdoor market.  Once, while I was fumbling for pesos for veggies, he got a little close to the tortilla chips, but still got smiles and pets.  Back in AZ I taught myself to groom him because his fur is so fine he's a real challenge for groomers.  I couldn't get Andis clippers through his fine, fine fur, so I resorted to giving him scissor cuts.  Fortunately, he just loves to be touched and brushed and came running when the tools came out.

Comment by Anneke Penne on December 6, 2012 at 8:13pm

Doodles where I work start at 68$ and can go up to over 100$ depending on the amount of work the owner wants you to do.45$ is very cheap. I am glad you are getting a deal but that is a very underpaid groomer. It really makes me wonder about the groomer who is charging that. Not a lot of groomers let you watch because sometimes that makes it difficult for the dog to behave while grooming, if you are ever allowed to watch the process take advantage of it. Where I work, owners are not allowed in the grooming area for liability reasons. But if it were up to me and the dog remained calm while mommy or daddy was there, I would allow them to watch the entire groom on a doodle. It is a lot more work than people realize.  Especially if you like your doodle longer and fluffy. They are very fun to groom though.

Comment by Julie WZ & Cooper on August 6, 2012 at 10:33pm

I take Cooper to Petco.  He weighs 90# and I pay between $90-$100 everytime.  It is a lot but he feels sooooo good afterward, and I do love the person we use there - she's very good with him.  I do our small dogs myself and that's a big enough job at 6 or 7 pounds!  I don't know if I could swallow that price for anyone but Coops - he's just PRICELESS to me so I hardly feel the pain when I pull out the checkbook! lol

Comment by Dee, Indie & Winstone on August 5, 2012 at 2:55pm

So far I have kept Indie long haired but groom her daily. I use a rotating fine tooth comb to detangle & get her burrs out, she prefers it to brushing.  Great information Jan, it has helped me with the choice of clippers that is am thinking of investing in.

Comment by Patty Acord on August 2, 2012 at 5:28pm

Thank you for the information, I really appreciate it.  Gracee won't appreciate it so much, as she sees no need to get groomed, but Baylee, she is my prancing queen who loves to show off, especially her new bows after getting groomed - that is until her sister or brother pull them off!

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on August 2, 2012 at 4:39pm

Other details that occur to me about the blades -

the Andis clippers can use Oster blades (and other brands) - it's an industry standard (often referred to as Oster A5 compatible).


Finish Cut blades are safer to use than skip tooth -less chance of pinched skin between the teeth (a fear I have when working certain areas like the upper legs...

Only buy ceramic blades - I've wasted too much money on metal blades that get hot quickly to ever buy another metal blade...

Always remember to check the temp of the blade as you're working, especially sensitive areas of the body (abdomen, rear under tail, etc).  When in doubt, change to a cooler blade and / or spray with Kool Lube.

Kool Lube should never be inhaled - I spray it on the blade (while still on the clippers) down into a garbage can to protect both me and the dog I'm working on.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on August 2, 2012 at 4:23pm

It is a lot of work, especially if they don't want to hold still, lol ;)

I keep a collar and leash on them while working (on my back porch).  That helps.  As do the treats that are always available to regain their cooperation (ok, so now my dogs think kibble is a treat - especially if they've not had dinner yet ;)

As I was learning - my neighbors got used to seeing my dogs in various stages of groomed / ungroomed...  Luckily, the dogs don't care how they look as long as I tell them they're beautiful! LOL :)

Comment by Patty Acord on August 2, 2012 at 4:02pm

I recently started grooming our honorary doodle (he's a rescued schnauzer/shih tzu mix).  He is extremely "busy" as they called it at the shelter!  He kept running away and I got tired, as it was midnight, his hair was 5 inches long and had lots of matts in it.  He currently is sporting the "party in the front - business in the back look".  He is still adorable!

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on August 2, 2012 at 3:59pm

For your sensitive girl - try using a medium tooth comb instead of a brush.  My drama queen hates the brush, but tolerates being combed. ;)

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