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On Friday she had her second grooming.  I handed the groomer a written detail of what I wanted done and stood there while she read it.  When I picked her up I wanted to cry.  She was cut down everywhere but her ears and part of her tail to 1/4 of an inch.  My paper said " Please do not cut her ears, beard, mustache or from the base of her tail down.  The groomer said I stood there after she read it and told her to cut her all over to an inch.  She also has big bare spots behind her ears and some ear hair cut off.  The first grooming they did as you can see from her picture was perfect.  I could cry.  Worse yet, she slipped her harness getting into the car and but for her collar I would have lost her.  I know hair grows back, but I'm still upset.  Anyone have this happen to them?  Why, why would you cut her beard and mustache and take her to 1/4 of an inch when that is not what I said and wrote on paper?

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Comment by Sandra Myers on May 24, 2019 at 12:15pm

Bella is now 1 year and 5 mos. old.  She now sleeps upstairs in my room on a king size bed.  lol  She has not been crated since over a month ago.  We can leave the house for an hour or so and she is fine.  She weighs around 70 to 75 lbs. now and her hair stopped growing.  She is glued to my side but does not have separation anxiety.  I have done all her training myself and regret ever taking her to a trainer.  She is happy and healthy and the love of our life.  Her and my 12 year old Boston Bull play all the time.  She is very bossy with Peanut and wants to be number  She is just so good and so very smart...........Best thing that happened to me after my 12 yr. old Coco passed last year.  Having a doodle is the best dog anyone could be lucky enough to have.  Love my Bella.   

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on March 31, 2019 at 12:40pm

What a terrible experience at the training! I'd quit too and wonder why others stay.  Hopefully you have other class options around.   Maybe her hair growth slowed in the winter?  Does she shed?  I would think it would grow, shed or both.

Comment by Sandra Myers on March 31, 2019 at 11:04am

I did notice that Bella was groomed in Jan and her hair hasn't gotten any longer.  I guess it has made it's choice of how she wants to look at one year and three months.  Thrills me.  Now it's a bath, brushed, toenails clipped and ears cleaned and she is done.  Yes!  Of course with my luck in a month or so it will start growing.  lol  Love her beard and mustache even when she dribbles all over the place.  Love our Bella no matter what she would have turned out to look like..............She is 24 inches tall and 68 lbs.  No fat, just a nice size lady.  She still has the patch of black hairs on top of her head that makes her special.................

Comment by Sandra Myers on March 31, 2019 at 10:59am

I took Bella to two obedience classes.  Got sick couldn't finish first class.  Went back second time and quit after 3 classes.  Why?  We were first one there and trainer came out and put a prong collar on her.  I said I didn't want it on, but since I didn't drive there and it was miles from home stayed.  But, when she called me a liar twice in front of the group, because I told her Bella now knew to automatically sit when I stopped and go when I went without commands, she called me a liar.  She also grabbed her by the muzzle and slapped her nose when she didn't pay attention.  I don't correct her that way.  So, I have trained her at home and she does very well.  Anyone else have these problems with trainers?

Comment by Sandra Myers on September 19, 2018 at 10:40am
I'm told it would grow back but wish it would hurry I don't mind too much her body but her beard and mustache really makes me angry.
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on September 12, 2018 at 2:03am

Sandra Pemon is in the same boat, but I blame it on my husband.  He took Pemon to a grooming school.  Even the ears got cut.    I seem to be the only one upset.  He doesn't even look like a Doodle.  

Comment by Sandra Myers on September 11, 2018 at 11:08pm
It was the same groomer as her first time. She Bella had mats and she spent 4 hours grooming her. I brushed her the day before and she did not have mats. Even the pads of her feet weren't clipped even across. Oh well, looking for a new groomer. My neighbor has a doodle so I found out who her groomer was and will check there when she needs groomed. Although, don't know if I will ever have them cut her down again. It seems my inch and theirs is not the same.
Comment by DonMarie & Picco on September 10, 2018 at 9:28am

I've read lots of grooming horror stories!  Is it the same groomer as the first time?  I do my own but in the spring take him in for a good short cut & sanitary cut (I'm afraid to do that myself!).  I've had good luck with groomers that know what a doodle is.  For the interview I take Picco in and let them tell me what they would do.  I think no matter what you tell some groomers (I'm sure not all of them) they have in their heads what they think they should do and ignore what you ask of them.

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