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Old 09-13-2009, 10:09 AM
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And I agree with fran, lol.. Posted at the saem time
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:34 AM
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i guess i understand people not trusting groomers and worrying about their dogs. but it is upsetting that apparently some groomers give people a reason to worry.

However i am so sure that you are more likely to injure your dog grooming it at home yourself, than a groomer who has went to school, licensed and been grooming for 5+ years.

accidents happen even with the best professionals though.
we have been through so many groomers, I just cannot tolerate you cutting my dog and not bothering to even tell me. Also, at least around here it is hard to find people who are actually trained, too many are like "well I cut my own dog, that must qualify me to be a groomer, im gonna open shop".

I actually have a groomer now who went to a very good school and is great with the dogs, sadly she is dealing with all the prior bad groomers because a few of mine are now "hard to handle" at the groomers because of those bad experiences... and we drive 30 minutes to get to her.

Oh and I am one of those annoying customers who gives Very very very detailed instructions on how I want the dog to look, LOL and too many groomers have been like "oh you meant LONG? I thought when you said long you meant shaved?!" You shave my dog, I dont come back, no negotiating.

But the groomers on here need to understand that its nothing personal but YOU GUYS are not the typical groomer people deal with... the people on here are ANIMAL LOVERS first... MANY groomers out there are just in it to make a buck. And yes it is sad that those people give everyone a bad name but there are many more of them.
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:48 AM
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I just wanted to clarify, I know that I didn't tell Auggie's groomer exactly what I wanted done (because at the time I didn't actually know what I wanted done - and certainly never imagined aussie pants), but I find it easier to just do the grooming myself rather than take him to a groomer and say "Thin out behind his ears a little so all the dredlocks disappear. Round up the very tips of his ears and ONLY the very tips. Trim off the whiskers that curve backwards against his face, the ones on his cheeks, and clean up his lower jaw only. Shape up his paws but you have to do it creatively because he stands silly on one paw so you have to shape them up according to how he stands rather than just a straight shaping up. Clean up the bottoms of his paws and clean up the hocks but not TOO cleaned up. And snip just a few of the long hairs from his underbelly, the ones he pees on. You can thin out his pants a little but they really don't need too much."


And I think if I did that, a groomer would think I was crazy or that I was going to be the biggest diva client ever, LOL.
So it's nothing against groomers, I just find it so much easier to do it myself when what I want is so incredibly specific.
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:28 PM
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I just groom my own because it's so easy. Then again I won't ever have a breed that needs routine clipping, it's just something I don't want to have to deal with because I'm lazy. Plus papillon grooming is kind of weird. You don't clip the feet like normal breeds, you certainly don't touch the ears to trim up or pluck hairs out. It takes forever to grow fringe so it's not something I want to risk getting chopped off. And yep, I've known people that's happened to. There goes two years of fringe down the drain...

We did take Trey once upon a time to the groomer's. They did a decent job but nothing I couldn't do myself. They asked a million times though if we were sure we didn't want him shaved.
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Old 09-13-2009, 02:03 PM
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I groom my own! And other peoples! I just bought good clippers, Thinning shears, and the scissors. And I actually subscribed to a lady on youtube who is a groomer and shows you how to groom some breeds or dogs.

I can groom mini poodles, Yorkies (Well, duh, I have a yorkie lol), cocker spaniels, shih tzus and westies. No other breeds yet but I have the skills needed for the other dogs so Im sure I could wing it with some toher breeds.
I am sure that you do a wonderful job and not to pick on you, but it is for this very reason that groomers get a bad reputation. If you want to groom your own dog because you trust yourself more, than wonderful. But when you say that you groom other dogs and you could wing it with other breeds I cringe. I NEVER wing it with a dog, nor would I recommend any person who wings it. Many people that call themselves professional groomers are self taught like yourself, and these are often the people who call themselves professionals and give the real professional groomers a bad name.

Now don't get me wrong, there are some horrible professionally trained groomers out there. I have seen first hand the damage they have caused both physically and emotionally to a dog. This is where it becomes the owners responsibility to find a groomer that can be trusted.

Poodle Mommy and Beanie, you would be the type of clients that I would love because you know what you want and give me a very clear picture of what you want. I always love it when a client says you are going to think I am crazy but I have a huge list of things I want done. I don't think someone is crazy or a diva, I think that they care enough about their dog that they know what is best for them.

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But the groomers on here need to understand that its nothing personal but YOU GUYS are not the typical groomer people deal with... the people on here are ANIMAL LOVERS first... MANY groomers out there are just in it to make a buck. And yes it is sad that those people give everyone a bad name but there are many more of them.
I agree with you 100%, and the reason that there are so many more groomers who have no buisness putting clippers against a dog are the ones that just go out and buy a pair of clippers and look online or buy a book and think they have what it takes. This is why I firmly believe we need regulations in the grooming industry. The same as we need to get rid of the BYB's the BYGroomers need to get the boot aswell!!

I am so sorry that the majority of you have had such bad experiences. But I can assure you the good groomers do exist!
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Old 09-13-2009, 02:19 PM
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Wing it does sound terrible.. But what I mean Is I have experiance now with the clippers, scissors, And I know what the breeds cut SHOULD look like.

Far to many groomers would rather cut the animal then cut thereselves. I think that is WRONG. I alway Put my own fingers in a place where I cannot cut the dog, I would be cut. My aunt is a hairdresser and her fingers get cut because she believes the same thing.

And I would NEVER call myself A proffesional Groomer. Never ever ever, Because it is very much untrue..That is why I would NEVER exceot money or a strangers Dog.

I tell friends and family that I cut my dogs hair, And because they have had bad experiances with strangers that didnt givva crap about the dogs, they ask if I would try it.. Alot just dont care about the animals. I do. I dont just care about mine, but i care for my friends and families. If some random person I didnt know came in and asked me to do it, I wouldnt. No matter how much they offered me (I do it free anyways, because I enjoy it) I would NOT do it..
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Old 09-13-2009, 04:18 PM
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I am sorry that some of you have had bad experiences with groomers.
you must not have ever been to a groomer like Saintgirl or I.
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Old 09-13-2009, 04:54 PM
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I just groom my own because it's so easy. Then again I won't ever have a breed that needs routine clipping, it's just something I don't want to have to deal with because I'm lazy. Plus papillon grooming is kind of weird. You don't clip the feet like normal breeds, you certainly don't touch the ears to trim up or pluck hairs out. It takes forever to grow fringe so it's not something I want to risk getting chopped off. And yep, I've known people that's happened to. There goes two years of fringe down the drain...
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If they were Collies or Shelties, that'd be the first thing to come off! lol I can imagine the shock and heartbreak if that were to happen ...
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:21 PM
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I considered grooming my dogs myself. My sister loaned me a couple of videos to watch, but what I learned from them is I do not want to do it. LOL! I found a great groomer who does a fantastic job with them. I wish I could save the money, but I'm too scared to try, so this is what I do.
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:29 PM
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I groom my dogs myself.

Get it? Ha ha... Smooth coated Chihuahuas, short haired mix, before a Doberman Pinscher. It's a bath and an occassional brushing. There are advantages to having short haired dogs.

But if I ever get a Poodle, which I might love to get, I will learn how to clip myself probably.

Some of those horror stories are enough to scare anyone....like the dogs that are left on the table unsupervised and they fall and strangle to death. Or the groomers that are nasty and forceful toward the dogs. Pretty scary out there. If I'm too inept at learning that skill, I might have to travel a long ways to come to one of you more conscientous Chazergroomers.
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