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Do You Take Your Pets to a Groomer?

If you couldn't tell, I'm totally stoked about the new Animal Planet show Groomer Has It, and now I'm interested to see how many of you can relate to the series. A big reason I took North to a groomer after I first welcomed him home was because of his nails. Being a new puppyowner made me totally skittish to clip his nails on my own, fearing that I would cut too far back and hurt my little guy! Having a trusted groomer can definitely help to calm new-parent nerves, especially if your pooch has an unruly 'do. So fill me in, do you go to a chichi doggie salon, or do you take on all the clipping and combing responsibilities for your pets?

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7kimba7 7kimba7 7 years
the pet store across the street grooms dogs... I'm taking him there this Saturday. I would love to learn how to cut his hair myself though. Between groomings, I clean his ears/face myself and I wash him if he needs a bath. He has to get groomed pretty often though so I usually leave the nails to them.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 7 years
two of mine get groomed on a regular basis by their breeder because they are show dogs. my other non-show dog goes to a sheltie breeder (not his own) where he comes home looking gorgeous.
ElleJay ElleJay 7 years
I take Raja to the groomer occasionally for bath. They make her SOOOO soft and fluffy- something I could never do by myself at home!
vmruby vmruby 7 years
Yes...... every 2 months but he gets bathed here at home once a week.
sing2day sing2day 7 years
my three dogs get groomed about 4 times a year. But we bathe them weekly ourselves and trim the hair around their eyes and ears as needed. I don't go to a chichi salon, but my local pet smart.
mbrown81 mbrown81 7 years
We have pet spa days at our house once a month. Both dogs and the cat get a shampoo, thier nails clipped, ear, and teeth cleaning. We also have to shave Brisco (hes a Germen Shepherd) at the begining of the summer due to the high heat. It looks a little funny but well worth it to keep him cool in southern MS. I also have the spa days on the same day that they get thier heartgaurd and frontline so I never forget.
Megbucks3 Megbucks3 7 years
I started taking my now 6 month old cocker spaniel to the groomers when he was very little. I wanted him to adapt to the groomers and be comfortable with the experience for the long term. I am actually planning on taking Charlie to the groomers this week, so he can get his 'summer haircut'. It's too hot in Georgia for him to have excessive amounts of hair. I am hoping to be able to trim him in between grooming and pro-long the process. I also have taken my 5 year old domestic short haired cat to the groomers. I find it's the best way to get rid of his winter coat and the amount of hair he sheds during the experience is less hair in my house. The groomers always look extremely nervous when I bring in my cat, until they discover that he loves the bath time and will sit still for them.
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
I bathe B-Bop myself usually, just easier. But I take him to get his nails and butt glands done every once in a while. But I'm super careful where I go since the time they cut his nail so badly he bled all the way home and nothing would stop it. He cried! It was so sad and I was SO pissed at those people
mnp mnp 7 years
I take Fuji to the groomers every few months just so he can have a thorough grooming. But in between those months, I do the trimming/grooming myself. It's just really pricey to have to groom a shih tzu often.
Txredd Txredd 7 years
We've taken our Abbey to only 2 groomers....the 1st one had her so stressed she went through what our Vet called a 'False Pregnancy'. Took her awhile to get over that, then the 2nd groomer, who also raised Show Dogs, cut Abbey's hair off short on one side and left the other side long. (Abbey had a few matts in her fur, seems like both sides would have been trimmed, not just one- so we had to trim her fur ourselves later that day to make both sides even). No more groomers,... we bought dog clippers that came with a how-to DVD, and now we cut her hair ourselves. She's too precious to us, to have her stressed out.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
We've been looking for a groomer for our Maine Coon.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 7 years
I have to give my cats "spa day" once a week. I clip their claws, bathe them, and clean their ears/eyes/face. I brush their teeth 3x a week. I do it myself because I would never trust anyone else to do as good of a job as I do, with as much care or as well-done. We have a pretty good routine down, and cats prefer to stay in their environments when possible. Maybe if I had someone coming over, she had 50 years experience, and was the nicest most patient person in the world. Maybe.
witchbaby witchbaby 7 years
use to take one of my dogs(she's passed now) to the groomer all my other dogs have short coats. But my baby had a bad experience I think and would shake like crazy when we would take her and once a groomer we tried said that she didn't want to see my dog again. >.< Everytime I go I just don't really trust people with my kids & I've seen too many animal abuse videos that I wouldn't consider taking them unless I was in the room with them.
sanriano sanriano 7 years
used to take my pug to get her nails clipped but I now have learned to do them myself
wren1 wren1 7 years
I take mine sometimes to get his nails clipped.
JuneC JuneC 7 years
We have to take our cat in to get rid of the allegins on his body. Works like a charm
MissyCat MissyCat 7 years
I take my cat Missy to the groomer (euphemistically referred to as the "kitty spa") every 3-4 months for a haircut. She's 22 years old (today, actually) and not as efficient at using her tongue for grooming as she was when younger. And since she's a longhair, that's a lot of work for one small kitty tongue no matter how young you are! So every few months she goes in to get a lion cut. Her fur is shaved down to about 1/4 inch except for around her face, the lower half of her legs and the end of her tail. She actually enjoys getting her haircut; her groomer Cindy is always telling me that Missy will get up and walk on the grooming table and present another part of herself, as if to say "Cindy, you missed something on my shoulder, please fix it!"
JessieSP JessieSP 7 years
I only do it sometimes but not a lot like some people do.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I take my Persian, Oliver, in to see his groomer several times per year. He LOVES not only his groomer, but getting bathed as well. He swishes his tail around in the water, and shows Dana precisely where she should wash him! :)
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 7 years
i take my dog to the groomer at the vet's. i've had too many accidents trying to clip his nails, so i let the pros handle all his grooming needs.
letterkpancake letterkpancake 7 years
i have 3 dogs who track in a lot of dirt, leaves and anything else you can imagine into the house. therefore, if they didn't go to the groomer every 8 weeks, you could imagine the chaos. we were lucky in finding a groomer we could trust and is local. our oldest dog winston has severe arthiritis and is tender around his joints, so he can easily nip when he is getting a bath or haircut. its well worth it for them, plus they get to wear cute bandanas afterwards.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 7 years
It did take us a long time to find a groomer that we liked and trusted though. Thankfully we found one and are very happy with her
Aphrosette Aphrosette 7 years
My dogs have to go to a groomer every 8 weeks otherwise they will get really matted
BloodyFuFu BloodyFuFu 7 years
I used to take Harley to a groomer but I grew suspicious of the job they were doing. She always came home and slept the rest of the day, and she's a non stop play kinda dog. I thought it was a little odd and wondered if something they were doing was freaking her out. Plus they trimmed her nails so badly that they kept splitting open to the quick. She's ripped out one nail and left the quick exposed once before and I do not want to have to go through that again. I give her a bath in our tub now, brush her teeth the best that I can, and file her nails with a low speed dremel. I give the cat a bath at the same time too, it's just easier that way.
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