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CharmingChampignon Wed 20-Jan-16 18:11:18

What do dog groomers do? We have never taken our dog but I'm wondering if we should?

negrilbaby Sat 06-Feb-16 22:47:54

It depends what breed of dog you have. Wouldn't bother if you have a short haired breed but kind of necessary if you have a poodle - their hair grows continually and doesn't stop once it reaches a certain length. A groomer washes the dog. Combs, brushes, dries the coat and then cuts it. They also file nails and some will take care of the anal glands!
If you can manage to keep your dog clean and matt free then you don't need to use a groomer.

pigsDOfly Sun 07-Feb-16 14:39:26

If you don't need to I wouldn't bother. I have a long haired dog but I manage most of the grooming myself including cutting the hair round her bum. The hair on her body seems to get to a certain length and no longer. I don't bathe her, brushing keeps her neat and shiny.

Only use a groomer for tiding up the hair on the paws and cutting her claws, mainly her dew claws as her other claws tend to get worn down by walking.

If you do take you dog to a groomer I would advise you to be very specific about what you want done. My DD's dog's coat (same breed as mine) was clipped right down to the undercoat (double coated dog) by one groomer and it's never been quite right since.

pigsDOfly Sun 07-Feb-16 14:41:35

That should be, 'I only use a groomer', I wasn't telling you you should only use a groomer for the nails Charming

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 07-Feb-16 18:57:12

The 'Poo' goes every eight weeks. He hops in the bath, then pops in the drying cabinet and comes out like a cotton ball. He gets a full body clip, and particular attention is paid to his feet, ears and beard to make it all tidy.
IME there are two types of groomers those who take your dog for just an hour and work on it continuously for that time. The other is the one I prefer is the dog goes for 2.5 to 3 hours, but has a play with the other dogs between each step of the process.

Claraoswald36 Sun 07-Feb-16 19:04:37

I take the idiot cocker. He's getting a full clip this time I'm sick of the state he gets in every walk in this weather!

AnUtterIdiot Sun 07-Feb-16 21:32:44

Greyhound had a bath and a blowdry to get rid of kennel smell as we didn't have an accessible bath for him and it was too cold to wash him outside. He also had a conditioning rub that made him smell of Chanel No 5. His claws didn't need trimming. When we had a long haired GSD she went pretty regularly and always came back looking like a film star smile

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