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How often do you get yours groomed and what is the cost?

I love the "puppy cut" so mine would get that! Do you just go to any groomer or are there special ones for smaller dogs?
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I love the "puppy cut" so mine would get that! Do you just go to any groomer or are there special ones for smaller dogs?
Havanese hair grows about 1/2 inch per month, but it varies from dog to dog depending on their genetics and local climate, so frequency of cutting will depend on how short you want to keep the hair. We use a groomer who cuts all breeds of dogs. Cost will depend on the size of of your dog. Our groomer charges $40 for a small dog like a Havanese. However, we have not had Ricky's hair cut in over a year because we want him in a long coat. We do have the groomer give him a "sanitary cut" about twice a year and the cost is $20.

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Molly is kept in a puppy cut. I take her to the groomer every six weeks. The cost is $40 plus tip for a full groom. I cut her nails at home at about the three week mark. I bathe her at home about every two weeks, unless she needs it sooner. Butt baths are given as needed, along with paw or face washing. Most groomers do all size dogs. I try to look for one that causes the least stress for the dog. My groomer works out of her home, only does one dog at a time, doesn't cage the dogs and hand dries her. I would never go to a shop where the dogs are cage dried. Good luck in finding a good groomer. It is just as stressful as finding a good hairdresser for yourself!
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With my last dog I experienced grooming shops with multiple groomers working in a back room with cages of barking dogs everywhere. The dogs were very excited and stressed from all the commotion. I also suspect they were working on several dogs at once, caging dogs in between and probably cage drying them. They would want to keep the dog too long at the shop also, hours and hours. Not a good scenerio so it pays to do your homework. As a new puppy owner I had to learn things the hard way with my first dog until I realized there were better alternatives out there.



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It is just as stressful as finding a good hairdresser for yourself!
Good one Diane! I thought Ricky's Momi was the only one who experienced that trauma. It must be like what men go through when trying to find a good auto mechanic!

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Hi Molly, what is cage dried?
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Some groomers put dogs into cages with blow dryers blowing hot air on them to dry while they are doing other things. There have even been reports of dogs overheating and dying from this practice.
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Thank you so much for the valuable information! We will be looking for a groomer soon and this is very helpful.
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I have a mobile van comes to my door every 8 weeks and for an hour an a half job I pay 60 bucks including tip.
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I've been going every 6 wks. to 2 months, as needed. My groomer works out of his home as well, and only works on one dog at a time. When I first brought her, I only asked that he do what he could without stressing her. He went very slowly and if he saw that she was getting stressed, he would give her a break and play with her. He charged me about $50. and I usually tip. He manages to do trimming or shaving as needed, depending on the mats, shampoo. He works with an assistant.
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