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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-27-2013, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Hello,

I always feel bad coming here cause I don't have any pictures yet. sorry! Taking my 18mo. old Coco for her first groom appointment. (we have only had her for about 3 weeks now). I am actually dreading it, as she HATES the car. Even when taking her for a walk, she walks as far away from the car, in the driveway, as she can. I bought her a thundershirt that I am not sure makes that much of a difference. ?? Anyone have any ideas to alleviate her anxiety?

The questions I have about the groomer are as follows:
1. approximately how long does it take.
2. I know this will vary greatly, but about how much should I expect to pay?
3. What, if any questions, should I be asking the groomer?
4. Do I tip the groomer?

Having a dog is new to me and I am living and learning at this rate.

Thanks for your input.
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Does your pup have any tangles or mats at all? Tell them NOT to shave her! Want do you want your pup to look like?



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she has a few mats and I definitely do NOT want them to shave her.
Can you answer any of my other questions? I want my pup to look like a havanese, I will be taking a Havanese book with me so that the groomer knows what I want.
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Your picture looks like you might have some kids? Maybe if they hold her in the back seat that would help?Can you try to comb out the mats before the appointment? Because a lot of groomers just like to cut them short and use trimmers. I gave my Havanese a hair cut with scissors, She has a coat that is easy to cut because it doesn't show as many flaws because of the thickness and wave it has. I don't like it when groomer's cut havanese noses and around eyes. I also don't like sanitary cuts mine have never needed it. I dont know why groomers do anial glands mine have never needed that. These are a couple pictures of Zoey's first haircut. She was in a full coat before. I left her head pretty much natural in this picture. I may have shortened her ears a bit. I also may have cut a bit of bang. You are welcome to print her picture if you like this cut as an example. I may also be able to help you learn to post pictures.
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I would think anywhere around $60.00 for a groom, plus tip. And, my guess it will take 1 to 1 1/2 hours, usually you drop off your pup and pick up later.

Ask the groomer for pictures of grooms that she has done.

If I were you, bring in some pictures of the looks you love for your pup. Do you want a neat groom or a shaggy messy look? Do not tell them you want a puppy cut, that has many meanings to a lot of groomers. Are you planning of your pup wearing a pony?

So much to think about.....and another reason to learn to groom your own Hav.



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I pay 40.00 for Maya and then tip her 5.00. I just tell them to leave her ears and mustache.
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Congrats on your Hav! I understand how nervous you are about taking your pup to the groomer's.

I hope some of these answers help:

1. approximately how long does it take.
It should take 1.5-2 hours. It also depends on how the grooming salon is run. Do they have one drop off time in the morning, and then they call you later for pickup, or is there a certain pickup time (like drop off at 8:30AM, pickup at 3PM or 5PM). Either your dog will stay there for the time she is groomed, or she will stay there longer depending on the schedule. If your pet is severely matted, dirty, flea infested, or has any behavioral issues such as biting or fear of the high velocity dryer, the groom will take longer.

2. I know this will vary greatly, but about how much should I expect to pay?
The price really depends where you live. Maybe $40-$60? More for a mobile groomer. Some places have Full Haircut services and mini-groom services. The mini-groom is more "Face, Feet, Fanny" where your dog is bathed, brushed, blowdried, sanitary trimmed (stomach and potty area shave), feet trimmed up (pads and rounding the feet), and maybe light trimming around eyes if you request it. The Mini-groom will cost less than a full haircut service. For people who want their dog's hair long anyway, the mini-groom is a great option to maintain the long hair look.

3. What, if any questions, should I be asking the groomer?
Ask them what vaccinations they require, ask to see some pictures of drop coat breeds, and if they have Havanese pictures, the better! Ask questions about hair styles - just because you see a lot of drop coats shaved down, doesn't mean that's all the groomer does. Sometimes that's just what clients request. Ask how they handle aggressive dogs. This will indicate what their handling style is like (also make sure you let them know that you are not asking about your dog, that your dog is not aggressive)

If your dog gets nervous in car rides, probably best to not feed her before the appointment. Also, walk her and tire her out before the appointment. And if you do go to a salon where it is by appointment, please pickup as soon as you get the call that your pup is ready.

Tell them exactly how you wish the haircut to look. Tell the groomer the exact amount of hair you want taken off or left on. Do you want the ears trimmed? tail trimmed? do you like fuller feet? Do you want the anus exposed or just lightly trimmed? Do you want the sanitary shave where the stomach is shaved? How do you want the bangs to look? more natural, more like a visor? Tell them specifically DO NOT SHAVE DOWN THE BRIDGE OF THE NOSE. And, be realistic in how you will maintain the hair. If you want 6 inches of show coat type hair but have an active lifestyle and little time to brush and comb in between, long hair is probably not the best option.

4. Do I tip the groomer?
It is not expected, but always appreciated! And do not feel bad if you don't tip even though you are thrilled with the service. The best "tips" for groomers are referrals and talking highly of them to everyone you come across!

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Another thing - some groomers automatically pluck ears and express anal glands. Ask your groomer if they do this. If you do not want these services done (some places charge extra for it), tell them you do not want it done.

Some salons also automatically use bandanas or bows and cologne. If you do not want these, please tell them. Some places charge extra for it.

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Hey, welcome to the forum. looks like you already have good responses do your questions.

1. approximately how long does it take.

depends on the shop. if it's a traditional shop, where they put the dogs in crates, then more than 2 hours. My little guy, he's not crate trained, and doesn't like it, so he goes to a crate free trainer. they do the dog all at once, so usually 1 hour.

2. I know this will vary greatly, but about how much should I expect to pay?
my groomer charges 45 for an outline (just a trim with scissors) and $60 plus tip for a full cut.

3. What, if any questions, should I be asking the groomer?
you should find a pic that looks like the cut you want. also, if you don't want your dog smelling like a fragrance (very heavy btw, in my opinion), you need to say something, or your dog will come back smelling nice, but strongly like perfume.

4. Do I tip the groomer? if it's your first time, and you don't like the cut or service, I wouldn't. if you come back, and use the same groomer, you should tip. I used to work in restaurants so I tip minimum 20%.
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1. approximately how long does it take.
I drop Tim off at 7:00 and pick him up by 10:00.

2. I know this will vary greatly, but about how much should I expect to pay?
Hmmmm, I think I pay a lot but I like his groomer, $65.00

3. What, if any questions, should I be asking the groomer?
Bring pictures!!! Ask what they do in addition to wash and cut. I made specific directions not to do anal glands unless they are full, and that's only been two times. I did have them pluck Tim's ears and the first time it was painful but now it's a piece of cake. Now that I've been there for a while I can just say "the usual", but this last time I brought in pics so they could trim his face and they did a great job.

4. Do I tip the groomer?
I don't tip each time but give bi-yearly monetary gifts, just easier for me.

You have to learn to post pics!!!!

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