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I agree! I moved to a new city last year and knew nothing about the area and I've had the hardest time finding a good groomer. When I moved, my Havanese was only a few months old, so I would just take him to the vet I found to get puppy cuts. Once I wanted his hair grown out more and they messed him up a few times (cutting his ears and never hand clipping, always a razor) I thought I'd try somewhere else.
So.... I took my Havanese and my new mini poodle to some boutique looking grooming salon. They seemed wonderful and took notes on what I wanted. Well.... it was the worst experience ever! I specifically said NOT to cut the hair on my Havs face bc the hair was almost grown out past his eyes to lay flat on the nose.... I picked him up and everything was cut...it's still not grown out yet and his hair doesn't stand up as much. With my poodle, I specifically told them JUST a puppy cut and I hated the poodle look. His face hair was cut soooo short (they REALLY wanted to shave it) and he came back with a poof tail because they had shaved around the tail. I was very upset to say the least.
I've been taking my dogs to the puppy and now intermediate training at the PetSmart down the street and always thought their grooming looked cheap. I finally gave in when my poodle's hair was about 2 inches long and he looked like a big ball of hair. I figured they couldn't really screw it up! haha It was actually the best grooming experience I've had! The groomer did everything I asked, and even told me next time she would hand clip him if I wanted to keep his hair a little longer. We got there a few mins early to pick him up, while she was still finishing his face, and from watching behind the glass she handled him wonderfully. I really like that I could actually sit and watch them groomed the whole time if I wanted. I feel like I could jump in and stop them before they did anything wrong unlike most places I've been where you must leave for a few hours and never know what you'll come back too!! Next... I'll take my Hav after his hair has grown out a bit more!