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« on: December 29, 2006, 12:03:56 PM »

I came across this great thumbup article earlier... and am gonna copy-and-paste it here for the benefit of our members swing

Source: http://www.bichonfriseusa.com/articles/findgroomer.htm (no copyright violation is intended.... prose is copied for educational purposes)




Find A Groomer Who Genuinely Likes Pets
Being skilled with clippers and scissors is nice, but nothing is more important than a caring attitude. A groomer who likes dogs and knows how to relate to them is going to put your pet at ease and make the whole grooming experience more enjoyable, or at least less stressful. Visit potential groomers, and notice how they interact with dogs. Do they seem to enjoy the company of canines? Or do they see grooming as just a job, and the pets around them as "work projects?"


Visit A Groomer's Facility
A good groomer should be very willing to let you visit her facility. Check it for cleanliness. Are there piles of hair all over the floor? Are sinks, tubs and counters neat? Are clippers and other tools stored in designated areas when not in use. How is the staff behaving around pets? Are any animals being left in open areas unsupervised? Does the groomer require that all canine customers have vaccinations? If so, which kinds of vaccinations? If the answers you get to any of these questions don't satisfy you, find another groomer.


Ask For Recommendations
Groomers should also be willing to give you the names of customers, especially ones who have pets the same size, breed or temperament as your dog. Ask these customers about their experience. Many groomers also belong to professional associations. If yours does, get the name of the association and visit its website to learn about the professional standards it has established for members.


See Where Your Dog Will Be Kept When Waiting
Depending on the breed, some dogs will have to wait several hours at the groomer for their coats to dry. Check out where a groomer will make your dog wait. Is it spacious enough for a dog of your pet's size? Is it secure? Since your dog will be wet, is there a draft? Does the area get too hot in the summer?


Make Sure The Groomer Doesn't Overbook
You should be leery of a groomer who seems too eager to "squeeze in" your pet between two other dogs. A groomer who does this may be more interested in "turning out" the maximum number of pets than doing a good job.


Check Out The Groomer's Style
There is an art, as well as a science, to pet grooming. Every groomer will bring her own distinctive style to process of clipping, brushing and prettying up your four-footed pride and joy. Some groomers will stick very closely to the "standard" breed cut, while others might be more prone to add a dramatic flair to their work. Make sure that a groomer's style is compatible with the look that you have in mind for your pet.


Find A Groomer Who Will Work With You
As a pet owner, you will want to be part of the grooming process. A groomer should be willing to work with you, answering questions and addressing your concerns. For example, if you're uncomfortable exposing your dog certain chemicals in shampoos or dips, your groomer should be willing to work with a natural alternative.



Feel free to add your personal pointers/recommendations about finding a good BICHON groomer! swing
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2006, 01:10:32 PM »

Great article Del. Thanks so much for finding it and sharing it with us.
I just had another tour of my groomers facility. She's very open to it.
According to these guidlines, looks to me like I found a keeper!
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2006, 05:44:17 PM »

Del.. AWESOME ARTICLE!!!!

Looks like I have a very good groomer  cheerleader cheerleader
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2006, 07:21:16 PM »




Del does it again! Great list. I would just add a few things:

           8: BE SPECIFIC! Tell the groomer what you want (AND IT HELPS IF YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS). Leave a cell phone number and tell them to CALL you if they are not sure.

           9......DON'T SEND YOUR HUSBAND!!!!!!Yeah, he means well, yeah he is trying to help, but give him another important job to do, like taking out the trash or doing something with power tools. This rule also works for children's hair cuts and buying you clothes.


           10. Don't let your groomer turn you in to the bad guy! Lets face it, you know your dog has some matting.....THAT IS WHY YOU BROUGHT HER THERE.....YOU DON'T WANT YOUR BALL OF FLUFF TO BE MAD AT YOU. Better she be mad at the groomer! Let all comments roll off your back and buy her a nice treat for being such a good girl
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2006, 11:27:33 PM »

Lauren.. those are GREAT additions......  thumbup thumbup thumbup thumbup
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2007, 11:45:41 AM »

These are good points. 

My problem is that I don't how to tell groomer what I want. I have a list of "I don't want"  thumbdown

Mainly, I don't want Bree looking like a poodle from any angle. crybaby

I've searched photos but haven't noticed profile of  fluff so that I can print photo to take.

This AM Bree goes for bath and probably groom as she hasn't been trimmed since I got her 9 weeks ago. She was shaved and so far I've asked that they shape rather than shorten.

I've never liked how they do her face.  nono   Usually don't even notice how she is cut until we're at home in our chair. Oh My
When I pick her up we are so excited to see each other that all I can see is her wagging her whole body and trying to get to me.  yahoo

I really would like for her to have puppy face rather than clipped creases at this time. Yes, she's 3, but ........  thinking

I've searched other sites, checked grooming tips, but they are too generic. I would appreciate suggestions as to how to get what I want.
Otherwise I love this groom shop. They're would score high on all selection tips. I need help to be able to communicate what I want.
Now, just in case, I'm the one that's  wacko which is a possibility. Does your  fluff angelwings face look like a poodle from the side?

We'll be off to groomers in an hour or so.
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2007, 02:42:00 PM »

Twila...I know what you mean about being too excited to notice the cut when you pick up your fluff from the groomer!  I do the same thing.  original I think the key to not looking like a poodle is to leave the head fuller and rounder.  I took a picture to my groomer the first time she did Gunner...that was the only way I could think to show her what I wanted.

Great article, Del!  The only thing I would add is to ask what kind of dryer the groomer uses.  I would never take my boys to a groomer that uses a cage dryer (that's my personal opinion), so it is important for me to know what method of drying is used.
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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2007, 07:16:53 PM »

I read on another thread that someone recently relocated and cannot find a groomer that they like. I've also heard/seen this on other threads as well. I thought I'd share some quick tips to finding a good groomer in your area.

The easiest and most obvious suggestion is to ask people in your area who have bichons where they go. So if you have just moved, go hang out at the dog parks, the local pet store, etc. and ask the bichon owners where they go (if not for a good place, where not to go if they have scary cuts ashamed ).

Another suggestion is to look online at akc.org to find your local breed clubs. They will lead you to other bichons owners and even breeders who can give you groomer referrals.

An insider groomer tip: if you visit www.groomers.net and check out the Bulletin Board, there is a thread called "General Groomers Chat". If you click there it will bring you to a list of topics. There is a topic titled "Groomer Referrals" where you can post a thread stating where you are and ask for a groomer. There are A LOT of talented groomers on this forum, including the likes of Dawn Omboy (Queen of Color grouphug ). There is also a photo album where you can view bichons grooms, and the groomers profile will tell you where they are. Many even list their shops website so you can directly contact them.

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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2007, 08:01:03 PM »

When visitng grooming salons to find the right groomer, bring your dog! That way the groomer can meet your dog and you can see how they react together You can also discuss your grooming goals with the potential groomer, and you can see how willing the groomer is to work with you to acheive this.
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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2007, 11:19:59 PM »

After having my first groomer experience last week I'm gonna give my two cents   Stick Out Tongue

I found this groomer by stopping a man walking a lovely bichon and asking him where his fluffer was groomed.



Then when I was ready to bite the bullet I called and talked to the owner...

* explaining how long Boog was,

* promising that he was mat free,

* being very clear about what exactly I wanted,

* being honest about the fact that I had no clue about how Boogie would be at the groomers as I had never taken him before,

* asking about whether they kennel as I felt that I needed to be honest with any groomers about how Boog would react to that (badly and with incessant barking)

* and last but not least I told her that if she felt the only option was shaving him she was to call me and I would come pick him up as shaving him WAS NOT an option.



Then when I got there that morning the first thing she did after some polite chit-chat was to get her hands into Boogies coat and make sure that there really were no mats.  I appreciated that she double checked before I left so that if there had been mats she could talk to me face to face about how to proceed.



Although I am not a huge fan of his cut (I like him shaggy) I WILL go back there whenever I want or need Boogie professionally shaped. 

The reasons are these...

* She does not kennel him

* She scissors him

* He really likes her

* She really likes him

Everything else is much less important


(woohoo.....I did me a longwinded Del post!!  YKILYR?)

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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2007, 11:24:00 PM »

Janine.. Benji's groomer doesn't kennel Benji either, and I think this is a big reason why he actually LOVES going there.. Whenever I drop him off he doesn't even look twice when I leave.. he could care less haha.. He gets to play all day with other doggies, so for him it's more like a play date..  Stick Out Tongue Stick Out Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2007, 06:59:43 AM »

(woohoo.....I did me a longwinded Del post!!  YKILYR?)
bop2  It's just (Love word'ing) me and no one else right? wink2 Stick Out Tongue


Great tips thumbup btw mi'lady embrace

That "no-kennel'ing please" criteria was on my list too when I (many moons ago) was searching for a professional groomer.  Fred 'kennels' most of his furry clients (for their own safety.... since there're several at any one time at his premises, and some are just a terror Oh My), but he NEVER 'kennels' Bianca Wub.  We reach his salon, and he attends to her immediately nodding.  Then I kill time by flipping through book his 'library' of AKC Gazette magazines, various kennel clubs YearBooks and such until Bianca is done.





I read on another thread that someone recently relocated and cannot find a groomer that they like... I thought I'd share some quick tips to finding a good groomer in your area.
Danielle, I took the liberty of merging Flex your post with this thread seeing how it's the same topic. 
Thank You for sharing your tips too.




....An insider groomer tip: if you visit www.groomers.net and check out the Bulletin Board, there is a thread called "General Groomers Chat".
On occasions I've been there, I like to check out the folder titled "BICHONS" (under Breed Styles & Grooming Techniques) and read book what groomers are complaining Rolled Eyes about their customers! Laughing  Jokes aside, I like to see pics the groomers (or customers) have posted of their freshly groomed Bichons.
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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2007, 09:18:48 PM »

....An insider groomer tip: if you visit www.groomers.net and check out the Bulletin Board, there is a thread called "General Groomers Chat".
On occasions I've been there... Jokes aside, I like to see pics the groomers (or customers) have posted of their freshly groomed Bichons.

If pictures are what you're after, go to the Photo Album and check out Before and Afters. Then choose Bichons and every post will have pictures in it. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2007, 12:41:18 AM »

....An insider groomer tip: if you visit www.groomers.net and check out the Bulletin Board, there is a thread called "General Groomers Chat".
On occasions I've been there... Jokes aside, I like to see pics the groomers (or customers) have posted of their freshly groomed Bichons.

If pictures are what you're after, go to the Photo Album and check out Before and Afters. Then choose Bichons and every post will have pictures in it. Smiley

Don't Get It I just went there... but it says I have to "register"  unsure ...  I love seeing before and afters!  thumbsup .... maybe you can link us directly?  whistling
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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2007, 12:45:41 AM »

The page uses cookies so I'm not sure it would work. It's free to register, you just need an e-mail. There are some pictures on the bulletin board you can see without registering under Grooming Styles and Techniques under Bichons but not as many as the photo album.

Here's a link to the Bichon Photo Album,let me know if it works: http://www.groomerslounge.com/cgi-bin/album/discus.cgi
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« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2007, 12:51:24 PM »

Here's a link to the Bichon Photo Album,let me know if it works: http://www.groomerslounge.com/cgi-bin/album/discus.cgi

No still asking for login details! blush


Don't Get It I just went there... but it says I have to "register"  unsure ...  I love seeing before and afters!  thumbsup .... maybe you can link us directly?  whistling

Me thinks you wacko should register eyebrows & show them groomers whistling how its really done rock  Stick Out Tongue
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« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2007, 01:09:17 PM »

I would recommend anybody home grooming who is interested in the photos should register. It's free and once registerd you can post pictures there for more advice.
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« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2007, 01:16:34 PM »

thinking I was thinking more of 'Susiewoosie the home groomer' eyebrows being more of the advice giver Laugh Hysterical  I'm luvin' her work... rocker she is arrow  damn goooood with a pair of scissors!! Drool  Sneaky but ya cant go stealing her for that grooming website nono she belongs here nodding & we wont allow her to jump ship...... EVER mobster no matter how much ya'll begging for her advice Stick Out Tongue buttwiggle 


When I have a spare minute I think I'll register & check it out thumbsup
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« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2007, 03:38:26 PM »

Thanks Danielle for posting that.  I didn't even think to post that here...duh!!   Doh  Groomers.net is wonderful and they also have a section where you can get advise from other groomers as well..well..IMHO Danielle is the best.....did I get brownie points Danielle????   daisy innocent flowers  Destrie
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« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2007, 05:52:55 PM »

did I get brownie points Danielle???? 

lmao  Are you after a free haircut Destrie buttwiggle
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« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2007, 05:56:43 PM »

Forget the free haircut..I'm greedy I'm after the free trip...lol swing Yeah Kicking lmao Laugh Hysterical Laugh Hysterical yahoo
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« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2007, 05:58:24 PM »

Forget the free haircut..I'm greedy I'm after the free trip...lol swing Yeah Kicking lmao Laugh Hysterical Laugh Hysterical yahoo

Laugh Hysterical  whistling  Well I'll send you a postcard when I'm getting my free haircut in Seattle eyebrows wink1
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« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2007, 06:02:54 PM »

Groomers.net is wonderful and they also have a section where you can get advise from other groomers as well..

unsure Are they nice to the non pro groomin' minions?   cyclop Laughing

Laugh Hysterical  whistling  Well I'll send you a postcard when I'm getting my free haircut in Seattle eyebrows wink1

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« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2007, 06:05:10 PM »

LOL...you want my address now or later???    whistling cyclop
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Laugh Hysterical  whistling  Well I'll send you a postcard when I'm getting my free haircut in Seattle eyebrows wink1

Laughing Laughing Karen buttwiggle , you have got to be my number sillybounce one  rock (and ONLY  crazy ) fanLaugh Hysterical

I beg to differ nodding  You so know they/we would be queuing up at your door muack Just hand over your address & I'll be proved right thumbup woohoo I just remembered eyebrows we ALREADY have your address slide muahaha



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« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2007, 06:41:39 PM »

Brownie points were definitely earned. original Don't forget the East Coat in little ol' NY with Danielle too (though I promise to charge an arm and a leg, j/k Laughing ).
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« Reply #26 on: April 17, 2007, 06:44:18 PM »

LOL...500.00 for a groom right..or would that be just for the bath????  LOL   Destrie
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« Reply #27 on: April 17, 2007, 06:46:54 PM »

Well I am trying to buy a house, so it would have to be at least that, lol.
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« Reply #29 on: April 26, 2007, 05:35:30 PM »

Ok, this is probably a silly question, but I am about to be a new mommy of a Bichon and was wondering if there was a significant difference between a home groom versus a groom at a pet supplies store, for example, PetSmart?

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« Reply #30 on: April 26, 2007, 05:37:06 PM »

Oh, and I'm not looking to get the "traditional" bichon halo hair cut. My little guy is just part of the family, so he doesn't really need anything too "special"...just something simple Smiley

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« Reply #31 on: April 26, 2007, 07:45:57 PM »

When I first started grooming I worked at a petco for 1 year. There are a lot of newer groomers there, so as long as you aren't looking for show perfection than you should be fine. Definitely be specific about what you want, and if you like the way she comes out be sure to request that person each time, as often times there are 6-8 groomers (or more) rotating schedule. As a hint, the corporate salons have set prices that aren't always cheaper. Call around to the private shops to see where your PetSmart will compare. In some areas (like in NY where I am) they are much cheaper than a private salon, but in MA where I started grooming they were more expensive than private shops.

Home grooming (the haircut, you should still be brushing at home) is harder, but not impossible. It will take practice and some new equipment but you could do it. If you are just looking for a shorter cutesy cut than it may be easier for you to have a groomer. There are a lot of talented home groomers here, so if you do decide to go this route you are in luck. original
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« Reply #32 on: April 26, 2007, 08:25:01 PM »

Ok, this is probably a silly question, but I am about to be a new mommy of a Bichon and was wondering if there was a significant difference between a home groom versus a groom at a pet supplies store, for example, PetSmart?

Before I can help answer your question, I had a few questions for you.  I think I read in one of your posts that this he is not only your first bichon, but your first puppy ever.  Does that also mean that he is your first dog ever?  (ie., did you have a dog before, but didn't get it as a puppy?)

I saw your website, "Better than Retail" so that leads me to believe that you have a good deal of experience with dogs otherwise...

Bichon's coats are extremely high-maintenance.  I used to have 2 American Eskimos, and it was easy enough to "home groom" them, since they shed, there was no cutting required, they didn't have hair in their ears that had to get pulled out either, so I just trimmed their nails and brushed them out often. 

But bichon fur, if left alone, can grow to floor-length, so you'll need to trim them (forgive me, if this is too basic, but I waited till forever when I first got Waldo 10 years ago, and he was a mess by the time his first grooming came around!).  If you're handy with scissors and an electric shaver, then by all means go for it, but I know that I'm all thumbs when it comes to that.

As far as private shop vs. say, a Petco, follow Bluebell's advice -- she's the pro!

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Before I can help answer your question, I had a few questions for you.  I think I read in one of your posts that this he is not only your first bichon, but your first puppy ever.  Does that also mean that he is your first dog ever?  (ie., did you have a dog before, but didn't get it as a puppy?)

Mason is my first puppy, but as a kid we have always had dogs, but they were never my full responsibility such as Mason is now; so I consider it my "first" puppy Smiley I also wanted to be a veterinarian as a kid, so I know quite a bit about dogs and even shadowed my vet for 3 months. However, I don't have too much information about one breed over another, that is why I have a few questions. I have books about Bichons, as well as information I have gathered via the internet and feel confident in my ability to provide a good, loving, and caring home for my little guy.

My mother-in-law shows Old English Sheep Dogs and grooms them herself, but I have never personally groomed a dog and don't feel quite comfortable doing so, that is why I was wondering if there was a difference between a home groomer versus someone at PetCo/PetSmart.

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« Reply #34 on: June 29, 2007, 10:37:59 PM »

A groomer on another forum I'm on wrote an article on this subject that I thought I'd share here as it was very informative and well written:


"Choosing a Groomer Need Not Be Grueling"

   Whether you are a long time Bloomingdale resident or new to the community, it there is a new member of your family who has grooming needs, finding a professional to entrust your "fur baby" to can be challenging. Asking the right questions can make finding a groomer that is right for you and your dog an educational and interesting experience.

   "How much? and "When can I get my dog groomed?" are usually the first, but not necessarily the most important questions asked. Important question to ask a new groomer include how long they have been in business, how many people work at their shop or salon, who will be grooming, bathing and handling your dog, and do they provide a service schedule that will work with your own routine.

   If you call a shop that is new to you and the person on the line sounds very busy, ask for a time that would be better to discuss your grooming needs. Any professionaly run grooming shop attempts to keep the rhythm of the day as calm as possible for the safety of the groomers and the dogs. Any shop can become hectic at any given moment. At those times, the priority of the professional groomer is to be more attentive to the dogs in the shop and less attentive to the potential customer on the phone.

   Ask for a tour of the grooming area. Is the area clean, well-lit, peaceful, and clutter free? Your future groomer should be proud to show off the grooming area as long as your dog is not being groomed at that time. Most dogs, while fairly content on the table or in the tub in the hands of a groomer, can become very anxious if they see, hear, or smell their humans when the are at the facility. Your pet thinks he or she should be at you side or in your lap. If their human shows up early to pick them up, they become very excited because they think it is time to go home. This creates a dangerous situation, since the face is usually the last part of the groom.

   Scheduling is an often overlooked issue that can create unnecessary stress for the groomer, your dog, and you and your family. Ask the groomer how they run their drop off and pick up process.
Some shops require you to pick up your pup as soon as it is finished being groomed. They may not have the space to hold any dogs for additional time. Some shops want all dogs checked in at an early morning hour, to be released in the afternoon or at the end of the day. If this is too long a time for your dog to be at the facility, they may offer an express service for an additional charge.

   Experience and training is an important topic to cover. There is not official certification for pet groomers, but there are many opportunities for grooomers to improve their styling skills, handling abilities, and their knowledge of the best equipment and products for the dogs that they groom. Many groomers have apprenticed or learned to groom through showing specific breeds of dogs. Others began their careers by attending grooming schools. Some continue their education by attending grooming conferences. The collective wealth of knowledge available at these seminars is beneficial for the groomer, the dogs that they handle, and the owners who are looking for a long lasting relationship of trust and confidence. Ask groomers if they have attended any conferences lately.

   Communication is the foundation of a good relationship between you and your dog's groomer. Face to face is the best-case scenario. Ask to arrange to speak to the groomer before your dog's first groooming experience.

   Lastly, please consider the fact that, as far as your dog is concerned, changing groomers is not like changing hairstylists. You will not do your dog any favor by shop-hopping to save a dollar or two. In addition, if you decide to return to your old groomer, you may find they no longer have a place available on the schedule for your dog.

   It takes a lot of hard work to become a good professional groomer. When you find a groomer that pleases you, don't take that groomer for granted. The pleasure of a clean, freshly groomed dog is only enhanced by the comfort of having confidence that your dog has experienced the least amount of stress in the process.

Emily Pryor, a Bloomindale residen owns and operates "That's Groomer to You" mobile dog grooming service
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« Reply #35 on: June 30, 2007, 05:17:04 PM »

Really great information on this thread. Thanks to all of you for providing websites, and articles on grooming. I wish I lived in NY, I know who my groomer would be.... After the last experience at Petsmart, I have found a private groomer and now, thanks to this thread, I know what to ask and look for.
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« Reply #36 on: June 30, 2007, 07:02:13 PM »

If you two were close enough I would love to groom little Ozzie heart
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« Reply #37 on: July 01, 2007, 01:08:51 PM »

I groomed Bella a day ago, oh gosh I don't want to tell you what she looks like now!
I had to  cut her a little because it was too hot for her fluffy hair.
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« Reply #38 on: July 01, 2007, 01:38:28 PM »

daisy Tina, I can't imagine that Bella looks anything less than adorable - regardless .  thumbup
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« Reply #39 on: July 01, 2007, 07:47:50 PM »

I'm too shy to even take pictures of her now because one part looks almost gone and I feel terrible, I do keep telling myself it will grow back and I hope soon!

Thank You Carol that makes me feel better Smiley
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« Reply #40 on: August 08, 2007, 10:29:18 AM »

I read through this thread with interest because I am having a terrible time finding a groomer here in London that knows how to do a bichon although several in the phone book boast that they specialize in bichons. I've tried several in the two years since we moved to London and I'm really getting the feeling that I need to be doing him myself at home. The last one I tried for 4 months and she just could not get his cut right. She always always cut his head too short. I took photos in to her to show her exactly how I wanted him done and she just said oh well those are show dogs you don't want him to look like that. I said YES I do want him to look like that.

Now I have a groomer coming to my home however I'm not sure how she's going to work out. She told me that we have to bath him the day before as she doesn't bathe the dogs. Ummm I think I need to cancel her and find someone else AGAIN!

I tried petsmart and he was a mess. I tried a place called Jan's Kittens and Puppies that proclaimed they were in business for over 20 years and they picked up Meeka and dropped him off. I could have first cried when I saw him and then choked the biatch if she'd hung around long enough after I paid her. She SHAVED him down almost to the skin ALL OVER his body, there was not one piece of fur on him that was over 1/4 inch long and she also cut off one of his nipples and nicked him in several places. He wasn't matted as we brush him every day with 3 different kinds of brushes. I make sure whenever I go to a pet store to let them know the woman is a butcher and not to recommend her to anyone.

If anyone can recommend or knows of someone here in London that does bichons and does a good job please let me know.

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« Reply #41 on: August 09, 2007, 06:57:32 PM »

I've tried several in the two years since we moved to London and I'm really getting the feeling that I need to be doing him myself at home.

blush Sigh.. just from my personal experiences and stories from others..... if ya want your bichon to "look like a  manfro traditional bichon" finding a good groomer ain't gonna be easy.  blink

I know they nodding exist  thumbsup .. but often times it's either not in your area  unsure or a really good groomer   rock charges alot Fainting .. which they have every right tothumbsup blush

I know of an awesome groomer that I would definately use nodding  .. but she's an hour away  wacko ...  shhh and I'm one of those ones that is too cheap  ashamed to pay for a professional scissor cutblush

 blush Over the last four years  wacko I've managed to train muhself  hat .... and though there has been a lot of "trial and ERRORcrazy .. I've come to quite enjoy it!  flowers
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« Reply #42 on: January 09, 2008, 07:47:16 PM »

I'm with Trisha on this one Smiley Future miss Lily isn't gonna be a show dog either, just a part of the family Smiley

So I love the whole short puppy cut thing, like Jenbow's fluff Chase has (as far as I can tell Wink) But that's gonna be megadifficult to explain to a Dutch groomer here blush Plus the shorter look would be so much easier. With Dystonia, it's difficult enough to get my hands to brush my own hair, let alone a fluffy bichon's Laughing

Luckily I still have a few months to figure out how I'm gonna explain what I would like Lily to look like Laughing
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« Reply #43 on: January 09, 2008, 07:57:35 PM »

Suzy, I would print out some pictures to bring with you. I can give you some groomer  speak as well if you think that might help, but pictures are one of the best ways to show what you are going for.
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« Reply #44 on: February 28, 2008, 06:07:14 PM »

I am just soooo lucky.  I have the choice of 2 groomers near to us - one only about 300 yards away.  She does a really nice cut but because she works on her own doing all 4 dogs in one session would be a problem.  I know - we could take them one at a time but that doesn't work for us.  So we travel about 3 miles, the dogs pull to get there because what more could they want than all these women fawning on their every need.  They are on the wander, not in a kennel althought there is a chill out area should they so desire it.  Dogs happy, looking good - and they charge fairly for what is done.  Ears, nails, anal glands if necessary (on occassions for Poppy).
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« Reply #45 on: February 28, 2008, 06:17:04 PM »

Suzy, I would print out some pictures to bring with you. I can give you some groomer  speak as well if you think that might help, but pictures are one of the best ways to show what you are going for.


That's where I went wrong the first time with Bella. I didn't show them the picture I wanted Bella to resemble. They had lost my contact list and wrote "Bichon-poo" Arrg!  Sneaky how dare they  Laughing. They must have mistaken Bella for Lilly (her best friend who's a Bichon-poo) because there aren't a lot of Bichons down here.

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