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    Hey, that's asking a lot of dog isnt it? How much support and guidance can i offer out of sight? seems odd. Why insist on my being out of sight, i genuinely dont understand??
    You know how I often call my dog "evil hound". Given a choice she'd rather not have a bath and she puts on a performance that she hopes will induce me to save her.

    The groomer is better and more comfortable with dogs than she is with humans who try to help their poor distressed dogs. Some even offer advice... Even I do that "she's giving you the death stare - be warned"... And I sometimes get in the way - ie the flow gets interrupted when the groomer tells you to move so she can reach the next bit.

    There may even be an element of protection ie if the dog finds the grooming process threatening - the dog may try to protect the owner from it and attack the groomer. I just trust that my groomer knows what works best ie dog has no hope of "rescue" from me, actually she does but she hasn't tried screaming yet.

    I rate it on a par with crating evil hound at agility comps and club training. If yelling worked - she'd do it. But what it gets her - is covered up and then she calms down. Ie so owner in sight - can cause the dog to be more excited and difficult to groom than if owner not in sight.

    If you think about what the majority of SWF owners are like - if I was the groomer I'd ask the owner to sit in the waiting room too.

    I don't think I'd want a groomer who insists on owners being elsewhere, because I'd want to see what the process is and how she gets along with my dog and how she deals with the bad behaviour (I can hear her...) because not all groomers are equally skilld or and some use aversives like yanking the dog around or slapping it. In which case I want to know so we can leave before the groomer gets chomped.

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    Hyacinth summed it up well. Basically, believe it or not... 99% of dogs are worse behaved when their owners are there. The dogs constantly get distracted, they move around constantly watching their owner, it makes the job much harder. Owners also have a habit of getting in the way and interrupting the groomers normal work flow.

    I also find that a lot of dogs who's owners say things like "he bites and he'll be a nightmare to groom"... Once the dog is away from their owner, they're fine to work with.


    I'm not saying that is what Bernie will be like, just explaining the howd and whys of what groomers do

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    ah ok, i get it now.
    what i also get, is how neurotic i am over my bloody dogs!

    Im nervous. And no, we dont want the dog sensing this.
    He's off for a swim now, to tire him out pre grooming.
    Beauty parlour at 8am.
    Ive said i need to collect him at 12 at the very latest, as have to work a late shift today. Will post how it went.

    Meanwhile, not to be outdone, my rottie bitch, got covered in fox's slimey stinking poo saturday night. and got her own bath this weekend. Gross stench in the house as she sashayed in, looking mighty pleased with her own stench, prancing up on her toes, and only a smelly bitch can. only to hear a unison "OUT".

    What a clean bunch of dogs i will have. Both bathed!

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    ok, i dropped him off. It wasnt the worst state ive seen him in. But he put on a show for the groomer.
    Then did the sit stay aka just try n move me woman!

    so groomer got out some treats. Bernie is not a food dog. Where would you like him? i asked, in the back she said. Take this (handed her bernie's invisable leash, a tennis ball) and he followed her, bless.

    pick up in 2.5hrs!

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    I got bernie home now from groomers, he behaved like a gent for her, and is welcome back. $60 fee for a bath, back feathers cut right back.
    He looks no different to when i dropped him off, except his trousers are gone, and he stinks like a whore for some reason. And was very very thirsty. Happy to be home.

    Now i can keep up the feather grooming, to prevent the dreads returning. Im very happy. I hate seeing him scruffy, even if it is only 1 leg that is scruffy. I know.

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    Glad it all went well

    $60 is about normal for that kind of service Perhaps a bit on the cheap side.

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    I heard that groomers charge more for difficult dogs... after all they take longer. :P

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    im country n 8 groomers servicing small demographic, ITs still twice what i paid for mine last week though, and i was a good customer. 30 mins done!

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    $60 is about what I pay for a wash, cut and blow dry. I could probably skip the blow dry but it wouldn't be much quicker and a dry cut isn't good.

    Maybe dog grooming is based on prices for women's hair dressing. A while back I used to pay $120 for the same thing with about four or five different staff members dealing with different components but I'd be left on my own for 90% of the time - I hate hairdressers like that. But people pay them to be ignored and treated like second class citizens. Weird.

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