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Grooming cost ????

What is the average cost for having your Golden groomed? Gunner has been groomed a couple times since all his fur has grown. He will be getting his third grooming a week from Sunday. This person was recommended to me by his trainer and is charging around $45. What do you pay?

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We pay $40 for wash, clip, nails, anal glands, blow dry, brush and a neckerchef
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We paid $90 the last time we took her to Petsmart...so we bathe at home.
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Where I worked, it was $85, but it was a full show groom, meaning the ears were thinned out, feet trimmed, tail end trimmed, shoulders etc. thinned out as needed and the dog combed out from head to toe, ears cleaned, teeth scaled and nails done.

I've seen other goldens done locally and usually they still have giant ears with crimpy hair all behind it (in one case the groomer just trimmed the long hair to the shape of the ear, looked very strange), feathers all hacked off, feet still shaggy and sometimes the tail all cut to one length like a setter. Usually they're not well bathed either from what I've seen, they've been rinsed with shampoo and it's been rinsed off, but the coat doesn't feel 'clean' like if they've actually been scrubbed and washed off. Then there's the 'clip' some groomers do where they just shave off the whole dog and leave the head natural but don't even try to get a straight line in the process

What I do at home now when I get time is thin out the ears, trim up the feet and bath, not as fancy but it does the job. Bender is the only hairy dog really here, other than Ticket's ears, for him I think I'm going to get a stripping blade and keep his ear fluff short - he has upright ears when they're bald.

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I groom started grooming them myself because of the cost. $45 is a very good price for NJ, I don't know if that is high or low in your area.
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My groomer charges $65 and does a great job.


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I think the charge goes up depending on the weight. Gunner is less than 55 lbs. Thanks everyone for the information.

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Hmm, Gunner weighs about 80 right now (too many treats with all his eye drops!) he's usually about 75.


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Cathy, I took Enzo to PetSmart and just did a bath and brush, plus they trimmed his paw fur and did a "sanitary" trim for me and that cost me about $30. If I wanted the "full groom", they said $46 but I didn't want them trimming anything but what he had done and his nails had already been recently done. I actually found that I get better results when I just give him a bath at home. Tonight, we're doing a Dawn dishsoap bath. Even after being on Frontline, he has fleas again. Comfortis, here we come...
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Gunner was scratching and biting a little bit at his legs but I haven't seen anything on him. I rolled him over and looked at his stomach and didn't see anything there either. We did the frontline on the 4th. What does the Dawn dishsoap do???

I do bathe him myself and try to trim him a little bit but I thought I would get him groomed and some pictures taken by a photographer. We are going to go to Elizabeth Park and get some nice fall pictures.

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