My vet won't let her be bathed by his groomers - she is very strong and a bit much to handle. I don't blame him. He has given me mild tranquilizers for her if I want to bring her to a private groomer. I really don't want to medicate her!
I keep staring at this and marveling... o_O
Way back when my Jacks was a puppy - we just took dogs to the vet to get their nails done. This was because we basically did not know how to do nails and it cost $4 a foot to just have the vet do it.
This came to a complete end when I realized it took 4-5 people pinning him down to get his nails clipped - and they also a REALLY CRAPPY job of it. They left the nails ragged and super sharp.... while continuing to charge us full amount.
I learned to do his nails myself and have never gone back to having anyone else do them.
Funny funny recently was bringing my baby pup to the vet for shots and she checked the feet because they normally recommend doing nails at that age (12 weeks). Nothing for them to do though!
My point is just groom your dog at home.
Buy a hand attachment for your shower if you don't have one. Quite honestly EVERYONE who owns a dog SHOULD HAVE ONE. You never know if they are going to have poops all over their trousers at 2AM and you need to hose that off without actually hunting for the hose outside!
Put a pair of shorts and a tshirt on - stuff you don't mind getting wet - sit on the edge of the bath and go for it. No nonsense. No babying or whining. Just pop the dogs in, hold onto the scruff with the one hand and just bathe the dog.
Most of the bath time is getting their backs and chest massaged while you are working the shampoo in and the dogs really love that.
And with a hand attachment - everything gets rinsed off FAST.
With the nails - I found that minus the stress of having 4-5 GROWN PEOPLE pinning him down at the vet.... my dog learned to relax. He still disliked having his nails done, but I could get it done in a couple minutes just clipping nail after nail. There was no wrestling or pinning.
With your dog - if you simply tackle the baths at home where she feels safe, don't baby her or let her get away with being bad, just get it done.... and bathe her every week... there won't be any more fuss.