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FloatinInABlueLagoon
05-24-2007, 06:52 PM
Hi! I am thinking about adopting a small dog this summer. The breeds I'm looking into are something like a Yorkie Poo, Shih Tzu, Pekepoo...you get the idea. On average, how much would grooming cost? For example, trimming the hair so it's still relatively short and probably nails. How difficult would it be to maintain myself and how much does it cost to take the dog to a local groomer for a trim? Thanks in advance. :thumbsup2

wdwfam
05-24-2007, 07:16 PM
Our shih tzu costs $29 for shampoo, cut, ears cleaned, nails. We keep her in a puppy cut and have her groomed every 4-5 weeks. I've tried, but I don't have very good luck trying to groom her myself.

momof5boys
05-24-2007, 07:21 PM
I have a schnoodle,had him shaved last week, nails and everything. Costs $35. I tried to shave him myself 2 months ago(he gets matted really easy because my Rottie slobbers all over him) poor dog looked like he got in a fight with a weedwacker!:scared1: Needless to say I'll spend the money! :goodvibes

ExPirateShopGirl
05-24-2007, 07:31 PM
My Westie runs about $45 at the groomers, but that's in So Cal, so adjust for inflation/deflation.

I take him to a Doggie Day Spa now that is self service. I use all their stuff, it takes me an hour, and it costs $12. They charge by the size of the dog. I think the max is $16. I bring my own clippers, but everything else I use is theirs.

Jeanne B
05-24-2007, 08:12 PM
We have two Shih Tzu's and it cost's $35/ea for shampoo, cut and nails. I bring them in every 8-10 weeks and they get a short puppy cut each time.

We tried grooming our oldest Shih Tzu once, didn't work, they both behave wonderfully for the groomers though (naturally).

luvsmickeymouse
05-24-2007, 08:17 PM
We have a toy poodle and it is $35 for everything for her. She gets what is called a puppy cut, not the fancy designs that some poodles get. LOL! I have her done every 10 weeks. It is her spa day.

DaBoo
05-24-2007, 08:27 PM
Our Shih Tzu is $20 plus tip for cut wash and goom. This includes having nails clipped, ears cleaned and anal glands expressed. We have a great groomer and she only charges $5 per night for boarding.

melanie18
05-24-2007, 08:31 PM
We have a 9 lb Shih Tzu and it costs $45 here in NJ.

travlnman1
05-24-2007, 08:39 PM
I have a Hungarian Puli and he costs me $65.00 every 4 weeks!!:scared1:
....and I get MY hair cut at the haircuttery. Go figure.

momoftwodisneykids
05-24-2007, 08:44 PM
Our pugs cost about $20 each for grooming. Includes bath, nails and anal glands (trust me you don't want to do this yourself). They really don't need their fur trimmed. They are a fantastic breed. I wouldn't trade my puggie boys for anything in the world.

Joanne :flower3:

DisneyAprilFool
05-24-2007, 09:00 PM
Oh, do it- we brought home a baby Shih Tzu this past week and wow- what a nice breed of dog! I'm used to the bigger breeds and having a little lap lover is sooo nice! (In fact, that's where Tribble (ie Trouble with Tribbles, Star Trek) is right now!)

DisneyAprilFool
05-24-2007, 09:01 PM
(Heh- I don't know grooming costs, btw- just wanted to tell you what a great thing a little lapdog can be!)

skatingmom
05-24-2007, 09:03 PM
Our Shih Tzu costs $23 for everything. We probably have her groomed about 4 times/year. We have the top of the head left long enough to put a barrette or pony tail in.

Nolcrest
05-24-2007, 09:15 PM
$35 for my toy poodle for the works. Actually he could use a grooming right now too. :)

angwill
05-24-2007, 09:48 PM
I love my shih tzu. She costs $25 to have groomed (everything done) and $7 a night to board at our vets office. I have her groomed about twice a year because it is impossible to cut her nails myself (she hates it). The rest of the times I groom her most times with scissors and she is really good about it. I just get down on the floor with her and pet her while I clip and or comb she just loves it.

Have fun deciding,
Angela

trulygoofy
05-24-2007, 11:37 PM
We have a miniature poodle and I groom her myself. It is a lot easier for me to just do it myself than drive to the groomer and pick her back up. I have a professional clipper and I think they are around $150 or more depending on the brand. I tried cutting her with a cheaper clipper, but the poodle hair killed it. They have so much hair and it gets matted easily. It isn't too hard to do once you get the hang of it. The first time I cut her she looked awful, but after about three times I figured it out. I looked online at pictures of different poodles and went from there.

Piecey
05-25-2007, 12:50 AM
Lots of Shih-Tzus!

The one in my signature is about $30 everytime I take him. Depending on how matted he is, because oh does he love to roll in the dirt and wiggle to make all his fur stick together and knot!

aubriee
05-25-2007, 03:28 AM
It costs me $32.00 to get my shih tzu bathed, ears plucked and cleaned, nails trimmed, and anal glands expressed. She can get really matted though, as my Akita loves to slobber on her. We keep the hair on top of her head long enough for a top knot with a bow.

Off topic: If you do get a shih tzu you will love your new little lap dog. They are bossy, dominating, little demons with a Princess complex, who know their place in the world and truly believe that everyone else is placed on this earth to cater to their wishes. You should see the look of total shock and disbelief on their adorable faces when they are informed otherwise. They feel they are masters of their domain. They will tell you when to go to bed, then will make you move your feet exactly where they want them, so they can be comfortable as they lie crosswise in your king size bed, (scooting you to the very edge). They will demand your food, then sniff at it daintly for a few moments then give you a look like they did you a favor (and why isn't it filet mignon, mom?), before they grab it (taking half of your finger with it), They will give you a totally shocked look, if you ever use the word no to them. They are absolutely adorable and always act like they are ten feet tall and weigh over 100lbs, instead of 8" tall and 13lbs. My little angel thinks nothing of bossing all of us around, including my 80+lb Akita, who she thinks he is her personal chew toy. She's a Princess, knows it, and has no problem conveying to everyone who comes in contact with her that she is not only a Princess, but THE High Princess.

AnnaS
05-25-2007, 04:48 AM
Hi everyone,

I was also about to post this question.

I am ready to take my pappilion any day now. It's been about 10 years (our maltese) since I have gone to a groomer. Just curious if anyone tips the groomer, and if so, what would be reasonable amount.

Thanks.

dismom24
05-25-2007, 05:26 AM
I am up early this morning house training our brand new little pomeranian:). He did great last night (second night). If you start grooming them right away, it will be very easy to do yourself. I gave him a bath as soon as my Dh gave him to me (he is white, but had been in the breeders yard so was a little dingy). He loved his bath - fell asleep during his blow dry. I'm going to do his nails and do a sanitary shave tonight - he doesn't really need it yet, but I want to get him used to the clippers. We have a persian cat and I have always done her bathing and shaving. You may not want to do it yourself, but just a thought. We bought our other pom to the groomer when we first got her and they left the blow dry on too long and burned her a little. I haven't been able to find a good reference for another groomer, so just decided to try it myself adn it was real easy. Good clippers were around $100 and I replace the blades yearly for $40.. Enjoy your puupy!

mikeesuee
05-25-2007, 06:03 AM
Good morning,I'm a groomer in RI and I charge $35 for a shih tzu that includes ears plucked,ears washed ,nails cut,anals,bath ,blow dry and hair cut with a bow or bandana of course:) My clients usually tip between 5-10 per dog,its not expected but appreciated! oh and bty I have a shih tzu myself and once you have this breed ,your hooked!!:)

Jeanne B
05-25-2007, 06:19 AM
I have a shih tzu myself and once you have this breed ,your hooked!!:)

Oh, that is SO true!! My boss got a b&w shih tzu about 10 yrs ago, I fell in love with her and before I knew we had a male b&w one a couple of years later, my parents fell in love with mine so before long they had one, and some friends of ours also got one after they saw ours!! Since then, we got another b&w female and my parents now have 4 of them...they're addicting and just SO adorable!!:teeth:

bbump
05-25-2007, 10:41 AM
Luckily, our Pug doesn't need alot of grooming, just nail trims about once a month, which are usually $12 or less if we go someplace, sometimes we trim his nails ourselves, but it takes 2 people because he is a wiggle-worm.

We love our pug! He has alot of personality.
We bathe him ourselves about once a month.

I bought the "Fluffy Pet" soap bar at BASIN, we lather him up, rinse and he's all set! The Fluffy Pet soap bar has natural ingredients that clean & prevent bugs to a small extent.

GOOFY4DONALD
05-25-2007, 12:14 PM
We have two Shih Tzu's and it cost's $35/ea for shampoo, cut and nails. I bring them in every 8-10 weeks and they get a short puppy cut each time.

We tried grooming our oldest Shih Tzu once, didn't work, they both behave wonderfully for the groomers though (naturally). Your too??? I tried grooming my Shih Tzu and she attacked me like a wild racoon. But when I take her to the groomer she just jumps in her lap.:confused: :rotfl2:

disneyofcourse
05-26-2007, 08:31 AM
Hi! I am thinking about adopting a small dog this summer. The breeds I'm looking into are something like a Yorkie Poo, Shih Tzu, Pekepoo...you get the idea. On average, how much would grooming cost? For example, trimming the hair so it's still relatively short and probably nails. How difficult would it be to maintain myself and how much does it cost to take the dog to a local groomer for a trim? Thanks in advance. :thumbsup2


Have you thought about getting a snoodle (Snauzer/poodle:) I am a groomer and all my clients with a snoodle love their babies! They have a great personality. But it seems anything with a yorkie or shih tzu wants to eat the person clipping them. :dance3: Grooming cost can be crazy expensive or budget minded. Before I moved I had worked in a big name store in MD and little dogs would run at least $60.00(and we were cheap for a store) but again a condo in an ok area around us ran at least 210k for a studio with a bathroom. But around there you could also get a pet groomed in someones house for around $40-45. While a groomer who comes to your house would cost between $75-100 Remember if its a mix breed they don't have a standard cut so you can be pretty creative. And lots of things will look good.

disneyofcourse
05-26-2007, 08:35 AM
Hi everyone,

I was also about to post this question.

I am ready to take my pappilion any day now. It's been about 10 years (our maltese) since I have gone to a groomer. Just curious if anyone tips the groomer, and if so, what would be reasonable amount.

Thanks.


Oooo I love those little guys! The usual tip around here is anything from doughnuts- $40 lol. We love the doughnuts but money always comes in handy for lunch.

Piecey
05-26-2007, 12:49 PM
Your too??? I tried grooming my Shih Tzu and she attacked me like a wild racoon. But when I take her to the groomer she just jumps in her lap.:confused: :rotfl2:


This was Rink, my Shih-Tzu's first haircut:

http://farr.pihost.us/piecey/Rink_Haircut.jpg

Now he's big enough he's not scared to jump off of that stool, so he goes to the groomer. He thinks I'm playing anytime I try and I'm afraid I'll cut him.. but the groomer says he is a perfect little angel. She said "I look at him, put my finger on his paw and say "Can I have it?" and he lifts it up for me."

Amazing.

InnerStrength06
05-26-2007, 02:21 PM
We have 2 Shih-Tzu's ; 15 y/o Fallon and 1 1/2 y/o Chloe. They go to the groomers every 8-10 weeks and it costs me $50 for both to have the works done. I do have them clipped on the shorter side (not too short though), and keep their tails long and bushy and their legs a little longer so they don't look like "chicken-legs". These are the best, most loving dogs ever, and a big plus = yard clean-up is minimal compared to the bigger breeds.:thumbsup2

My only regret with having 2 is waiting too long to acquire the second...my 15 y/o sleeps her days away while the baby (1 1/2) wants to play all day.

A neighbor of mine has 5 of them, all Shih-Tzus, and you never hear a peep out of them.

Good luck in your decision.

BTW: Both my DH and DD8 are allergic to dogs (and cats for that matter), and not only are they okay with our dogs as I believe they have "hair" as opposed to dog "fur", but also, these little dogs do not shed! No dog hair/fur on my furniture or clothing is another plus.