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So, after the groomer shaved Cooper so  that he was miserable(itching) -  my husband & I decided that we would give it a try ourselves. Turns out, Cooper was awesome! We felt SO bad for our boy when we picked him up - I almost cried. The groomer said he was matted - which I dispute because I was meticulous when I brushed him, always making sure I could get to skin. I think, since it was her last  before Christmas Eve, that she just wanted to get out early. Sorry, but that's my feeling. Anyway, when we rehomed Cooper, he came with all of the necessary grooming tools, so we were able to do it ourselves. Of course, since he hasn't grown out yet, we only had to bathe, and clip him (paws, ears, privates), but he was very patient with us;-) SUCCESS!!!!  definitely learned!!

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Comment by Karen&Don on March 17, 2017 at 9:16am

He hasn't grown out enough to do a full body grooming yet, but my husband & I have done all of the "between" grooming trimming and baths. Cooper has been really good - even in the tub! Yes, I sit on the edge with my feet in the tub and it works out ok (easier on the back;-))! We look at it as bonding time.

I, too, have been watching all of the youtube doodle grooming videos and it really helps. He has very curly hair, so we will see how the full body grooming goes...

BTW, Cooper didn't act like himself after that disaster, either!!

Comment by Judi Christopher on March 15, 2017 at 5:57pm

Ginny Nightingale, I wish you lived near me.

Comment by Judi Christopher on March 15, 2017 at 5:55pm

Same thing happened to me.  Poor Joe was miserable and didn't even act like himself.  I came home, bought a grooming table and tools after googling everything I could find on grooming doodles.  It's like a meditation for me.  Joe and I love the time and after he grew out, he looks darling!

Comment by Ginny Nightingale on February 6, 2017 at 8:42pm

I groom doodles and with a bath, it takes 2.5 hours--don't know how anyone could do it faster--but it does depend on the thickness of the coat--my F1 takes less than an hour with her thin coat--my multigens have much more hair and so do the doodles I groom. 

I believe it is the cage drying that stresses dogs when they go to the groomer--they bathe them first, put them in a crate and point a blower at them for a looong time. I do not do that and the dogs are usually happy to see me!

Comment by Wendy and Myla on January 29, 2017 at 8:53pm

We found that when we brought Myla to the groomer she was totally stressed when we picked her up.  We decided to get a good clipper and have been grooming her ever since.  The first few times were alright (luckily their fur grows fast lol) but now, we have it down pretty good.  The only thing was the time it took - we felt sorry for her while she waited to get finished (even taking lots of breaks!)  Now it takes approximately 1 1/2 hours to groom her and we have been doing it for over three years.  Honestly, I know she looks better after being groomed by a professional but I know she is way more comfortable when we do it and that is the most important to us! 

Comment by Linda, Charlie Brown & Beau on January 29, 2017 at 5:39pm

Every time you groom him it will get better and easier.  Hang in there. 

 

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