With the rising costs of everything from gas to groceries, I really thought twice before taking our three beloved dogs to get groomed this month. They are non-shedding dogs and their hair grows like humans so they get a haircut every 8 weeks. The groomer charges $75 each for the big dogs and $45 for the little one and that is with the multi dog discount. Yes, it cost me $195 the last time I had them groomed! We've only had the big dogs for four months so I've only had to take them to the groomer twice.
So, after thinking about it for a while and watching a few YouTube videos on how it is done, I decided to try grooming them myself. What's the worst that could happen? If it turned out awful, I could just shave them down and wait for it to grow back. The results were not too shabby if I do say so myself. They don't glare at me when I walk by like my 13 year old does after a bad haircut, so they must like it. It isn't perfect, but I'm sure I'll improve as I learn more.
It did help that they were so cooperative. They just stood there for the hour it took me to groom each one and seemed grateful when all I gave them was a peanut butter dog biscuit for their good behavior.
I have a new respect for the dog groomer and believe they earn every penny that they charge (the back ache alone!), but I think we'll be seeing less of them. The moral of my little story? Try learning a new skill - you might just save yourself money!!!