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Old 12-08-2012, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My friend who's a groomer was telling that she won't take certain breeds because she doesn't like them. Do any groomers up here have this policy or if you were a groomer would you have it? I'm not saying there's anything wrong with the policy because it's her shop, I just don't quite understand why someone would be a dog groomer if they had a hangup with certain breeds of dogs.
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The groomer who works at the vet office with me only works there Tues, Wed, and Friday. On Mon and Thurs, she works at a shop. At the office she has to take any breed simply because we're a vet. But when she works at the shop she refuses:

Chows
Chow Mixes
Goldendoodles
Labradoodles
Bichon Frise

She has her reservations not because she hates the breeds, but because 9 out of 10 dogs that come in are insane. They bite, spazz out, scream when you touch their feet, etc. So she just no longer deals with them if she's at the shop.
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If I was a dog groomer, and I was afraid of a specific dog breed, like an Akita or a Cane Corso, it would be much better for me to not accept them, then to try and work on them and possibly have a serious accident. I mean, I think we have all seen people try to bravely pet our dogs when they are scared of them. They offer a hand and then jerk it back because they are scared. And the dog is a lot more likely to bite a fearful person.

And, if I was a dog groomer for a number of years, but do not have the proper equipment to lift large dogs, 200 pound dogs, I think I would probably put a restriction on dogs above a certain weight. Groomers, especially if they have their own shop, may not have decent health insurance, and getting a serious injury might cause you to lose time and clients as well as pain and suffering. So I can understand it.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I take most dogs under 50 pounds and a few reasonably well behaved larger dogs, but nothing larger than 90 pounds. I work by myself and I'm not getting any younger!

And yes, I do have breed bias. I don't take chows and take very few lhasas. Cocker Spaniels aren't my favorites. If every appointment is a "reclamation project" and the owner doesn't want to schedule more regularly or do maintenance at home then I charge a lot. I don't have to give an appointment to everyone who wants one....that's one of the perks of being self-employed!
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I guess I have a lot of rules after grooming for over 35 years.

I'm so swamped that I haven't taken any new clients in well over 6 months. But when I do take new dogs again, there'll be no bichons or cockers booked. I've about had it with those two breeds. Of course, my attitude might have something to do with every bichon and cocker that I groom is at least 13 years old. Some days I feel like I'm a geriatric specialist.

And no more "doodles".

No more big dogs period. When the existing ones die off, then I'm just doing small dogs. Right now I'm down to one Boxer, one Standard Poodle, 2 big labradoodles.

And I don't do biting dogs. I'll muzzle a snarky schnauzer over toenails, but that's it.

If I had my way, apparently I'd only be doing super easy dogs that were never matted. And no fat dogs.

Okay, I'll stop.
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I guess I have a lot of rules after grooming for over 35 years.

I'm so swamped that I haven't taken any new clients in well over 6 months. But when I do take new dogs again, there'll be no bichons or cockers booked. I've about had it with those two breeds. Of course, my attitude might have something to do with every bichon and cocker that I groom is at least 13 years old. Some days I feel like I'm a geriatric specialist.

And no more "doodles".

No more big dogs period. When the existing ones die off, then I'm just doing small dogs. Right now I'm down to one Boxer, one Standard Poodle, 2 big labradoodles.

And I don't do biting dogs. I'll muzzle a snarky schnauzer over toenails, but that's it.

If I had my way, apparently I'd only be doing super easy dogs that were never matted. And no fat dogs.

Okay, I'll stop.
Don't stop, you are right on the money! Some breeds are not worth the money unless you charge outrageously.

I can't stand Bouviers and Old English Sheepdogs. Nasty temperaments with owners who usually don't care for them properly. Don't cry because I have to shave the extremely matted coat of your OES and tell me how much you hate him shaved...the dog has maggots lady due to gross neglect. Oh your bouvier has been kicked out of 6 groom shops for biting and you can't brush him or he bites you? Yeah guess what, I'm not interested either.

I will take on certain breeds depending on the owner attitude but its case by case. Standard poodles, afghans, and any type of large poodle mix (I refuse to give mutts stupid, cutesy names like they are a breed) get accepted with restrictions and rules. You want it long, I either see it every other week or you brush it religiously. I will only demat "areas", not entire dogs. Its cruel to the dogs and not their fault. If they don't brush the dog and its one giant mat ball, they can cry all they want, its getting shaved. Maybe next time they'll remember how traumatized they were seeing the naked dog and they will brush it regularly. Don't like it, find another groomer.

Strangely enough, I have always had a knack with chows and cats. Other groomers happily send them to me.
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(I refuse to give mutts stupid, cutesy names like they are a breed)

hehehehe I talked to a new client on the phone yesterday and she got a little miffed that when she said her dog was a "shorkie" I was thinkng Schnauzer x Yorkie. No, it's a shih tzu x yorkie, YUCK.

Guess that's better than my response the last time someone called about getting their DORKIE groomed. Yes really.....you can use your imagination on that one.
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I've never understood why people get high maintanence breeds of dogs,but don't want to keep up with the in between maintanence. This is a major complaint with my friend who has several Standard Poodles who come in always matted,but the owners don't want them shaved because the long coat 'looks pretty and they always complain about the higher price.
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I can't stand Bouviers and Old English Sheepdogs. Nasty temperaments with owners who usually don't care for them properly. Don't cry because I have to shave the extremely matted coat of your OES and tell me how much you hate him shaved...the dog has maggots lady due to gross neglect. Oh your bouvier has been kicked out of 6 groom shops for biting and you can't brush him or he bites you? Yeah guess what, I'm not interested either.
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I don't groom Chows or wolfdogs. Chows are reliable biters, and I saw enough of them when I worked in the veterinary hosptial to know I don't ever want to lay a hand on one.

I'm sure there are exceptions, there must be nice Chows out there. Every single Chow owner I talk to say THEIR dog is the exception, but I'm not falling for it.


I've had fairly good luck with Chow crosses, so I won't automatically turn them away. They are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

With wolfdogs, there is no approved rabies vaccine for them. So if I am bitten by a wolfdog, I must legally proceed as though the dog were not vaccinated. That means the dog has to be quarantined and I have to go through rabies prophylaxis, if what I hear is correct. I just don't ever want to deal with something like that if I can avoid it.
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Um, freestep the rabies thing for wolfdogs is just politics. It works. Now that said, if you want to be technically correct, the only dog the vaccine is approve for is a a Beagle. That's right, the vaccine was tested on 7 beagles. IF I were to be working with dogs full time, I would get the pre exposure rabies vaccine for humans. It's 3 shots, and not that inexpensive, but it's better than post exposure.
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