who grooms maltese and very familiar with their coat. She's a little more pricey than the Petsmart folks. But, I think I am going to try her out the next time Delilah needs a booty trim.
For the toenail and feet trims I have found that my dogs who I have learned to do this on are usually better at it than the dogs who have gone to groomers. So many groomers are in hurry and can do this effectively without making sure the dogs are comfortable with it, but I work with my dogs to get them to calmly accept the trim. Doing toenails after the bath is the best time, because their little nails are softer then and come off easily. I have trained my dogs to accept this without too much wiggling.I'm still on the fence with showing. But I do plan on keeping her coat long and try to maintain it myself. Main thing is nail/pad trimming. I'm not to comfortable with it, Delilah is to wiggly! and the booty trim is ever so slight. The tootsie rolls are getting stuck and then fling off when she runs away!
The problem with taking her in for 'just' those things is that you can't always trust that a groomer will do 'just' that. Her face hair has been cut already and that will take a while to grow out and if a groomer sees that the face hair has already been cut, chances are they will re cut it, thinking that is what needs to be done since it was cut already. And unless a groomer shows maltese, they don't always know what is required for a show maltese.I'm still on the fence with showing. But I do plan on keeping her coat long and try to maintain it myself. Main thing is nail/pad trimming. I'm not to comfortable with it, Delilah is to wiggly! and the booty trim is ever so slight. The tootsie rolls are getting stuck and then fling off when she runs away!
Oh i know! I've already shared with Laura the story of a friend wanting to show his maltese and he kept taking him to the groomer and I swear, i was a broken record (kind of like how I am now :w00tI agree with the others - if you plan to show her, stay away from a groomer!
My friend who shows her samoyed brought him to a groomer when he was 5 months old to get his nails and pads tidied up - she told the groomer not to touch his coat - the groomer trimmed his coat and clipped around his bum! Not good!
Sorry to say I haven't found a single groomer I'd trust for anything......private or at a retail place like petsmart, etc....((sigh))