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So we usally take Lucky to our local petsmart to be groomed. They just opned up a petco and we thought we give it a try. !st yesturday the girl calls and leave a message to remind us of his appt. they were screaming at eachother on the message. Then today my husband drops him off and 45 minutes later they are calling me to come get him cuz he is knocking over the water bowl and chewing the cage he is in....ok so..take the water bowl out and he is a puppy he chews everything. The girl said he is not ever dry yet...its raining out too. My poor dog! he aslo started pooping when he got there and the girls said hi to him....he was so excited he got to leave the house! Anyone else have any problems with groomers? I never had a problem before...
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I think a call to the BBB would be a good idea. that's terrible!
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No, but I have always done by own grooming on my Doberman's. Personally, I would not trust my dogs to anyone that I didn't know. I work real hard on socialization and training and not willing to take a chance of someone messing it up. It's really pretty easy to groom a dobe. There are good grooming shops out there but like anything else they need to be checked out.

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There really isn't any reason for a doberman to even have to go to a groomer. They don't even take 10 minutes to bathe from start to finish complete with a towel dry.

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Can I ask what kinda of products you use on your Dobe and how often you bath them? I tried different things and can;t get the shine nor smell out of him..
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I'm not sure I'm seeing what the problem was aside from the fact that you were dealing with young Petco employees.
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If you are having odor and shine issues I would look more to what is going into his body instead of what is used to wash him. I don't have a certain type of shampoo, just whatever happens to look good to me at the moment, but I only wash maybe a few times a year.

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Can I ask what kinda of products you use on your Dobe and how often you bath them? I tried different things and can;t get the shine nor smell out of him..
For bathing, usually only for shows, I use a the 'Mane and Tails' horse shampoo diluted 50%. I also use the 'Mane ans Tails" condioner. For teeth one of the finger tip toothbrushes from my vet, usually daily. Ears, ear cleaner from my vet. Nails, dremel everyweek. Clipping only for shows.

I agree with JulieW re shampoo's, I have horses so I always have the Mane and Tail shampoo!

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I live in a wet part of the country and often my dogs get muddy running in the fields in the winter. I use a product called 'Cowboy Magic, Greenspot, shower in a bottle' it's a horse product but I've never had a problem using it on dogs. cowboymagic.com You call a tack shop or order it online. I have several friends who also use it on their dogs.
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If its a new place, they are still probably working out the bugs with it. I just see it as with everything else I run into with customer service. Sometimes its great and some days, they might be having a bad day, and it sucks. If I get bad service the first time out, I just take my business else where. Maybe someday, they will get their stuff together. I hate being the guinea pig on some stuff.



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I use different shampoos, but have had good luck w/ HyLyt - it's very gentle. If you dilute whatever shampoo you use (at least 50:50 w/ water), you'll find you really don't need much shampoo to get the job done and it is much easier to apply and get thoroughly rinsed.

You can also search on here... there were some pretty recent threads about bathing/grooming/shampoos.
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I usually don't take my dobermans to the groomers. I do all of their needs at home for grooming. But I have been to many for grooming Doodle. It has been my experience that if you find someone that you like, keep them and don't go experimenting because something new opened. Groomers are hard to find that you like and can truely appreciate their work on your dog. I have had the misfortune to have two long time groomers of mine retire that I adored. I have not liked anyone since.

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I don't know if you want to go back to Petco, but the stores that are local here in Minnesota have do it yourself facilities. So instead of washing in the tub at home, etc. You can use the stainless tubs and sprayers they have. I think you have to bring your own towels though... It costs approx $10. That is a lot less than what the groomers charge I'm sure.

I would recommend that you do the grooming yourself because it can be a great time for you and your puppy to bond. I've had dogs that would jump up on the grooming table by themselves wanting to be brushed and pampered.
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there really isn't a reason to take a dobe to a groom and since he's a pup you can get him used to you doing his nails. all my dobes have actually smelled good. (unless they roll in somthing outside) My mother has even commented several times that she can't believe my house doesn't smell like dog with the two of them - and believe me if there was even the SLIGHTEST odor i would hear about it.

we bath them a couple times a year tops. since we got molly, pollo licks her ears and she licks his, so we don't have to do ears as often any more

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Sorry your pup had such a bad time. I personally dislike those PetsMart, Petco, ect groomers because they hire incompetents usually who have limited experience with all breeds. Maybe it was just a bad day with new personnel who were overwhelmed with the store opening. I'm with JulieW, bathing is such fun and it is so easy and quick.
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A nurse I worked with took her 11 year old Corgi to Pet smart to be groomed they had just gotten back from the Shrine-r's hospital where her son had major back surgery.She went to pick up the Corgi who seemed to be lethargic and had a bump on her side. As my nurse friend started driven the dog to her vet the dog arrested she started CPR she finely got to her vets the dog had Bloated and died. She had to go home & explain to her son what happen to his dog.
What I do not understand is why the employees at Pets mart did not pick up on the dog was sick usually they have a vet on site???
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Try Ryan's Pet Supplies. They have a website and offer great grooming products, such as shampoos, conditioners, nail trimmers, etc...Whatever you can think of they got it. Their shampoos work wonders too.
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Can I ask what kinda of products you use on your Dobe and how often you bath them? I tried different things and can;t get the shine nor smell out of him..
Gosh, I only bathe my Dobes two or three times a year unless they are being shown--then they get bathed before the shows.

I'd be checking out food and maybe a general checkup at the vet if he's not shiny and if he smells. Very few healthy Dobes smell and my dogs are shiny even when they are covered with a layer of the back yard. They are much more shiny immediately after a bath.

And like a lot of other people have already said I don't use one particular shampoo--mostly I use horse products--things like Mane and Tail or various of the Eqyss products.

I've never taken any of my dogs to a groomer--even the Afghan Hound I had years ago got bathed and groomed at home--that was a two hour affair and from beginning to end a Dobe is a twenty minute job--10 in the tub (mostly on the rinsing) and 10 more getting towel dried.

If he was pooping at the groomers that sounds like stress and it's probably all too much for him. I think I'd switch to doing him at home. Most of the shampoos commercial groomers use are too harsh for my taste and they all use water that is too hot.

Like reddobes suggested do a search on bathing--there have been several threads on it as well as a lot of information on how NOT to bathe a dog.
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