Grooming a Yorkie (with less stress and less money)

Here is the short version of the first grooming experience for our Yorkie, Sunny, after we adopted her:

1. Drop Sunny off at groomer in the morning (lovely location, friendly attendant.)
2. Wait several hours.
3. Pick Sunny up -- minus most of her hair.  ("Is this for sure our dog?" ran through our minds      more than once.)
4. Bring Sunny home.
5. Call the vet after a few hours of anxiously observing our lethargic dog.  "Has Sunny had a stroke?   "What's the matter with Sunny?" (All  the while, "Is this really even Sunny?" is still running through our minds.)

For the record, Sunny did not have a stroke, and Sunny's experience was not the salon's fault.  Sunny is a rescue, and she tends to be a bit more anxious than the norm. (BUT, she has blossomed into the most delightful and charming of all dogs, anywhere.)

The next morning she was herself again.  Sighs of relief.

We learned a few things from that experience, including, consider your dog's personality when choosing a groomer, and don't be vague about how much hair you would like trimmed!

Given Sunny's anxiety, we then decided to try one of the mobile pet vans. The van came to our house.  It was much less stressful, but MUCH more expensive.   

Then one day, (in the drug store, of all places) we came upon a young couple with a Yorkie.  The dog was adorable, and I asked where they had her groomed.  "Oh, we groom her ourselves."
"You groom her yourselves?"   I was astounded (although I'm not sure why, really. Dog grooming is time consuming and there is an initial learning curve, but it isn't rocket science.  Especially when you only have one breed to learn.)
"Yes," the woman replied,  "we bought a grooming kit.  It's not difficult."

I was immediately on my way to buy a grooming kit,  and for less than the cost of one visit from the mobile pet groomer, I had brand spanking new supplies to beautify Sunny.  

I learned by watching the groomer and by watching videos on YouTube.  With practice and extreme caution, I became a very successful groomer substitute.

I've been the official Sunny groomer ever since.

Now, it's not perfect, mind you.  But, frankly, I think she looks almost as good as when she was professionally groomed.

You can do this!

Have you ever groomed your own dog?

Linking to


  1. Hello Pam, thank you for sharing. Have a nice day.

  2. Our dog, now deceased for 2 years, used to have "spa days" every month. She got bathed and her nails clipped and all sorts of other things. No haircut though; she was short haired. We had it done at her vet's office and she always loved going.

  3. Sunny is so darling! I'm sure she appreciates the home spa treatment MUCH more than either the mobile groomer or the stationary one! Good for you!!

  4. I appreciate the comments! (Also,I am now going to start calling Sunny's grooming day her "spa day!")

  5. Hmmm. I don't know if that would work for my large, hairy St. Bernard. I think that woukd be a heck of a challenge! Thanks for visiting my blog today.

  6. What a cute dog!

    I would definitely groom my pooch on my own. I bet there are tons of helpful video tutorials, and I bet the experience is much more comforting for the dog.

    Happy Belated Friendship Friday.


I appreciate every comment. Thank you!

Back to Top