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    Another thread made me think of this. When I was grooming in NY I had a lady call me up and asked how much I charge for a Mini Poodle. I told her the price. She flipped out and said that groomers need to charge per pound like her last groomer did. So I asked her how much her last groomer charged and she said a dollar per pound and that her dog was 8 pounds. I told her that I don't know of any groomers on the island that charge per pound. To boot, the day before I had my only Mastiff that I every groomed back there in. He was 243 pounds. So I was listening to this lady go on and on about how she should only be charged by the pound. Then I explained to her the time and difficulty of the hair cut she wanted. She said that shouldn't matter, that every dog should be charged by the pound. So I asked her in my exact words, "Ok so your dog is 8 pounds and that would be 8 dollars for a haircut and bath, when small dogs are difficult to work on sometimes. So how much do you think I should charge for my 243 pound Mastiff that comes in for only a bath?"

    I heard a gasp and then she hung up on me... LOL...

    Some people are in their own little world and don't realize that there are dogs that weigh over 10 pounds.

    Later that day I talked to a few groomers in my area and they all got that phone call and they all pretty much told the lady to go * herself... LOL.....

    I don't know the outcome but I bet she ended up paying more than 8 bucks to get her dog groomed....
    Becky

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    Even with all I have heard from some of the cheapies I’ve encountered I think that is insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • #3
      I have never heard of "across the board" charging by the pound. I HAVE known of groomers who have price by breed up to a certain size, then it's $XX base plus $1 a pound above whatever that cut off size is....

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      • #4
        LOL - that's funny. We have so many people try & tell us that it should be cheaper because their teacup yorkie is only the size of a gerbil. I wish they understood that those dogs are much harder to work on than a big dog! Gimme a golden anyday of the week!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chicken View Post
          We have so many people try & tell us that it should be cheaper because their teacup yorkie is only the size of a gerbil. I wish they understood that those dogs are much harder to work on than a big dog! Gimme a golden anyday of the week!
          LOL...Amen!! I groom a Teacup Poodle who barely weighs 2 lbs. I had to buy a small clipper to do her teenie tiny Poodle feet and smaller shears. It's takes longer to groom her than her sister who is a Toy Poodle in a Dutch clip. It's not easy maneuvering clippers and shears around her tiny body so I charge for time not size.
          Sheri

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          • #6
            Price per Pound...

            This has got to be the craziest suggestion yet. oh my goodness. did she pay per ounce when she bought the pup? that is crazy. Just when ya think ya heard it all y'all
            hahahhahahahahahahahaha

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            • #7
              Love the comment about how much should I charge for the 243 lb mastiff

              Omg - I'm so glad I'm not the only one who finds the itsy-bitsy dogs very difficult to work on. I think we should invent and clipper and snap ons scaled down to their size. That lady is hilarious. They must think if they try enough people someome will for it.

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              • #8
                wow I love that. I occasionally get the call about how easy their dog is because it is so tiny. Funny how they start the conversation with I am calling to get a quote. I also did not know that 12-15 lbs in "tiny". We are still doing the same work!
                What does a dog do on it's day off?

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                • #9
                  You should have told her for dogs under 50 lbs you charge $10 per lb. That would shut her up...hehehe... Seriously though, I have a kennel and I charge the same per dog per night. I have a lot of people w/smaller dogs that complain that they shouldn't have to pay as much. My thought on this is that I spend a lot more time cleaning up after the LITTLE ones than the BIG ones. They are most often more difficult to keep kenneled and have more "special needs". People just don't get it though. BTW, I would usually MUCH prefer to groom a 243 lb Mastiff than an 8 lb poodle....lol
                  SheilaB from SC

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                  • #10
                    If she calls back, tell her........

                    You've seen the light, and you now charge by the pound- it's $10 a pound, so her Poodle is an $80 groom.lol

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                    • #11
                      Oh the things people come up with to try to save money!!!! That is too funny!!

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                      • #12
                        ROFL..... Send her to me I will trim up her dogs tail pom real nice for the $8, which is about £4 here. lol

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                        • #13
                          The thing that gets me is those teeny tiny "teacup" dogs cost a fortune. These owners are willing to pay big bucks for them but then cheap out on the grooming. I don't think so. Those dogs can be a real pain too. Many of them are spoiled. Some are always carried so they barely touch the ground. Besides this, they are difficult to groom just by virtue of their size.
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                          • #14
                            Is she serious!? I know she was! Very good example of NY clients because many of them have these types of dogs. They are always trying to "negotiate" for some outageous reason that only they understand. I have to laugh at them and found that for every one of them there are 3 great dogs and owners who will come along and become great clients. The teacup dogs are very difficult to groom - their hearts beat very fast, which scares me. And can I mention they are usually not housebroken either among other things that some others have already mentioned.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by afghangypsy View Post
                              Is she serious!? I know she was! Very good example of NY clients because many of them have these types of dogs. They are always trying to "negotiate" for some outageous reason that only they understand. I have to laugh at them and found that for every one of them there are 3 great dogs and owners who will come along and become great clients. The teacup dogs are very difficult to groom - their hearts beat very fast, which scares me. And can I mention they are usually not housebroken either among other things that some others have already mentioned.
                              I have noticed too that their little hearts beat really fast...anyone know of the reason behind this?
                              Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job. ~Franklin P. Jones

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