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    Have picked up a customer with 9 dogs. 4 adults, 5-5month olds. Adults are really starting to shed, take forever to dry, my question is this---------is forty bones asking to much for ear cleaned, toe nails clipped, 2 baths, h.v. hand dried. The customer thinks I'm asking a lot. These dogs take forever to dry! After I've chocked up hair balls, clean my eyes 10 times, I think I could charge more! Appreciate any advice.

  • #2
    More bones! You need more bones!

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    • #3
      We aren't supposed to discuss pricing, but I will say this: Huskies are probably my least favorite breed to groom, by the time I'm done and ready to write down the price I am so fed up with the hair, howling, whining, hair, crying, fighting, hair, struggling, fussing, hair, etc. I tend to charge well for my time spent.

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      • #4
        I agree, you need more bones. I am mobile so my prices are higher, but I charged at least twice that amount. They take FOREVER to dry...that dense coat. Took me easily 45 minutes to dry with the HV....and that is a dog I did every two weeks whose coat was in great shape. Time is money. And yes, they are in general a bunch of babies with that whining and crying and pawing! Now I suppose you can kennel dry those dogs with a fan for a while and not spend so much hands on time, but you still got to blast em dry to get that coat out and I am not sure how much they would air dry anyway. BTW, I got rid of my regular husky just last month....nice dog, but too much hassle for me compared to the little fluffies. You need more bones!

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        • #5
          I am so sorry. Truly...9 Siberians.

          When I was an apprentice there was this one Siberian. From the day I got there it was, "you're the rookie, you have to do the Husky". The groomer said they were crazy. They were dogs that needed a job and that job was pulling a sled. Not good pets...crazy. I thought she was cruel.

          Now...ten years later...they are crazy. I tell my apprentice..."You're the rookie...YOU have to do the Siberian." They need a job. They are not good pets and should be pulling a sled.

          My minimum is $45.00 for bath, brushout and trim feet/sanitary. That is provided they are not insane and I can use an HV dryer to blow out the coat.

          They're beautiful animals. Just not.........sane.

          Please no hate mail from Husky fans. I love all dogs. I just don't love grooming Huskys.

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          • #6
            Not sure if this is legal, but I'll say I charge more than that now, and my prices are going up in a month.
            Erin
            No Fur, No Paws, No Service.

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            • #7
              It certainly depends on where you are located but huskies are hard! I laugh at them for being such babies about grooming. They can pull a sled for days across the frozen tundra but please, wa wa wa don't put water on them or touch with a brush .. and the shedding is horrendous. Some of them are so thick you cannot get them clean without multiple baths and then can't get them dry without brushing all the undercoat out -- a double edged sword! Many areas of the country would charge a lot more than 40 pesos!

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              • #8
                way more bones!!! Look at all the cleanup involved in grooming all those dogs, makes my wheaton mess look like fun compared to Sibz.

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                • #9
                  I charged more back 8 yrs ago

                  In Calif I did a. samoyed once a mo. or every other Week, maybe. Best Shot kept him beautiful and each piece of fur separated. I charge half of the bill that is a large popular one.The presidents' initials on the half of the big one , are. USG. Is this a fifth grader question? I think you should charge between the two big bills.Your arms will ache in bed that nite won't they? Call her at 3am and ask her what a good pain medicine is when you can't sleep........Hint: She should Grant you a little more respect.

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                  • #10
                    i think the price you are charging is fine, but im biased as i live with an akita im used to fur tornados and having fur stuck to my lips. call me a freak but i actually love to tackle that undercoat. but i guess if you dont like being decorated head to toe in husky fur, charge more!

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                    • #11
                      You should base it off what you want to make per hour and either charge by the hour, or guess your average time and make that your Husky price.

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                      • #12
                        I definitely charge more bones for huskies. They are big projects or can be if you get the ones with thick coats..

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                        • #13
                          I had to laugh reading some responses. Had three of the 5 month olds the other day, I NEVER took out my ear plugs. Wow, can they sing. I swear they can actually talk. Lets rewind that howl and guess the sentence. To funny. A lot of work but well behaved dogs(except for all that howling)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by kybert View Post
                            i think the price you are charging is fine, but im biased as i live with an akita im used to fur tornados and having fur stuck to my lips. call me a freak but i actually love to tackle that undercoat. but i guess if you dont like being decorated head to toe in husky fur, charge more!

                            LOL Finally someone willing to admit they love when the hair flies!! I think it's so much fun when you turn the HV on high and the hair goes everywhere. It's great when handfuls of wet hair cover my bathing gloves and I feel like I'm hand stripping a dog in the tub!

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                            • #15
                              We were charging $50 for a husky in the shop I was working in Colorado 11 years ago. The last shop I worked in (before going mobile) it was $65 starting price for a husky with only 15 min of brushing included, $.50/min for additional brushing.

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