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I would appreciate hearing about your good or bad experiences with specific dog groomers (especially mobile groomers) in the El Cerrito/Albany/Berkeley area. The recommendations on the website all seem to be several years old, although the names that seem to come up frequently online are Dogs Best Friend, Dogs by Dianne, Kutz for Mutz and Lena Swann. Any thoughts on these or other groomers? -Mom of a skiddish dog
My dog isn't particularly skittish, but I will offer my whole-hearted recommendation for Lena Swann grooming in Emeryville. She has groomed my large, very hairy golden retriever a few times and done a wonderful job.
Try Wizard of Paws in Berkeley near Fourth Street. Carol, the owner, is terrific and she has a great staff. anon
Does anyone have a good dog groomer in Alameda, or nearby? We have a standard poodle and have been driving her out to Lafayette for grooming, which is just too far. I checked the BPN archives, but there was nothing recent on this topic. Thanks! Monica
Kay-Cee in San Leandro does a great job and is reasonably priced. Her phone number is 510-569-1167 Amy
Our 2 Portuguese water dogs are groomed at Four Paws grooming in Walnut Creek(2818 North Main) phone#925-287-8131. The positive: the owner, Sarah Weyland owns and shows water dog and does a wonderful job grooming our dogs. The negative: the dogs stay at her ''salon''the whole day and are generally caged. I assume this is because she is so busy. The fees are similar to what I have paid in the past. CS
Can anyone recommend a good dog groomer for a puppy? It'll be
her first grooming experience and we hope for it to be a good
one. Also, what are the rates like? And lastly, has anyone
tried bringing their dog to PetSmart or PetCo? What was their
experience like? How did you like it? Thanks!
I take my dog to a fantastic groomer, Lena Swann, in Emeryville
(right at the Berkeley border). Her love for dogs is obvious, in
fact, her storefront is set up more like a day care center than
a grooming shop. She charges $35 to groom my toy poodle. I've
paid up to $50 other places. Her address is 1331-B 61st St,
Emeryville. Her phone is 510-653-1691.
We've used Petco-El Cerrito a couple of times for grooming for
our one-year old dog. I think it costs $35-$40. Our dog seemed
out of sorts after the first grooming. We had different
groomers each time, and neither did a great job. So we feel
ambivalent at best about Petco. I think we'll try someone in
Berkeley who runs their own grooming service next time. I look
forward to seeing other recommendations from your posting.
I've taken our chocolate lab to Petco, Wizard of Paws, Dogs by
Dianne and Dog's Best Friend. He gets groomed once each month.
We generally take him to Petco because it's the cheapest and the
easiest to get an appointment. However, I think Dog's Best
Friend is the most professional and does the best job. It's
like night and day when we get our dog groomed there. We've
even taken our cats there! How much you will pay depends on the
size and breed of your dog. We haven't been to Dog's Best
Friend in a long, long time (we always call at the last minute
and they are booked early), but when we did, it was about $40
and we also give a 20% tip. Our dog is big, but doesn't require
any fancy cutting and styling. We pay about $30 at Petco. They
do a pretty good job. Dog's Best Friend really is excellent.
They are on San Pablo in Albany, just south of Brighton Ave.
We take our older dog (not a puppy any more!) to Dogs by Dianne,
who is in Richmond, on the Arlington. She and her staff have
been great with our dog. I have also had my cats and dog groomed
by The Cat's Meow/Dog's Best Friend on San Pablo in Albany. I
don't remember how much it cost to have the cats groomed. The
dog, who has poodle-like hair and requires a lot of grooming,
runs anywhere from $55-75 depending on how matted and long her
fur is (price varies due to the amount of time it takes to
brush/clip the dog). Dog's Best Friend was okay, but it seemed
pricier, and I was always able to get an appointment when I
needed one from Dogs by Dianne, which wasn't the case at Dog's
Best Friend, so we've become regulars with Dianne. Once several
years ago, when desperate, I went to a PetSmart. It was cheap,
but the cut wasn't the greatest. Think SuperCuts for dogs... I
think that if you find someone you like there, then it can work
for you. I was a little nervous about leaving my dog at
PetSmart, as I couldn't tell how well attended she was in my
absence, while at the groomers, I knew that there was always
staff around and that they seemed to pay a lot of attention to
Good and kind dog groomer wanted
Please recommend a good groomer who is both good at what he/she does and
sweet to dogs. I have a large mix long hair dog. I appreciate your
recommendation or any input.
I am a professional dog handler who shows poodles and know Nancy
who owns ''DOG's BEST FRIEND'' on San Pablo. She has a fantastic
reputation as a groomer, if not the best in the Bay area. Her
shop number is 526-7762
Does anyone have any experience with dog groomers ''Kutz for Mutz?''. They are on University Avenue in Berkeley. I do not see any reference to them on the BPN.
I have been using Kutz for Mutz to groom my two terriers for the
past year. I've been very happy with Kutz for Mutz--my dogs look
great, it's not difficult to get an appointment, and they're
always ready on time. I switched from another groomer after ten
years because it was always too difficult to get an appointment,
the dogs were never ready on time (and would be stuck in a
kennel from 9 in the morning until 6 at night), and the customer
service was poor.
I'm looking for a gentle dog groomer in the El
Cerrito/Albany/No. Berkeley area for my long-haired small
therapy dogs. I've already checked groomers on the website but
need different suggestions. I'd like to avoid long kenneling
time, harsh grooming techniques or excessively busy locations.
Perhaps an independent groomer? Price is less relevant than the
I take our dog to Wizzard of Paws in Berkeley (just off 6th
Street). Carol, the owner, is very nice. She has a fenced yard
which reduces the amount of crate time. My dog has had some
strong reactions to other places, but he does just fine at
Wizzard and Carol always makes him look great. Wizzard of Paws:
I highly recommend Dogs by Dianne. My dog is not difficult
to groom, but Dianne is good about getting her out early in
the afternoon. My friend took in her Welsh terrier, which has
special grooming needs, and said Dianne did a great job.
Dianne is not in her shop every day, so you might want to
schedule on a day that she's there. The shop is on
Arlington Blvd. in Richmond and the phone number is
Anyone have any recommendations on dog groomers? This will be the first time
going to the dog groomers and I don't know what to expect. I've got a medium
long haired dog with an undercoat. What should I expect to pay and how long
does the dog stay at the groomers? My dog doesn't like to be brushed much
but tolerates it when coerced/bribed to hold still. Will this be a problem?
Especially interested in the Castro Valley and El Cerrito/Albany/Berkeley areas.
I checked the Parents web site for info, but there aren't any recommendations for
the Castro Valley area and few for Berkeley.
I highly recommend Wizard of Paws in BErkeley. I have a long haired,
thick furred, large,
arthritic dog and they look after him fine there (don't force him
to stand for too long). I've tried other places
and Bearly has come back smelling like smoke, sore from standing, or with
an uneven cut. I pay
75$ for Bearly's cut...it's a lot but is comparable to other places and
the quality and care at Wizard of Paws is top-notch. Expect to drop your
dog off in the morning and pick him or her up in the afternoon. Nancy
We have been taking our cocker spaniel to Dog's Best Friend and the
Cat's Meow on San Pablo in Albany for a couple of years. Their rate
is based on time spent on the animal so they will not give a price up
front. Our dog is usually about $48, but dogs with a lot of tangles
may be about $60. The owner's dog is a national show champion and the
owner's husband is a veterinarian. They are very thorough with our dog:
bath, fur cut, nails, ears, rear end.
We also took our dog to a woman in Richmond named Lindy who only charged
only $25 and did a great job on the dog, but because his ear canals are
bad she didn't want to touch them -- good judgement but then we still had
to take him somewhere else to have his ears cleaned. I don't have Lindy's
phone number with me but maybe someone else has used her.
I have a golden retriever that I have been taking to Dogs By Diane
(524-9779) on Solano Ave. in Berkeley for several years. Because
my dog has so much hair and sheds so much, I decided to pay to have
someone else groom her on a regular basis.
I like Diane, the owner of Dogs By Diane, very much. She does a good
job and is personable. Given Diane's many years of experience, I'm sure that
she knows how to handle dogs that don't want to be groomed. Your dog most
likely will be at the groomers for several hours, especially if you take
your dog on a Saturday.
Probably you can expect to pay $30 to $50 depending on the size of your
dog and the condition and length of your dog's hair. Diane _is_ closing
her Solano Ave. shop and moving to a shop on Arlington Ave. in El Cerrito
some time this summer.
There are a couple other places in Berkeley/Albany that I have no
experience with. One is Solano Pets on Solano Ave. in Berkeley. And the
other is on San Pablo Ave. in Albany, next to BlockBuster Videos. I forget
the name, but probably you can find it in a phone book. It offers both full
grooming services and also a place where you can bath and dry your dog yourself.
I have taken my dog there (to bath her myself), but it's really hard to get her
in the tub (she weighs 75 lbs). But if your dog is not too heavy, and if you
don't mind bathing your dog yourself, you might consider it because you'll save
money (I think it's still $15 to use their facilities), and won't have to worry
about clogging your plumbing with your dog's hair.
Plus you can use a dryer to dry your dog after bathing it.
expect to pay about $40.00 in the Berkeley
area for grooming a medium sized dog with an undercoat (approximately like a
chow or keeshond) cturtlesrus
To the person looking for a dog groomer,
I can wholeheartedly recommend Dianne at Dogs by Dianne on Solano Ave. in
Albany. She has been wonderful--kind, loving, yet firm--with our rather
difficult dog, Buster. She feeds him a liver treat after each toenail
We started going to Dianne after a terrible experience with someone at Dog's
Best Friend on San Pablo.
Good luck! Barbara
I'm looking for recommendations for a dog groomer. We have a long haired
dog and get her
trimmed about every 3 months. I have been to some groomers who insist on
bringing her in
every month. Thank you kindly.
I've been taking my dogs to Dog's Best Friend for the last 15 years and
have nothing but good
things to say about them.
Nancy, the owner, is one of the best groomers around and has only the best
folk working for her.
The store is on San Pablo Ave in Albany close to the El Cerrito border.
Phone number 526-7762.
Without hesistation, I recommend WIZARD OF PAWS in Berkeley. It's behind a
house in a little alley off Jones Street below 6th. Telephone 526-2115.
Tell Carol that "Freckles" sent you!
Can anyone recommend a good cat groomer? We typically do it ourselves but are finding the hair to be overwhelming this year. We're thinking of lion cuts for the summer, and are hoping to find someone affordable since we have two cats... Hair, hair, everywhere
We bring our persian cat to A Dog's Best Friend & The Cat's Meow in Berkeley every year for his lion cut. Here is their website: http://www.dogsbestfriendcatsmeow.com/ Address is: 525 San Pablo Ave (between Brighton Ave & Clay St) Albany, CA 94706 (510) 526-7762 They do a great job and most importantly my cat does not seem to mind going there and getting his hair cut. The people who work there are really nice. We have been to several other places and this is my favorite, I won't go anywhere else. Their prices seem competitive compared to the other groomers around. Natalie
I just had my long haired cat bathed, groomed and he got the Lion Cut---all this for 66 bucks! At VCA pet hospital at 4501 Shattuck Ave Oakland, CA 94609 (510) 654-8375 My cat looks wonderful and he is feeling great. I recommend them highly. all for cat grooming
We have a 22 lb long haired cat who is matted on his stomach where he won't let us touch him. Does anyone know of a place that will bathe and groom cats. We have tried Dog's Best Friend, but they did not want to bathe him and just tidied up his ''hygenic area'' at great expense. The Solano Pet shop did a great job, but they are no longer in business. Thank you. jmz
Try Cuts for Mutz, The owner is a bit wacky (See ''Best in Show'') but he does a nice job and will bathe the cat. I have a Persian and I just have him shaved every 4 to 6 months. It makes him very happy and me too. Good luck Keley
I just took a cat of mine to VCA on Shattuck for bathing. They did a great job, for $35.00, and clip the nails as well. I think they charge a little extra for matting. You drop them off in the morning and pick them up in the late afternoon. cat lady
Can anyone recommend a local cat groomer? We have an elderly
long-haired cat who is in desperate need of help. We used to be
able to keep his fur unmatted simply by regularly brushing and
combing him. Not anymore...he's a tangled mess, poor baby. We
took the kitty to a groomer last year when we had this same
problem but we won't take him back there again: the cat's rear
legs & hips were physically traumatized by the experience -- he
could barely make it up/down the stairs or jump on the couch
for several days after. Help!
We take our Maine Coon Cat, whose long hair tends to get tangled
over time, to the Solano Pet Shop in Berkeley. I started taking
him there after being disenchanted with another place. They had
to shave him extensively the first time (he was really tangled),
but since then we've been able to keep him tangle free. I don't
know the name of the groomer, but she does a good job. Their
address is 1575 Solano and their phone number is 525-4190.
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