marbear, I would groom my two little ones myself, but Tucker will not let anyone do anything to him. He's had Parvo, a neuter, 5 knee surgeries, and a bladder stone surgery over his 9 years of life, and I guess all of that made him a bit temperamental when attempting any kind of procedure on him.
They call our groomer, Tammy, the dog whisperer. Tucker submits to her for the whole nine yards: bathing, anal emptying, and nail trimming. And Tammy only charges me $11.00. (It was $10.00 for 8 years, but she recently increased her fees by $1 across the board.) She has a new worker who bathes the dogs for her, but she won't let the girl bathe Tucker, as he would freak and probably bite her. He has bitten Tammy twice in the last 9 years.
Ollie needs his feet trimmed top and bottom, as he's a long-haired ChiWeenie. Tammy trims all of the hair from between his pads on all four paws, plus he gets the bath, etc., same as Tucker. Tammy charges me $20 for Ollie.
We go once a month, and it's worth every penny. As long as we're able to afford it, we will continue to bring our boys to her.
Just as an aside, Tucker and Ollie were both adopted from rescue groups.