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Dog Groomer
updated: Jan 14, 2011, 10:02 AM

We recently adopted a new pup. He's an extremely cute Husky\Lab? mix and so far has been very well behaved and a great addition to the family. However he is in desperate need of a full on grooming. Can anyone recommend a good groomer in Santa Barbara who will not break the bank? Also do you typically tip a groomer, if so how much? Thanks!

Places People Are Talking About:

4 PawsBefore And After Dog GroomingColleen's
Groovy GroomsLaundrumuttLittle Dog House
Sue at Little Dog HouseTJ Paws

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 136350 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 10:19 AM

4 Paws


 COMMENT 136356 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 10:31 AM

4 Paws. I like Taylor


 SUSIE IN GOLETA agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 10:31 AM

little dog house on hollister in old town goleta is wonderful.


 COMMENT 136360 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 10:42 AM

Colleen's - Next To San Rogue Pet Hospital


 COMMENT 136366 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 10:50 AM



 COMMENT 136367 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 10:50 AM

Little Dog House. Also a terrific opportunity to socialize your dog!


 COMMENT 136377 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 11:16 AM

Colleens is great. But you neglected to mention breed. Some groomers do better than others depending on breed and coat type (of the dog)


 COMMENT 136381 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 11:21 AM

TJ Paws on de la Vina. Locally owned by a man who truly loves dogs. He always goes the extra mile with my Golden, who swims a lot and gets very matted up.


 COMMENT 136394 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 11:45 AM

Sue at Little Dog House is wonderful. Particularly for terrier types. I also have used Ian Musgrove who owns Groovy Grooms and has a mobile truck. He's also at Dioji on Fridays by appointment, I believe. Both are excellent and you don't have to worry about your dog being exposed to hot air dryers and the like.


 COMMENT 136421 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 12:25 PM

You can groom your own dog... I do...It is 10.00 at Petco they have the bath tub, the blow dryer, and supply shampoo's, etc. You do not need to take a simple dog who gets, bathed, blowed out to a groomer! I use to groom dogs for 5+ years!


 COMMENT 136424P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 12:35 PM

TJ Paws on De la Vina. You can also wash you own dog there - they provide everything you need.


 COMMENT 136428P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 12:37 PM

You with a brush.


 COMMENT 136434 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 12:45 PM

We are regulars at TJ Paws and it is great. All of the supplies you need, brushes, dryers, grooming tables, help and advice. If you need it they also have a professional groomer. We have Labs and a Sussex Spaniel.


 COMMENT 136439 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 12:50 PM

Little Dog House in Old Town Goleta


 COMMENT 136442 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 12:53 PM

tj paws on de la vina!!!


 COMMENT 136459 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 01:25 PM

Little Dog House. Although all the gals are great ask for the Best HairDresser in town...Sue. FYI, I didn't have a good experience with Colleen. She nicked my dogs ear twice (two different visits) and didn't tell me either time and I incurred the vet bill both times. Won't ever go back.


 COMMENT 136519 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 03:15 PM

I like Barbara from Laundrumutt. Used to be on De La Vina Between Mission and Pedregosa now she's on Haley I believe. She's top notch and the dogs are not confined to cages or tied up. They have free roam of the back area (Providing Good Behavior)


 COMMENT 136548 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 04:26 PM

We love the self-serve bath station at Hendry's. Bring singles!


 COMMENT 136567 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 04:59 PM

Cathy McGary at 805.570.0745. Maltese and other small breeds are her specialty. She's talented enough to do the owner's hair, also!


 COMMENT 136573 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 05:26 PM

Stephanie @ Petco. Excellent and caring!


 COMMENT 136583P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 06:25 PM

We use Ian Musgrove, who owns and operates a mobile dog grooming van .... comes to your house or wherever, is calm and gentle with dogs of all sizes and temperaments, and does great work. https://www.sbgroovygrooms.com/


 COMMENT 136628 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-15 07:17 AM



 COMMENT 136629 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-15 07:24 AM

TJ paws on DelaVina next door to Jedlickas. Josh is great with dogs and you can wash your own. They will help you with everything you need or drop off your dog and they will wash it for you. Fast, usually do not need an appointment.


 COMMENT 136667 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-15 09:01 AM

Dandy Dogs in Goleta..on Calle Real...a one woman shop. The woman who owns it is the groomer and has been doing it for years. She is very good and caring and costs much less than other shops. I take my labradoodle to her and other people I know take their dogs to her as well. Highly recommended.


 COMMENT 136685 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-15 09:53 AM



 SDP agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-15 09:56 AM

Barbara formerly of Laundromutt is now at Petco at 5points. She always does a great job with my extremely furry lab & am.Eskimo mix. If you want cheap, then go to do-it-yourself place. Hendry's beach also has a coin-operated DIY dog bath station.


 COMMENT 136695 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-15 10:15 AM

Colleen is nice, but load and crowded. My retriever loved Petco at 5 Points Shopping Center. We shaved her int the summer to keep her cool. Another good tip is Program, a non-toxic product that prevents flea eggs from hatching. That, plus an old fashioned flea comb does the job in between groomings.


 TIBBLY agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-15 10:35 AM

Little Dog House is the best.


 COMMENT 136739 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-15 11:33 AM

J Paws at DelaVina & Constance is my choice. Several groomers work out of there if you have a speciality breed, but call to see if they are there or make private arrangements. Wonderful place to wash your own dog with towels, shampoo & conditioners, grooming tools & hair drying stations. Our medium size dog is $25 for self serve as I recall. Get nails cut for a nominal fee ($5). Josh is the owner and recently repainted.


 COMMENT 136753 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-15 12:03 PM

Our dog Loves Little Dog House!


 COMMENT 136801 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-15 02:56 PM

Stephanie (formerly of Petco on Milpas) is now in Summerland at Pals Grooming, 2420 Lillie Ave. 695-0106. She is an expert at terriers and LOVES dogs. We now drive 16 miles to have our dogs groomed by Stephanie.


 COMMENT 136876 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-16 12:19 AM

The first choice I'd recommend is to do it yourself, nice bonding time with you and your dog(s) and Josh (&Tony) at JPaws on De LaVina & Constance have all but electric clippers for customers use. Tony showed me the most efficient and shortest approach (dogs like short) wash method with the no tears on head then add mealeuca to shampoo for rest, etc. Best cleaning I'd had for my cocker.
Anja, an excellent and lesser expensive groomer is back at Josh's now. Ian's Groovy Grooms has Taylor assisting him with his clients now. He does an excellent job.
Colleen's had every one of my dog's nails bleeding after a nail clipping, then it took a long year to get my dog back to letting me clip them at all. One of the potential problems there with the employees , but not with Colleen herself.
Try one of the do-it-yourself first with your dog, see if it works for you. If not, you will appreciate the groomers' skills more.


 COMMENT 136877 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-16 12:33 AM

Sorry about the poor editing of my prior entry....
Anja, at Josh's on DeLaVina & Constance, did the "lion cut" on my newly adopted Chow/Golden last summer and showed me what tools to use to keep the undercoat under control myself...And Ian did the same for me after the first dog I ever had with undercoat, and which I had ignored, was cleaned up and beautified by him... & Ian does very well on dogs that are requiring that extra TLC to cooperate, including dog's with nail trim phobias.


 YOGISMOM agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-17 12:42 PM

Sounds like you might be an inexperienced dog guardian? Personally, I have always groomed my German Shepherds myself. You want your pup to have a good experience. If you opt to self-groom, a couple of tips. Always trim nails before the bath, not after. There are a couple of nail clippers available that warn you so you don't hit the quick. It is better to take too little off because too much hurts. You should have the powder on hand to stop the bleeding just in case. There are also doggie dremels that allow you to file the nails. Again, don't stay in one place too long.

A little shampoo goes a long way. I bathe my girl in the bath tub so I can use warm water and rinse all the soap off no matter how wet you get. You should towel dry well & never use a hot or warm hair dryer. Blow drying with cool air will probably be needed for your dog's coat, be sure to dry the area under the arm pits. It you have a canister vacuum cleaner you could put the hose on the exhaust side and blow dry that way, blow close to the skin.

I use a furminator brush, it does a great job on the undercoat. Just don't get too agressive with it.

Reality, dogs shed and that means they are healthy. Get a Dyson Animal vacuum and a pack of lint brushes. I have found that a khaki wardrobe for me is much better than black.

Grooming your dog yourself is a great time to bond. Good luck!


 COMMENT 137785 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-18 01:34 PM

Groovy Grooms!! They are great, come to your house, done in 90 minutes or less depending on your dog and they are very nice! We have a Maltese and she loves when they come! Book online at groovygrooms.


 COMMENT 198223 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-29 04:57 PM

Another vote for Barbara formerly of Laundromutt, now at Sensational Pets on upper State, next to Farmer Boy: she has taken care of my two dogs for years, loves them, has a second sense and a lot of experience with dogs, and feels personally responsible for her work...excellent grooming, and care.


 COMMENT 198265P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-29 08:11 PM

Sue at Little Dog House. Hands down, best groomer in town. And a heck of a nice woman.


 COMMENT 250476 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-01-20 08:47 PM

Hi, the name of my business is "Before and After Dog Grooming". (805-570-0745)
I have been grooming in the Santa Barbara-Montecito-Goleta area for almost 27 years. I mainly do smaller breeds in the comfort of the customer's home. My services include anything from just nails to full double bath/ dry and clip. (includes ear cleaning, nails cut and filed, medical and dental lookover, etc.) I am open for more clients at the moment so I appreciate this opppurtunity. Thanks, Cathy McGarry 805-570-0745


 COMMENT 272853P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-19 09:00 AM

Sue apparently no longer works at the Little Dog House. Does anyone know if she has relocated? I really would like to have her help.

Also: Groovy Grooms has apparently gone out of business. They don't answer phone messages or online messages.


 COMMENT 549263 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-30 11:01 AM

We LOVE Jason who just opened a shop at Western Animal Supply at 116 Anacapa St. in the Funk Zone near the beach. He has been taking care of our dogs for many years. His services are amazing & his prices are the fairest in SB! I love watching Jason groom & not having to leave our dogs all day. He is now offering pick-up & delivery.

MAP & INFO to his new place: SantaBarbaraDogGrooming dot com



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