When it comes to trying to groom myself or when it comes to taking my dog to groomers? When it comes to taking my dogs to groomers, I've always hated having to leave them there for the day. Many groomers leave the dogs in cages and get to each dog one at a time. My dog Sephi hated having to wait in a cage in unfamiliar surroundings and a bunch of barking dogs. So I stopped taking her and opted to do it myself.
The only problem I have with doing it myself is with de-shedding. With my Lab Maya, brushing everyday still doesn't help keep her from shedding. So when it comes to bath time, the drain guard always gets plugged up with hair.
With my Aussie mix Pierson, it is really difficult to brush away those lose fine hairs on his legs. The undercoat on his legs is actually longer than the guard hairs, so you can see the fine tufts sticking out. No brush that I've found has been able to grab at those loose hairs so I have to use my fingers. He does not like this because I am also grabbing at hairs that are not loose.