I'm not sure how old the pup is, but a lot of places will have cheap packages to entice new owners to bring their puppies in as often as possible to get used to grooming. PetSmart does puppies up to 5 months for $9.99 (bath, brush, nails & ears). This is invaluable, I think, because there's nothing like 7 month old puppy coming in to be groomed for the first time and having it go ballistic in terror because it has no idea what is happening.
I have not seen it in this thread, but a lot of people will tell you to go some place small and to avoid the corporate grooming salons. This is flawed, IMO, because at the very least you can see much of what goes on in the corp salons. They have their grooming area in plain view. You can watch your dog and others getting its nails done, brushed out, trimmed, etc. The bathing is done in the back room though. But grooming while the parent is there is often a groomer's worst nightmare, because as others have said, the dogs often act much worse in front of mom/dad because they're trying to get themselves "rescued." If you go some place that you CAN watch, it's best to do it discreetly, so the pup does not notice.
I would get the puppy groomed as much as possible in this impressionable time, just to get her used to the process and people. If you feel you can taqke care of the coat properly at home once the adult coat comes in, then do so, but make sure to keep up on the little things like nails, ears, and watch for mats. You'll have to wait and see how her adult coat comes in, if it's going to be thick with undercoat like a sheltie (in which case monthly baths can keep that down) or thick and easily matting like a cocker (weekly comb-outs a must). Puppy hair is always easier to take care of and often fools people into thinking they can take care of it until they suddenly discover one day it's completely out of control.
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