Just to clarify, while the process began early in the day and was not complete until afternoon, I was NOT grooming all day! (I’d ask to be shot if that were the case!) I was off running errands, spent 3 hours at a bar watching soccer with my husband, and so on.
The bath part took less than 30 minutes. Then nearly two hours later, the blow drying part took less than 30 minutes. The most intensive part is the brushing out of the coat, whether done in conjunction with a bath or not, and since I’ve been keeping Stanley’s coat in good shape that took less than 1 hour.
And yes, 5 minutes after I was done, Stan was out rolling in the grass and rubbing his face into every bush he could find.