Category Archives: grooming

5 Reasons to Check Your Dog’s Paws

dog paws allisonBy Laurie Darroch

A dog’s paws may seem callused and tough, and capable of withstanding the harshest terrain, but they need to be cared for like any other part of a dog’s body. Prevention is also key in keeping your dog’s paws, toes and pads in good health. Here are five reasons you will want to examine your dog’s paws.

Seasonal Damage

A dog’s paws are subject to damage caused by the changes of the seasons. The extreme cold of winter weather, dry home interiors and salt used to melt ice and snow on sidewalks and roads can all damage a dog’s feet.

During the heat of the summer, the hot ground, beach sand and chemicals used in the garden can get in the pads and paws and cause injuries or discomfort.

Cuts, Scrapes and Other Injuries

Small injuries can go from a simple cut to a major infection if the injury is not cleaned and treated. Watch for oozing, bleeding, raw sores, and calluses that have developed and change the way your dog’s nails grow or how their feet function.

Dogs that constantly chew at their paws can develop yeast infections that make their feet itch, which in turn makes them chew and agitate the irritation further.
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5 Good Reasons to Brush your Dog

dog brush taroBy Laurie Darroch

No matter the type of coat your dog has – long or short, thick or thin – it’s a good idea to brush them on a regular basis. Brushing your dog’s fur is part of a healthy grooming routine that will not only help keep them in good condition, but help prevent other skin or pest problems from becoming debilitating. Here are five good reasons for brushing your dog.

Removes Loose Hair

Although some dogs shed a great deal more than others, brushing can help remove loose fur from any dog. Dogs with double layered thick coats are not the only ones who leave fur all over. Short wiry haired dogs shed it as well. This shed fur ends up all over your furniture, floor and your clothing. Routine brushing will help keep the fur from dropping all over the house.
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6 Tips for Choosing a Good Dog Groomer

groomer 1By Laurie Darroch

When it’s time to groom your dog and doing it yourself is more than you can handle, knowing a good dog groomer is a definite bonus. There is more to choosing the appropriate groomer for your dog than simply picking one out of the phone book. Not every groomer is a good fit for every dog. Consider these points when searching for the right groomer for your dog.

References and Reputation

Word of mouth, reviews, experience and reputation all matter when it comes to the care of your dog. Although most grooming tasks do not require extensive training, the more experience a groomer has, the better. Some groomers do attend professional schooling and/or get training on the job. You want a groomer who is reputable, the same way you want a beautician or any personal care professional to have the necessary skills and training when you need services yourself.

Every groomer is not instantly acceptable simply because they advertise their services. You have to find the person who fits your dog and your individual needs. You want someone who knows what they are doing in general with any dog and for your particular dog as well. Hanging a sign on the wall saying they are a dog groomer does not automatically mean they do a great job. Take the time to check them out to find a groomer who is qualified.
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5 Tips for Using Rewards While Grooming Your Dog

grooming anniinaBy Laurie Darroch

No matter how much you may want to keep your dog clean and well groomed in order to keep them healthy and presentable, sometimes they simply do not want to be groomed. Your dog may be of the ilk that does not care for the whole fuss that goes with grooming and bathing. If they have not experienced it or are not used to it, you may have to coax them into behaving during their grooming and bathing sessions. Here are 5 types of rewards you can use as encouragement.

Treat Rewards

Initially, a hesitant dog may take a bit of coaxing to sit still long enough for a good brushing, skin and ear check, nail trimming or bath. Since grooming is important for maintaining a healthy coat and skin, and to find any possible problems, bribery may help to train them. If they are the kind that will never like grooming, a CANIDAE grain free PURE chewy treat  is a good way to reward them for sitting still or just to get your dog to approach and not avoid the activity.

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Tips for Bathing a Large Dog

By Laurie Darroch

A larger dog can be more difficult to bath than a small dog that you can simply pick up to put in the water. If a large dog is resistant to bathing, it can be quite the ordeal convincing him that he needs a bath. Dealing with bathing can turn into a unpleasant task if they aren’t cooperating. Make bathing an enjoyable experience for both you and your big dog with these tips.

Be Prepared

Set everything out ahead of time that you will need to give your dog a bath. That way, you won’t be darting out to get the things in the middle of bathing and wrestling a resistant dog. Put the shampoo and towels in easy reach. A dog can have an allergic reaction to shampoo made for humans, so be sure to use a shampoo specifically made for dogs.

Choose an Appropriate Bathing Area

A walk-in shower, regular bathtub or large portable bathing tub that can be used indoors or out, work well for a large dog.  In warm weather, an outside bath might be the best option. If it is very hot, a nice cool dip in a bathing tub or quick scrubbing with a garden hose will help the dog stay cool in the heat. It is more difficult to contain a squirming dog outdoors though.

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Tips for Controlling Your Pet’s Shedding

By Langley Cornwell

There was a time, a long time ago, when I naïvely thought that pet shedding was seasonal. I used to think there was a magical time in the not-so-distant future when I wouldn’t have to dust, sweep or vacuum every day. I used to hope that a furtive glance at the corners of our home wouldn’t reveal dust bunnies big enough to scare the dogs.

I’ve come to accept that pet hair all over the house, our furniture and my clothing is a fact of life. As I commiserate with family and friends, it’s apparent that while some dog and cat breeds have longer hair or thicker coats or heavier undercoats, they all still shed. Sure, some shed more than others… but they all shed hair, and it’s a nuisance.

Since we can’t stop our pets from shedding, it’s good to learn ways to reduce loose dog and cat hair from swirling around our homes.          

Dogs and cats shed for the same reason that humans do: to get rid of damaged, old or excess hair. My fantasies of seasonal shedding were not totally pipe dreams; it’s true that animals grow a thicker coat in the winter months to help insulate them from the cold. Then when summertime comes, they shed the extra hair to stay cooler. But that’s not the whole story. Pets also shed damaged hair throughout their lifetime. And if your pet happens to have any type of skin conditions, allergies or irritations, they may shed excessively.

There are steps you can take to keep your cat or dog’s skin and hair healthy and reduce the quantity of excess pet hair in your home.

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