The Dog Visitor & News Magazine 2022 & : Dog Grooming The Dog Visitor & News Magazine 2022 & : Dog Grooming en Copyright 2022 & All Rights Reserved. GivingTuesday: PRIDE+GROOM Giving Back to Animals in Need At PRIDE+GROOM, we are always looking for ways to give back to animals in need and the rescue community. Since our brand launched and our products were born, we have partnered with hundreds of rescue organizations, shelters, non-profit organizations, and programs that give back.

One Fur All

PRIDE+GROOM developed THE ONE FUR ALL CONDITIONING SHAMPOO as a way of giving back to the animal welfare community with the hope that a clean, soothed, great smelling rescue has a better chance of finding a forever home. Labeled solely for shelter donation, we aim to provide THE ONE FUR ALL to shelters and rescues across the country, starting with those close to our hearts and following with recommendations from our dog loving PRIDE+GROOM community.

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With GivingTuesday on the horizon, we wanted to give a well-deserved shout out to one of our favorite organizations here in New York City: Animal Haven, who we will be partnering with on this special day of giving.

What is Giving Tuesday?

GivingTuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for the purposes of hashtag activism on social media, is celebrated and observed on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. It is touted as a "global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world". There are so many different ways to show generosity on GivingTuesday. Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor out, making a donation, or showing up for an issue you care about, we each have something to contribute. Identify your gifts, pick a cause that gets you fired up, and give back. Each seemingly small act turns a ripple into a wave of good, transforming society and building the world we all want to live in.

There are so many ways small businesses and brands can be a part of this global day of generosity by using their platforms, talents and resources for good.  One of those ways is to raise money for an organization that you and your employees are passionate about. This GivingTuesday, that organization is Animal Haven.

Who is Animal Haven?

Animal Haven is a nonprofit animal rescue that finds homes for dogs and cats in crisis, and provides behavior intervention when needed to improve quality of life and chances of adoption. Founded in 1967, they operate an animal shelter in downtown New York City. They also provide programs that enhance the bond between animals and people, and help to keep animals in their homes whenever possible. Our Co-Founder, Jane Wagman, has sat on the board of Animal Haven for many years. She is very passionate about the work they do, and has even rescued several dogs of her own from their intakes.

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Animal Haven will never euthanize an animal for space or time. Adoptable animals will stay in their care for as long as it takes to get them adopted or placed in a more suitable rescue or foster situation.

Rehabilitation & Training Program for Homeless Pets

Animal Haven is committed not only to saving the lives of homeless pets, but also enriching those lives and providing key resources to adopters to aid in healthy, happy lives with their new pets. As the proud recipients of a generous grant from the Regina B. Frankenberg Foundation, Animal Haven has implemented a comprehensive rehabilitation and behavioral training program. Overseen by a certified dog trainer, this program follows their rescued animals from the moment they enter their doors through the process of settling into their new homes.

They have made a commitment to evidence-based, positive reinforcement training and handling methods free of force, fear, pain or coercion. The most current scientific research supports humane, positive reinforcement training methods as the most effective method for modifying animal behavior from basic obedience to the most difficult cases.

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Animal Haven’s Rehabilitation and Training Program includes:

  • Daily training and enrichment sessions with behavioral staff to install basic obedience behaviors, impulse control and target behavior modification such as body handling, resource guarding and socialization. Sessions are designed to address the unique needs of each animal and to help prepare them for living in a home environment.
  • Advanced volunteer training that empowers Animal Haven’s army of volunteers to advocate for the animals, teaching them force-free handling skills and interpreting body language to assist in the animals’ holistic rehabilitation experience while in their care.
  • Counseling sessions with prospective adopters to encourage matches based on both the animals’ and adopters’ unique needs and lifestyles.
  • Resources and continued support for adopters after they’ve brought home their new pet. 
  • Assistance for the tri-state community at large via their Pet Behavior Hotline, which assists people in an effort to keep pets and their families together, particularly in times of need. 

How to Adopt a Pet From Animal Haven

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Animal Haven is located at 200 Centre Street at the corner of Hester Street in Manhattan, NY. They are open for walk-in visits every Tuesday-Thursday from 2-6pm. They also offer individual appointments Tuesday-Sunday from 12-7pm.

View their adoptable pets here:

Giving Back:

Your gift will change a pet's life! At Animal Haven, they work every day to find homes for dogs and cats in crisis. They are committed to providing the best possible care for their specific needs while they wait. You can create hope for them: your donation provides healthy food, comfortable bedding, vital enrichment, training and medical intervention.

PRIDE+GROOM will be accepting donations on our website for Animal Haven during the entire month of December, starting on GivingTuesday, November 29th. You will find the donation option at check out, and can choose an amount that you are comfortable giving with your purchase.

  • $25 provides medicine for a pet
  • $50 provides food for 5 pets
  • $100 provides a vet visit
  • $500 provides life saving surgery
Sun, 27 Nov 2022 13:51:31 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why is Hydra one of the most chosen pet shampoo in India? Hydra pet shampoo and conditioners

‘Shine Bright with Hydra’ with such a great tagline. Hydra really gives a makeover to every pet who gets bathed with Hydra. With the salon-grade formula and aroma it has become every professional’s favourite and most preferred pet shampoo & conditioner brand, around the globe and India is not exception.

What makes Hydra an expert brand and an individual's favourite?

Here are a few reasons why Hydra has become so popular in the dog grooming industry.

  1. Hydra products are made by groomers by keeping the problems faced by groomers at the center. That is one of the reasons why the shampooing results turn out to be excellent.
  2. Infused with a salon-grade professional formula to derive super amazing results on every type of pet’s coat care. The rich aroma lingers on the coat for days and makes your furry boo more cuddly.
  3. Value for money, Hydra shampoos are concentrated in nature and need to be diluted before use which makes choosing Hydra the win-win preference. 

Hydra pet shampoo & conditioner: ABK

Let us introduce you to the range of Hydra products

  1. Pet shampoo and conditioner
  2. Professional SPA range
  3. Colognesde-matting spray & more

Hydra pet shampoo and conditioners are specially formulated to thoroughly enhance every kind of dog fur and bring the best out of it. The Hydra range is known for quality and luxury features created exclusively for groomers and handlers to give an absolute luxury experience to your pets. 

We believe Hydra should be every pet's partner when it comes to bathing and grooming to make your pets shine bright with Hydra.

Wed, 23 Nov 2022 02:13:28 -0800 Dog-Fancier
About Multi Award Winning Lois Dalton This “STOP PRESS” deserves to be right at the top of this page!

Lois – owner of Vanity Furr Dog Grooming – was presented with the prestigious “Best Dog Grooming Business in England 2022” award, at the Grand Final of the “England’s Business Awards 2022”, in Birmingham on 17th November.

Lois extends her thanks to every single client who voted for her “little business” to be crowned best in England, and says she has “cried buckets” (of joy, of course)!!

After the award ceremony, Lois said:

“Vanity Furr is my life, it’s my reason and it’s why I’m still here today. I’ve made friends for life and I’m the luckiest girl in the world to do what I do and have the clients that I have. They have all stuck by me through thick and thin, through the best times and the hardest, I absolutely love all of their dogs more than anyone can ever imagine and I’m honoured that those dog lovers all choose me over and over again to be their dogs stylist.

I cannot thank them all enough. This business has gone from me being a 19-year-old having a small idea for my garden shed that my Dad built for me, sleepless nights of worry having no clients at all, no friends, no life, but a lot of commitment and a drive inside of me to just never give up… to now being the Best in England. I’m overwhelmed, and next year we celebrate 10 amazing years together.

Thank you to my family, especially my Mum who is my rock and biggest supporter, love you Mum.

Plus of course Ellie – my sister who is there with me every day; without her and her constant hard work the business wouldn’t be where it is today.

Being at the awards ceremony in Birmingham was such a “pinch me” moment, surrounded by other incredible business owners from all over the country. My category was filled with other fantastic talented businesses.

I love you all and I’m so proud, this award is for ALL of us!”

aesculap-articleOwner of Vanity Furr, Lois has a diploma in Animal Care & is City & Guilds qualified with distinctions. Following a variety of dog grooming awards, Lois won a scholarship with Aesculap, having been nominated by Groom Team England.

Lois has trained with Groom Team England in their own salons and she was delighted when she was short-listed as one of the final 8 nominees of the scheme. Having won, she was thrilled when – along with the 4 other winners – she was presented with her scholarship at Crufts, March 2013.


Lois has been a self-confessed “doggy person” all her life. Being brought up with dogs from a young age, “dog-handling” is 2nd nature to her and it’s clear that dogs love her too. She had holiday work – and then her apprenticeship – in dog kennels, where she perfected her dog grooming trade whilst studying for her City & Guilds in Dog Grooming at level 3.

She studied for the Diploma in Animal Care at Reaseheath College, Cheshire.

It wasn’t long before she was recognised as the superb and dedicated dog groomer that she is and in 2011 Lois won both “Best Beginner” and 1st Place Beginner “Premier Groom 2011” as well as  2nd Place “British Dog Grooming Championships 2011 – Newcomer: Hand-strip or Clip Gun Dog”.



In October 2012 Lois won First Place British Dog Grooming Championships 2012 in the Experienced Group, “Pure Bred Scissor” – an astonishing achievement and a just reward for all the hours of dedication to a career that she simply loves.

With the help of some eager sponsors, including various suppliers of professional dog grooming equipment, Lois has been able to able set up her own business:  “Vanity Furr Dog Grooming”, from purpose built facilities at her home in Halton Village, Runcorn, Cheshire.

lois-team-groom-englandIt’s from here that Lois continues her passion for dog grooming. She can groom just about any breed of dog (or of course cross breed), ranging from puppies to large, mature dogs.

Lois isn’t someone to “rest on her laurels” and continues to improve her skills and keep up to date with all the latest dog grooming techniques – as well as the latest popular so-called “designer” cross breeds like the Labradoodle and Cockapoo.

She is now a full member of the Pet Industry Federation which represents pet industry specialists; she is also a member of the British Dog Grooming Association – which represents dog groomer members by providing education, training and support.
Lois and her two puppies in the salonMaster groom Best in Show
In April 2016 Lois and Cocker Spaniel Baker entered Master Groom again (an international, annual grooming competition) and won both the “Hand Stripped Gundog Class” and the “Best In Show”! An incredible achievement.

There is more info about Lois and the competitions she has entered (and won!) at her Blog Page (click here).


Crufts 1In October 2016 Lois qualified for Crufts! Lois and her cocker spaniel Baker gained 2nd place at Baker’s first championship show, the prestigious “Midland Counties Canine Society”.

This enabled them to walk the world famous green carpet of Crufts in March 2017 for the first time.  They were in a big strong class of 15 other cocker spaniels and took 5th place, with a “very highly commended” card!

Premier Groom 2017
We’re delighted to say that Lois and Baker came 1st – won Gold – at Premier Groom’s 10th Anniversary in August 2017 in the Spaniel & Setter class – what an achievement!
Read about it here!


STOP PRESS! In June 2017 Lois upgraded the dog grooming salon –  every single detail has been designed and made to make your dogs feel comfortable, happy and most importantly safe.  Read more about the refurbished grooming parlour here!

If you would like Lois to groom your pet puppy or dog – or if you have any questions for her, you can Contact Lois in a variety of ways.

In the meantime, if you enjoyed this post,
please share it with family and friends!

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Sat, 19 Nov 2022 10:01:51 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How Dogs Improve Mental Health Pets come with some powerful health benefits. Especially dogs. Cats can be wonderful too, but dogs have been domesticated by humans for much, much longer, and, as even the most devoted cat lover will admit, dogs are far easier to train for companionship. Most cats, as we know, are admirable for entirely different reasons. Dogs teach us a whole range of lessons. They love us unconditionally. They’re entirely indifferent to factors that we usually judge upon such as race, gender, star sign, clothes size or even the ability to throw cool moves on the dance floor. The simplicity and depth of this love is a continuous joy, along with the health benefits of daily walks and the social delights of chats with other dog walkers. Dogs teach children to be responsible, altruistic and compassionate and, valuably but sadly, how to cope when someone you love dies. We may as well call them superheroes.

Superhero Dogs

Most pet owners are clear about the immediate joys that come with sharing their lives with companion animals. However, many of us remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of snuggling up to a furry friend. It’s only recently that studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the human-animal bond, and how dogs really help to improve our mental health

Ways to Improve Mental Health With Dogs

Maintaining good mental health habits is crucial to living a happy, healthy life. Poor mental health can cause physical health problems if left untreated. There are several ways you can care for your mental health every day, including getting a dog. Simply by living with you, these furry friends can help regulate your mood, reduce feelings associated with poor mental health, and even help reduce physical health symptoms associated with stress. The structure and routine that pet parenting provides can be a great comfort and inspire several healthy habits that can vastly improve your quality of life.

Pet Care and Self Care

Pet care and self-care are linked. When you take a dog out for a walk, people talk to you and that may be the only social contact an isolated person has for the entire day. If you have a cat, you can have a conversation standing in the cat food aisle in the supermarket, deciding which brand to buy. When pet owners leave the house to buy pet food, they’re more likely to buy food for themselves and when they feed their pet, they’ll sit down to eat too. People with disabilities often find that able-bodied people are socially awkward with them; if they have a dog it breaks down barriers and allows a more comfortable and natural interaction.

Practicing self-care produces happy hormones in your brain which will uplift your mood, sharpen focus and increase your motivation for the next 24 hours. With just these 2 pieces of information it is not hard to imagine how much stronger the benefits of our self care routine could be if we were to combine it with time with our dog(s), as animals have an inbuilt drive to practice self-care on a daily basis and they are willing to share their knowledge and energy with us. When we bring our pets into our self care routine it will provide us with the opportunity to learn from them and create strong bonds with them.

Mental Health Benefits of Owning A Dog

Dogs Are Mood Boosters 

Dogs are huge mood-boosters, especially for people who are suffering from illness or loneliness. Having a dog provides us with social support which improves our overall well-being. Did you know, just gazing into your dog’s eyes releases the “feel-good” hormones oxytocin and dopamine. In addition, they provide companionship, comfort and an established routine, all of which can be helpful in managing depression or melting away a stressful day. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, a survey of pet owners showed that 74% reported mental health improvements from pet ownership, and 75% reported a friend’s or family member’s mental health had improved from pet ownership. Next time you need a mood booster, connect with your furry bestie and do some soulful eye gazing.


Dogs Make Us More Comfortable Around Other Humans

Just mentioning a dog can be a powerful addition to a conversation. Dogs act as “social catalysts,” which is science jargon for “they make people talk to each other and hang out more.” If you are at a social gathering and need a conversation starter, try sharing a funny story about your dog or pet, and see who responds. You may end up making a friend for life.

Dogs Make You Less Stressed

Studies have found that owning a dog is great for your stress levels, as in,  it lowers them. By lowering your stress, our pets also help lower their owners’ risk of cardiovascular disease, heart disease, and stroke. Who doesn’t love a good comeback story? Dogs can make us worry less, which has a beneficial effect on overall stress and anxiety levels.

Dogs Keep Us Active


Physical activity is a key component of self-care and improving mental health. As Reese Witherspoon’s character Elle Woods from “Legally Blonde” says, “exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy”. Owning a dog has been shown to increase overall activity levels such as daily walks, trips to the dog park, and not to mention: fetch, tug-o-war, and other forms of physical play. It’s important for their health to stay active, which means it’s important for you to keep them active. A win/win.

Dogs Help You Sleep Better

Getting plenty of sleep each night is an important component of your self-care routine. Recent studies have found that many people (women, in particular) actually prefer to sleep with their dogs or cats over their own partners, and even report sleeping better with a pet than with a human as their bedmate. Snuggling in the bed is a great mood booster, and can add to the feeling of overall security and safety.

Dogs Make Work More Enjoyable

Pets in the workplace

Pets relieve stress in the workplace. Yes, you heard that right! They raise our oxytocin levels and reduce levels of the stress hormone known as cortisol, which can run rampant during work hours. They also increase productivity, which is why more offices and businesses have become dog friendly over the years. People who work in pet-friendly offices are willing to work more hours and take fewer days off than employees who are not allowed to bring their pets to work. If you are still commuting to the office, and pets are not a typical sight, consider organizing a “Take Your Pet to Work Day” as a way to boost morale, connect with co-workers and raise awareness for local animal shelters. Are you still working from home? Having a dog will make for a much better work at home environment.

Dogs Give You Energy and a Positive Vibe

Just something as simple as watching videos of dogs online was found to boost viewers’ energy and positive emotions while simultaneously decreasing their negative feelings. But we can do better than that. Take a mental wellness break from your computer, television and smart phone and spend some focused time with your actual pet(s). Soak up any energy and positive vibes from them, and then go share it with others.

Choosing a Dog

Adopting a Dog

There are some important considerations you should keep in mind when looking for a dog. Always remember that different breeds of dogs have complex needs and different personalities. Your experience with a Chihuahua, for example, will be wildly different from your experience with a Great Dane. Additionally, some dog breeds require more exercise, training, a bigger living space, and cleaning. Some dogs aren’t suited for small children, and some dogs are more predisposed to chronic illness.

Points to Consider Before Adopting a Dog

Before adopting a new dog, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are my needs and the needs of this breed compatible?
  • Do I have the resources/means to fulfill this dog’s needs?
  • How much time will I have to spend training or socializing with this dog?
  • Is this dog’s temperament compatible with my own?
  • Do I have the space this dog needs?

Answering these questions can help you find different breed(s) that will be most compatible with your lifestyle, and eventually help contribute to your overall well-being and mental health. When rescuing a dog, remember that past trauma can influence and in some cases totally change a dog’s personality. Be sure to communicate clearly with the shelter or breeder about your needs so that both you and your new furry friend can be as happy as possible.

Dogs are not just pets, they are family. The emotional bond between a dog and their pet parent can be a profound one. Dogs provide unconditional love and support, and in turn, we provide them security and love. The relationship between humans and dogs spans centuries. Dogs are known as “man’s best friend” for a reason. Building a bond with a dog is incredibly special and has mutual benefits. While there are many reasons to raise a pup, one especially good reason is the benefit a companion animal has on your mental health.


Thu, 17 Nov 2022 08:32:28 -0800 Dog-Fancier
New Spotlight Sessions: Framing Eyes, Enhancing Grooms, and Hand&Scissoring Crests

How to Frame the Eyes on a Drop Coated Dog with a Round Head Style

Lindsey Dicken demonstrates how she trims the eyes of drop-coated breeds, keeping that line across their face nice and straight.

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Thinning Shear Personality Trim on a Yorkie Mix

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How to Make Your Grooms Stand Out & Look Better Than Your Competitor

Suesan Watson demonstrates how to use your clippers to plan and execute a balanced, attractive groom – even on a mixed breed.

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Easy Shih Tzu / Bichon “Designer” Pet Trim

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Easily Scissor in a Small Crest on the Neck

Megan VandenBerg shows you how to blend the head in with the body by hand-scissoring an attractive crest on the neck.

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Speed & Efficiency with a Kerry Blue in a Pet Personality Trim

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Thu, 17 Nov 2022 01:45:43 -0800 Dog-Fancier
20 Best Dogs Breeds for Indian Homes in 2022 Getting a pet dog is easy but giving them the comfort and love they need is a bigger challenge. Thus, paying attention to some of the basic details before getting a dog might help you to choose the right breed as per your lifestyle and preferences. Here are some of the best dogs for homes in India.

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022

Golden Retriever

Who doesn’t love this bundle of joy? rated top in our list Golden Retriever is one of the most loved dog breeds in India. Golden retrievers are renowned for being loving and attentive dogs. This breed is intelligent and trainable because they perform flawlessly in competitions. They have a medium-sized build and make excellent watchdogs. Golden retrievers need to regularly be groomed because of their waterproof coat. Because of their soft mouths, the breeds of retrievers are able to retrieve shot game without any damage.

Group – Sporting

Height – 21 to 24 inches

Weight – 25 to 35 Kg

Life Span – 10-12 years

Characteristic - friendly, reliable, kind, intelligent

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022


Labradors come second on our list of the finest dogs for homes in India. One of the handy and working dogs is this one. The breed was once known as the fisherman's helper; they assisted with picking up fish from the North Atlantic and helping to pick up ropes. In India, the breed is regarded as one of the greatest dog breeds for families. Labradors are devoted workers with nice dispositions. Modern Labradors are excellent watchdogs and hunters' retrievers. They also assist contestants in dog shows.

Group – Sporting

Height – 22 to 24 inches

Life Span – 10-12 years

Group – Sporting

Height – 22 to 24 inches

Life Span – 10-12 years

Characteristic - Agile, gentle, kind, Intelligent

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022

German Shepherd

Regarded as an all-purpose worker in the canine world German Shepherd has topped third in our list. They are medium to large sized, originated in Germany, and thus named as German Shepherds. They are incredibly loving and caring in nature which is opposite to their appearance with a scary body and wolf-like appearance they have become the favourite dog of every household in India. One of the smartest dog breeds is thought to be the German shepherd. They are perceptive and intelligent. They make excellent guard dogs. The breed mostly serves in acting, police work, military tasks, and search and rescue missions.

Group – Working Group

Height –22 to 26 Inches

Weight – 25 to 35 KG

Life Span – 9 to 13 years

Characteristic - Loyal, obedient, watchful, courageous

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022


The intelligence and friendliness of beagles are unmatched. Not just in India, it is the world's most adorable and popular breed of a pet dog. With its keen sense of smell, this small to the medium-sized compact dog is utilized as a sniffer dog in airports. Due to their intelligence, decent temperament, size, and lack of health issues, beagles are well-liked and intelligent dogs. It is without a doubt one of India's top household dogs. It is tricolored or consists of white mixed with black, tan, or brown. It has a medium-length, firm coat with short hair.

Group – Hound group

Height – 13 to 15 inches

Weight – 20 to 25 Kg

Life Span – 12 to 15 years

Characteristic - Determined, excitable, amiable, Gentle

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022


Being an ideal pet, Pug is a preferred home breed in India. Pugs are among the best family pets and are perfect for people who live in small homes or apartments. Pugs do shed, but the amount of hair that falls out is fairly small, making the dogs quite simple to care for. Due to its extremely low shedding, this breed requires less maintenance. It possesses physical characteristics like a wrinkled body, a short-muzzled face, and a curled tail. Pugs have a shiny, silky coat that comes in a variety of colours.

Group – Toy Breed

Height – 11 to 13 inches

Weight – 11 to 16 Kgs

Years – 12 to 15 years

Characteristic - Docile, Clever, Quiet, Charming

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker spaniels are fairly active and very suitable for apartments. These hunting dogs have origins in UK. They usually have a silky coat and partial colour combination of black, tan, white, and merle patterns too.

Group – sporting

Height – 13 to 16 inches

Weight – 25-35 kg

Life Span – 10 to 14 years

Characteristic – Gentle, Smart, Happy

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022


Rottweilers are considered to be fierce protectors with tremendous strength and affectionate at the same time. They are highly loyal to their master and that is why considered to be the most loved dog breed for Home in India. Despite having a short coat, Rottweilers do shed a good quantity of hair. In India, they are used for rescue, search, guard, and police dogs.   

Group – Working 

Height – 24 to 26 inches

Weight – 40 to 50 Kg

Life Span – 8 to 10 years

Characteristic - Steady, Alert, Courageous, Obedient

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022

Great Dane

Great Danes are loyal and intelligent, easy to train, and friendly with children as they are found to be immensely caring. The most common colours for these dogs are white, red, fawn, harlequin, mantle, and brindle.

Group – Working

Height – 28 to 32 inches

Weight – 45 to 90 kg

Years – 10 to 12 years

Characteristic - Devoted, Confident, Friendly, Reserved

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022


Boxers are one of the best breeds to train and maintain. Boxers are among the greatest dog breeds for homes due to their size and build, which makes them excellent for all kinds of residences. They are patient in nature and playful towards children. The breed features a broad head and body, strong jaws, and a square muzzle.

Group – Working

Height – 21 to 25 inches

Weight – 25 to 32 kg

Life Span – 7 to 10 years

Characteristic - Devoted, Loyal, Bright, Fearless

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022


Dachshunds have short legs and long bodies; they are of two sizes: miniature and standard. Their look is unique and have a loud voice. They are skilled at expressing making them lovely fur buddies for every type of household.

Group – Hound group

Height – 8 to 9 inches

Weight – 8 to 11 Kg

Life Span – 10 to 14 years

Characteristic - stubborn, lively, playful, clever

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022


This dog breed is renowned for its intelligence, speed, and agility. Once trained, they have the potential to be incredibly loving and gregarious. The body is slender yet muscular and is coated in a gleaming coat in one of the following colours: black, blue, red, or fawn with rust patterns.

Group – Companion Dogs

Height – 27 to 28 inches

Weight – 40 to 45 kg

Life Span – 10 to 13 years

Characteristic - Fearless, Alert, Confident, Energetic

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022


The body is slender yet muscular and is coated in a gleaming coat in one of the following colours: black, blue, red, or fawn with rust patterns. A terrific companion dog and successful show dog, the Pomeranian is an extrovert who demonstrates outstanding intelligence and a vibrant spirit.

Group – Companion Dog

Height – 7 to 12 inches

Weight – 1.4 to 3.2 kg

Life Span – 12 to 16 years

Characteristic - Extroverted, Intelligent, Friendly, Sociable

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022

Indian Pariah

As the name says it’s an Indian breed that works as a guard and police dog. The head and ears of an Indian Pariah dog are upright. They are low maintenance and shed very little.  

Group – Hound

Height – 18 to 25 inches

Weight – 15 to 30 kg

Year – 13 to 14 years

Characteristic – Cheerful, Social, Loyal

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022


Bulldogs are powerful and courageous in nature usually medium-sized. They have wrinkled faces and pushed-in noses. It has a short coat in red, fawn, piebald, and brindle colours.  They need occasional brushing and grooming. As the national symbol of England, the bulldog has been around for a very long time.

Group – Companion Dog

Height – Male- 31to 40 cm

Weight – 23 to 25 kg

Life Span – 8 -10 years

Characteristic – Sweet, Gentle, Devoted

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022


Who doesn’t remember 101 Dalmatians, they have athletic and slim bodies with the white coat and black or silver-coated spots. They can be found being playful, smart and active. They make a good family dog for Indian homes for being loyal and playful around children.   

Group – Companion dogs

Height – 19 inches to 24 inches

Weight – 24 to 29 kg

Life Span – 13 to 16 years

Characteristic - Energetic, Sensitive, Active, Outgoing

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022

Saint Bernard

Featured with a wrinkled brow, short muzzle and dark eyes Saint Bernard has a smooth coat. Usually, can be seen in red or white and mahogany brindle white touch of white.

Group – Working Group

Height – 28 to 30 in

Weight – 64 to 82 kg

Life Span – 8-10 years

Characteristic - friendly, gentle and tolerant

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022

Pitt Bull

Pitbull is gentle in nature and considered family or companion dog breeds. However, they are considered aggressive as well. They are muscular and have enough strength.

Group – Terrier

Height – 18 to 21 inches

Weight – 16 to 30 kg

Life Span – 8 -15 years

Characteristic – Gentle, Patient, Loving, intelligent  

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022

Rhodesian Ridgeback

This dog breed belongs to South Africa but is loved all over the world and even in India. They are loved and cherished as family dogs. They need minimal grooming and are found in a Wheat red coloured coat with short length coat. The name itself suggests that they have ridge on the back.  

Group – Terrier

Height – 25 to 31 inches

Weight – 40 to 50 kg

Life Span – 10 to 12 years

Characteristic – Vigilant, Brave and Patient  

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022

Border Collie

Being bred for smartness and obedience, Border Collie was bred in England. They are dynamic and balanced, widely considered as the most intelligent.

Group – Terrier

Height – 19 to 22 inches

Weight – 14 to 20 kg

Life Span – 10 to 17 years

Characteristic – Highly intelligent, trainable, Energetic, Loyal

20 Best Dogs Breeds in India for Home 2022


Known as the national symbol of Mexico Chihuahua is one of the best home dogs in India. They have apple heads, erect ears and can be found in two types of coats. Highly adaptable and averagely compatible with kids.

Group – Terrier

Height – 19 to 22 inches

Weight – 1.8 to 2.7 kg

Life Span – 12 to 20 years

Characteristic – Aggressive, Devoted, Alert

Though we don’t know when the origins of the human and dog bond but we do know how strong it is. There is no doubt that dogs are the best human companion through ages and these joyful creatures are found in various breeds and sizes. Here are the dog breeds that are mostly found and loved in India and also get easily accommodated at homes in India. If you are looking for premium pet grooming supplies we are you are at the right destination. Here check out our collection to get some joy to your fur buddies. 

Wed, 16 Nov 2022 02:51:51 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Holiday gift guide for pets: What is Team PRIDE+GROOM getting our pets for the holidays this year? Let's face it: since we launched PRIDE+GROOM, some of our pets have been working as hard as we have. Leo handles quality control by personally testing every new product on himself. Penny & Kiki have taken multiple trips to Pennsylvania to model for QVC, on top of their local modeling gigs. Waffles is always paws-on at adoption and fluff up events, and Manny & Liz are representing the entire feline community all on their own. So this year, we dedicate our Holiday Gift List to the ones that inspire us: our pets! They are our family, and the best part is: YOU can enter for a chance to win everything on this list on our Instagram, starting December 1st! Are you ready to shop? Click on any of the gift items below to purchase them directly from each of the brands featured!

Jane Wagman, Co-Founder 

DOGS: Pepper, Schnitzel and Waffles
On her list: EMBARK DNA Test

“There are a bunch of DNA tests out there, but I like Embark because they have the largest breed database. We have all been convinced that our little chi, Waffles, who we rescued from Animal Haven, is a Chiweenie (chihuahua + dachshund). Look at the picture and take a guess, then scroll down for results!”

waffles, Jane's dog


P.S. our friends at Embark have something special for you this holiday season! Go to for discounts on Embark's Dog DNA Tests this holiday season.

waffles dna test dog results

Carrie Bassel, SVP Strategic Partnerships

carrie's gift guide for dogs

DOG: Cookie, Shih-Tzu

On her list: Bonne et Filou Advent Calendar

“My dog Cookie loves cookies just as much as Santa, especially the French kind. I can’t wait to spoil her with a delectable selection of handmade dog truffles, bones and macarons.” 

dog with advent calendar, bonne et filou

Patricia Machado, Co-Founder

patricia's dog gift guide for christmas 2022

DOG: Leo, Shih-Tzu
On her list: ZippyPaws 8 Nights of Hanukkah Box

“We can’t wait to celebrate the Festival of Lights with ZippyPaws’ 8 Nights of Hanukkah holiday box! I’m giving this to Leo so he doesn't get jealous of his human sister Sophie's Hanukkah gifts. He is going to get 8 nights of his own!

zippy paws, hanukkah toys for dogs

Paige Chernick, Social Media Director

paige, social media manager

DOGS: Charlie, Poochon and Sawyer, Golden Doodle

On her list: Trill Paws “In Dog We Trust” Tags

“My dogs are social media stars, and they deserve the best bling for the ‘gram. Gold and customizable? Count us in!”

dog tags

Heather Perlman, Co-Founder

heather, dog gift guide

CATS: Manny and Liz

On her list: Pet Supplies Plus GIFT CARDS

“My cats heard the cat toy section at Pet Supplies Plus is dope! They can use the gift card and choose whatever they would like!”

pet supplies plus gift card

DOG: Pip

Also on her list: Modern Beast Holiday Beast Stocking

“We always want to make sure PIP has a stocking of his own right on our mantel. With so many goodies and treats inside, it will make every dog feel like part of the family during the holidays.”

dog's stocking by modern beast

Regina Haymes, Co-Founder

regina's dog gift guide

DOGS: Penny, Cavapoo and Kiki, Standard Poodle

On her list: Lambwolf Collective ORII Ultra Lightweight Travel Mat

“I love the Lambwolf Collective ultra lightweight travel mats for an extra cozy and pretty cushion on our car rides. This mat is designed for both function and comfort. It also works really well as a travel bed when we are visiting friends or staying in hotels.” 

lamdwolf travel mat for dogs


Carlos Parga, Director of Digital Marketing


carlos' dog gift guide for christmas 2022

DOG: Molly, Poodle mix

On his list: PRIDE+GROOM Deluxe Gift Set

“I want my parents’ dog, Miss Molly, to always look, feel, and smell her very best! PRIDE+GROOM to the rescue!”

p+g deluxe gift set for dogs

Judith Besnainou, Assistant

Judith, presents for dogs ideas

DOG: Coco, Havapoo

On her list: JUST FRED Lil Baddie Sweater

"My little Coco wants to look like the ultimate baddie and stay super warm during the cold Montreal winters.”


just fred dog sweater

Also on her list: Brutus Broth Home for the Holidays Kit

“I love adding Brutus Broth as a healthy and delicious way to jazz up Coco’s kibble.  Because nothing is better than your pups getting in on the holiday festivities with your family, my pup will now enjoy their entire lineup, along with recipes, baking utensils, festive molds, and more.”

butus broth dog kit

Remember: YOU can enter for a chance to win everything on this list on our  Instagram, starting December 1st! So be sure to follow us and stay tuned!

Mon, 14 Nov 2022 03:36:48 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Lois and Baker Win Gold ! Spaniel and Setter Class, Premier Groom 2017 Baker and I competed at Premier Grooms 10th anniversary grooming competition on 13th August and we entered the champion Spaniel and Setter class where Baker and I were placed 1st!! 

premier groom 2017 gold place 1
This was such a tough class for me as I was competing up against members of “groom team England” and “groom team Belgium” so I had to dig deep and give it everything I had, and it all payed off and once again my boy proved what an absolute super star he is taking the gold place!
Absolutely over the moon and thrilled to have my work appreciated by some of the best international judges and groomers this industry has to offer.  

Well done to everyone there, some absolutely stunning dogs and the highest quality work everywhere you looked.

I didn’t go out to achieve anything personally, I went to do my parents proud and most importantly I did it for a very good friend who recently passed away – this one is for you, David.     Lois xxx

premier groom 2017 1st place


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Sun, 13 Nov 2022 02:09:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
We Win At Crufts 2019! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever win at Crufts, but here we are. 1st place Open dog, and Best Dog. First ever time for Rupert “Ch Celtannia Atlantic Gold”  (my Soft Coated Wheaten terrier ) to compete at Crufts and his first ever “open dog” entry and he didn’t look out of place at all for only 18 months old.
I don’t know what I did to deserve a dog this special but he truly is a dog of a lifetime and I never take him for granted. He’s given me some of the best days of my life and I’ll remember this day forever ??
Thank you Brian Moles and Dylan Williams for trusting me with the most beautiful dog, I’ll never be able to put into words how much you both mean to me and how much you have changed my life by letting me have Rupert with you. Everything we do and achieve we do for you both ?
Thank you to all our friends and fellow wheaties for an unforgettable day it’s been an honour to stand alongside you all. 
Thank you to my mum and Ellie for coming along and looking after me and Rupert.

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Sun, 13 Nov 2022 02:09:01 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Working Party To Help Pets In Ukraine Delivers Great Results Sun, 13 Nov 2022 02:08:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier The Ultimate French Bulldog Grooming Guide 2021 French Bulldog grooming guide

French Bulldogs are small, compact, and funny-looking dogs. They are known to be the best amongst all the canine companions. Bulldogs are small and chubby dogs with short legs. They have a great temperament. With their pug-like faces, are round but not very tall, and are wide and muscular. Their small legs might seem fragile, but they are actually very strong and sturdy enough to support their chunky bodies. French Bulldogs are known to be very intelligent and friendly. It’s a small breed of domestic dog. They are members of the Molosser breed type. This breed is named after France, where the breed originated in the mid-1800s. Frenchies, as they are commonly called, are muscular, heavy-set dogs with short muzzles and strong heads. Their faces are wide and short, their noses are large and flat, and their eyes are round and dark. While French Bulldogs are a small breed, they are not the smallest dog. (That distinction belongs to the Chihuahua.)

As many a dog owner will tell you, grooming a dog can be quite a challenge. Different breeds will have different types of fur, and having the right grooming equipment is essential.  This article will help you to keep your Frenchie’s coat clean and beautiful. If you are feeling nervous about learning how to groom your pup at home, do not worry. Learning how to groom your dog at home can be easy. You will soon get the hang of it and have much more fun with your dog. So, let’s get started and learn some vital French Bulldog grooming tips.

This breed has several special grooming needs because of its short, smooth coat, which is either fine or coarse and comes in a variety of colors. Do French Bulldogs shed? Yes, Frenchies often shed a lot, so definitely some work needs to be done here. This includes brushing, bathing, and clipping nails. Even though this is a relatively low-maintenance breed, there are several things to keep in mind when you groom your Frenchie.

Should I brush my French Bulldog?

As previously discussed French Bulldogs have short hair that needs to be groomed with a rubber grooming mitt or hound glove to remove hair gently. 

What is a rubber grooming mitt?

A rubber grooming mitt is a glove-like cover that you can put on your hand to groom your dog. They are made of rubber and are used to remove loose hair, smooth out and condition the fur coat, and massage the skin. Rubber grooming mitts are a great alternative to natural bristle brushes. They are softer on your dog's coat, and they don't shed anything that would stick to your dog or get into the air as natural bristle brushes do. The rubber grooming mitt is also fantastic for small areas like a dog's face, paws, or belly.


French Bulldog grooming - brushing


It is advised to brush them weekly to remove dead hair and to promote their skin oils which make the fur soft and shiny.


French Bulldog grooming - bathing

How often should you bathe a Frenchie?

A super important element of french bulldog grooming is bathing. Since they are quite clean overall bathing is only necessary occasionally when they get into some “trouble” or weekly at maximum. Be careful when choosing a shampoo for your French Bulldog. Not every shampoo will do! They generally have sensitive skin and often develop allergies, so your best choice is an all-natural shampoo developed especially for sensitive dog skin. 

How do you treat bulldog face folds?

Facial folds on French Bulldogs are called "cheek ruffs", and are incredibly cute. They are folds of skin that start at the corners of the eyes and run down the sides of the face to the chest. However, while these folds are an attractive feature in puppies, some owners of Frenchies with loose skin are concerned about the health of their dogs.

As with many other health conditions, the reason for loose skin in French Bulldogs is multifactorial. Breeding practices, environment, nutrition, and other factors all contribute to the development of loose skin in these dogs. Allergies and diet can play a role in the development of facial folds in French Bulldogs. Skin that is damaged through allergies or contact with environmental allergens. 

When bathing your Frenchie try to avoid the face area with water. Their faces have folds and if their folds get wet the moisture trapped between the folds can cause infections later on. Check these folds after every bathing session and only use wet wipes to clean this area. Some groomers recommend using talcum powder or cornstarch to keep the folds dry.

Bathing gives you a great opportunity to check the skin if there are any hotspots or redness which can be a sign of an allergy. 


French Bulldog grooming - nail clipping

When should I cut my French bulldog’s nails?

Your dog’s nails must be kept short because otherwise they would grow into the skin and cause pain and discomfort. Long nails can also make it difficult for a dog to walk properly, and infected nails can be very painful for the dog and even lead to a life-threatening condition. A dog’s nails grow constantly, so if you don’t cut them regularly, they will get too long and have to be cut manually.  The best way to cut a dog’s nails is not to cut them too short. If you cut them too short, they may bleed and cause pain and discomfort. Instead, cut them to a length where they are just long enough to touch the ground.


French Bulldog grooming - eye cleaning

How do you clean French bulldog eyes?

Tear stains (also known as “lacrimal staining”) are a common issue in some dog breeds, and they occur when tears and mucous from the eyes run down the face, leaving behind streaks and splotches on the skin, fur, and surrounding areas. Some breeds are more prone to tear stains than others, and it’s often related to the shape of the eyes — dogs with triangular-shaped eyes and pugs, for example, are more likely to suffer from tear staining. But many dogs with round eyes can still develop the problem, especially if they’re left in a dirty environment. Tear stains in lighter colored French Bulldogs can be spotted quite easily. It is not very dangerous but can cause infections in the eyes if it’s not removed properly. 


French Bulldog grooming - ear cleaning

Do French Bulldogs need their ears cleaned?

Thankfully French Bulldogs usually don’t have many ear problems. But as for every dog, it is advisable to check their ear canals for any dirt and debris and clean the canal if necessary. Steps: wipe your pup's ears clean with a cotton ball and a few drops of a natural and gentle ear wash. Most Frenchies have very sensitive ears, so use very soft and clean cotton balls. The goal is to keep your dog's ears clean and to avoid infections that could lead to hearing loss. 


French Bulldog grooming - tail pockets

What is a tail pocket on a French bulldog?

Tail pockets are unique for bulldog varieties. It is the hollowed-out space behind the tail base and you must keep this clean just like the facial folds. Check this area regularly and clean at least every week. 

Key takeaways of French Bulldog grooming 

French Bulldogs are very playful dogs that love the company of their owners, and are also very attached to them. They are very active as a puppy. They love to play games, especially with their owners. However, they are not recommended for people with allergies, as they tend to shed a lot. The French Bulldog is an intelligent dog and can learn a number of tricks. We are talking about a very playful breed and are known to learn tricks easily.

French Bulldog grooming - Step 1:

Brush them with rubber grooming mitt or hound glove to remove hair gently.

French Bulldog grooming - Step 2:

Bath your Frenchie occasionally with a sensitive shampoo or every time dirt needs to be removed. Take extra care of the face folds and keep them dry and clean

French Bulldog grooming - Step 3:

Frenchie’s nails should be kept short in order to prevent painf and discomfort

French Bulldog grooming - Step 4:

Remove tear stains to keep the eyes healthy

French Bulldog grooming - Step 5:

Also keep an eye on the tail posckets as well, this should be kept clean as well

Sun, 13 Nov 2022 01:58:28 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Grooming Industry Calendar of Events 2017&8 Welcome to the grooming industry calendar for 2017-18. The GroomerTALK™ Message Board has special discussions for many popular trade shows and competitions. Many board members locate others going to industry…

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Sun, 13 Nov 2022 01:53:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Grooming Business Academy 3 Installment IV: Collateral Materials – Reinforcing Your Brand

In our last installment of the GroomPro POS Business Academy, we discussed the importance of a great tagline. Your logo combined with a fantastic tagline, are the beginning of your business image. This is true for any industry, including pet grooming businesses that need to stand out against all of the local competition.

Your pet grooming business will use several tools to develop (then sustain) its brand. Your logo and tagline are only the beginning of your brand’s development. Think of them as setting the stage for your brand. Next you need materials that continue the look, feel, and description of your grooming business. Once customer’s walk through the door of your establishment, you can wow them with two critical components: the customer service experience [this actually begins from the moment the appointment is booked and continues until the thank you has gone out] and the quality of the actual service you or your staff provides. These two confirm and reaffirm your brand.

As we mentioned in our last installment, your advertising, marketing and branding efforts are designed to convey an image for your pet grooming business. When you advertise, brand or market your pet grooming business, remember to keep the focus on the image, the message and the lasting memory that will be created. Whereas the ‘job’ of your logo is to create an initial impression, your collateral materials role is to lightly educate the consumer about who you are and what you do. What services do you offer? Do you have a specialty? Do you have late hours on certain days of the week? Are there professional awards with which you have been honored? What professional training do you have? These are all questions that can and should be answered in your materials.

So, what are collateral materials? Collaterals are business cards, postcards, brochures, rack cards, newsletters, websites and much more. Different collaterals have different ‘jobs’. Business cards, while incorporating the logo and tagline, provide simple contact information and broad strokes about what the company does. Postcards, which have nearly all of the above, can get the word out about a specific promotion offered. It has less information than a brochure, but is still substantial enough in the hand to make an impression. The visual can be bold – at least on one side – to stand out to the eye. Brochures step up the information available about the company. They may have details about the company’s philosophy, the owner(s) professional training or vision for the company, packages offered, VIP clubs (for clients who frequent the company or prepay for a series of services), etc. Rack cards are a great tool. If your logo has 4 colors, you can create one card in each color and focus each one on a specific aspect of the business (i.e. one for cat grooming, one for dog grooming, one for boarding, and one for doggie day care – working on the theory that your business offers all four). Cards can be set out for customers to self-serve or used collectively as needed. Newsletters, whether electronic or physical, should have great visuals. Incorporate photos and other images that convey the feeling you want prospective and current clients to get when they think of your grooming business. Articles contained in the newsletter should be giving of information, not asking for business. Keep them a reasonable length as people will not read pieces that are too long. E-Newsletters should go heavier on photos, lighter on words as the attention span of the reader is even shorter while they are online. Your website is another collateral vehicle where you can offer some visual ‘punch’, discuss the vision and difference of your business, and do some educating. Make sure your website is user friendly or your visitor(s) will not return. Remember, first impressions matter a great deal on websites!

Each has a specific function and you will need to assess which ones can make the best impact on your business’ growth. Remember that each one can be simple or elaborate, economical or pricey. There are tools to DIY each of them in order to save some dollars. You can then print them for use at your business or publish the item online. You need to establish a budget and the goals of your marketing efforts. From there, you can determine which vehicles to employ. Don’t feel pressured to create everything at once. Not everyone has the budget to do it all at once. Work your way to the long term goal.

Make a plan, then put it in place.

Remember, stay ahead of the competition. Be prepared for all contingencies. Take steps toward success. ….And live a life you can enjoy. Call GroomPro POS today.

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Sun, 13 Nov 2022 01:35:49 -0800 Dog-Fancier
My Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier “Rupert” As many of you know this year I have been campaigning and exhibiting my Soft Coated Wheaten terrier “Rupert” in championship dog shows up and down the U.K nearly every weekend.
He’s been doing so well in his career so far winning every class he enters and on Sunday he received his third DCC (Dog challenge certificate) meaning he is now a British Champion. Making him the joint youngest Wheaten champion in breed history. Recently he also won Best in Show and that’s his biggest achievement to date and my biggest achievement in the showing world. He has a ticket for life at Crufts meaning he can compete there every year without needing to qualify and is set for a huge future and hopefully some British records to his name.
I’m extremely proud of this dog and everything he has achieved in the show ring so far I put my life and soul into giving him the best life and making some of the best memories with him.
There are only a couple more shows to do this year before the season finishes to get some final practice in and then it’s it’s CRUFTS 2019 here we come!!!!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:09:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Wrapsio Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:08:13 -0800 Dog-Fancier Groom Team England takes Gold at the World Team Dog Grooming Championships Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:08:11 -0800 Dog-Fancier How Do You Bell Train A Dog Without Trainer Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:04:38 -0800 Dog-Fancier What Vaccines Do Dogs Need For Grooming | Best Grooming Vaccines Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:04:37 -0800 Dog-Fancier How To Potty Train A Dumb Puppy Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:04:35 -0800 Dog-Fancier 10 Most Common Dog Skin Problems with Pictures Most people know that dogs can get sick and injured, but most don’t realize that dogs can also develop skin problems that need treatment. Skin conditions, such as rashes and allergies are very common these days. Skin problems can affect people and dogs because they can be caused by exposure to the environment and even chemicals. Dogs' skin problems aren't all that different from those of humans. While they don't have Rosacea or Psoriasis, they do develop allergies and skin infections, much as we do. Most owners love their dogs and want to take good care of them, but it is not always easy to spot signs of health issues. One major health problem that often goes undetected is the early onset of skin conditions. With this guide we would like to help you so that you can to be aware of symptoms and conditions that are common with dogs.

Dog skin tag

Dog skin tag

A dog skin tag is a small, benign growth on the skin that usually consists of skin cells hanging together around a piece of keratin. These slow-growing fibrous tissue growths are most common on older dogs and often appear on the dewlap (the loose, wrinkly skin around the neck), eyelids, ears and under the armpits. While these growths are easy to confuse with ticks, warts and cancerous growths, they do not pose any threat to your dog's health. You should still have them checked by a veterinarian to determine the cause. Once you know the reason for the growth, your vet can recommend the proper treatment - whether it be simple removal by your vet or a minor surgical procedure - depending on the size and location of the skin tag.

It’s important to mention that dog skin problems are most often easily noticed by touch or you can see them on the spot. However, to find these problems you need to work on your dog’s fur regularly. That’s why dog grooming at home is extremely important.

It allows us to periodically review the dog’s fur and skin. In addition, regular combing helps get rid of dead hair which can cause many skin conditions. All medium and long-haired dogs should have their undercoat removed regularly so that the skin can “breathe”. Excess hair and dirt can be removed and you can find any skin problems during grooming.

For the best results, we recommend our top grooming product: the RUBOLD Fur Perfection dematting tool for removing undercoats and to detangle. This special dog comb easily breaks even the most stubborn knots apart and cleans the fur from any dead hair. The secret is its unique, rounded teeth. It doesn’t scratch the skin which makes it the perfect choice for dogs with the most sensitive skin.


Dog skin cancer

Dog skin cancer

A dog's skin is thinner than ours, which makes it more vulnerable to the effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun as well as to minor skin trauma. Skin cancer in dogs — like any other type of cancer — can be fatal. Because it's so frequently found on the face, an overgrown or malignant tumor can cause blindness by obstructing a dog's vision. Other symptoms are just as worrisome, especially when they occur in other parts of your dog's body:

“When Lee was a puppy, skin cancer wasn't on my radar. It wasn't until a few months after he turned two that I noticed a small patch of skin on his ear was looking unusual. It wasn't red, it wasn't swollen, but it didn't look like the rest of his skin. I took him to the vet, and the diagnosis was skin cancer.” 

The type of skin cancer - this owner mentioned in his story above - that grows on the ear of his dog is called a melanoma. Melanoma is the most common form of skin cancer in dogs. It tends to be malignant, meaning that if it's left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in dogs, and it can be completely cured if caught early. The first signs it is something serious is when a lump develops on or under the skin, often on the chest or back. If you notice a lump on your dog, get him to a veterinarian as quickly as possible!

Dandurff in dry dog skin

Dry and itchy dog skin

Dry and flaky skin can be a dog's worst nightmare and an owner's as well. But if you suffer from dry and flaky skin, you'll know how uncomfortable it can be. Dogs can have dry and flaky skin as well. It can happen due to allergies, bacterial, fungal or yeast infections, seasonal changes may also bring these symptoms. What is dry skin? Skin dryness or xerosis is a common condition. It is characterized by the symptoms of tightness, scaling, flaking and itching. The most common causes of dry skin are: low humidity, detergents, frequent bathing or bathing with the wrong shampoo, low sebum production and other factors. Feeding your dog with high-quality food can solve this problem and sometimes it’s necessary to use fatty acid supplements to support their digestion. As an external solution use gentle and natural dog shampoo to moisturize your dog’s skin.

Dog skin allergy test

Dog skin allergies

When your dog comes down with an allergy, it can be difficult to know how to treat it. It's not exactly like you can ask your vet for the right medicine, after all. Fortunately, if you know what to do, you can make life a little easier for your furry best friend. With 10% of dogs estimated to suffer from allergies, it is no surprise that they are a common problem. Some breeds, such as the Golden Retriever, are more prone to allergies than others. Luckily, there are a number of ways to treat dog skin allergies, so there is no need to worry. In fact, if properly managed, your dog’s allergies can be managed, and your pet can lead a happy, healthy life. In most cases, you'll notice your dog's skin will develop red bumps that will then blister and turn into scales. These scales will bleed, leading to more itching and scratching. Scratching can lead to even more irritation and itching, which leads to the appearance of more scales, and the cycle will continue. The majority of dog skin allergies are caused by specific environmental elements and food. If your dog is constantly scratching, licking, and biting at his fur, and you know he’s not sick, he likely has an allergy. Dogs can have an allergic reaction to any number of things, from pollen to dust mites to non-natural grooming products and even your detergent. Allergies can be cured by Corticosteroids or by simply identifying and avoiding exposure to the actual allergens.

Dog skin infections

Dog skin infection

If your dog is scratching and licking, you might be able to stop the discomfort with a simple treatment. Skin parasites, allergies and yeast infections often cause itchy and inflamed skin in dogs. Bacteria, parasites and yeast infections are common causes of canine skin inflammation. When your dog's skin gets inflamed from some type of infection or irritation, the natural reaction is to scratch. The itching and scratching cycle can cause hair to fall out and skin sores to develop. Fortunately, many types of skin infections are easily treatable.

Dog skin yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of a naturally occurring fungus, known as Malassezia. It occurs when the yeast naturally present on a dog's skin grows out of control, causing an infection. Common symptoms of skin yeast infection include red, itchy skin, dryness, flaking, and hair loss, and these can develop into secondary bacterial infections. If you suspect your dog is suffering from a yeast infection, you should try to confirm your suspicions by taking your dog to the vet. The vet can do a swab test to confirm that your dog has an infection, and prescribe the right treatment (medicated sprays, drugs or medicated shampoos)


Dog skin bump

Dog skin bump

When you find a bump on your dog's skin, you might be tempted to squeeze it. But it's best not to touch the wart or other growth, because you can cause complications including infection. Instead, take your dog to the vet, who can remove the growth with safe and effective medication. While dog warts are usually benign, it's important to have a vet identify and treat them right away. If left untreated, warts can lead to more serious infections. If you're concerned about a change in your dog's skin, the first thing you should do is look at the whole dog to get a sense for what the problem might be. If there is a red, swollen area somewhere on your dog's skin, that could be a sign of ringworm, which is a common fungal infection in dogs that causes a circular, ring-shaped lesion. The most common places to find a ringworm on a dog are the ears, but it can also be found on the groin, tail, armpits, and feet. Your dog may have a bacterial infection if he has a yellow, pus-filled bump, and if you see a black dot in the center of the lesion.

Dog skin change

Color or texture change in dog skin

If your dog's skin is changing color or texture, you may be worried about the cause. There can be a variety of reasons for this, from serious illnesses to benign conditions. Understanding the underlying cause is important in determining the most appropriate treatment for your dog. For example, if your dog has discolored skin from a parasitic infestation, it's not a good idea to simply pill your dog without first addressing the infestation. The change can also happen by hormone conditions or metabolic issues. As veterinary medicine continues to advance, we're able to offer more options in the treatment of illnesses, genetic conditions, and other issues affecting your dog. This is why it's important to bring your pet to your local veterinarian, who will be able to provide the best possible care based on the results of their initial. The examination can be done with a simple blood test.

Dog skin rash

Dog skin rash

As if owning a dog wasn’t enough of a commitment, owners are always left wondering why their dog skin rashes occur. The reason is because dogs are exposed to a lot of different things on a daily basis. Some of the most common causes for dog skin rashes are allergies, atopy, parasites, or skin infections. Even though dogs have fur to protect them from the outside world, their skin is still very much exposed to the elements. Even a seemingly mild sunburn can be harmful to dogs because dogs don’t have the natural protection that humans have - their skin is very sensitive! Rashes are completely normal for dogs, and they happen for a variety of reasons. The common dog skin rashes from dry skin and allergies are common, but they are not dangerous. However, you should contact your vet if you suspect your dog might have mange or other skin problems.

Dog skin mange

Dog skin mites

It's not uncommon for dogs to have mites crawling around under the skin, but these skin mites in dogs can cause allergies and a number of other issues if left unchecked. The good news is that they're easy to treat, and the process can be as painless as using a topical medicated spray. What are dog skin mites? Dog skin mites are tiny parasites that live in the hair follicles of dogs. Adult mites are the size of the head of a pin, and their eggs are even tinier, often microscopic. The mites themselves are invisible to the naked eye, and serve an essential role in dog health and well-being. In fact, mites are present on all dogs, but only cause problems when their numbers get too high. When a dog becomes infested with mites, there is usually a lot of itching involved, as the mites feed on the dog's skin cells and blood. It’s important to take action if you notice signs that your dog is battling a mange infestation, as this can cause a variety of health problems for your pet. Demodectic mange is not contagious between animals or people but can cause hair loss or hot spots.

Tick found on dog skin

Fleas and ticks on dog skin

All dogs are susceptible to fleas and ticks, and while most dogs have no problem with a few fleas, ticks are another story. Ticks and fleas are arthropods, which means they have a hard outer skeleton, called an exoskeleton, that they need to shed in order to grow. They are carnivores and will feed on the blood of their host in order to grow and survive. It is important to remember that not all ticks are the same. There are over 2000 species of ticks on planet earth. There are hundreds of species in the United States alone, and only 10 species are known to actually feed on humans. Ticks and fleas are most commonly associated with dogs. While they can certainly affect other animals, these bloodsuckers prefer to live on canines. The problem is that ticks and fleas not only live on dogs, but they also bite them. Ticks and fleas can cause a variety of illnesses in dogs, all of them very serious. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to protect your pup against these tiny pests. To prevent an infestation, start by treating your dog and his bedding with monthly flea preventative, which can be found at any pet store.

When do you have to visit the VET with dog skin conditions? 

You probably don’t need to rush your dog to the veterinarian every time he has a skin issue, but there’s no harm in having your dog examined by a vet if you’re unsure. And while you’re at it, have your vet check your dog for signs of a more serious underlying condition. For example, a dog with a simple skin condition involving red, flaky patches of skin may also be suffering from a serious internal disease. Watch out for any of the symptoms mentioned in this article above: shedding, hair loss, hot spots, change on texture or color of the skin. 

Also, don’t forget to comb your dog’s hair regularly to get rid of the dead hair, which can be a source of many skin diseases. Use the best undercoat removal comb to groom your dog’s coat fast and painlessly.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:58:17 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Make It Work as an Entrepreneur and a Dog Owner How to Make It Work as an Entrepreneur and a Dog Owner

Did you know that owning a dog makes you a better entrepreneur? It's true: Not only do our four-legged friends keep us fit and fight stress, but dog ownership also encourages the healthy routines and positive attitude that entrepreneurs need to succeed in business.


Managing life as an entrepreneur and a dog owner can be tricky, however. Dogs need a lot of care, exercise, and attention, not to mention frequent potty breaks. Meanwhile, starting a business requires long hours and focused effort.


Does that make adopting a dog while starting a business a recipe for disaster? Not necessarily. It's possible to make pet ownership work as an entrepreneur. However, you can't do it alone. These are RUBOLD’s best tips, tools, and services to help you make time for your dog and your business.


3 Ways to Save Time Starting a Business


Starting a business requires a ton of time, money, and paperwork — right?

It can, but it doesn't have to. There are lots of low-cost ways to streamline your startup so you spend less time on tedious tasks and more time with your new puppy.


Outsource business formation

The business formation process can be overwhelming to newcomers. How do you choose the right business structure, file for tax ID numbers, or decide how your new business will be managed? Even an LLC, the simplest business structure that offers limited liability, requires knowing your specific state's rules. You could try to navigate it alone, or you could let an online formation service walk you through the steps to start your business.


Take advantage of automation

Data entry and number crunching aren’t the best use of your time as an entrepreneur. Thankfully, modern apps make it possible to automate the accounting process using accounting software that integrates with sales, inventory, payroll, and other business apps.

Accounting is the first thing to automate but don't stop there. From managing your lead pipeline to providing customer support, there are tools to streamline nearly every aspect of the business.


Don't DIY digital marketing

This is one place a lot of first-time entrepreneurs go wrong. In an effort to save money, they do their own digital marketing only to invest copious time and money with little result. It's far more efficient for budding brands to hire a freelance digital marketer to manage this important, yet time-consuming task.


How to Be a Great Dog Owner (Even if You Don't Have a Lot of Time)


These tools shave a few hours off an entrepreneur's work week, but they don't change the fact that starting a business requires a lot of time. The problem is, so does a pet. How can you give both the attention they deserve?


The best tools and services for dog owners

Just like it takes a team to run a business, it takes a village to raise a puppy. These are the best services to simplify your life as a dog owner.


  • Rover: Need a dog walker, dog daycare, or pet sitter? Rover's got you covered with a convenient online search tool. Wag! is another popular dog walking service.
  • Chewy: Chewy lets customers schedule automatic shipments of food, treats, and other pet necessities to take the hassle out of buying pet supplies.
  • RUBOLD: With free shipping on all US orders, RUBOLD makes it easy to get the quality grooming products you need.
  • Puppr: From basic commands to fun tricks, Puppr gives dog owners the practical tips they need for training success.
  • Fuzzy Pet Health: While not a replacement for face-to-face vet visits, virtual veterinary apps like Fuzzy Pet Health are a lifesaver when you need expert advice in a pinch.
  • BarkBox: Every good boy deserves good toys. Each month, BarkBox sends subscribers a curated selection of toys and treats to keep their dogs entertained.


A dog trainer is also a wise investment. Whether you adopted a puppy or an adult dog, your new pet needs guidance to learn how to live successfully in your home. A dog daycare with on-site training is a great solution for busy pet owners.


Pawsitive routines for busy pet owners

Routines are the key to getting things done. It's true in business, and it's true for your pet. A routine makes the daily responsibilities of pet ownership manageable. Routines also support training and reduce anxiety in dogs.

1.) Stick to a work schedule

This is easier said than done when running a startup. However, a consistent schedule is important for reducing separation anxiety in dogs and the troublesome behaviors that come with it. Set up a home office so that if you need to work long hours, you can do it at home with your pup by your side.


2.) Give your dog things to do

A bored dog is a destructive dog. If your dog will be home alone, provide plenty of stimulating toys and either crate train your pet or confine him to a dog-proofed area.


3.) Or bring your dog to work

Better yet, make your dog part of your work routine! Bringing your dog to work can be a positive experience for you both, not to mention convenient during the house training process. Just make sure your dog is socialized before bringing him to a professional environment.


4.) Spend quality time together

The time you spend with your dog doesn't have to be long to be meaningful. If bringing your dog to work isn't an option, take advantage of time in the mornings and evenings for a quick walk, game of fetch, or training session. Even if your dog walker handles most of the exercise, these short sessions are valuable bonding time for you and your pet.


Dogs have so much to offer whether you want to relieve stress, boost health, or just add a little bit of joy to your life. Why miss out simply because you're busy running a business? With these tips and tools, entrepreneurs can give their dogs the care they deserve on schedule business owners can manage.


Looking for a way to simplify your grooming routine? Use RUBOLD’s all-in-one grooming tool to keep your dog’s coat healthy the easy way.


Cindy is a freelance writer and dog lover. She started Our Dog Friends ( as a fun side project for herself and to educate pet owners and potential pet owners about how dogs can enrich our lives. She enjoys writing about dogs and pet ownership.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:58:16 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Doggie Summer Care Tips Avoid Overheating

Did you know that a dog’s normal temperature is between 100° and 103°F?  This means when the temperature reaches higher than that your pet could be in danger! Dogs don’t sweat like we do to regulate their body temperature. (Instead, they drink water and pant to bring down their body temperature.) During the summer months, it is  important to be on the lookout for signs that your pup may be overheating.

Symptoms of Overheating:

  • Heavy panting
  • Dry or bright red gums
  • Thick drool
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Wobbly legs

If you notice these symptoms, immediately move them to a cool place, give them a drink of water, put a damp towel over their body, and get them to the vet asap. Just like when a person experiences heat exhaustion, it is a serious condition and medical attention may be required. Don’t place your pet in cold water, as that can put them into shock!


Just like people, dogs can get sunburned too! Even with fur our four legged friends are still at risk.  (Especially those with a short or light coat.) A trim to your dog’s longer hair is always smart, but remember to never shave your dog! The layers of dogs’ fur protect them from overheating and sunburn. When dogs get sunburned it is often painful and puts them at risk for infection, and prolonged exposure can lead to skin cancer. So what can you do to protect your fur baby? APPLY SUNSCREEN! On your next summer trip to the lake, hike, BBQ, or any other fun in the sun activity, apply sunscreen every 3-4 hours to the least hair-covered spots: bellies, ears, and nose. Also, you should only use sunscreens made specifically for pets. Not sure what to buy? Call your vet!  And be sure to check the label to ensure that the product is made for pets.

Protect the Paws

Remember that one trip to the beach where you had to run across the sand to make it to the cool water because the ground was so hot it hurt your feet? Dogs experience that too, but they don’t have the protection that shoes provide. In fact, pups heat and cool from the bottom up. If you’re out in the sun together, try to keep your pet off of hot surfaces like cement and asphalt. Harsh surfaces like metal, cement, and asphalt can actually burn paws!  Be mindful of what your pets is stepping on this summer. It’s always best to reach down and touch the ground with your hand, if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your doggo!

Here at Puppy Paws, we can help you make it through the summer! Puppy Paws is a 7,000 square feet Dog Daycare & Spa that can accommodate dogs of all shapes and sizes! Our 4 indoor play parks, 6,000 SF of outdoor play space, training classroom, and luxury sleep suites all combine to create the most exclusive, state-of-the-art dog boarding facility in Edmond Oklahoma.

At Puppy Paws we  love and care for your dog as much as you do! Contact us at 405.348.2800 to reserve a day of fun or grooming for your dog!

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:19 -0800 Dog-Fancier
4 Tips For Choosing The Right Dog Spa Services A lot of pet owners groom their dogs at home, which has both advantages and disadvantages. The American Kennel Club advises that getting your dog professionally groomed not only saves owners’ time and energy but is also good for pets’ health and behavior. Not only do professional groomers have the right tools but they specialize in grooming and handling all types of dogs. Each breed of dog has their own individual needs and ideal schedule for grooming. There are numerous dog spa treatments you can choose from, but how do you find the right groomers for your fur baby?

Here are some tips for choosing a dog grooming shop:

Fully-equipped with Grooming Tools and Pet Care Products

Professional groomers are equipped with the right tools, including clippers for all kinds of breeds, sizes and coat conditions. They also have shampoos for dogs with skin allergies, irritations, fleas and ticks plus dog-specific toothpaste to keep teeth healthy and clean.

Wide Range of Grooming Services

Dog spa services offer numerous grooming packages including bathing, drying, brushing. nail trimming, ear cleaning, gland expression, sanitary trim and breed-specific haircuts. Some even include extra services such as de-matting, undercoat removal, teeth cleaning, massages and facials.

Experienced and Well-Trained Groomers

Professional groomers know how to handle dogs. They are patient, experienced, calm under fire, know how to handle stressful situations and handle anxious and aggressive dogs. Also, they are able to notice any concerning injuries or suspicious lumps that need to be checked by a veterinarian immediately. You want to look for a cheerful groomer that will take care of your dog as if it were their own.

Offers Pet Sitting and Boarding Services

In case you have to be at work or out of town with no one left at home to watch your pets, make sure that the groomers you choose also offer sitting and boarding services. If your dog is already used to visiting the shop for regular grooming, then they will feel more comfortable to stay at the facility with the same personnel.If you are looking for reliable and professional dog spa services, make sure that they have a track record and experience to carefully handle your dog’s health needs. Puppy Paws Hotel and Spa provides dog spa treatments as well as dog daycare and boarding services in Edmond, OK. Call us today at (405) 348-2800 to schedule your dogs grooming appointment.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:17 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why You Should Groom Your Dog Regularly Dog grooming is an important part of being a pet owner. It’s more than just keeping your dog clean and good-looking, a good grooming routine also maintains their physical health, skin, eyes, ears, nails, teeth and coat. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends bathing your dog at least once every month with more frequent baths if they spend a lot of time outdoors. While all dog owners should know some grooming basics like brushing, you should take your pet to a professional groomer on a regular basis.

Here are several reasons why you should get your dog groomed by a professional:


It is best to train your dog to experience and get used to grooming while they are still puppies so they can get used to ear cleaning and nail clipping. You don’t want an unhappy and uncooperative dog when it comes time for grooming.


Regular dog grooming helps keep you house clean! Regular bathing and brushing will help cut back on shedding and the need to vacuum the carpet, curtains, couches and rugs. Also, the less hair and pet dander inside your home, the lesser the chances of getting allergy attacks for those allergy-prone family members.


Regular grooming keeps your pet’s teeth and fur in good condition. It removes dirt, dead hair and dandruff, preventing tangles and keeping skin clean. Plus, it’s a great way to check for fleas, ticks, dry patches, scars, and inflammation so it can be treated right away.


Regular brushing brings out the natural oils in the dog’s fur and spreads them all over giving the coat a healthy sheen. Your dog will definitely feel and look better when they are groomed! Say goodbye to matted hair, long nails, dirty teeth and say hello to a happier, healthier pet.

When it comes to professional dog grooming services, Puppy Paws Hotel & Spa is “The Best Doggie Spa” that Edmond, OK has to offer. Our goal is to provide the best loving care in the industry because you deserve a loving groomer you can trust for your fur babies. We are committed to providing the best quality services and a variety of grooming packages for dogs of all breeds and sizes.

Contact us today to book an appointment!

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:16 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Toilet Train your Dogs […] ]]> Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:12 -0800 Dog-Fancier 5 Simple tips to keep your pet clean […] ]]> Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:10 -0800 Dog-Fancier Things to do before boarding your dog in Kennel […] ]]> Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:08 -0800 Dog-Fancier Dog Paw Balm: What Is It, and How Do You Apply It? It’s quite common for dogs to dislike grooming and handling, or anything that feels unnatural, in general. For many of our pets, having their paws (or face) handled is quite nerve-racking. Using force or restraint to apply something such as a balm only makes things worse, exhausting you and reinforcing to your pup that it is, in fact, something to fear.

Dog paws can act both as shock absorbers and brakes for our furry friends. They help protect the bones and joints in and around the foot, while also aiding in stability when on slippery surfaces or steep slopes. Though paw pads are made up of a layer of fatty tissue, they can still be susceptible to injury, cracking, and discomfort. 

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Walking on different types of textures, surfaces and terrains can pose a threat to those delicate digits. Long nails may get caught in grating, causing paws to get cut on sharp material, or even suffer wounds from the elements.

You’ll know your fur baby has a paw issue if they indicate discomfort. If they are limping and licking at the paw incessantly, or favoring a paw when walking around, you can safely assume there is something wrong. It is usually due to a scratch, cut, foreign item (such as a thorn or glass), puncture, or laceration. A paw balm would be a great solution for these problems, that is, if you can actually apply it to your dog!

It can be tricky, but with a little knowledge and some tricks, you can change your dog’s mind about grooming time and having their paws handled. We’ve got a few helpful tips that will make applying paw balm a breeze for both you and your dog.

What is Paw Balm?

While some dog owners outfit their pups in footwear for preventative reasons, this is not a permanent solution to mitigate paw problems for our furry friends. Enter, dog paw balm, a topical product that can help prevent damage to dogs’ paw pads, as well as soothe, heal, and moisturize them when cracked or sore.

The Benefits of Paw Balm:

dog paw

Dog paw balm has many benefits, including: 

  • Alleviating discomfort for dog paw hyperkeratosis (a.k.a. “hairy paw”), which is a health condition in dogs that cause paw pads (and noses) to thicken and crack
  • Protecting paws from the elements, chemicals, ice, concrete and other rough surfaces
  • Moisturizing paw pads
  • Treating blisters, cracks, cuts, burns and irritation on paws or other areas

How to Apply Paw Balm:

The first step to successful balm application is timing! For best results, you’ll want to apply a balm when your dog is relaxed, to minimize squirming or anxiety about handling. Try nap time or sleep time. You want to make sure any balm you use is dog-safe and non-toxic because they tend to lick it off. Any balm you purchase should also be simple to use and easy to apply.

To use dog paw balm correctly, first clean your hands to keep your pup safe from infection and contamination. Then, simply rub or dab the balm directly onto the paw. You can also use a gentle cloth. Never use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on your dog’s paws. You may do this for humans when they have a cut or scrape, but those rules don’t apply for our precious fur babies. 



Some pet parents might reward their dog with a treat after application to make the experience a positive one. This will also keep your dog distracted enough for a bit so he or she doesn’t lick the balm before it can do its job. Use the balm as often as directed on the packaging, which will roughly be a couple of times a day. At night, or right before your pooch goes to sleep, will be the most optimal time to apply since they will be in a more still position. 

Since balms sometimes contain a lot of oil, they can make dogs’ paws slippery on slick surfaces. This can be a bigger issue with senior dogs who may need more traction due to arthritis. Try to let the product(s) dry a bit before the dog walks around or plays.

The Nose:

Nose-related discomfort is quite often due to dry or flaky skin on the top ridge of your dog’s nose. To alleviate pain, nourish, and protect your pup’s nose, gently apply a balm 2-3 times a day until their nose is consistently smooth and moist.


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Our Favorite Dog Paw Balm

THE BALM  by PRIDE+GROOM is all natural and addresses those pet parts that are prone to dryness. Whether the culprit is the cold, the heat, or just plain genes, a quick slick of the balm to paws, noses and pesky dry patches delivers moisturizing healing, long-lasting relief. Ruff spots begone! 




Due to natural, high quality ingredients in this product, we recommend storing in a cool, dry place.

Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Beeswax White, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Fragrance, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Helichrysum Gymnocephalum Essential Oil, Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil.

How to Know There’s An Issue

Examine the bottoms of the paws to try to identify where the problem is coming from and how severe it is. If you notice any scabbing, oozing or crusting, it may be soothing to soak the paws in antibacterial soap and water. If you suspect something may be embedded in the paw, you can soak the paw in warm water and Epsom salts.

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When It’s Hot:

Walking on a hot surface such as tar or brick can severely burn paw pads. When the weather is hot, avoid taking your dog out during peak hours or in direct sunlight. It’s best to get those walks in early in the morning and late at night before the sun has had a chance to really heat things up. Even if you don’t suspect the surface of being hot, always test the pavement with your bare foot or the back of your hand. The rule of thumb is, if it’s too hot for your foot, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw. 

When It’s Cold:

dog in the snow, black dog

Similarly, when there are freezing temperatures, sharp pieces of ice can cut into your dogs’ paws. The added irritation from frozen and salted sidewalks can cause great pain for a dog. Some sort of protective covering like dog shoes would be recommended for any extended outdoor time during chilly weather. Only use dog-safe salt and ice melt on your sidewalks and steps. Keep the fur on the underside of your dog’s paws trimmed short to reduce ice ball accumulation, and if your dog develops ice balls, soak their feet in room temperature water to remove the ice balls before applying paw pad balm. 

Always make sure any balm that you are applying to your dog’s paws or nose is dog-friendly and non-toxic if ingested. That’s why we recommend THE BALM. And, if you’re ever unsure, just ask your friendly neighborhood veterinarian.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:55:45 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How Military Veterans Can Benefit From Dog Ownership Many of us say that our dogs are our best friends, which is true, but for some people, they are way more than that. They are the key to a better life as well.

For veterans, service dogs and companion dogs provide more than just emotional support, especially for people dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Specialized service dogs not only perform specific tasks that help with these conditions, but recent studies show that they can also reduce the amount of medication some veterans require for treatment and alleviate their overall symptoms. 

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While not every circumstance is unique to military service, there are distinct moments in a veteran’s life when a companion dog or service animal might be just what the doctor ordered. In honor of Veteran’s Day, we want to take a moment to shed light on the care and training of more service dogs, so that every veteran in need can benefit from this life-saving bond.

Data About Veterans

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has reported that approximately 30% of veterans experience symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from experiencing war and/or assault.

Other veterans may have sustained an injury during their time in the military, or experience vision or hearing loss. If a veteran is experiencing significant physical, mental, or mobile limitations in their day-to-day life due to these disabilities, they may qualify for a Service Dog or an ESA.

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Many veterans upon separating from service feel lost without the structure, discipline and routine associated with military culture. Some return to a life that they no longer recognize. Still others feel disconnected even from close friends or family and many struggle to translate their military skills into a civilian job. Overall more than a quarter of veterans report difficulty re-entering life after the military. This figure is higher among post-9/11 veterans, as well as those who were seriously injured or experienced a traumatic event.

How a Veteran Benefits from Dog Ownership:

  • Caring for a pet provides structure and purpose – a reason to get up in the morning – and aligns with the mission focus and sense of duty that typifies military personnel.
  • A pet is someone to talk to who always listens, always loves you and never spills your secrets. Veterans who have difficulty sharing their military experiences with even those closest to them are often able to talk to their four-legged friends.
  • By demanding attention and affection, companion pets and service animals force their guardians to focus on the animal’s needs, displacing behaviors where people dwell on their own circumstances and problems. A pet’s needs demand action, whether it is to be fed, groomed or out for daily walks – and these demands and their urgent needs (ex: “pet me now”) help veterans coping with psychological trauma regain a sense of purpose, confidence and optimism in their lives.
  • Companion pets can even help veterans re-establish relationships with people by acting as a social bridge, leading some to call them “surrogate humans.”

veteran dogs 

Programs That Can Help

1. Patriot Service Dogs

Patriot Service Dogs (PSD) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to pairing well-trained service dogs with veterans free-of-charge. Any honorably discharged veteran with a physical or mental disability is eligible to apply, as they do not favor any specific era of service or require veterans to be combat wounded. Since 2009, they have grown to over 100 active volunteers. They are located in Central Florida but place dogs throughout the United States. 

dogs for veterans

2. Pets For Vets

Many brave troops return home with scars – both seen and unseen – that make it difficult to transition back to civilian life. At the same time, millions of wonderful animals wait in shelters for a forever home. Pets for Vets is the bridge that brings them together. When a Veteran is matched with the right pet, both lives change for the better. The Veteran saves the animal and welcomes him/her into a loving home. The pet provides the Veteran with unconditional love and support, easing stress, depression, loneliness and anxiety. Together, they share a  Super Bond® that provides them both with a whole new “leash” on life.

3. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)

In order to obtain a service dog through the VA, the veteran needs to follow certain steps. First, the need to meet with a healthcare provider. Then, they need to adopt and train their service dog. Lastly, they would have to apply for the correct VA benefits. Upon approval for a service dog, veterans can now have their service dog enrolled in Veterinary Health Benefits. These benefits include comprehensive treatment and wellness checks, emergency care, immunizations, and illness treatment for the dog that will be serving the veteran.  This is to ensure that the service dog remains in good health to best serve the veteran. They will also provide the proper equipment needed for the dog, such as a harness or vest.

4. Pets for Patriots

Their vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. They can make this happen through their nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the most vulnerable and heroic among us.


how dogs can help military veterans
In the end, military veterans and their families aren’t the only ones who benefit from companion pets. Dogs and cats who were homeless, abandoned, neglected or even abused have a second chance at life. It’s one of those rare situations in life where everyone wins.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:55:44 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Thanksgiving Dinner Dos and Don’ts For Your Dog When we stop to think of what we are truly grateful for during Thanksgiving and the holiday season, our dogs' undying love and devotion is generally at the top of the list. Including Penny and Kiki in my family’s celebrations is an important and fun tradition in my home year after year. Having some safe and delicious treats that we can all share at the dinner table is something I like to plan ahead for.  Because having a wet, needy nose in my lap isn't the way I want to spend my holiday, I like to have designated Thanksgiving platters that my pups can enjoy. Preparing your pet’s plates ahead of time and feeding them separately, will not only keep your festive attire slobber free, it will also keep them safe from harmful foods that can leave their tummies upset or worse. Because as you may or may not know, not every food we eat during Thanksgiving is safe for your pup!

Safe and healthy Thanksgiving food for your pup:

Sweet potato (and potatoes)

dog eating potato

Sweet potatoes are a great source of dietary fiber. Keep the preparation simple, either bake or steam them with no added ingredients. Dogs shouldn’t have butter, spices, or the marshmallows that we humans typically add.

If regular potatoes are on your menu, the same rules apply. Make sure to give only boiled or baked potatoes with no butter, sour cream, salt, or pepper, and always serve in moderation.


dogs with apples, can dogs eat apples

Apples are full of vitamins A and C and contain lots of great fiber, making them a healthy treat. Be careful to cut around the core, as large amounts of apple seeds can be toxic. Save the apple pie for the humans though; dogs do much better with the fresh kind.


dogs on thanksgiving, turkey for dogs

What about the main event? The answer is YES, minus the skin and bones. The healthiest cut is the white meat that is towards the center of the turkey, away from the seasonings.  

Green beans

Green beans are super healthy and contain plant fiber, manganese, and vitamins C and K. Plain green beans are great for dogs, so before you saute them in butter sauce and cover them with garlic, set a portion of simply steamed beans aside for your pup, (and your super fit cousin).


dog with carrots

While you’re preparing the Thanksgiving stuffing, slip your furry friend some spare carrots which are low in calories and full of nutrients and vitamins and can even have benefits for oral health. Cut into bite-size pieces to make them easier to digest and to prevent choking.


dog eating pumpkin

Pumpkin is a very healthy snack that aids in digestive health and is great for a dog’s skin and coat. Pumpkin is even used to treat stomach problems in pups. Make sure to set aside some canned, organic, plain, pureed pumpkin, before making your holiday pumpkin pie.


If your dog has a sweet tooth, turn your pumpkin pie ingredients into a holiday Puppuccino.  Combine some whip cream, a dollop of plain greek yogurt, canned pumpkin puree and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a delicious and safe dessert dogs will love. 

Thanksgiving dishes that are unhealthy or toxic for your dog:

dog eating bones



Thanksgiving stuffing is usually full of onions, scallions, leeks or garlic. These ingredients are extremely toxic to dogs and can cause anemia (destruction of the red blood cells). This traditional dish is best left for the humans.


Ham and other pork products can cause pancreatitis, upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea.  So no matter how much they beg, the answer is still no.

Turkey bones

dog with turkey

Bones can cause severe indigestion, vomiting and bowel obstruction. Bones can also splinter and cause damage or even puncture the inside of the stomach. Make sure to let all of your guests know,  so they don’t slip something under the table by accident!

Mashed potatoes

While plain potatoes are safe for pups, mashed potatoes are not!  They are usually full of butter, salt and milk, which can cause diarrhea. Even worse, some recipes call for onion powder or garlic, both of which are toxic to dogs.

Salads with grapes and/or raisins

dog with grapes

Lots of Thanksgiving sides and salads have grapes or raisins.  Both can cause severe and sometimes fatal kidney failure in dogs. It's hard to believe, but important to know, that such innocent snacks for humans can be so toxic to our pets.


chocolate for dogs

Most people know about the danger of Chocolate for dogs. Chocolate is extremely toxic, the darker the more harmful.  However, the smell of chocolate is extremely tempting to pups, so be sure to keep your dessert in a place that they can't reach.

The best way to make sure that everyone enjoys their holiday, is to plan ahead with food that is safe and delicious dishes for your pup. If your dog does have anything that makes them sick, be sure to see a veterinarian as quickly as possible.  Acting quickly can be a life saver in these situations.  

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:55:43 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dog Grooming Q & A&&Senior Dog Grooming My senior dog is going blind and having a hard time getting around. She doesn't enjoy being groomed anymore. Should I just wait until she is really matted to take her in to be groomed?

No. Please don't wait until your senior is matted. Matting makes the grooming process much more difficult, especially on a dog that doesn't enjoy being groomed.

Here are some things you can try that may help your #seniordog with the grooming process:

1. You may want to try to space out your appointments a little bit more (1-2 weeks more as long as that doesn't incur matting).

2. If your vet prescribes it for arthritis, you can give them rimadyl to help with the difficulty of being on their feet for an extended period of time. We like to give the dog a break or 2 between the grooming to help with this as well, so you can plan on the appointment taking longer.

3. Modify the haircut. A shorter, all over haircut may be easier to maintain than a longer, fancy haircut. It will also be a faster cut for the groomer, thus reducing the dog's time spent standing. If you have a poodle, consider not shaving their feet or face any more. Most poodles do not tolerate this very well the older they get.

4. CBD is also a helpful supplement for anxiety and for pain relief. Give them the appropriate dosage before coming to the groom shop. If it is edible, it needs about an hour to be digested and start working. If it is droplets, typically takes about 30 minutes to take effect.

If your dog is hardly able to remain standing for longer than 10 minutes, getting him groomed is probably not in his best interests and may not be safe. It may be a better time to love on him and keep him as comfortable as possible.

Have questions about getting your senior pet groomed? Give us a call, we can chat about your specific dog's needs. 970-846-8335

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:55:35 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dog Grooming Q & A&&Puppy Grooming

My puppy is 4 months old and has had all her shots but doesn't need any trimming yet and I can bathe her myself in the tub. When should I start bringing her in to be groomed?

We recommend you start them as soon as possible after 4 months, especially if this will be a dog that needs regular grooming throughout their life. The sooner you can start introducing the grooming process to your puppy, the easier it will be for them to adjust to it. The longer you wait, typically, the harder it is to get them to enjoy it. As a groomer, I can truly see the difference between a dog that was introduced to grooming as a puppy and a dog that didn't see a groomer until a year old or older. And the grooming process is especially hard if you wait until your dog is matted and have that as their first grooming experience.

Also, giving your puppy a bath in the tub at home is helpful and it is a similar experience but not exactly how it will be at the groomer's. At the salon, your puppy will be without you, the owner, and will be blow dried with professional equipment (we use a high velocity blow dryer that is made for dogs, not a human blow dryer). So, it's important they have a grooming experience in a salon.

At Powder Hounds, we have a FREE puppy introductory 15 minute session to be able to show your pup what the equipment sounds like, feels like, smells like. It is also a good time to introduce them to being without you, the owner, for a bit, without it being so long that it is scary. Don't wait! Schedule your puppy for a grooming appointment today. If they don't need any trimming, just a bath, blow dry, and brush out is plenty for the first groom.

Have more questions about getting your puppy groomed? Give us a call to chat about your pet's specific needs at 970-846-8335.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:55:35 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Local Resources for Dog Owners of Steamboat Springs Are you going on vacation for the holidays and looking for a pet sitter or kennel? Do you need an awesome new toy for your chew-crazy puppy? We've got you covered! I put together a list of local resources for dog owners of Steamboat Springs. It includes pet sitters, veterinarians, pet products stores, dog walkers, dog trainers and pet photography.

Here it is! Give us a call and leave a message if you have any questions.

Pet Resources in Steamboat Springs, CO


Pet Kare 970-879-5273

Steamboat Vet Hospital 970-879-1041

Mt Peaks Vet 970-879-7200

Ski Town Animal Hospital 970-879-3486

Pet Products Stores (dog food, toys, etc)

Paws 'N Claws 970-879-6092

Outdoor K9 970-761-2278

Elk River Pet and Ranch 970-879-5383

Ace Hardware 970-879-8014

Overnight Kennels

Peace Love Pet Care (downtown Steamboat) 970-879-5683

RK Pet Ranch (Oak Creek) 970-879-5639

Red Rover (south of Milner) 970-879-3647

Dog and Cat Sitters & Dog Walkers

All Creatures Great and Small—Cathy Sears 970-846-4741​

Susan Moore (your house) 540-280-2938

Scoopy Doo—Karen O’neill-Dennis (your house) 813-309-4348

Snow or Shine Pet Care 970-457-4414

Doggie Daycare

Peace Love Pet Care 970-879-5683

All Creatures Great and Small—Cathy Sears 970-846-4741

RK Pet Ranch 970-879-5639​

Dog Trainers

Total Teamwork Training--Laura Tyler & Sandra Kruczek 970-629-1507

Pet Photography

GTR Photography--Gabriel T. Rogers 303-957-7325

Morning Light Pet Photography--Chris Becea 970-734-5797

Want to get your name on our Pet Resources List? Stop by Powder Hounds and introduce yourself! I'd be happy to meet you and hear all about your business!

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:55:35 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Pearl Celebrated Halloween…and How! By Billie Tekel Elias, author of Pearl’s Party…and  you’re invited. When she died a few years ago, I unearthed many things in my mother’s home that had long been forgotten:…

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:52:58 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Tennessee Ruling on Independent Contractor Groomers Classifying pet groomers as independent contractors has become even more difficult in the State of Tennessee. The state joins many others that no longer rely on simplistic tests or even…

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:52:54 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why Do Dogs Sneeze a Lot? Link To Us

Why Do Dogs Sneeze a Lot? If your dog is sneezing while acting playful, then there is nothing to worry about your bud. They generally use their entire body to communicate, from waving tails to sneezing and licking your face. If you are playing with your pup and watch them sneezing in the middle of […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:46:45 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Usefulness Of Witch Hazel Link To Us

Introduction Witch hazel, scientifically known as the Hamamelis virginiana, is, in its root form, a plant whose leaf, bark, and twigs have powerful medicinal properties which can be used to treat haemorrhoids or skin irritations and alleviate minor cuts and bleeding. Commonly found in our washroom or floorboard cabinets, this magical plant can be used […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:46:40 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Benefits Of Feeding Watermelon To The Dogs As a Healthy Snack Link To Us

A healthy snack for dogs Watermelon is considered to be among the list of healthy snacks for dogs, especially in summer. It is full of nutrients & moisture which keeps your dogs healthy & hydrating during the summer days. It is juicy & sweet fruit with 92% of high water content. There are some days […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:45:34 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Benefits Of Mobile Cat Grooming Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:44:15 -0800 Dog-Fancier Mobile Pet Grooming Is Perfect For Pets With Special Needs Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:44:11 -0800 Dog-Fancier Common Mistakes To Avoid When Grooming Your Dog Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:44:07 -0800 Dog-Fancier CARING FOR YOUR DOG AT HOME: Help During A Pandemic CARING FOR YOUR DOG AT HOME: Help During A Pandemic

The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has changed our world. One of the short term issues many families are dealing with, not only in many U.S. states but nations around the world, is that professional pet groomers everywhere are closed temporarily. And people are spending more time at home with their dogs and long-haired cats, generally unaware of the importance of home grooming at this historic time.

While most “Shelter in Place” states have, appropriately, deemed pet grooming as “non-essential”, as has been declared here in Illinois, where I am also the President of the Illinois Professional Pet Groomers Association (, we all know that grooming a dog or long-haired cat is not just about looking pretty, it IS about their health and well-being. Dirty, matted, un-brushed, un-groomed dogs and cats whose toenails are too long are facing serious problems ranging from discomfort to conditions that produce infections, sores, yeast and fungal and bacterial skin issues, ear infections, orthopedic problems, and other veterinary attention-requiring conditions.

We are already aware in our area of pet owners desperate to find an open groomer, and of course, none can legally be open.

The solution? You must step up for, at least, the basics in grooming your dog at home. And if you don’t have the right equipment, your can order it online from any number of suppliers. We do strongly recommend against some kinds of home grooming tools, for example, the “furminator” which is absolutely a dangerous and poorly designed tool that can injure your dog. It is does not “de-shed”, it cuts hair – it does not discriminate between living hairs still growing and firmly rooted, and dead hairs ready to fall out. And dogs have very thin skin and are easily injured by this tool. Do not use them on any kind of dog or cat coat.

If you are not a client of mine but of another groomer, even during Shelter in Place, many groomers are reachable. You can probably contact your groomer via email, their website, or social media.

For my Love Fur Dogs clients to get advice, you can contact Jennifer by emailing or messaging us on our Facebook page . I will respond and even set up a phone or FaceTime conference if necessary to help you with a grooming problem at home. We are all in this TOGETHER!

And especially for my Love Fur Dogs clients I have made two 15-minute long videos, one addressing bathing, the other addressing brushing, combing, and nail trimming, that I have posted to YouTube, that should help you take your own grooming skills to the next level during this difficult time, to keep your dog generally clean, and most importantly, NOT letting them get all matted up, or clumped up undercoat.

You can view these videos on YouTube. Video #1 is about bathing and general grooming information. Video #2 is about brushing, combing and nails.

Be well. Stay safe. Can’t wait for the danger to pass and to see you all back in the lobby of Love Fur Dogs. This crisis is teaching us many things, but one thing it has reinforced for me is how much I love my clients, both the two-legged and four-legged! Please take care of your health. Nothing matters more.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:43:51 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What Groomers Wish Veterinarians Knew What Groomers Wish Veterinarians Knew

By Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, ICMG 8-23-20

Before anyone misinterprets the title of this blog post, I want to say loud and clear that this blog title in no way is to diminish the absolute respect and deference we hold for all veterinarians. They are THE experts in our field and we see their judgment and expertise as far above that of the average groomer. Veterinarians are our HEROES and know way more than most of us about anything related to our pets.

I have great veterinarians that I have loyally been attached to for over four decades. I do what they advise and they are central leaders in my life working with animals. They are incredibly smart, hard-working people who went to school for a VERY long time. They are expert and indispensable in our pets’ lives. Everyone should find and attach themselves regularly to a wonderful veterinarian near you and thank goodness for them every single day. Their jobs can be very tough, dirty, and emotionally heart-wrenching.

It is absolutely a matter of practice at Love Fur Dogs that we do whatever a client’s veterinarian directs us to do. Further we SEND a ton of our clients to see their veterinarians over issues we find with their dogs and cats during their grooming as a part of our 6-point well-being check that we perform with every full groom: teeth/gums, ears, skin and coat, parasites, feet and nails, and rear ends.

At least 4 times in the years since we opened in May of 2014 we have been credited with finding something in a dog that we referred the client immediately to their vet and the dog’s life was saved – such as a recent beloved doodle client where we found an almost impossible to see growth that proved to be mouth cancer. We were credited with facilitating early action that got the treatment done in time to save the dog’s life. And that has at other times in our business, given our strong commitment to work to get our clients to their veterinarian whenever they need it.

We are PROUD of our relationship with veterinarians and will continue this commitment! So, please, keep these caveats in mind as you read this discussion of admittedly small matters in comparison to the life and death work that Veterinarians do every day.

But I cannot tell you the number of times I have seen actually tears of sadness or red-faced anger on the part of my clients over these issues. They pay a lot of money for their veterinary services, and they expect them to be done with perfect professionalism. I write this as a way to help them to hear feedback that they may really want in order to improve the customer service aspect of their businesses.

And I am 100% positive that many veterinarians could write a blog themselves about what they wish we groomers knew. I hope that someone will do so, and I will in fact publish it here on this page.

Here comes the “but . . .” that you were expecting:

Why do the staff in veterinary facilities over-shave dogs who desperately need their coat, hair or fur?

There are things that we groomers care about, know about, and see the long term consequences of that most veterinarians, and more importantly for this discussion, all Veterinary Hospital Staff do not do, in our view, correctly. We actually believe this first problem of over-shaving the hair to give a shot or do a blood draw, for example, is largely being done by veterinary technicians. We hope that good veterinarians will help guide them better.

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Unnecessarily extreme leg shaving of a doodle by a veterinarian

This dog’s haircut and over all look has been ruined for many months to come, and unnecessarily. The owner was very upset and will have to look at this for months. It is even more frustrating for the owner when she finds out that this degree of shaving was not at all medically necessary.

Why do they shave that poor little Doodle’s legs like that? Just to give shots or draw blood? The owner of this dog actually believes that they only needed access to one leg and complained to us that they shaved the other just to make the two legs match?!

My own veterinarian removed a suspicious cancer growth from the top knot of my poodle with only a 1/8″ shaved perimeter. He knows that preserving her hair is important to me and to her, and he only removed the minimum he needed to do the procedure safely and successfully. To this day she has a beautiful top knot. She is pictured in my arms on the Home page of this website.

The common explanation is to preserve a sterile field for injections, surgical areas, blood draws, etc. But actually there is a big difference between a SURGICAL area being shaved (only enough to keep the hair out of the incision area – a necessary step to prevent infection and wound contamination) and the minimal hair removal needed for an IV needle inserted or shot given into the vein of a dog’s leg.

Veterinarians have confirmed for me that most of the shaving done by vet techs around these areas are far more excessive than needed for any legitimate medical purpose.

We know that knowledge in any field is UNEVEN at best for anyone in a given profession. Not every teacher knows as much as every other teacher, same for plumbers, roofers, lawyers, doctors, etc. And it seems that the biggest problem in ANY field, including grooming is that there are some in any profession that are “old school” – that is, they don’t stay up on the most current, best information in their fields. Not every Veterinarian, Doctor, Lawyer, Plumber, or Groomer for that matter, stays current on Best Practices based on the best and most recent information.

“Old School” thinkers in any profession are always an issue and a problem.

Remember, they only need 1/8 of an inch to make a sterile field. And actually there is no need to remove any hair in order to access most procedures like shots or blood draws. Only around a surgical wound should there be any shaving, and then only enough for the sterile field. Absolutely minimal.

And the leg shaving is NOT necessary at all unless it is for a surgery – its a blood draw and a shot. There is no need to do any significant shaving, if any at all. Just sterilize the surface of the skin and insert your needle. Hair is not a problem for this level of procedure and should not need to be shaved at all.

This blog is written in the hopes that pet owners will TELL their veterinarians they do not wish to have any significant shaving of areas around an injection.

So this groomer wishes that more veterinarians knew what my vet knows – that shaving the dog broadly and closely for most procedures is not necessary, and actually emotionally hard for families to look at sometimes for the many months that follow.

Also, injections can be done on the inside of back legs to hide any areas that need shaving to be treated.

It takes months to get the hair back when vets shave. They always use surgically close #40 or #50 blades which leave NO hair at all – just skins it! Dog hair grows maybe 1/2 inch a month. Sometimes these shaved areas come back discolored permanently and even scarred.

Also, dogs’ skin contains Langerhans cells that are essential to a dog’s immune system. These cells are the skin’s immunity, yet they die or can become cancerous with exposure to sunlight. Dogs have very thin skin and very thick hair – the opposite of people (we have very thick skin and very thin hair) – dogs rely on their coat, hair or fur, to protect them.

So lesson number one here is for veterinarians to instruct their techs to do as little as possible for procedures unless absolutely necessary and only then the small area around the procedure to allow for retention of the dog’s natural coat. This should be the NORM in all veterinary hospitals everywhere.

Complaint #2 –

Toe nail clips.

I attended a grooming conference a few years ago where a veterinarian VERY harshly rebuked groomers for not taking nails short enough. He cited significant research that dogs’ major cause of late-in-life orthopedic and arthritic issues were a result of toenails being too long and the bones being bent as they walk on them. (See my blog on the topic on this website!)

And yet Veterinarians knock dogs out for surgeries almost daily and do not cut their toenails back into the quick, the blood vein in the nail that is painful if done when a dog is awake. They can cut and cauterize it and the dog will never feel a thing after it wakes up. This “quicking” procedure is actually essential in many cases when a dog’s toenails have been neglected. Orthopedic pain is a SERIOUS health problem, especially for larger dogs and can cause painful lameness and permanent discomfort, pain a dog feels with every step they take as they age, if these nails aren’t cut way back.

We groomers can only cut TO the quick, not into it. We can’t do a quicking which dogs should be on pain medication for, much as we see the necessity of it. So it should be standard practice for ALL veterinarians who have a dog knocked out under pain meds or anesthesia that they cut into the quicks and cauterize them back as short as possible. The emphasis on this need for short nails has come from the national veterinary community itself as data has emerged in recent years about the importance of short nail clips for a dog’s long term health. Yet I have heard clients report that some vets, albeit of the “old school” variety will dismiss and even ignore this request.

And worst of all when they do perform nail trims, which Veterinary offices do every day, many times, all over the nation, they often do not take them close enough to the quick, the living blood vein inside, to be effective to keep the nail from being harder to properly trim in the future. They charge twice what we do at my grooming shop and they do not do nearly as effective a job.

We make sure that when we clip a nail, we REVEAL the quick but without cutting into it. Then there is pressure exerted on the quick to stay inside the nail, retracting away from the air – vital for the dog’s long term orthopedic health, not continuing to grow out and become much harder to trim routinely. This kind of precision nail trimming I teach my staff – most vets and staff do not know how to do – very thin slices, look in the center of the nail for the living tissue.

Some veterinary offices obviously do this better than others. What has simply been stunning to me is the number of veterinarians who are not aware of the nationally important data in their own field – that dog toenails that touch the floor when walking are very likely to cause serious pain of arthritis or orthopedic issues later in life.

I realize not everyone in a profession stays “up” on the Best Practices new research in their industries, but this nail trim matter is so big and so important, you would think more Veterinarian offices would be up on this.

I will be adding more topics to this blog about what we wish Veterinarians knew, such as their industry general lack of awareness of a vital technology – Microbubbles – to treat a wide variety of frustrating dog and cat (and human) skin conditions!

Love you, veterinarians!!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:43:50 -0800 Dog-Fancier
I Would Rather Lose You As A Client Than Hurt Your Dog I Would Rather Lose You As A Client Than Hurt Your Dog

Today I lost a client that I had been serving semi-regularly for years. Since they posted an online comment, I want to tell everyone I know that might be a client of Love Fur Dogs why I lost this client, and what that says about me as a business owner.

This client came to me years ago with a small older dog that she had been grooming elsewhere for years with a very, very short shaved haircut – so short the skin showed. The little old sweetie had several issues, but her skin was extremely dry, distressed, scabby, and riddled in dandruff. We conditioned her as best we could but mom would never let me do the two things we needed to do to help improve the situation: apply regular spa-level therapeutic products for intensive conditioning (yes, for a small extra charge) and let her hair grow a little longer to protect her thin skin better from the sun and other environmental elements. By the time I became her groomer she had more bare spaces on her skin showing than hair follicles. I felt I was looking at an old human – balding with very thin dry dandruffy hair.

I would gently ask to leave her longer and explain how dogs have such thin skin, but much thicker hair – we humans are the opposite. We have very thick skin and very thin hair. Our skin is very protective for us. But for dogs it is the coat, the hair, that largely protects the dog. She would not listen and continued to insist on the very short shaved hair cuts.

You may read elsewhere on this blog about why short cuts are generally not good for dogs and the whole science about this.

And because the dog had already been done that way for years , the dog was older, the skin was awful and the damage done, I continued the very short shaves as the owner requested, despite the little dog’s screaming distressed skin.

I was wrong to do so.

Today she brought me their new puppy for a second visit. She is a Yorkie mix – cute as a button. Still with very scruffy minimal puppy hair still in formation. The first visit a few weeks ago had been just a puppy socializing training groom- short and minimal as she was barely over two months old. The family had bought her to replace the old sweetheart with distressed skin who passed away recently of an organ disorder and old age.

But today Mom asked me to cut the new little angel equally short. At 14 weeks of age.

I said no, and explained that the hair follicles were still in formation and that, while I could do a “bath and tidy” to trim face, feet, tail, and sanitary areas – pads, genital, rectal – it is not recommended to begin cutting the hair on the torso until after 5 months of age when puberty begins and adult hair follicles begin to fully form.

I reminded her of the damage done to her previous dog by frequent short cuts. I referenced veterinary dermatological source material which I later sent to her as support, about the hair follicle forming until 28 weeks of age, and how prior to that puppies don’t even produce primary hairs, only secondary hairs.

When she continued to insist that I give this youngster a full short cut, I even asked why she just didn’t get a smooth-coated Chihuahua if she wanted all her toy sized dogs to be short haired. No answer. I stood my ground in refusing to do the short cut all over.

She called me at the end of the day and yelled at me on the phone for not doing what she wanted. She was going elsewhere where they would cut her dog the way she wanted. I repeated my reasons and then said I was sorry to see her go. I stated that while she would surely be able to find a groomer that would do the harmful cut to the dog, that was not good for the puppy. I would never agree to hurt the dog just to keep her as a client. The name of my business is its mission – LOVE for dogs.

Because I would never hurt a dog to keep a client.

That is just who I choose to be – Love for the dogs. And I feel blessed that I have this last-of-my-working-life job/retirement business that has put me in a position to be of real service to dogs who I love so much.

Over the years I have lost a few clients because – “me and my big mouth” – I will speak out, sometimes boldly, on what is best for the dogs. I can be opinionated and preachy, I guess. Passionate for sure. I never stopped being a teacher even when I retired from my years in history classrooms. The ancient Greeks have a great teaching: Know Thyself. I do know that this is who I am.

But I really do try to GIVE generously of my internationally respected expertise in dog grooming to my clients in free consulting and advice – I give more of my time without charge – because I care.

I will never hesitate to speak out – gently, diplomatically, and respectfully – if I know of something the owners should be doing to better care for their dogs. Most clients appreciate the advice and information. They often thank me for it and write great reviews online about how knowledgeable I am and how much it has benefitted their dogs. I also love learning and seek it regularly and often! I am still learning from others who know more than I do, and am grateful for it.

I am sorry that this client did not want to hear that what she wants to do to her new cute little puppy is not the best grooming choice for her pup. But I am more sorry for the puppy who gets no choice in this matter.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:43:50 -0800 Dog-Fancier
New Release: Everyday Pet Bichon Grooming
We get it if you’re struggling with making the pet Bichon look like a little show dog. This breed can be tough to master!

Join Certified Master Groomer and top-ranking competitive stylist Elizabeth Gibbs as she shares loads of tips and tricks to get the look quickly, easily, safely, and with confidence. Watch along as she grooms her own Bichon in an everyday, stylized, yet manageable pet trim – breaking it down and making it doable.

In this video you will learn:

  • Which tools to use and where
  • How to easily place the pattern lines with guard combs
  • Fabulous visual aids to help you achieve the correct look quickly
  • Helpful tools and products she uses to get the look
  • How to use and enhance the structure of the dog

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:42:35 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Join Us December 1st, 7 p.m. for a Facebook Live Session

Join Us on Facebook Live  Thursday, December 1st, 7 p.m. for a free session with a great discussion on how to: Predict The Future: Master Rebooking NOW for the New Year!

In this session:

  • President Joe Zuccarello will share his business coaching savvy to help you identify rebooking tactics to generate predictable revenue.
  • VP Lorri Keller will lend a groomer’s view on ways to motivate your clients to rebook.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:42:34 -0800 Dog-Fancier
JZ10: Can I Get A Time Out? Joe Zuccarello’s latest video is live for L2GD Members!

In this JZ10 Groomer Business Tip, president Joe Zuccarello explains why it’s valuable to rethink the “assembly line” approach to running a salon and instead, maintain scheduled time when each client’s pet enters and leaves the facility – a time in and a time out.

Joe is also the host of the “Hey Joe!” podcast where he interviews a wide range of pet industry subject-matter experts.

Each month, members get a BRAND NEW JZ10 on a broad range of topics, from keeping your staff happy to nailing your finances. Stay tuned for more!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:42:33 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Benefits, You Should Know About No&Pull Dog Harness! A dog that’s continuously pulling is baffling for owners who just need to go on a pleasant, relaxed walk.” However, if your dog seems to be pulling you on your everyday walks, it could be good for you to consider your choices when it comes to dog walking supplies (dog harness belt). A dog harness made specially to control pulling, for example, can help you control your walk and grow your pup’s dog leash abilities. In addition, by using a dog harness and leash that doesn’t pull, you’ll be able to offer support to make strolls more pleasing and avoid your dog from harming herself.

Why Is Leash Pulling Can Be Risky For Your Dog?

Dog Leash Pulling

If your dog only wears the normal dog collar, he/she can put a lot of load on her throat as he/she strains forward, unusually if you grasp the chain or pull it back.

This kind of pressure can harm your dog’s neck in any case of her size, but essentially if he/she belongs to a smaller breed. Small dogs can do a lot of harm to their especially sensitive throats and trachea if they do the excessive pulling. Too much and extensive pulling can too lead to unwanted behaviors. Say your puppy pulls at whatever point he/she sees another pooch. 

  • On the off chance that you hold her back, snap the chain or drag her absence, they start to relate that aggressive contact with other canines.
  • Dogs make connections with what’s happening in their environment and anything they see. So from their perspective, seeing another puppy predicts this repulsive response from their owners.
  • Every time your puppy sees another dog, it gets to be uneasy and begins barking.
  • A dog vest harness that doesn’t pull makes a different resolution, the chain fight between you and your dog so you simply can have more worry-free and peaceful strolls.

What Are No-Pull Dog Harnesses?

Hank No Pull Dog Harness

The most common no-pull dog harnesses have straps that cross over your dog’s shoulders and can make it secure at the center of your dog’s chest and behind the front legs. The dog vest will too have a hook slot in the front for the leash.

  • Attach the dog leash to the front ring and start walking; your dog should remain beside you to keep moving forward.

If they do drag, the chain goes off to the side, not straight back, which directs your dog back toward you. That gives you a more extended capacity to control and direct your puppy back to your site by implementing a small weight, they include. Ideally, you need your dog to see the puppy harness as a nice thing.

  • Therefore, make sure to alter the straps before You slide it on your canine since you’ll be able to randomly squeeze or make your pet uncomfortable if you alter the harness while it’s on your puppy.
  • Moreover, you’ll get your pup utilized to any buckling or clipping sounds by presenting them before you put on its no pull dog harness belt.
  • Once you put the harness on, you’ll need to do any assist tweaking, so be sure to compensate your pup with puppy treats during the method.

Benefits Of Hankpets Adjustable No Pull Dog Harness

The No Pull Dog Harness solved this significant disadvantage with dog collars. No Pull Dog Harnesses are created in a way that transfers the pressure of pulling from the dog’s throat to its chest. Dogs have very well-developed chest muscles that can easily withstand the pressure from pulling. No Pull Harnesses are also strategically designed to sit below the level of the dog’s throat, completely removing any possibility of injury to the throat and trachea. Switching from a Dog Collar to No Pull Dog Harness is highly recommended and will ensure that chasing squirrels will stay an aggravating yet pain-free pastime for your puppy.

Many dogs tend to pull a lot when they are excited to feel natural or to meet new furry friends. Our dog harness features No-Pull Design so that you can have better control of your dog by attaching the leash to the Front Clip. Every time your dog pulls, he/she gets turned around instead of continuing forward and pulling on the leash. Soon your dog will learn not to pull.

  • The soft and breathable padded vest harness will give your dog a snug fit around the whole body, so your dog will feel secure and comfortable while wearing it, making the walk even more enjoyable.
  • The materials that we used to craft our harness are all of premium quality, so your dog will wear it like a champ.
  • Day and night, with HANK Safety Dog Vest Harness (dog harness online), your outdoor adventure with your furry friend becomes pure fun.
  • Using Hank 3M reflective strips in harness dogs keeps you safe on early morning and evening walks. runs, jogs, or hikes with your dog. Highly reflective threads keep high visibility at night for safety and you can easily find your furry pet in the backyard at night. Walking in the dark would be safe now!

How To Make Your Dog Used To A No-Pull Dog Harness

Ideally, you want your dog to see the dog harness belt as a good point. Make sure to adjust the straps before you put them on your dog since you can unintentionally pinch or make your pet hurt if you adjust the puppy harness while it’s on your dog.

  • You can also get your dog used to any buckling or clipping sounds by introducing them before you put on the puppy harness.

When you put the dog harness on, you’ll have to do some more tweaking, so be sure to compensate your pup with dog treats during the process.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:36:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Pizza was rescued from big tumor in his back limbs Pizza was rescued by the members of Shiva Organization from Jawahar Nagar, Ward No. 8, Dharamshala who had a big tumor in his back limbs which typically resembled a Pizza. We had taken him to Dharamshala Veterinary Hospital and was referred to Shahpur Hospital. Dr. Tejinder of Shahpur Hospital gave him the initial treatment and suggested for surgery. Shiva Organization’s team members got Pizza successfully operated with the assistance of People Farm.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:36:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Everyday Benefits of a Tactical Dog Harness Tactical dog harnesses are highly trustworthy and have been designed to serve a specific purpose for service or military dogs. They often include added areas for connecting accessories like lights, saddle bags, and bags, labels for indicating the dog is in service, and multiple leash extensions. Additionally, the core functions of the dog harness, such as the lead attachment D-Ring, buckles, and safety straps, have extra features and durability and provide the best comfort to your dogs.

All these extra features mean tactical dog harnesses can be beneficial for pet owners looking for an everyday harness with added functionality to serve their and their dog’s needs.

Why a tactical dog harness might be good for your pet

Dog harnesses like the HANK dog harness are perfect for everyday use for most pet owners. They are built to be long-lasting, safe, and comfortable for dogs of all breeds and sizes. Tactical dog harnesses are specially made for service dogs and so are more suited to larger dog breeds that are more traditionally found in service roles. These contain Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and other large breed dogs.
As tactical harnesses are geared towards these types of breeds, their primary purpose is to assure the larger canines are easier to control due to better ergonomic design while also keeping the dog safe and secure, specifically when wearing the harness over long periods.

Unlike dog collars where stress distribution is isolated to a single area around the dog’s neck and throat, dog harnesses wrap around the dog’s torso so the pressure is evenly distrusted around the shoulders, upper spine, and chest. With larger breeds, using dog collars for service work can irritate the dog when trying to keep it under control. It can also be risky if a continuous amount of pressure is applied to the throat and neck area.
This is what makes dog harnesses a good choice for all doggie owners, regardless of the size of their breed. But a tactical dog harness can be a good choice for larger breed pet owners if their dog is quite active.

Benefits of tactical HANK dog harness

Tactical dog harnesses need to be functional as well as comfortable and secure. They generally have added features and include more attachment areas for accessories that would be beneficial to service dogs. These qualities can also be of great use to pet owners who have specific needs that need to be met that they might not find on regular dog harnesses. These include:

  • The added durability of the D-Ring for strong and energetic dogs.
  • Strengthened harness handles for more secure close control.
  • Extra areas for attaching safety lights for improved visibility at night or in low-light weather situations.
  • More areas for attaching a double dog leash at the front and back of the dog harness for further improved handling and better pressure disruption.
  • Extra durable and secure clips, buckles, and locks for dogs who break out of regular dog harnesses.
  • Reduced noise from buckles and clips.

Although everyday pet harnesses can offer some of these features, a tactical harness can often do all of these features while also being catered towards bigger breeds.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:36:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Contact free drop off and pick up I want to say that at the time of this blog posting the following protocol is being used at my salon. This is subject to change with very short notice based on the local ordinance for sheltering in place being changed. I am NOT telling you to open, and I am not condemning you if you decide to open. I AM TELLING YOU that if your area has a shelter in place order in effect you need to clarify with your local, county or state governmental agency that issued the order to verify whether or not grooming is considered essential or allowed under exceptions. 

The USA CDC requirements for SOCIAL DISTANCING require you stay 6 feet away from another person. That is literally YOUR ARMS OUTSTRETCHED and THEIR ARMS outstretched (roughly). If you are within that range you are not practicing safe social distancing practices.


Years ago, an employee of mine used to wish wistfully for a way to do drop offs and pick ups without actually having to come face to face with the owners of the dogs. "You know, a revolving door that only the dogs would fit in would work!" She exclaimed one day. Another day she said "Too bad you can't put them in a tub like they do at the bank". I used to laugh at her all the time because she was so adamant that there HAD TO BE A WAY!

WELL! Leave it to a worldwide pandemic to figure out ways to make this happen.

Last week we instituted "one client at a time" drop off and pick up and were locking the doors in between clients to limit everyone's exposure to the Covid19 virus. Then a shelter in place order was issued Friday afternoon. It was not available to see what the order actually said until after we had closed, so we had to close Saturday pending the review.

Our local order allows us to remain open (WHEW!) provided was can "meet or exceed the CDC requirements for social distancing". WELL POO!  There is literally no way to do curbside pickup or meet people in the car, or even do what we had been doing which is to swap out their leashes from ours or take them from the owner in the lobby and still maintain 6 feet of space. I worried all day Saturday while I did more deep cleaning (and napping) at my house with nothing coming to mind. 

I went to bed and slept very fitfully. My plan had been to try to prepay next month's rent, electric bill and phone bill before we closed. I mean, we know it is coming. I really don;t think I got 3 hours of sleep (prednisone at the dose I am taking it prevent sleep anyway most of the time) but when I woke up an hour later than my normal (6:30am) I sat up and said out loud (waking up my husband) I KNOW WHAT TO DO!

I am fortunate enough to have a back yard area for boarding and grooming dogs to go outside easily and safely to potty, so we set up a pop up shade tent with a cage bank of 2 kennels inside the fence. We cut the grass and adjusted the gate so that it will open easier and placed a camera outside to be able to see the dogs and anyone coming inside the fence. I printed a lot of signs and put them in document sleeves I had bought for recipe cards. 

I set out to make every client aware of the process and verify their appointments for the day ahead. 

The way we are working it is as follows. The clients are to pull forward to to the "drop off zone" and call us (the phone number is on the sign hanging on the gate) and then come into the fenced area and place their dog(s) inside one of the kennels; hopefully they have walked them first. After they are back in their car I go outside and take the dog from the holding kennel and bring them inside, then immediately go back out, swap out towels and sanitize the gate and kennel handles. I placed paper towels and hand sanitizer as well as Lysol spray and a cleaner next to the kennel bank for people to use if they like. I will sometimes meet people at the door and talk to them once they are on the other side of the gate. We are doing everyone as a call when ready, so it is easy. I call them to pick up, they call me when they get here and I repeat the process. We are taking credit cards over the phone for payment and any cash or checks that have to be used by clients are taken (wearing gloves) straight inside and placed into the UV/Ozone disinfectant box for 20 minutes.

I am wearing a mask at all times these days so I am masked and gloved when I go outside to retrieve pets. I change my smock or wear a waterproof apron over my smock (that is easy to spray with cleaner and disinfect) to protect myself. I bought a few masks and a LOT of filters in January before I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis but knew it was a possibility. I have a years worth of filters for my dust masks onhand and I am super happy I have them. If I was having to ear an N95 respirator that our local health officials needed I would not be doing it. It was one of those things that I did going on a hunch. MAN I am glad I listened to my hunch!

As you can see in the last photo above, the Wyze camera is catching the video well. I have an ALEXA SHOW sitting next to my station and the Skill for the Wyze camera is on there. I can access it with my voice., It gives me a HUGE sense of calm knowing I can see the pets even if they are out there for no more than one minute.

My clients are almost all being great about this process ,which is good because even after the risk is lessened in our area and the SIPO is repealed, this may be the way we do things for the foreseeable future.  As of today, our hospital is treating over 125 actively positive cases of COVID19, and over 1025 people are waiting for results of testing in our ONE COUNTY ALONE. As an immunicompromised person I am taking no changes. I have bills to pay. I want to take care of my clients for as long as I can. I do not want to jail for murdering my husband. I want to be alive when this is done. I am being overly cautious but I do not care. It is for everyone's safety we are doing what we are doing. The one or two clients that are giving me a hard time can go somewhere else.


Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:35:25 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Planning ahead financially while you can still make the choices  

I have a habit of being able to predict the future. Seriously.

Back in November I had a recurring series of panic attacks, and I could not figure out what I was predicting. I just knew something was going to happen. It was bad. I knew I could not continue to keep 7 people on staff (myself included). There was no reason for the panic attacks. There was no reason we could not continue to keep everyone employed. We were coming up on the busiest season of all and we were not at all slowing down. But something was gnawing at me and I could not let it go. 

It was stressing me out and there were staff that were stressing me out (I do not like having that many people in my salon) and they had to go. I let an apprentice go who was not listening to anything I said. She always knew that already or was not willing to adjust her holding techniques, carrying techniques, use a leash - that kind of thing.

The stress did not go away. If anything it got more and more heightened. 

I had to let another groomer go 2 weeks before Christmas. At this point I rather panicked because I was not sure I could pay my bills with her gone. My fill in groomer who was helping out over the holidays had had thumb surgery and it was clear she was back to work way too early, so she had to be let go as well. It was now just four of us. 

I sat down with all my bills laid out on the dining room table and made three piles for  both the shop and the house.

  • NECESSARY ( cannot operate without)
  • LUXURY (but easier to function with)
  • OPTIONAL (not needed to operate and can be gotten rid of if needed)

My NECESSARY pile of bills for my shop included:

  1. Rent 
  2. Electric (our water, gas, sewer and trash bill is included in one bill)
  3. Insurance
  4. Telephone
  5. Payroll (including the processor)
  6. 6% of Percentage of CC sales to repay a small Square Capital loan
  7. Shampoo

The LUXURY bills for the shop are 

  1. Internet
  2. Yard services
  3. Square appointments
  4. Bandanas and Bows

The OPTIONAL bills are

  1. Hulu
  2. Advertising (I do very little)
  3. Website
  4. Adobe Cloud

I sat down and added up all the bills and made three totals. One for each section the adding in the first two and then the 3rd added to it. I am open roughly 25 days a month, so I then divided it up into what it takes me daily to apy each level of important bills. I now know how much it costs me to be open per day, per week and per month. I out that much money away in a savings account every day or make sure to pay one or more bills every day. I put away payroll the same way. DAILY. For me this enables me to budget better than I do without that knowledge.

I repeated it with my household bills. I am extremely fortunate to own my house (paid for) and my husband has a retirement income that allows us to pay for most all of our personal expenses out of his income every month. We do not have that many bills because we are pretty much debtfree. It has not always been that way and I worked very very hard to get it that way.

My monthly personal bills include:

  1. Car payment
  2. Car insurance
  3. Internet
  4. Cell Phone
  5. Light Bill
  6. Dish Network
  7. Homeowners Insurance
  8. Health insurance (my policy and my husband's Medicare supplement)
  9. Dental insurance
  10. Gas
  11. Prescriptions
  12. Dog Food

I made sure that all the household bills could be handled by what my husband has coming in monthly. While I realize that is not feasible for many people it is for us and for that I am eternally grateful. I do cover the "extras" like food, going to dinner, buying whatever we order from Amazon...   but I try to not add to our expenses because I do not want to push the limits of what we can afford. I like to live as simply as possible because I know that I may be required to live on his income at a moments notice if I get sick or hurt.

After doing this evaluation I was still not sure I liked the numbers, so I dropped household trash pick up, closed my ATT account and moved to my internet provider and bought a lawn mower for the grooming shop. That saved me over $350 a month! I like that!  

In January after being closed for a week to paint and renovate, my bather became a bit "unreliable" and I had to let him go.

I order shampoo by the case twice a month. Always enough to get free shipping but in two shipments just to make it easier to pay for it. One day's "saved money" will still cover that cost. 

I now believe my premonition was about things to come. My planning that occurred between Thanksgiving and the outbreak of the COVID19 virus that is wreaking havoc on our world at this time made it much easier for me to survive this. My bills are all paid on time and I am able to pay my essential bills a day at a time, or put that money away and when I have enough (the rent and electric bill is really the only thing that this falls into) to pay the bill it gets paid.

Right now, I am open one day at at time and paying my bills for NEXT MONTH in advance. I got my electric bill today and paid it today. I will have my rent paid by Friday for the month in advance. My personal bills will be paid on the 1st when my husband's final paycheck comes in. I will be able to stay open for another month with no worries. 

In this time of shelter in place orders and mandatory closures, many small shops are scared they are going to have to close down permanently. This may happen and my advice in this article may be too little too late.

BUT! My advice to you guys is this: PAY YOUR MANDATORY BILLS! Ignore credit cards (call to get those payments rolled over). Insurances are cancelling nonpayment cancellations. cellphone and internet companies are not doing disconnects and neither are cable services. Keep your rent paid. Keep your electric bill paid. NO you cannot be evicted in most places and no lights are being turned off but those bills will be due shortly after you are able to reopen in 2-4 weeks. The moratorium on those things will not last forever and if you have 2 or 3 months to make up it will be impossible for most of us. Credit scores may be impacted but everyone's will be impacted. You can fix that if you are still operational. You cannot fix your credit score or pay the bills that are due if the shop is closed permanently. 

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:35:23 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Grooming Business Academy Welcome to GroomPro POS’ Grooming Business Academy.

We understand that you became a groomer – and started your own business to really do what you love. Like business owners in many industries, though, you may have realized that there is a great deal of business management and administration that you hadn’t expected. We understand. And, we want to help. Our goal is for you to start a dog grooming business and become a success. You’re already a seasoned pro? No problem. Our Grooming Business Academy can be great for you as well. Check in to each new post and either find something new that helps improve your grooming business or share it with others who may benefit from the concepts, tips and suggestions. You may even want to share it with colleagues in other parts of the pet industry as some concepts work for an array of businesses. So why start a Grooming Business Academy? The answer is easy: to help small business owners in the pet business achieve success.

The Grooming Business Academy is a series of articles that will provide practical, easy to absorb information on an array of topics to help enhance your business’ success. You may find articles on staff training, staff management, finance, marketing  highlighting your competitive edge, and much more. Some topics will focus on groomers specifically; still others will be general business topics, but will focus on how they can be incorporated into your grooming salon.

If you have topics you would like to see covered, please reach out to us at Though we cannot promise your topic will be addressed, we will make every effort to cover it – either as its own topic or within another installment.

Remember, stay ahead of the competition. Be prepared for all contingencies. Take steps toward success, and live a life you can enjoy.

Visit us at GroomPro POS   or call us (855) 811 7550 or request GroomPro POS’ demo today!


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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:35:22 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Grooming Business Academy 2 Installment III: Taglines – Creating a Memorable Image

What do you think of when you hear some of, in my opinion, the greatest taglines created? “It’s the real thing”, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”, “Because you’re worth it” and “Where the pets go”. Most of us easily identified the products, services and even cities these slogans represent. Why? Because they are short, catchy and convey a great message about the companies for which they were written.

A great tagline is vital to the overall marketing of a company. Paired with a memorable logo, the tagline creates the visual image of what to expect from the company, product or service. Let’s take L’Oreal as an example. “Because you’re worth it” is a remarkable tagline. It is brief, conveys an image of quality, and covers the entire product line. If you have a lot to spend or a little, you want to spend it with us because our products are so good that you should have them…after all, you’re worth it. What an image! For the industry in which they are located, that is sheer perfection.

It’s important to remember that all of your advertising, marketing and branding efforts are designed to convey an image for your pet grooming business. This is true for every business in every industry. Our tagline, “Always Amaze” was chosen because we want you, the professionals in the pet grooming business universe to always be amazed by what our product can do for you and to position you to always amaze your clients…and keep them coming back for more. When you advertise, brand or market you should focus on the image, the message and the lasting memory that will be created. Logos are designed to create a visual image. Businesses spend a great deal of time considering the colors to be used, the style to be employed and any images to be included. The tagline, often embedded in the image with the logo, should get as much attention. The Disney logo, for example, is a fantastic example of a memorable logo. That being said, most everyone associates “The Most Magical Place on Earth” as being Disney World. The tagline instantly conjures up the image of Disney and how magical the experience is when you visit. That should be the goal of your tagline….to conjure the image you want your clients and prospective clients to have of your pet grooming business.

If you are working on crafting a tagline for your pet grooming business, there are a few key things to remember. Keep it short is the top rule. In fact, try not to go beyond seven words. There is no need to use the name of the business in the tagline. After all, if you are going to have it right alongside (or over or under) the logo, the name will be there anyway. The tagline should also convey what makes your business different, unique or special. It need not say exactly what your business does, but, it should leave a lasting and positive impression.

Give thought to the message you want your business to convey. And once you come up with a tagline, try it out on a few trusted friends or confidantes. Examine their gut reactions and be sure your tagline has given you what you want. If not, keep trying out some new ideas until you find the sweet spot.

Remember, stay ahead of the competition. Be prepared for all contingencies. Take steps toward success. ….And live a life you can enjoy. Call GroomPro POS today.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:35:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Pawsperity, Unleashing Human Potential Photos by Abby Jakolski There is no limit to what a person can do when they …

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:35:11 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Get Your Zen On: Creating a Spa Experience One of the things that I have always loved about working in the pet industry is …

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:35:10 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why We Groom Meeting and talking to other groomers about our shared love for this profession is always inspiring. …

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:35:09 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Your Pet’s Nail Care Nails (technically “claws”) require proper trimming & filing on a monthly or weekly basis. If left uncared for, they grow too long & you’ll notice clicking while walking across the floor. When nails constantly touch the ground, they exert force back into the nail bed. Long term, this can realign joints of the foreleg & make the foot look flattened or splayed. Compromising weight distribution can make a pet more susceptible to injury. Nails can also get snagged on carpet or furniture, break, or chip. In extreme situations, they curl into the paw pads. Arthritis may set in over time, creating a painful condition needing veterinary attention.

Tips for Nail Maintenance

Jog, walk or bike on concrete so they wear down gradually, as long as asphalt isn’t too hot.

Use sand paper to file manually.

Positive reinforcement & desensitization techniques can help. Handle your pet’s feet so they become accustomed to the process.

If you or your pet feel anxious about nails, we can give them a “paw-dicure” in our salon or mobile! Ask us about our nail packages!

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:35:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Green Dog Spa Celebrates 9th Annual Entry in Career Start Competition! Green Dog Spa is excited to announce that for the 9th year in a row, we will have a contestant in the National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA) Artero Career Start Competition in Orlando, Florida. This contest was created specifically for those who have been in the industry for 1 year or less, and it is a great way to showcase the skills of up-and-coming groomers. We believe in this contest because it offers new stylists the chance to compete against their peers & learn from some of the best in the business. Additionally, this contest provides an opportunity to network with other professionals to learn about cutting-edge products & techniques.

We are pleased to have been a part of the Career Start Competition for the past 9 years & are excited to see what the future holds. We wish all contestants the best of luck!


Meet Melissa!

Melissa is our current Career Start Competitor, who is already making a name for herself in the industry. She is passionate about animal care & is formalizing her skillset by studying to become a professional pet groomer. She completed Levels 1 & 2 of the Paragon School of Pet Grooming which focus on the foundational & intermediate skills necessary for a successful career. She attended pet safety/cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) class with her goal being to provide a safe, positive, & minimal stress experience for every pet she grooms. Melissa has studied everything from canine psychology to clipper trims with head styling, & she is ready to put her skills to the test in October 2022.

We are excited that Melissa has this opportunity to continue to learn and grow in her career, she has the full support of Green Dog Spa. We are confident she has what it takes & are excited to see her showcase her skills on this stage. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys spending time at home with her own five dogs.


Green Dog Spa is Committed to Pet Grooming, Education, and Training

Green Dog Spa prides itself on being at the forefront of the grooming industry and is always looking for ways to support its staff in their professional development. Whether it’s hosting a workshop or providing continuing education opportunities, Green Dog Spa is committed to supporting its team with a quest to provide the best possible grooming experience for pets.

We are the first salon in Jacksonville, Florida, to have been fortunate enough to host a National Dog Groomer’s Association (NDGAA) Workshop and Certification event. This event brought some of the top educators in the industry to Jacksonville to provide education and training on a variety of grooming services!

Our dog groomers all receive extensive specialized training & certification. Our mission is to care for animals with a safe, natural approach.

Benefits of Professional Development for Groomers

Professional development is important for groomers because…

It keeps us up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques

Our passion is reignited when we learn new and exciting things

It helps us improve our skillsets and grow as professionals

It allows us to give your pet the best possible grooming experience

At Green Dog Spa, we firmly believe in the importance of professional development for our team members. We invest in our groomers through continuing education and professional development opportunities. We believe that this not only benefits the individual groomer but also helps to provide a better overall experience for our clients and their pets.

We are proud to offer a variety of services that target the unique needs of each individual animal, and we firmly believe that proper grooming is an essential part of responsible pet ownership.

Owned by a mother-daughter team, Green Dog Spa is a full-service grooming salon that offers a wide range of services to meet the needs of dogs & cats. Whether you’re looking for a full body haircut, a professional bath or a quick nail trim, we have you covered. We also offer a variety of specialty services, including shed control, handstripping & mobile grooming. We groom cats every other Monday for feline exclusive baths. Whatever your needs might be, our team at Green Dog Spa is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your furry friend.

In conclusion

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When the weather gets warm, it can be tempting to have your dog’s coat clipped down to keep him cooler. While “less fur keeps a dog cooler” sounds like common sense, this isn’t always the case. Not all dog fur is created equal and shaving or cutting the fur of some breeds of dogs can damage their coat for life.

Know your dog’s coat type

It’s important to know what type of coat your dog has in order to groom appropriately. If you have a purebred dog, your local or national breed club has a wealth of information about how to care for your dog’s fur type. If you have a mixed breed dog, talk with your vet about what kind of coat your dog has. Knowing if your dog is single or double-coated helps to make decisions about how to groom your dog.

“Single-coated breeds of dog such as Poodles, Kerry Blue Terriers, Portuguese Water Dogs, and Bichon Frise can be repeatedly clipped short because the shaving process does not change the texture of their hair,” says AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jerry Klein. “The hair will just keep growing and the texture and color will be unaffected.”

The same is not true for double-coated breeds.

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Double-coated dogs 

Dr. Jamie Richardson, Medical Chief of Staff at Small Door Veterinary, explains that double-coated breeds of dogs “actually have two types of hair — the outer ‘guard’ hair and the inner, soft undercoat.”

Most people have good intentions when they shave down a dog in the, summer wanting to help the dog feel cooler, but for double-coated dogs a summer cut might have the opposite effect.

“Shaving a double-coated dog removes the all the long protective guard hair and much of the undercoat leaving little undercoat for protection. This shaved coat doesn’t protect against the sun, which exposes your dog to greater risks of the sun: overheating, sunburn and possibly even skin cancer,” says Dr. Klein. Unless your dog has an underlying skin condition and your veterinarian recommends shaving your double-coated dog down for medical reasons, this is something that you will want to avoid doing.

Double coated dogs include Newfoundlands, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Akitas, Shetland Sheepdogs, Pomeranians, Australian Shepherds, German Shepherd Dogs, Golden Retrievers among many others. The fur of double-coated dogs can be damaged when it is cut or shaved, and the impact can be long-term.

“When you shave a double-coated dog, you risk the coat growing back patchy or, in some cases, not at all – called post-shaving alopecia” describes Dr. Richardson.

Keeping double-coated dogs cool

Although the coat may look like it would be hot, double-coated dogs’ fur is naturally designed to help keep them cool. Dr. Richardson explains, “ The guard hair helps to keep the pet cool by helping circulate cool air to the skin.”

Double-coated dogs are known to have sensitive pale pink skin under all that fur making them very susceptible to sunburn if their fur is cut short. “Guard hairs reflect the sun’s rays, protecting the skin from the sun,” notes Dr. Klein on why it’s so important for double-coated dogs to not be shaved. Grooming should be a regular part of life for all dogs and especially double-coated dogs. “Keeping your dog well-groomed and free of larger mats is the best way to manage your dog’s coat any time of the year, but especially in the summer months,” advises Dr. Klein.

You want to give your dog a thorough brushing multiple times a week. And as dogs sweat from the bottom of their paws, pay special attention to your dog’s feet when you’re grooming him. Keeping the paw hair, especially fur between the paw pads, well-trimmed help to keep your dog cooler.

Beyond keeping your dog’s coat well-groomed and free from mats, the best way to keep your dog cool in the summer is to help your dog to avoid the heat. Always provide fresh, cool water for your dog and never leave your dog unattended in a car or outside. Being inside and in air conditioning during the heat of the day is best for all dogs. If you want to take your dog for a walk during the summer months, go out early in the morning or later in the evening once the sun is down and the pavement has cooled off.

Top photograph: tzahiV/Getty Images

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Matted dog hair is the worst! It’s ugly, dirty, sometimes painful, and once matted dog hair starts it can snowball out of control and become a health issue.

I used to babysit a brother-sister Blue Picardy Spaniel team. These regal dogs have luscious, wavy feathering on their legs, underside and tail. This breed is also a ball of energy! Add that glorious feathered coat after a long hike with running and romping through streams, and you have yourself some serious matted dog hair!

The kicker — the siblings’ folks were adamant that their fur could not be cut. I’d try to help by brushing them after our outdoor adventures, but I felt bad for the groomer when I’d drop them off and have to remind the staff, “No cutting!” Like magic, those two pups would come back with silky, mat-free feathers. How did those groomers deal with all that matted dog hair? Patience, the right tools, skill and help from vigilant dog parents.

Dog with crazy-messy hair blowing in the wind.
Dog with crazy-messy hair blowing in the wind. Photography ©cynoclub | Getty Images.

What You Must Know About Dealing With Matted Dog Hair

Here are some grooming tips for dealing with matted dog hair:

  1. First, train your dog to enjoy grooming so he’ll stand still long enough to get the mats out! Start brushing your pup when he is young, even if he doesn’t need it. Hand out praise and high-value treats so he can associate grooming with happy things.
  2. Pay close attention to areas that mat easily: behind the ears and legs, in the armpits, on the undercarriage and where his collar or halter rubs.
  3. Keep matted dog hair from forming. A detangler cream or spray helps prevent fur from getting clumped up and can be used before your pup jumps into a river or lake to make the post-swim brushout easier. Use only products specifically made for dogs.
  4. If your pup’s coat has gotten severely matted or hasn’t been cared for in a while, take a trip to the veterinarian. An uncared-for coat and extremely matted dog hair can cause skin irritation or infection that needs to be treated by a medical professional.
  5. To learn the best way to brush out your pup and kind of brush to use, talk to your groomer. Your groomer will be happy to share, as the better you are at daily grooming the easier her job is.
  6. Don’t ignore the paws. Hair that grows in between the pads can get matted. Keep that hair short. If you need a touch-up between professional grooming, then buy some dog clippers. They’re easier than scissors on your dog’s sensitive paw pads.
  7. Clippers are also useful to keep a pup’s rear end neat and clean. Between sitting and pooping, that area can get messy fast. A clean area around the anus is worth a little embarrassment between you and your dog.
  8. A good diet helps him have a healthy coat that’s less likely to mean matted dog hair. Look for omega-3 or fish oil in your pup’s food and supplements. Of course, consult a vet to learn the best amount to be giving your dog.
A dog with a grooming tool or brush.
How do pro groomers deal with matted dog hair? Photography by Laures/Thinkstock.

Professional Groomers on Dealing With Matted Dog Hair

1. Deana Mazurkiewicz IGMS, NCMG, IFMS President, Intellectual Groomers Association and Master Stylist at Pawsh By Deana in Zephyrhills, Florida.

  1. Never bathe your dog if he has mats or tangled hair. Water acts as a sponge and only makes them tighter.
  2. Use corn starch to help loosen matted dog hair. Rub some into the mat to help loosen, then brush out.
  3. Don’t assume that conditioner will remove or loosen mats. They must be brushed and combed out thoroughly before the bath.
  4. NEVER try to cut out matted dog hair. The mats may be tighter than you think or have the skin caught up in them, and you can easily cut your pet.

2. Windmere Kennels, St. Charles, Michigan;

  1. Brush! Dogs like Poodles and Goldendoodles that are considered non-shedding don’t shed the dead hair on their own, they need help by brushing a minimum of twice a week with a good slicker brush.
  2. Regular visits to a professional groomer is a must to stave off matted dog hair! Every six to eight weeks is recommended.
  3. Mats begin at the base and not at the top of the hair. While your dog might look to be mat free, get your fingers down into the nape of the hair to feel for any tangles and snarls. Catching a potential mat before it happens makes removing it much easier.
  4. Do research on your breed’s specific needs for proper grooming. Depending on your breed, the coat or hair will require different practices to keep it healthy and vibrant.

3. Vanessa Hoyt, Groomer Girls Pet Salon, Lawrenceville Georgia.

  1. Always work on small sections, from the ends of the hair working your way up to the skin.
  2. Always use a good conditioner. Dematting can cause major breakage even if done correctly.
  3. Always use cooler warm water as a quick rinse as the last thing you do in the tub. This will help seal the hair shafts. Warmer water leaves them open, making the hair prone to breakage and damage. Broken and damaged hair tangles quicker.
  4. Always use a finishing conditioning spray.

Top photograph: ©Tierfotoagentur | Alamy Stock Photo.

Originally published on March 27, 2018.

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Your dog’s coat type tells you how much to brush, comb or bathe it. Her lifestyle — couch potato or a canine athlete — dictates the rest. No matter your dog’s fur type, we’ve got tips that help with all dogs. We gathered up some professional groomers and got them to spill their secrets to help make your dog the envy of the dog park.


There are a variety of different coat types: short, medium or long, also single or double coat, and the coat can be wiry, curly, rough, silky, smooth, corded or hairless. And don’t think a hairless breed makes grooming easier, as it often requires more baths. Getting the right grooming tools and knowing the right way to use them on your dog’s coat type is key. Here are some tips that can get you brushing in the right direction.

  1. Catherine Juarez, owner of Bubbles & Barks dog grooming salon in Passaic, New Jersey, says that fur-type dogs (like German Shepherd Dogs, Labs and Huskies) “will need a curry brush, undercoat rake, slicker brush and comb.” While hair types (Poodles, Yorkies, Shih Tzu, etc.) will need “a slicker brush or pin brush, and a comb.”
  2. Don’t just brush or comb your dog’s top hair. Groomer Kimberly Rines, owner of The Grooming Shack in Duluth, Minnesota, says, “Comb your dog in layers, so you are getting all the way to the skin.”
  3. When brushing or combing, “watch out for friction zones ­— underarms, groin, behind the ears and under the collar — as skin tends to be more sensitive and knots are more common,” advises Stephanie Zikmann, founder of The Holistic Grooming Academy in Scotland, United Kingdom.
  4. Always dry and brush your dog out after getting wet from a bath, swimming or the weather,” says Brandie Gitzendanner, owner of The Paw Spa Elite in Oklahoma City and Mustang, Oklahoma. “Allowing your dog to air dry without combing and drying can lead to matting.”
  5. “Comb!” says Elly Linam, owner of Elly Scissorhands Dog Grooming LLC in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. “After you brush your dog’s coat, make sure to comb it to catch any small mats that are hiding. Greyhound-style combs work great for this.”

Need more help? There is an easy-to-understand video on YouTube in which Andis Grooming Educator Diane Betelak walks you through it, titled Proper Brushing and Combing Techniques and created by professional grooming company Andis.


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How often you bathe your dog depends on her coat and on her lifestyle. Typically, a dog can be washed about once a month, but keep a close eye on her coat’s oil or dryness so you don’t offset her coat’s natural balance. Dogs with oily skin and hairless breeds need to be bathed more often. Beyond the basics, here are some bathing secrets from groomers.

  1. “Use an exfoliating mitt! “says Stephanie Z. “This helps to lather up shampoo and clean a dirty coat efficiently. It is also a great way to carefully shampoo and rinse a dog’s face without getting any soapy residue in the eyes”
  2. “Keep rinsing!” advises Stephanie Wilson of Wüf Pet Spa in Cincinnati, Ohio. “If you think you rinsed out all the shampoo and conditioner, rinse more. It’s crazy how easy it is to leave product in the coat.”
  3. “Use conditioner,” Catherine says. “Conditioner helps to replenish the oils that have been stripped out by shampoo.”
  4. “Drying the coat takes a few steps,” explains Liana Carver, a groomer at Roch & Gertrude Pet Spa in Pasadena, California. “First towel to soak up dripping water. A second towel is to dry the coat as much as possible. Comb out to make sure there are no tangles before moving to the dryer. If your pup is OK with it, comb while using the dryer.”

Looking for more advice? Check out Tips and Techniques for Bathing Your Dog by Dogster’s sister publication Whole Dog Journal at

Shh! Other groomer secrets

It’s not all shampoo and brushing. Here are some other simple secrets you may not be in the know about.

  1. “Don’t leave collars and harnesses on 24/7,” says Stephanie W. “If you need to, rolled leather collars or silk are less likely to cause friction matting.”
  2. Brandie reminds us to grab the cornstarch. “It is good for loosening mats that aren’t too tight. Just sprinkle and work it into the matted area and then brush out.”
  3. And dry completely! “Many pet parents will towel dry their dogs and let their dogs air dry,” says Nadia Lee, owner of 4 Legged Tribe in Lomita, California. “Damp plus wet coat will lead to a ‘wet dog smell,’ and pet owners will not be able to execute a salon styled ‘blow out’ look.”

Single- and double-coated tips

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A dog with a double coat has two coats: an outer coat and an inner coat. Elly explains, “A double-coated dog’s coats act as insulation in both hot and cold weather. It keeps them cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather.”

The outer coat is longer than the inner coat, doesn’t shed as much as the inner coat, and it’s the coat you see that shows the dog’s color. The inner coat is close to the skin and soft, which you feel by parting your dog’s fur. Many popular dog breeds have double coats: Labs, German Shepherd Dogs, Border Collies and Golden Retrievers. Brush up on these expert tips for dogs with single and double coats.

  1. A double-coated dog with fur should never be clipped, says Liana. “Doing so can ruin the guard coat — outer layer coat. You risk it growing back patchy, change in texture or it may not grow back at all.”
  2. Brandie tells us that the second coat does tend to release in cycles. “This undercoat should be blown out with a force dryer or brushed out to prevent an impacted coat. Impacted coats can hold in moisture that sits on the skin causing irritation, hot spots and infection.”
  3. Single coated dogs do not have undercoat. “This coat tends to mat easier and requires more brushing to maintain proper coat health,” says Stephanie W. Popular dog breeds with single coats are Dachshunds, Greyhounds, Poodles and Chihuahuas.

Hair vs. fur

When it comes to dog hair versus dog fur, what is the difference? Our groomers solve this mystery for us.

“Dog hair is like human hair,” Elly explains. “It keeps growing and must be cut. Dog fur does not continually grow and will shed out at the end of its growth cycle.”

Kimberly adds, “Dogs with hair don’t shed like a pup with fur. They require regular grooming to manage the length and health of the coat, while dogs with fur tend to shed more and have periods of time when they ‘blow’ their coat. This means all the dead fur from the season comes out and, depending on the breed, it can be quite a bit!”

Owner + groomer = fab healthy fur

Grooming is an essential part of dogs’ overall health. “Throughout my years of experience talking to pet parents, they all want the same thing for their dogs. They want to be able to help better their dogs’ lives,” says Nadia. “Groomers are here to help achieve this goal with pet parents.”

In Between Professional Grooming

My pup enjoys wiggling around in a well dug-up dirt patch, which means he is always filthy. His BFF and groomer is Elaine Moyers, who splits her time between Louise’s Dog and Cat Grooming in La Habra, California, and her studio in Yucaipa, California. She shares some simple tips of what I can be doing in between visits.

  • Brush and comb your pup thoroughly.
  • A bath, dry shampoo or even a wipe down with a wet towel as needed if dirty, as well as conditioning coat spray can help keep your pup smelling good.
  • Check and clean ears using ear cleaner, pet wipes or a cotton ball with alcohol. Only clean what you can see. If there are sores/redness, excess debris or a bad smell, check in with your vet.
  • Use plain water on a cloth or paper towel to clean debris from around the eyes.
  • File down pointed nails in between clipping with a nail file or Dremel.
  • Use positive reinforcement. Anything you can do to help get your pup comfortable with being touched, the less stressful her professional grooming day will be.
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Best Electric Grooming Tables for Dogs Best Electric Grooming Table for Dogs

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The best electric grooming tables for dogs should be the first and foremost thing that the home groomers should be looking for. Because of course, you can’t groom your dog by taking him to your lap. It will increase fear and chances of getting injuries in both you and your fur baby. Before finalizing your decision for purchasing any specific grooming table, you surely need to know the importance, usefulness, and working procedure of the best grooming table for dogs.

Benefits of the Best Electric Grooming Tables for Dogs

It’s not made compulsory upon you to take the electric ones only. If you are a newbie at dog grooming and own a very small dog that is very light in weight, you may of course go with the foldable ones for now. But for those having large family dogs or having a personal grooming profession, you must invest in the best electric grooming table. And we are probably confident that this investment would boom up your business. The electric or the hydraulic dog grooming tables are quite helpful in lifting up the heaviest and the most stubborn dogs as well. A convenient size dog electric grooming table can last with you for a long time. Moreover, these types of grooming tables come in a few more pros like -

  • It can provide you convenience in lifting up both the heavy and light dogs
  • They come with their skid-proof table for ensuring the highest safety
  • The electric and hydraulic tables come with high weight managing capability
  • The electric and hydraulic tables come in leg implied ‘Z’ or ‘X’ shaped mechanism
  • In many electric and hydraulic tables, the upper top of the table can also be rotated up to 360 degrees
  • Electric and the hydraulic grooming tables come with high motor with leg lift up efficiency

Electric Grooming Table Vs Hydraulic Grooming Table

The electric dog grooming tables come with high efficiency and a strong motor. Whereas, the hydraulic tables are good with an included user’s foot-operated hydraulic pump. The electric grooming tables are quite adjustable compared to the other categories and they can jump into their desired work only with the help of a button. But the electric dog grooming tables are usually on an extended high price for their long-term convenient ending feature.

However, the hydraulic dog grooming tables are quite budget-friendly, conservative, and most probably, the best choice for home grooming. And lastly, the foldable dog grooming tables are lying among the cheapest dog grooming table criteria. Well, it’s not right to criticize this table as the cheapest because though they come on a small budget, they are quite versatile and space-conserving and great for small dog breeds including puppies. But the hydraulic and the electric dog grooming tables are just for all sizes of dogs.

How Does An Electric Grooming Table Work?

Electric grooming can literally be termed as the best choice for the professionals and those having most dog clients in a pet salon or hospital. Hydraulic ones are also a great convenient choice for home use. The best electric grooming tables for dogs come with an electric motor that can be made lying to the floor. And by pressing only a button, these tables are capable of lifting heavy dogs like 350 lbs. to the maximum desired height as well. That’s not all, additionally; these electric grooming tables associate convenient grooming in coming with 360-degree flexibility.

List of Top 8 Best Electric Grooming Tables for Dogs

  • Pet Grooming Table Super Low Electric Lift Heavy Duty Dog Grooming Table
  • Flying Pig X-Style Electric Lift Wheels Included Grooming Table
  • Super - Low and Heavy Duty Electric Lift Grooming Table – Flying Pig Electric
  • SHELANDY Dog Grooming Table Suitable For Both Professional And Home Use
  • Go Pet Club Best Electric Motor Z-Lift Grooming Table for Home Use
  • Happybuy High Safety And Stability Included Electric Grooming Table
  • Comfort Groom Z-Style Ultra-Low Dog Grooming Table Included Caster Wheels
  • Groomer’s Best 14 Gauge Power Coated Steel Made Electric Grooming Table For Dogs

Our above list mainly focuses on the best electric grooming tables which are said to be the best for home use as well as professional or commercials. But if you are good with the foldable ones, your choice is undoubtedly respect but you need to be assured that your table would end up for long.

The 8 Best Electric Grooming Tables for Dogs
Pet Grooming Table Super Low Electric Lift Heavy Duty Dog Grooming Table

This electric grooming table of our list comes fully updated with a new model electric lift super low making it convenient for the largest and the heaviest dogs as well. Moreover, leg levelers are also adjusted with the table which diversifies its perfect use over the uneven floors as well. That’s not the end; rather it also includes foot pedals, height levelers, and overhead arms as well. This grooming table is efficient with a power supply of 110v. The table is constructed with real material and especially for ensuring the highest comfort to pets. The dimension of this electric table is 49.60 x 26 inches.


  • Table comes with a maximum weight lifting capacity of 350 pounds
  • Comes with highly versatile removable silicon top table for convenience
  • Also comes with a heavy base of steel for extra durability
  • Lifting height accessibility includes from 7.9 to 35.4 inches
  • With silicon soft top it becomes easier for a fast clean up
  • For a wide lifting range, this table depicted with a double X frame style
  • Energy supply need is 110v
  • Packaging comes with Grooming Loops, Overhead Arm, and Foot Levelers


  • Users claim its shaking defect

Flying Pig X-Style Electric Lift Wheels Included Grooming Table

Flying pig is always before us with a new category of the table and with extra resistance. It’s also equipped with X-Style versatile steel framing for an extra-wide range. Like the previously mentioned one, this flying pig grooming table also doesn’t skip equipment like overhead arm, grooming loops, and leg levelers as well. It can last up with you for a long because it's being constructed with high-quality steel. The electric table again comprises a non-slip and removable soft silicon top for easy maintenance and clean-ups. The table is made capable of lifting up 220 lbs of dogs at an ease with high-quality base construction.


  • Table is quite capable of lifting up 220 lbs of dogs as well
  • Electric table lift can rise up to 10.75 inches to 41.50 inches so far
  • Efficiently the silicon table top can be removed for easy grooming and clean up
  • Equipped with 4 easy transport wheels for higher versatility and convenience
  • Wheels lifting features are included in this amazing grooming table
  • Comes being easily accessed with foot control traits
  • Scratch proof X designed steel strong frame for managing heavyweights


  • Users wish for a bit longer power cord

Super - Low and Heavy Duty Electric Lift Grooming Table – Flying Pig Electric

The flying pig is among the most trusted brands for dog home grooming. All the products are equally wonderful, but the Flying Pig Heavy Duty Electric Lift Grooming Table is just simply awesome. It makes your grooming easier by being electronic; it runs on wheels which makes it even more convenient to move from one place to another. The electric grooming table is the best choice if you are deciding to open a mobile pet shop or you are grooming your baby at home.


  • Its equipped with grooming loops, leg levelers, and Stainless Steel Overhead Arm
  • Its X styled structure gives more convenient effort
  • Its silicon tabletop is easily removable
  • It’s lifting range is in an average of 11.25" to 40.65"H
  • Comes with dual foot paddles
  • Gives a power supply of 110V
  • The table’s dimension is 45.80"L x 25.70"W x 40.50”H


  • Some users would recommend having a longer power chord

SHELANDY Dog Grooming Table Suitable for Both Professional and Home Use

SHELANDY grooming table presents a unique high-quality standard designed electric dog grooming table with overhead loops and restraints. The table depicts itself to be a top recommendation for not only commercial but also home use. Foot pedals are all included along with 2 grooming loops as well. Moreover, it’s capable of lifting up to 120 kg of dog also. It is wobble-free and sturdy for giving you a strong motion-less grooming session. And also comes with an adjustable rubber non-slip removable tabletop. The top is also made scratchproof with its PVC mad facility. Its product dimension is 49.0 x 30.0 x 10.0 inches.


  • Table with adjustable height ranging from 27.5 cm up to 93cm
  • Comes with an efficiency of lifting up to 120 kg
  • Wobble free and sturdy dog grooming table
  • Comes with PVC matted waterproof non-skid tabletop
  • It includes foot pedals for leg control height adjustability
  • Constructed with hard material and with an X designed feature
  • Table lifters also included with it
  • Great for both home and professional works
  • Said to be a great choice for professional as well as home use


  • Users recommend this table to be made a bit more studier

Go Pet Club Best Electric Motor Z-Lift Grooming Table for Home Use

If your dog is bored with the foldable grooming table, you may go with the electric ones. The go pet club electric grooming table is also convenient for dogs with hip issues as it’s easier for them to get on it. These are easily spreadable all over the floor to make your dog easily step on it. The Z lift base makes it even more stable and non-wobbly. It’s designed for both professional grooming and home use.


  • It has an H-type base
  • Its size is 36"W x 23.6" L
  • Electric motor lifts up and adjusts up to 21.5" - 41.3" H
  • Its surface is static-free
  • The tabletop is non-slip
  • Electric connection makes it easier to work
  • Safety ensuring for your dog
  • Comes with adjustable arm and leash


  • Doesn’t come with a tool rack

Happybuy High Safety and Stability Included Electric Grooming Table

The Happybuy table is all iron-made high quality and has great resistive qualities. It’s made with the thick quality of steel-made grooming table with extreme sturdiness. It can carry up to 330 lbs of load in unmoving conditions and 220 lbs on lifting capacity. It can quietly lift or be lowered with the tabletop up to 6000N linear. Like most other ones mentioned, this electric grooming table also comes with foot level control with ‘up’ and ‘down’ instructions. It’s made with premium graded iron, MDF, and rubber materials for long-term durability. The table also supports the X-designed strong feature. The product dimension of this table is 46.5" x 22.4" x 85.8".


  • Possesses height lifting traits from 13.4 to 53.1 inches
  • Made with acceptance to a load capacity of 330 lbs
  • Great electric table for all size dog grooming
  • Efficient at both home as well as professional use
  • Tabletop is rubber made dotted and non-skid featured
  • Supported with an X style durable and widened design
  • As additional it includes 2 vertical and 1 horizontal rod and 2 dog leashes


  • Needs to be assembled before use

Comfort Groom Z-Style Ultra-Low Dog Grooming Table Included Caster Wheels

The comfort groom table has a unique specification of being included with caster wheels which not only helps in motion but also contributes to a bit increase in height of 4 inches compared to the others. It comes with the highest capacity of lifting 395 lbs up to 41 inches from 13 inches. The tabletop is made with thick, high resistive and possessing non-kid features. Two-foot remote pedals are attached to the base and come in a Z-style design for more versatile use. However, this unique steel frame is constructed with high standard steel and finished with digital hammer paint which makes it scratch resistive.


  • Height adjustability comes ranging from 13 inches to 41 inches
  • Capable of carrying weights up to 395 lbs
  • Water resistive thick board is used as a tabletop with non-skid features
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty of the frame and 2 years of warranty on the motor
  • Corner hooks included for hanging clippers or shears
  • The product dimension of the table is 42 inches x 24 inches x 1.2 inches
  • Included with 4 easy transport caster wheels
  • Great for grooming all sizes of dogs be it professional or home use


  • Doesn’t come with an overhead arm

Groomer’s Best 14 Gauge Power Coated Steel Made Comfort Electric Grooming Table for Dogs

Groomer’s best presents the same design of dog grooming table being both electric and hydraulic. The electric one is made with the 14 gauge power coated steel. The tabletop is made with textures, non-skid, and water resistance. It’s a great option enabled for the groomers and professionals out there. Though the table is a bit expensive, this investment will let you proud next time. The table also possesses storage space features on both sides of the table. Like the other renowned grooming tables available, this one doesn’t require assembling at all. You can just simply unbox it and start using it. Its product dimension is 42” x 27” x 20”


  • Comes being affordable, durable, and stable
  • Being manufactures in the USA and comes with a 3 years warranty
  • Constructed with the powerful 14 gauge durable steel
  • Long time and durable lasting
  • Both sides include storage space for reserving tools
  • No kind of assembly is required after unboxing
  • Great for all sized dogs and all breeds


  • Height was difficult to manage for the users

Conclusive Remarks

Especially the owners and grooming take it to mind that the best electric grooming tables for dogs might be something way much expensive. Well, it’s actually not because many grooming tables come in a small size adjusting to your budget. Moreover, it’s a great investment for the professionals and groomers because the best qualities among them would last you for a long time. But it’s of course not a burden for you to buy the electric ones only. Instead, you may also go with the best hydraulic grooming tables for dogs or simply the foldable ones. Its necessity depends on you and your furry companion.

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When To Take Cone Off Dog After Neuter?

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Pup spaying is one of the most unavoidable surgeries for a Fido. This complex surgery includes stitches, anesthesia, and of course enough time to get that injury healed. “When to take cone off dog after neuter” is another often asked question of most dog owners. The answer to this question, in brief, is 10 to 14 days. But the safest span of time is till the next re-check by the vet so that you can get assured if the sutures are totally healed or not. This special surgery is a must for dogs of all breeds and types.

How Long Does a Dog Need to Wear a Cone After Being Spayed?

Neutering with no doubt of course is a complex process. Your Fido may get a bit confused about what new things are happening to him. But it’s ok as it's natural. This surgery helps to remove your dog’s aggressiveness. Well, after getting this surgery done, your dog isn’t allowed to put his e-collar off. As dogs can easily reach their tails, it’s better to use a comparatively long cone in this regard. Though most people say that 14 days is a perfect time, my answer would be – taking your vet advice first. The surgery stitches actually take time to heal. As much as the injury gets healed, itchiness increases to that spot. But scratching that part would result in damage to the stitches and so on. 

So, you need to wait until the injury gets completely dried up. If you own a really stubborn boy, then you may allow him to take cones off after dog neutering during the eating session but of course under your direct side. After the re-check of your dog, by the advice of your vet, you may undoubtedly put off the cone from him.

When To Take Cone Off Dog After Neuter?

Generally, the incision spot after neutering takes 10 to 14 days to get completely healed up. But strong monitoring is required during this mentioned span of time. Your fur baby shouldn’t be allowed jumping, running, or scratching over the stitches. Otherwise, it may increase the time span of getting a release from a cone. Well, you need to assure that the incision site is totally healed within these 14 days. And if you have a too energetic dog to keep restrained from jumping, you may take the help of a dog carrier as well. When the wound would start to heal, with the passing time the irritation over the incision site would increase. That’s why the highest consciousness is expected during this period.

My Dog Keeps Jumping After Being Neutered

Jumping is the by-birth nature of the pups. And they are neutered at such an age when they love to play and jump. But indeed jumping at this condition is not appreciated for their health at all. At least up to 3 days after spaying, your dog shouldn’t be allowed to jump. Otherwise, it may result in making the stitches worst. After these three days, your dog can be allowed to perform light exercises and gradually back to his previous life.

What Can I Use Instead of a Dog Cone?

The drug store-bought dog cones are sometimes harsh to your dog's neck which also makes your dog feel irritated. The main function of this cone is to prevent the dog from scratching, licking, or chewing. But the plastic ones sometimes create a great barrier during an eating session. So some dog experts also recommend using the traditional e-collars which are way much easier to handle. These traditional ones made out of fabric provide the most ease. These alternative soft traditional fabrics e-collars are so much flexible a well. But if your dog considers the cone as a punishment, you’ve also an alternative option, the Post-Surgical suite which has attained the most popularity at present.

Can I leave My Dog Alone after Neutering?

After being neutered, a specific part of your dog gets removed and as a result, he’d face some good impacts as well as bad ones. So firstly up to three days of neutering, you must keep your dog restrained from any kind of jumping, playing, or other children or animals. After that time span, he can be allowed to be alone for any specific period of time. Then after the neutering surgery has passed by four or five days, your dog may feel lethargic, weak, and dizzy. And so during this period, he needs you the most. At that time, you would be the one from whom your dog must be seeking help from. So, at this span of time, you may help him by providing enough food, help, and support to retrieve his earlier life back. After 14 or 15 days, most probably the injured spot totally heals ensured by the Vet, your fur baby can be allowed without any cone as well as playing alone.

What Is The Best Age To Neuter A Puppy?

Yes, the answer to this question actually varies according to your dog’s breed. But usual speaking is that the male dogs can be neutered at an age of 6 months. But in the case of a female baby, spaying or neutering at an age of 12 months may also become risky. So, people usually say that females are best to be neutered at a late age. But still, neutering at an early age or at late may result in some underlying risks to your dog. So, the best option is to concern your Vet to sort out the best time for your four-legged companion to get neutered.

For Male Puppy

For Male dogs, the spaying surgery can be conducted within 6-12 months of age. In other words, the owner needs to wait until his male dog completely gets matured. In the case of dogs belonging to small breeds, spaying at 6 months isn’t that risky. But if the dog belongs to a large breed, one should wait until 9-18 months under close observation. Because spaying the larger breeds at an early age may result in orthopedic problems and cancer risks as well.

For Female Puppy

The female dogs are recommended to spay at least above 6 months or more. Before this time span, there remains a high risk in female dogs for orthopedic issues. But at around 12 months, this problem gets much reduced down. But you need to be cautious that the female dogs can’t be spayed while they are in heat as it is immensely risky. After about one month, the dog comes to a stable form from heat. 8 weeks is the ideal time for female dog spaying. But the females belonging to a large breed may require some more time.

What Happens If You Neuter A Dog Too Early?

Neutering is a special process that is enabled for dogs in order to get their sex hormones removed. This surgery helps a lot to aggressiveness in your dog. After neutering, redness and itchiness are usual, so nothing is to be worried about it. These hormones which are removed during this surgery play a very important role in the complete development of a dog. So, this surgery done before the appropriate time won’t be safe for your canine companion. Take your dog to neuter after ensuring the perfect age and symptoms.

Closing Opinions

Removal of sex hormones is the main objective of neutering surgery. This surgery helps a lot in reducing aggressiveness in male babies. Moreover, this procedure is also very necessary for the girls as well. Well, if you’ve read the above content, we’d highly recommend being conscious about the perfect time when to take cone off dog after neuter. Moreover, you also need to be ensured taking your dog to the best spot to take your dog for neutering. Because it is a complex procedure, cautiousness even after the surgery is a must. If the area of surgery gets some sort of defect, it may get swelled up and risks increase on life issues. So, before you go for any neutering surgery, please try to collect all the necessary health hazards from your dog.

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Best Deshedder For Short Hair Dogs best-deshedder-for-short-ha

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Best deshedder for short hair dogs is the second most important thing for your dog followed by the Best slicker brush for doodles. Well, apart from brushing your dog’s hair, another most important thing is to deshed your dog’s hair on a regular basis. Dog fur may be of different sizes like small, medium, and large but the deshedding brush for all sized fur isn’t the same and that’s the reason you’ll find a great variety among the best deshedder for short hair dogs. But hold on, there are some brushes which may help you for your dog’s perfect hair type.

Deshedding is a typical problem for most of the dog owners. Non-stop deshedding may be the sign of any underlying disorder. So, you’ll need the appropriate brush to stop the continuous deshedding in your dog. Like those sold openly in the market, that won’t help you in this regard because they aren’t capable enough to cope with your dog’s shedding problem. You just need to purchase the best deshedder for short hair dogs. We’ll be giving here the description of the best product for dog deshedding problem but especially in short-haired dogs. About the products good for medium or long hair dogs, we’ll inform you later on.

What Is The Best Deshedder For Short Hair Dogs?

Coming to the answer to this question, the answer actually depends on the hair type of your dog. But the best deshedder for short hair dogs is such a tool specially designed for dog care mainly for short hair dogs. But those products sold on the streets aren’t what your dog deserves. Many owners complained after they bought these products from street shops. These cruel products may lead to more deshedding and finally results to a dog sensitive skin. Well, your dog needs the quality ensured products from the best brands. Online shopping sites like AMAZON are the safest.

Short-haired dogs do need some extra care and specially marking their desheding problem and finding out the solution to it is really hard. Many new dog owners are scared of selecting the best product for their dogs in the fear of counterfeit products. So, we are back today with the top-rated and the best deshedder for short hair dogs.

Top 7 The Best Deshedder For Short Hair Dogs

  • Furminator Best Deshedder  For Short Hair Dogs - (Recommended By Professional Groomers And Experts)
  • FURminator Undercoat Deshedding Tool For Dogs With Short Hair- (Recommended For Lessening Shedding In Undercoat)
  • DakPets Pet Professional Deshedding Tool for Dogs and Cats - (100% Risk-Free De-Shedding Tool)
  • SleekEZ Deshedding Grooming Undercoat Brush for Short & Long Hair- (Goes Through The Works In A Painless Way)
  • Pet Neat Pet Grooming Professional Deshedding Brush for Dogs and Cats- (Works Well For Both Deshedding And Dematting)
  • Shed Defender Dog Onesie/Grooming Tool For Short Hair- (Perfect For Reducing Anxiety As Well As Deshedding)
  • DELOMO Enhanced Pet Grooming Five Finger Design Deshedding Brush Glove- (Comfort Promising Handy Tool)

Well, if you people have more recommendations for the best deshedder for short hair dogs, you may go on with it. But remember to ensure certain special features of the deshedder like their pins should be of stainless steel, an ergonomic handle for convenience and flexibility. These mentioned high-quality products with a brief description are as follows:

Furminator Best Deshedder  For Short Hair Dogs

-- (Recommended By Professional Groomers And Experts)

FURminator de-shedding tool is one of the most renowned desheder which has won the heart of many dog owners. This deshedder assures of 90% to reduce deshedding in dogs. Well, this tool is specially designed for large dogs with short hair. But there are some other options too which may allow you to go through short dogs with all fur types and large dogs with all fur types. It has stainless steel deshedding edge to provide the best results gently. Dog grooming on the short hair topcoat becomes much ahead easier with this product. Moreover, it also stimulates natural oil protection and keeps your dog’s skin healthy and stunning.

Key features

  • Specially designed for large dogs with short hair
  • Tool edge is of stainless steel
  • Reduces deshedding in comparison to brushes
  • An FURejector button to remove loose hair
  • Ergonomic design
  • For short hair dogs weighing 24-41 kg
  • The product dimension is 3.15 x 6.69 x 9.45 inches
  • Packaging weighs 6.35 oz.


  • Reduces shedding up to 90%
  • Strengthens hair follicles
  • 10.16 cm deshedding edge
  • Reduces matting in dog hair
  • Stimulates natural oil protection for healthy skin
  • Easy to use
  • Easy-grip ergonomic handle
  • Perfect for dogs with shorter hair less than 5.1 cm


  • Not recommended for dogs with sensitive skin.

FURminator Undercoat Deshedding Tool For Dogs With Short Hair

-- (Recommended For Lessening Shedding In Undercoat)

This one is another product in our serial which is comparative to the previous one. This one is well-known for its ability to work on deshedding undercoat in dogs. To be said in easier words, this product reduces deshedding undercoats of dogs. And it is also specially designed for deshedding large dogs with short hair. But, nothing to worry about, you’ll also find it in variety like for small dogs and large dogs of all hair types. This one also comes with a FURejector to get the stuck hair easily to come out. There are guard glides on both sides of the edge to ensure the safety of your dog from getting dug.

Key features

  • Reaches up to topcoats to remove dead and loose hair
  • Edge guard ensured for safe storing
  • Curved edges for fine results
  • FURejector to easily pull to the hair
  • Promotes healthy skin for dogs
  • Especially designed for canines weighing over 50 Pounds
  • Stainless steel edge
  • The product dimension is 6.7 x 5.5 x 2.5 inches
  • The packaging weighs 9.12oz.


  • Also reduces deshedding up to 90%
  • Removes loose hair easily
  • Keeps the coat dirt and debris-free
  • Woks well without damaging dog hair and cutting the skin
  • Curved edge works well on dog shedding
  • Ergonomic easy grip
  • Easy use and lean up
  • Guard glides ensure skin safety


  • Doesn’t remove mats well
  • Not recommended use over dogs with irritated skin.

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Long Hair - Medium Dog

Long Hair - Small Dog

DakPets Pet Professional Deshedding Tool  for Dogs and Cats

-- (100% Risk-Free De-Shedding Tool)

In the wide range of competition among the deshedding tools, the dakpets brush is also capable of keeping up his position perfectly. They are also known because of their fast working capability. Moreover, this product also guarantees to be 100% safe for your pooch. And also the professionals and the experts also recommend it; as through it, work can be done easily and smoothly within 10-15minutes. It’s also very special because it’s applicable to both cats and dogs. It can be used on dogs of all types. This product is also available in two other colors like hot pink and yellow.

Key features

  • The products are developed specially by the pet grooming experts
  • 100% risk-free de-shedding for dogs
  • Constructed with a stainless steel comb
  • 4-inch replaceable heavy-duty steel comb option included
  • Safe blade cover for ultimate safety
  • Convenient eyelet for storage
  • The product dimension is 2.01 x 7.87 x 4.65 inches
  • Packaging weighs 1.6 oz.


  • Recommended for De-shedding from Small to large dogs
  • Reduces shedding up to 95%
  • Work done within a 10-15 minutes session
  • Can be applied over dogs with single and double coats
  • Ergonomic easy-grip handle
  • Quick release of hair button also included
  • Comfortable long time use
  • Easy grip convenient handle
  • Doesn’t cause any harm to the topcoat
  • Comes with a conditional money-back guarantee


  • Not recommended for extra frequent use
SleekEZ Deshedding Grooming Undercoat Brush for Short & Long Hair

-- (Goes Through The Works In A Painless Way)

Okay, I got you! You want something to go over your dog’s skin by deshedding it with no pain, right? This product is what you are looking for without even hurting your pup. Well, we’re here for the solution, the SleekEZ deshedding tool is what you need. This one is said to be the original and the best deshedder for short hair dogs with no doubt. It comes in a unique premium wood design ensuring the highest safety. Besides wood design, it also comes in other colors like blue, green, orange, red, and violate. This one also has curved designed blades only for extra safety to your four-legged companion.

Key features

  • 10 inches large grooming tool
  • Designed for a short-haired dog
  • Wave patterned blade
  • Unique premium wood designed
  • Applicable over cats, dogs, and horses
  • Stainless steel blade
  • Product dimension is 8.5 x 1.5 x 1 inches
  • The packaging weighs 3 oz.
  • Made in the USA


  • Lifetime warranty
  • Found in other 3 different sizes too
  • Easy cleanup
  • Optimum grip easy handle
  • The wood is of premium grade
  • Extremely painless brushing on dogs
  • Good at efficient removal of dead and loose hair


  • Not appreciated for dogs having an irritated skin
Pet Neat Pet Grooming Professional Deshedding Brush for Dogs and Cats

-- (Works Well For Both Deshedding And Dematting)

Pet Neat has manufactured a qualified deshedding brush to lessen the troubles of both new and experienced dog owners. Among a vast number of dog deshedders and huge competitions among them, the Pet Neat dog brush best deshedder also has earned great fame because of its most convenient results within only some sort of uses. This de-shedder removes the loose and dead hair easily with no harassment. Moreover, it removes matts and tangles not even by hurting your pooch. It is said that this deshedder brings about instant results within the first 10 minutes of regular use. With its soft grip and gorgeous designs, it has won the heart of many.

Key features

  • Removes loose hair from undercoat easily
  • Comes with a stainless steel comb
  • The deshedder comb’s size is 4 inches
  • Included eyelet for easy storing
  • Ergonomic soft easy-grip handle
  • The handle is 4.5 inches
  • Quick comb remove button also included
  • The product dimension is 8 x 5 x 1 inches
  • The packaging weighs 4.8 ounces


  • Removes 95% of dead hairs
  • Starts working efficiently within 10 minutes
  • Said be a durable dog deshedder
  • Can be used over dogs and also cats
  • They prefer having a 100% satisfaction on it
  • Easy to use and quick in results
  • Comes with 4 free eBooks as a bonus
  • Can be used over both long and short hair


  • May be injurious if excess pressure is applied to it
Shed Defender Dog Onesie/Grooming Tool For Short Hair

-- (Perfect For Reducing Anxiety As Well As Deshedding)

This product is specially designed for those owners who think themselves to be cursed by dog shedding. Mainly this product is for those who want their dogs to be refrained from both anxiety and deshedding when they are to visit outside. Well, it can also be said to be one of the most important parts of our best deshedder for short hair dogs list. This one not only prevents anxiety and deshedding in your dog but also gives him a stunning look while he visits outside. Moreover, it also covers if there’s any hot spot on the body.

Key features

  • Full body coverage for reducing shedding in dogs
  • Refrains deshedding and anxiety
  • Zip included from chest to tail
  • Available in 4 colors like black, heather grey, pink, and royal blue
  • Other options available for all sized dogs
  • 4-way stretch and recyclable fabric
  • Product dimension is 4.72 x 3.94 x 1.57 inches
  • The packaging weighs 5.29 ounces


  • Fully protected from allergies and debris
  • Provides full post-surgical protection
  • It’s perfect and alternative to Cone
  • Keeps dog calm when he goes outside or travels
  • Said to be vet recommended
  • The zipper is of high quality
  • The fabrics allow your dog to stay cool
  • Easy to put on
  • The zip and the fabric are long time durable
  • The fabric is recycled one
  • Doesn’t include hot spot stress of using cones and so on


  • Not recommended buying smaller than dog’s size
DELOMO Upgraded Pet Grooming Five Finger Design Deshedding Brush Glove

-- (Comfort Promising Handy Tool)

Some love from you is all your dog wants from you. The brush deshedders sometimes cause harm to the baby pooches and so, the experts also recommend using a qualified deshedding brush glove. It’s used to reduce deshedding in dogs and providing him some sort of massage. This product is designed for both dogs and cats. But it won’t work so magically on extremely short-haired dogs like Chihuahuas otherwise, it’s good for using over medium and other sized haired dogs too. Found in two gorgeous colors like blue and green. Moreover, the massage provided to your dog not only will reduce shedding but will also provide relaxation to your dog.

Key features

  • Skin-friendly to both cats and dogs
  • Velcro strap is adjustable for all hands
  • The elastic fabric can be worn on all types of hands
  • Back of the glove is fast dry and breathable
  • The gloves are easily washable
  • It enhances 255 silicon grooming tips
  • Ensures soft hand touch
  • Product dimension is 7.5 x 5 x 2 inches
  • Packaging weighs 4.5 ounces


  • Applicable for both cats and dogs
  • Gloves are lightweight and extremely breathable
  • It also allows as being machine washable
  • Provides delicate massage to pets
  • Comes with gloves for two hands specially customized for each
  • Ultimately skin-friendly to your four-legged companion
  • Works well on long, short, and all hair types


  • Not recommended extreme short hair like Chihuahuas.

So, these were the mentioned 7 products for providing some sort of support to the new dog owners there. But I must include that, dear reader please refrain from buying any sort of products from open markets or untrusted sources which may lead to risks of being counterfeit.

Bottom lines

For the dear new dog owners, we’ve arranged the list of the top 7 best deshedder for short hair dogs and we do recommend you to choose any one of these products according to your desire. Well, as the best parent you certainly need to be ensured that you are not purchasing anything from an unknown source which may sometimes make you face the worst moments. But still, for some help, we’d like to inform our top recommendations for those new owners who most often suffer from indecision in sorting out the best products for their fur baby. We do appreciate using -

Overall Best And Game Changer

Furminator De-Shedding Tool

High Quality And Reasonable

DakPets Deshedding Tool

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:24:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Wahl Metal Pet Comb Review See Latest Prices at Amazon A robust comb is an essential part of your dog grooming arsenal. Without one all your hard work will go completely unnoticed. But, just like any other part of your toolkit, there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all product.Wahl are known in the industry for manufacturing top of the line […]

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Andis AGC Clippers Review My little Jack Russell used to be a real pain to groom. He was fidgety, jumpy and always agitated. One of the main reasons for his distress was the noise. He couldn't stand the sound of clippers when they got close to his ear. When I first purchased the Andis AGC Super 2-Speed Clippers I […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:19:42 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dog Breeds That Require The Most Grooming As the saying goes, a dog is for life, not just for Christmas. But does anybody really understand what that means? Everybody knows that you have to walk them every day, feed them, give them attention and - of course - love them. But their grooming regime is sometimes all too often forgotten about, and […]

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Cat Grooming – The Ultimate Care of Your Furry Pet Cats may be low-maintenance and are capable of grooming themselves. But there’s a limit to the self-grooming they can do. That’s where pet groomers in Chapel Hill come in, and it’s worth bringing your feline friend to them once in a while for a full grooming session that can benefit you and your cat down the line.


Cat grooming is essential if you don’t have the time or the patience to bathe, brush and untangle fur, trim claws, or clean your cat’s ears. Here are more benefits you can expect from the service:


  1. Identify problems


Seasoned pet groomers will carefully check your cat’s skin and coat to identify existing conditions, like ticks, fleas, and skin diseases. Grooming is also a chance to check for ear mites, hairballs, unusual lumps, abnormalities, and other problems that could harm your cat’s health and well-being.


  1. Minimize claw danger


Feline claws can grow long and sharp and can be harmful to them, their fellow cats, and humans. Letting them grow longer could cause pain and walking problems, too. It can be tricky to clip cat claws, especially when your feline isn’t used to being handled. You can avoid the guesswork by leaving the job to qualified pet groomers in Chapel Hill.


  1. Beautiful coat


Some cats are not that great at self-grooming, resulting in their hair becoming matted, which prevents hair from producing and distributing natural oils for healthy skin and coats. Severe cases of matted fur could result in pain and skin irritation, too. Regular visits to a groomer are essential to prevent matting, especially for long-haired breeds.


  1. Reduce allergens


Cat grooming can be beneficial in reducing dander, which can trigger allergies in your household. That way, allergic folks in your home can remain comfortable and live in harmony with your feline.


Pet groomers in Chapel Hill will ensure the ultimate care for your cat. They ensure a safe and comfortable bathing experience with chemical-free feline shampoo and dry your cat with a gentle dryer to avoid anxiety. Groomers also accept suggestions on style and grooming requests.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:17:08 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Grooming Tips to Take Care of Your Best Furry Friend Raising a dog is one of the most rewarding things you can do, but it’s also a lot of work. Dogs need exercise, food, and regular grooming to stay healthy and look their best. And don’t forget about all the messes they can make!

But despite all the hassles, there’s nothing quite like coming home to a wagging tail and wet kisses from your furry friend. So if you’re up for the challenge, read on for some tips to become the best dog parent you can be.

  1. Regular brushing

The first step to keeping your dog looking good is regular brushing. This will help remove dirt, loosen dead fur, and distribute natural oils throughout the coat. It’s also a great opportunity to bond with your pet and check for any lumps, bumps, or other health concerns.

How often you need to brush depends on the type of coat your dog has. Dogs with short coats only need to be brushed once or twice a week, while those with long, thick coats may need to be brushed daily.

  1. Bathing

Most dogs only need a bath every few weeks, but this can vary depending on the dog’s activity level and coat type. If your dog gets dirty or smells, it’s time for a bath.

When bathing your dog, use a shampoo designed specifically for dogs and avoid getting any water in the dog’s ears, eyes, or nose. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of soap, and dry your dog with a towel or hairdryer.

  1. Nail trimming

If your dog’s nails are clicking on the floor, it’s time for a trimming. Long nails can be painful for your dog and make it difficult to walk.

To trim your dog’s nails, you’ll need a sharp nail clipper designed specifically for dogs. Cut the nails at a 45-degree angle, being careful not to cut into the quick (the pink part of the nail). If you’re uncomfortable doing this yourself, ask your veterinarian or groomer to do it for you.

  1. Dental care

Just like humans, dental care is essential for dogs too. Daily brushing is the best way to keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy, but this isn’t always possible. If you can’t brush daily, give your dog dental chews or treats designed to promote good oral health.

And don’t forget to schedule regular teeth cleanings with your veterinarian. They can remove any buildup of tartar and plaque and check for other dental problems.

If you’re unsure how to groom your dog or just don’t have the time, there are plenty of professional pet groomers in Chapel Hill, NC, who would be happy to help. Just be sure to find pet groomers in Chapel Hill, NC, who are reputable and have experience with your dog’s breed. Have fun!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:17:08 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Encourage Positive Behavior in Your Pet Your pet may be your constant companion and friend, but you might find yourself struggling with its behavior. Perhaps it’s not obeying or listening to your commands and simply doing as it pleases. With patience and understanding, you can take steps to encourage positive behavior in your pet. This is crucial, especially when you want them to be more sociable and qualified for Chapel Hill boarding, especially when you are unavailable to look after them.

Decoding positive reinforcement


To encourage positive behavior, they must first recognize you as the leader of the pack or the ‘Alpha.’ However, it’s not uncommon for them to do things their way, which may call for punishment, but not too harshly, as that could encourage more negative behavior and trauma. Staff at a Chapel Hill kennel might also notice trauma and unusual behavior in your dog and express their concern.


Remember that fear won’t work in the long run. It’s better if you can make your dog differentiate the good from the bad, so you can also form a stronger bond.


Tips to encourage positive behavior


Some Chapel Hill boarding facilities have a well-trained staff that understands dog behavior. They can offer some tips to help encourage positive behavior in your pet. Here are some of the things you can do:


Don’t react to bad behavior.


Your dog might do something that isn’t harmful, but you can ignore it instead of giving attention. These include barking unnecessarily or too much. If your dog chews on your shoes, try not to react and avoid yelling. Do something positive instead, like giving a chew toy to give your dog some direction and reinforce positive behavior.


Challenge your canine


Dogs can get bored and do destructive things when they don’t get enough play time and stimulation. Give them a positive outlet to channel their unused energy in the best way possible. Teach them tricks, give them puzzle toys, and introduce activities that can stimulate their mind.




Spend as much time as possible with your dog, especially before and after bringing it to a Chapel Hill kennel. It also helps to bring your dog to a responsible carer at a boarding facility when you are away for a long time, so they can keep your dog sociable.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:17:07 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Do Dogs Shed More in the Summer? Lounging by the pool, road-tripping with the windows down, and watching the sunset from your favorite bench at the dog park are just a few of the activities you and your pet could enjoy this summer. But, when the weather changes, so can your dog’s shedding habits. 

So, do dogs shed more in the summer? The short answer—maybe. 

In this tell-all guide to summer shedding, we’ll explore a few reasons why your pup might drop more hair than usual during the warm and rainy season. We’ll close with expert tips on summer shedding, from stepping up your grooming to embracing the power of CBD for dogs.

If you’re dreading summer shedding, read on—our experts can help you keep your pup comfortable—and reduce your lint roller budget. 

Summer Shedding: Factors to Consider

Numerous factors can impact whether or not your dog will shed more than usual this summer. Depending on your pup’s coat type, local environment, and grooming routine, you may or may not have to deal with a significant seasonal shed.

Coat Type

Learning more about your dog’s coat type will help you predict whether or not your pup will lose some hair this summer—and guide your grooming practices for reducing shedding. You may opt to adopt dogs or cats that don’t shed if you think the maintenance is out of your capabilities. We encourage aspiring pet owners to research the dog breed and learn about grooming care before adopting. 

Your dog’s coat falls into one of two categories:1

  1. A single coat
  2. A double coat

Single-coated dogs have one layer of hair covering their bodies. Some single-coated breeds include:

  • Greyhounds
  • Poodles
  • Dalmatians
  • Boxers
  • Pit Bulls

Single coats come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Your single-coated pup’s fur may be smooth or coarse, short or long, or curly or straight. 

Single-coated dogs are less likely to experience seasonal shedding since they must rely on only one layer of fur to help them regulate their temperature and protect them from pests and skin injuries.

Just as single-coated dogs aren’t always shorthairs, double-coated dogs aren’t always longhairs. Some double-coated dog breeds may surprise you:

  • Siberian huskies
  • Labrador retrievers
  • Golden retrievers
  • Border collies
  • German shepherds

The undercoat under the outer layer of fur is important for insulation and temperature regulation. While you might expect an undercoat to keep your pup warm in the winter, it also keeps them cool in the summer—the undercoat helps trap air against the skin, helping with circulation and preventing overheating.

But, since the undercoat is primarily used for insulation, double-coated dogs are slightly more likely to shed during the summer—while they need some of their undercoat to keep cool, they’ll still shed some of their winter bulk.

To determine whether or not your dog has a double coat, take a closer look at their skin. When you rub their fur against the grain, can you see a layer of finer, smaller hairs beneath the top layer? If so, you’ve discovered the mysterious, commonly misunderstood undercoat.

Local Climate

Weather trends in your area can determine how easily your pup will keep cool during the summer—and how likely they are to shed. 

If you live in a generally warm climate with very hot summers, your pup is more likely to shed some of their coat during the season to increase air circulation and ditch the extra weight. 

But, if your summer weather is more temperate—perhaps you hail from the midwest—your dog will probably keep most of their usual coat. 

Remember that dogs maintain a slightly higher body temperature than humans—while we bipeds hover around 98.6°F, our canine companions can blaze between 101.0 and 102.5°F.2 To help them maintain their coziness, they’re likely to keep more hair, even during the summer.

Grooming Routine

Regular baths and brushing can help prevent and reduce shedding.3 Why? Let’s explore:

  • Lathering, rinsing, and drying your pup during the bathing process naturally dislodges loose hairs.
  • A regular bathing routine can keep your dog’s skin healthy and moisturized, providing a strong foundation for active hair follicles.
  • Brushing can help thin your dog’s coat, removing loose or weak hairs and encouraging strong, fresh strands to grow—and stay put.

Your grooming tools will also determine your dog’s likelihood to shed. Imagine that you brushed your shorthaired, single-coated dog with a wide-toothed comb for humans—you probably wouldn’t remove much hair, if any. 

Using the proper tools for your dog’s coat type, length, and texture will help them naturally lose hairs during the grooming process, making them less likely to shed much between grooming sessions.

How to Tackle Summer Shedding

We’ve explored the factors that can make your dog more or less likely to shed this summer. But, how will you contend with the pesky hair soon to cover your floors and furniture if your dog is a summer shedder? Let’s explore some shedding prevention techniques for pro dog parents. 


Exercising your pup is part and parcel of pet parenthood. But, if you expect your dog to shed this summer, you should consider amping up your exercise routine. 

Why? When your dog runs, jumps, rolls in the dirt, and fetches, they’re likely to lose a few loose hairs in the process. Most importantly, they lose those hairs in their outdoor exercise space, keeping them from clogging up your air filter and settling on your kitchen countertops. 

Incorporate the following exercise ideas into your summer adventures with your pup:

  • Longer walks
  • Explorations in the woods
  • Trips to the dog park
  • Puppy play dates
  • A dip in a nearby lake or a trip to the beach


If you’re not at the top of your grooming game, summer is an excellent time to get started—ideally, you should start grooming your summer shedder before the heat kicks in. 

Amp up your grooming routine by:

  • Taking your pet to their groomer more frequently
  • Incorporating daily brushes
  • Bathing in cool water at least once per week

While you might be tempted to shave your dog, resist the urge—double-coated dogs need their undercoat to help keep them cool, and single-coated dogs need at least an inch of hair to protect them from bug bites, skin injuries, and sunburn.


Just like humans, dogs’ hydration needs change when the weather warms up. While your pup might not pant or race to their water bowl every 20 minutes in the fall, they’ll certainly need more water to stay comfortable and cool once temperatures rise. 

Staying hydrated can help stave off shedding for a few reasons:

  • Water helps their skin stay hydrated, preventing flakiness and hair loss.
  • Your pup needs water to grow strong hairs that won’t break or fall off.
  • A hydrated pup will stay cool more easily without having to shed excess hair.

Try Coat-Friendly Foods

Healthy, strong hairs are less likely to fall out. If your pup is susceptible to increased summer shedding, incorporate healthy coat foods and supplements to help your dog’s hair withstand the heat. 

Veterinarians have identified a few crucial nutrients that positively contribute to canine skin health. Make sure your pet is reaching their recommended daily values for:4

  • Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to:
    • Protect skin from injuries and dehydration
    • Keep dogs’ coats shiny
    • Prevent inflammation
  • Linoleic acid, which prevents dandruff and dry skin
  • Zinc, which helps skin retain moisture
  • B vitamins, which aid fat synthesis in the body and regulate oil production

Talk to Your Vet

Being a pet parent isn’t all sunshine, roses, treats, and fetch—you’ll try your best to protect your pet from illness, but they’re bound to encounter bacteria, viruses, or irritants that could cause skin and coat issues.

If you notice your dog is shedding a lot during the summer months, keep a watchful eye on your pup’s coat—significant hair loss could be a sign of a more serious health issue. 

Visiting your vet if you suspect hair loss could help you diagnose and treat conditions like:5

  • Fungal infections
  • Seasonal and food allergies
  • Bacterial infections
  • Parasites, like mites, fleas, lice, and ticks
  • Immune issues
  • Sunburn or skin cancer
  • Medication side effects
  • Anxiety or stress
  • Adrenal issues

Prevention is the best medicine—doing your due diligence when you suspect a skin or coat issue can help keep your pet healthy, safe, and happy.

Incorporate CBD

Families of fur babies continue to embrace the power of CBD for pets. But, how can CBD help with excessive summer shedding?

All mammals—including dogs—possess an endocannabinoid system (ECS), which may interact with cannabinoids like CBD to relieve redness and aches.6 

Red or irritated skin can cause discomfort and lead to itching. And, any seasoned pet parent can tell you that persistent itching can exacerbate existing skin issues, including excessive shedding. 

While CBD research is ongoing, early evidence suggests that the cannabinoid may reduce irritation when administered orally or topically.7 So, why not harness the soothing potential of CBD to help relieve itches and prevent excess shedding? 

Canna-Pet: Organic CBD for All Seasons

Do dogs shed more in the summer? Your pet might be one of the lucky pups that loses a little extra fur once the weather warms up. If your dog is a summer super-shedder, you can take steps to help address and prevent shedding—including an addition of CBD.

For organic, high-quality CBD extracts in tasty treats even your pickiest pups will love, look no further than Canna-Pet. If you’re anything like our team of pet-lovers, you only give your furry family the best possible ingredients recommended by vets—that philosophy informs our entire mission. 

With CBD products for dogs, cats, and horses, Canna-Pet can help you find the missing piece in your pet’s wellness puzzle.


  1. American Kennel Club. is It Okay to Shave Your Dog’s Coat?. 
  2. VCA ANimal Hospitals. Taking Your Pet’s Temperature. 
  3. American Kennel Club. Summer Grooming Tips to Keep Dogs Cool. 
  4. VCA Animal Hospitals. The Importance of Your Pet’s Skin and Coat and the Role of Diet. 
  5. Fetch by WebMD. Dog Shedding. 
  6. CBD Clinicals. Does CBD OIl Help Dogs with Itchy Skin? 
  7. Harvard Medical School. Cannabidiol (CBD) – What We Know and What We Don’t.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:15:08 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What to Do When Your Dog is Shedding a Lot Are you throwing a fresh lint roller into your cart every time you go to the grocery store, adding a daily vacuuming session to your chores roster, or accepting dog hair as an Avante Garde part of your wardrobe? 

Shedding might seem like an inescapable part of pet parenthood, especially seasonal shedding. You may wonder, “Do dogs shed more in the summer?” if you own an adorable husky or golden. But, you can try a few time-tested tricks to improve your dog’s coat health and—in some cases—decrease their shed volume.

In this guide, we’ll explore eight potential solutions for excessive shedding in dogs. A combination of vigilance, improved grooming techniques, and diet changes could transform your mega-shedder into a hair health icon. 

8 Solutions for Shedding

Is your dog shedding a lot? Whether you suspect seasonal changes, allergies, or a more significant underlying cause, the eight tips below could provide pups—and pet parents—with relief from excessive shedding.

#1 Talk to Your Vet

If your dog’s shedding has significantly increased in a short period of time, they’re starting to show signs of hair loss, or you observe other noticeable changes in their appearance or behavior, you should make an appointment with your vet to discuss potential underlying causes.

Hair loss and skin irritation can be symptoms of more severe issues that may not present other easily-identifiable symptoms, like:1

  • A reaction to parasites, like ticks, fleas, lice, and mites
  • Fungal, viral, or bacterial infections
  • Seasonal, environmental, or food allergies
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Sunburn
  • Immune issues
  • Medication side effects
  • Kidney, liver, or thyroid conditions

We don’t want to alarm pet parents—major shedding doesn’t always signify major health problems. But, any significant changes to your pet’s coat, skin, appearance, or behavior should be addressed with your vet in an effort to identify potential health issues as soon as possible. 

#2 Step Up Your Brush Game

How often do you brush your dog? Brushing can help you keep your pet’s coat clean and shiny or even help you spot pesky skin conditions. 

Brushing can also reduce your dog’s likelihood of shedding.2 By brushing the looser, weaker hairs from their skin, you can make way for stronger, healthier hairs to grow—they’ll fall out during the brushing process instead of littering your floor, collecting on your car seats, or floating aimlessly in the air.

Here are a few tips to brush like a pro:

  • Start slowly – Your dog might not enjoy brushing at first. Offer them treats to help them associate grooming with a positive reward, giving extra treats when they sit still or endure longer sessions.
  • Acclimate nervous pups – Depending on your dog’s history, they may have an adverse reaction to grooming tools—brushes included. Before graduating to a dog brush, start with wide-toothed human combs or hairbrushes to help your pup get used to the brushing sensation.
  • Choose the right tools – Your dog’s coat will determine the most effective brush. If you’re not sure which tool to choose, ask your vet or groomer for tips.

#3 Bathe More Frequently

Like brushing, the agitating motions you use while bathing your dog can help loosen and dislodge weaker, looser hairs from your pup’s coat before they have a chance to be shed. 

But, bathing offers other benefits that could lead to decreased shedding:3

  • Healthier skin – Keeping your pet’s skin healthy, clean, and hydrated can provide a strong foundation for hair growth. Flaky, dry skin isn’t the best medium for newly-sprouted hairs.
  • Increased blood flow – Regular bathing can promote increased blood flow and circulation in your dog’s skin, leading to increased cellular regeneration, a key element of maintaining healthy skin.
  • Improved skin comfort – If your pup is prone to itching, regular and frequent baths can help soothe their sensitive skin, preventing scratching and associated hair loss. Use a soothing shampoo made with oatmeal or aloe to relieve any discomfort your pup may be experiencing.

#4 Watch Out for Wounds

As we briefly discussed in a previous section, excessive shedding in dogs can be a sign of more serious underlying conditions. 

If you notice an uptick in shedding volumes, inspect your dog’s skin for wounds, including:

  • Infected hot spots
  • Scrapes, scratches, mand scabs
  • Allergy rashes
  • Sunburn
  • New moles or inflamed skin markings
  • Insect bites

For humans and dogs alike, healing from an injury can lead to increased dead skin cell shedding—and itching. If you’ve ever skinned your knee or suffered from a serious summertime sunburn, you’ve likely experienced itching during the healing process.

If you find a wound, consult your vet for help choosing appropriate protection, soothing, or disinfecting solutions. In addition, you may also want to consider providing your pet with some relief with CBD for dogs.

#5 Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Hydration is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. Water contains important minerals like potassium, sodium, and chloride, all of which can help your pup:4

  • Maintain a balanced pH level
  • Perform critical cell functions
  • Build and support muscles
  • Regulate nervous system function

When your dog is dehydrated, you might observe various skin-related warning signs like reduced skin elasticity, a dull coat, dandruff, or increased shedding. 

If you suspect that your pup might be under-hydrating, you can take a few steps to encourage healthy water intake with the following:

  • Gelatin treats – Follow the instructions on an unflavored gelatin packet, replacing water with unflavored Pedialyte. Add a few dashes of chicken or beef broth (or a bouillon cube) for added flavor, and use an ice cube tray for convenient dosing. Cool your gelatin mixture per the instructions on the packet, and supplement your pup’s water intake with a few cubes of this electrolyte treat if you notice dehydration symptoms.
  • Water commands – Just like you taught your dog to sit and stay, you can teach them to drink from their water bowl on command. Lure your pup to their water bowl with a treat, place it in the water bowl, and encourage them with praise and a command word, like “Good drink!” Reward them after they take a drink on command, and practice consistently to maintain the skill.
  • Kibble soup – It might sound unappetizing to you, but adding an inch of water to the bottom of your dog’s kibble bowl and letting it stand for a few minutes before feeding can encourage dogs to get the water they need just by eating their regular meals. If you want to go gourmet, pop the kibble soup in the microwave for thirty seconds (making sure to let the mixture cool before feeding) to make a rudimentary gravy. 

#6 Choose a Healthy Hair Diet

Is your dog shedding a lot? Their diet may not be supplying enough nutrients to maintain optimal skin health. 

Make sure your pet’s food, treats, and supplements are helping your pet reach their minimum daily values for the following vet-recommended ingredients:3

  • Linoleic acid – Helps prevent dandruff, dry skin, dull coats, and excessive shedding
  • Omega-3 fatty acids – Combats inflammation and supports healthy skin and hair
  • Zinc – Helps maintain hair hydration and support healthy skin cell regeneration
  • B vitamins – Assist in fat metabolism, which controls skin and hair oil production

If you’re not sure how your pet’s current diet measures up, ask your vet for more information about recommended daily values for these key nutrients.

#7 Keep Up with Flea and Tick Treatments

It’s crucial for dog parents to create and maintain a regular, effective flea and tick prevention regimen. Why?5

  1. Fleas and ticks can infest your home, putting your human and animal family at increased risk for bites and pest-borne illnesses.
  1. Both fleas and ticks can cause skin discomfort and even transmit infections via bites and feeding, which can lead to prolonged skin irritation, itching, and inflammation—all of these can precede excess shedding.

Dogs with flea or tick infestations are extremely likely to experience itching, which could lead to more significant wounds and hair loss. You can prevent flea and tick infestations by taking one or all of the following precautions:

  • Administering a regular, prescription-grade flea and tick treatment
  • Using a flea collar to deter pests from landing on or laying eggs in your pup’s skin or coat
  • Avoiding common tick habitats like thick woods and underbrush
  • Thoroughly searching your dog for fleas and ticks after outdoor trips or puppy playdates

#8 Incorporate CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second-most prevalent ingredient in the cannabis sativa plant.7 While CBD research is continuing to grow, early studies indicate that CBD may provide a variety of health-boosting benefits for humans and dogs alike.

Parents of fur babies continue to embrace the potential of CBD for pets. But, how can CBD help your pup shed less?

As we’ve briefly mentioned above, excessive itching or skin irritations can lead to hair loss and excessive shedding in dogs. Ongoing scientific studies suggest that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS)—which all mammals possess—to relieve redness, swelling, irritation, and discomfort throughout the body when ingested or applied topically.7

Whether you’ve tried everything under the sun to reduce your pup’s shedding or your research into hair and skin health has only just begun, consider CBD as a potential solution.

Manage Shedding and More with Canna-Pet CBD Products

Excessive shedding in dogs, and even cats, can be a nuisance at best and a sign of something more serious at worst. If your dog is shedding a lot, try the tips above to alleviate their irritation, promote skin and coat health, and improve their overall quality of life. Otherwise, you can consider adopting dogs or cats that don’t shed.

If you’re ready to introduce your pup to CBD, Canna-Pet is here to help. We’ve been developing critical CBD research for pet wellness applications for over 30 years, introducing the soothing potential of CBD to over 40 countries worldwide. 

We harvest our CBD from 100% organic hemp plants, and our whole plant extracts encourage the potential benefits of the entourage effect—the possible compounding benefits of using multiple cannabinoids together. 

Canna-Pet is your one-stop shop for CBD treats, capsules, and liquids for your furry family. Shop our CBD collection today.


  1. Fetch by WebMD. Dog Shedding. 
  2. American Kennel Club. Summer Grooming Tips to Keep Dogs Cool. 
  3. VCA Animal Hospitals. The Importance of Your Pet’s Skin and Coat and the Role of Diet. 
  4. American Kennel Club. Warning Signs of Dehydration in Dogs. 
  5. VCA Animal Hospitals. Flea and Tick Prevention.
  6. Harvard Medical School. Cannabidiol (CBD) – What We Know and What We Don’t.
  7. CBD Clinicals. Does CBD Oil Help Dogs with Itchy Skin?. 

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:15:07 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What Do Dog Fleas Look Like? Fleas are tiny little insects, roughly around 3mm in length, with long back legs designed for jumping long distances. They don’t have wings, but they can travel quite far just by jumping. Fleas are typically reddish-brown or brown in color with thin, flat, hairy-looking bodies (that get fatter as they gorge themselves) and mouthparts like tiny siphons. These tiny siphons are designed to help them stab and suck the blood of their host.

Fleas have six legs and are more than able to jump large distances as they move from host to host. Their color helps them blend into the fur or hair of their host, while their thin, flat shape helps them move easily through thick fur. They have a hard exoskeleton and the “hair” on their bodies points backward. By design, this feature is meant to better help anchor them to their host.

Fleas may or may not have eyes, as they usually navigate their host based on their sense of smell and their antennae. Though adult fleas are small, they can be seen with the naked eye and are often found moving through an animal’s fur as they feast.

There are over 2,000 species of fleas worldwide, with 300 species residing in North America, there are only two species that seem to be most common in cats and dogs. One is the cat flea, or ctenocephalides felis, and the other is the dog flea, or ctenocephalides canis. There are also rat fleas, human fleas, raccoon fleas, rabbit fleas, and more.

What Do Dog Fleas Look Like?
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Although all species have a specific host they prefer, it doesn’t stop them from feeding on other types of hosts. This means that the cat flea can affect dogs and the dog flea can affect cats and either type of flea has no problem feeding on humans or other animals, either. Dog and cat fleas both carry the parasite that creates tapeworms, and the oriental rat flea is a carrier of the bubonic plague.

Other Flea Species


Even though the most common types of fleas found in North America are the domestic cat and dog flea species, there are others to be found. In addition to the oriental rat flea (scientifically known as the xenopsylla cheopsis) that prefers feeding off rats, there is also a rabbit flea (or spilopsyllus cuniculi) found on both wild and pet rabbits, and the sticktight flea.

The sticktight flea is also called the tropical hen flea (or echidnophaga gallinacea) and feeds mainly off of poultry. There is even species of fleas that loves feeding on humans. One is called the human flea (or pulex irritans) and the other is called the false human flea (or pulex simulans). Both love humans as their host, but in a pinch are happy to feast on dogs, cats, and pigs too.

Because these two flea species are so closely related, you will often find the human flea and the false human flea in close proximity to each other. Both of these flea types can be found on dogs and cats, as well as wild canines quite regularly.

In North America, when someone has a flea infestation in their home with one of their pets, the most likely culprit is the domestic cat flea. In Europe, the dog flea is most often the culprit. However, someone can develop a flea infestation of any species of flea, no matter where they are. It’s just not as common as the cat and dog flea species.

The Life Cycle of a Flea

The life of a flea progresses through four stages:

  1. Fleas start as an egg.
  2. The egg turns into a larva.
  3. The larva turns into a pupa.
  4. Ultimately, you have an adult flea.

The only stage of a flea you will likely see on your pet is the adult stage. The other stages tend to happen elsewhere, such as the yard, or in carpet and bedding inside your home.

Note that an adult flea only accounts for about 1% of the flea population found near you, either in your yard, your home, or both. That means that for every one adult flea you find sucking your pet’s blood, you can rest assured there are at least 99 more of the little bloodsuckers percolating in the other stages of life around your house and yard, waiting to transition into adults.

A flea experiences a complete metamorphosis during the four stages of life and the entire process can take anywhere from two weeks to as long as eight months. Factors like humidity, temp, and food that’s available all play a role in how quickly the metamorphosis happens. Adult fleas much prefer warmer weather with a bit of humidity. In ideal conditions, a single adult female flea can lay upwards of 10-50 eggs. That works out to about 2000 potential eggs during the span of a flea’s potential lifespan of 60-100 days. Many of those eggs will grow into fleas that will reproduce and it’s easy to see how infestations can happen so quickly.

Once an adult flea hatches, the only goal it has is to feed. It has to feed within a week or it may die, although some can survive much longer in the right conditions and environment. Once the flea feeds and gets a belly full of blood, they move on to mating with another flea to perpetuate the life cycle.

Though it doesn’t usually happen within the first 24-36 hours, once a flea feeds and breeds, it’ll start laying eggs. This usually happens within the first week unless they are unable to feed. Once the female flea starts laying her eggs, she’ll start laying roughly 20-30 eggs per day for about 3-9 days.

The female will lay her eggs on her host, because she needs to continue feeding as she lays the eggs to keep her metabolism up. Most of the eggs the female flea lays will be laid in your pet’s coat or hair. Eggs are sticky, whitish in color, and wet at first, but they quickly dry out and then wind up falling off the host.

This is why flea eggs are often found on the floor, in the yard, on furniture, or on your pet’s bedding. In fact, most of the egg, larvae, and pupae population will be found close to your pet’s favorite spot to nap and lay.

When you crunch the numbers, it’s astonishing to realize that you can be fighting off an infestation of a quarter of a million fleas in just thirty days, all in varying stages of life. Unfortunately, because of how the life cycle progresses, that’s exactly what makes fleas so hard to get rid of. It takes anywhere from 1-10 days for flea larvae to come forth from a flea egg, and it can take even longer in poor conditions as the larvae waits for the best time to hatch.

Once the larvae are hatched, this is the most vulnerable stage they go through other than adulthood. They look like little, prickly earthworms or ugly maggots. They are white in color until they feed, which must be done within three days or they will die.

Once they feed, they turn brown. They like dark places, moderate temps, and high humidity to survive and thrive. Regardless of color, this stage is when they are easiest to kill. They can’t survive water or full sunlight, which is why they seek dark places. However, this larvae stage only lasts maybe a week to just under two weeks.

Once larvae go through their molting processes, the larvae spin cocoons to enter the pupae stage. Pupae are a whitish color and very sticky to help them camouflage themselves with debris from their environment. Though pupae are tougher than larvae, they can still die during this stage if the humidity is low or if they are exposed to insecticides.

The pupae process can take five days up to two weeks to fully develop. However, once the cocoon is spun and two weeks have passed, they can sit and hibernate in that stage for several days up to six months with no food. This is how they survive conditions that may not be ideal, such as extreme temperatures.

Essentially, this is a pre-adult state where the flea just waits for the right time to emerge fully-formed. So, no matter how many adult fleas and larvae you manage to eradicate, there are always more, ready and waiting to begin the whole process once again. It’s a nasty cycle that can be difficult to interrupt and defeat. When a flea is ready to emerge from it’s cocoon, it will do so because of some kind of pressure they have detected.

This might be pressure from heat or might be pressure from the host animal if it lays down on the cocoon. They just need the right trigger to emerge and begin to repopulate, even if all adult fleas and larvae have already died, which sometimes happens in homes where there was a flea infestation, but no host to feed on for a while.

Fleas emerge from their cocoon and find their host using touch and by senses. They can sense carbon dioxide, light, and air currents, which all work together to give them a general direction in which to jump and attach themselves to their host.

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get a flea infestation under control, because of their life cycle. You need a flea control solution that doesn’t merely address your pet’s adult fleas, but also works to control the flea during its other stages of life.

What are common signs that my dog has fleas?

Your furry friend may need a dog flea treatment if you notice changes in behavior or appearance. Here are some common symptoms to look out for:

  • Heavy scratching from irritated or dry skin
  • Hair loss or your pet’s fur becomes noticeably thin
  • Skin inflammation from flea saliva after flea bites
  • Flea dirt or flea feces in your dog’s fur

If you’re unsure, quick use of a flea comb can help identify flea droppings or other clues to their skin-related concerns.

How Dangerous are Fleas?

Fleas can carry tapeworms and cause a tapeworm infestation in your pet when your pet bites and chews and accidentally swallows a flea. You may not even realize your pet has tapeworms unless he starts scooting or you notice his appetite is down. Thankfully, tapeworms aren’t usually transmittable to humans, although you should always be safe and wash your hands after playing with or handling an animal.


Additionally, fleas can cause other serious diseases, such as FAD (flea allergy dermatitis) which is basically an allergic reaction to flea saliva. The flea saliva from a flea bite triggers a rash that will make your pet itchy and miserable. That rash can progress into something that requires treatment from your vet to resolve, including secondary infections.

Other problems a pet can experience with a heavy infestation of fleas is anemia in dogs. Fleas are tiny bloodsuckers. When there are many of them all over your pet, then they consume more blood than you might realize. This is especially prevalent with pups and kittens, because their bodies are much smaller and weaker than an adult dog or cat. If you notice your pet’s gums look pale and they seem to be behaving in a lethargic manner, anemia may be the reason.

And finally, fleas can cause humans some trouble as well, due to bacteria they carry. The bacteria bartonella henselae causes what’s known as cat scratch disease (CSD), which can be passed on to humans through a cat bite or even petting a cat with fleas.

CSD isn’t fatal but can cause significant problems and discomfort as well as pain. Dogs can get an infection too from a different species of the bartonella bacterium, which can cause significant pet health issues like liver and heart disease, along with more minor health issues such as vomiting and lameness.

As you can see, fleas aren’t cute, and they aren’t healthy for your pets or for you. They are tiny little pests that cause untold mayhem if left unchecked. If you think your pet may have a flea problem, it’s important to get started with treatment sooner rather than later, so you can begin to effectively combat this scourge and eradicate them from your home and yard.


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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:15:06 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Does my dog need regular walks during winter?

In the cold, you must take your dog for a stroll. Walking is not only a great method for your dog to get some exercise, but it also allows them to sniff the amazing scents of the world around them. They get to socialise with other dogs, spend quality time with their owners, and work up an appetite in preparation for a pleasant night by the fire.

However, before deciding whether or not to take your dog out, you should check the weather forecast. A walk would be welcome on a bright, crisp sunny day with little breeze, for example. However, if the weather forecast indicates that it will be windy and stormy, you may decide not to go. The walk should be fun, and if it's like this, neither of you will likely enjoy it. You should also consider whether it is safe to take your favourite pet outside. Low fog or mist, as well as hail, can be harmful, therefore it's probably best to avoid going out in these situations.

The majority of dogs already have beautiful coats. Some breeds are better equipped to withstand the elements than others. Dogs with double coats, such as Huskies, Labradors, and Golden Retrievers, will just need a good dry down and a drying coat applied for the trip home.

In the winter, dogs with thick undercoats may become more energetic and enjoy their time outside with greater zeal.

Whippets and Grey Hounds, for example, have less hair and may prefer to stay at home more during the winter. Many people will continue to enjoy their walks, but we must keep in mind that they may need to be shorter, stay moving, and wear a coat.

Keep safely away from lakes, ponds and rivers.

Many dogs enjoy playing in the snow. They have the ability to play for an extended period of time. It's novel and intriguing. Snow tends to attach to dogs' coats in balls, especially those with longer coats. They will become colder more quickly.

It's possible that what was once a river or a lake will be slightly frozen over. They can fall through and have a hard time getting out. Please keep your pets away from their favourite watering holes. You'd be the first to try to save them, and then there'd be two victims.

Effects of age and health on dogs ability to walk in the winter

A healthy dog is significantly more capable of dealing with chilly weather than one who is ill. It's possible that they're simply getting older, less active, and less tolerant of the cold. Consider putting a warm coat on them when you're out and about.

If your dog seems to be struggling more than usual, make an appointment with your veterinarian to ensure that they are fit and healthy. Keep in mind that dogs with health difficulties, such as heart disease or arthritis, will not be able to deal as well.

Puppies under the age of 12 months, as well as dogs who are less active, will be more susceptible to the cold.

They will generate heat and keep warm if they are rushing around. Keep in mind that their temperature will drop as they slow down for the lead walk home or as they get into the car. To guarantee they don't lose too much heat and dry out faster, lay a towel down and apply a drying coat.

Different dog beeds

Sploshing through puddles and snow will be a challenge for short-legged dogs and those with little hair on their underbelly. These dogs will cool off faster, limiting the amount of time they spend outside compared to animals with longer legs and natural double coats.

Should my dog play in the snow alone?

Many dogs enjoy playing in the snow and frost. They can go on and on for hours. However, due to over-excitement, they, like children, are not always in touch with their own talents. Allowing them to come inside for a dry down and a nice warm-up before letting them out again guarantees that they are safe to enjoy the novelty of snow.

What is the best way to tell whether your dog is cold?

It's all about the individual in this case. One or more of the indicators listed below indicate that it's been far too long and that you should return home as soon as possible to the safety and comfort of your own house.

  • Whimpering / crying
  • Shivering.
  • Sits or lays down.
  • Looks Anxious.

Make sure you clean their paws after a walk.

Paws can become clogged with snow and grit, so check them frequently when out and about, since they will become uncomfortable if left unattended. Your dog will become chilly more quickly as well.

When you get home from your walk, check their paws and coats for dirt and rinse them (concentrating on the underside of their body)

De-icers are applied to our windshields, and salt and sand mixture is applied to our roads. All of them are skin irritants. Your dog will lick them as they clean themselves, so make sure they are clean and dry as soon as you arrive home.

Why does snow form snowballs on dog's fur?

Your dog's body is still producing body heat while out on those dog walks. As the fur goes through the snow, it picks up little balls that melt due to the heat and produce small ice balls.

These will grow in size as more snow accumulates on their fur, making larger snowballs.

However, it's not just long-haired dogs who have it on their coats and/or ears; many dogs have fur between their toes, so it can form just in the paw pads and go unnoticed.

Yes, ice balls can form beneath their paw pads, which they will tread on, compacting the snow even farther into their fur.

Does snowball on a dog's fur hurt?

Snowballs that are icy cold and weighing down on your fur.

Snowballs in your shoes that you can feel when you put your paw down.

Because of their size, these can also press toes apart, perhaps causing skin and/or paw pads to split apart.

While licking these regions after fun may provide some pain relief, it isn't the most pain-free method of removal, and repeated licking and biting of the same area might exacerbate problems. The act of licking adds moisture to the area, and you may discover that the skin is readily broken as a result of the licking and biting.

Best ways to remove Snowballs from dogs fur.

Personally, I believe in using the appropriate instruments for the work at hand. It's akin to not using tomato ketchup on fox poo rollers when there are perfectly good dog shampoos available that safely eliminate the odour.

However, while whisks and removing snowballs will break down the snow, you will be pulling on the fur in some way to do it, which may be uncomfortable. When dealing with the places that often generate snowballs - paws, legs, ears, and tails – there is a risk of capturing portions of your dog's body, claws, and so on.

There are a number of safe and straightforward alternatives to using the 'whisk' hack, but the most essential thing to remember is that you must act immediately.

Start removing these as soon as you get home, before your furry friend starts licking:

  • Place dog's paws paws in warm water-The most important thing to remember is that the water should be tepid, not hot! Because their paws will be cold, the temperature is critical - neither too cold nor too hot. This is a super easy and quick way to melt the snow and get inside your toes and paw pads. All that's left is a nice pat dry.
  • Give your dog a warm bath/shower-Spare time is hard to come by these days, but if your dog has snowballs on more than just his paws, a bath with some relaxing dog shampoo could be just what they need. Make sure the water is cool to lukewarm once more.
  • Use a hairdryer-As soon as my dogs and I return from a snowy stroll, I use this procedure with her. We settle down with a warm hairdryer and target those regions that have built up, as she doesn't get snowballs in many places. This is fantastic for puppies and dogs who don't love the grooming salon's drying period — you'd do a little session to help desensitise them to the sound and feel of dryers so that when it's time for their complete groom, it's not so scary. To make it a little more fun, grab some goodies and/or their favourite toy.

Get your dog groomed/ brushed regularly.

It will be easier to dry a well-groomed dog. If they have knots and matts in their hair, it takes longer to dry and cool. Why groom a dog in winter.

Regular brushing at home helps maintain a healthy coat

Does my dog need a jacket/coat in the winter?

During the harsher winter months, our furry friends still like spending time outside, but do they require protective apparel such as sweaters and coats? The majority of the time, the answer is no. During the winter, most dogs have enough fur to keep them warm outside.

Consider the following factors when deciding whether or not to dress your dog in warm winter clothing:

The outside temperature is influenced by the size of your dog.

  • Dogs of a Small Size Because very little dogs have a difficult time conserving body heat, they may require a sweater or coat when left outside for long periods of time in the winter. If your dog is a short-haired breed or one that originated in a warm climate, they may require cold-weather clothing as well. Dogs like the Chinese Crested, Chihuahua, and Italian Greyhound are among these breeds.
  • Dogs with a Thick Coat Long-haired dogs, such as the Pomeranian, Chow Chow, Husky, and Great Pyrenees, do not require additional winter apparel.
  • Wearing them indoors is not a good idea. It's crucial to remember that dogs should only wear coats and sweaters if they're outside in extremely cold weather. These items of clothes should not be worn by dogs in the house since they can easily overheat. To avoid chafing and skin irritation, clothing items should always be removed off the pet whenever they are no longer needed.

Does a dog need to eat more in the winter?

Dogs, like humans, waste energy in order to stay warm. Depending on the weather, you may need to increase their food consumption. Simply keep an eye on their weight and, if they're losing, give them a little extra and continue to watch.

Advice For Ensuring Your Dog Is Safe & Warm in Cold Weather.

  • When you're out and about, keep them active.
  • If your dog is a breed that lacks an undercoat, add a coat to compensate.
  • After strolling on paths and highways, clean your paws and coat. Remove all de-icing chemicals and salt.
  • To ensure that their coat dries fast, keep it free of knots and tangles.
  • Check for mud and snow between your dog's toes, which can cause uncomfortable feet.
  • Keep a safe distance from frozen rivers and lakes.
  • If your dog is still damp, towel dry them and place a drying coat on them.
  • It takes more energy to stay warm. More food will be required for your dog.
  • Spend time snuggling up next to the fire with a friend.
Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:12:46 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Different Yorkshire terrier (Yorkie) hair styles.
The Yorkshire Terrier's Origins.

Yorkies originated in the northern English counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire in the mid-1800s, according to the American Kennel Club. Scotland's weavers are said to have gone to the north region, according to historians. During this period, they brought terriers from Scotland with them. This is not your typical Scottish terrier. The terriers that helped establish the Yorkshire Terrier in the 1800s are now gone. Other breeds including the Dandie Dinmont and Skye contributed to the development of the Yorkie. Some even claim the Maltese were included in the mix.

Yorkies began their lives as working dogs. They were developed to hunt down and kill mice in textile factories and coal mines. So, when did the Yorkie evolve into the beloved companion it is today? The Kennel Club of England did not recognise the breed until 1886. As a result, they shrank in size and evolved into the cute pets that we see around town.

When should a Yorkie gets their first haircut, what age should they be?

Yorkie's should be introduced to grooming at 4 months just to become accustomed to the grooming procedure of being groomed , washed and bathed . Normally just a puppy introduction at first .

Starting around the 4-month mark, you can have the hairs on your head shaped and the coat shaved close. If you plan on taking your Yorkie to a groomer, make sure he or she has received all of his or her puppy vaccines before going anywhere public.

How long does it take for a Yorkshire Terrier's coat to grow to full length?

Each dog's hair grows at a different rate and has a different capacity to reach floor length. In rare situations, a Yorkie's coat may not be able to grow so long; it may only reach a few inches above the floor. If it is not clipped at all, it might take 1.5 to 2 years for those who are able to (slight trims to keep ends healthy may be done). As a result, patience will be required.

What is included in a full groom.

Full check of your dog's skin condition - checking for lumps, bumps, ticks, cuts and grazes

  • Bathe your dog using organic shampoo
  • Coat is dried and brushed to remove dead undercoat
  • Coat is brushed and combed thorughouly
  • Coat is then trimmed and styled
  • Your dog's ears are gently cleaned with a natural ear cleaner
  • Nails are trimmed
  • Organic finishing spray is applied

Different Yorkie (Yorkshire terrier) styles

Schnauzer Trim

This doggie design is inspired by the Schnauzer, as the name suggests!

Trim your dog's moustache and ears a bit longer to get this look, leaving a tiny skirt of hair on the lower part of his torso and legs. Then clip the upper half of their body to a half inch, leaving a small "bib" on their chest.

This selection is perfect for the sophisticated Yorkie in your life, since it is both dignified and cute.

Yorkie Teddy Bear Cut.

Because Yorkies are such cuddly and friendly dogs, this cut is ideal for them. You won't be able to resist giving your dog a cuddle when they're sporting this look, much like you wouldn't with your favourite stuffed animal.

Fur is effectively clipped to the same length all over the body for this style, with the exception of the face, where the hairs are cut in a circular pattern to create the image of a cute teddy bear. It's time to snuggle!

Show Cut.

With long, luxuriant locks and a top knot, the Yorkie Show Cut is exquisite. This is the cut that the breed most commonly wears in American Kennel Club-sponsored dog shows, which is why it's known as the archetypal Yorkie cut.

Because it requires so much care to maintain, it isn't particularly common except in show dogs. Just keep in mind that you'll be brushing, and tangle-freeing their coats for a long time.

Puppy Cut.

The Puppy Cut is popular among Yorkies, most likely because it reflects the breed's gentle and playful nature.

Keep the hair roughly one or two inches long all over the body, including the head, ears, and legs, for this cut. This style is popular because it creates an angelic and attractive look without being too high maintenance (and it's practically tangle-free!).

Clip Off.

This is another popular cut, especially during the summer months. The hair on the torso is maintained very short, while the hair on the legs, tail, and head is kept a little longer.

The moustache and ears have been clipped to approximately a half-inch length, and the paws have been trimmed to appear nice and clean (and ready for action in the sun!).

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:12:46 -0800 Dog-Fancier
When and how often should I wash my dog?

Every dog owner has been there: getting your dog into the bath and realising that bathing your dog isn't going to be easy or enjoyable. Even the most cooperative doggie can make a bath more difficult by splashing around, getting sidetracked, or simply getting tired with the whole affair and jumping out of the tub sopping wet and soapy.

Those are the last things on your mind if your dog can't tolerate the concept of being clean. It's enough to make any dog owner or groomer question whether a wash is even required. However, while most dog owners believe that giving their dogs a wash is vital, they may disagree on how frequently they should do so. If you're wondering how often to bathe a dog or a puppy, the simple answer is that there is no such thing as a straightforward solution.

When Should You Bathe Your Dog?

"Whenever it's needed," is the most obvious response.

Anyone who has seen their four-legged companion get especially thrilled about rolling around in something they found on the ground understands when it's time for a wash. Giving your dog a wash is occasionally necessary due to a foul smell, matted fur, or an overall appearance of filthiness.

However, this does not imply that you should wait until your dog stinks before bathing him or her. Bathing your dog only a few times a year, possibly quarterly, is recommended by many experts.

Bathing your dog more than a few times a year can be hazardous for your dog's hair and skin, unless your dog has a skin disease or allergies that necessitate more frequent washings. You don't want to remove the natural oil that maintains your dog's coat lustrous and healthy, yet dogs groom themselves in a way that keeps them pretty clean — and without removing those oils.

While it's crucial to keep your dog clean, it's equally critical to avoid over-washing them. Drying out the skin, interfering with external worming and flea treatments, and perhaps contributing to skin problems are all risks of doing so. The standard recommendation is once every four weeks, however this may change depending on their daily activity. A bath is obviously necessary if your dog is caked in dirt after a walk.

Shampoos and conditioners

Traditional and organic dog shampoos and conditioners are widely available in supermarkets, veterinarians' offices, and pet stores. When using a new product for the first time, keep an eye on your dog for any reactions and test a small amount on a small area of coat first. Consult your veterinarian; certain dogs suffer from skin disorders that necessitate the use of specific products.


Bathe your dog in a designated area (many people opt for the laundry tub or in the garden). Bath time might make some dogs nervous, so be prepared for some splashing. Maintain your dog's calmness by rewarding calm behaviour, ensuring the water is at a reasonable temperature, and completing the task as quickly as possible. In the winter, give your dog its own towel and use a hair drier or warmth to speed up the drying process (only make sure they don't get burned and can run away if necessary). Make sure the water isn't too deep because dogs can drown.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:12:46 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What is a double coated dog? Should They Be Clipped Short in Summer? You may own a dog that is double coated without even knowing it. Many breeds of dogs that shed have double coated fur. Every double coated dog has their own natural fur pattern and it is not beneficial for their coats to be altered by being clipped. A quick mythbust, shaving a double coated dog does not make them cooler. If your dog has not been clipped or shaved before and is not severely matted, their coat regulates their temperature. Blue Wheeler Groomers do not recommend clipping or shaving double coated dog breeds for a myriad of reasons. In the rare circumstances where our Groomers do clip a double coated dog (eg. for medical purposes), we have a simple waiver that is required to be signed by the customer. Keep reading to find out what’s best for your dog. 

What is a double coat?

A double coated dog has two unique layers of fur: the under coat and the top coat. The under coat is dense and made of short hairs. The top coat is made up of longer hairs called guard hairs. The guard hairs help repel dirt and moisture, while the undercoat protects from high or low temperatures. If your dog has a fluffy coat, they probably have a very dense undercoat and will shed more than non-fluffy double coated breeds. The under coat sheds twice a year. Removing their loose under coat by brushing/washing helps keep them cool while keeping the top coat intact prevents heat and sun from reaching their skin.

Some Popular Double Coated Breeds Include:

  • Pomeranians 
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Border Collies
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 
  • Labradors
  • German Shepherds
  • Huskies
  • Pugs
  • Chows
  • Samoyeds
A Pomeranian (double coated dog) with clipper alopecia

Why should I not shave my double coated dog?

It does not make them cooler. Shaving a double coated dog only hinders their ability to regulate their temperature. Although they may look like they could be over heating, they will be cooler if their fur is not cut. Using Samoyeds as an example, they are a double coated dog and are naturally very fluffy. Thanks to the power of their double coat, Samoyeds can survive extreme cold temperatures of -30 to -45 °C and warmer climates up to 30 °C comfortably. If the temperature is higher than this, we recommend keeping them indoors with the AC on and only walking them when the temperature drops below this (after sunset). 

It does not make your dog ‘shed less.’ Double coated breeds shed their undercoat twice a year and continue to shed due to their normal fur growth cycle for the rest of the year. Shaving or clipping may appear to help minimise shedding but they will still be shedding the same amount, only the hairs will be shorter so you may notice them less.

Your dog will become more vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer. A dog’s natural double coat helps to cover and protect their skin from the sun. Shaving or clipping them will expose their sensitive skin to the sun’s rays. Especially for dogs living in Australia, sun protection from their natural coat is vital. Clipping can also disrupt the natural shedding cycle and they may start shedding more constantly, year round.

Your dog’s hair will not grow back the same. Cutting the fur damages the natural cycle of a double coat. Your dog’s top coat can take up to 2 years to grow back completely or it may not grow back as before. Depending on your dog, their fur can grow back patchy, thinner and can develop skin conditions such as alopecia. Your dog could also develop irritated skin and razor burn from licking and scratching after they have been groomed. If your dog gets a condition like alopecia, it could mean that you have to continue shaving your dog for the rest of their life on vets instructions. 

Severe clipper alopecia

What can I do for my double coated dog? 

Double coated dogs should be washed every 4 – 8 weeks. If shedding is bothering you, you can help this by having your dog deshedded every 4 – 8 weeks as well. Blue Wheelers has a 3 step deshed program that can be added onto your pup’s usual wash. Getting a deshedding treatment can help minimize shedding for weeks after your pup’s bath time. Our shampoo gets in deep to clean the coat and loosen the undercoat, the conditioner makes the coat slick and shiny, making it easier for us to brush out any extra loose hairs. Finally, our finishing spray seals the hair cuticle and promotes maximum release of tangled & loose fur in their coat. You can also brush your dog at least once a week with a brush like a ‘Furminator’. Furminators have fine metal bristles that catch onto the loose undercoat of your dog. Brushing them regularly will help minimize the shedding that happens in your home and remove their loose undercoat. Keep your dog’s hair in the Big Blue Dog trailer instead of on your floor or on your clothes! Book in your dog’s deshed by calling 1300 659 055 or get a free quote online.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:11:40 -0800 Dog-Fancier
5 Advantages of Being Your Own Boss

Have you ever wanted to be your own boss? Starting your own small business can be very challenging but also extremely rewarding. You get to reap the rewards for the work you do, ie: your earning capacity is determined by you.   Entrepreneurship is not for everyone but systems, such as franchising, can make the transition from employee to being your own boss easier. If you want to learn more about franchising, read our blog on Dash DogWash, ‘What You Need to Know About Joining a Franchise’. Keep reading to learn the top 5 advantages of being your own boss. 

1. Get that work/life balance you crave

When you become your own boss, you can set your own hours and work your business around your life.  Never miss a big life milestone or event ever again. You can finally be there for the school drop off, for the graduations, family holidays and more. You can set your own hours and make your schedule flexible around your lifestyle.

2. You get to reap all of the rewards

Instead of making money for someone else, when you’re your own boss, your hard work pays off as you get to keep the rewards.  When you work for yourself, satisfaction rates are typically higher as you see the consequences of your own actions and input.

3. You’re in control

When you are your own boss, you’re in control of your business and how it operates. You get to choose your own hours; you own customers; your own marketing efforts.  You have nobody looking over your shoulder every day.  With a franchise system, you do have certain obligations and systems to work by but any good franchisor will offer clear communication around those expectations and systems.

4. Get out of the daily grind 

If you’re sick of working 9-5 in a stuffy office with coworkers or crazy hours on shift work, becoming your own boss could be the perfect next career move for you. With mobile businesses, like Blue Wheelers, you no longer have to travel hours in traffic or on public transport every day to get to and from the office. You don’t have to sit next to coworkers you don’t get along with, answer to a demanding boss or work late into the night (if you don’t want to). Dayna from Blue Wheelers Chipping Norton made the move from office worker to dog groomer and she’s loving it.

“Business is good, really busy, lots of new enquiries. I am happy with the progress I have made during my time as a Blue Wheelers Groomer. Grooming did not come as naturally to me as quickly as I hoped.  As with any skill, I am now growing in confidence as the time passes and I can’t imagine returning to an office job where there are no dogs to hang out with every day.”

Dayna from Blue Wheelers Chipping Norton

Read our blog ‘How to be a Successful Dog Groomer’ to see if dog grooming could be the career for you.

5. Passion and more job satisfaction 

People always say ‘if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life,’ and if you’ve become your own boss in a field that you love, we’re sure you’ll agree! Read one of our Groomer’s testimonials, ‘When Passion Drives Change’ to learn more about how following your passion (like working with dogs) can change your life. 

If you’ve been thinking about becoming your own boss, dog grooming might be a great option for you. Blue Wheelers Groomers are sole-traders in a mobile business with low, ongoing overhead costs. If you’ve never had your own business before or are new to the pet industry, joining a franchise such as Blue Wheelers could be the perfect business opportunity for you. Blue Wheelers has been the go-to brand for mobile dog grooming for over 25 years! Read our 25 Year Anniversary blog to learn more about our success story.

A Blue Wheelers Mobile Dog Grooming business offers you:

  • The flexibility of operating your own business
  • The freedom of working your own hours
  • The security of working with an established national brand
  • Full skills and business administration training
  • Quality equipment and products
  • Low start up costs and low overheads
  • Your own iconic Blue Wheelers mobile salon.

Follow the link to get an information pack and get all your questions answered.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:11:38 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Can Dogs Improve Your Mental Health? Whether it’s opening the door to a wagging tail, or receiving face licks (kisses), Dog’s unconditional love and support can positively impact your health and mental wellbeing, helping to create a healthier lifestyle.

Here are four ways that dogs can improve your mental health.

Dogs provide companionship

Companionship can help prevent illness and even add years to your life, while isolation and loneliness can trigger symptoms of depression. Dogs love to be your companion and the sound of pattering paws walking toward you is a joy no human can describe. They have so much affection and love to give no matter what mood you’re in. If you’re needing a good cuddle they will lay or sit with you providing comfort. If you’re feeling like burning some energy they will play, walk or run with you to no end.

Most of the time Dogs will wait for you to return home, they will follow you around the house and they may even sleep by your bed just to be that bit closer to you. For people living alone, being far from family or feeling isolated, a Dog is what you need to fill that void.

Having a dog encourages physical activity

Being active for just 30 minutes a day, not only benefits your own physical health but your mental health too. Physical activity releases endorphins that can improve your mood and increase your happiness. Dogs’ natural tendency is to remain active, and so they will give you the push you need to grab their lead and head out the door. Don’t limit yourself to just walking, dogs have an exciting nature to enjoy all types of physical activity. Whether it’s jogging, hiking, swimming, playing fetch, or even rollerblading a dog will adapt to whatever its owner is doing.


Dogs provide routine, stability and a sense of purpose 

Healthy routines are great for your mental health. Having a routine that cares for your dog’s health too, can provide stability and a sense of purpose.

Having a Dog around the house means having to remember to feed them, bathe them and give them exercise. Some might think this is too time-consuming however the joy and love you will receive from caring for them is well worth it. Regardless of your mood, or even if you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, one adorable look from your dog can have you out of bed caring for their every need.

Dogs make you socialise more

Dogs give you a reason to talk to new people while on walks or at the dog park, which can alleviate the loneliness you might feel in a depressive episode. Socialization with others, especially face-to-face, has been shown to ease symptoms of depression.

There is always a huge sense of happiness in people when talking about their dogs, you become willing to share photos and swap funny stories. Without even knowing the effect is happening your dog will build your confidence.

Time to buy a dog?

Rescue dogs are another benefit of dog ownership, while you’re going through a hard time why not adopt a dog who is too? You would be saving it’s life just as much as yours by giving it shelter, food and love!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:11:35 -0800 Dog-Fancier
ARISA THE GROOMER Youtube Channel! Did you know that you can watch how Arisa The Groomer grooms all her clients pooch on her youtube channel? Come check out her cute videos on how she transforms all the cute doggies! Don't forget to Subscribe and Like the channel too! ]]>
Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:11:33 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Mix Breed Asian Style Webinar

Hello Cuties!

I wanted to drop in and say HI!

My first webinar went so well, and from your feedback it helped you groomers create super cute faces on your clients! So please keep sending thru your pictures on the Facebook group.

As you were the 1st attendees for my last webinar, I want to give you the 1st exclusive to sign up to my upcoming webinar!

This month the focus will be on the dogs we see all the time in salon, Mixed Breeds! These dogs differ in a variety of coats. They can be straight-coated, curly, wavy, and so on. The magic with this breed is, ANYTHING GOES! The difficulty lies in how to achieve cute styling, appropriate for each dogs’ specific features. And that is where I can help you! In this webinar, we will go over symmetry, how to bring out a cute expression for its unique facial feature, and how to elevate your overall grooming skills. I will be grooming two dogs. 1 full body + face, and 1 face only.

Join me and the cutie groomer gang, THAT’S YOU, for The Mixed Breed Webinar, Sunday August 1st at 10 a.m PST!



Be the first to get notified about my upcoming webinars, courses, and private 1-on-1 coaching. I am here every step of the way to share with you all my tips & tricks!


Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:11:33 -0800 Dog-Fancier
All About the Faces Webinar with Arisa Hello!

In this live webinar, I will show you the proper steps to achieve cute round Asian styling faces! This month the focus will be on the more difficult coats, such as straight haired coats like a Maltese, Yorkie, Shih Tzu, and Schnauzer.

My grooming style emphasizes super round donut muzzles, puppy-like ears, and cute happy expressions. If you are someone who has been struggling to style faces on these breeds, this will be the perfect webinar for you!

We will start out the morning washing and prepping and go straight into the haircuts. Then finally, follow up with a Q&A session.

All attendees will receive a free pamphlet of all my tools, my grooming process, along with the days schedule.

I've learned a lot from my last webinar with Anna, along with getting feedback from you the viewers, on how I can improve and better suit you as a host.

I am super excited to share this process with you, and have you join me dominating this world with CUTE AF DOG GROOMING!

If you have any question please feel free to email at

See you on June 6th!



Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:11:33 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Tips on Keeping your dogs teeth clean Tips on Keeping your dogs teeth clean

When it comes to keeping our dogs healthy, many owners overlook the importance of oral hygiene. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, it’s estimated that the majority of dogs show signs of periodontal disease by just three years old. Since the primary sign of early dental disease is bad breath, it often goes unnoticed by owners because they simply think that bad breath is something dogs just happen to have. Sure, it’s not minty fresh, but your dog’s breath also shouldn’t be bad enough to make you gag.

dog tongue

Periodontal disease can cause some serious health issues for our canine companions, so it’s essential to maintain adequate oral hygiene. Untreated dental disease can cause tooth loss, and it can lead to painful abscesses and systemic infections throughout your dog’s entire body. This is always bad news, especially when it comes with an increased risk of permanent jaw damage and heart disease. Both of these things have been linked to long-term periodontal disease in our dogs. So how can we keep our dogs’ teeth clean? Here are some tips.

Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

corgi with toothbrush

Brushing your dog’s teeth might sound silly, but it’s an excellent way to prevent plaque buildup. You don’t need to brush your dog’s teeth daily, although the more often the better. Most dogs aren’t too fond of the idea at first, but you can easily train your dog to have his teeth brushed the same way you would to have his nails trimmed. There are several options you can take when brushing teeth. First, you’ll want to get toothpaste that is made specifically for dogs. This is because toothpaste for humans contains ingredients that are toxic to our pets. Plus, dog toothpaste usually comes in a delicious chicken or peanut butter flavor. Second, you can use either a canine toothbrush or a brush that fits over your fingertip. Ask your veterinarian about what’s best, and see what you and your dog prefer.

Dog Tooth Wipes

For those that are unable to brush teeth or simply want to switch up their cleaning techniques, tooth wipes are a great solution. Tooth wipes are made to be rubbed against your dog’s teeth to help remove plaque. They work similarly to toothbrushes, but are not able to get into the tiny nooks and crannies that a brush does. Still, they are a great way to clean your pet’s teeth and are often easier to manage than a toothbrush with toothpaste.

Dog Dental Treats

Dogs love treats, and dental treats are a very good way to improve your pup’s dental health. These treats are made specifically to remove plaque buildup and often contain ingredients that freshen breath and clean your dog’s mouth. They are generally much more appreciated by our dogs than a toothbrush or tooth wipes, and they do a great job of keeping our dog’s mouth clean. These treats come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors, and you are sure to find something your dog loves.

Dog Chews

There are hundreds of different types of chews, but almost all of them have teeth-cleaning properties. The act of chewing actually benefits your dog’s oral health, in and of itself, regardless of what is being chewed on. The gnawing scrapes plaque off your dog’s teeth, and many all-natural treats made from meat contain enzymes that help promote dental health. Chews like cow ears, bully sticks, and chicken strips are a great way to keep your dog happy and healthy. If you’re looking for something without any calories, there are many long-lasting rubber or nylon chews that do the job, as well.
dog chewing bone

Professional Cleanings

Perhaps the best way to ensure your dog’s oral health is to have him undergo a professional cleaning by a veterinarian. Your veterinarian knows what’s best for your dog’s teeth and will be able to address any issues she finds. Although much more expensive than the other tips we’ve mentioned, a professional dental cleaning is the best way to maintain your dog’s dental hygiene. Your veterinarian is experienced in preventing, locating, and treating any issues that might go unnoticed by even the most dedicated dog owner. If there is one option you choose to promote your dog’s dental health, we suggest visiting your veterinarian for a professional exam.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:09:53 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Beverly Hills MI – Dog Groomer – Canine Couture Pet Grooming Beverly Hills MI – Dog Groomer – Canine Couture Pet Grooming

The grooming specialists at Canine Couture Pet Grooming have been hard at work continuing to strive for excellence.  Not only have we become certified in styling but now we are a certified AKC SAFETY certified.

When you leave your pet with us, we want you to know that the beloved dog or cat will be returned in healthy shape.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:09:50 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Pet Grooming Complete Professional Pet Grooming At Canine Couture Grooming Beverly Hills, MI

It’s easy to think of professional pet grooming as a luxury, but all dogs and cats require some level of regular grooming in order to stay in good health. No matter where you and your pet fall on the grooming spectrum, The Pet Experts here at Canine Couture Grooming can meet your needs with everything from basic maintenance grooming to luxurious pet spa experiences.


Our grooming services include baths, nail trims, anal gland expression, stain removal, medicated shampoos and conditioners, and more. Our special cleansing baths contain soothing agents designed to gently remove dirt and debris while leaving your pet feeling refreshed and their coat silky smooth. We also offer medicated baths for pets who suffer from allergies and other dermatological issues.

If you would like to schedule your pet’s grooming appointment along with their wellness exam, simply let our team know, and we will work around your veterinarian’s schedule.


A luxurious bath for your dog or cat can boast many health benefits. At Canine Couture Pet Grooming, we provide individualized bathing services designed to meet your pet’s every unique need, such as:

  • Treatment for sensitive, dry, or itchy skin
  • Medicated baths for pets with skin conditions or allergies
  • Compassionate care for pets to whom bathing may be a source of fear or anxiety

In our experience, the best way to address bath anxiety in a pet is to replace negative experiences with positive ones. If your pet is reluctant to get in the tub, our dedicated staff will be happy to talk with you about how we can accommodate his or her needs.

Remember: Good hygiene is just as important to your pet’s health as it is to yours! If you have any questions about the pet grooming services available at Canine Couture Grooming, please contact us.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:09:50 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Show Love To Your Pet – Let Your Dog Groomed Professionally Dogs leave paw prints on your heart; thus, they deserve all the pampering, primping, and grooming.

When it comes to grooming your pet, most dog owners prefer to groom them on their own. But somehow, they fail to understand that it takes patience and lots of care, particularly when you own a puppy or a fluffy one or even the one with behavioral issues. It’s not even easy for dog owners to control their pets at the time of grooming sessions, and this is the situation when we need professional help.

Typically a professional grooming session includes the dog being bathed, dried, and brushed as well as clipped and trimmed. The benefit that you get by getting your dog groomed with the help of a professional is that it saves time and energy. The professional will comb and brush the mats before the bath, making it easier to lather the dog with shampoo. Your dog gets clean easily, and the groomer even checks for signs of infection.

You may miss the clipping or trimming part, but the groomer will do it like a process. As an owner of your dog, the only thing that you need to do is communicate with the groomer regarding the problems that your dog is going through. And your precious pooch will shine brightly after all the grooming sessions. Not what else they do? Let’s find out:

They Bring The Right Tools

You would definitely don’t want to use your personal scissors and razors to groom your dog. That’s what professional groomers bring with them, a complete tool kit that is specially designed for dog grooming. From various sorts of clippers to adjustable tables for grooming, they are equipped with every essential tool and different shampoos for dogs, such as shampoo for ticks, fleas, skin allergies, and irritations. Now that will be not as easy for you as it is for them – to groom your dog.

They Fit Your Schedule

Now that’s the most significant thing. You usually don’t have time for dog grooming, and the delays may affect your dog’s health. In this situation, getting help from a pet grooming professional will be beneficial for you. These days you can get to the veterinarian’s office, boarding facility, or doggie daycare near your location easily. Even mobile vans available have all the grooming tools, shampoos, and even a bathtub. So now dog grooming is not at all a difficult task, and it will fit perfectly with your schedule because of the availability of grooming facilities.

They Know How to Handle Dogs

There is a possibility that older dogs become more aggressive and anxious when you try to groom them. Thus, they need to be sedated before the grooming session, which can’t be done at home. This can be done by a professional. They even notice any lump or injury during the session that you may not have noticed. Thus it is always a wise idea to take help from professionals.

Final Words

We know that every dog owner loves to groom their dog on their own, but there are some things that you may miss during the session. Now, these things can be hazardous for your dogs, like lumps or any sort of injury. Thus, it is beneficial to take professional help for your dog’s grooming.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:07:44 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Groom Your Dog the Right Way With These Simple Tips There are so many ways to groom your dog, but it will depend on their breed and the condition of their coat. There are also specific tools you need for certain tasks to get the best results. For example, if you’re shaving down your husky’s undercoat, then you’ll want to use either an undercoat rake or a specialized tool used for this specific breed. 

If you are brushing your dog, then it’s best to use a slicker brush or rake depending on what type of fur they have. You can also make grooming sessions last longer by giving your pup treats when they behave well during the process. Do you want to discover the right ways to groom your dog, then read this article to the end. 

Groom Your Dog The Right Way With These Tips

Regularly brush your dog’s coat to prevent matting

Brush your puppy’s coat regularly to remove any loose hair that would otherwise end up clogging the vacuum cleaner or getting stuck in couches and carpets. Regularly bathe your dog if its fur is dirty. Bathing too frequently can strip the natural oils from their fur and cause skin conditions. You need to wait until their coats are dirty, then give them a good wash with a shampoo made for dogs and pat dry carefully before letting them go outside.

If your dog is muddy, it’s best to wait until they’re clean before you try to brush out the dirt and grime. Giving your dog a good life starts with learning about the best ways to care for it. You can learn a lot of that at, from behavior and training, feeding and healthcare, there are guides there to help you. However, for grooming, make sure to remove any dead hair from their coat when you brush your dog. If left alone, the dead hair can cause tangles in your puppy’s fur that could lead to painful mats. Brushing too often can also lead to mats if done wrong or with the wrong tools. So, don’t rush, just do it in short fast strokes in different directions until the coat is tangle-free.

Safely trim your dog’s nails

If you have a dog, you need to understand the importance of checking its nails. You can’t neglect your pet or else he will look weird and feel uncomfortable. Neglecting nails may lead to some medical conditions such as pain, infection, and discomfort for your pet. A dog is usually considered healthy but when its nails are neglected then it can lead to some serious medical conditions. It’s important that dog owners understand the importance of trimming their dog’s nails so they can prevent any complications later on.

Trimming your dog’s nails may be an intricate task but you must remember that dogs feel comfortable having their nails trimmed. The trick towards a painless trim is that you need to do it fast and firm. Be quick, but don’t hurt your dog. This can lead to complications.

Feed your dog right

The truth is, we all need to know how to groom our dog the right way because if you’re just winging it, there can be some bad consequences from feeding your dog too much or too little. The number one danger of improperly feeding your dog is obesity. If you feed your pup too much, they will just keep eating, eating, and eating until they are so big that it becomes an issue for them to walk around.

Pets have the same diet as the people around them. So, if you’re on a diet of super healthy home-cooked meals and your dog eats whatever is left on your plate after each meal, it’s no surprise they’ll start to pack on the pounds as well!

We never want our dogs to be fat but we also don’t want them to be too skinny. If you underfeed your dog, their metabolism will slow down. This will make it difficult for them to maintain a healthy weight and could ultimately lead to severe health problems which can ultimately lead up the road to other diseases such as hip dysplasia or arthritis. It’s best not only for the sake of their physical health but also for their mental well-being if you feed your dog a well-balanced diet of nutritious meals.

Clean, Moisturize, and Protect Your Dog’s Paws

Paw care is an essential part of keeping your dog healthy and happy. And, it’s super easy with the right tools. When it comes to cleaning your puppy’s paws, you want to start by getting rid of the biggest problem – salt! If they’ve been walking around on salty sidewalks or ice, their paws can get severely dry and irritated from this exposure. In order to treat the salt irritation, simply wash their feet with a bit of gentle dog shampoo and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Don’t use hot water because it will only irritate their paws even more.

Once you’ve washed away all of the salt, dry your dog’s feet thoroughly using a towel or you can gently pat them down with a blowdryer on a cool setting if they’re okay with that. It’s important that their paws are completely dry before you put on dog paw wax. If they’re still damp, the wax won’t adhere properly to the pads.

While your dog’s paws are still dry, wipe them with a cotton ball soaked in petroleum jelly or dog paw wax. This will help protect and moisturize their paws so they can feel softer, stay healthier, and be more comfortable.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money in order to groom your dog the right way. Of course, you can always take your pet and spend some time and money and get them all nice and pretty but you can find ways of grooming your pup without breaking the bank. Further, if you follow simple tips like what we mentioned above, you can groom your dog, with the right tools and the right information, in a matter of minutes.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:07:43 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How To Maintain Your Dog’s Fur: 6 Useful Tips When you have a pet, you must properly care for it. That implies if you want to be a proper owner, you’ll have to perform a lot of things. Taking care of your dog’s fur is an important part of that care, and we’ll show you how to do it here.

Brushing the Fur

Brushing your dog’s coat regularly removes superfluous hair and reduces the amount of hair you have to deal with on your favorite black clothes. It also aids in the distribution of natural oils in your dog’s fur and skin, ensuring that their coat remains healthy and attractive. Brushing is a really simple task. All you need to know is what type of coat your dog has, as this will dictate how often and what type of brush to use.

Long-haired breeds, such as Collies and Tibetan Terriers, should be brushed once a week, or more frequently if the coat becomes matted. Because its bristles grasp the undercoat and remove loose hairs without causing pain, a pin brush is a wonderful alternative for these breeds. Short-haired dogs, such as Labrador Retrievers and Greyhounds, don’t require as much brushing because their coats don’t mat and tangle as easily. Also, to avoid tangling, you should cut its fur once in a while and you can use scissors for dog groomers which can be bought online. Use a rubber brush or grooming glove to aid in the removal of dirt and stray hair.

Proper Diet

Check to see if your dog is getting the nutrition he or she requires. When their food isn’t good enough, their fur often suffers. It’s possible that an elderly animal’s food is too hard for their teeth, causing them to refuse to eat. If the animal is eating hard foods, try switching to a softer meal to see if the situation improves. Use products that are recognized to be excellent for your dog, and read the labels carefully. Some diets lack the nutrients that your pet needs, and as a result, your pet may be deficient in key nutrients.

If you decide to prepare your dog’s food, consult your veterinarian to ensure that it has the proper mix of vitamins and minerals. Making your dog’s food at home is a terrific method to ensure that your dog is getting the best nutrition possible.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are both beneficial to your dog’s coat. Omega-6 helps in the battle against infections, whilst Omega-3 improves your dog’s attitude and relieves arthritic discomfort. Just keep in mind that they need to be delivered fresh to be effective. 

Bathing and Choosing the Right Shampoo

The frequency with which you bathe your dog is determined by their coat type, skin sensitivity, medical needs, how rapidly they become dirty or stinky, and your personal preference. When dogs are bathed too regularly, the natural oils that keep their skin and hair healthy are stripped away. Bathing your dog once a month is typically enough if he has a healthy coat and normal skin. Unless your veterinarian recommends differently, bathe your dog no more than once a week to avoid damaging their fur.

Only shampoo your dog when it needs it to avoid removing the natural oils from its coat and making it prone to dryness. Look for a shampoo created exclusively for dogs that fits your dog’s hair and skin sensitivity. If your dog scratches a lot, for example, you should use a delicate shampoo or opt for one that contains oatmeal, which is a natural itch cure.

Make sure the dog’s coat is properly rinsed. Any leftover shampoo or conditioner can irritate the skin and make the coat appear dull and lifeless.

Coconut Oil and Oatmeal Bath

Coconut oil is one of the most effective moisturizers for dry skin and hair. Brush it to your dog’s coat for a healthy sheen that lasts. After a lukewarm shower, coconut oil prevents skin diseases and locks in hydration. For a smooth result, consider adding a few drops of coconut oil to your dog’s shampoo. Put a spoonful of coconut oil in your dog’s food for good digestion and moisturized skin on the inside.

In a food processor, grind the oats until it resembles flour. Fill your bathtub halfway with tepid water, then add the oatmeal powder and swirl until froth appears. Put your pet in the tub with the oatmeal-infused water for a thorough soak.

UV Protection

Your dog can be harmed by the sun’s rays. Skin cancer may be caused by too much sun exposure, which is more frequent in dogs with brighter fur. When your dog is exposed to the sun, use a specific pet sunscreen with a least SPF 15 protection level.

Beware of the Parasites

Fleas irritate your dog’s skin, causing it to scratch and bite itself constantly. This can harm your dog’s coat as well as cause health problems, which is why you should safeguard your dog from these parasites. Numerous products may aid with this problem, so go for the one that best matches your pet.

Be sure to provide your dog high-quality food, including treats, and consider supplementing its diet with herbal remedies. Brush your dog regularly, and treat his fur with coconut oil every now and again. Finally, maintain your dog’s health by avoiding parasites, and see your veterinarian if you have any issues regarding grooming. Your dog’s coat will be strong and lustrous for a long time if you do it this way.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:07:42 -0800 Dog-Fancier
From Pampering People to Pampering Pups A quote from long-term educator Sister Mary Lauretta states, “To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.” A part of life is figuring out what our purpose is and what we are passionate about. Along the journey to that discovery comes many experiences and often disappointments. For some, the end goal may be very clear in their mind, but sometimes once they pursue that dream, they are left feeling uninspired.  Some even end up realizing that their lifelong aspiration is not the dream job they’ve been waiting for. This was the case for Anna Mastorgio early in her journey, before becoming a graduate of Animal Behavior College.

Anna thought her life calling was cosmetology, so she pursued the career by going to school to become a cosmetologist. After completing her education in this field, she quickly realized that she was still dissatisfied.  Her passion was not fulfilled, and she knew there was something else out there for her. But what?  As the child of parents who had a major love for animals, Anna grew up in a home with different types of animals ranging from domestic to exotic. Observing her parents’ display of compassion towards animals helped spark her adoration for animals. Her dad, who was a pillar of support for Anna, encouraged her to get a job as a dog bather so she could work one on one with animals. This started it all as Anna fell in love with the environment of working with dogs.

Unfortunately, Anna lost her father recently and she wanted to do something that gave her a sense of purpose and most importantly make her dad proud. This new position as a bather led to the newfound discovery of pet grooming which combined both of her favorite worlds – art and animals.   Newly inspired, Anna began her research on how to gain the education she would need to become a certified groomer. After spending a very long time researching and comparing her educational options, Anna decided to move forward with Animal Behavior College’s Dog Grooming Program due to all it had to offer.

From ABC’s Dog Grooming Program, Anna had several takeaways that have helped her on her path to success. One of these valued lessons was learning how to interact with the animals including how to read animal body language and tone. These are very important for a groomer to be able to identify, for the safety of both the animals and the groomer. Anna felt that the externship was very helpful in getting more practice and giving a realistic understanding of the field including both the pros and cons that come with any industry. “When I saw the pros and cons of the grooming world for what it really was, I realized that integrity and safety and are so important. As a groomer it’s important to be patient, you’re going to see that being patient will get allow you to get more done with the dog than rushing through it,” stated Anna. Anna felt very prepared for the externship and didn’t feel intimidated through the process, which is what ABC hopes for all their students.

Anna shared, “There is always something new to learn in grooming and not every dog is going to let you do what you want to do, so get over the perfectionism.” She has come to learn that forming a relationship with the animal and ensuring that they are comfortable is crucial to the process of grooming. It is not always just about the cut. Patience is the key to a successful grooming. Anna has gained confidence through her certification and feels that it is important to share her knowledge with those that show interest in becoming a groomer. When asked what she would say to someone considering attending ABC for grooming certification, she responded, “I would definitely say to totally go for it if you are artistic and love animals! I love that ABC is at your own pace and it didn’t interfere with my life. And when you feel like it’s at its hardest and you are the most scared, put all of your effort in at that moment.”

Now that Anna has completed the course, she wants to continue her learning and gain experience. She has already received recognition and the opportunity to work with a Master Groomer because of the ABC Dog Grooming Certification. Anna has received offers from salons in her hometown and is looking forward to building her grooming portfolio along with doing salon tours. Anna was surprised to come out of the program with several people reaching out to her versus being limited to just one salon location. She is excited to go to grooming competitions and has even considered starting a mobile grooming business. “I think having the (ABC Pet Groomer) certification will help in setting up my business. It’s nice to have the proof that you have had training and clients are more inclined to have a certified groomer,” stated Anna. Animal Behavior College is proud of their graduate and looks forward to seeing where Anna’s journey takes her.


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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:05:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Is the ABC Pet Groomer Program the Right Move for You?  

Anyone wanting to follow their passion and go into a career working with animals has some solid options such as pet grooming or obedience training.  But is a love for animals enough to base your career choice on?

Embarking on a new career is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make in your life so you should not take it lightly.  While no one can know beforehand whether or not they are well suited for a particular career, you should make every effort to understand what to expect.  For example, you could shadow or talk to a professional or read articles written by people in the field.

For any career you are considering, you should learn the answers to the following questions:

·        What are the educational requirements?

·        Do I need a license before I can work?

·        What salary can I expect to earn?

·        Are job prospects good?

·        Will I have to relocate in order to get a job?

·        What are the physical requirements?

·        Do I have the personal characteristics to be successful?

·        What are the most challenging aspects of this career?

Often, digging deeper reveals a few surprises.


Pet Grooming Pros and Cons

Pet grooming is a great example of a career that people might rush into without really understanding what it entails.  They love animals and want a job where they get to be around them all day, so they think: grooming!

True, it is fun to meet people’s pets all day and make them clean and pretty, but you know what’s not so wonderful?

·      Handling a furious wet cat

·      Working with a nervous dog who does not want to be on your grooming table

·      Getting nipped or scratched

·      Having to end your day stinky, wet, and covered in hair

·      Constantly being on your feet, lifting and bending

·      If you have to pay for your own tools, grooming equipment is costly

·      Trying to please fussy clients


If you can accept the cons, however, the pros are amazing!  Dog groomers get to:

·        Make all the dogs and cats feel clean and healthy

·        Be creative every day

·        Establish relationships with puppies and kittens that will last a lifetime

·        Enjoy flexible hours—and if you don’t want to do it full time, grooming makes an awesome side gig

·        Make a difference—a pet comes in matted, dirty, or worse and leaves you, the groomer, transformed, healthy and beautiful—that’s job satisfaction!

·        Have a great opportunity to open their own business

·        Enjoy a lot of variety.  Dog breeds have different coat types and styles of cut, so you’re not doing the same thing day in a day out. There’s a lot to learn!

·        Love on pets and get lots of wet “thank you” kisses



Start Your Career at Animal Behavior College

If you have done your homework and think that a pet grooming career is right for you, getting certified through ABC should be your first step.   ABC has a great program that combines online learning and lots of hands-on experience with a local mentor.  Once you have earned your ABC Pet Groomer Certification you will be confident and ready to go to work!

You’ll learn all about working with the tools of the trade, breed characteristics, pet CPR and First Aid, grooming techniques, and everything else you need to know to launch a successful career.  The pet grooming course also includes a helpful section on career building.  And as an ABC student, you will receive a free 35+ piece groomer’s toolkit to help you get started.

You can enroll in the ABC pet groomer program anytime.  To learn how you can get started today, please call 800-795-3294.  An admissions counselor will be happy to help you.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:05:20 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Confirmation That You Are on the Right Track  

Groomer Spotlight on Jeanette Nolte 

To quote the infamous Brazilian football player Pelé, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” Many can attest to this as being true, including Animal Behavior College’s Grooming Instruction Program graduate Jeanette Nolte.  

Jeanette with her fiancé, Chris and their furbabies (from left to right) Sadie, Penny, Cora and Cooper

Nolte was interested in a career with animals ever since high school when she was working as a dog bather and other dog related jobs. Once out of college, Jeanette started working with even more animals and observed how much of a demand there was for pet grooming. This sparked her interest, and after years of animal related experience, she decided to further her education with ABC’s Grooming Instruction Program with the goals of first becoming a certified pet groomer, and then starting her own business.  

All ABC grooming students receive an extensive tool kit during their course of study. This kit comes from Groomers Choice, a leader in the grooming field. Having the grooming tool kit allowed Jeanette to learn firsthand about the numerous tools required in grooming and, most importantly, how to properly utilize them. Learning how to use grooming equipment effectively and having hands-on practice helped boost her confidence as a groomer. Another takeaway for Nolte was the importance of safety and expanding her knowledge of dog breeds and their varying coats.  

As Ms. Nolte discovered, learning about grooming in an organized and systematic fashion is one of the hallmarks of a quality certification program. The importance of grooming certification became even clearer once Jeanette started her own business. “I have had too many people come to me saying that they have taken their dogs to groomers who are not certified and have had a bad experience. They then become regular customers for my business because they don’t want a non-certified person grooming their pet. I wouldn’t be where I am at without having the certification because it backs up the legitimacy of what I do.”  

For those who are interested in becoming a groomer, Nolte suggests that you go through everything the job entails with an experienced groomer. “A lot of people think it’s a ‘rainbow’ job, but grooming can be physically demanding work. It is very helpful to know and understand the animals and their behaviors too.” She continues saying, “Make sure you have a very patient and calm mentality. You have to learn how to navigate the obstacles of the job. It is a very rewarding job, but it is by no means an easy job.”  

Now that she has her certification, grooming training and tools from Groomer’s Choice, Jeanette’s career as a groomer has dramatically flourished. Nolte has been able to leave her corporate job to groom full-time, is currently receiving 5-6 texts a day asking for services and is booked out 2 weeks ahead, while completing 7-11 grooms a day. Through her new connections and current 250 clients, her word-of-mouth recommendations have exploded. She is currently working out of her home but is working with a realtor to find a larger location to run her business. Nolte plans to hire 1-2 other groomers in the next 6 months to meet the demand of clients.  

One of her proudest achievements is her 5-star ratings on Google reviews. “I live every day to see that number go up every single day. Watching the reviews helps me keep an eye on my competition and I always make sure the client is happy even when a mistake is made, or they are not satisfied.” Nolte will walk with the owner of the dog from snout to tail and ask if they are happy with the cut and if any changes are needed before they walk out the door. She has the clients tell her exactly what they want to give them more freedom in their preferred groom rather than just getting what the groomer gives them. 

Nolte and her fiancé are looking forward to their future with the business. They plan to hire a full-time crew and would like to expand the services provided to include boarding, doggie daycare, pet massage and dog training. “I never thought I would be where I am today, doing what I wanted to do. My dream job was to work with dogs, but I was thinking it was more of a hobby and not a career. The sky is the limit in working with animals, especially in this day and age. You don’t have to have a 9-5 job; you can make a successful career out of it (grooming) and do what you love.”  

ABC congratulates Jeanette Nolte on her recent achievements and hopes this inspires others to keep searching for the dream they love.  

If you are interested in enrolling in the programs offered at Animal Behavior College, check out more information at or call 800-795-3294. 


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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:05:19 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why Should You Use Curved Scissors for Dog Grooming? Curved scissors are used in curved spaces as well as to provide a contoured finish when desired. They are unbeatable at grooming areas that could be challenging to reach with a conventional straight scissor, such as the brows, the area of the chest that merges down into the front legs, and the hair on dogs' paws so that it looks perfect and round, and many other regions.

Who can use Curved Dog Grooming Scissors?


Everyone can use curved dog grooming scissors, whether they are used at home or by experts. Furthermore, because it doesn't require much handling, even beginners quickly master it. Curved shears are simple to operate because they only require thumb movement, but the proper practice is required to become fast.


I have straight scissors, will they do the trick?

Taking into account the dog's breed, size, and fur, you can decide whether or not you actually require curved scissors. Straight scissors can perform the same task as curved ones, but they will take more time, will prove to be difficult, and won’t produce the same crisp result. 


Is there more than one Curved Scissor? 

Additionally, there are several lengths of curved grooming scissors, ranging from 4" to 10". Which one you require will depend on the dog you plan to groom. If you work as a dog groomer professionally, you may want to keep various lengths on hand so you can groom any dog you get, no matter how big or small.


Unsure which Curved Scissors to buy? Check out our range of Dog Grooming Scissors here at ABK Grooming. Here you will find the best-curved scissors with the most premium quality made by reputed international brands like Andis, Aeolus, KISS, Swan, and Roseline. ]]>
Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:03:36 -0800 Dog-Fancier
7 Affordable Products For Home Grooming Pets These days, pet owners are showing more interest in grooming their pets themselves at home rather than hiring a professional. Pet owners on a tight budget constantly look for the most economical grooming tools that won't cost a fortune, and for good reason.

You don't feel safe going to the pet groomer because of the pandemic, and you may even want to groom your dog at home as a precaution. When the pandemic first started, many pet owners followed this practice; today, many don't even feel the need to take their animals to the groomer. But you can't do it without the right Pet Grooming Essentials and some guidance from professionals. 

Accidents happen when pet owners feel uncertain, don't follow proper approaches, or don't use the right tools. So it’s important to know what you’re doing. After all, you want to make sure your little one is comfortable while you groom them in the safest manner possible. And good quality doesn’t have to mean expensive, so we’re here to present you with the 5 most Affordable pet grooming products for pet grooming at home.


Pet Grooming Clipper



Clippers are a big part of grooming a pet. And there are so many expensive ones out there. But does an expensive pet grooming clipper necessarily guarantee that it is of high quality? Let’s see.

While shopping for a clipper, you have to make sure that you get the safest option. Some clippers overheat when used for long durations, which can cause severe burns on the pet’s body. But with a ceramic edge blade, this doesn’t happen. Meteor CeramicEdge Cordless Pet Trimmer is the ideal clipper when it comes to affordable pet grooming clippers for home grooming dogs and cats. It is a good-quality, cost-effective grooming clipper option designed for everyday use, specifically for at-home groomers. This clipper is cordless, meaning you can use it with or without a cord! This reduces the hassle of plugging in your clipper every time you use it. It features a sought-after high-end ceramic blade and comes with four attachable combs, blade oil, blade brush, charger, and an extra rechargeable battery! 


Straight Scissors For Pet Grooming






If you’re even thinking about using your common household scissors on your pet, just don’t. Your nervous pet’s sudden movement could lead to serious harm to them. And why risk such a mishap when Straight Pet Grooming Scissors are one of the most commonly used and low-budget pet grooming products. Let us narrow your search down to the most popular one. We suggest you use Swan Straight Scissors For Pet Grooming. It is relatively inexpensive but made with high-quality titanium-coated stainless steel. It ensures the durability of the edge, so you don’t have to worry about buying a new one for a very long time. 

And guess what? It has a bunch of uses. They come in a variety of sizes and colors and can be used to groom most pets. It can be used for basic body grooming, forming straight lines, and giving any properly prepared coat a clean and crisp finish.


Grooming Brush  




Selecting the proper brush is the first step to effectively brushing your pet. Brushing your pet's coat every day is one of the simplest ways to cut on grooming time and the best home pet grooming tip. Confused about which brush to use? We’ve got your back with Andis Standard Firm Slicker Brush. Used by professionals and pet parents alike, this is one of the most affordable, reliable, and versatile brushes in the world. 

What are Slicker Brushes? A slicker brush has fine curved wire bristles close together which work well on almost all types of hair and fur. The slicker brush is a favorite among groomers and is used more frequently than any other pet grooming brush. They are the ideal brush for eliminating undercoats, matting, and knots. To stimulate and redistribute the natural oils all through the coat, the slicker brush also serves as a massager.

By eliminating shedding by 90%, it provides the optimum performance by removing tangles and matting effectively. This tool is convenient for small and large pets alike. For secure and speedy grooming, it has a handle with an ergonomic grip. It gets rid of loose hair and keeps the hair healthy with a lustrous glow. It’s a must-have in your Home Pet grooming kit.


Supalite New Ionic Generation Pet Dryer 




It can be difficult to find a good and affordable pet grooming dryer because the vast majority of those in the market are professional, powerful equipment used by groomers and veterinarians.

A dryer can make grooming and bath-time faster and less unpleasant than having to chase your wet dog around the house with a towel. So if you frequently wash your pet or have a bunch of pets to take care of, a good dryer is one of the most important budget pet essentials.

And one of the best dryers for pet grooming is the Supalite New Ionic Generation Pet Dryer. It’s the best product for home grooming dogs on a budget as it’s just as affordable as it is high-end. It has six heat settings, allowing you to dry your pet gently at any setting you want. It features a stunning black finish that looks fashionable with its lightweight, portable, and comfortable body. Easy to handle and easy to maneuver in the hand, making the grooming process easy and calm. Runs softly to minimize loud noises, and is suitable for prolonged use just as well.


Nail Clipper for Pets



If you’re a responsible pet owner, you’re aware of how important timely nail clipping is while grooming pets at home. It’s just about being neat, but about avoiding discomfort and accidents you’d rather they didn’t have. Let’s not forget about how bad the scratches hurt!

We recommend that you use Trixie’s Pet Nail Clipper instead. It’s very versatile and can be used for dogs, cats, small animals, and birds. It features a limiter that stops the claws from being trimmed too short and a safety lock to avoid any accidents. It is made of superior stainless steel and has a plastic handle with a non-slip rubber grip. This is the perfect nail clipper to make the clipping process go smoothly. 

And if you’re considering using your common household nail cutter on them, let us save you a lot of regrets. 

By using human nail clippers on your pet's nails, you run the risk of a nail breaking off, bleeding, and causing your pet great agony. Since animal nails should be clipped precisely and quickly, human nail clippers may take longer to complete the task too. And because animal nails are much harder than ours, a human nail clipper will not have enough force to complete the cut, causing pain and incomplete cuts. Your pet may experience discomfort if trims are inconsistent due to cuts made by those clippers, which aren’t designed for that task. 


Tropiclean Gentle Coconut Shampoo



What makes a good pet shampoo, you might be wondering. Finding the ideal commercial dog shampoo for your pet might be difficult because there are a surprisingly large number of options available nowadays. Since human and dog shampoos are not interchangeable, sensible pet owners may want to speak with a doctor, a groomer, or other knowledgeable pet owners or experts before making a purchase. 

TropiClean Gentle Coconut Pet Shampoo is mild enough for even puppies, kittens, and pets with allergies. Coconut gently cleanses your pet’s coat while aloe replenishes skin moisture for a fresh, healthy clean. It is pH-balanced, soap-free, paraben-free, and dye-free. Bath-time is gentle and easy with its simple, natural ingredients that keep your pet clean, tear-free, and oh-so-snuggly!

Professional groomers and vets highly advise against using shampoo designed for humans on dogs, no matter how tempting the idea may sound. Even gentle or organic products must adhere to this rule. 

This is why:

  • Shampoos for pets have a higher pH. On a pet's more alkaline skin, using a human shampoo could irritate the skin or possibly increase microorganisms that produce odors.
  • Shampoos for pets have a unique chemical make-up. Pets are severely poisoned by the ingredients in human shampoo.



Standard Deshedding Tool



Deshedding your pets isn't just for your ease or the sake of your house's tidiness. Pets might experience a lot of discomforts if you don't deshed them. If unmanaged, this extra hair can entangle and mat, which is unattractive and may even limit your pet's ability to move naturally. Get this amazing Standard Deshedding Tool from Andis and start working on giving your pets some tender loving care. The greatest de-shedding equipment is simple to use, and your pet will feel and look just as fashionable as you do. With Andis, you’ll be able to maintain a damage-free topcoat easily. 

It is easy to forget when buying a de-shedding tool that you will need to clean it after usage. The majority of de-shedding tools are not made to be simple to clean. You will undoubtedly regret choosing a tool that is challenging to clean when the time comes. However, cleaning will be simple using this tool from Andis.




Some of these products are meant for minimal grooming at home and not for professional or full-time grooming, please keep this in mind before purchasing. The efficiency of the products depends on the coat of the breeds and other specifications as well. 


Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:03:36 -0800 Dog-Fancier
5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean Dogs' oral health is just as necessary as our own. 80 percent of dogs already show signs of canine periodontal disease by the time they are three years old, and poor oral hygiene can cause serious, life-threatening illnesses.

In addition to kisses that smell better, your dog will live a brighter, healthier, and fuller life if you practice basic dental hygiene at home.

With just a few minutes per week, even the busiest dog owners can easily implement these 5 routines to ensure that your four-legged friend's pearly whites continue to shine for years to come.


1. Use Flavored Toothpaste to Brush your Dog's Teeth

It's best to brush their teeth every day, just like with people. Brushing their teeth at least once a week will do if you don't have time for that, but the more frequent the better. The majority of canines can adapt to accepting and enjoying dental cleanings. The nooks and crannies inside your dog's mouth are easier to access with specially made dog toothbrushes. You'll need toothpaste made specifically for dogs because using human toothpaste could be quite toxic. Setting up a routine at home for brushing your dog's teeth will take less time than you might expect and go a long way toward maintaining your dog's teeth.

  1. Chew on doggie dental chews

Dog dental chews help your dog cleanse their teeth while also satisfying its natural desire for a tasty treat. Additionally, your dog will be too occupied chewing to cause trouble somewhere else. These chews reduce plaque and tartar buildup and polish teeth to a brilliant shine. They are available in various shapes, sizes, and features. When your dog has access to a dental chew, always keep an eye on them.

  1. Use Dog Dental Spray

Dog dental sprays can be used either alone or in conjunction with brushing to take care of your dog's teeth, making it a quick and simple process. These sprays eliminate plaque-producing bacteria and freshen your dog's breath. Dental sprays provide the additional benefit of removing odors as well as removing and preventing plaque and tartar buildup. Simply spray the gums and teeth. They can also be placed on dog toys and licked off for quick access to fresh breath.

  1. Chew Toys

If you're raising a playful dog, they'll enjoy chewing on a toy, and you'll appreciate how it relieves their boredom rather than wrecking your slippers. By giving dogs a chew toy, you can satisfy their natural urge to chew, keep them entertained, and aid their oral health. Gnawing naturally relieves teething discomfort in puppies and keeps adult dogs cognitively active. These toys are available in a range of sizes and forms, so you may find something to satisfy your dog's playing nature.

  1. Routine Professional Cleanings

Regular professional cleanings with your veterinarian are a crucial part of maintaining the oral health of your animal friend. They are mastered in finding any oral issues that could otherwise go undiscovered, preventing them, and treating them. The plaque below the gum line, where toothbrushes can't go, can be removed by veterinarians. While your dog is under general anesthesia, they will also scale and polish the teeth to remove tartar and plaque. We advise prioritizing oral examinations by veterinarians.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:03:35 -0800 Dog-Fancier