The Dog Visitor & News Magazine 2022 & : Dog Grooming https://thedogvisitor.com/rss/category/dog-grooming The Dog Visitor & News Magazine 2022 & : Dog Grooming en Copyright 2022 thedogvisitor.com & All Rights Reserved. Global Pet Expo 2023: Highlights from the Show by PRIDE+GROOM  https://thedogvisitor.com/global-pet-expo-2023-highlights-from-the-show-by-pridegroom https://thedogvisitor.com/global-pet-expo-2023-highlights-from-the-show-by-pridegroom This year, Pride+Groom showcased our NEW Leave-In Conditioner with a live demonstration at our booth featuring lead groomer, Kasey King from Pet Supplies Plus. The annual expo was the perfect forum for launching our new product. Order it here

Global Pet Expo

Pet industry trends

According to the APPA, there was a 10.8% increase in total sales, with the highest spend category being pet foods and treats at $58.1 billion. The second highest spend category was vet care with product sales at $35.9 billion.

Our team observed some of the biggest trends at the expo, including:

  • the rise of women-owned companies,
  • a growth in innovation and products for cats, 
  • new forms of sustainable non-animal protein companies,
  • and an increase in environmentally friendly food, toys, and pet accessories. 

These trends are important for dog owners and lovers to be aware of when looking for the best products for their furry friends, so you can definitely get exited for new pet products this year!

Female-owned pet businesses at Global Pet Expo 2023

Global Pet Expo

At the Global Pet Expo presented by the American Pet Products Association and the Pet Industry Distributors Association, we spotted a lot female-owned pet businesses

Among the standout women-owned pet companies were Fera Pet Organics, K9 Granola Factory, and fabdog, all of which showcased unique and innovative products. 

  • Fera Pet Organics, founded by Dr. Michelle Dulake and Emily Hsu, offers pet supplements that combine Eastern and Western therapies for optimal results.

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  •  K9 Granola Factory, owned by Janie Smyser, produces nutrient-rich dog treats made by local people, including beautiful dog donuts that look good enough for humans.
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  • Fabdog, started by founder and designer Cassie Cole, brings human-style fashion to the canine world with high-quality fabrics and craftsmanship.

Rising popularity of cats

The New Products Showcase at the Global Pet Expo featured a growing cat industry, with a doubled section showcasing new and innovative products. Winners of the showcase included Wigglin Snake Cat Toy, Lickimat cat riser from Australia, Made by Nacho cat food crafted by chef Bobby Flay and his daughter, and Kitty-Med Check by Pet Joa, a revolutionary cat litter supplement hat helps monitor cat health. 

Among Pride+Groom products, we have already variety of products suitable for cat, including Mane Tame waterless shampoo for cats, Swipes wet cat wipes, The Balm paw balm, and Proud Signature scent for cats. Should we go down the cat road?

New protein source for your pups!

Yora, Percuro, Open Farm and Catit are among the pet food innovators and professionals who are sourcing alternative protein sources for pet foods to address sustainability and supply chain shortages. These protein alternatives are proving to be nutritionally comparable to farm-raised animal proteins, and are gaining popularity among pet owners who are increasingly concerned about the environment and their pet's health. Some of the protein sources include Yak, crickets, mealworms, and upcycled produce. Insects and upcycling are becoming particularly popular as sustainable options for protein for pets.

Environmental concerns in pet industry 

The pet industry is also embracing environmentally friendly initiatives, with packaging and ingredients being the primary focus. Shameless Pets, for example, is a treat manufacturer that uses upcycled produce in their pet treats, saving over 1 million pounds of food waste to date. 

pride and Groom at Global Pet Expo

We at PRIDE+GROOM are also proud of post-recycled plastic usage in our packaging and promoting eco-friendly items such as reusable towels and bamboo bath brushes.

Overall, the Global Pet Expo showcased a variety of ways in which the pet industry is addressing sustainability and environmental concerns. As a dog owner and lover, it's important to stay up-to-date on these trends to ensure that our furry friends are not only healthy but also benefiting the planet.

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Thu, 30 Mar 2023 22:28:03 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Recent Trends in Pet Grooming Industry https://thedogvisitor.com/recent-trends-in-pet-grooming-industry https://thedogvisitor.com/recent-trends-in-pet-grooming-industry Trends in pet grooming industry: abkgrooming.com

We have seen the transition of pets being just a companion to family members and now more than that they are as important as biological children to every pet parent. The millennial generation themselves is so focused on self-care and the new ways of pampering, they don’t think twice while spending on it and definitely want their pets to experience the same relaxation and pleasure. However, the pandemic ignited this trend. While spending most of their time with pets, the pet parents are now fully aware of the benefits of good grooming and how it supports the pet’s health and makes them more pleasant to be around.

Trends in pet grooming 2023: abkgrooming.com, No.1 pet grooming supplies

Being emotionally attached to their fur babies pet parents are now showing more interest in organic products and consciously want to keep their pets away from the harm of harsh chemicals and their impact in long run. The results are; now the industry is booming with the natural and organic range of shampoo and bathing products infused with Oatmeal, Aloe-vera, and essential oils. We have a range of natural dog shampoos from Bio groom, Natural Scents, and Hydra Mega-amazon. All these top brands of shampoos are highly preferred by professionals and pro-groomers to bathe their four-legged clients at salons.  

Pet grooming trends 2023; abkgrooming,com

Gone are the days when dog coats are dried with towels, as the industry is growing and pet parents are lining up with appointments at ‘Pet salons’, these fur babies are dried with hi-tech coat dryers and blowers to save time and achieve that professional perfect look. Our best-selling Pro Pet Dryers’ of Aeolus, Double-K, and Metrovac are every pet professional and pet parent’s favourite with easy maintenance at a reasonable price.  

Creative Grooming like trends in pet grooming industry; abkgrooming.com

Dog grooming is no more restricted to good health and hygiene but pet fanatics are eager to try new styles and looks and one of them is creative grooming. Frankly speaking, colouring pets is not a modern-day practice but it has been around since the stone age. Want to know more about creative grooming? Read our blog on What is creative grooming? This trend of dyeing and colouring dog coats is now highly trending among Instagram and tik-tokers. Check out our Opawz’s range of pet dyes and colours, they are safe and easy to use try them now!

Trends in pet grooming industry blog; abkgrooming.com

The other most trending dog grooming ritual is the ‘Pet Spa’. It is more focused on holistic grooming than just perfect looks and styles that affect the pet’s overall health. It not just calms anxious dogs but nurtures their skin and coat with effective massage, deep conditioning, and facials. Hydra being the No.1 pet bathing shampoo in India has a range of SPA kits. Professionals and pet parents are highly admiring the Hydra pet bathing range in India because of its salon-grade quality ingredients and high-performing professional results.

Pet Spa, Creative Grooming like trends in pet grooming; abkgrooming.com

These are a few of the trends but as the pet grooming industry is prospering, the proximity between humans and pets will be directly proportional to the innovative and new ways of pet pampering and the products. The other few trending pet grooming practices are Aroma therapy, CDB, Protein infused products, Nail art, and care of pets, breed-specific grooming. The growth will not be restricted just to the products and services for pets but it will surely influence all arenas inclusively.    

 

 

 

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Tue, 28 Mar 2023 15:56:01 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Celebrating Easter and Passover (Safely) With Your Dog https://thedogvisitor.com/celebrating-easter-and-passover-safely-with-your-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/celebrating-easter-and-passover-safely-with-your-dog

Dog enjoying Easter egg hunt

Dressing your dog up for Halloween is one of the great pleasures in life, but I think we can all agree that there is NOTHING cuter than a dog wearing bunny ears. Easter should be fun for your two-legged and four-legged family members alike.

When I think of Easter I immediately think of bunnies, eggs and chocolate in all shapes and sizes. But those things don't always go well together. In order to have a fun (and safe) holiday, certain precautions need to be taken. Let’s break it all down.

celebrating easter safely with dog, dogs and easter, dogs and chocolate

Dog Easter dress - Adorable white lace with bunny ears

Chocolate and Dogs

Have you considered putting chocolate into your dog's Easter basket? Think again! If you do not know this already, then here is a public service announcement: Chocolate is toxic to dogs! Chocolate and any products with cacao are not a suitable options for Easter dog treats!

Why is Chocolate Toxic to Dogs?

In addition to caffeine, chocolate contains a chemical called Theobromine. Both chemicals speed up the heart rate in dogs as well as stimulate their nervous system. Dogs can not metabolize theobromine or caffeine as well as humans can which is what makes them get sick. 

PRO TIP: Try Carob treats with no harmful ingredients 

How sick will your dog get from chocolate?

The risk of sickness from chocolate depends on how much chocolate is ingested as well as the type of chocolate. The higher the concentration of theobromine and caffeine the sicker your dog will most likely become.

For milk chocolate, eating more than half an ounce per pound of body weight may put your dog at risk for chocolate poisoning. For dark or semi-sweet chocolate, eating more than 0.13 ounces per pound of body weight may cause chocolate poisoning in dogs. Knowing how much and what kind of chocolate your dog ate can help you and your vet determine if you have an emergency.

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Chocolate types from least to most toxic: WHITE – MILK – SEMISWEET – DARK

Here are the types of chocolate in order of toxicity:

  1. Cocoa powder is the MOST toxic as it is 100% pure cocoa
  2. Unsweetened Chocolate
  3. Semisweet chocolate
  4. Dark Chocolate
  5. Milk Chocolate
  6. White Chocolate 

Being aware of the amount and type of chocolate your dogs has consumed can be helpful in determining if you have a medical emergency on your hands. 

The AKC explains it this way: “A very concerning dose of chocolate is approximately one ounce of milk chocolate per pound of body weight. Since an average Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar is 1.55 ounces, consuming even one chocolate bar can have serious consequences, especially for small dogs. Eating a crumb of chocolate cake or a very small piece of a chocolate bar, on the other hand, probably won’t kill your dog, especially if it is a larger breed, but chocolate should never be fed as a treat.”

How do I know if my dog has chocolate poisoning?

Signs of chocolate ingestion and poisoning usually occur within 6 to 12 hours after ingestion. Symptoms may include:

  1. Diarrhea
  2. Vomiting 
  3. Tremors
  4. Seizures
  5. Panting
  6. Excessive thirst/urination
  7. Abnormal heart rhythm

If you notice any of these symptoms, call your veterinarian immediately, or take your dog to the emergency room. 

USEFUL RESOURCES TO HAVE ON HAND:

Emergency Pet Helpline (855) 764-7661
ASPCA Animal Poison Control (888) 426-4435

NOTE: Dogs with heart conditions and/or senior dogs are at a higher risk for chocolate poisoning to be fatal. 

How to Prevent Your Dog from Eating Chocolate

To prevent your dog from sneaking chocolate, follow these tips:

  • Put it away: Make sure all chocolate items, including cocoa powder and hot chocolate mix, are stored where the dog cannot reach them, such as on a high shelf in a closed-door pantry. Remind your children and guests that chocolate should be kept out of the dog’s reach and not left on countertops, tables, or in purses. Keep this in mind during the holidays, too, making sure to place Easter baskets and candy in a place where a dog cannot get to them.
  • Teach “leave it”: The command “leave it” is extremely effective in preventing dogs from eating something that falls onto the ground or is left within reach during a walk. It’s also a very easy command to teach.
  • Crate train your dog: The safest way to ensure your dog doesn’t eat anything harmful while you’re not supervising them is to crate train them. Find a sturdy crate that is large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around and make it a comfortable, safe place for them to retreat to when they want to be alone or when you can’t watch them. Offer toys, a stuffed chew toy, a favorite blanket, and treats to help them feel like the crate is their personal den.

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Tired Chihuahua after all the Easter fun

Plastic Easter Eggs and Dogs

Depending on your dog, the plastic Easter eggs typically found everywhere during this holiday can either be harmless or dangerous. But only you know your own dog. So answer these questions:

  1. Will they swallow a plastic egg whole? 
  2. Will they chew it into little pieces swallowing chards?
  3. Will they drop the egg out of their mouth if you say “leave it”?

If the answers are: a. Yes, b. Yes, c. No

Go for an egg-less hunt. Use KONG-like stuffable toys instead.

If the answers are: a. No, b. No, c. Yes

If you think it’s safe to have plastic easter eggs around your pooch then by all means do it, and make it fun! Put little dog treats into the eggs, hide them in the yard and watch her use her powerful snout to find them. Make a game of opening the egg up for him, have him obey a command and  reward him with the treat. You may have to help your dog learn the game by leading her to the first few locations and/or the general location. 

PRO TIP FOR DOG FRIENDLY EASTER EGG HUNT: smear a touch of peanut butter on the outside of the egg or toy to help your fur baby find it.

Are your dogs possessive of treats and toys? 

If you have more than one dog and they are have mild-severe food or ball aggression, you may want to separate them and do separate hunts or have a different human watching each dog to avoid any possible conflict. 

safe easter egg hunt with dogs, dogs and easter eggs

Can you have an Easter Egg hunt with dogs AND include your kids?

Of course it depends on the relationship overall, but we do not recommend this as it is near impossible to fully keep your eyes on all the action. Let the kids enjoy their activities first, as they will probably be the most impatient to get the party started! If your children are old enough, then they can help with the dog “egg” hunt afterwards. It will give them a sense of responsibility and a bonding experience with their canine sibling. 

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Dog happy easter - Dog painting easter eggs

Dog Safety After the Fun

Do not take a big bag of Easter eggs and throw them all over your yard without knowing how many you have hidden. If you have hidden eggs in your yard, make sure you know how many you started with and be sure to end with the same amount. You don’t want to plan the perfect, safe Easter for everyone involved only to have your furbaby go outside for his last pee of the night to find and gobble up a stray plastic egg and the small price inside in one gulp. 

Other Dangerous Items to Look Out For:

1. Easter basket plastic grass
2. Alcohol
3. Candy and gummies

@puppynamedcharlie and Sawyer enjoying Passover together

How to Enjoy Passover With Your Pooch

Since Passover and Easter often fall around the same time year after year, we would be remiss if we didn’t give those Jewdles a little mention. 

Hanukkah Gelt and Passover Goodies

There is a lot of chocolate and jelly candy eaten around this holiday. The same rules apply for chocolate in any shape and size. Make sure your pup can not get to these items!

What Passover Seder Foods Are Safe for my Dog? 

Matzo/Matzah?

Yes, dogs can eat Matzah but it must be regulated as too much consumption of Matzah could affect them and give them a bad stomach.

Charoset/Sweet Apple?

Instead, give them some plain chopped up apple pieces.

Bitter Herb/Maror?

They won’t like it (!) but it won’t hurt them.

Lamb Shank?

We don’t recommend giving dogs bones because they can splinter and dogs can choke. If you do, make sure they are supervised. 

Hard-Boiled Egg?

Unless your dog has an allergy to eggs, this is harmless and entertaining for them. 

Remember, keeping your pets safe and healthy should always be a priority during holidays with so many extra factors to consider.

Wishing you all a very happy spring holiday season, no matter what you celebrate or observe!




 


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Tue, 28 Mar 2023 08:49:04 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Dog First Aid Kits: What You Need to Know https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-first-aid-kits-what-you-need-to-know https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-first-aid-kits-what-you-need-to-know As a pet owner, it's always important to be ready for any emergency that may arise with your furry friend. Emergencies can strike at any time, whether you’re at home, running errands around town, or traveling. When they do occur, pet owners should always be prepared with a dog first-aid kit and basic first aid supplies.

A well-stocked first aid kit can help you handle any situation, whether it's a minor scrape or a more serious injury, until you can get your dog to immediate veterinary care. This list will help you assemble everything you’ll need in a first-aid kit for a canine medical emergency or health issue.

 dog first aid kit

Pet First Aid Kit Essentials To Pack

If you are already an experienced traveler, you probably already have a human first aid kit or a box of first aid supplies in your car. But if you take your pets along, it’s important to be sure that your kit is stocked with items specific to their needs.

The exact items you need in your dog first aid kit will of course depend on the activities you do with your dog or cat, but there are some things every pet owner should readily have on hand. Based on different activity levels and interests, we have curated this helpful list of pet first aid item must haves.

  1. Gauze pads, non-stick bandages, and adhesive tape

    These items are crucial for wrapping and securing minor wounds, as well as stopping bleeding. Make sure to have a variety of bandages and sizes available.  Lightweight, latex-free white medical gauze is a key first-aid item to have around in the event of an injury to either you or your dog. Self-adhesive bandage material and water repellent bandages work well on dogs without sticking to their fur.

    dog bandage
  2. Antiseptic wipes or solution

    Cleaning a wound is a critical step in preventing infection in any animal. Antiseptic wipes or solution can be used to clean the area around a wound before dressing it and seeking veterinary treatment.

We recommend: THE SWIPE

 

 

  1. Hydrogen peroxide

    This is a must-have item for inducing vomiting if your dog has accidentally ingested something toxic. However, it's important to note that you should only induce vomiting under the direction of a veterinarian.

    You can dilute hydrogen peroxide with water (about 50/50) and clean blood and wounds, however, hydrogen peroxide can damage the tissue and delay healing. Cover up the wound with a bandage. Apply a small amount of antibacterial ointment and cover the wound with a piece of sterile gauze or other bandage. Use the elastic tape to hold the bandage in place.

    An antiseptic is always a good thing to have handy in your first-aid kit, to help prevent infection on an animal in the event of any injury. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC).

  2. Tweezers

    Tweezers are an essential part of any first aid kit, particularly if you enjoy hiking or other outdoor activities. The safest way to remove a splinter or a tick is with a clean pair of tweezers. Disinfect the tweezers with alcohol well before and after each use. Tweezers can be used to remove splinters, thorns, or other foreign objects from your dog's skin or paws.

    dog tweezers
  3. Sterile saline solution

    This can be used to flush out wounds and help keep them clean. A sterile saline solution is used to wash, flush, or rinse parts of the body (e.g., wounds). It can also help stop bleeding even with a torn toe nail.

  4. Paw protection

    Enjoy going on outdoor adventures with your dog? Do you let your pet outside in the snow, ice, or rain? It’s time to snag some paw protection items. Just as you put on appropriate footwear to keep your feet from getting cold and wet, weather protection booties for dogs can help protect fido’s paws on walks in winter or other times of inclement weather. If your dog won’t tolerate footwear, you can also use paw balm for protection and damage prevention.

    We recommend: THE BALM

     



    While you’re taking steps to protect your pet’s paws, be sure to check their paws regularly for signs of wear, injury, or stuck debris. Keep in mind that even indoor-only pets can still sustain paw damage.

  5. A thermal blanket and/or towel

    A blanket can be used to keep your pets warm, provide comfort, and even as a makeshift stretcher in an emergency. A towel can help clean up many messes, and creates a soft surface for you to rest your dog on, if they are injured and you need to examine them.
    dog towel

  6. A digital thermometer

    It's important to monitor your dog's temperature, especially if they are ill or injured. Be ready with the right tools. Digital thermometers are easy to use on pets and can be found at most pet supply stores.

    Normal body temperature for dogs and cats is 101.0 to 102.5°F (38.3 to 39.2°C). Some people and some pets maintain a baseline temperature a little above or below the average, but if your pet's temperature rises above 104°F (40.0°C) or falls below 99°F (37.2°C), take your pet to your regular veterinarian.
    digital thermometer

  7. Benadryl

    Benadryl is considered safe for both dogs and cats when given in small, appropriate doses. When used correctly, the medication can help reduce the effects of allergic reactions in pets.

*Before administering any Benadryl to your cat or dog, however, make sure you’re only giving your pet the original or generic version (diphenhydramine) that does not contain any other active ingredients. Never give your pet an “enhanced” version like Benadryl Allergy Plus. It’s also crucial to talk with your veterinarian ahead of time about what a safe dosage is for your particular pet’s size and breed. Keep that information written down in the first aid kit for easy reference.

Even if medications appears to have little effect on your pet, it’s important to never go over your veterinarian’s recommended dose in order to prevent overdose. Remember, you should always consult with your veterinarian before giving an animal any new medication, even an over-the-counter one like Benadryl.

  1. A flashlight

    A flashlight can be helpful for examining wounds in low light situations, as well as for finding your way in the dark. It will make any aid administered much easier.

  2.  A pet first aid manual

    A pet first aid manual can provide you with helpful information on how to handle various emergency situations, as well as how to perform CPR and other life-saving measures.

  3. An extra leash

    We recommend adding an extra leash or a small slip lead to your first aid kit. A slip lead can act as both a collar and a leash. If you ever take your dog to day care, the vet or the groomer, they often give you these for free when you pick up your dog. Save them and add one or two to your kit. Stocking up on supplies is always a good idea.

    dog in leash

  4.  Paperwork and phone numbers

    Always remember to include important paperwork in case of an emergency, including a copy of your pet’s medical records, vaccination records, and any necessary emergency phone numbers.
    vet numbers

It's important to regularly check your dog's first aid kit to make sure all the supplies are in good condition and replace anything that may have expired or become damaged. Regularly practicing first aid techniques can also help you feel more confident and able to handle the situation in case of an emergency with an animal.

Additional First Aid Tips

Nobody likes to see their pet get hurt or be in pain. The more preparation you do in anticipation for a pet emergency or accident, the better off both of you will be. In addition to putting together your own pet first aid kit, there are several other things you can do to make your pet’s health a priority:

Dog First Aid Tips

  • Even if you are unable to be near your pet’s primary veterinarian, keep the location and phone number of the nearest veterinary clinic or pet emergency hospital in your phone for easy access.

  • Call your pet’s veterinarian when you’re unsure of how to care for an injury or its severity. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

  • Follow up any at-home first aid care with a veterinary call or visit.

  • Be in tune with your pet’s behavior and temperament. Any unusual changes could indicate an injury or other health issue.

  • Make sure your pet is microchipped with their current information on file.

  • Download a pet emergency app for your phone (found on both the App Store and Google Play).

  • Keep your pet insurance information up-to-date.

Yes, the thought of your family pet getting hurt is scary. While it won’t replace trips to the vet, stocking your first aid kit properly (and knowing how to administer basic pet first aid care) will help you tackle simple scrapes and prevent adverse reactions.

Having a well-stocked first aid kit for your dog is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. By taking the necessary steps, you can help ensure your pet's health and well-being in case of an emergency, as well as everyone else in your pack.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2023 19:42:03 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Dogs and Marijuana: The Dangers and the Unknowns https://thedogvisitor.com/dogs-and-marijuana-the-dangers-and-the-unknowns https://thedogvisitor.com/dogs-and-marijuana-the-dangers-and-the-unknowns Marijuana has become increasingly popular in recent years, and as a result, there has been a rise in cases of dogs ingesting the drug. This is particularly concerning, as marijuana can be toxic to dogs and can lead to a range of health problems.

The number of cases of pot intoxication in dogs has risen dramatically in recent decades. Especially here in New York City, where tracings of the drug seem to be scattered among the streets and in the parks. Fortunately, it’s rarely fatal, but it can bring about some worrying symptoms, and you should always seek veterinary advice if you suspect your dog has ingested this drug.

In this blog post, we will discuss the dangers of dogs ingesting marijuana and what you can do to keep dog safe and prevent it.

Why Has There Been Such an Increase in Reported Cases?

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As a result of the drug’s increased accessibility over the years, there has been a significant increase in the reports of dogs suffering from cannabis toxicity. The Animal Poison Control Center, for example, reported a staggering 765% increase in calls about pets ingesting marijuana in 2019, compared with the same period the previous year.

The increase in reported cases even prompted a retrospective clinical study that evaluated the trends of marijuana toxicosis in dogs living in a state with legalized medical marijuana usage between 2005 and 2010. There was a concerning four-fold increase in the number of cases reported to the two Colorado veterinary hospitals that were the focus of the study.

Marijuana for dogs: What’s In It?

is Marijuana good for dogs

The active ingredient in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for its psychoactive effects. Marijuana comes from a plant called hemp. Its scientific name is Cannabis sativa. Marijuana plant refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis plant.

When dogs ingest it, THC binds to cannabinoid receptors in their brain and causes a range of clinical signs and symptoms. These can include lethargy, loss of coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, and even seizures. In severe cases, dogs can become comatose or even die.

However, your dog can also suffer poisoning from eating any part of the actual plant (including the leaves, seeds, stems, and flowers), from secondhand smoke inhalation, consuming hashish oil, or even from eating the feces of an individual that has ingested cannabis.

One of the reasons why marijuana can be so dangerous for dogs is that they are much more sensitive to THC than humans are. While a small amount of marijuana may only cause mild symptoms in a human, the same amount can be extremely toxic to a dog. In addition, dogs are more likely to ingest large amounts of marijuana at once, which can increase the risk of toxicity. It has been recommended to induce vomiting if ingestion is suspected.

A Dog's Symptoms of Marijuana Poisoning

  • Stumbling and crossing over feet

  • Dull and lethargic

  • Dilated pupils

  • Urinary incontinence

  • Vomiting

  • Tremors and shaking

  • Agitation

  • Respiratory irritation

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the potent psychoactive substance in marijuana and dogs have a much more severe reaction to this than humans. Symptoms are typically visible within 30 minutes to an hour after ingestion of the drug, or sooner if inhaled. Other possible symptoms include vomiting, tremors and shaking, agitation, and some dogs can become comatose.

More than 95 percent of the veterinary medicine patients seen for marijuana toxicity are dogs, and almost all exposed animals will exhibit neurological signs. The most common clinical signs of ingested marijuana are stumbling, uncontrollable urine dribbling, drooling, low body temperature, low blood pressure, and an increased response to stimulation.

How Much Marijuana is Toxic to Dogs?

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The minimum lethal oral dose for dogs for THC is more than 3 g/kg. Although the drug has a high margin of safety, deaths have been seen after ingestion of food products containing the more concentrated medical-grade THC butter.

Other Concerns About Marijuana Ingestion

Another concern with dogs ingesting marijuana, cbd oil, or THC products is that they may also ingest other harmful substances. For example, if a dog eats a marijuana edible that also contains chocolate, this can lead to additional health problems. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs and can cause symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures.

Preventing dogs from ingesting weed (as well as other toxic or problematic substances) is essential for their health and safety. One of the best ways to do this is to keep marijuana products out of reach of dogs. This includes not only buds but also edibles, tinctures, and other products that contain THC. If you have marijuana in your home, make sure it is stored in a secure location where your dog cannot access it.

Treatment of Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

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Treatment is quite variable depending on the severity of the symptoms presented, and some dogs can be treated as outpatients at home, while others will require hospitalization for intravenous fluids and supportive care.

In severely affected animals, it is recommended to undergo a treatment called intralipid therapy, which is an infusion of lipid (the fat used in IV fluids for nutrition support) to help bind the marijuana and allow it to be eliminated from the body faster. This depends on the dog's body and size.

With proper treatment, dogs will usually recover fully within one to two days.

Why It’s Important to Seek Veterinary Support

Marijuana toxicosis is rarely deadly, and reports of a fatality from marijuana ingestion alone have not been reported. However, a high proportion of the cases of marijuana toxicosis in dogs involve combining the drug with chocolate or artificial sweeteners like Xylitol—both of which are also toxic to dogs—in the form of brownies or cookies.

It’s worth noting that medical-grade marijuana butter products may present a higher risk of more serious symptoms. These butters are commonly mixed into cakes and cookies.

Regardless of how your dog’s marijuana ingestion occurs, you should always seek veterinary advice. Because the potency of marijuana is variable and the amount in edibles is not regulated by a regulatory agency, it is very hard to know exactly how much a dog has ingested.

With that said, we also do not know a toxic or fatal dose when inhaled or ingested, so if your dog ingests or inhales marijuana, it is always best to have a pet evaluated by a vet immediately.

How To Stop A Dog From Eating Everything

1. “Leave it” Command

 “Leave it” tells your dog that they’re not allowed to take a particular item — but you must “proof the cue” (aka, get your dog to respond to a cue in all situations) until they’ve mastered it. You’re probably thinking, “I’ve already tried to teach my dog to do this. It just doesn’t work a lot of the time, especially when they find something extra-special.”

Teaching a dog to do something is one part of dog training, but most of the effort is about getting them to do it regardless of what else is going on — in other words, helping them succeed no matter how distracting the environment and how enticing the treasure. Working with a trainer will make it far more likely that you can successfully prove your dog’s “leave it” so you can use it when it really matters.

2. Reward Your Dog for Paying Attention. 

When you’re out on walks, in the yard, or anywhere your dog may be distracted by things to eat, make it worth their while to check in with you. When your dog looks at you, give them something amazing, such as a chunk of real chicken, a small piece of steak, or a bone to chew. In a world filled with interesting things to smell and eat, you have to offer items good enough to compete. 

3. Walk in Areas with Fewer Temptations. 

Every place you walk your dog(s) may have objects that you don’t want them to inhale, especially in a city setting. But some spots are worse than others. Choose places that offer the fewest temptations in the way of trash and other dangers. Completely avoid areas that could have toxic items. If your walks include less-traveled roads, one option is to walk in the roadway to avoid surprises hiding in hedges or on people’s lawns.

4. Consider Using a Soft Muzzle. 

Sometimes people stop walking their dogs because of the risk that their dog will snarf up something truly dangerous. While that’s better than a medical emergency, not walking your dog can compromise their quality of life. Another option is to physically prevent your dog from being able to ingest these dangers. 

One barrier is a muzzle. Many people are reluctant to use one because they worry others will think their dog is aggressive, but if you are doing something to save your dog from harm, it’s the smarter option and there is no shame.

It’s important that the muzzle doesn’t interfere with your dog’s ability to pant to cool themself off, so choose a basket muzzle rather than a cloth one. A mesh OutFox Field Guard — originally made for a protection against dangerous foxtail awns — can also keep dogs from ingesting rocks, worms, trash, and all the other temptations out there. It is a mesh covering for a dog’s entire head that does not interfere with panting, sniffing, playing, or drinking.

Other Toxic Items Found on the Street:

  • Cigarette butts

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Tin foil/wrappers

  • Grapes and raisins

  • Xylitol, or gum/candy with artificial sweeteners

  • Other medications, pills, and over-the-counter drugs

  • Rodenticides

Unfortunately, many baits used to lure and kill rodents in cities can also look tasty to our pets. If ingested by dogs, they can cause severe problems. The symptoms depend on the nature of the poison, and signs may not start for several days after consumption. In some instances, the dog may have eaten the poisoned rodent, and not been directly exposed to the toxin.

Conclusion

Though dog owners are used to having to steer nosy pets away from trash, food and other dangers on the sidewalk in city dwellings, marijuana is a new risk that’s suddenly everywhere.

The dangers of dogs ingesting marijuana cannot be overstated. In places where recreational use is legal, dogs are getting sick from eating the remains of joints and other cannabis products.

THC can be extremely toxic to dogs and can cause a range of health problems. By taking steps to prevent your dog from ingesting marijuana and being aware of the symptoms of toxicity, you can help keep your furry friend safe and healthy.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2023 12:56:04 -0700 Dog-Fancier
10 Symptoms Caused By Dog's Poor Diet & Eating The Wrong Food https://thedogvisitor.com/10-symptoms-caused-by-dogs-poor-diet-eating-the-wrong-food https://thedogvisitor.com/10-symptoms-caused-by-dogs-poor-diet-eating-the-wrong-food Unconditional love. Unquestionable loyalty. Cuddles on demand. There are an infinite number of reasons to love your dog, but real love is never easy. Oftentimes we have to take the good with the bad. For all the things they give us to love about them, there are just as many things that make us scratch our heads, hold our noses, and sometimes even gag. 

Our sweet pups don’t try to gross us out on purpose. Many of the things that make us say “ew” aren’t even their fault! A lot of our dogs’ unfortunate habits and symptoms can be directly traced back to the bag, box, or can of dog food that you have in your kitchen right now. Dog nutrition plays a key role in every function of the dog's body.

If your dog is guilty of any of these super-gross habits, consider whether the real culprit might be their diet. The root of a healthy dog's lifestyle is their essential nutrients, nutritious food, and vitamins and minerals.

dog with food

In addition to inadequate nutrition, many of these issues may be signs of larger problems, so make sure you consult your veterinarian if you see any of these issues persist.

What Goes Into a Nutritional, Balanced Dog Food?

A complete and balanced diet includes proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Water is also essential to life and is needed daily. This may seem very simple and easy with the basic ingredients broken down, but understanding how each nutrient is used in a dog’s body, understanding the processes, and knowing how much of each nutrient is needed for a healthy dog at all life stages is very complex.

A large portion of energy in the diet comes from fats and proteins, followed by carbohydrates. The energy content of a diet determines the quality of the food and how much food should be consumed on a daily basis. The diet should meet the daily energy requirements of your dog’s individual needs.

In fact, this process is so complex that an entire specialty in veterinary medicine is dedicated to small animal nutrition—the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. But as a pet parent, the main things you need to know about dog food nutrition are:

Nutrition Requirements

There are technically six essential nutrients that are required in order to support life and function in dogs. These are:

  1. Water

  2. Carbohydrates (including fiber)

  3. Vitamins

  4. Minerals

  5. Fat and essential fatty acids

  6. Protein

Symptoms of Dogs Eating the Wrong Foods

 1. Gas

Dog flatulence is notoriously toxic. Whereas our human loved ones might have the tact to walk away before they pass gas, our dogs have no problem blowing a stinky toot right next to us on the couch. You may have accepted by now that your TV buddy has frequent bubble guts, but imagine a world in which you can finish a show after dinner without sitting in a cloud of dog gas. One where you don’t have to hit pause so you can let the room air out. 

Your dog may not complain much, but we all know how painful and uncomfortable a gassy belly can be. Gas is a symptom of several issues, but stomach upset caused by dog food is a common reason many pet parents miss.

Not all dog foods are created equal, so they won’t all be a good match for your pup, even if there’s a similar breed pictured on the packaging. Canned food and other commercial pet foods can cause your dog to have many sensitivities. On the other hand, their food may contain common belly-bubbling ingredients you may not know about. 

Switching out the contents of your dog’s bowl may help cut your dog’s frequent farting – and help you breathe much, much easier. A fresh, all natural food is one way to ensure your dog is getting exactly the nutrients and ingredients they need, and not those gas-inducing additives. 

2. Diarrhea

Feces are unpleasant in all shapes and forms, but nothing is worse than the dreaded poo-puddle when it comes to your dog’s time to go out. Diarrhea is (almost) impossible to pick up at the park, extremely smelly, and also painful for your pup. You’ve likely seen them continue to squat after they’ve already gone without anything even coming out. This is because they still feel like they need to go even though they already have. Humans experience a similar sensation. It’s definitely not a good feeling. Furthermore, diarrhea can cause dehydration if your dog isn’t replacing the water they’re losing, and that can cause many other problems for your poor pooch. 

A dog can even lose weight and not get enough nutrients from having diarrhea too frequently. A high quality diet will prevent these ailments, giving your canine supplements they need, keeping a healthy body weight, and avoiding weight loss and nutrient deficiency.

Diarrhea is just one more issue that might be traced back to the box, bag, or can you have in your pantry. Or it could be a one-time occurrence from eating food from something they weren’t supposed to. If your dog is continuing to suffer from diarrhea frequently, talk to your vet and express any concerns you may have about the food they’ve been eating. Most dogs get diarrhea from time to time, but it could also be related to health conditions and health issues.

3. Excess Shedding

Have you ever denied a dog a hug because you knew they’d leave you covered in fur? It’s not fair to a dog who just wants a little love to tell them “no,” but sometimes we’d like our clothes to be clean when we walk out of the door. We want our dogs to be in our hearts – and not their hair to be on our clothes or furniture. 

dog shedding

Every dog sheds, but excessive dog shedding might be a sign of an unhealthy coat and poor nutrition. It can leave you, your home, and your family covered in dog hair even if you brush constantly. If your dog leaves more hair on the couch than they have on them, consider whether your pup is getting everything they need from their bowl. 

A dog's skin goes through many life stages, and shedding can be related to a dog's individual coat type, daily diet, or other medical conditions.

Learn more about shedding in dogs from our recent blog: Dog Shedding Season Has Arrived

 4. Dander

Pet dander consists of microscopic flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds, and other animals with fur or feathers. Nobody likes it when Fido flakes all over the furniture. Least of all, Fido. Dog dander can be a big irritant for allergy-prone humans. Real big. Think runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and even skin rashes. But for all the discomfort dog dander can cause humans, our furry friends are the ones who suffer the most. Flaky, dry skin is no picnic for pups. All the scratching your dog will do to relieve the itch dry skin can cause will just shake loose even more skin flakes.

A great way to fight flakes and itchy skin? A good shampoo!

WE RECOMMEND: THE SENSITIVE ONE Shampoo by PRIDE+GROOM

 

 

Itchy skin and the accompanying flakes can also be a symptom of a larger problem: poor diet. Sometimes it is best to tackle the problem at its source. A high-quality diet tailor-made to your dog’s specific needs can help you forget the flakes and relieve your dog of itchy, dry skin. 

 5. Excessive Heavy Breathing and Panting

There are some breeds that we just accept are going to be noisy breathers. The short-muzzled pups like Pugs and Bulldogs usually get a pass, but other breeds should not be heard struggling for air. If your dog is panting and snorting after a short walk, you may consider whether your dog is obese or out of shape.

Obesity isn’t something that happens overnight, so you may not notice that your dog is growing larger in front of your eyes. A dog's breed, lifestyle and exercise habits contribute to their overall body fat.

Dog Heavy Breathing

We try our best but sometimes those little charts on the food packages can be difficult to decipher. The nutritional requirements for a healthy life in a dog differ from animal to animal. It's important to closely monitor.

Many foods seem to leave our dogs hungry even after we’ve fed them the recommended amounts, and we find ourselves slipping them table scraps and a few extra treats here and there. Pet owners do it out of love but our dogs can become soft and squishy before we notice. Noisy and heavy breaths are hard to ignore and no fun for your pup. Pay attention to their waistline before they reach the point that they’re panting. A healthy weight is important to maintain.

This chart is a good rule of thumb to follow:

dog obesity chart, dog thin chart, healthy dog weight cart, dog weight chart 

 6. Eating Their Poop

Dogs put some really weird things in their mouths. Without a doubt, the most disgusting thing a dog can do is eat poop. What’s really mind-blowing is that it’s SUCH a common issue among dogs! If your dog has been eating poop outside, just know that you are not the only human out there who receives big, wet, chocolate-covered kisses! 

Dogs that eat poop probably don’t do it because they love the taste of their own processed waste. Our pups eat weird stuff because they’re trying to fill the gaps left in their diet. Poor nutrition and nutritional imbalances have an impact on many dogs and their overall health.

The food you buy off the shelf is often made to keep your dog feeling full – not give them the nutrients they need. It’s full of fillers and by-products that humans wouldn’t bother to eat. Your dog requires proper nutrition to survive and will eat grass, sticks, rocks, and even poop in a misguided attempt to get it. 

The best solution to this problem is to give your dog everything they need in their food bowl (NOT the toilet bowl!) Nutritious food made with high-quality ingredients can help keep your pup from picking up any more poop.

7. Drooling

It’s a fact: dogs drool. Some dogs drool more than others, such as your Mastiffs and St. Bernards. Some dogs, though, should not be so moist around the mouth. We love our puppy kisses but they’re not so pleasant when you’re sitting in a slobbery puddle after!

dog drooling

Drooling can sometimes be a sign of an upset stomach. A dog's daily diet can lead to this health condition of excess drooling. It’s one of those little red flags that many people miss because we just accept that we must love our dogs through the drool. However, if your dog seems to be salivating more after meals, you may want to check their food. Expired food, table scraps, and treats pulled out of the trash can all cause tummy trouble, but it may also be that your dog’s food isn’t well suited to them.

 8. Excessive Licking

Some people don’t seem to mind, but it can be a huge annoyance when you’re trying to sleep or watch TV, and can hear your dog slurping it up on their paws, belly or other body parts. The constant “lick lick lick” can drive you nuts after a while.

Licking is a natural and instinctive behaviour to dogs. For them it's a way of grooming, bonding, and expressing themselves. Your dog may lick you to say they love you, to get your attention, to help soothe themselves if they're stressed, to show empathy or because you taste good to them! But it could also be related to health issues, digestive issues, or a weakened immune system.

Dog licking paws

Excessive licking can even be a sign of food and skin allergies. Many allergens, like dairy, soy, and eggs, are used in even the top big brand-name dog foods that we trust. Even when getting the proper nutrients, allergies can play a big role in a dog's condition. If your dog suffers from food allergies, you can cut a lot of the licking out of your life by switching to allergen-free food.

For treating skin issues and allergy related itching topically, a great shampoo for sensitive skin will come in handy. It's great for every age from puppies to adult dogs.

WE RECOMMEND: THE SENSITIVE ONE Shampoo by PRIDE+GROOM

 

 9. Vomiting

Nothing says “yuck!” like a pile of vomit on your clean carpet. Your first instinct might be to shout, “Oh no!” but we know that this one definitely isn’t something our dogs are doing on purpose. Throwing up is a sure-fire, can’t-miss-it sign that something is wrong with your dog. Whether temporary or ongoing, it is definitely something you want to bring to the attention of your vet.

Like diarrhea and excessive drooling, vomiting can be a sign of an upset stomach or nutritional deficiencies. Frequent vomiting, especially after your pup cleans their plate, is a big red flag. Your dog should definitely not be throwing up after every meal. Discuss the issue with your vet and if you have concerns that their food might be the cause, bring the packaging with you. 

10. Bad Breath

Nobody is saying it, but the root of 98% of dogs with bad breath and tartar buildup is their diet. But since your dog’s diet is actually the root cause of the tartar buildup, you’ll be fighting a losing battle no matter how many quick fixes you try if the diet remains an issue.

This matters a lot because tartar is a serious problem for your dog’s health. If it isn’t removed, especially on the upper gum line, the gums become inflamed and irritated — also known as gingivitis. When this happens, bacteria can sneak into the bloodstream, which taxes the immune system and can negatively impact the entire body.

So it’s crucial that you tackle that tartar. The most effective approach is two faceted:

-Your first goal should be to address the existing tartar buildup with an immediate solution. 

-But the BIG goal should be more focused on the long game: stopping that tartar from building up in the first place. And this is the real key: it all goes back to diet.

A nutritious diet and the right dog food make a difference in your dog's dental health. Your dog's diet needs to consist of the right balance of vitamins and minerals, complex carbohydrates, and omega 3 fatty and essential amino acids too.

How To Break Your Dog’s Gross Habits

All dogs are different, and some of these issues may be caused by other underlying problems. But if you think your dog’s food might be to blame, switching their diet could be an option worth trying. A healthy diet can help your dog ditch the discomfort caused by tummy aches, upset bowels, and vomiting. Not only that, but you may even see visible results in healthier skin and coat, and higher activity levels. A healthy dog is a happy dog.

Try choosing a food made with high-quality ingredients that you would be happy to put on your own plate. Most fresh food companies allow you to see everything before you order, in case there might be any issue-causing ingredients, like allergens your dog can’t deal with. 

Conclusion

When you feed a diet rich in real, whole meat, your dog’s teeth will be able to chomp exactly what they were designed to chomp. Plus, when you feed low levels of carbohydrates, there won’t be as much tartar buildup and bacteria. Almost every health condition in a dog's body can be traced back to nutrient deficiency or poor diet.

From puppyhood to their golden years, it’s always the right time to invest in a fresh future for your dog. Because there’s nothing better than more of the best years with your best friend, keeping them healthy and you happy.

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Sat, 18 Mar 2023 19:49:04 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Why You Should Choose HANK Dog Harness Over Other Dog Belts https://thedogvisitor.com/why-you-should-choose-hank-dog-harness-over-other-dog-belts https://thedogvisitor.com/why-you-should-choose-hank-dog-harness-over-other-dog-belts When it comes to choosing the right dog harness for your furry friend, there are a lot of options on the market. However, not all dog belt are created equal. At HankPets, we believe that our dog harness stands out from the competition for many reasons. In this article, we’ll explain why you should choose HANK Dog Harness over other dog belts.

Comfortable Dog Belt

One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a harness is comfort. After all, your dog will be wearing it for extended periods, and you want to make sure they are as comfortable as possible. The HANK Dog Harness belt is designed with your dog’s comfort in mind. It features a soft, padded chest that distributes pressure evenly, reducing the risk of injury or discomfort.

Durability

Another key factor to consider when choosing a dog harness is durability. You want to make sure that the harness is strong enough to withstand the wear and tear of everyday use. The HANK Dog belt is made from high-quality materials that are both strong and durable. Our harness is designed to withstand even the most active dogs, so you can be confident that it will last for years to come.

Safety

Safety should always be a top priority when it comes to your furry friend. The HANK dog body belt is designed with safety in mind. It features 3m reflective stitching that makes your dog more visible in low-light conditions. Additionally, our harness features a front D-ring leash attachment that helps to reduce pulling and makes it easier to control your dog.

Ease of Use

At HankPets, we believe that dog harnesses should be easy to use. Our harness features a simple design that makes it easy to put on and take off your dog. Additionally, our harness features adjustable straps that allow you to get the perfect fit for your dog, ensuring maximum comfort and safety.

Value

Finally, we believe that our HANK Dog Harness offers great value for money. Our harness is competitively priced and offers many features that are typically found on more expensive dog harnesses. When you choose our belt, you can be confident that you are getting a high-quality product at an affordable price.

If you are looking for a comfortable, durable, safe, and easy-to-use dog harness that offers great value for money, look no further than the HANK Dog Harness. We are confident that once you try our harness, you won’t want to use any other dog belt.

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Fri, 17 Mar 2023 18:07:05 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Dog Astrology: Decode Your Dog's Personality by Exploring Their Zodiac Sign https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-astrology-decode-your-dogs-personality-by-exploring-their-zodiac-sign https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-astrology-decode-your-dogs-personality-by-exploring-their-zodiac-sign Just as in humans, Astrology and horoscopes could determine certain personality traits. Dog zodiac signs can give you a strong sense of who your dog is, or even what to expect.

You probably know fire signs and your own zodiac sign, but do you know your dog’s zodiac sign? Dog astrology signs can provide insights into what makes your pet tick, what causes nervous energy, or even give insight as to why your dog is so strong willed. Knowing more about your pup’s personality can help you better care for them, keep them in good health, and grow your bond even further.

Are you wondering what the dog zodiac signs say about your own dog's personality and compatibility with you? With more of us owning pets than ever before, the experts have applied the theory of astrology to help owners understand dogs based on their star signs. Just for fun! Whether your pup is a fun-loving Leo or a snoozy Taurus, we've got you covered.

While there are many theories and explanations for why our pets behave the way they do, astrology and horoscopes could determine certain personality traits, just as they are believed to for humans. A sign is very telling.

Of course, all pets have their own individual personalities, and experiences with them will differ. We encourage pet parents to truly get to know their pets' likes and dislikes and live the lifestyle that works best for them.

Aries (March 21st - April 19th)

Aries dog Personality

An Aries dog is cheerful, lively and confident. If your pet is an Aries, they will be very active and agile. If you and your pet are willing and able, you could try participating in competitions and playing different games.

If an Aries dog and their boundless energy do not have an outlet, you could find yourself susceptible to a shredded sofa, some scratched wallpaper or a particularly frustrated pet!

Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)

Taurus dog Personality

A Taurus dog acts like the true host of the house. Inherently shy, they have a great need for security and don't like any kind of chaos. 

Taurus dogs can be slow but thorough learners, and usually calm and friendly so it’s no wonder they often have such wonderful relationships with their mini humans. But there is one pitfall: A Taurus dog can be jealous of their owners, so guests can often be unwelcome!

Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)

Gemini dog Personality

Highly intellectual, flexible, and sensitive, Gemini dogs are the perfect canine companion for adventurous owners. They are altruistic, this being their main trait. They often get into trouble because they want to help others and fight injustice. You can take them anywhere with you.

A gemini dog is quick on the uptake, but not the type of pets to get 'attached', so they may be expert escape artists or have a tendency to get themselves lost on regular occasions. Gemini dogs don't seem to like water, so it's better to accustom them to it from the early years.

Cancer (June 21st - July 22nd)

Cancer dog Personality

Dogs born under the Cancer sign are warm-hearted, protective and friendly, however they can get offended easily. Ruled by the moon, these dogs are sensitive, nurturing and intuitive. You almost feel like your Cancer dog can read your thoughts – and you'd be right!

Cancer dogs can become very attached to their owners and can't stand moving houses. Cancerians can truly be the cuddliest, smartest, and most loving of pets. 

Leo (July 23rd - August 22nd)

Leo dog Personality

If your pet is a Leo, it can possess majestic appearance and nobility. A Leo dog is fearless, brave and believe it is their job to protect you. It's no surprise your utmost attention might be spent on maintaining their looks. At the same time, Leo's love to sleep, much preferring a nice rest to zooming around in circles.

Virgo (August 23rd - September 22nd)

Virgo dog Personality

Virgo dogs are one of the better-behaved signs of the dog stars, known for being incredibly disciplined and clean. These pups are also distinguished by a calm temper, and can handle stressful situations easily.

Virgo dogs are among the most high-maintenance of the zodiac. These pristine pups like to feel good and look good, so regular trips to the groomer will be a must. These perfectionist types like routine and prefer to stick to the same schedule every day. That means walks, meal times, and snuggles should run smoothly like clockwork.

However, Virgo dogs are also brilliant learners and pick up verbal commands quickly. Overall, the Virgo dog is slow to trust but endlessly affectionate once they've settled into your home. Basically a perfect furry friend.

Libra (September 23rd - October 21st)

Libra dog Personality

The Libra dog is an active and easygoing pup that's just happy you found them. There's nothing they love more than being surrounded by friends old and new. They're always the center of the group at the dog park and the first to start playing.

Because they're all about having a good time, it can be hard to pull the attention of Libra dogs back once they get distracted. A Libra dog makes friends easily. Still, you can always count on them to come back to you for plenty of belly rubs and snuggling after all the fun has come to an end.

Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)

Scorpio dog Personality

Scorpio pups can be a little excitable and are full of exceptional energy, although you may sometimes find they are offended. Keep an eye open for the cold shoulder every so often. 

A Scorpio dog can also be a little too excitable. They are concerned with safety and will go to great lengths to secure it. A scorpio dog is very attuned to any threat, and since they're naturally suspicious, it's no surprise that scorpio dogs make great guard dogs to their pet parents.

Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 21st) 

Sagittarius dog Personality

So your dog is a Sagittarius, and maybe you've caught them staring at themselves in the mirror enough times to already know. Sagittarius dogs love to travel and take a healthy amount of time before they form their own opinions on things.

Pets of the Sagittarius sign are also one of the most restless, cheerful, and adventurous creatures. That's why they can often find themselves in unusual situations. Your little companion tends to tolerate trips easily and can be very amenable to training. One thing to keep in mind is that small or cramped spaces can prove difficult for a Sagittarius dog.

Capricorn (December 22nd - January 19th)

Capricorn dog Personality

Is your pet a Capricorn? Canines born under this star sign are more likely to be calm and balanced. They won't cause chaos, but will benefit from having a strict daily schedule.

Capricorn dogs born under this sign have great dignity, poise and self-possession. Even when they are puppies, they act much older than their age and need very little training or guidance. It seems that they were born knowing and they only get better with age.

Aquarius (January 20th - February 18th)

Aquarius dog Personality

Aquarius is the sign of friendship, which means your four-legged friend will love to hang out with other pups and humans. Aquarius dogs try to make friends with all guests and other animals, however, one thing they seem to loathe is sharp sounds and screams. Training an Aquarius can require a lot of patience. 

Pisces (February 19th - March 20th)

Pisces dog Personality

If you have a Pisces pet, you are in luck: their intuition is well-developed, they feel your mood and are always nearby when you need them. Keep in mind that they don't take kindly to loud noises and shouting, however, they do seem to enjoy spending time alone if you ever need to pop out of the house without them for a short time.

All Dog Zodiac signs Personality

Of course, there's a lot that influences your dog's behavior, like their breed, energy level, and environment. But, believe it or not, the date they were born plays a role in their personality, too. The dog zodiac signs are a very powerful thing for our highly emotional, highly intelligent dogs. Turns out, there’s a lot you can learn from dog astrology!

Whether you’re an astrology enthusiast or just a devoted dog lover (or you’re just dreaming of adding a dog to your life), now you can better understand your furry friend.

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Fri, 17 Mar 2023 02:42:02 -0700 Dog-Fancier
New Spotlight Sessions: Bathing & Drying, Pads & Nails, and Body Clipper Work https://thedogvisitor.com/new-spotlight-sessions-bathing-drying-pads-nails-and-body-clipper-work https://thedogvisitor.com/new-spotlight-sessions-bathing-drying-pads-nails-and-body-clipper-work

Many Steps of Achieving a High Quality Finish Prior to the Haircut

Misty Fowler walks you through the process of thoroughly bathing and drying a dog before grooming and how important it is, especially on a curly coat like a poodle’s.

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: How to Get the Perfect Fluff Dry on a Curly Coated Dog

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Trimming the Pads & Nails on a Cavalier Spaniel

Jennifer Hecker shows you how to trim away hair from the bottom of the feet to reveal the pads. This also gives her a better view while she trims the nails, explaining her process for doing this safely as she works.

Watch the Spotlight Session

Body Clipper Work on a Pet Welsh Terrier

Colin Taylor demonstrates how he does clipper work on a Welsh Terrier strategically, maintaining the color of the coat while fast-tracking his scissor work later in the groom.

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Grooming The Welsh Terrier

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Thu, 16 Mar 2023 02:49:03 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Dog Shedding Season Has Arrived https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-shedding-season-has-arrived https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-shedding-season-has-arrived Winning the battle against dog shedding takes vigilance and time (and understanding your pooch’s fur can go a long way, too).

Dogs are one of the most beloved and popular pets in the world, and for good reason. They are loyal, friendly, and provide unconditional love and companionship to their owners. However, one aspect of owning a dog that many people struggle with is their shedding. 

Dogs can shed a lot, some breeds more than others, and this can cause frustration and annoyance for owners who have to constantly clean up after them. For dogs that shed seasonally, you'll notice that most dog shedding occurs in the spring and fall.

In the spring, your dog's coat will become lighter, in preparation for the warm weather. Similarly, in the fall, in preparation for winter, you will see a change in your dog's hair and a higher incidence of shedding.

In this blog post, we will explore the reasons why dogs actually shed, the different types of shedding, and some tips for managing shedding in your furry friend.

What is dog shedding?

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Before we dive into why dogs shed, it's important to understand what shedding is. Shedding is a natural process where dogs lose old or damaged fur to make way for new hair growth.

Shedding is a normal part of a dog's natural life cycle though, and it's not something that can be prevented entirely. However, there are factors that can affect the amount of shedding a dog experiences, and we will explore these later in the post.

Why Does a Dog Shed?

There are several main reasons why dogs do indeed shed, including:

1. Seasonal Changes

    Many dog breeds have a natural shedding cycle that is tied to the specific seasons. In the spring, dogs will often shed their thick coat in the winter to make way for a lighter summer coat. In the fall, they will shed their summer coat to grow a thicker winter coat.

    This shedding is often more noticeable in double coated breeds with thick undercoats, such as a German Shepherd, Husky, and Alaskan Malamute. The coat type has a lot to do with how much breeds shed.

    2. Body Temperature

    The primary reason why dogs shed their fur is to regulate their body temperature. Dogs have a double coat, consisting of an outer and undercoat. The undercoat is usually softer and thicker and serves as insulation during cold weather. The top coat, on the other hand, is coarser and helps to repel water and protect the dog’s skin from the sun.

    Dogs shed their fur to adjust to changes in temperature. For example, when the weather gets warmer, dogs will shed their thick winter coat to prepare for the warmer months. Shedding helps to regulate a dog’s body temperature, keeping them cool during the hot summer months.

    3. Hormonal changes

    Hormonal changes can also affect how much a dog sheds. Female dogs will often shed more during their heat cycle, and both male and female dogs will shed more when they are stressed or anxious.

    4. Nutrition

    A dog's diet can also affect how much they shed. If a dog is not getting enough of the right nutrients, their coat may become dull and dry, which can lead to excessive shedding. Feeding your dog a high-quality diet that is rich in protein, healthy fats, and vitamins can help keep their coat healthy and reduce shedding.

    5. Genetics

    Finally, genetics play a role in how much a dog sheds. Some breeds are simply more prone to shedding than others, and some individual dogs within a breed may shed more or less than average.

    A dog's health can also have to do with the amount of year round hair loss.

    Hair Growth and Shedding Occurs Over Four Phases:

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    • Anagen: This is an active period when hair grows to its genetically predetermined length. New hairs push out any remaining old hairs.

    • Catagen: During this transitional phase, the hair stops growing and the root shrinks and attaches to the hair.

    • Telogen: The hair and root rest while a new hair root develops underneath. 

    • Exogenous: The old hair (dead hair) sheds to make room for new growth. The new root moves to the anagen phase.

    Types of Shedding in Dogs

    When Do Dogs Stop Shedding

    Not all shedding is created equal, and there are several different types of shedding that dogs may experience:

    1. Normal shedding

    Normal shedding is a natural process where dogs lose old/dead hair or damaged fur to make way for new hair growth elsewhere. This shedding is usually not excessive and is not a cause for concern.

    1. Excessive shedding

    Excessive hair shedding is when a dog sheds more than normal without losing hair. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, poor nutrition, and certain medical conditions.

    1. Seasonal shedding

    As mentioned earlier, many dogs have a shedding cycle that is tied to the seasons. Seasonal shedding is usually more noticeable in breeds with double coats, and is not usually a cause for concern.

    1. Allergies

    Dog shedding may occur more in certain dogs due to allergies. Allergies can cause itching and inflammation, which can lead to excessive hair shedding. If you suspect that your dog's shedding is due to allergies, it's important to consult with a veterinarian to determine the cause and treatment options.

    1. Medical conditions

    Finally, there are several medical conditions that can cause extra shedding in dogs, including thyroid disorders, Cushing's disease, and skin infections. If you suspect that your dog's shedding is due to a medical condition, it's important to consult with a veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.

    Managing Loose Fur in Dogs

    While shedding is a natural process that cannot be eliminated entirely, there are several things that dog owners can do to manage shedding and keep their home clean:

    1. Groom your dog regularly

    Regular grooming with a professional groomer is one of the best ways to manage shedding in dogs. Especially during dog shedding season. Grooming helps to remove loose hair, dirt, and debris from your dog’s coat, reducing the amount of hair they shed.

    For pet parents who are grooming your dog at home, use a brush or comb designed for your dog’s coat type to remove loose pet hair, and prevent mats and tangles. The proper shampoo to remove dead hair in our furry friends will also help keep dog hair loss at bay.

    We recommend: THE SHEDDER SHAMPOO by PRIDE+GROOM

    This special formula was created just for dogs with shedding coats and those who have more fur than hair. It nourishes the coat and skin, while moisturizing and helping improve hair's sheen.

    1. Bathe your dog regularly

    Bathing your pup regularly can also help to manage dog shedding. Use a gentle dog shampoo and conditioner to keep your dog’s coat clean and healthy. However, be careful not to over-bathe your dog as this can strip their coat of essential oils, causing it to become dry and brittle.

    We recommend: THE FINAL COAT Conditioner by PRIDE+GROOM

    Regular brushing with a bristle brush or slicker brush will also help combat year round shedding. Shedding tools and a lint roller are always handy items to keep on hand for certain breeds with continuously growing hair.

    1. Feed your dog a healthy diet

    A healthy diet can also help to manage shedding in most dogs. Feed your dog a high-quality diet that is rich in essential nutrients such as protein, vitamins, and minerals. A balanced diet can help to keep your dog’s coat healthy and reduce shedding.

    1. Use supplements

    Supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids can also help to manage shedding in dogs. Omega-3 fatty acids help to nourish your dog’s skin and coat, reducing shedding, inflamed skin, and improving the overall health of their coat. The natural oils in the skin and hair will help make healthy hair grow more.

    When Do Dogs Stop Shedding?

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    Dogs with a thick double coat, like Pomeranians, Border Collies and German Shepherds, will end their heavy shedding periods by winter each year. However, unless you have a “hairless” dog, your pet will shed a bit before and after coat blows. This is why grooming for double- and single-coated dogs, whether they be long-, medium- and short-haired, is essential year-round.

    Hormonal issues due to thyroid imbalance can lead to inflamed skin and brittle hair as well, affecting the shedding patterns or causing hair loss. Even humans can experience this. Even though hair loss is normal for nearly all types of dogs, sometimes your dog’s hair loss can be a sign of a something more serious.

    Stress-Induced Shedding

    If there’s been a big change in your dog’s environment, the amount of hair they shed can increase. Dogs also tend to shed more when in stressful situations, like going to the vet’s office.

    If you think your dog may be experiencing stress- or anxiety-induced shedding, talk with your veterinarian. They can refer you to a qualified, board-certified veterinary behaviorist.

    These vets are experts in the treatment of behavioral issues. Additionally, they can help you find solutions like anti-anxiety medications or over-the-counter supplements.

    Dog Shedding Concerns

    While most shedding is totally natural and shouldn’t be concerning, there are a couple things to be on the lookout for. Fur loss — which can resemble shedding — could be an indication of an underlying health issue, like hypothyroidism or even Cushing’s disease.

    If your dog’s fur has changed in texture or is shedding, thinning, or coming out in patches, or if there are additional skin problems or your dog seems sensitive when touched, consult with your veterinarian immediately. For example, an infestation of parasites, like fleas, lice, or mites, can cause excessive hair loss. Ringworm, dermatitis, and certain types of fungal infections, immune diseases, and cancers can cause hair loss, too.

    If you notice skin irritations, like bumps, scabs, or a rash, in addition to hair loss, speak with your veterinarian immediately.

    Conclusion

    Shedding is a natural and healthy process for all creatures with hair, so don't expect to eliminate all signs of dog fur from your home.

    Whether you're getting ready to adopt a new dog or you are already used to all your furniture and rugs covered in fur, learning to control dog shedding is an important aspect of pet care. And it's not just for keeping your house tidy: Loose hairs on your dog can get matted, trapping dirt, debris, and oils on the skin. This can make your dog uncomfortable and lead to skin issues.

    Different dog breeds do shed in different amounts: Some shed seasonally, while others shed year-round. This depends on the type of hair your dog has. If the shedding is excessive and your dog’s skin looks unhealthy, consult with your veterinarian to determine what’s causing the problematic shedding and figure out the best treatment plan. 

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    Fri, 10 Mar 2023 05:14:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    JZ10: Customer Experience Factor (CX) Episode One – Culture https://thedogvisitor.com/jz10-customer-experience-factor-cx-episode-one-culture https://thedogvisitor.com/jz10-customer-experience-factor-cx-episode-one-culture Joe Zuccarello’s latest video is live for L2GD Members!

    In this JZ10 Groomer Business Tip, ParagonPetSchool.com president Joe Zuccarello prompts you to think about why you do what you do in your salon. This will not only focus your attention on what’s most important about your work, but also serves as the basis for your business’s culture.

    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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    Thu, 09 Mar 2023 05:21:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    Women's History Month https://thedogvisitor.com/womens-history-month https://thedogvisitor.com/womens-history-month March represents a lot of things. For some, it’s time to shake off the last bit of winter and welcome spring into their lives. For others, it’s all about the green top hats and Irish jigs of Saint Patrick’s Day. But for half the population, March—or Women’s History Month—is a time for celebrating just how far women have come, and thinking about how far still there is to go.

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    March is Women's History Month, commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Being a female-founded and run company, we love celebrating this month and bringing awareness to its overall message.


    Why is Women's History Month in March and how did it begin?

    Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.

    Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.

    The month has deep importance for women, but there’s no monolithic way to celebrate. For us at PRIDE+GROOM, a company founded [and run] by women, the whole month screams, “I am woman, hear me roar,” and we love it. Women’s History Month is especially important for women holding positions that simply wouldn’t have been possible even 60 years ago. It’s a reminder that women have always been a force for change and that we have the power to shape the future and make a difference. It’s also a time to celebrate our collective strength, resilience, and determination.

    The Women's History Month theme for 2023 is Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories. This theme recognizes women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, news, and social media. We wanted to take this opportunity to tell you the story of our female-founded business.


    Our Story

    PRIDE+GROOM was born because four New York City dog lovers wanted the same level of grooming products for their dogs that they themselves enjoyed. They looked (hard) but nothing was up to snuff. Or sniff.

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    Like so many, we love our families and take pride in our homes, and we consider our pets to be integral parts of those things. That said, we couldn't find an effective way to coif them that felt on par with the way we tended to our children, our homes, ourselves. These beloved pets are allowed on the furniture and in our beds, and yet even when fresh from the groomer, we knew they didn't smell or feel as good as they could. So, leashes in hand, off we went.

    “Years ago, it never crossed my mind that there was a difference between a female-run business and a male-run business. I was not brought up that way and in my entire career as an engineer, I now realize that I was often the minority, but at the time, I never felt “less” important than my male colleagues. In co-founding PRIDE+GROOM, I now see that in fact, there are a lot of differences. Many positive ones, and many that are still hard for me to understand. Starting a business is hard enough regardless of your gender. As women, we do not want it to be easy, but we do want it to be equal.” - Patricia Machado, Co-Founder

     

     

    Throughout time, women have played a vital role in shaping who we are and how we do things. Therefore, Women's History Month seeks to give credit where credit is due and recognize the women who have changed the world in so many different ways, and who are taking charge and leading the way.

    After joining the board of Animal Haven, a non-profit animal shelter in New York City, I became inspired to do more in the animal space. PRIDE+GROOM turned out to be the perfect solution. Not only did we create a product that is better than anything else out there (not to brag), but we give back to the animal welfare community in a direct way by donating products, educating the rescue community and sponsoring dogs. We are 4 female founders and I am inspired every day by the women I work with. We are women, hear us roar!!” - Jane Wagman, Co-Founder


    There Is Power In The Pack

    We need to reverse the stereotype that women don’t support other women. There is research that shows women in particular benefit from collaboration over competition.  Study after study shows women who support women are more successful in business.

    “Building a brand and working alongside my smart, funny female partners has made the hard work of starting a company downright fun. We’re friends first, sharing sensibilities, goals and respect for one another, and I can’t imagine that’s not a lucky byproduct of being four women.” - Heather Perlman, Co-Founder

    New research in the Harvard Business Review finds that while both men and women benefit from having a network of well-connected peers across different groups, women who also have an inner circle of close female contacts are more likely to land executive positions with greater authority and higher pay, while there was no link found for the success of men in terms of the gender composition of their inner circles.

    The reason? Women trying to rise up into leadership face cultural and systemic hurdles that make it harder for them to advance, such as unconscious bias. The study suggests that a way to overcome some of these hurdles is to form close connections with other women, who can share experiences from women who have been there, done that—from how to ask for what you’re worth to bringing your unique talents to leadership.

     

     

    “Some cliches ring true, like ‘Do what you love and you will feel like you never worked a day in your life.’ I never understood that more until we launched PRIDE+GROOM. The other cliche, ‘Never work with friends,’ I believe we have proved wrong. Working together with women I truly know and respect to better the lives of pets and pet owners has been a dream come true!” - Regina Haymes, Co-Founder


    How to celebrate Women's History Month ? 

    Here are a few simple ways to celebrate Women's History Month on your own:

    • Buy from and support women-owned businesses
    • Follow and feature women-owned businesses and female creators on social media
    • Support a women’s non-profit organization
    • Host an event to celebrate women
    • Support and stream women-led and women-made films and songs
    • Share what you've learned about women's history online
    • Read and buy books from female writers

    You can also use Women’s History Month to get social with women in your industry! Challenge yourself to follow five different women on Instagram or LinkedIn every day. Forging these connections can help open your world view, sharpen your networking skills, and even strengthen your feeds on these channels. 

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    Every March, Women’s History Month provides an opportunity to honor the generations of trailblazing women and girls who have built our Nation, shaped our progress, and strengthened our character as a people. Throughout our history, despite hardship, exclusion, and discrimination, women have strived and sacrificed for equity and equality in communities across the country. 


    “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” 

    — Michelle Obama



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    Fri, 03 Mar 2023 08:49:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    New Release: General Table Handling for Pet Grooming & Special Needs Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/new-release-general-table-handling-for-pet-grooming-special-needs-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/new-release-general-table-handling-for-pet-grooming-special-needs-dogs
    Don’t you wish all dogs had excellent table manners? Poor behavior puts any pet at a higher risk for injury and makes grooming more time-consuming.

    Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to promote and train proper table manners, and much of it stems from you! Khris Berry has been a canine behaviorist her entire working career of over 35 years, and is an excellent teacher. In this Double Feature, she shares many of her best-kept secrets on how to win the trust and cooperation from a pet in a grooming setting. These ideas are easy to understand and apply instantly.

    In this video you will learn:

    • How to compare a dog’s brain to a rubber ball
    • How to effectively manage canine energy
    • Why heart placement is critical in dog body language
    • What is the key form of communication with a dog
    • Highly useful holds to support the pet allowing you to groom easier

    Start Learning with Khris

    If you’re a member, be sure to Log In and check out the video HERE so you can add it to your favorites and get the full details! If you’re not a member, click below to watch a free preview of the video.

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    Thu, 02 Mar 2023 08:56:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    Dogs and Color Perception: Separating Fact from Fiction https://thedogvisitor.com/dogs-and-color-perception-separating-fact-from-fiction https://thedogvisitor.com/dogs-and-color-perception-separating-fact-from-fiction Is everything in a dog’s world black and white? For many years, it was believed that dogs were color blind and could only see in shades of black and white. But is this actually the case? Are canines color blind?

    That idea that dogs can’t see color was widely accepted for decades, but new research and conclusions about canine anatomy and behavior have shown that while dogs can’t see the same colors humans do, dogs can still see some colors.

    Technicolor may be beyond their comprehension, but research shows that the dog’s eye can see much more than shades of gray.

    Recent studies have shown that dogs are actually capable of seeing color, albeit in a limited capacity. In this article, we will explore what science has to say about dog vision, and how it differs from human vision.

    Human Color Vision

    First, let's take a look at how human color vision works. Humans have three types of color receptors in their eyes called cones, which are responsible for detecting red, green, and blue light. These three types of cones work together to create the perception of a full spectrum of colors. However, dogs have only two types of cones in their eyes, which are specialized in detecting blue and yellow lights. Canine vision provides limited color vision. As a result, our furry friends are unable to distinguish between red and green, which means that the world appears to them as a combination of blue, yellow, and gray.

    Myths About Dogs Seeing Colors

    The notion that dogs see only in shades of blacks and whites has been attributed to Will Judy, a lifelong dog fancier, writer, and past publisher of Dog Week magazine. He claimed to be the first to declare that dogs had poor vision and thought they were able to see single shades and tones and only general outlines and shapes.

    “It’s likely that all the external world appears to them as varying highlights of black and gray,” Judy wrote in his 1937 manual, “Training the Dog.”

    In the 1960s, other researchers hypothesized that the only mammals that can discern color are primates. There was little research to back up these assertions, especially the one about dogs. Nevertheless, it soon became apparent that our canine pals are color blind.

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    It's important to note that while dogs can see color, their color vision is not as vibrant or rich as human color vision. This is because dogs have fewer cones in their eyes and because the cones they do have are not as sensitive as the cones in human eyes. As a result, pups see a less vibrant and less detailed world than humans.

    A Dog’s View

    However, despite these limitations, dogs are still able to see color and use it to navigate their environment. For example, they can distinguish between different shades of blue and yellow and use this information to find food or identify objects. In fact, studies have shown that dogs are able to discriminate between objects based on their color, even if the difference is subtle.

    Are Dogs Color Blind or Just Spectrum Challenged?

    In the last few decades, examinations of the canine eye structure have revealed some differences in basic design between humans and dogs. Evolution and function have driven these differences. Dogs developed their senses as nocturnal hunters, tracking and catching their food at night. Therefore, their eyes adapted to see well in the nighttime and to catch movement.

    For the purpose of hunting in the dark, canine eyes have a larger lens and corneal surface and a reflective membrane, known as a tapetum, that enhances night vision. They also have more rods, which improves low-light vision, in the retina.

    The retina is where scientists have also found the key to the difference in color perception between dogs and people. The retina is composed of millions of light-sensing cells. These include:

    • Rods, which are extremely sensitive cells that catch movement and work in low light.

    • Cones that work in bright light and control how color is percieved.

    Dogs have more rods than cones in their retina, whereas people have more cones, and this apparently makes the difference in color perception. Humans and a few other primate species are trichromatic, which means they have three kinds of cones. Canines are dichromatic, and have only two types.

    Each type of cone registers a different light wavelength. The one for red and green gives humans their appreciation for a red rose or a Granny Smith apple. Dogs, and some color-blind people, are missing red-green cones.

    Meanwhile, there are some types of fish and birds that can see an even broader range of the color spectrum than people can. There are many types of birds and fish that are tetrachromatic — they have a fourth type of cone receptor to absorb ultraviolet light.

    Dog Vision, a website devoted to canine color perception, printed this side-by-side comparison of how people and dogs register the color spectrum.

    Different-Colored Dog Toys Through the Lens of a Dog

    Different-Colored Dog Toys Through the Lens of a Dog

    Human view (left) and canine view (right) of a canine with a pink frisbee. The most popular colors for dog toys today are red or orange despite the fact that these colors are difficult for dogs to see. When you throw a red, pink, or orange toy, it may be difficult for the dog to see compared to the grass.

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    Human view (left) and dog view (right) of a dog with a yellow tennis ball. Dogs are able to distinguish yellow and blue from green, which may explain why they prefer yellow tennis balls over toys of different colors.

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    Human view (left) and dog view (right) of a dog with a blue ball. Dogs are able to distinguish yellow and blue from green, which may explain why they prefer blue and yellow toys over toys of different colors.

    Fun Facts About Dogs and Color:

    Certain colors improve a dog’s agility.

    Dogs do better at agility training when the weave poles, tunnels, jumps, and boards are painted in colors they can easily discern.

    Dogs are nearsighted.

    Dogs see 20/75, which makes them quite nearsighted.

    The best dog toy color is...

    Based on what we know about dogs’ color vision, the best color for dog toys is blue.

    I thought a dog prefers the color red

    The big surprise: dogs don't love red as much as we think they do. Owners often gravitate toward red toys and objects when shopping for dogs because they assume that red will pique the interest of a playful canine and that dogs can see the color red.

    Are dogs color blind?

    Contrary to popular belief, a dog does not see in black and white, but they are what we would call "color-blind," meaning they have only two color receptors (called cones) in their eyes. Red green color blindness would be a more accurate way to describe dog color vision.

    Dog Night Vision

    It's also worth mentioning that canine vision is much better at night than humans and are able to see in much lower light conditions. This is because they have a structure in their eyes called the tapetum lucidum, which reflects light back through the retina, allowing for more efficient light detection. This means that even if their color vision is limited, our canine companions are still able to navigate their environment effectively and safely.

    Dogs’ eyes are built very much like ours, with many of the same features. They do have some disadvantages in terms of vision, such as seeing fewer colors, less depth perception, less visual acuity to determine finer details, and less visual perspective because they are lower to the ground.

    However, when it comes to seeing in the dark, dogs have a few anatomical differences that make them better suited to see, survive, and hunt at night. 

    So, Can Dogs See Colors Like We Can?

    Scientists now believe that a dog’s color vision is similar to that of a person who has red-green color blindness, according to research conducted by Jay Neitz, who runs the Neitz Color Vision Lab in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Washington.

    Dogs can make out combinations of the colors they can see. This renders a lot of the world grayish-brown. That lush green lawn? It probably looks like a field of dead hay. That bright red velvet cushion? Still comfy, but it probably comes across as a dark brown blob to the dog.

    Dog Vision offers an online tool to help you see things as your dog sees them. There are also apps that you can use to see what your dog is seeing at any time.

    Conclusion

    But, can man's best friend see color? Yes, dogs see much more than just black and white. A dog’s vision is similar to that of the 8 percent of humans who are red-green colorblind.

    While dogs are not color blind, their color vision is limited compared to human color vision. They are able to see blue and yellow and use color to navigate their environment, but the world appears to them as a combination of blue, yellow, and gray. Green grass, a red ball, or varying shades are not part of a dog's normal vision. Despite this, dogs have many other adaptations in their eyes that allow them to see effectively, including excellent night vision. Understanding the color perception of dogs can help us better understand their experiences and provide them with a rich and stimulating environment.

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    Tue, 28 Feb 2023 19:07:01 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    Save The Date: Thurs., April 27th, 7 p.m. for a Facebook Live Session https://thedogvisitor.com/save-the-date-thurs-april-27th-7-pm-for-a-facebook-live-session https://thedogvisitor.com/save-the-date-thurs-april-27th-7-pm-for-a-facebook-live-session

    Join Us on Facebook Live  Thursday, April 27th, 7 p.m. for a free session with a great discussion – Topic to be announced
    Hosts:
    • President Joe Zuccarello will share his business coaching savvy
    • VP Lorri Keller will lend a groomer’s view on hot topics

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    Tue, 28 Feb 2023 15:49:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    What is CBD for Dogs? The Ultimate Guide to Hemp and CBD Oil for Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/what-is-cbd-for-dogs-the-ultimate-guide-to-hemp-and-cbd-oil-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/what-is-cbd-for-dogs-the-ultimate-guide-to-hemp-and-cbd-oil-for-dogs Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound found in the hemp plant that has gained popularity for its potential therapeutic benefits for humans. However, with more and more pet owners seeking natural alternatives for their furry friends, CBD for dogs has also become a hot topic. Many asking is CBD legal?

     

    The more research that is done on CBD for dogs (and CBD oils, CBD products, and CBD product in general), the more it seems capable of revolutionizing medicine as we know it. With that being said there is still plenty unknown and research is still being done all the time, So what do we know?

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    Many pet owners are turning to CBD oil for dogs as a way to treat various conditions, including anxiety, pain, and even cancer. There are many health claims on the topic, as well as potential health benefits on CBD's effectiveness.

    But how much CBD? What are the full spectrum of benefits in CBD? Is CBD really good for a pet's health? Is CBD USDA certified organic? What vet brands approve CBD? What about the safety and side effects of CBD? Has CBD been medically reviewed? What would I use CBD products for?

    In this blog post, we’ll explore what CBD for dogs is, how it may benefit dogs, and what to look for when purchasing CBD oil for your pet.

    Let's Start at the Beginning: What is CBD?

    CBD is a compound found in the hemp plant, which is a member of the cannabis family. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t get your dog “high" even though it is derived from the cannabis plant.

    CBD works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the body, which is responsible for regulating various functions including sleep, appetite, mood, and relieving pain sensation. The ECS produces its own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, which help regulate these functions. CBD acts as a supplement to the endocannabinoids produced by the ECS, helping to maintain balance and regulate various bodily functions.

    In 2018, the U.S. Congress passed and signed into law the Agriculture Improvement Act. This law removed hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act, effectively legalizing CBD if it comes from hemp. However, a few states have not removed hemp from their state’s controlled substances acts, so legality of CBD products differs across states.

    CBD is marketed in many consumer products:

    • Foods

    • Oils

    • Lotions

    • Capsules

    • Cosmetics

    • Over the counter medications

    CBD For Dogs Is Not Psychoactive (Meaning: it does not get your dog "high")

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    Cannabidiol, unlike THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, will not produce any euphoric sensations. This is a very important characteristic. An inert compound allows users of CBD and hemp oil for dogs to get many medicinal benefits without the high of THC. This is huge from both a medical and a legal standpoint. Hemp derived CBD will not make your pet high, as it has no negative side effects and is well tolerated by healthy dogs.

    Because of the lack of THC, Hemp oil is also safe for pets to use. Significantly, THC is toxic to animals, so you should only use CBD pet products that contain no THC or less than 0.3 percent THC.

    This also means you should never give your pet CBD products made for humans because they may contain additional ingredients that are harmful to pets, including harmful amounts of THC. Needless to say, never give your pet marijuana. Only CBD. Also, always follow CBD dosage instructions.

    How CBD May Benefit Dogs

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    CBD oil for dogs has been used to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

    1. Anxiety and Stress: Many dogs suffer from anxiety and stress, especially during fireworks, thunderstorms, and other loud events. CBD oil has been shown to help calm anxious dogs and reduce stress.

    2. Pain and Inflammation: CBD has natural anti-inflammatory properties and analgesic, which makes it a great option for dogs with arthritis and other chronic pain conditions. Pain management is possible after scientific evidence has shown CBD for dogs to be effective.

    3. Seizures: Some dogs suffer from seizures and epilepsy, and CBD for dogs has been shown to help reduce the frequency and severity of seizures.

    4. Cancer: While more research is needed, some studies suggest that CBD may have anti-tumor effects and may help with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in dogs with cancer.

    5. Appetite Stimulation: Some dogs may have trouble eating, especially during illness or while undergoing treatment for a condition. CBD oil may help stimulate appetite in these dogs.

    A Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine study found dogs given CBD at a rate of 4.4 mg per pound twice daily for a month showed significant improvement in pain relief and quality of life.

    CBD takes about half an hour to kick in and your dog should feel the effects for about four to six hours, but this is highly dependent on your individual dog's metabolism.

    What to Look for When Purchasing CBD Oil for Your Dog

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    When purchasing CBD oil for your dog, it’s important to look for a product that is high-quality and safe. Here are some things to look for when choosing a CBD oil for your pet:

    1. Third-Party Testing: Look for a product that has been third-party tested for purity and potency. This will ensure that the product contains the amount of CBD that is claimed on the label and is free from harmful contaminants.

    2. Hemp Source: Look for a product that is made from high-quality hemp that is grown organically and is free from pesticides, heavy metals, and other harmful contaminants.

    3. CBD Concentration: Make sure to choose a product that is appropriate for your dog’s size and weight. The recommended dose of CBD for dogs is 1-5 mg per 10 pounds of body weight. Just like prescription medications, there specific dosages for CBD for dogs.

    4. Carrier Oil: Look for a product that is made with a high-quality carrier oil, such as coconut oil, olive oil or MCT oil. These oils help improve the absorption of CBD and also provide additional health benefits for your pet.

    5. Dosage Recommendations: Make sure to follow the dosage recommendations on the label and start with the lowest recommended dose. Gradually increase the dose as needed.

    What CBD is Available for Dogs?

    There are a multitude of CBD products for dogs and humans, and the list keeps growing. Hemp oil products are a hot commodity and people have caught on to this. With products including lotions, face masks, edibles, and bath bombs, there is no limit to the way you get your dose of CBD.

    • Oil CBD Tinctures: This form comes in a glass bottle with a little dropper so you can easily measure dosage. A CBD tincture is an alcohol-based extract. One of the best ways to give your dog CBD oil is to drop it directly into their mouth, preferably under the tongue so it absorbs directly into your dog’s bloodstream. If your dog will allow you to squirt the oil directly into their mouth, but not under their tongue then aim for the back of the tongue (not so far back that you’ll gag them, but far enough that they won’t spit it out).

    • Capsules: These are filled with a predetermined dose of CBD and look similar to fish oil capsules.

    • Infused Treats & Soft Chews: It’s easy to find companies selling CBD-infused biscuits, soft chews (which often contain other vitamins and nutrients), and even doggy ice cream. Yes, I recently saw an ad for dog-approved CBD ice cream on Instagram.

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    However, the most popular way of consuming CBD is through oils. The best CBD oils for dogs and humans come in many forms, such as liquid medicine or infused into a product like coconut oil or a CBD tincture.

    Give your dog CBD along with breakfast or dinner. "CBD is absorbed better when given with a meal so it should be given around mealtime to maximize absorption," says Joseph Wakshlag DVM, a professor of veterinary medicine at Cornell University.

    Possible Side Effects of CBD in Dogs

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    While there’s no scientific data on the side effects of CBD usage for dogs, there are potential side effects based on how CBD affects humans. Since there are so many nonprescription CBD products on the market, not all of them have been approved by the food and drug administration who evaluate ingredients and provide quality assurance. To minimize any potential side effects of CBD, make sure you are following the proper dosage for your dog

    Side effects may include:

    • Dry mouth: Research has shown that CBD can decrease the production of saliva. For dogs, this would manifest as an increased thirst.

    • Lowered blood pressure: High doses of CBD have been known to cause a temporary drop in blood pressure. Even though the drop is small, it might create a brief feeling of light-headedness.

    • Drowsiness: Dog owners have used CBD to treat anxiety. The calming effect of CBD can also cause slight drowsiness, especially when using higher doses.

    There is no evidence that CBD can cause short-term health risks, but less is known about how it will affect dogs in the long term. The main concern is that taking CBD can cause elevations in dogs' liver enzymes, which could potentially damage your dog's liver over time.

    CBD may also interact with certain medications like blood thinners, heart rhythm medications, anti-seizure drugs, and thyroid medications. So you should always ask your vet about any other medications your dog takes before starting any approved nonprescription CBD products. Combining CBD or CBD extract with certain medications can be harmful.

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    Conclusion

    Ultimately, CBD is a form of medical marijuana that takes out the THC to create a nontoxic form. There are many uses for these hemp oils and helping our furry friends is a great place to start. Whether this article helped you decide you want to try CBD for your dog or yourself you now know what they are all about. A lot of good can come from CBD for dogs, and the benefits they can carry.

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    Mon, 27 Feb 2023 02:00:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    Expressing a Dog's Anal Glands: What You Need to Know https://thedogvisitor.com/expressing-a-dogs-anal-glands-what-you-need-to-know https://thedogvisitor.com/expressing-a-dogs-anal-glands-what-you-need-to-know Most dogs can go their whole lives without any concerns about their anal glands. Normally, when dogs poop, it expresses their anal glands naturally, releasing anal gland fluid from their anal sacs. Dogs may also involuntarily express their own anal glands when they are scared or stressed.

    Expressing their own anal glands allows a dog to leave their scent behind to claim their territory near their home or in their yard during a normal bowel movement. A normal dog will release their own anal glands naturally. When dogs meet, they sniff each other’s hind ends and anal glands to gather information about the other dog’s hormonal status.

    There are times, though, when these anal glands become full, impacted, or infected. Impacted or infected anal glands can be painful, so it’s important to recognize the signs of an issue and know what to do when it happens. Having healthy anal glands is crucial for your pet. When signs of anal gland infections or disease persist, you should contact your veterinarian to schedule an exam for your dog.

    Here’s what you should know about anal glands in dogs, from how they work and how they’re expressed to the signs of anal sac disease and when to go to the vet.

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    What Are The Dog Anal Glands?

    Dogs have two small glands located near their anus, called anal glands. These glands produce a scent marking fluid that helps dogs communicate with each other. However, sometimes there are anal gland issues, and the anal sacs can become impacted and need to be expressed manually. In this blog post, we'll discuss what you need to know about expressing a dog's anal glands.

    Under normal circumstances, when stool passes through the anus of a dog, it applies pressure to the anal glands and releases (expresses) the fluid.

    Both male and female dogs, as well as cats and other animals, have anal glands. These glands are not essential to your dog’s health, and they can live without them if they need to be surgically removed for medical reasons.

    Why Do A Dog’s Anal Glands Need to Be Expressed?

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    Most dogs involuntarily express their anal glands. If a dog’s nutritional needs are being met with high-quality food, and they maintain a healthy weight and get plenty of exercise, they should not need to have their anal glands expressed. Healthy dogs typically do not have anal gland issues. If your dog is not having an issue, there is nothing further you need to do.

    Anal glands can become impacted due to a variety of reasons, including dietary changes, food allergies, obesity, and certain medical conditions. When this happens, the glands in the anal region become swollen and produce a strong, unpleasant odor. If left untreated, the impacted glands can become infected, which can lead to pain and discomfort for your pet, as well as recurring anal gland issues.

    What Happens During Anal Gland Expression?

    Anal gland expression is a simple procedure that involves manually squeezing the glands to release the fluid and anal gland material. Your veterinarian or a trained professional will perform this procedure using a gloved finger or a specialized tool.

    The process usually takes only a few minutes and is generally not painful for the dog. However, if the glands are infected, your pet may experience some discomfort during the procedure.

    How to Prevent Dog Anal Glands Impactions

    Some dogs, however, require their glands to be manually expressed. If the consistency of your dog’s stool changes, their anal glands will not be naturally expressed. Then the liquid in the glands will thicken, making it harder to be able to express. If this happens, the glands can become irritated, inflamed, infected, and even impacted.

    Once your dog starts to have issues with anal gland infections, impaction, or abscessation, it is usually best to have their glands expressed every 3-4 weeks to prevent the issue from happening again. Your dog’s anal glands can be expressed by your veterinarian, a veterinary technician, or even some dog groomers.

    One of the best ways to prevent anal gland impactions is to maintain a healthy weight for your pet. Obesity can put extra pressure on the glands, which can cause them to become impacted. You should also provide your pet with a well-balanced diet that is high in fiber to help promote regular bowel movements.

    There are anal gland supplements, fish oil supplements, oral antibiotics, and special measures you can take with your dog's diet to help lower the gland problems in dogs. Overweight dogs and smaller breed dogs are more prone to recurrent anal sac disease. Additionally, it's important to monitor your pet's behavior and watch for any signs of discomfort, such as scooting or licking the anal area.

    How to Express Your Dog’s Anal Glands

    If your vet has agreed that your dog requires their anal glands to be expressed routinely, they might instruct you to do so at home if you are comfortable doing it yourself. Make sure that you are confident that your dog will not react aggressively.

    If you see blood or pus around your dog’s anus, or if your dog seems very uncomfortable, do not attempt to express their anal glands at home. Your dog suffering is not the goal here. Instead, make an appointment with your veterinarian right away.

    To express your dog’s anal glands at home, you need:

    • Latex gloves

    • Petroleum or a water-based lubricant

    • Another person to help restrain your dog

    Follow these steps to express your dog’s anal glands: 

    1. If your dog is small, you can place them on a table or counter in front of you. If you have a large dog, you can kneel behind them. 

    2. If possible, have another person hold your dog by placing one arm underneath and around their neck, and the other arm around the rest of your dog’s body, hugging them close. 

    3. Put on a pair of latex or similar gloves and lubricate your index finger with petroleum jelly or a water-based lubricant. 

    4. Lift up your dog’s tail and gently insert your index finger into the rectum approximately 1 inch. 

    5. Feel with your index finger and thumb for a firm pea- or marble-sized object at the 5 or 7 o’clock positions. 

    6. When you have found one gland, place a paper towel between the dog’s anus and your hand and gently milk the gland’s contents outward by applying pressure on the farthest side of the gland and squeezing toward you. Do not use more pressure than you would feel comfortable applying if you were pressing on your eyes, for example. 

    7. You should barely be able to feel the gland when it’s empty. 

    8. Wipe the anal area clean.  

    9. Repeat on the other side for the other gland. 

    When to Seek Veterinary Assistance

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    If you suspect that your pup's anal glands are impacted, it's important to seek veterinary assistance as soon as possible. Your veterinarian will be able to determine the best course of action, which may include expressing the glands to prevent anal gland problems, or prescribing oral antibiotics if the anal glands are infected.

    Additionally, if your pet experiences frequent impacted anal glands, anal gland infection, anal gland abscess, or anal gland issues, your veterinarian may recommend a surgical procedure to remove the glands.

    Signs of Dog Anal Gland Issues in Dogs

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    The most common signs your dog may be having anal gland problems include:  

    • Scooting

    • Excessive licking

    • Swollen anal glands

    • Frequently turning to lick or bite their hind end

    • Straining to poop

    • Showing discomfort when pooping (dyschezia)

    • Fecal incontinence

    • Not wanting to sit

    • Anal discharge

    Dogs might also have the following signs:

    • Crying or whimpering

    • Becoming withdrawn or lethargic

    • Not wanting to eat or drink; showing no interest in dog food

    • Swelling or redness in the anal area or anal sphincter

    If these symptoms persist or affect your dog’s behavior, they should be examined by their veterinarian as soon as possible. If left untreated, anal gland impactions, infections, and abscesses can become major problems. A simple rectal exam and sampling of the dog's stool can diagnose any of these conditions.

    Are Certain Dog breeds More Prone to Anal Gland Issues?

    It’s true, anal gland problems are predominantly a small dog breed issue, but they can affect larger breed dogs as well. Toy and Miniature Poodles, Chihuahuas, Lhasa Apsos, Cocker Spaniels, Basset Hounds, and Beagles rank high on the list of breeds affected by anal gland conditions. Overweight dogs tend to be seen more often for an anal gland problem or anal gland impaction.

    Other factors that may increase the chances of anal gland issues include: 

    • Chronic skin conditions (seborrhea, skin infections, or itchy skin) 

    • Obesity or overweight dogs

    • Inadequate dietary fiber  

    • Change in stool consistency: soft stool, diarrhea, or constipation 

    • Parasites (both internal and external) 

    • Dog food and/or environmental allergies 

    • Genetics (more common in small breeds)

    • Stool consistency

    • Blocked glands

    In conclusion, expressing a dog's anal glands is a simple and relatively painless procedure that is often necessary to maintain your pet's health and comfort. By understanding why and how this procedure is performed, you can ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy for many years to come.

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    Eating a diet with adequate fiber can help keep your dog’s anal glands healthy. Fiber promotes healthy digestion and proper stool formation. The force of the firm, bulky stool against the colon wall near the anus can help express the anal glands during bowel movements. 

    If you have any concerns about your pet's anal glands, be sure to consult  with a veterinarian for the best advice and treatment options.

     

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    Thu, 23 Feb 2023 15:49:01 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    How Adopting indie dogs Can Change Your Life https://thedogvisitor.com/how-adopting-indie-dogs-can-change-your-life https://thedogvisitor.com/how-adopting-indie-dogs-can-change-your-life Adopting a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. Not only do you gain a loving companion, but you also save a life. However, adopting an independent indie breed dog can bring a whole new level of joy and fulfillment into your life.
    Independent dogs, also known as indie dogs, are those that have lived most of their lives on the streets, have been abandoned or lost, and have learned to survive on their own. These dogs are often intelligent, resilient, and self-reliant, which can make them excellent companions for the right owner.

    Here are just a few ways that adopting an Indian dog (indie dog) can change your life:

    • They teach us about resilience

    Indian pariah dog have often experienced a lot of adversity in their lives. They have learned how to survive in difficult circumstances and overcome challenges. When we adopt them, we get to witness their resilience firsthand, and they can inspire us to be more resilient in our own lives.

    • They provide us with unconditional love

    One of the biggest benefits of adopting any Indian street dog is the love they provide. Indie dogs are no exception. These dogs are often incredibly grateful for their second chance at life, and they will show their gratitude with unconditional love and affection.

    • They offer a unique and rewarding training experience

    Indie dogs are often highly intelligent and adaptable, but they may lack basic obedience skills. Adopting an indie dog can provide a unique and rewarding training experience as you work with your new companion to help them learn basic commands and social skills.

    • They help us stay active

    Most dogs like Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Husky, and German Shepherds need regular exercise to stay healthy and happy, and indie dogs are no exception. Because they are often highly active and adventurous, adopting an indie dog can motivate us to stay active and explore the outdoors with our new companion.

    • They can bring a sense of purpose into our lives

    Adopting an indie dog can give us a sense of purpose as we work to provide them with a safe and loving home. Knowing that we have made a positive impact on our new friend’s life can bring a deep sense of fulfillment and meaning.

    Of course, some challenges come with adopting indie dogs as well. These dogs may have trust issues or require a higher level of patience and understanding than other dogs. However, with the right approach and plenty of love and patience, these challenges can be overcome, and the rewards of adopting an indie dog are well worth the effort.

    If you are considering adopting an Indian pariah dog, here are some tips to keep in mind:

    • Be patient

    Indian dogs (Indie dogs) may take longer to adjust to their new home and family than other dogs. It’s important to be patient and allow them to set the pace. With time and patience, most indie dogs will come around and become loving, loyal companions.

    • Socialize them early and often

    Socialization is important for all dogs, but it’s especially crucial for a desi dog that may not have had much human interaction in the past. Exposing your new companion to a variety of people, places, and experiences can help them feel more comfortable and confident in their new home.

    • Seek professional help if needed

    If your new (Indian dog) indie dog is struggling with behavioral issues or trust issues, it may be helpful to seek the advice of a professional dog trainer or behaviorist. With the right guidance and support, most dogs can overcome their challenges and thrive in their new home.

    In conclusion, adopting indie dogs can be a life-changing experience. These dogs have a unique set of qualities and challenges that can make them excellent companions for the right person. By providing a loving and patient home, you can help indie dog overcome their past and experience a bright and fulfilling future. 

    Together, we can save these precious animals

    The post How Adopting indie dogs Can Change Your Life appeared first on HankPets.

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2023 14:07:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    Can I Use Dish Detergent To Wash My Dog? https://thedogvisitor.com/can-i-use-dish-detergent-to-wash-my-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/can-i-use-dish-detergent-to-wash-my-dog           Can I Use Dish Detergent To Wash My Dog?

              

    When it comes to washing your furry best friend, it's important to use a product that is both safe and effective. Many pet owners wonder if they can use a dishwashing detergent like Dawn to wash their dogs. While Dawn is often used to clean up major events, such as oil spills on wildlife, it's not recommended for regular use on pets. Here's why:

    1. Dishwashing detergent like Dawn is formulated for use on dishes and not for use on pets. It's designed to cut through grease and grime, which can be harmful to your dog's skin and coat. Dishwashing detergents can strip away the natural oils that keep your dog's skin and coat healthy and shiny. This can lead to dry, itchy skin and a dull coat.

    2. Dishwashing detergents can be irritating to your dog's skin. The chemicals in these detergents can cause skin irritation, redness, and even chemical burns. Dogs have much more sensitive skin than humans, so even a small amount of dishwashing detergent can be harmful to them.

    3. Dishwashing detergents are not formulated to deal with the specific needs of a dog's coat. Dogs have a different pH balance than humans, which means that their skin and coat require different care. Using a product that is not specifically formulated for dogs can throw off their pH balance and lead to skin irritation, dryness, and other issues.

                                          

                                                       Leo Machado-Neuman

    So what should you use instead? There are many dog-specific and even coat specific shampoos on the market that are safe and effective for use on your pup. These shampoos are formulated to meet the specific needs of your dog's skin and coat, and they come in a variety of formulas to address different issues such as dry skin, fleas, and allergies. 

    When choosing a dog shampoo, it's important to read the label and choose a product that is appropriate for your dog's specific needs. If your dog has sensitive skin or allergies, look for a gental shampoo The Sensitive One, that is free of harsh chemicals and rich in soothing essential oils like Quinoa and Lavender.  If your dog has dry skin, look for a shampoo that contains moisturizing ingredients like Coconut oil and Flaxseed oil, like The Shedder, which can help dry skin, dandruff and even lessen shedding after a  bath.

    When washing your dog, it's important to follow a few basic guidelines to keep them safe and comfortable. First, never use hot water to wash your dog, as this can burn their skin. Use lukewarm water instead, and make sure to wet your dog thoroughly before applying shampoo. Lay down a towel or non slip mat, to help your dog feel like they are on solid ground. Have thier favorite treat close by to reward them for bieng such a good sport.  

    Apply a small amount of shampoo to your dog's coat and work it into a lather. Be careful to avoid getting shampoo in your dog's eyes, ears, and mouth. Rinse your dog thoroughly to remove all of the shampoo. Follow with a conditioner, The Final Coat, to seal in the shine, moisture and fresh scent.  Make the experience a bonding moment for you and your pup, try using a massaging wet brush to help you get a deep clean and give your pup a soothing massage brush, The Wet Brush.

     

                        

    After washing your dog, be sure to dry them thoroughly with a Towel. Dogs can get cold easily, so make sure to keep them warm while they're drying. If your dog has long hair or you want a "salon finish" use a blow dryer on a low setting.

     

    Conclusion:

    Whether it’s romping in the mud, or rolling in the smelliest item they can find, dogs always seem to find a way to get smelly and dirty. If you find yourself out of dog shampoo with a pup in desperate need of a bath, you might wonder if the solution lies in your kitchen. Dawn dish soap, one of the most popular dishwashing liquids, can be used on your dog in the more dire of circumstances, but it is certainly not recommended for regular bathing.

    While picking your dog’s shampoo, it's important to remember that while  dishwashing detergent like Dawn may seem like a quick and easy solution for washing, your dog’s skin and coat is their largest organ, making up 12% of their body weight. Choosing the right products to wash you fur baby with is one of the most important things you can do to to keep them healthy. Detergents can be harmful to your dog's skin and coat, and they are not formulated to meet the specific needs of your dog. Instead, opt for a dog-specific, all natural shampoo that is safe and effective for use on your furry friend. Follow the basic guidelines for washing your dog, and your pet will be clean, healthy, and ready for snuggles!

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    Tue, 21 Feb 2023 22:42:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    Grooming German Shepherd Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/grooming-german-shepherd-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/grooming-german-shepherd-dogs The German Shepherd is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. With their striking appearance, intelligence, and loyalty, it's no wonder why they're so popular.

     The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is an all-around canine superstar, excelling in multiple roles ranging from police dog to family companion. It’s no wonder this is the second-most popular breed in America. But do you know how to keep your GSD well-groomed and looking their best?

    As owners, it's our responsibility to keep our furry friends healthy while looking and feeling their best. One way to do this is through proper grooming. In this blog post, we'll discuss the basics of grooming a German Shepherd.

    German Shepherds have a thick double coat that requires regular grooming to maintain their health and appearance. It's recommended to groom them at least once a week to remove loose hair, dirt, and debris. GSDs do shed, so one of the first things nearly every breeder will tell you is to invest in a good vacuum cleaner! But there are several ways to cut down on the shedding.

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    Does A German Shepherd Need Grooming?:

    All dogs need grooming, including the German Shepherd! If you decide to welcome a German Shepherd into your family, you must be prepared to devote time to the ritual of grooming them. As a dog lover, it's in your best interest to do your research on the dog breed.

    Grooming is important to prevent the dog’s coat from becoming matted. Grooming keeps your dog’s skin healthy and allows you to check for any lumps and bumps, sore patches, or parasites.

    A thorough brush removes dead and loose hair from their coat, helping to keep the fur healthy and shiny.

    Grooming also massages your dog’s skin, helping to improve their circulation.

    Best of all, regular grooming strengthens the bond between you and your dog and is a pleasurable experience for both of you.

    German Shepherds can have four different coat lengths:

    • Short coat with an undercoat

    • Medium length with an undercoat

    • Long length with an undercoat

    • Long length without any undercoat

    A German Shepherd with long hair has feathery tufts on their tail and ears, and they have “trousers” on the back of their legs.

    A German shepherd without an undercoat has the same degree of feathering, but the outer coat is softer and not as coarse. Dog hair varies by breed, but also from dog to dog. A German Shepherd's coat is unique to the dog itself. Longer haired German Shepherds will require much different grooming tools and techniques than a German Shepherd dog with shorter hair.

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    BRUSHING:

    Brushing is one of the most important aspects of grooming your German Shepherd. Their thick double coats require regular brushing to prevent matting and tangling. This also helps remove loose hair and dirt, keeping your dog's coat clean and shiny.

    There are so many dog brushes on the market. A slicker brush, pin brush, and undercoat rake are some of the most commonly used brushes for German Shepherds. Having the right grooming tool for German Shepherds is key.

    A good grooming brush for German Shepherds will keep the German Shepherd's fur healthy, removing loose fur and dead hair when used on the dog regularly.

    BATHING:

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    Bathing your German Shepherd is important to keep their skin and coat clean and healthy. However, it's important to not over-bathe them as it can strip their skin of natural oils. A good rule of thumb for a German Shepherd owner is to bathe your dog every few weeks, or as needed. Be sure to use a gentle, dog-specific shampoo, and rinse thoroughly to avoid any skin irritation on the outer coat and the dog's skin.

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    TRIMMING:

    German Shepherds have long hair that can easily become matted and tangled, especially around the ears and paws. A dog's hair can benefit from trimming. To keep your pup comfortable, minimize shedding, and remove loose fur, it's a good idea to trim the hair around the ears and paw pads regularly, or bring them to a groomer for proper technique. This can be easily done with a pair of scissors or clippers and the best grooming tools. It can also help with the excessive shedding and help keep your dog clean.

    You should not shave or cut your GSD’s coat hair too short. The German Shepherd’s double coat acts as an insulator, keeping them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. So shaving them can actually cause harm. It can also cause skin problems. And also, if you do choose to shave your GSD, it’s hard to get the coat to grow back properly going forward. Many dog owners do not know this.

    NAIL TRIMMING:

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    Regular nail trimming is important to prevent discomfort and potential injury to your dog's paws. Overgrown nails can cause pain and make it difficult for your dog to walk or run. You can use a professional-grade dog nail clipper or a grinder to keep your dog's nails trimmed.

    The conformation of GSDs’ feet is wide-ranging, with some dogs having very thick, wide nails that are more difficult to cut and others having thinner, claw-like nails that are much easier to clip. For some dogs—particularly those with thick nails—you can use a Dremel tool for nail grinding in addition to clippers.

    EAR CARE:

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    GSDs have tall, alert ears that stand up by the time they reach about four months of age. These ears are a signature feature of the breed and can be prone to infections if you don’t keep a watchful eye on their care. It is recommended to use wipes to clean your dogs’ ears, always making sure you are using wipes that are easy and gentle to use.

    Be sure to clean your dog’s ears and check regularly for ear infections. If you happen to notice any ear infections, or an odor/discharge coming from your dog’s ear, you should always go to the vet, as such infections can be serious and require the care of a veterinary professional.

    A healthy diet can also be a factor in maintaining good ear health in German Shepherds.

    Our pick: THE SWIPE

    TEETH BRUSHING:

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    Teeth Brushing Just like us, dogs need to have their teeth cleaned regularly to prevent plaque and tartar buildup, which can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Brushing your dog's teeth with a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste is a great way to keep their dental health in check.

    Grooming During Shedding Season:

    German Shepherds are sometimes called, “German Shedders!” That will tell you all you need to know about their grooming requirements during the shedding season!

    When your dog is shedding in the spring and fall, you’ll need to brush them every day. You will notice many more loose hairs during the shedding seasons.

    Heavy shedding happens in spring to allow the dog to get rid of their winter coat so that they will not overheat during the warmer weather.

    In the fall, the lightweight summer fur is shed to make way for the dog’s thick winter coat.

    Indoor-dwelling German Shepherds may not shed as heavily as outdoor dogs.

    That’s because your central heating and living in your house will keep your dog nice and warm, negating the need for the thick underfur that an outdoor living dog would need.

    Many German Shepherd owners report that their long-haired dog sheds less than their short-haired relatives. But why is that? Well, the reason for this odd phenomenon is that the German Shepherd’s fluffy undercoat gets trapped by the longer outer fur as it sheds, making excessive shedding halt.

    That means less hair on your furniture, but it also makes your dog more susceptible to developing mats in their coat. Also, although a short-haired German Shepherd is less prone to matting, you will find more of their hair on your clothes and carpets.

    Therefore, both long and short-haired German Shepherds require plenty of grooming, although for different reasons.

    Grooming your German Shepherd is an important aspect of being a responsible pet owner. Regular brushing, bathing, trimming, nail trimming, and teeth brushing will keep your dog looking and feeling their best. Remember to not harm their natural oils by over grooming your German Shepherd regularly.

    You won’t find much variety in hairstyles for your German shepherd. When it comes to looking (and feeling) good, it’s more about being properly brushed and groomed, and whether their coat is shiny and healthy. If you truly feel the need to trim your pup, purchase a pair of grooming scissors and give them very specific snips that won’t affect the rest of their gorgeous coat. With the proper grooming tools and techniques, you'll be able to keep your German Shepherd looking great and feeling comfortable.

    Remember, German Shepherds shed, a LOT. From loose fur to dog hair on your clothes and furniture, you will need to invest in the proper de shedding tools and best brushes to combat grooming time in breeds that shed year round.

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    Mon, 20 Feb 2023 05:35:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    Dog Eye Gunk: What It Is, How to Clean It, and When to Worry https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-eye-gunk-what-it-is-how-to-clean-it-and-when-to-worry https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-eye-gunk-what-it-is-how-to-clean-it-and-when-to-worry Eye discharge, or what we pet parents like to call "dog eye boogers", happens often for a common reason: your dog’s eyes & tears are flushing out dust after a long night of sleep. This eye gunk can differ in texture, fluidity, and color depending on the dog or scenario. For example, you may notice your dog’s eye boogers range from a little crusty to mucus-y and can appear green, yellow, or clear. Some of these signs, however, can indicate an underlying eye infection.

    If you noticed gunk or eye discharge in your dog's eye and found yourself Googling, "My dog's eye is goopy" you're not alone.

    But how can you tell if your dog needs to see a vet, or if this is just normal? In this article, we will break down the signs of concern and signs of when you can tackle your dog’s eye boogers at home.

    If you’re reading while eating, here’s your warning: we’re about to get into the sometimes icky details about the causes of eye discharge. Read on for more—plus five care tips you need.

    dog eye gunk

    What Does Normal Dog Eye Discharge Look Like?

    The medically correct term for dog eye gunk is discharge. Clear to whitish-grey eye boogers with a watery consistency are normal in most dogs. You may notice some dust in them as well. 

    Be aware that discharge can change in appearance. If your dog’s eye gunk looks more pus-like, with a tendency to crust, this could be a sign of a bigger problem.

    The Four Causes of Dog Eye Discharge

    *If you’re unsure about the cause of your dog’s unusually runny or sometimes crusty eyes, always consult with your vet for a professional opinion.

    1. Conjunctivitis

    Conjunctivitis in dog

    Or, as we humans call it, pink eye. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the outer layer of the eye and inner layer of the eyelid. This eye infection is often paired with: 

    • dog eye gunk that appears as a yellow-green pus

    • yellow eye discharge that crusts overnight

    • bloodshot or pink eyes

    • excessive blinking or itching

    • pawing at the eyes

    Conjunctivitis has many causes. Some cases are viral, others are bacterial, and some can be attributed to allergies or even eye tumors. The key? Seeing the vet at the first sign of symptoms to nail down the source so it can be treated properly. The most common treatment likely includes antibiotics and soothing washes to keep any serious damage at bay.

    1. Watery Eye (a.k.a. Epiphora)

    Watery Eye (a.k.a. Epiphora)

    Some dogs—and humans, for that matter—have constant watery eyes. But with epiphora or excessive tearing, the eyes are, well, just that: excessively wet.

    The problem originates from the eye duct not being able to properly dispose of excess tearing, which is especially common in flat-faced dog breeds such as Bulldogs or Boston Terriers. Sometimes, the stream of tears can even result in tear stains, aka the darkened fur around the eyes, especially for light-colored dogs. The overabundance of tearing can also lead to infected, smelly skin. 

    Causes of excessive tear PRODUCTION AND EXCESSIVELY WATERY EYES really run the gamut, from: 

    • conjunctivitis

    • allergies

    • dust

    • a tear duct problem 

    • an eyelash growing where it shouldn’t in a dog's eyes 

    • glaucoma

    • birth defects

    Always talk to your veterinarian to figure out what’s causing the dog eye discharge, then treat accordingly—in some cases, relief from epiphora will require tear ducts surgery.

    Our tip for cleaning eye stains: Use PRIDE+GROOM THE SWIPE gently under the eyes and around the face on a daily basis. This reduces tear staining.

    1. KCS (a.k.a. Dry Eye)

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    The opposite of constant watery, teary eyes? Dry eye. The official term? Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or KCS for short. Most canine patients develop dry eye due an immune-mediated (auto-immune) inflammatory attack on the tear glands. 

    Uncomfortable, itchy, dried out eyes lack lubrication and therefore the ability to flush away irritants or infections. That could actually cause some serious harm to your dog and their eyes. Without tears, in an effort to protect the eye, the whites of the eyes turn brown and yellow-green discharge appears.

    Common causes for dry dog eye include:

    • eye infection

    • tear duct issue

    • side effects of anesthesia or antibiotics

    Blindness can occur if untreated, so make sure to visit your vet if these symptoms crop up.

    1. Eye Injury

    Dogs love to play and explore, but sometimes they are just clumsy, which can lead to unexpected and sometimes serious eye injuries. The eye can be scratched (from activities like running through bushes or wrestling with another dog) or a foreign body such as dirt or debris can get lodged in their eye.

    Even exposing the eye to a chemical may cause changes in your dog’s eye discharge. Anything related to your pet’s eye health is cause for concern.

    In addition to changes in discharge, other signs can include a visible foreign object, scratching or pawing at the face, or a bloody or bloodshot eye. Eye injuries can have serious complications, so we recommend seeing a vet immediately if you suspect your dog has hurt or injured their eye. 

    If you can see something in your dog’s eye, don’t try to remove it yourself. Always ask your vet to do so.

    When You Should Call the Vet

    dog gunk at vet

    If your dog's eye is goopy you should also be thinking "Should I contact my veterinarian?". Is this completely normal? In general, if your dog has watery, clear eye discharge for a day or two but their eyes look otherwise normal and they are not scratching the eye and are keeping their eyelids open, it is likely nothing to be worried about.

    Reach out to your vet if your dog has watery eye discharge that lasts more than a few days or if you notice any of the following:

    • Swollen eye(s)

    • Excessive rubbing of the eye(s)

    • Blocked tear ducts or tear duct problems

    • Squinting or excessive blinking

    • Head shy behavior

    • Colored eye discharge

    • Excessive tear staining

    Tips for Preventing Future Eye Problems

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    Remember to always give your vet a call if you notice any of the symptoms listed above. To prevent future eye problems, tear stains, and eye discharge in dogs, while maintaining good eye health, the Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recommends the following:

    • Avoid using irritating soaps or sprays near your pet’s eyes

    • Gently wipe discharge or mucus out of your pet’s eyes using a clean, damp cotton ball (use a different cotton ball for each eye). You can also use a damp cloth with warm water.

    • If you have a dog with long hair, keep it trimmed around their eyes

    • Make sure they have access to natural light

    • If your pet is outdoors a lot, make sure they have access to shelter and shade at all times

    • A balanced diet that includes antioxidants that support eye health

    • Sometimes a vet will prescribe eye drops or pain medication

    Don’t forget to ask for routine eye exams during your dog’s annual checkups. Most eye boogers are harmless and can simply be wiped away without worry. If a dog has an underlying eye issue, such as corneal ulcers or corneal wounds, then the prognosis will depend on the cause of the ocular discharge.

    Eye health is an important factor for your dog’s overall health and wellbeing. The eye's surface is extremely delicate, as is your dog's eye health. With the right precautions and care, your dog’s eyes will be a vision to behold!

    Another important prevention method of note is to not let your dog stick its head out of the window during car rides. The wind can dry eyes out, leading to irritation. Debris and insects may also fly into their eyes, causing pain and injury.

    Eye infections and more serious eye conditions that sometimes produce eye boogers, such as dry eye, will require and eye examination and treatment from your vet, or preferably a veterinary eye specialist. 

    However, if you’re just looking to treat or prevent common eye boogers when your dog wakes up in the morning, there’s not a ton you can do to prevent this. Since they're caused by tears, and tears are a natural way that the eye keeps itself healthy, you don’t really want to interfere with this process too much.

    Getting rid of dog eye boogers is simple, the best thing to do is clean your dog’s eyes briefly when you both wake up in the morning. You can do this with a damp washcloth or cotton balls. Sometimes eye drops can also help.

    Keeping your dog well groomed and the hair around the dog's head and eyes regularly trimmed can prevent irritants like dust from accumulating. Keeping potential allergens and irritants away from the eyes will also help keep their eyes healthy. Aside from that, monitor your dog to make sure they are not displaying any eye illness symptoms, like redness, discomfort, or bloody discharge. 

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    Fri, 17 Feb 2023 15:56:08 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    8 Signs Of Poor Dog Dental Care https://thedogvisitor.com/8-signs-of-poor-dog-dental-care https://thedogvisitor.com/8-signs-of-poor-dog-dental-care February is National Pet Dental Health Month, but keeping dogs healthy should be a daily ritual for pet owners all year long. This is typically the month when we remember that our furry friends don’t carry a toothbrush around with them and so a dog's teeth may need a little extra special attention. Whether a dog, cat, rabbit or other species, let’s remember our pets by lovingly looking after their teeth. Dog dental care needs to be taken seriously.
    Dog Dental Care

    Paying Attention to Dog Dental Care

    Dental checks are as important to animals as they are to us and looking after their health significantly prevents oral problems they may have in the future. Red gums, stinky breath, or yellow teeth could lead to an oral disease if left untreated, giving your pet a poor quality of life and nobody wants that! This National Pet Dental Health Month let’s prioritize our dog's teeth as much as we do their stomachs.

    Brushing your dog's teeth may not be at the top of your to do list, but according to the American Veterinary Dental Society (and the American Veterinary Medical Association), 80 to 85 percent of all pets have periodontal disease. That number jumps to 100 percent in pets over 4 years of age. In fact, it is the number one health problem diagnosed in most dogs and cats.

    Pet Dental Care

    Dogs Rarely Show Signs of Pain and Discomfort

    Your pet may be in chronic pain, but you wouldn’t know it. Why? 

    Dogs have evolved to hide chronic pain, they are born in such a way that their animal instincts tell them not to show signs of weaknesses. That goes for a dog's teeth too.

    Even with a cracked tooth or periodontal disease that damages gums around the teeth, your dog would probably eat normally, wiggle happily at your return home, and overall act like the same dog you know and love. Dogs are five times more prone to gum diseases than humans for a couple of reasons. Dogs have a more alkaline mouth, which promotes plaque formation. And, unlike humans, dogs usually don't have their teeth brushed daily. We have gathered up some of the most common signs and symptoms that could potentially mean your dog might be suffering from a dental disease.

    Warning Signs

    Dog dental care is important to the overall health of your pet because it affects the health of the heart, lungs and kidneys, which is why it is important to provide your pet with proper daily dental care before there is a problem. February is the perfect time to get into the habit of caring for your dog's teeth more vigilantly since it is National Pet Dental Health Month. Help protect your pet from periodontal disease, untreated dental disease, tartar buildup, and more.

    Good oral health is just as important for dogs and cats as it is for the rest of your family. Your pets rely on their teeth to eat and defend themselves. Problems with teeth and gums don't just cause your pet pain and discomfort, but also puts them at risk of developing life-threatening health issues. You can help your dog or cat stay healthy by taking good care of their teeth and learning how to spot these common warning signs.

    1. Bad Breath

    We are aware that pets don’t always have the best reputations for fresh breath, but if the odor isn't directly related to something they ate, it can sometimes indicate that bacteria and plaque have built up in their mouths. A dog's breath can be vert telling. Bad breath can mean advanced periodontal disease. This puts their teeth at risk of decay.

    If a dog's breath smells particularly foul (like rotten eggs), this could be early signs that they have a disease, which needs treatment from their vet. A study by the American Veterinary Dental Society found that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have gum disease in some form by the age of three. The risk is even higher for smaller dog breeds.

    Keep in mind, there’s more at stake than just smelly breath for a dog. Untreated periodontal disease can damage your pup's teeth and jaws over time and is one of the major causes of tooth loss. Infections caused by this type of disease have been linked with diseases of the heart, liver and kidneys, so you should talk to your vet if you notice any unusual odors.

    2. Yellow or Discolored Teeth

    If you notice yellow or brown stains on your dog's teeth, especially around the gum line, there is a good chance it could be dental plaque. Brushing their teeth with special toothpaste and feeding them dental treats can actually help prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar buildup.

    Existing plaque and tartar needs to be carefully removed by a vet to reduce the risk of your dog or cat getting tooth decay. Talk to your veterinarian about options and different methods of dental cleaning available to prevent plaque buildup and enforce healthy teeth. Dog dental chews and proper pet dental care can often help with this issue.

    If you look inside your dog’s mouth and see a gray or brownish film covering the teeth, especially around the gumline, it’s time to schedule a cleaning.

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    3. Broken or Loose Teeth

    Broken or loose teeth could be the result of an injury, but more often these symptoms are caused by the tooth and gum decay associated with dental disease. Either way, your dog will be more comfortable if you schedule a check-up to remove broken teeth. They can also be dangerous if left untreated.

    4. Changes in Eating Habits

    Any sudden change in your pet's appetite or chewing is a cause for concern, particularly when they don’t want to eat their regular food. Along with wider health concerns, symptoms of gum disease (like infections or swollen gums) might even cause a dog or cat to stop eating or chewing altogether. If you notice your dog chewing on one side or being unable to grasp food in the mouth then it’s likely she has dental disease or tooth decay.

    You should speak to your vet right away if your furry friend’s appetite has changed - especially if there have been no big changes to their diet.

    5. Pain, Excessive Drooling, or Blood in/Around the Mouth

    Did you know: dogs have a higher tolerance for pain than humans, so it may take a while to notice your dog is in distress. Pawing around the mouth, excess drooling, and even blood are all typical symptoms associated with dental disease.

    Dog's Mouth

    6. Swollen or Bleeding Gums

    Inflamed, red and swollen gums, and even bleeding gums can be signs that your pet has gum disease or another infection, which may cause toothaches or discomfort in their jaws. Mouth swelling in your canine companion can mean dental issues. Your vet can provide an accurate diagnosis and give more insight to the cause of the problem and recommend a treatment, which may involve dental cleaning and scaling each tooth to remove plaque and bacteria from a dog's mouth. Sometimes animals will need to have a tooth (or a few) pulled.

    7. Growths on the Gums

    If you spot any unexplained lumps or growths anywhere on your pet, you should schedule an appointment with a vet. Growths on the gums can sometimes be malignant tumors that need removal, which could involve removing some teeth too.

    If you check and clean your pooch's teeth every day, you'll be more likely to notice unusual growths at an early stage when they're usually easier to treat.

    8. Sudden Shyness

    If your dog suddenly starts moving their head away from your hand, or their behavior seems off when you try to examine the area, tooth pain may be causing them to act shyer or increasingly irritable. They may be afraid that it will increase their pain.

    Pet's Teeth

    How Can I Better Look After My Pet's Teeth?

    Caring for the teeth and gums of dogs, cats and other animals isn't so different from looking after your own oral hygiene. You can look after a dog’s oral health by making sure they eat a healthy diet, cleaning their teeth every day and scheduling regular appointments and check ups with your local vet. Many even swear by purchasing dog dental treats. But, just like us, many animals are at a higher risk of dental problems as they get older.

    There are many types of dry foods that are designed to help keep your dog's teeth clean, often using a type of “scrubbing” that happens while they chew – talk to a vet about which option is best for your pet. Try to brush your pet's teeth once a day, using toothpaste and toothbrushes designed especially for their size and breed.

    Note: you should never use fluoride toothpaste (human toothpaste) on animals or any other hygiene products designed for humans. Dog toothpaste can be found at any pet store or online.

    How to Treat and Prevent Dog's Toothaches  

    • Take your dog in to the vet's office for regular oral exams and cleanings.

    • Check their teeth daily.

    • Brush your dog's teeth every day either with a dog toothbrush or a finger brush.

    • Invest in dog dental products.

    • Feed your dog quality dog food.

    • Offer safe toys, chew toys and treats for daily chewing.

    • Do your own oral examinations regularly.

    Dog's Toothaches

    Prevention is even better than a cure! Just how it is so important for humans to look after our own teeth, our pets are no different. Regularly checking for these signs of dental disease and implementing a daily dental routine will quickly improve their oral health, as well as their overall happiness and wellbeing. A pet's oral health is only made better with proper dental care and regular dental cleanings.

    Please remember; while February is National Pet Dental Health Month, these techniques and rules should be a daily ritual for pet owners all year long to keep a dog's teeth clean and healthy.

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    Winter Paws: Should Your Dog Be Wearing Boots? https://thedogvisitor.com/winter-paws-should-your-dog-be-wearing-boots https://thedogvisitor.com/winter-paws-should-your-dog-be-wearing-boots When temperatures drop and the likelihood of snow and other wintry weather patterns increases, we (mostly) fur-free bipeds break out the winter jackets and snow boots. Especially here in New York City. But are humans the only ones who need to rock special winter gear during the coldest months of the year, or do dogs need snow boots to protect themselves, too?

    As with many things concerning pet care, the answer is not a clear-cut yes or no. Here’s what you need to know to decide if and when dog snow boots are right for your dog.

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    Does Your Dog Need to Wear Boots in the Cold Weather?

    When it comes to asking whether or not your canine companion should wear boots during the winter and cold weather, it truly depends on your dog’s tolerance for cold, how cold it is outside, what’s happening under their paws, and several other important factors.

    Short-haired dogs, small dogs, and breeds that are susceptible to the cold may need a dog jacket or sweater outdoors. And no matter how hardy your dog is, their paws should always be protected from snow, ice, salt, and ice melt chemicals. In a city setting, you can almost always expect salt on the sidewalks, and most road salts and deicers are completely toxic to dogs. Consider keeping their feet warm and safe with the proper gear and dog boots for winter.

    Dogs Are Built for the Cold (for the Most Part)

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    While humans aren’t able to stand barefoot in the cold without risking discomfort and even frostbite, dogs can and will walk around in the cold and snow as if it’s no big deal, thanks to the amazing way their paws work. So when it comes to booting up strictly to combat the cold, most dogs don’t need the extra protection for average cold-weather conditions. Dog winter boots are not always necessary.

    Some breeds, such as Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds, enjoy chillier temperatures when they can run around without feeling overheated in their thick coats. Others, like Dachshunds and Beagles, tend to shy away from the cold, but can still be persuaded to get in a quick romp outside, especially with the right protection. 

    Your furry friend has paw pads are made up of adipose tissue and elastic fibers, which are in turn covered by heavily pigmented, thick skin. All of these elements inhibit freezing, of course, but that’s not the only thing that allows them to frolic in the snow or go on winter walks without a dog boot.

    Recent research has shown that it’s not just the combination of fat, fiber, and thick skin that keeps dog feet warm; canines also have a special circulatory system within their paws that places arteries and veins in close proximity and allows warm blood to be circulated more quickly. 

    Also found in penguins and dolphins, it’s essentially a heat exchange system that brings warm blood from the body down into the paws, heating the blood that has been close to cold surfaces before it circulates throughout the rest of the dog’s body. This keeps their entire body temperature stable and allows them to comfortably amble around sans extra protection.

    That said, not all dogs are equipped to keep themselves warm enough to withstand winter temperatures and conditions like snow and ice.

    Frostbite

    Your dog’s extremities, including the paws, ears, and tail, are more at risk for getting frostbite. That’s because the body constricts blood vessels in those parts to divert blood and warmth to the core where it can protect internal organs. This is why it is important to put that pair of dog shoes on your pooch even if there isn’t snow on the ground. Freezing temperatures typically require dog booties.

    If you suspect frostbite, move your dog to a warm place and contact your veterinarian immediately. Don’t try to rub or massage the frostbitten area. You can wrap your dog in a towel or blanket heated quickly in the dryer for added warmth. The dog's feet will need to be examined as soon as possible. Pet parents need to be more cautious during the winter season.

    Being Cautious in Warm Weather, Too

    dog palm care guide in winter

    From one extreme to the next. Your dog can actually burn their paws on steaming hot asphalt. If you’re walking them on a hot day, be sure to check the pavement with the back of your own hand. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog to walk on it for any length of time.

    Try to keep walks to cooler times of the day, in the shade, and opt for cooler surfaces, like grass. But boots or other foot coverings can provide protection if contact with hot pavement is anticipated (just don’t leave paw-coverings on too long in warm weather). 

    How to Choose the Best Dog Boots

    • The material of the sole should be textured, with a good grip for traction. A rubber sole will help on slippery surfaces.

    • Choose boots made out of water-resistant material with a waterproof exterior. High tech insulated materials including water resistant fabric are great for your pet's paws.

    • Choose the most durable dog boots that offer the most paw protection for your pup's paws. All season dog boots and heavy duty dog boots are perfect for your furry friend.

    • The rubber sole should be flexible so your dog can walk naturally.

    • Always measure the dog's paw size.

    • Choose a dog boot with adjustable straps or two fastener straps. The boots for winter should always make your dog comfortable walking.

    • Most dogs don’t like the feel of shoes or boots. Prepare them by trying on the winter dog boots on the dog in the house for short periods of time and praising them as they get used to wearing them. Older dogs and senior dogs may have more difficulty adjusting.

    • Always check the manufacturer’s guidelines for size, and measure before you order. The winter boots should have a snug and comfortable fit.

    • If your dog is ultra-sensitive, try starting with a pair of warm dog socks or a sock liner. These are also great to pair underneath booties for an even warmer feel and to keep your dog safe. Fleece lining is great too.

    • Paw balm is another great item to have on hand for winter, both for salt protection and for soothing cracked paws.

     

     

    While a dog's paw pads are tough, remember that they're not indestructible — and they can be more susceptible to cuts and cracks. One of the ways you can protect dog's paws in winter is by putting THE BALM on the bottom of the pup's paws before heading out on a winter walk. Creating a barrier will prevent snow, ice and other road chemicals from getting in their paw cracks, protecting the paw pad. Taking steps and protecting paws is important for many dogs.

    How To Get Your Dog Used to Dog Boots for Winter

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    Some dogs are able and willing to wear dog boots right out of the gate. Most dogs, however, are not comfortable having foreign objects strapped to their feet. (We’ve all seen the videos of dogs doing the high-step as they struggle to walk in their new boots.) Follow this step-by-step guide to get your dog ready to wear their boots outside.

    • Put your dog’s boots on the floor and let them sniff around. Use praise and/or treats to reinforce their curiosity. If they’re not interested in the boots at all, try putting some treats inside.

    • Slowly introduce them to the feel of the boots, first touching them to the paws while offering rewards, then putting on one boot at a time.

    • After every boot, praise and/or give treats to your dog to reinforce the positive experience of wearing them.

    • Once you get all four boots on, let them walk (or hop) around the house while praising them. Take the boots off after only a few minutes.

    • Add on more time for each subsequent session, and eventually transition to taking them outside.

    • After they become (relatively) comfortable wearing their boots outside, start taking them on short neighborhood walks, increasing the length every time, until they’re walking normally and ready for winter.

    If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors — whether in summer or winter — investing in dog boots is always a good idea. Paws are sensitive to extreme heat, extreme cold, and sharp particles such as ice shards or sticks while hiking. One of the biggest threats to your dog’s paw pads is the salt used to melt ice. If your dog’s paws are exposed to the salt for a prolonged time, it could lead to chemical burns.

    Your dog may also try to lick their paws or boots, ingesting the road salt. That’s why it’s always a good idea to clean and remove your dog’s boots immediately after entering the house. Once your dog is ready to face the world in their boots, go out and enjoy the winter wonderland.

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    Wed, 15 Feb 2023 22:49:01 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    New Spotlight Sessions: Rounded Feet, Balanced Legs, and Practical Heads https://thedogvisitor.com/new-spotlight-sessions-rounded-feet-balanced-legs-and-practical-heads https://thedogvisitor.com/new-spotlight-sessions-rounded-feet-balanced-legs-and-practical-heads

    Trimming Full Round Foot

    Lindsey Dicken shows you how she uses thinning shears to create a rounded foot on a drop-coated dog.

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

    Watch the Spotlight Session

    Achieve A Balanced Haircut & Setting The Focal Point

    Suesan Watson walks you through grooming the legs, thinking strategically about what hair to trim away to make the legs look longer.

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

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    How to Style the Head on a Practical Asian Fusion Haircut

    Megan VandenBerg shows you how to keep the face of this groom nice and tight, paying attention to the eyes to maintain visibility while keeping the rounded muzzle.

    This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Creating a Practical Asian Fusion Trim

    Watch the Spotlight Session

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    Wed, 15 Feb 2023 19:28:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    JZ10: TGFD (Thank Goodness for Doodles) https://thedogvisitor.com/jz10-tgfd-thank-goodness-for-doodles https://thedogvisitor.com/jz10-tgfd-thank-goodness-for-doodles Joe Zuccarello’s latest video is live for L2GD Members!

    In this JZ10 Groomer Business Tip, ParagonPetSchool.com president Joe Zuccarello suggests taking a second look at grooming Doodles. Widely-thought to be unprofitable, Joe explains how they can be a big opportunity for your salon. Follow along in this latest video!

    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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    Wed, 08 Feb 2023 22:49:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    My Dog Is My Valentine: How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Pooch https://thedogvisitor.com/my-dog-is-my-valentine-how-to-celebrate-valentines-day-with-your-pooch https://thedogvisitor.com/my-dog-is-my-valentine-how-to-celebrate-valentines-day-with-your-pooch We all love our dogs, but are you ready to show them some extra love on the most romantic day of the year? With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, a lot of us already know how we’re going to show our furry little friends just how much we love and appreciate them. Dogs shower us with unconditional love, so it’s only fair we return the favor and make Valentine’s Day all about them.

    If you have a canine Valentine and you’re not sure how to spend the upcoming holiday together, here are some really fun ideas to inspire you on this day of love.

    Make Some Delicious Pet Safe Treats Together

    Nothing says “I love you” like a tasty treat. Every canine loves treats, so be sure to surprise yours with something new and delicious that they will love. Luckily, we have already put together a blog with the best recipes and recommendations for the occasion. If you don’t feel like baking, we suggest looking into a local dog bakery or pet shop that has fresh, all natural ingredients in their treats.

    girl baking dog treats with dog

    Get Your Pooch Some New Toys

    There isn’t a dog in the world that doesn’t love their toys. This Valentine’s Day, how about treating your pooch to some new ones? To spice things up a bit, gift some Valentine’s dog toys with hearts and love quotes. Be sure to wrap them and make opening them a huge deal so that your furry little friend gets very excited. Once the gifts are out, take the time to play with your dog and introduce the toy. They will love you for it even more!

    Our pick is the Dogiva Box of Chocolates toy set by fabdog!  
    dog playing with toy

    Go For a Nice Walk Together

    What better way to get some much-needed exercise than to take your best friend for a nice long walk! A trip to the park or any of your dog’s favorite neighborhood spots will be a special treat that your pup will definitely appreciate. If you walk your dog first thing in the morning, treat them to an extra outing for the holiday that they won’t expect. Their happiness will surely light your day!
    boy walking a dog

    A Nice Spa Day Experience

    Dogs feel great when they are cleaned, coiffed, and feeling fresh. Of course we know that most dogs would choose to forgo a bath, however, there’s no worse feeling than having knots or mats in their fur, or a stinky odor that hasn’t been taken care of for quite a while. Why not get them freshened up and looking/feeling their best?
    Our pick is all-natural Pride+Groom’s dog grooming products!

    dog at spa

    Playdate Time!

    Think about how excited your pup will be when they see their best bud unexpectedly. The pure joy that a dog gets when they are playing with friends is too pure for words. It’s also a great time for you to bond with your friends and fellow pet parents.
    dogs playing together

    Nothing Says Romance Like a Massage

    Unfortunately your dog can’t return the favor, but they would be absolutely thrilled if you gave them a massage. Luckily we have some very detailed information on dog massage and the perfect techniques to make your dog purr. Yes, you heard that right!
    Check out our dog massage blog

    dog enjoying the massage

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    Make Their Favorite Meal And Dine Together

    Does your pooch have a favorite meal? A special meat that they don’t have often? Or maybe there is a meal the two of you can share. Including your pet in the cooking and plating process can be very inclusive and fun for them. They will really appreciate being part of the meal from start to finish!
    dog dining with family

    Have a Snuggle Session

    Spend quality time lounging on the couch together, snuggling up for an extra long nap, or letting your large breed pretend they're a lap dog for a little bit. To take your celebration to the next level, grab a fluffy blanket and cozy up for a movie night on the couch. Cuddling with a pet is never a bad idea!
    dog on the couch with human

    If your Valentine has sweet eyes, likes long walks on the beach and is the best cuddler ever, you’re already on track to having the best Valentine’s Day ever! After all, nothing beats puppy love! Our dogs have proven that they will always give us the most enthusiastic welcome home, help us relieve stress, and keep a smile on our faces. We think they're the most deserving of a little extra love with Valentine's Day.

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    Wed, 08 Feb 2023 05:35:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    Dog Yawning Decoded: Why a Yawn is Worth 1000 Words https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-yawning-decoded-why-a-yawn-is-worth-1000-words https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-yawning-decoded-why-a-yawn-is-worth-1000-words When it comes to dogs’ behavior, not all dog yawns are the same. Aside from that, the reasons for yawning are not fully understood (in dogs or in humans). It was once thought that the reason a dog is yawning was a way to replenish oxygen supply in the brain, but science has yet to find any evidence of this.

    Yawning also hasn’t been shown to wake up a tired brain, even though we yawn most when we are bored or tired. Since yawning is most likely to occur in a warm room, it’s thought that it does have some effect on cooling your dog's system. However, more studies need to be done on this. The latest theory? It’s thought that yawning is a form of communication.

    So what, exactly, are the different meanings of a dog’s yawn? What is your pet trying to tell you when they let a yawn loose in the car, during training, or right before bed? And how do you know if they’re using that yawn to try to send you a message?

    What is a Dog Yawn?:

    What is a Dog Yawn

    Before we jump into the different reasons why dogs yawn, as well as the types of yawns and what each of them might mean, let’s go over what a dog yawn actually is.

    When your dog is yawning, it is pretty much the same thing as humans yawning . It’s a reflex where the mouth opens wide and the lungs take a deep, involuntary inhale. Because it’s involuntary, there’s no way to control any aspect of a yawn: when it happens, how long it lasts, or how much air is inhaled. That’s true for both humans and dogs. When humans yawn, it's a completely normal behavior. A lot of the things dogs do are for the same reason.

    In this article, we will take a look at some of the strongest theories on why your dog may have a serious case of the yawns, learn about your dog's body language, and talk about the signs of frequent yawning.

    Meaning of Dogs Yawningtypes of Dog Yawn

    Dogs Yawning Due to Stress:

    Most dog trainers and behaviorists will advise owners to watch out for signs of stress in their dogs, and one of these is often excessive yawning. A dog's yawn can tell a lot. This is accurate information, as dogs do seem to yawn most when they are feeling anxious.

    For example, you might find during an obedience class that dogs feeling stress and displeasure from their owners will often yawn as if to display their understanding that punishment may be coming. Your furry friend may have anxiety and yawn as a way to calm themselves.

    If you’re out on a walk and stop to talk to a neighbor or fellow dog owner, you may notice your dog yawn a few times. This is because your canine companion is either uncomfortable with the person, situation, or perhaps they are just anxious to get moving again. The most common reasons dogs yawn can be as a sign of stress, anxiety, or to calm themselves. Your pup may just need a break when they are stressed. After all, a dog excited to go on a walk certainly doesn’t want to stop and sit around for 20 minutes!

    Dog Yawning as Sign of Love

    You know how yawns can sometimes feel contagious among our loved ones? Well, that’s actually a real thing; humans are actually more likely to yawn when they see someone else (or even a picture of someone else!) yawning. And apparently, it’s a real thing for dogs, too. In other words, because humans are empathetic, they sense the yawn in their peers. It’s nearly impossible to measure a dog’s empathy, but it’s likely that yawning symbolizes a bond to their human.

    A study outlined in the New York Times found that dogs really can catch yawns from humans, which researchers believe may be a sign of bonding between canines and people. Contagious yawning is real! So, if you notice your dog yawning, it might just be because they’re taking a cue from you. Dogs participate in a lot of the same behaviors we do. We catch yawns and have contagious yawning every day.

    Conflict Avoidance:

    A dog yawning might also be a way to avoid conflict in certain situations. Yawns may be a sign of passivity; so, if your dog yawns in response to an altercation with a larger or more aggressive dog, it could just be their way of saying “I don’t want any trouble” or “please leave me alone.” Our canine friends are usually trying to tell us something.

    Yawning is one of the known dog calming signals, which are designed to tell other dogs something like, “let’s just chill.” Canine behaviorist Amber Drake explains more about calming signals in this guide.

    Your Dog is Tired:

    Of course, dogs yawn because they’re tired—just like us. While researchers aren’t sure why the body’s response to being tired is to yawn, one theory suggests that yawning is a way to regulate body temperature and even temporarily raise one’s heart rate, both factors which can help abate sleepiness. Extensive research has been done to dissect your canine companions yawning, from the deep inhale to the behavioral state.

    Not sure if your dog is yawning because they’re sleepy? Look for context clues: is their yawn accompanied by stretching and other signs of fatigue—such as drooping eyelids or even nodding off? Odds are that you just have a sleepy friend. Dogs feel tired too, and a yawn can be a good calming signal!

    Excitement Yawning:

    Similar to yawning in stressful situations, our furry friends may also yawn when they are excited and happy. Overwhelming excitement can be challenging for a dog to manage, causing them to bubble over in some situations. Though excitement is a wonderful thing for our pups, it can lead to common signs of anxiety if they become extremely overworked. A dog may yawn for other reasons too, but an example is for excitement.

    When Yawning is Cause For Concern:Dog Yawn

    Like human yawns, most dog yawns are completely benign and meaningless. If your dog lets an occasional yawn loose when they’re bored or tired, it’s truly nothing to be concerned about.

    But, if you notice your dog is yawning a lot or in rapid succession, you definitely want to pay attention to this behavior and speak to your vet. Stress can be a big factor. So can lack of sleep or too much activity. Excessive yawning—or a string of yawns one right after the other—can be a signal that your dog is in distress.

    If you’re in a situation that’s clearly stressful for your pet, remove them from the situation. A dog might start yawning excessively when they feel stressed. If your dog is stress yawning all the time, that may be a signal of a larger problem (like separation anxiety). A sign of stress can also be frequent lip licking.

    If that’s the case, the best thing you can do is consult with a vet or professional trainer. Together, you can come up with a plan to relieve your dog’s chronic stress—and get all that yawning under control.

    Yawning is definitely a normal canine behavior that can have multiple causes. In most circumstances, your dog yawning is not something that you need to be concerned about. It’s usually not a direct correlation with any type of medical issue, and is considered more of a social or behavioral action. Try a nap!

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    Mon, 06 Feb 2023 12:28:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    Rosy Outlook for Starting Animal Careers in 2023 https://thedogvisitor.com/rosy-outlook-for-starting-animal-careers-in-2023 https://thedogvisitor.com/rosy-outlook-for-starting-animal-careers-in-2023 There’s Never Been a Better Time to Start an Animal Career

    What makes now such a good time to start an animal career? According to financial giant, Morgan Stanley, as many investors are discovering, the pet industry is practically recession-proof. This should come as excellent news to animal lovers hoping for a career working with pets.

    Morgan Stanley also reports that younger adults are becoming pet owners in droves. The number of households that own at least one pet is expected to increase 14% by 2030. With nearly 70% of American households already owning at least one pet, such an increase will drive an insatiable need for pet products and services, such as training, boarding, grooming and veterinary care.

    Not only are more people owning pets, but they are also willing to spend more money on their pets than ever before. According to the American Kennel Club, spending on pets is projected to triple by 2030 to $275 billion. Spending in individual pet-owning households is expected to double to nearly $2,000 per home during the same period. Whether for dog outfits, cat toys, or aquarium maintenance, that’s a big chunk of money for the average American.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in animal care have a phenomenal projected job growth of 29% between 2021 and 2031. This figure far exceeds the average prospects for other occupations. This statistic alone is cause for celebration if you have a passion for animals and are looking for a rewarding career.  One such career–animal training–even made the Forbes list of the “30 Fastest Growing Careers” in 2021.

    What’s Fueling Skyrocketing Spending on Pets?

    Why are people willing to fork over so much money on their pets? The answer can be seen in how we view our relationship with our pets. Within the past couple of decades, pets have increasingly been seen by their owners as actual family members.

    Many millennials don’t like the term “pet owner” and refer to themselves as “pet parents” instead. As more and more Millenials put off having children–or forgo having children at all–pets take the place of human offspring. Gen Z seems poised to follow in their footsteps. By far, the biggest projected pet ownership is among 18-34 year-olds.

    People who see their pets as “children” love to spoil them, lavishing them with money and affection, dressing them in cute outfits and giving rise to pet spas that offer such services as:

    • “Pawdicures”
    • Doggy facials
    • Massage
    • Nail and hair color
    • Unique styles like a lion cut for Pomeranians or a teddy bear trim for Poodles
    • Accessories such as feathers woven onto ears or tails
    • Fun special events for pets and their owners, such as “Doggy Speed Dating” on Valentine’s Day

    These same pet parents tend to obsess over the best food to feed their pets and will shell out big bucks for dog food while skimping on their own groceries, if necessary. A Morgan Stanley research report revealed 37% of pet owners would be willing to go into debt for veterinary care.

    Pets acquired during the pandemic pose an interesting conundrum. Pets and their people got used to spending all of their time together. More and more, pet owners want to take their pets with them everywhere, from Lowes, Tractor Supply and even Nordstrom to the patio at the neighborhood coffee shop. There’s even a push in many places to allow owners to bring their dogs to work with them.

    The desire to take animals everywhere may be spurred by an increase in behavioral problems among dogs and cats that suddenly found themselves alone in the house after their owners returned to work. This is distressing for pet owners but great news for dog and cat trainers! According to a Forbes Advisory Survey in December, 2022, 25% of Millennials and 41% of Gen Z members use some type of behavioral training services to help curb unwanted behavior.

    Follow Your Passion for Animals

    In this pet loving culture, your passion for animals can lead to a rewarding career. Whether you want to work at a zoo, take care of sick pets in an animal veterinary clinic, set up amazing coral-reef aquariums, train cats or dogs, or indulge your creative side in a high end pet spa, there has never been a better time to start an animal-related career!

    The post Rosy Outlook for Starting Animal Careers in 2023 appeared first on Animal Behavior College.

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    Sat, 04 Feb 2023 06:14:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    Join Us Thurs., February 23rd, 7 p.m. for a Facebook Live Session https://thedogvisitor.com/join-us-thurs-february-23rd-7-pm-for-a-facebook-live-session https://thedogvisitor.com/join-us-thurs-february-23rd-7-pm-for-a-facebook-live-session

    Join Us on Facebook Live  Thursday, February, 7 p.m. for a free session with a great discussion on the topic of: Thank Goodnes for Doodles!

    In this session:

    • President Joe Zuccarello will share his business coaching savvy to help you identify ways to leverage the popularity of Doodles to build your business.
    • VP Lorri Keller will lend a groomer’s view on ways to manage doodle grooming.

    Get Notified For This (and upcoming) Facebook Live sessions!

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    Thu, 02 Feb 2023 02:21:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    New Release: Personality Pet Handstrip on a Small Black & White Mixed Breed https://thedogvisitor.com/new-release-personality-pet-handstrip-on-a-small-black-white-mixed-breed https://thedogvisitor.com/new-release-personality-pet-handstrip-on-a-small-black-white-mixed-breed
    What do you do with a dog who has a sparse, wiry coat? Shave it close with a clipper? Leave it slightly fluffy with a guard comb? Handstrip? All three options could be the right choice for the dog – and the client. However, if you know Jennifer Hecker, she will ALWAYS head down the handstripping route.Why? It’s the easiest option for her with this type of coat. It allows her to bring out the true characteristics of the pet to the forefront. Plus, she gets to have fun with a quirky head style the owners love. An added incentive, this method lasts a long time for the owner. But best of all, it’s the healthiest way to maintain this coat texture. Bonus – it’s fast!

    In this video you will learn:

    • How to avoid blisters if you are not used to handstripping
    • Which tools are her ‘go-to’ tools for handstripping
    • How to work with a fussy pet
    • When and how often to bath this type of coat
    • How to play up key points on the dog

    Start Learning with Jennifer

    If you’re a member, be sure to Log In and check out the video HERE so you can add it to your favorites and get the full details! If you’re not a member, click below to watch a free preview of the video.

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    Thu, 02 Feb 2023 02:21:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    Groomers Share 9 Tips for Making the Most of Your Grooming Visit https://thedogvisitor.com/groomers-share-9-tips-for-making-the-most-of-your-grooming-visit https://thedogvisitor.com/groomers-share-9-tips-for-making-the-most-of-your-grooming-visit Before you set the appointment

    When a human visits a hair salon or a spa, we generally know what to expect. The vibe is pleasant. The sounds and smells are, if not always pleasant, at least familiar. We can communicate our wants and needs. It feels pretty good to relax and be pampered for a while.

    But put yourself in your dog or cat’s place as your pet faces a grooming visit. While your pet will experience much the same treatment as a human in a salon–wash, clip, blowout, manicure–he or she has no way of knowing what to expect. There may be dogs barking, which can overstimulate your dog or totally freak out your cat. Strange things buzz loudly. Water splashes. Nothing looks familiar. The first visit to a groomer can be scary for your pet. Imagine them thinking “How is this okay? Who are these strange people? What are they going to do to me? Are you really going to leave me here?”

    Pet Groomers have seen it all, and there are a lot of stories they could share. There’s plenty of advice they’d like to give pet owners, but we’ve boiled it down to 9 helpful tips for making your grooming visit a pleasant success.

     

    9 Tips for a Great Grooming Experience

    1. Don’t just make an appointment with the first salon that comes up on a Google search. Visit first. Visit multiple salons if you have to. Again, look at potential groomers through your pet’s eyes. You want to find a place with a soothing atmosphere and stylists who are calming, professional, and efficient in their work. Can you see the groomers at work? Is the salon clean? Or is it crowded and chaotic?
    2. Unless you are confident that your cat is okay in the presence of dogs, find a cats-only grooming salon. People have landed in the hospital with septicemia (blood poisoning) after being scratched by a frightened cat at a veterinary office or groomer.
    3. Even if your cat or dog has a short, no-fuss coat, visiting a groomer should still be a priority. Grooming is not just for appearances; it is for health maintenance. Groomers not only bathe and trim your pet’s coat, but they also check for skin problems or lumps, and they look for fleas and ticks. They clean ears and eyes and clip nails–something many pet owners neglect to do.
    4. Be realistic about the cut you want for your dog. You may think you want to get a show trim on your cocker spaniel after watching Westminster, but are you really up for all the work it takes to maintain the look?
    5. Don’t feed your dog a meal before a visit to the groomer. The possible stress can cause vomiting and diarrhea in a dog with a full tummy.
    6. Try to exercise your dog before taking him to the groomer. A tired dog will likely be calmer and stand still for his groom.
    7. Between grooms, brush your pet regularly to keep her coat shiny and healthy looking and to prevent matting. Pay special attention to the groin, chest, underarm, and behind the ears. We cannot overstress how bad matting is for dogs and cats. Matts can pull hair painfully and can cause infection. In extreme cases, matting can cut off blood supply, strangling a limb and requiring amputation. When you bring a matted animal in for a groom, groomers frequently add a significant charge since working with matts adds so much time to a groom. If it requires shaving, the hair is hard to cut and very hard on grooming clippers, not to mention the trauma your pet will go through. Matting is BAD! BAD! BAD!
    8. Before your first appointment, visit the spa with your pet. Let him sniff around, meet the staff, and acclimate to the unfamiliar environment. Your first official grooming visit should ideally be short–maybe a bath and a little trim. A full groom takes a long time and is a lot for a puppy or an adult dog to tolerate on the first visit.
    9. Prepare your pet at home. In the days and weeks leading up to the first grooming visit:
      • Practice touching your dog in places that a groomer will. Gently hold her tail, run your hands down her legs, grasp the hair beneath her chin for a few seconds. Get her used to having her feet touched and her toes handled.
      • Your pet will be up on a metal table at the groomers. Simulate this by lifting your pet onto a countertop, table, or washing machine.
      • Introduce your dog to tools similar to those the groomer will use. Set a blow dryer or electric clippers on the floor and let him sniff. Without getting too close or touching your pet, let them run for a few seconds. Once your pet is comfortable with the sound, bring it a little closer. To get them used to the buzzing vibration, you could touch an electric toothbrush to his coat.

    The Best Chance for Grooming Success

    By following this advice, you will give your pet a good shot at a successful grooming experience and the chance to start a happy, long-lasting relationship with her groomer. Hopefully, a trip to the groomer will become as relaxing and pleasant for her as a trip to the spa is for her human.

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    Tue, 31 Jan 2023 20:00:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    The Ultimate Guide to Doodles https://thedogvisitor.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-doodles https://thedogvisitor.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-doodles Sometimes it seems that doodles, also known as the mix of a poodle with any other breed of dog, have taken over the canine species, and perhaps even the entire planet. Doodle breeds have become popular dog breeds over the last few years. All dogs are wonderful dogs of course, but pet parents have gone gaga for these lovable dogs as of recent.

    Bichonpoo, doodle breeds, paige's dog

    Bichonpoo Charlie, assistant of our Social Media Director Paige

    Exactly how many doodle breeds are there out there? We have compiled the ultimate list of doodle dogs below for anyone who is curious to explore the endless possibilities of the doodle dog breeds mixes.

    Different doodle dog breeds and what breeds make them

    Ready, set Doodle…

    • Affenpoo: Affenpinscher and Poodle mix

    • Airedoodle: Airedale Terrier and Poodle mix

    • Aki-Poo: Akita and Poodle mix

    • Aussiedoodle: Australian Shepherd and Poodle mix

    • Bassetoodle: Basset Hound and Poodle mix

    • Beardoodle: Bearded Collie and Poodle mix

    • Beauceroodle: Beauceron and Poodle mix

    • Belgian Shepadoodle: Belgian Shepherd and Poodle mix

    • Bernedoodle: Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle mix

    • Bich-poo or Bichonpoodle or Poochon: Bichon Frise and Poodle mix

    • Black and Tan Coonoodle: Poodle and Black and Tan Coonhound mix

    • Bolonoodle: Bolognese and Poodle mix

    • Bordoodle: Border Collie and Poodle mix

    • Bossi-Poo: Boxer and Poodle mix

    • Boxerdoodle: Boxer and Poodle mix

    • Bridoodle: Briard and Poodle mix

    • Brittnepoo: Brittany Spaniel and Poodle mix

    • Cadoodle: Collie and Poodle mix

    • Cairnoodle: Cairn Terrier and Poodle mix

    • Cavapoo: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle mix

    • Chesa-Poo: Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Poodle mix

    • Chipoo: Chihuahua and Poodle mix

    • Chinese Crestepoo: cross of Chinese Crested and Poodle

    • Daisy Dog: Bichon and Poodle and Shih-Tzu mix

    • Dalmadoodle: Dalmation and Poodle mix

    • Doguedoodle: Dogue de Bordeaux and Poodle mix

    • Doodleman Pinscher: Doberman and Standard Poodle mix

    • Double Doodle: a mix of Goldendoodle and Labradoodle

    • Doxiepoo: Dachshund and Poodle mix

    • Eng-A-Poo: English Toy Spaniel and Poodle mix

    • English Coonoodle: English Coonhound and Poodle mix

    • Escapoo: American Eskimo Dog and Poodle mix

    • Flandoodle: Bouvier des Flandres and Poodle mix

    • Foodle: Poodle and Toy Fox Terrier mix

    • Foxhoodle: Fox Hound and Poodle mix

    • Froodle: French Bulldog and Poodle mix

    • German Shorthaired Pointerpoodle: German Shorthaired Pointer and Poodle mix

    • Giant Schnoodle: Giant Schnauzer and Standard Poodle mix

    • Golden Doodle: Golden Retriever and Poodle mix. One of the most popular doodle dog breeds.

    • Great Danoodle: Great Dane and Poodle mix

    • Irish Doodle: Irish Setter and Poodle mix

    • Irish Troodle: cross of Irish Terrier and Poodle

    • Irish Wolfoodle: mix of Irish Wolfhound and Poodle

    • Jack-a-Poo: Jack Russell Terrier and Poodle

    • Labradoodle: Labrador Retriever and Poodle Mix. Another of the most popular doodle dog breeds.

    • Labradoodle Miniature: Labrador and Toy Poodle mix

    • Lhasa Poo: Lhasa Apso and Poodle mix

    • Maltipoo: Maltese and Poodle mix

    • Mastidoodle: Mastiff and Poodle mix

    • Mini Foodle: crossbreed of Poodle and Mini Fox Terrier

    • Miniature Aussiedoodle: Miniature Australian Shepherd and Miniature Poodle mix

    • Miniature Golden Retriever: Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mix

    • Miniature Goldendoodle: Golden Retriever and Toy or Miniature Poodle mix

    • Miniature Labradoodle: Labrador Retriever and Toy or Miniature Poodle mix

    • Newfypoo: Newfoundland and Poodle mix

    • Papi-poo: Papillon and Poodle mix

    • Peekapoo: Pekingese and Poodle mix

    • Petite Goldendoodle: Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mix

    • Petite Labradoodle: Labrador Retriever and Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mix

    • Pinny-Poo: Miniature Pinscher and Poodle mix

    • Pit Boodle: Pit Bull and Poodle mix

    • Pomapoo: Pomeranian and Poodle mix

    • Pooshi: Shiba Inu and Poodle mix

    • Poo-Ton: crossbreed of Coton De Tulear and Poodle mix

    • Pooahoula: Catahoula Leopard Dog and Poodle mix

    • Poochin: Japanese Chin and Poodle mix

    • Pooda Houla: Catahoula and Poodle mix

    • Poogle: Beagle and Poodle mix

    • Poolky: Poodle and Silky Terrier mix

    • Pootalian: Italian Greyhound and Poodle mix

    • Poovanese: Havanese and Poodle mix

    • Pyredoodle: Great Pyrenees and Poodle mix

    • Pugapoo: Pug and Poodle mix

    • Rattle: American Rat Terrier and Poodle mix

    • Redbone Coonoodle: Redbone Coonhound and Poodle mix

    • Rottle: Rottweiler and Poodle mix

    • Russian Doodle Terrier: Black Russian Terrier and Poodle mix

    • Saint Berdoodle: Saint Bernard and Poodle mix

    • Sammypoo: Samoyed and Poodle mix

    • Schipper-Poo: Poodle and Schipperke mix

    • Schnoodle: Schnauzer or Miniature Schnauzer and Poodle mix

    • Scoodle: Scottish Terrier and Poodle mix

    • Shar-Poo: Shar-Pei and Poodle mix

    • Sheepadoodle: Old English Sheepdog and Poodle mix

    • Shihpoo: Shih Tzu and Poodle mix

    • Siberpoo: Siberian Husky and Poodle mix

    • Skypoo: Poodle and Skye Terrier mix

    • Smooth Foodle: Poodle and Smooth Fox Terrier mix

    • Springerdoodle: English Springer Spaniel and Poodle mix (also Sproodle)

    • Spoodle: Cocker Spaniel (English or American) and Poodle mix

    • Sproodle: English Springer Spaniel and Poodle mix (also Springerdoodle)

    • Standard Chesa-Poo: Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Standard Poodle mix

    • Standard Schnoodle: Poodle and Standard Schnauzer mix

    • Terri-Poo: Australian Terrier and Poodle mix

    • Tervoodle: Belgian Tervuren and Poodle mix

    • Toy Foodle: Poodle and Toy Fox Terrier mix

    • Treeing Walker Coonoodle: Treeing Walker Coonhound and Poodle mix

    • Tsvetnaya Blonka-Poo: Poodle and Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka mix

    • Toodle: Poodle and Tibetan Terrier mix

    • Weimdoodle: Weimaraner and Poodle mix

    • Westiepoo: West Highland White Terrier and Poodle mix

    • Whoodle: Wheaton Terrier and Poodle mix.

    • Wire Foodle: Poodle and Wire Fox Terrier mix

    • Wire-Poo: Wirehaired Fox Terrier and Poodle mixes

    • Woodle: Welsh Terrier and Poodle mix

    • Yorkipoo: Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle mix

    doodle breeds guide

    Why Doodles?

    For many years, the Labrador Retriever reigned as the ultimate “family dog”, so why has the poodle not only dethroned the Labrador but has also been bred into every other breed? 

    1. Shedding - The top reason most dog owners choose a doodle mix is that most doodles barely shed at all, depending on their mix and the generation they are. They tend to take after their poodle lineage and have a non-shedding coat that resembles hair more than fur. 

    2. Intelligence-  Even the most devoted lab lovers will tell you labs can often use some common sense and refinement. Since poodles are known for their smarts, Labradoodles are the perfect mix of cuddles, loyalty and brains. 

    3. Temperament - Doodles tend to be intelligent, easy to train and extremely loyal and devoted to their people. They are frequently used as therapy dogs and emotional support dogs. 

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    Where did the doodle-dog come from? 

    In 1989 Australian breeder Wally Conran created the first labradoodle, and this the first doodle was born. A blind woman in Hawaii reached out to him telling him she needed a hypoallergenic guide dog breed because her husband was allergic to dog fur. Wally spent three years trialing over 30 poodles as potential guide dogs, because they are hypoallergenic. In the end he didn’t feel poodles had the right temperament to be a guide dog. He combined the highly intelligent Poodle with the hard working and most popular guide dog breed, the Labrador Retriever, and the result was magic.  

    designer dog maker  Wally Conran

    Fun Fact: Wally came to regret creating the Labradoodle. He claims he realized his mistake within a couple of days telling the NY Times, “I opened a Pandora box and released a Frankenstein monster… I find that the biggest majority are either crazy or have a hereditary problem,” -Wally Conran

    What Is the Most Common Doodle?  

    Of all the types of Doodle dogs, the Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever – Poodle mix) is the most popular in the U.S. as revealed by Rover.com in a report of the 20 most popular dog breeds of 2021. The Labradoodle (a hybrid of the Poodle and the Labrador) is the second most popular Doodle dog breed.

    Goldendoodle, doodle breeds

    How to Find a Good Goldendoodle (or any doodle dog) breeder  

    Although we do not agree with Wally, we understand where he is coming from. There are good and bad breeders for all dog breeds. Like anything be it a popular handbag where “fakes” start to pop up the same can be true for dog breeders. The desire to fill the demand for doodle-dogs and greed can cause breeders to over breed or inbreed their dogs. 

    Do your research.

    Visit the American Kennel Club to find a reputable breeder and for all breeding guidelines. If you see a cute dog on the street ask where she’s from.

    There are lots of dog feeds on social media. Go on Instagram or Facebook, do a deep dive, DM people.

    Another option is adoption.

    Petfinder.com has a comprehensive list of available dogs all over the country. It allows you to narrow your search very specifically to your wants and needs. 

    PRO TIP: A female should produce a litter no more frequently than every 18-24 months.

    Rescuing a Doodle Mix

    While getting a Doodle from a breeder is an option, there are still many doodle breed dogs out there that are looking to be rescued and rehomed through specific Doodle rescue agencies. Rescuing a Doodle can be great because often, you are skipping the puppy stage and while puppies are cute, they are tons of work.

    happy doodle, how to adopt rescue or buy doodle

    To help you find a Doodle rescue near you, reach out to local shelters and rescue organizations who can connect you to the right resources. You can also do a local search online and read reviews, testimonials, and detailed information about each rescue group.

    How to Pick the Right Doodle For You

    Before adopting a Doodle, it’s essential to try and decide whether a Doodle is right for your family. DO YOUR RESEARCH! Just because a dog is cute is not the right reason to get one. Remember that adding a dog to your life is generally a 10-20 year commitment. While we can all be tempted to say, “How much is that doggy in the window”, try to take a deep breath and do some research. Every breed has been bred for a different task and he or she will bring those traits to the doodle mix. A Goldendoodle may have a very different personality to a Pugapoo or a Shih Poo.

    Pro Tip: The popularity and demand for doodles in all shapes and sizes has resulted in overbreeding, inhumane and irresponsible breeders. Please do your homework and work with a reputable breeder. Get recommendations, check credentials and read reviews! If you want to go the adoption route, there are doodle rescue organizations in many states and there is always petfinder. Reach out to your local shelter and tell them what you are looking for. You never know.

    Doodle Grooming Needs - The difference is in the Hairdo

    How Do I Groom my Doodle Dog?

    Does my doodle dog have HAIR or FUR?

    TIP: Hair is the difference between non-shedding and shedding (fur) dogs

    Lucky for you your dog is most likely a very low to non shedder. That means he has hair instead of fur. That said, they do require attention to keep them healthy. Keeping their hair on the shorter side (AKA puppy cut) will make grooming easier as they will have fewer mattes. Either way you should brush your dog weekly. We love our 2-sided THE ONLY ONE dog brush.

     

     

    Start grooming your dog young

    Get your puppy used to a regular bath, brush and drying routine at home.  For the best puppy shampoo, full of essential oils start with THE SENSITIVE ONE  dog shampoo by PRIDE+GROOM.  

     

     

    If your puppy doesn’t have any allergies or skin issues at six months you can switch to the best-smelling dog shampoo THE NON-SHEDDER, which will leave your doodle’s coat silky, shiny and smooth.

     

     

    Get a super absorbent dry by using THE TOWEL for dogs and then for a salon finish use a hair dryer on a warm (never hot setting)  

     

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    Mon, 30 Jan 2023 16:00:06 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    Make Your Own Valentine's Day Dog Friendly Treats https://thedogvisitor.com/make-your-own-valentines-day-dog-friendly-treats https://thedogvisitor.com/make-your-own-valentines-day-dog-friendly-treats Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day, so let’s also add it to our dog treats! With Valentine’s Day only weeks away, we thought you would love a few creative and delicious DIY ways to spoil your pup that are easy on the wallet and loved by dogs all over the world.

    These fun, homemade dog treat recipes are sure to win your pup over and make them your Valentine for life. They’re a great (and simple) way to make sure your dog feels included in all the holiday festivities. And since I do this every year I decided to put together a list of my favorite Valentine’s Day dog treats.

    Cranberry Hearts

      cranberry hearts treats for dogs valentine's day

      These little grain free dog treats are a favorite of mine because they’re easy to make and super cute. If you want to treat your dog with something special this Valentine’s Day you can’t go wrong with this recipe.
      Cranberries contain a chemical compound that can help prevent urinary tract infections. They are also high in fiber and antioxidants that help prevent disease and boost the immune system.

      Frozen Yogurt Valentine’s Day Dog Treats

        Frozen Yogurt Valentine’s Day Dog Treats

        Three simple ingredients! What’s not to love?

        Valentine's Day Dog Cookies (Gluten Free)

        VALENTINE’S DOG TREATS DIY | Valentine’s Day Dog Cookies
          If you’re looking to make something special for your dog this Valentine’s day check out these awesome heart shaped dog cookies. They’re one of my favorites because they’re gluten free (made with rice flour) and easy to make. Rice flour is high in fiber, calcium, and other vitamins. It is great for dogs.

          Cream Cheese Dog Biscuits

          Cream Cheese Dog Biscuits

            Didn’t you ever hear that cream cheese is the way to a dog’s heart? This cream cheese dog biscuit recipe is guaranteed to make your dog’s heart race with excitement!

            Strawberry Banana Carob Marble Dog Treats

            STRAWBERRY BANANA CAROB MARBLE DOG TREATS

              As carob doesn't contain caffeine and theobromine, it is perfectly safe for your pup to enjoy. And yes, dogs can eat strawberries. Strawberries are full of fiber and vitamin C. Along with that, they also contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog's teeth as he or she eats them. 

               

              Cooking our dogs’ meals, treats, and desserts can be one of the most meaningful actions we can take to benefit their health and well-being. It’s reassuring knowing exactly what ingredients go into the foods they are eating. Plus, it’s very satisfying. Unlike human family members, our dogs never complain that their food isn’t picture-perfect or that it’s overcooked or too bland. Rather, they appreciate the extra-fresh ingredients, care and love put into each bite. As well as being included in the holiday festivities. Show your dog some extra love this Valentine’s Day.

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              Sat, 28 Jan 2023 02:21:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Benefits of Adopting Indie Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/benefits-of-adopting-indie-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/benefits-of-adopting-indie-dogs Indie Dog” is a term used to refer to rescue and shelter dogs, as opposed to dogs purchased from breeders or pet stores. Indie dogs are dogs that have been abandoned, lost, or surrendered to animal shelters, and need a loving forever home. Many of these dogs are already trained, and socialized and have been given medical care before being adopted. These dogs can come in all shapes, sizes, breeds, and ages.

              • Adopting an indie dog is a great way to make a positive impact on the community and animal population, by providing a loving home for a dog in need. Additionally, it can be a cost-effective option and provide benefits for mental and physical health.
              • By choosing to adopt an indie dog, you are also helping to reduce the number of stray and abandoned dogs in the community and reducing the demand for puppy mills and backyard breeders which often have inhumane breeding practices.
              • Adopting an indie dog can be a rewarding experience, and with the right care, training and love, they can become a loyal and loving companion. If you are considering adding a new furry friend to your family, consider adopting an indie dog, you won’t regret it.

              Benefits

              Adopting an indie dog helps to save a life. 

              Many rescue and shelter dogs are at risk of being euthanized due to overpopulation, lack of resources, and the high demand for purebred dogs. By adopting an indie dog, you are giving them a second chance at a happy and healthy life.

              Adopting an indie dog also helps to reduce the number of stray dogs.

              When people choose to adopt from shelters and rescues, rather than buying from breeders or pet stores, it reduces the demand for puppy mills and backyard breeders, which often have inhumane breeding practices. In addition to the positive impact on the community, adopting an indie dog can also have many benefits for the adopter. Often, rescue and shelter dogs are already trained and socialized, making the transition to a new home much smoother. Many rescue and shelter organizations also provide training and behavioral support, so you can feel confident in your new furry friend.

              Adopting an indie dog can also be a cost-effective

              Adopting an indie dog can also be a cost-effective option. Many rescue and shelter dogs are already spayed or neutered, microchipped, and have had their initial vaccinations, which can save the adopter money in the long run. Additionally, many rescue and shelter organizations have lower adoption fees compared to buying a dog from a breeder.

              Highly Protective & best for the Indian climate 

              • Indie dogs, also known as rescue or shelter dogs, are known to be highly protective of their owners. This is often because they have had a difficult past and may have experienced abandonment or neglect. As a result, they have a strong desire to protect and bond with their new family, making them highly loyal and affectionate pets.
              • In the Indian climate, indie dogs can be especially well-suited due to their ability to adapt to different environments. Many breeds of indie dogs are known for their heat tolerance and ability to thrive in warm weather. In addition, many indie dogs are street-smart and can be better equipped to handle the hustle and bustle of Indian cities.
              • It’s important to note that not all indie dogs are highly protective, it depends on the individual dog’s personality and background. It’s also important to remember that all dogs, regardless of breed, require proper training and socialization to ensure they become well-behaved and well-adjusted members of the family.

              In conclusion, adopting an indie dog can be a great choice for families looking for a protective, loyal, and affectionate companion. They can be well suited to the Indian climate and many of them are already trained and socialized which can make them easier to integrate into the household. However, it’s important to remember that all dogs, regardless of breed, require proper training and socialization to ensure they become well-behaved and well-adjusted members of the family.

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              Wed, 25 Jan 2023 06:28:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              The Health Benefits of Massaging Your Dog https://thedogvisitor.com/the-health-benefits-of-massaging-your-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/the-health-benefits-of-massaging-your-dog “Ooh, that feels good!” That’s what your dog will be thinking when you give them a proper rub down. Not only is a dog massage enjoyable for our canine companions, but it’s proven to have many healthy benefits as well.

              Canine massage provides a wide range of physical and psychological benefits for your dog, and a basic massage you can do at home only takes a few minutes. Plus, it’s a wonderful way to build and strengthen the bond you share with your canine companion.

              Benefits of Dog Massage:

              1. It Reduces Stress and Anxiety

              Massage is proven to reduce stress and anxiety, which is a huge plus for any dog and especially helpful for pups that are easily stressed or worried. Just like humans who experience anxiety, anxious dogs can benefit from a consistent, reassuring routine.

              dog massage as way to reduce the anxiety

              Incorporating massage into your dog’s daily routine – perhaps as a nighttime ritual or a morning routine – can provide a comforting form of relaxation.

              Gentle hands-on massage can be effective in reducing everyday anxiety in our pups, including during stressful situations such as a thunderstorm or fireworks. Dogs really enjoy a good massage, as the physical contact given can help calm an anxious dog.

              2. It Decreases Pain

              Beyond the obvious benefits of relieving muscle tension, canine massage therapy can be a powerful tool for realigning the spine and body, which is great for your dog's health. The act of gentle rubbing and kneading on your dog can increase circulation to a sore area or joint.

              The gentle pressure of your hands causes tissues to contract and increases local blood flow. Take caution not to press too hard, and stop if your pet flinches, moves away, nips, or growls.

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              The act of massaging a dog stimulates the release of endorphins, which helps to alleviate pain. If your dog has spent a long day running, playing, or even swimming, this exertion can sometimes lead to soreness and stiffness in the joints and muscles. Massage will help to relax those muscles and release tense areas.

              Dogs with conditions like arthritis will also appreciate massage for this reason. If your dog is recovering from a painful injury, you can ask your veterinarian if there are any specific massage techniques you can perform at home to provide pain relief.

              3. It Improves Circulation and Lymphatic Flow

              Dog massage is certainly great for increasing a dog’s circulation and lymphatic flow, which in turn benefits their entire body. Good circulation ensures your pup is getting a healthy supply of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to their brain and other organs, and keeps their skin and coat healthy.

              Improving the flow of the lymph fluid in the lymphatic system helps carry metabolic waste away from their muscles and internal organs.

              All of this means your dog will have a better chance of avoiding certain health conditions like hypertension (high blood pressure) and edema (an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body). There are so many important factors when it comes to your dog's health.

              4. It Assists in the Recovery Process

              Canine massage therapy can be a wonderful form of therapy for animals who are rehabilitating from an injury or surgery. Your vet may be able to show you specific massage techniques to help your fur baby along in the recovery process. Plus, it’s not only the injured area that can benefit from healing touch, so it’s helpful to take a holistic approach to massage in recovering dogs.

              For example, to compensate for an injured leg, over time a dog will have put excessive stress and strain on many of the other muscle groups throughout the body. Therefore, their whole body can benefit from an efficient massage during the recovery process. This can really help your dog tremendously.

              5. It Helps You Identify Potential Health Issues

              The more you get familiar with your dog’s skin and hair, the easier it will be to notice if something feels different, or even wrong. Another added benefit of regular canine massage is that you become familiar with your dog’s body and can better recognize what is normal and not normal. This allows you to identify any trouble spots that you could then bring to your veterinarian’s attention for further investigation.

              As you massage your pup, look for any unusual swelling or lumps, changes in surface temperature, sensitivity to touch, or quality of skin or hair. Early detection is one way that regular massage can add to the length and quality of your dog’s life. Dog massage is also vital to strengthening your pet's immune system.

              how to massage a dog

              How to Massage Your Dog:

              Step 1: Slowly starting dog massage therapy

              Pick a quiet part of your living space for the massage to help your dog feel calm and secure. Do not try to start the massage if your pet is overly fearful or showing resistance. First, softly stroke the area of interest. Use flat palms to press against the skin lightly. Move your hands slowly using long, sweeping motions and in circular motions.

              While massaging, take note of any swelling, increased sensitivity, and pain. Stop if it seems to hurt your dog in any way.

              Step 2: Working on the whole body

              Using the technique described above, start from the head and neck, and work down the body, gently increasing pressure if your dog seems to be enjoying the massage therapy. Work in circular motions and sweeping motions. Do not press straight down on bones or joints. This can really hurt them. Avoid all areas where your dog doesn’t like to be touched.

              Step 3:  Base of the skull & tail

              A gentle massage at the base of the skull and the base of the tail can stimulate relaxation. Remember to make the experience enjoyable for them, and be sure to stop if your dog recoils, cries out, yelps, or seems to be in pain.

              Things to Keep in Mind:

              The main thing to keep in mind when massaging your dog at home is that you want to use gentle motions and techniques to make sure they’re comfortable throughout the entire process. While some humans may enjoy deep tissue massage, with dogs it’s best to use light pressure and avoid anything fast, hard, or abrupt to prevent any adverse effects. Dog massage should be done with more caution.

              Best Dog Massage Techniques:

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              Three techniques are simple enough for you to do at home, while still providing your dog with the wonderful health benefits canine massage has to offer:

              • Effleurage – Long, soothing strokes are used to begin and end the dog massage. This technique helps dogs relax, warms up the underlying tissues, and encourages blood flow throughout the body.

              • Petrissage – Kneading or rolling motions that increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage and stimulate the removal of any toxins that may be trapped in the tissues of dogs.

              • Compression – This is done by gently pressing the muscle against the bone to help spread muscle fibers and increase circulation. Applying two hands on opposite sides of the limbs, not pressing very hard at all.

              Massaging Your Dog With The Bath Brush by PRIDE+GROOM:

               

               

               

              How Often Should You Massage Your Dog:

              Depending on the age and mobility of your dog, regular massages and treatments initially acclimates them to the treatment protocol, loosens the fascia and muscles, and provides relief from muscle tension and pain. These benefits can then be maintained by semi-regular “top up” massage treatments.

              Maintenance treatments may be provided monthly or up to 16 weeks for younger dogs. Maintenance treatments are typically shorter treatments to keep the muscles and fascia loose and lubricated and to treat any specific areas of muscle tension. Not only is the frequency of massage a variable in achieving benefits for your dog, the duration of the massage treatment is also a factor.

              Animal massage not only provides numerous health and therapeutic benefits, but it also makes your dog feel good! Massage can help increate the amount of quality time you spend with your dog. Start pampering your pup with their first canine massage and you will have a happier, healthier, and more balanced canine companion on your hands in no time.

              Where Can I Learn How To Massage a Dog?:

              There are many online courses and trainings you can take in order to properly learn how to give your dog the best massage therapy possible. While you may not become a certified massage therapist, you will learn the proper techniques to give a dog a massage. From your own home, you can learn animal massage, acupressure and aromatherapy from top leaders and massage therapists in the field.

              Does Pet Insurance Cover Dog Massages?:

              It depends on your pet insurance plan. Some pet insurance companies and policies will cover alternative therapies like acupuncture, animal acupressure and therapeutic massages, but most do not.

               

              Always look into your pet insurance policy first before scheduling an appointment with a massage therapist. Keep in mind, that an office visit for a canine massage will have to be deemed necessary to treat a medical condition (such as joint pain or arthritis) that is also covered by the pet insurance plan.

              Conclusion:

              Through direct work on a dog's soft tissues, canine massages can improve blood flow, alleviate stress, reduce pain, discomfort, relax tight and sore muscles, and help heal sprains, strains and joint issues. In addition, many believe it also strengthens the immune system, improves digestion, and lowers blood pressure.

              The overall well being of your dog is improved when giving your dog a massage.

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              Mon, 23 Jan 2023 14:35:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              How Regular Grooming Can Improve Your Pet Health https://thedogvisitor.com/how-regular-grooming-can-improve-your-pet-health https://thedogvisitor.com/how-regular-grooming-can-improve-your-pet-health Regular pet grooming is essential for maintaining your pet’s overall health and well-being. Not only does it keep them looking and smelling their best, but it also helps to detect and prevent potential health problems. Grooming your pet regularly can help to improve their physical and mental health in a variety of ways. (Pet grooming near me)

              • One of the most obvious benefits of regular pet grooming at home is that it helps to keep your pet’s coat and skin in good condition. A clean, well-groomed coat is less likely to develop mats and tangles, which can be painful for your pet and can lead to skin irritation and infection. Grooming also helps to distribute natural oils throughout the coat, which can keep it shiny and healthy. Brushing your pet’s coat can also help to remove loose hair, which can reduce shedding and help to keep your home cleaner.
              • Regular pet grooming at home can also help to detect potential health problems before they become serious. When you groom your pet, you can get a close look at their skin, ears, eyes, and mouth, which can help you to spot any unusual lumps, bumps, or discoloration. By catching potential health problems early, you can get your pet the treatment they need before they become more serious and expensive to treat.
              • Grooming your pet can also help to improve their mental health. Just like humans, pets can experience stress and anxiety, which can manifest in the form of behavioral problems. Dog grooming can be a great way to bond with your pet and help them to relax. It can also be a great way to provide them with some much-needed attention and affection.
              • In addition, regular grooming, and bathing can help to keep your pet clean and free from parasites like fleas and ticks. These parasites can cause your pet to itch and scratch, which can lead to skin irritation and infection. They can also spread diseases to both your pet and humans. Using a HANK flea comb on your pet can help to remove these parasites and to keep them from returning.
              • Another benefit of regular grooming is that it can help to keep your pet’s nails trimmed. Overgrown nails can be painful for your pet and can lead to injury. A dog nail grinder can help to prevent this problem. Finally, regular grooming can also help to keep your pet looking and feeling its best. A well-groomed pet is not only more pleasant to be around, but they are also more confident and self-assured.
              • In conclusion, regular pet grooming is essential for maintaining your pet’s overall health and well-being. It helps to keep their coat and skin in good condition, detects potential health problems, improves their mental health, keeps them clean and free from parasites, keeps their nails trimmed, and makes them look and feel their best. Make sure to regular grooming your pet. Your pet will thank you for it!

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              Mon, 23 Jan 2023 09:28:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              New Spotlight Sessions: Bathing Timing, Doodle Legs, and Vet Tech Training https://thedogvisitor.com/new-spotlight-sessions-bathing-timing-doodle-legs-and-vet-tech-training https://thedogvisitor.com/new-spotlight-sessions-bathing-timing-doodle-legs-and-vet-tech-training

              When To Trim Nails In Grooming Process

              Colin Taylor and Melissa Verplank discuss the best time to trim a dog’s nails: before or after their pre-groom bath. Colin breaks down how he decides based partly on how frequently a dog comes to the salon.

              This Spotlight Session is from the full video: The Top 5 Struggles of Professional Pet Stylists

              Watch the Spotlight Session

              Styling The Rear Feet & Legs of a Thick Coated Doodle

              Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich shows off how she gets these stellar results when styling a doodle’s hind legs.

              This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Techniques to Make Thick Coated Doodle Grooming Easier & Satisfying

              Watch the Spotlight Session

              Does a Vet Tech Degree Help You In The Grooming World?

              Judy Hudson discusses how she has found value from her previous training as a veterinary technician during her grooming career.

              Watch the Spotlight Session

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              Thu, 19 Jan 2023 00:35:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Essential Oils for Dogs: An Insider’s Guide to the Skin and Coat Care Benefits https://thedogvisitor.com/essential-oils-for-dogs-an-insiders-guide-to-the-skin-and-coat-care-benefits https://thedogvisitor.com/essential-oils-for-dogs-an-insiders-guide-to-the-skin-and-coat-care-benefits While essential oils have been around for a very long time, in more recent years, their popularity has seemed to have picked up. Especially when it comes to healthy skin and hair.

              So what happens when a Chemical Engineer co-founds a pet company and formulates an all natural dog shampoo? An entire line of shampoos and conditioners formulated specifically for your dog’s sensitive-skinned, heavy-shedding, or non-shedding needs is born, utilizing the many natural benefits of essential oils. PRIDE+GROOM, a line of luxury dog grooming products, was founded in February 2020 by four female entrepreneurs, one of whom happens to be a Chemical Engineer.

              The main idea was to have a beauty line for dogs with clean products that smell amazing and are designed for good performance during the grooming process. Every PRIDE+GROOM formula contains its own unique blend of essential oils and sustainable ingredients chosen for dogs' specific coat and skin types.

              Patricia Machado was born in Brazil. She is a chemical engineer who also specializes in marketing. Before moving to the U.S. to be with the love of her life, she worked for over 10 years in the oil and pharmaceutical industries.

              Founder Patricia with dog

              Patricia confesses that she’s always been obsessed with washing her Shih Tzu, Leo. Over the years she tried all of the high end products that purported to clean a dog’s fur and leave it smelling amazing, but she was never satisfied. She didn’t particularly like the way Leo smelled or the way his fur felt after returning from the groomers.

              Having a degree in chemical engineering, Patricia mused about formulating a better product, one made from essential oils and clean ingredients that would also smell amazing. So when a couple of Manhattan-based friends approached Machado about starting a business together, the spark of an idea was already there. Why not create a solution for this problem that surely affected other dog owners, too? Machado, along with Regina Haymes, Jane Wagman, and Heather Perlman, founded Pride + Groom, a line of luxury dog grooming products, in February 2020.

              When it comes to the ingredients and health benefits, Pride + Groom focuses on a specific set of essential oils. “Our product has a lot of unique oils, such as niaouli, marshmallow root, flaxseed and quinoa. We use a lot of natural ingredients that are truly beneficial for both the skin and the coat. Every ingredient comes from vegetable sources, not chemical sources,” Machado said.

              The moisturizing products smell divine, thanks to all-natural ingredients like calendula extract for soothing itchy skin, marshmallow root for healing hot spots, and jojoba seed oil for unclogging hair follicles.
              Are you considering using essential oils for your dog(s) or cat(s)? We are here to break down everything you need to know about how to safely and effectively use essential oils with your dog.

              What Are Essential Oils?

              Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants. The oils capture the plant’s scent and flavor, or “essence.” Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence.

              essential oils for dogs

              Essential oils are obtained through distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. Once the aromatic chemicals have been extracted, they are combined with carrier oils to create a product that’s ready for use. The way the oils are made is important, as essential oils obtained through chemical processes are not considered true essential oils.

              Whether it’s for relaxing aromatherapy or a natural way to repel bugs, millions of people use essential oils daily. And like many other things you have around your house, you might be wondering if you can use them for the same purposes on your dog, too. Because here's the truth, some essential oils are safe for dogs, and others are bad (or potentially toxic) for them.

              Understanding Essential Oil(s):

              Have you ever asked why plants contain essential oils? 

              One reason is that they can’t move to escape threats. Instead, they produce compounds to repel predators and pathogens.

              How can the body absorb essential oils?

              The body can absorb essential oils into the bloodstream through various methods:

              • Inhalation

              • Ingestion (eating or licking)

              • Through the skin

              Once the oils get into the bloodstream, they can travel to various tissues and have numerous benefits.

              Different chemicals in the oils have a biological affinity for certain tissues. So knowing your oil’s components is the first step in choosing the right oil that is safe for your furry friend.

              beagle happy dog in the grass

              Essential oils are very powerful, especially for animals. You need to make sure the ones you choose are safe for dog(s) or cat(s). Even tiny amounts can have powerful biological effects on every system of the body. Although essential oils are not new, the research into them is. Ironically, while most studies (unfortunately) start on animals and progress to humans, the look into the science behind essential oils has mostly only been done on human subjects. 

              Why Use Essential Oils In Dog Grooming Products?

              Patricia says “all of our products contain essential oils that are used to treat and clean a dog’s coat and skin. Many of the oils we use are also widely used in the best natural beauty products on the market, such as jojoba oil, coconut oil and almond oil.”

              What are the most popular pet safe essential oils used in beauty and skincare products?

              Here are the reasons why these three oils are commonly used in many beauty and skincare products, for both humans and dogs:

              Jojoba Oil

              It’s nontoxic and hypoallergenic, and it's safe to use on your fur babies. If your kitty or dog's skin is dry and they suffer from excessive scratching, rub this oil on their problem areas once or twice a day for natural itch relief.

              jojoba oil for dogs

              Coconut Oil

              It’s nutrient-dense and can be a great addition to your pet’s diet in safe, small amounts, whether added to dog food, as a supplement, or applied to the skin. Rich in fatty acids and healthy saturated fats, coconut oil may have the following benefits for dogs:

              • Makes a dog’s coat extra shiny

              • Can relieve allergies and itchy skin

              • Kicks bad breath

              • Improves digestion

              • Improves cognitive function in pets

              • Boosts the immune system

              • Increases energy levels

              • Helps eliminate fleas and ticks

              • Possesses antifungal properties

              • Treats arthritis and ligament issues

              • Soothes dry skin, skin conditions, infections, hot spots, dry paw pads, and cracked noses when applied topically (and it’s ok if they lick it off!)

              • A great first aid or wound care option

              Almond Oil

              almond oil

              It's great for dry and itchy skin. Just massage it into your dog's coat and let its soothing qualities do their job. Sweet almond oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and can be a light sun protectant.

              Why PRIDE+GROOM Grooming and Skincare Products Are Different:

              “My two favorite oils are a real beauty secret, not only for dogs, but for us women too. That’s why I chose to include them in our products. The first one is marshmallow root. Many people with very curly hair know about this amazing essential oil, which is gold in color and has a very unique fragrance, along with powerful detangling properties. We use it in our NON SHEDDER shampoo formula and our customers are always amazed with how much easier it is to comb their dog’s hair after using our shampoo.” Patricia says.

               

               

              Marshmallow Oil for dogs

              Marshmallow Oil: It can nourish and detangle, condition dry skin and hair, prevent breakage, restore damaged locks, and prevent irritation caused by dry skin and scalp.

              Marshmallow Oil for dogs

              “The second essential oil that we use in our pet grooming products is immortelle oil, also known as helichrysum oil. This magical gift from nature has skin healing properties. It is used in my personal favorite skin care products (sometimes I even add a few drops into a regular moisturizer). The results on my own skin inspired me to incorporate it into our PAW BALM formula, as I noticed that during the winter and summer, or just from walking on the streets of New York City, my dog’s paws were always dry and had small cuts.” Patricia says.

               

               

              Helichrysum Oil (Immortelle Oil) for dogs

              Helichrysum Oil (Immortelle Oil) for dogs

              Helichrysum Oil (also known as Immortelle Oil): though quite expensive, this essential oil contains many therapeutic properties which are beneficial for pets, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties as well. It acts as an antioxidant, helping to detox your dogs. Helichrysum oil also has antimicrobial and antibacterial components which is great for treating cuts and injuries. It's one of the best essential oils for skin problems in pets.

              How To Use Essential Oils For Your Dogs

              There are many ways to use all of these oils safely for your dog, however, keep these things in mind:

              • Understand purity/dilution -- While you definitely want to have the purest form of essential oil to use on your dog, more is not always better. In fact, many oils can be harmful if applied directly, so diluting them is essential. As a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t be using oils that are more potent than 3-6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.

              • Think about the other members of your household -- Dogs may not be your only animal friends at home. Some oils that are safe for dogs are not safe for other pets, like cats. Be mindful of which oils you use and how you use them to make sure it’s safe for everyone at home.

              • Using essential oils topically -- The safest way to use these oils for dogs is by infusion or topical application. You can either put the diluted oil on your hands and pet your dog, rubbing the oil onto the skin, or mix it into their bath products. Please note, you should NEVER use pure essential oils directly on your pet’s skin (without your veterinarian’s recommendation). Pure essential oil is far too concentrated to be beneficial and will likely cause skin irritation and discomfort. Using products, like PRIDE+GROOM’s shampoos, where the essential oils are already properly formulated, will save you a lot of time and research, as they already contain the perfect essential oil blend.

               

               

              Harmful Essential Oils for Dogs:

              Some essential oils (such as tea tree oil or peppermint oil) are actually very bad or even toxic to dogs and cause a sleuth of adverse effects including breathing problems, muscle tremors/weakness, fatigue, rash, redness and burns, vomiting, and even collapse. Remember, it is important to diffuse essential oils and research different oils before using them.

              Note: if your dog shows any of these signs at any time, stop what you’re doing and contact your veterinarian or holistic vet immediately!

              long coated brown and white puppy

              Some common essential oils that are harmful or bad for dogs include:

              • Anise

              • Cinnamon

              • Citrus

              • Clove

              • Eucalyptus

              • Garlic

              • Juniper

              • Peppermint oil

              • Pine

              • Thyme

              • Yarrow

              • Tea Tree

              Keep in mind this isn’t an exhaustive list, so be sure to do your research before using new oils. Your best bet is to call your vet and ask them the risks and benefits before you use any oils.

              Air fresheners, oils labeled as having a "calming effect" or "relaxing effect," and ones that combat stress may cause serious issues for a dog, impacting their central nervous system or blood pressure. Always consult a veterinarian or a holistic veterinarian first to use essential oils safely.

              Conclusion:

              Essential oils should be used with caution, even with "dog-safe" options! It is best to consult your vet when you have specific questions about essential oils for a dog (or a cat!) When you know how to use essential oils for dogs in a safe way, it can give you another effective tool to help make their life as happy and healthy as possible. Remember not to allow your dog to ingest them, store them safely, and choose only essential oils that are known to be safe. 

              The benefits of essential oils in a dog or a cat, especially when it comes to skincare and coat care, are incredible. 

              Are there any other essential oils that your dog loves? We want to hear all about it in the comments below!

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              Sat, 14 Jan 2023 00:14:06 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              JZ10: Snags and Brags https://thedogvisitor.com/jz10-snags-and-brags https://thedogvisitor.com/jz10-snags-and-brags Joe Zuccarello’s latest video is live for L2GD Members!

              In this JZ10 Groomer Business Tip, ParagonPetSchool.com president Joe Zuccarello shows you how to identify your “Snags and Brags” of 2022. This process helps you visualize what you need to keep doing and how to improve your salon for the coming year. Follow along in this latest video!

              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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              Fri, 13 Jan 2023 20:56:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Why Every Dog Owner Should Invest in a Quality Harness https://thedogvisitor.com/why-every-dog-owner-should-invest-in-a-quality-harness https://thedogvisitor.com/why-every-dog-owner-should-invest-in-a-quality-harness Investing in a quality dog harness is an important decision for any dog owner. Not only does it provide a safer and more comfortable alternative to using a collar, but it also helps with training and behavior management.

              First and foremost, using a harness can help prevent injuries to your dog’s neck and trachea. Collars, especially when pulled tight, can put a significant amount of pressure on a dog’s neck and windpipe, which can lead to serious health problems over time. Harnesses, on the other hand, distribute pressure evenly across the chest and shoulders, reducing the risk of injury.

              Additionally, harnesses provide more control during walks. A well-fitting harness with a front clip attachment can discourage pulling by redirecting the dog’s energy and attention back to the owner. This makes it easier to manage your dog’s behavior during walks and can help to improve overall obedience.

              Another benefit of harnesses is that they provide extra support for dogs with certain health conditions. For example, harnesses with a lift handle can help support dogs with arthritis or hip dysplasia, making it easier for them to navigate stairs or get into the car. Harnesses with chest and stomach straps can also provide extra support for dogs with spinal injuries or other issues that make it difficult for them to stand on their own.

              The harness comes in different designs and styles, some of which can be used for specific tasks such as for working dogs or small breeds with specific needs. Having the right harness for the task will make things easier for you and your dog. For example, service dog harnesses will have specific attachments to hold identification, bags, and other things needed for the dog’s job.

              When it comes to choosing a harness, it’s important to select one that is the right size and fit for your dog. A poorly fitting harness can cause chafing and rubbing, leading to discomfort and even sores. It’s also important to choose a harness made from durable and breathable materials to ensure your dog’s comfort.

              It also helps support dogs with certain health conditions and offers a variety of specific needs. With the right harness, you and your dog can enjoy many happy and healthy walks together.

              Benefits of HANK No Pull Dog Harness:

              • Reduces pulling: HANK No-pull harnesses are designed to prevent dogs from pulling on the leash by redirecting their energy and attention back to the owner.
              • Increases control: HANK No-pull harnesses provide the owner with more control over their dog’s movements, making it easier to manage behavior during walks.
              • Minimizes pressure on the neck: Unlike collars, which put pressure on a dog’s neck and windpipe, HANK no-pull harnesses distribute pressure evenly across the chest and shoulders, reducing the risk of injury.
              • Improves training: HANK harnesses can be an effective training tool for dogs that pull, helping to improve overall obedience.
              • Increases comfort: HANK No-pull harnesses are made from breathable, durable materials that are comfortable for dogs to wear, minimizing chafing and rubbing.
              • Suitable for dogs of all sizes: Our harnesses come in a variety of sizes, making them suitable for dogs of all breeds and sizes.
              • Reflective: HANK no-pull harnesses feature reflective straps, making them more visible in low-light conditions and increasing safety during walks in the dark.
              • Provides handle for extra control: It has a handle on the top that allows you to better control the dog when needed.
              • Versatile: HANK No-pull harnesses can be used for a variety of activities, such as hiking, running, or training.
              • Easy to use: It’s easy to put on and take off, making them a convenient option for busy dog owners.

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              Fri, 13 Jan 2023 19:07:06 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              New Release: Starting Over on a Dog Who’s Never Been Professionally Groomed https://thedogvisitor.com/new-release-starting-over-on-a-dog-whos-never-been-professionally-groomed https://thedogvisitor.com/new-release-starting-over-on-a-dog-whos-never-been-professionally-groomed

              We’ve all had that one groom where the dog was so matted or pelted, you had no choice but to completely start over. What makes these grooms even more challenging, is that the dog usually doesn’t have much experience on the grooming table. This could mean disaster for all involved without the right expertise.

              In this lesson, veteran pet stylist, Lorri Keller, steps up the table to give this dog a total coat reset, tackling this huge job while keeping both the dog and herself safe. Lorri also discusses how to communicate and educate the owner, leading to easier grooms in the future.

              In this video you will learn:

              • How to remove tight, matted coat safely
              • How to talk with a pet owner about the condition of their dog when to needs a total reset
              • How to work on the head safely
              • Effective communication tips for the pet owner
              • What are the ultimate end goals for this type of work

              Start Learning with Lorri

              If you’re a member, be sure to Log In and check out the video HERE so you can add it to your favorites and get the full details! If you’re not a member, click below to watch a free preview of the video.

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              Thu, 05 Jan 2023 02:16:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Are Dogs Really Hypoallergenic? Truths vs Myths https://thedogvisitor.com/are-dogs-really-hypoallergenic-truths-vs-myths https://thedogvisitor.com/are-dogs-really-hypoallergenic-truths-vs-myths A topic that has been debated since the dawn of the doodle. Do hypoallergenic dogs really exist?

              In recent years, several breeds have gained the “hypoallergenic” label. If you become congested or start to sneeze anytime you’re near a dog, you’re not alone. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) reports that almost 10 million people in the US, and about 20% of the world population, are allergic to their pets.

              doodle, hypoallergenic dogs

              So it’s no surprise that this label has grown in popularity and people are looking for the best hypoallergenic dogs. But, if you allergy sufferers have been pinning all your hopes on one of these dogs being the perfect solution, don’t get too excited—this term is not as accurate as it sounds.

              True Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds Don’t Exist

              Although some individual dogs that don't shed may indeed elicit fewer allergy symptoms than others, studies suggest that there is no specific hypoallergenic breed that are truly the best hypoallergenic dogs.

              Dr. Tania Elliott is an allergist and a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She explains that “somewhere along the line, the fact that a dog didn’t shed became synonymous with the word hypoallergenic. While some people can be allergic to dog hair, others may be allergic to the dander (skin cells) and even their saliva.”

              People with allergies tend to gravitate toward dogs that don't shed. Even mild allergy sufferers or those with pet sensitivity believe that dogs that don't shed will emit less dander. But let's dive into that science a bit more.

              Science on “Hypoallergenic Dogs” 

              In 2011 the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy published a study that found no major differences in the levels of the primary dog allergen, Canis familiaris (Can f 1), in homes with dogs labeled as hypoallergenic compared with those that weren’t. While the study authors state that there is a need for more research to confirm these findings, the results threw a wrench in most allergy sufferers’ plans.

              shedding dogs, dog's coat

              The results of a further study in 2012 actually found low-shedding Poodles had some of the highest levels of Can f 1 present in their coat samples. Surprisingly, Labradors Retrievers, often regarded as a breed more likely to trigger allergies because of their excessive shedding, had significantly lower allergen levels. This study also found no major difference in the amount of Can f 1 found in the air of homes with “hypoallergenic” and other dog breeds.

              How Pet Allergies Work

              Most people are not actually allergic to dog hair. Rather, they're allergic to dog dander (flakes on the dog’s skin) or saliva. Hair does have something to do with it, though: Sometimes other indoor allergens like dust, or outdoor allergens like grass or tree pollen, can build up on a dog’s furry coat and trigger allergy symptoms like sneezing, congestion, nasal swelling, asthma and rashes. Many people with dog allergies complain about red, itchy eyes.

              According to allergist Dr. Tania Elliott, people can develop allergic reactions to pet dander (similar to dandruff in humans), saliva, urine, and hair. When exposed to these substances, our body can mistakenly see certain proteins within them, called allergens, as a threat. To protect us, our body develops antibodies against those proteins. 

              When we’re exposed to those proteins again, we then have an allergic response. Our immune system will be activated, causing the release of histamine. Histamine causes symptoms, such as sneezing and increased mucus production, which protect us from the invading protein. These symptoms are what cause the discomfort we associate with an allergy.

              In the case of a dog allergy, Elliott says you could develop symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny nose, asthma attacks, sneezing, and/or congestion. You might also develop hives if you’ve been touched or licked by a dog.

              What Is A “Hypoallergenic” Dog?

              Basically, there’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog because all dogs produce the same proteins. It’s those proteins to which you’re reacting. That’s why even a so-called “hypoallergenic” dog can still trigger an allergic reaction.

              It would be more appropriate to call these shedding versus non-shedding dogs. Shedding dogs release more hair into their environment, leading to a buildup of hair in your home. Non-shedding dogs tend to not shed their hair as easily. They must be regularly groomed to prevent matting.

              When dogs shed, some people can develop an irritant response to the hair. While the symptoms can be the same, an irritant response is different from an allergic response. Irritation doesn’t trigger the production of antibodies the way an allergy does. If you experience an irritant response to hair, having a dog that sheds less would reduce this. 

              Being vigilant about keeping loose hair cleaned up would also help those who are experiencing an irritant response and pet allergy.

              bichon frise, hypoallergenic dogs

              Popular dog breeds that have been labeled as the best hypoallergenic dogs include:

              • Poodle

              • Maltese

              • Afghan hound

              • Labradoodle

              • Goldendoodle

              • Shih tzu

              • Schnauzer

              • Soft coated wheaten terrier

              • Bichon frise

              • Portuguese Water Dog

              • Bedlington terrier

              • Chinese crested

              • Irish water spaniel

              • Hairless dogs

              These dogs are commonly marketed as the best hypoallergenic dog breeds because they are dogs that don't shed or shed little to no fur compared to other dog breeds. In theory, this would also mean that they would leave behind less dander containing Can f 1 and would therefore trigger fewer allergy symptoms, especially in mild allergy sufferers.

              Dogs with a curly coat, a silky hair coat, a wiry coat, a short coat, or a tightly curled coat are often seen as great hypoallergenic dogs. A dog breed with a double coat, dense coat, or all that fur like a golden retriever, would generally be classified as one that would give you allergies.

              If you already have a dog, here are a few tips to prevent allergies:

              • Have accessible outdoor space. It may take weeks or months before your house is free of pet allergens, but more outside time for your dog will help.

              • Keep your dog clean and bathe them regularly in warm water and a good shed-controlling shampoo. This may reduce the amount of dog dander and dog saliva deposited throughout your home.

              • Most dog owners also forget to wash their hands after touching their own dogs. It's very important to wash your hands when playing with your dog or other dogs.

              • Get a groomer to bathe your dog so you're not exposed to the allergens.

              • Regular brushing is important to remove excess hair and dead skin cells, no matter what dog breed.

              • Wash your dog’s bedding weekly to remove excess dander and hair.

              • Keep your dog out of the bedroom and off the bed during sleep.

              • Get allergy shots if you are an allergy sufferer.

              Are Hypoallergenic Dogs Worth It? 

              poodle, hypoallergenic dog

              Despite the evidence, more than 80% of people with dog allergies who own breeds marketed as hypoallergenic breed claim to have fewer symptoms around their dogs than they do around non-hypoallergenic ones.

              Nonetheless, scientific evidence does not support the concept of hypoallergenic dogs, although some individual dogs—hypoallergenic or not—may produce less Can f 1 than others. What the best breeds are, we cannot say.

              Keep in mind that no significant difference in Can f 1 accumulation has been found in dust samples between homes where hypoallergenic or non-hypoallergenic dogs live. No amount of cleaning will change that, but not having carpet might help some.

              Conclusion

              Realistically speaking, the only way to prevent dog allergy symptoms entirely is to not live with a dog in your home. Hypoallergenic dogs were initially marketed for people with allergies because they shed less and were thought to leave behind fewer allergens and pet hair.

              Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence to back up these claims, though. In fact, research shows that so-called hypoallergenic breeds may produce equal amounts of allergens, if not more in some cases. But dog lovers, do not let this deter you from seeking a canine companion. Just because a true hypoallergenic coat does not exist, it doesn't mean that you cannot enjoy adorable dogs.

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              Wed, 04 Jan 2023 21:28:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Birthday Celebrations For Dogs: Time to Pawty https://thedogvisitor.com/birthday-celebrations-for-dogs-time-to-pawty https://thedogvisitor.com/birthday-celebrations-for-dogs-time-to-pawty If you’ve got the winter blues, planning the ultimate dog birthday party is a surefire mood booster. In fact, just looking at photos of dogs celebrating a birthday bash will immediately subtract 20 points off your rage-o-meter.

              Have you ever thrown a birthday party for your dog? When planning a puppy birthday party, or a gotcha day celebration, it’s worth thinking about your dog’s favorite snacks, toys, and activities, and incorporating those things your dog enjoys most into your plans.

              dog birthday party decor

              One of the wonderful things about dogs is that they don’t experience anticipation or disappointment in the same way that humans do. So don’t worry, this means they won’t be sad if this year’s birthday isn’t a glamorous puppy picnic or another fancy blowout bash maliciously prepared by their dog owners and fancy agency. Your dog will be entirely focused on the here and now, and what will make your dog’s day truly special is the chance to spend quality time with you.

              Your dog showers your family with unconditional love, affection, and loyalty, so return the favor with doggy-approved desserts and gifts at a special birthday event for your favorite pooch. From pupcakes to decorations, here is everything you need to know about planning a fun birthday party for your dog.

              BIRTH DATE:

              When is the best time to celebrate your dog’s birthday? 

              Dogs are always ready to party. That’s one of the best parts about them. If you aren’t sure exactly which day your dog was born, they can still have dog birthday parties. You can pick any day to celebrate and claim it as your dog’s birthday moving forward. If you know their “gotcha day,” which is the day you rescued or adopted them, you can use that as their official birthday. Gotcha days are special because not only is it a chance to celebrate your dog but also the start of your relationship together.

              CAKE CAKE CAKE:

              dog birthday cake, dog birthday cupcake

              What is a party without a birthday cake? A boring one! And yes, dogs can eat cake! It may not be the sugary, buttery cakes that we humans are accustomed to having on our birthdays, but there are plenty of options to buy or DIY when it comes to a sweet treat to add to the occasion.

              Types of cakes for dog birthday party

              • Bake your own dog cake! Some bone-shaped treats can easily be created with these dog-themed baking molds, and you automatically get a dog parent gold star. There are also plenty of boxed-cake mixes safe for dogs at your local pet store. For something more natural, you can search for recipes online that only have a few ingredients, probably including items most of dog owners already have in their pantry.

              • Order a cake! If you are the type of dog owner, that does not like or has not time to bake, there are many dog bakeries that can be found nearby with a simple google search to save your dog birthday party. Some regular bakeries even bake pet-safe treats, all you have to do is ask! If you don’t have a dog bakery in your local area, you can also have dog-safe cakes sent directly to your home by ordering them online.

              • I scream, you scream! If you and your dog have more of a hankering for ice cream, pet stores like Pet Supplies Plus, or your local supermarket, carry specialty ice treats made just for dogs. Pick out your pup’s favorite flavor: peanut butter, vanilla, or birthday cake are all good choices.

              DOG PARTY HATS:

              dog birthday party, dog birthday hat

              A party theme appropriate birthday hat or bandana is such a cute way to identify the birthday dog of honor! You can find many options at a pet store, a party store, or even when you browse Amazon, Etsy, or any online retailer for the hat that suits your dog best. You can even craft something and go the DIY route with materials you probably have lying around the house.

              DOG BIRTHDAY OUTFIT:

              If you have clothing or a special outfit to dress your dog in, start by following these easy steps:

              1. Show the outfit to your dog, and give them plenty of praise and treats. Let them sniff it and determine that it isn’t a threat.

              2. Once they seem comfortable with the item, put it on your dog while offering lots of treats and praise. Be sure to take it off quickly so that your dog doesn’t get uncomfortable or impatient.

              3. Continue this process over a series of training sessions, and slowly increase the amount of time your dog is wearing the outfit. 

              4. If at any point your dog is stressed or seems uncomfortable, take the outfit off immediately and start the process all over again during your next session. This will help you avoid a birthday meltdown and keep the day stress-free and enjoyable for your dog. 

              INVITE ONLY DOG BIRTHDAY PARTY:

              dog birthday party, photo wall

              What's a puppy party without your dog's entire squad in attendance? Invite the crew over for a day of running, snacks, and sniffing in celebration of your furry family member's birthday. Put out plenty of water and, if the other pet parents are OK with it, some snacks for paw-ty guests. Portioned dog treats, sliced frozen bananas, baby carrots, and green beans are all healthy snacks that are easy for dogs to pick up and munch on.

              Be sure to keep a close eye on your dog and its guests while they're playing. Even the best dog buds can have misunderstandings sometimes.

              GIFT TIME:

              Dogs are no exception to loving birthday presents. In fact, they get just as excited as we do to receive something new! It can be fun to bring your dog to a local pet supply store to pick their own gifts. If you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year, you can sign your dog up for a monthly subscription service offering toys and goodies. 

              Want your dog to open their own presents? 

              To help your dog learn to unwrap presents, you can slip a dog treat inside the wrapping paper or into the gift box. Show your dog the gift and encourage and praise them for any engagement with the box. Just make sure to supervise while your dog is unwrapping to make sure they don’t chew or otherwise eat any wrapping paper, boxes, and tape.

              Best dog birthday party gift 

              Nothing makes a better gift than a gift set from PRIDE+GROOM. The dog, and the owner, will both appreciate the fresh scents, all-natural ingredients, and attention to detail.

              DOG PARTY ACTIVITIES:

              Dog birthday party ideas: 

              What better day than a dog’s birthday party to help your dog do things they enjoy the most?

              • How about a long walk in dog park, or an adventure in the car? 

              • Maybe there is a nearby water activity, or a pet-friendly beach you can explore together.

              • When in doubt, the dog park is a great option! 

              Invite their friends and make it a group activity. 

              Dog birthday party locations: 

              dog birthday party activities and locations, dog park

              If you’d rather keep things close to home, you and your dog can still have a great time. Let your dog dictate the direction you go on your walk, or allow them to really stop and smell things for as long as they want without being rushed along. It’s also a great time to play tug, fetch, or any other games that your dog enjoys. You could also set up a playground in your backyard or inside your house for puppy party

              READY FOR DOG BIRTHDAY PARTY:

              Your four-legged friend is a big part of your family, so it only feels right to throw them a birthday bash just like you would for any other loved one. Choose a fun theme, find a suitable venue or open up your home, plan your activities, canine guests, decor, and food, and you’re all ready to go. Finish the look with an adorable invitation and you’ll have your dog’s human pals ready to hit RSVP the second it lands in their inbox. 

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              Wed, 04 Jan 2023 21:28:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              The Benefits of Adopting a Shelter Dog https://thedogvisitor.com/the-benefits-of-adopting-a-shelter-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/the-benefits-of-adopting-a-shelter-dog Adopting Shelter Dogs comes with a host of benefits that make it a rewarding experience for both you and the dog. Not only do you get the chance to give a deserving animal a second chance at a happy life, but you also gain a loyal companion and bring joy to your own life. Here are some of the top benefits of adopting a shelter dog:

              You are saving a life

              One of the most rewarding aspects of adopting a shelter dog is that you are giving an animal in need a chance at a new life. Many shelter dogs are there because their previous owners were unable to care for them or gave them up for various reasons. By adopting a shelter dog, you are giving them a second chance at a happy and loving home.

              Shelter dogs are just as loving as any other dog

              Just because a dog is in a shelter does not mean they are any less loving or deserving of a good home. Many shelter dogs are just as affectionate and loyal as any other dog. They are often just as capable of forming strong bonds with their new owners and providing love and companionship.

              You have a wide range of breeds to choose from

              Shelter dogs come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds. This means you have a greater variety to choose from when looking for the perfect dog to adopt. Whether you want a small, fluffy lapdog or a large, energetic breed, you are likely to find it at a shelter.

              You can find dogs of all ages

              Another benefit of adopting from a shelter is that you can find dogs of all ages. This means you can choose a puppy if you want a young dog to raise and train, or you can opt for an older dog if you want a more low-maintenance companion.

              Shelter dogs are often more affordable

              Adopting a shelter dog is often more affordable than buying a dog from a breeder or pet store. Shelter adoption fees usually cover the cost of spaying or neutering, as well as vaccinations and microchipping. This means you can bring a new dog into your home without breaking the bank.

              You are supporting a good cause

              By adopting a shelter dog, you are not only giving a deserving animal a second chance, but you are also supporting a good cause. Many shelters rely on adoption fees and donations to fund their operations and care for the animals in their care. By adopting from a shelter, you are helping to provide resources and support for other animals in need.

              You are getting a unique companion

              Each shelter dog is an individual with their own personality, quirks, and traits. This means that when you adopt a shelter dog, you are getting a unique companion who will bring their own special qualities to your home.

              In conclusion, adopting a shelter dog comes with numerous benefits for both you and the animal. Not only do you get the chance to give a deserving animal a second chance at a happy life, but you also gain a loyal companion and bring joy to your own life. So if you are considering adding a furry friend to your family, consider adopting from a shelter. Not only will you be giving an animal in need a new home, but you will also be supporting a good cause and bringing a unique companion into your life.

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              Tue, 03 Jan 2023 19:49:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Vitamin E for Dogs: Benefits and Uses https://thedogvisitor.com/vitamin-e-for-dogs-benefits-and-uses https://thedogvisitor.com/vitamin-e-for-dogs-benefits-and-uses Vitamin E is a powerful and essential antioxidant, and one of the vitamins and minerals dogs require for optimal health. Aside from fending off free radical damage and helping to keep the immune system in peak performance, vitamin E has other applications—most notably for skin problems. 

              Vitamin E is an important nutrient, antioxidant and essential vitamin in any dog's diet, but does your pup also need supplements? From benefits and uses, to side effects and tips for administration, we are here to guide you through what you need to know about vitamin E for dogs.

              What is Vitamin E for Dogs?

              Vitamin E comes in eight forms, the most common of which is a potent antioxidant called alpha-tocopherol. It shares something in common with vitamins A, D, and K. Vitamin E is one of the four fat soluble vitamins that are metabolized like fat and stored in fatty tissue and the liver.

              Natural sources of vitamin E are found in a number of foods including: 

              vitamin e source brocoli

              • Fruits and vegetables: Spinach, broccoli, avocados
              • Vegetable oils:  Wheat germ, sunflower oil, safflower oil
              • Nuts and seeds: Almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds
              • Seafood: Rainbow trout, Atlantic salmon 

              In human wellness regimens, vitamin E helps prevent blood clots and boosts the immune system (which aids in warding off illness), but it’s mostly coveted for its powerful antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect cells, organs, and tissues from the havoc caused by free radicals, like air pollution and the sun’s ultraviolet light.

              Is There Already Vitamin E in My Dog’s Food?

              dog next to the bowl

              Typically, yes. If your dog’s food label mentions “essential vitamins and minerals” or “complete and balanced nutrition” on the bag or in the ingredients, it will almost certainly contain vitamin E. Plus, vitamin E (in the form of mixed-tocopherols) is also a natural preservative, so beyond being an essential vitamin, it’s an excellent way to help keep your dog’s brand of food fresh.

              What Is the Right Vitamin E Dosage for My Dog?

              Fortunately, nutritionists and other health experts develop most of the dog food brands on the market. That means in most cases, you don’t have to worry about how much vitamin E to give your dog. They should already be getting the right amount every day to help them thrive. However, dogs deficient in vitamin E may show signs of muscle weakness, so if you are really concerned, be sure to consult with your veterinarian. Nutritionists and food scientists are an integral part of the pet food making process to make adjustments on the pre-cooking side so the finished product has the exact amount of nutrients the pet needs.

              VItamin E Deficiency Symptoms in Dogs 

              A deficiency of vitamin E for dogs is pretty rare, especially if they are eating a regulated diet formulated with vitamins, but it can occur. Eating a homemade or specialized diet may not include enough vitamin E. Diets high in fish, fish oils and fish meals quickly use up the available vitamin E, and require additional amounts of the vitamin to maintain a healthy system. 

              If your dog is experiencing a deficiency of vitamin E, you may notice:

              • Muscle weakness and degeneration
              • Decreased vision
              • Skin problems or itchy skin
              • Weight loss
              • Changes in behavior or other neurological problems
              • Impaired immunity

              Health Benefits of Vitamin E in Dogs

              Is Vitamin E good for dogs? It offers plenty of benefits for a dog’s health, including helping to keep a dog’s immune system, muscles, heart, liver, nerve cells and skin healthy. It also helps stabilize cell membranes, which plays a potential role in canine pain management.

              Additionally, it’s an antioxidant that helps protect cells against damage from free radicals, and it has some immune and anti-inflammatory benefits. One study suggests higher doses of vitamin E might be effective for reducing inflammation and signs of pain associated with canine osteoarthritis (CAD).

              dog eating treats, dog eating supplements

              Can Dogs Have Vitamin E Supplements?

              Only if dogs genuinely need it and a veterinarian approves it should a dog get a vitamin E supplement. If your dog is already eating a complete and balanced diet, and does not have a Vitamin E deficiency, excess supplements could be harmful and lead to blood clotting problems. Always talk with your veterinarian before adding any supplements to their diet.

              Forms of Vitamin E Supplements for Dogs 

              Vitamin E supplements for dogs come in a variety of forms. These include  

              • A vitamin E supplement or multivitamin formulated with vitamin E, in pill, capsule, or chewable form
              • Vitamin E oil for dogs that gets added to food
              • Vitamin E powders that get added to food
              • Vitamin E topical creams, oils and balms for skin conditions
              • Dog shampoos formulated with vitamin E

              Vitamin E  supplementation for dogs should preferably be given orally, either in dog foods or via supplement. This is the ideal way to insure your dog ingests the correct amounts needed for health. Dogs that love treats may benefit from a chewable. Dogs that eat their food readily may be fine with a powder or oil added to a food. Some very finicky pets may need a pill form administered to them

              Natural Vitamin E Sources for Dogs

              If you feed your dog a complete and balanced diet, chances are they are already getting an adequate amount of vitamin E. 

              Some foods with vitamin E that you might recognize on your dog’s food label include:

              • Salmon
              • Peas
              • Blueberries
              • Sweet potatoes 
              • Eggs
              • Spinach
              • Sunflower Oil
              • Fish Oil

              Note that unless they’ve been approved by a veterinary nutritionist, home-cooked diets are prone to nutritional imbalances, so they may not contain adequate amounts of vitamin E for dogs.

              dog at vets

              Topical Vitamin E for Dogs

              Did you know: when treating skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, many natural, at-home remedies, include Vitamin E? Vitamin E oil is a powerful antioxidant that acts as a moisturizer on a dog’s skin. Atopic dermatitis can cause dry skin, so massaging some of this into the skin of your dog can be quite helpful. One fairly recent study highlighted that dogs with atopic dermatitis have lower vitamin E concentrations in their blood and that supplementation can reduce clinical signs and results in healthy skin.

              Many PRIDE+GROOM products, such as their shampoos and THE BALM, contain Tocopherol, which is another name for Vitamin E. Mixed tocopherols are a combination of different sources of Vitamin E, sourced from nuts, seeds, healthy oils, and even spinach. It acts as a skin conditioning agent, and is quite useful for dogs with itchy skin or other conditions.

               

               

              Can Dogs Overdose on Vitamin E? 

              Vitamin E overdose in dogs is rare, but still possible. The fat-soluble vitamin is stored in the fat of the liver and high levels of the vitamin can cause problems with blood clotting and bleeding disorders. If your dog shows any signs of vitamin E overdose, call their vet immediately.

              Vitamin E Overdose Symptoms in Dogs Can Include:

              • Vomiting
              • Diarrhea
              • Shaking
              • Nervousness

              According to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), adult dogs should be consuming at least 50 IU of vitamin E daily. This will typically be provided through your dog's regular diet, and a veterinarian can prescribe an appropriate dosage and frequency of supplementing vitamins according to your dog's weight and needs.

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              Conclusion

              Vitamin E is an essential nutrient for your dog's healthy growth and well-being. When considering vitamin E for dogs, pet owners should consider incorporating natural rather than synthetic sources into the diet. Natural vitamin E found in organic dog food brands should be a sufficient amount for most dogs, but it is always good to consult with your veterinarian to see if your dog is getting enough vitamin E in their diet without supplements. Supplementing a dog's diet with fresh green vegetables and fruit, or topical additives, can be a good way of incorporating it when more is needed. For more advice on dog nutrition and health, make sure that you always check with your vet first!

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              Fri, 30 Dec 2022 15:56:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Here's how to cut your dog's nails at Home: A step&by&step guide https://thedogvisitor.com/heres-how-to-cut-your-dogs-nails-at-home-a-step-by-step-guide https://thedogvisitor.com/heres-how-to-cut-your-dogs-nails-at-home-a-step-by-step-guide How often do you cut your dog's nails? Once in two months or three months, or are you planning to do this for the first time? Keeping your pet's claw in perfect condition is crucial to their health and playtime safety.  

              As a pet parent, you must check the length of your dog's nails and give them timely clippings. Ignoring your dog's nails length may cause them a lifetime of pain. Trimming your dog's nails is a crucial part of pet grooming.

              Pet nail trimming can be challenging initially, but with the right tools and the appropriate method, you can trim your dog's nails at home. ABK Grooming brings you a complete step-by-step detailed process and the best nail trimming tools professionals use to groom dog's nails. 


              Why you need to cut your dog’s nails?

              Trimming your dog’s claw is very crucial for their health and comfort. The most common reason is that long nails make them feel uncomfortable walking, and thus they make awkward postures as they walk. This leads to sprain in the paws and may cause severe injuries in the back. Sometimes, the nail may also curl up and bury into the skin leading to pain and potential infection. 

              Another reason is that dogs’ nail has living tissue, called quick, that grows along with their nails. If you don’t trim the nail timely, the tissue keeps extending, making it even more difficult to cut or maintain a healthy length. 

              Thus it is very crucial to trim their nails. Usually, you would need to cut the nails every 2-3 weeks or once a month, depending on your doggo’s growth and playing habits. You can determine if your boy needs a trim using the following ways.  


              How do we know it’s time to trim the nails?

              As soon as we see their nails extending the pads of their paws, it’s time for the trim. There are two simple ways through which you can recognize the need for nail clipping:

              1. Their nails touch the floor as they stand straight on the ground.
              2. You hear a tap-tap sound as they walk around the room.

              This is when you should grab the required tools and plan for the nail-clipping session.

               

              ABK Grooming tools you need to trim your dog’s nail

              Pet parents should be very careful when choosing trimming tools. Professional groomers recommend using only high-quality tools for a peaceful nail-clipping session. Picking up the premium quality trimming tools is essential, especially for first-timers, to be comfortable and confident in using these instruments. You will need the following tools to cut your dog’s nails:

              1. Clippers- Scissor clippers are most commonly used since they are easy to use. It requires manual strength to cut the nail. A quality clipper is essential as they come with a safety lock, a limiter, and a no-slip rubber grip. 

              You can buy Trixie’s Nail Clipper for small dogs or Andis Nail Clippers for large dogs.

              1. Grinder- Nail Grinders come with a rotating head to grind the nail down. It can be less stressful to use since it trims off a small section of nails at a time. However, many dogs may get scared by the noise trimmers make. They are also helpful when shaping after the clipping.

              You can buy Andis Cordless Pet Nail Grinders for their brilliant performance. Another one is Aeolus Pet NAil Grinder which grinds all sizes of nails quickly and efficiently.

              1. Styptic Powder - You should only cut the nails at home with Styptic or silver nitrate powder. During the clipping, there are chances of accidentally cutting the tissue, which causes bleeding. Styptic powder stops the bleeding and makes the dog feel relief.

              With the right tools in your hand, we are all set to learn the method that will make you feel confident about clipping the nails off.

              How to cut your dog’s nails?

              Before understanding the step by step process how to cut your dog’s nails, let’s find out the formation of your dog’s nails.

              Inside the nail of dogs, there is a living tissue called the quick. This tissue can be observed easily by looking at the nail in the torch light. It shows a light pink coloration which doesn’t extend to the tip. This is our cutting limit. Nothing more or nothing less, just till the quick (or a pink fleshy muscle) is visible.   

              However, in black nails, you cannot see this tissue. In this case, you should place the dog on a flat surface and trim the nails using the grinder, grind it till the fleshy part is visible from the bottom view.

              Step to cut the dog's nail at home

              Step 1: Familiarize your dog with the clippers and tools. Also, ensure they are comfortable and familiar with you touching their paws and nails.

              You can do this by letting them smell the clippers and giving them the treat when they do. Do this for at least a few days before the trim day.  

              Step 2: Create a relaxed environment and make your dog comfortable in that place.

              They may resist and get afraid or uncomfortable. Use encouraging words and talk to them to make them feel assured. 

              Step 3: Grab a nail to see the pink tissue and know how far to cut.

              Also, observe the angle you need to cut from based on the natural shape of the paws.

              If your dog’s nails are black, use the trimmer. Simply turn it on and place the nail in the instructed part. Now carefully trim the nail till the fleshy part starts showing up in the bottom view.

              Step 4: Place the clipper and cut the nail in a quick and safe motion. 

              Beware, at this time, your dog may instinctively move his paws. Also, if you take too long, your dog may get nervous and resist. 

              Step 5: Repeat the same with other nails.

              If you accidentally cut too much, stay calm. Stop the bleeding with powder and reassure the dog that they are also calm.

              Step 6: Reward your boy or girls

              After nail trimming, reward your boy or girl with some treat, warm cuddles, and playtime. 

              Things to keep in mind during clipping:
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              1. If during the process you feel nervous or unprepared, stop right away. You may resume the process later when you feel confident or prefer visiting the professionals.
              2. At times if your pet resists, you may need to be forceful. You can take someone’s help in holding the dog.
              3. You can trim the hairs between the paws before cutting the nails.
              4. Cut the nails till the tissue (the quick) because if you don’t, it will start extending. This may result in serious health problems for your furry.
              5. Use words of encouragement and reassurance during the cutting session, so they associate the experience positively.
              6. Be patient and positive, as it may take time for your dog to get used to the routine.
              7. Use clippers that are dog specific
              8. Touch their paws and nails regularly so they get used to being handled

              Taking care of your dog’s health

              These beautiful souls fill our life with joy and fulfillment. And so keeping them healthy and active becomes our responsibility. Keep your dog healthy by regularly consulting the vet for early prevention and by maintaining their hygiene and sanitation. Now, this is where grooming plays a crucial role. 

              Cleaning them up and brushing away all that buildup can be fantastic for your dog’s hygiene and smell. You can buy an Andis Slicker brush to remove tangles and matting and reduce the shedding of hairs by 90%.

              Give them regular bathing using the finest quality shampoos and conditioners. Pick the ideal shampoo based on understanding the pet’s skin concerns, such as sensitive skin, dry skin, hypo-allergic pets, antibacterial properties, skin hydration, and other significant issues. Professionals love using Hydra Shampoos and conditioners for the best results. You can now buy one for grooming your dog at home without compromising the quality.

              ABK Groomings has a range of top grooming products to pick from. Shop only premium imported grooming products based on your pet’s needs and give them the love they deserve.

              Shop now! 

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              Fri, 30 Dec 2022 02:42:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              New Year's Pet Safety Tips https://thedogvisitor.com/new-years-pet-safety-tips https://thedogvisitor.com/new-years-pet-safety-tips

              (Party Girls Penny & Kiki)

              A Happy and Safe New Years for You and Your Pets                         

               

              Tips for Hosting 

              If have pets, and you're ringing in the new year by hosting a New Year's Eve party, it's important to take some precautions to keep your pets safe and happy in your home.

              Exercise pets before your guests arrive: Take your dogs on a long walk or special trip to the dog run before the party. If you have a cat, set aside some playtime with them to tire them out and keep them out of trouble. 

              Keep an eye on exits: Make sure your pets don’t escape in the chaos and excitement of friends arriving, or leaving. If you have a pet that acts as a flight risk or a runner, you might want to leave them in a secure, cozy and familiar room when your guests are coming or going. 

              House rules: If your dog or cat is planning to join your New Year's celebration, make sure your guests know not to feed your pets table food, or give them any alcohol. Even though it may seem obvious, it's better to be safe than sorry. 

              Alcohol can be toxic to pets, even in small amounts. If your pet does get into any kind of alcohol, call your vet right away to get the right advice about what to do next.

              Fireworks

              Fireworks are not just for the the Fourth of July, so remember to protect your pets from the stress and dangers that come along with them. At least 40% of dogs have noise-related fears. Fireworks can trigger a stress response that affects your pet’s overall health. The danger is even greater if your pet gets close enough to get burned or have their hearing damaged.

              Different pets will react to fireworks in different ways. You can have one dog who doesn't even notice and sleeps through fireworks, and another that shakes uncontrollably at the first pop of them. Some dogs and cats are born with these fears and others can develop them by being exposed to a traumatic experience. Understanding why your pet is scared of fireworks can help you come up with a plan to protect them and keep them safe.

              Signs Your Pet is Scared of Fireworks

              Dogs

              1. Non-stop barking
              2. Trying to dig up your carpet
              3. Pacing or panting
              4. Cowering or hiding behind the sofa, bed and other furniture
              5. Trying to run away or escape
              6. Potty accidents

              Cats

              1. Excessive meowing
              2. Scratching on the furniture
              3. Over grooming
              4. Hiding under a sofa, bed and other furniture
              5. Trying to run away or escape
              6. Potty accidents

              Tips for Keeping Your Pet Calm(er) During Fireworks

              1. Keep Your Dog Away From Fireworks
              If you plan on taking your dog out with you, make sure that your party or event doesn't include fireworks. Keeping your pet inside and secure on NYE is the easiest way to keep them safe.

              2. Make Sure Your Pet Has Proper ID 
              Did you know: nearly 1 in 5 lost pets go missing after being frightened by loud noises in general, especially fireworks. If they do run away or go missing, it is important that they have proper ID. Ensure that the information on your pet’s collar is current and make sure your pet is microchipped. You should also check to see if your microchip information is accurate and up-to-date. A GPS device on their collar is also a great reinforcement in case they take off. If they panic and escape, it will help ensure that you can get them home safely.

              *You can ensure your microchip information is correct and current by entering the number in the American Animal Hospital Associations microchip finder. Some microchip companies may charge a nominal fee to have your information updated but doing so is a crucial key to improving your chances of being reunited with your pet.

              3. Create a Safe Haven For Your Pet
              Try setting up an area in a quiet space away from windows, so that they can’t hear or see fireworks. This is also a great idea if your pets have trouble with many visitors or crowds. Use a crate if that’s where your pet feels the most safe. Make a bowl of their favorite treats and leave a basket of their favorite toys in the room. Try bone broth ice cubes or treat-filled Kongs to keep them busy and focused.

              You may be planning a night out with family and friends to celebrate the oncoming New Year, which means that your pet might be home alone with loud, confusing noises coming from outside. Before you go out, do a quick double check around the house to make sure that all exits are secured, and do what you can to make your pet feel comfortable and safe in your home.

              4. Play White Noise
              Leave the TV on or have Alexa play some easy listening. They even have pet music on Spotify!

              5. Comfort your Pet
              Nothing will soothe your fur baby more than your presence and reassurance. If you can, try staying home with your pet or leaving them with a close family friend.

              6. Desensitize Your Pet to the Sound of Fireworks
              If you are worried that your pet will freak out at the sound of fireworks, try playing sounds of fireworks (softly) in advance to get them used to hearing them. Give them their favorite treat while playing a video of fireworks, so they have a positive association when they hear them next. 

              7. Talk to Your Vet
              If your pet’s anxiety is severe, consider booking an appointment with your vet well in advance of the holiday so you can discuss a medication or other options that could help soothe them. 

              8. Consider Hiring a Trainer for Your Dog
              If fear is negatively impacting your pet's life, consider hiring a professional dog trainer. Working with a trainer can help desensitize your dog (or cat) to fireworks and other noise sensitivities. So you will be prepared for all the New Years to come!

              Celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another can be a nostalgic and exciting time. Planning your New Year’s Eve party with pet safety in mind can help you celebrate New Year’s safely with your furry family members.

              Stay safe this holiday season, and if you fear that your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous ingredient or object, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888)-426-4435 right away.

              Happy holidays and a happy New Year!

               

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              Thu, 29 Dec 2022 19:42:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              10 Best Pet Friendly Hotels in the USA https://thedogvisitor.com/10-best-pet-friendly-hotels-in-the-usa https://thedogvisitor.com/10-best-pet-friendly-hotels-in-the-usa These pet-friendly hotels in the USA don’t just allow dogs and cats, they treat them like VIPets

              It’s a scenario every pet owner has experienced; you’ve planned the perfect trip but don’t know what to do with your dog (or cat) while you are away. Send them to a kennel? Too sad. Hire a dog sitter? Too expensive. Leave them with a friend or family member? Too risky. If only you could just bring them with you, right? Well, long gone are the days when traveling with your dog meant being forced to stay at sketchy roadside motels with stained carpets and questionable odors. Even before the pandemic, dogs had become more vital members of the family, with Americans spending record amounts of money on their four-legged children. This has included more travelers wishing to take their pets with them on vacations. Today, hotels at all price points are putting the "friendly" in pet-friendly by not only allowing dogs, but pampering them as much as (if not even more than) their humans.

              At the properties such as Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, and The St. Regis Aspen Resort, a resident pooch oversees the lobbies and interacts with guests. At La Posada de Santa Fe in New Mexico and Baron's Cove in Sag Harbor, New York, dogs and their accompanying humans are greeted with local treats and private, fenced-in outdoor spaces perfect for frolicking. At L'Auberge de Sedona in Arizona, they'll snooze by the fire in a plush dog bed before a day of sniffing around by the creek.

              If you are lucky enough to have a dog or cat who travels well, bringing them along can give your vacation a huge boost. Traveling with a pet gives you a built-in excuse to talk to the locals and to spend more time outdoors exploring by foot, and it guarantees you a more enthusiastic greeting — and cuter photos — everywhere you go. I have traveled all over the country with both of my dogs, Charlie and Sawyer, experiencing different amenities and pet-friendly perks during each stay. I must say, traveling with them is way more fun than traveling without them.

              Note: some hotels charge an additional fee or deposit, block off specific rooms for guests with pets, or offer pet packages seasonally, so it's always important to call ahead if you're checking in with a four-legged guest. Typically, hotels do not allow pets to be left unattended in the room, so it's important to plan pet-friendly during your stay activities as well. Knowing all of this info ahead of time will help ensure both you and your pet have a great trip. 

              Below are my picks for the best dog-friendly hotels and resorts to stay at in the U.S:

              1. Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, CA

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              One of the most welcoming dog-friendly hotels in San Francisco, or I should say, the world, is Hotel Nikko. This hotel is a haven for travelers and their canine companions. Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, only steps away from Union Square, Chinatown, and the city's dog parks, paths and restaurant patios. Hotel Nikko offers luxury dog-friendly rooms on the VIP (Very Important Pet) Floor with dog beds, food and water bowls, and mats. Walk out to their Pet Terrace, featuring an off-leash, fully-turfed dog run for play time and city views. Hotel Nikko is one of the original dog friendly hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area. Experience a dog friendly retreat in central San Francisco, surrounded by the city's most exciting attractions and natural wonders. The best part is: you can meet Buster, Canine Operating Officer, and Beau, Pawblic Relations Manager, at Hotel Nikko and discover the SF canine culture.

              I have stayed at this hotel several times in the last few years with both of my dogs and thoroughly enjoyed the experience again and again. We were even lucky enough to be asked to be photographed and included in the hotel’s own coffee table book, 49 Dogs and One Cat, The Insider's Guide to San Francisco, showcasing iconic San Francisco locations, as well as hidden treasures throughout the city, told through the eyes of 49 dogs, and one cat, Nikko.

              To book your stay: https://www.hotelnikkosf.com


              2. Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, VA

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              Set on 340 acres nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains amid Virginia's famed horse and wine country, Salamander Resort & Spa is an opulent and homelike destination. In keeping with the country estate design, all 168 rooms and suites are comfortably spacious and include an outdoor patio or balcony. As a true dog-friendly property, you'll soon discover that Salamander caters to your dogs with the same level of exceptional personalized service you've come to appreciate and expect as one of their guests. They have designated Terrace level rooms to allow easy access to the beautiful grounds and your furry friends will receive in-room amenities that include a comfy bed, food and water bowls, organic treats, a special toy and waste bags. You can even catch my two pups on their website homepage, showcasing the pet-friendly rules and amenities.

              To book your stay: https://www.salamanderresort.com

               

              3. The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Aspen, CO

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              At the base of Aspen Mountain, this popular ski destination loves its pets. The pet offerings here include a dog bed and bowl, plus dog sitting and walking. The pet special menu includes a protein bowl, sushi roll, beef tenderloin, and more, and a monthly Bark'n'Brews patio "pawty"raises money for a local animal rescue. Most importantly, the hotel's Bernese mountain dog, Kitty Jacob Astor II, has his own Instagram and it is absolutely epic.

              To book your stay: stregisaspen.com

              4. Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, SC

              Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, SC, pet friendly hotel in sc, pet friendly hotel in usa

              Between Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC, Montage Palmetto Bluff sits on 20,000 acres of fiercely preserved Lowcountry land, making it the perfect place to get outside with your pet. Inn rooms, cottages, guesthouses, suites, Village Homes, and Signature Montage Residences are all dog-friendly, and dog beds, homemade treats (like sweet potato chews and minty oat cookies), and bowls are provided to all of the "preferred pups." Deep soaking tubs will keep your pup put if you need to clean up after time in the woods. Nearby restaurants aren't the most pet-friendly, but all the more reason to order in! You and your furry friend can enjoy room service, as the hotel has a full gourmet in-room dining menu just for pets. 

              To book your stay: montagehotels.com/palmettobluff

               

              5. ARRIVE, Palm Springs, CA

              ARRIVE, Palm Springs, CA, pet friendly hotel in palm springs, pet friendly hotel in usa

              This hotel in the middle of Palm Springs is very pet friendly! The modern, ultra chic property has 32 guest rooms, a poolside restaurant and bar, and endless sunshine. Oddly enough, kids are not welcome at this resort, however, three dogs of any size are welcome for no additional fee in each room. Well-behaved dogs may even be left unattended in rooms, which is very rare. During my stay, sans my own dogs sadly, I met many dogs staying throughout the hotel, even sitting by the pool relaxing.

              To book your stay: https://www.arrivehotels.com/palm-springs


              6. Scribner’s Lodge, Hunter, NY

              Scribner’s Lodge, Hunter, NY, pet friendly hotel in usa, pet friendly hotels in NYC

              Scribner's Lodge, located in The Catskills near Hunter Mountain, welcomes dogs as part of its unique Pupstater Program. Grown-ups will come for the nearby ski hills (Scribner’s is one mile from Hunter Mountain) and the lodge’s 20 acres, pool and fire pits. Four-legged travelers will give a tail wag to Scribner’s Pupstater Program (check out #sclpupstater on Instagram for inspo), which entitles your pooch to a toy, and water and food bowls. The restaurant offers a dog-friendly menu as well. Be sure to inquire about the hotel’s changing schedule of “pup-up” events, a series that often includes photo sessions, dog-friendly treat decorating, pop-up shops, an agility course, movie nights, and more. I have stayed at this wonderful property several times, taking advantage of the nearby hiking trails, waterfalls, and farm stands that all allow dogs to tag along.

              To book your stay: http://www.scribnerslodge.com

              7. Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, Scottsdale, AZ

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              Just a few minutes from Phoenix in posh Scottsdale, the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows is a haven for pets, with 23 acres of winding paths and sprawling green spaces. The property’s single-story layout and private patios make it easy for dogs or cats to spread out and get comfortable right alongside you.

              The hotel’s restaurant, Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, offers Dinner With Your Dog on the patio with amazing views of Camelback Mountain, and a specialty doggie menu that includes dishes such as the Rover Easy (two scrambled eggs) and the Canine Chicken (a 7-ounce boneless grilled chicken breast). Order up for your pup: $1 from every doggy meal goes to Lucky Dog Rescue, a local pet shelter.

              There are often specials that include stays without added pet fees, but there is, however, a weight limit of 50 pounds for one dog, with a cap of two dogs per room and a 75-pound combined maximum weight limit for both animals.

              To book your stay: https://www.andazscottsdale.com

              8. Kimpton Brice Hotel, Savannah, GA

              Kimpton Brice Hotel, Savannah, GA, pet friendly hotel in ga, pet friendly hotels in usa

              Kimpton Brice Hotel is extremely pet friendly, as is the rest of Savannah! Two pets of any size are welcome for no additional fee. The Kimpton motto is “if it fits in our door, it’s welcome.” So they welcome dogs of any size and have no pet fees. Guests traveling with pets are assigned to rooms on the first two floors for easy outdoor access. Well-behaved pets may even be left unattended in rooms, but guests will be charged a penalty if a noise complaint is filed. Treats, beds, bowls, and doggie bags are available for all pet guests as well, and a designated pet relief area can be found right on the property.

              One of the greatest amenities at this hotel was the daily social hour, from 4-5pm. At The Kimpton Brice Hotel, you’re invited not only to spend the night, but to unapologetically unwind. They encourage all guests, dogs too, to join them for their nightly hosted wine hour in their living room or backyard patio. All drinks are complimentary, and it’s a great way to meet people, engage with fellow travelers & dog owners, and include your pooch. You just sit back and relax.

              To book your stay: https://www.bricehotel.com/hotel-homepage/

              9. Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, CA

              Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, CA, pet friendly hotels in usa, pet friendly hotel in ca

              On its blog, Loews Coronado Bay Resort calls itself a pet paradise, and I don’t disagree. Guests can stay with two pets (dogs or cats) up to 40 pounds each for an additional fee of $150 per stay. While pets can’t be left unattended in rooms, you can book pet sitters directly through the concierge. Every four-legged guest is welcomed with special gifts, including a signature pet tag, food and water bowls, and special treats. 

              Upon check-in, you will receive a detailed brochure with the gourmet pet room service menu and local dog-walking routes. In your pet-friendly hotel room, you’ll find specialized bedding, leashes, collars, rawhide treats, litter boxes (and litter), catnip, scratching posts, pooper scoopers, and everything else your best friend needs to have a great time.

              Book your stay here: https://www.loewshotels.com/coronado-bay-resort/specials

              10. The Williamsburg Hotel, Brooklyn, NY

              The Williamsburg Hotel, Brooklyn, NY, pet friendly hotels in ny, pet friendly hotel in usa

              A Brooklyn-centric experience, The Williamsburg Hotel offers luxury accommodations, signature dining experiences, a rooftop pool & bar, and more. Best of all: it’s VERY dog friendly. Their pet positive guest program, POOCH, is perfect for your four legged friend. The Williamsburg Hotel is proud to be the preferred choice for pet parents in search of a stress-free and sophisticated travel experience in the New York City area. Dogs aren’t just accepted here, they are celebrated! Greeted with a fanfare of treats and first-class pampering upon arrival, they will be excited to choose from a dynamic selection of savory dog treats and delicious baked goods that satisfy every K9's palate, plus a comfortable bed and luxurious bowls. Dogs are even welcome to join you in their lobby bar/restaurant.

              To book your stay: https://www.thewilliamsburghotel.com


              If this is your first time traveling with your dog(s), we hope this article serves as a great resource for you to book a pet friendly hotel room or learn more about what is involved when traveling with a pet. Remember, rules and regulations change all the time, so it’s best to contact the hotel(s) directly to find out about current rates, restrictions, special packages, and bonus pet-friendly accommodations year-round. Happy traveling!

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              Thu, 29 Dec 2022 19:42:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Reasons Why Golden Retrievers are the Best Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/reasons-why-golden-retrievers-are-the-best-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/reasons-why-golden-retrievers-are-the-best-dogs Golden retrievers are a popular breed of dog known for their friendly, intelligent, and loyal nature. They are often used as therapy dogs and make great family pets. Golden Retrievers are a medium to the large-sized breed of dog, known for their friendly and outgoing personalities. They are intelligent and highly trainable, making them popular as working dogs as well as family pets. They have a distinctive golden to cream-colored coat that is thick and water-resistant, and a tail that is often wagging. Golden Retrievers are very energetic and require plenty of exercises and mental stimulation. They are highly social animals and thrive on human interaction. They are also very patient and gentle, making them great with children. Overall, Golden Retrievers are loyal, loving, and easy-going dogs that are well-suited for families, singles, and seniors alike.

              Here are some benefits of owning a golden retriever:

              • Loyal and loving companionship: Golden retrievers are known for their affectionate and loyal nature. They make great companions and are often referred to as “velcro dogs” because they love to be close to their owners.
              • Intelligent and easy to train: Golden retrievers are intelligent dogs and are often quick to learn new commands and tricks. They are also eager to please, which makes them easy to train.
              • Good with children: Golden retrievers are known for their gentle and patient nature, which makes them great with children. They are also large dogs, so they can play and run around with kids without being too rough.
              • Adaptable to different environments: Golden retrievers are adaptable dogs and can thrive in a variety of environments, from apartments to large houses. They do need regular exercise, so it’s important to make sure they have plenty of opportunities to run and play.
              • Low-maintenance grooming: Golden retrievers have a medium-length, water-resistant coat that only needs to be brushed once or twice a week. They don’t require frequent grooming or haircuts, making them a low-maintenance breed in terms of grooming.
              • They are good watchdogs: Despite their friendly nature, Golden Retrievers can make good watchdogs and will bark to
              • They are good with other pets: Golden Retrievers are generally friendly with other pets and are often used as therapy dogs to work with animals in need.
              • They are good at sports and other activities: Golden Retrievers are energetic dogs that enjoy participating in a variety of activities. They excel in sports such as obedience, agility, and retrieving, and they also enjoy activities such as hiking and swimming.
              • They are easy to groom: Golden Retrievers have a medium-length coat that is easy to groom and maintain. They do shed, but regular brushing and brushing can help control shedding.

              Overall, golden retrievers are loyal, loving, and intelligent dogs that make great companions and family pets. They are adaptable to different environments and are relatively low maintenance in terms of grooming, making them a popular choice for many dog owners.

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              Thu, 29 Dec 2022 14:35:09 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              10 Essential Tips for Taking Care of Your Furry Friend https://thedogvisitor.com/10-essential-tips-for-taking-care-of-your-furry-friend https://thedogvisitor.com/10-essential-tips-for-taking-care-of-your-furry-friend Dogs, also known as Canis lupus familiaris, are domesticated descendants of wolves and are one of the most popular pets in the world. They are known for their loyalty, intelligence, and ability to form strong bonds with humans. There are hundreds of dog breeds, ranging in size, shape, and personality. Some breeds, such as retrievers and hounds, were developed for specific purposes, such as hunting or tracking. Others, like terriers and toy breeds, were bred for companionship. Dogs have a strong sense of smell and are often used in law enforcement and search and rescue operations. They are also trained to assist people with disabilities, such as guiding the blind or alerting people with hearing loss to sounds.

              • Owning a dog can bring joy and companionship to people of all ages. However, it is important to remember that owning a dog is a big responsibility and requires time, money, and effort to properly pet care for it. Potential dog owners should consider their lifestyle and whether they can provide for a dog’s needs before getting one.
              PetCare

              There are several things you can do to take care of your dog:

              1. Provide proper nutrition: Choose a high-quality dog food that meets your dog’s nutritional needs and serve appropriate portion sizes based on your dog’s age, size, and activity level.
              2. Exercise regularly: Make sure your dog gets enough exercise by taking it for walks, runs, or play sessions on a daily basis. This helps keep your dog physically fit and mentally stimulated.
              3. Practice good hygiene: Regularly groom your dog, including brushing its coat, brushing its nails, and cleaning its ears and teeth. This helps keep your dog clean and healthy and can prevent issues like bad breath, ear infections, and dental problems.
              4. Keep your dog safe: Keep your dog on a leash & well made comfortable harness when in public, and make sure it is properly secured when at home. Make sure your dog is up-to-date on its vaccinations and preventive care, such as flea and tick prevention.
              5. Provide mental stimulation: Keep your dog mentally stimulated by providing toys, puzzles, and interactive play sessions. This helps prevent boredom and can help reduce destructive behavior.
              6. Show your dog love and affection: Spend time with your dog, give it plenty of love and attention, and provide a safe and comfortable environment for it to live in. A happy, well-loved dog is a healthy and contented one.
              7. Train and socialize your dog: Training and obedience classes can help your dog learn basic commands and socialization skills, which can improve your relationship with your dog and make it easier to manage its behavior.
              8. Monitor your dog’s health: Pay attention to your dog’s behavior and physical condition, and consult with a veterinarian if you notice any changes or concerns. Regular check-ups and preventive care can help catch potential health issues early on.
              9. Keep your dog up-to-date on vaccinations: Vaccinations can help protect your dog from serious and potentially deadly diseases. Consult with a veterinarian to determine which vaccines are appropriate for your dog based on its age, lifestyle, and overall health.
              10. Spay or neuter your dog: Spaying or neutering your dog can help control the pet population and can also have health and behavior benefits for your dog. Consult with a veterinarian to determine the best age to spay or neuter your dog.

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              Thu, 29 Dec 2022 14:35:08 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              10 Tips to Take Care of Your Cat https://thedogvisitor.com/10-tips-to-take-care-of-your-cat https://thedogvisitor.com/10-tips-to-take-care-of-your-cat Cats are small, carnivorous mammals that are domesticated versions of their larger, wild ancestors. They are one of the most popular pets in the world and have been kept by humans for thousands of years for their companionship, ability to hunt pests, and their attractive appearance. Cats have flexible, agile bodies, and are known for their ability to jump great heights and distances. They have retractable claws, which they use to catch and kill their prey, as well as to defend themselves. Cats have excellent senses, including a keen sense of smell, sharp hearing, and excellent night vision.

              Cats have flexible, agile bodies, and are known for their ability to jump great heights and distances. They have retractable claws, which they use to catch and kill their prey, as well as to defend themselves. Cats have excellent senses, including a keen sense of smell, sharp hearing, and excellent night vision. Cats are known for their grooming habits and will spend a significant amount of time each day grooming themselves to keep their fur clean and shiny. They are also known for their playful nature, and will often play with toys or chase after things for entertainment.

              There are many different breeds of cats, ranging from short-haired to long-haired, and from small to large. Cats come in a variety of colors and patterns, including solid, tabby, calico, and tortoiseshell. Cats are generally independent creatures and do not require as much attention and care as some other pets, such as dogs. However, they still need regular feeding, watering, and litter box cleaning, as well as regular veterinary care to stay healthy. Overall, cats make excellent pets for many people due to their companionship, low-maintenance needs, and playful nature.

              Tips to Take Care of Your Cat:

              1. Provide a nutritious diet: Cats require a diet that is high in animal protein, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. Choose high-quality, commercial cat food that is appropriate for your cat’s age, weight, and health status.
              2. Keep your cat hydrated: Cats need access to clean, fresh water. Consider using water pet bowls to encourage your cat to drink more, and clean the bowls regularly.
              3. Keep your cat’s litter box clean: Cats are fastidious creatures and will avoid using a dirty litter box. Scoop the litter box daily and completely change the litter and clean the box once a week.
              4. Provide proper scratching surfaces: Cats have an instinct to scratch, which helps to keep their claws healthy and trimmed. Provide your cat with scratching posts or pads to allow them to fulfill this need or you can use a cat nail grinder for your cat’s paw care.
              5. Keep your cat indoors: Cats that are kept indoors are safer and have a longer lifespan than outdoor cats. Indoor cats are protected from dangers such as traffic, predators, and diseases.
              6. Spay or neuter your cat: Spaying or neutering your cat can help to prevent unwanted litters and reduce the risk of certain health problems. It is generally recommended to spay or neuter cats between the ages of 4 and 6 months.
              7. Regularly groom your cat: Cats are generally good at grooming themselves, but they may still need a little help. Regular grooming helps to remove excess fur and prevent hairballs, and can also strengthen the bond between you and your cat.
              8. Provide plenty of mental and physical stimulation: Cats need mental and physical stimulation to stay healthy and happy. Provide cat toys and activities, such as puzzle feeders and scratching posts, to keep your cat engaged.
              9. Visit the vet regularly: Cats should visit the vet at least once a year for a check-up and necessary vaccinations. If you notice any changes in your cat’s behavior or health, contact your vet as soon as possible.
              10. Show your cat love and affection: Cats are social animals and thrive on attention and affection from their human caregivers. Make sure to spend quality time with your cat, playing, petting, and cuddling.

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              Thu, 29 Dec 2022 14:35:06 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Pet Safety Tips for Christmas https://thedogvisitor.com/pet-safety-tips-for-christmas https://thedogvisitor.com/pet-safety-tips-for-christmas  

              Have a Holly Jolly (Pet Safe) Christmas

              Even when our pets are naughty, we know they are the goodest boys and girls around and they deserve to have a fun (and safe) Christmas with family and friends.

              Pet Safe Decorating

              If you're like me, you live to commemorate a holiday or event by expressing yourself with decorations. Unfortunately my dogs Penny and Kiki have their own ideas about “redecorating.” Living with pets means that we have to see danger in a different perspective and try our best to avoid it.

              Christmas Trees: Nothing says Christmas like a perfectly placed and decorated tree. But a curious, active or clumsy pet can get into a lot of trouble if they are not properly secured.

              Christmas trees can tip over if pets climb on them or try to play with the lights and ornaments attached. It is a good idea to secure the tree to the ceiling or wall with fishing wire. Lemon scented air fresheners are also known to deter cats from exploring Christmas trees. Remember, the usual "tricks" to keep your tree fresh longer, such as adding aspirin or sugar to the water, is extremely poisonous if you have a thirsty pet.

              Real Trees: Don't let your pet chew or swallow fallen Christmas tree needles from real trees. They are not digestible and can be mildly toxic depending upon your dog's size and how much they ingest. The fir tree oils can irritate your dog's mouth and stomach and cause them to vomit or drool excessively.

              Broken Ornaments: The glass or shattered materials can cause injuries, and swallowed fragments can be toxic, create blockage or other trauma in pets. Edible ornaments, especially those made from salt-dough can also be hazardous to pups.

              Tinsel: This material, and other shiny holiday decorations, can be tempting for pets to eat. If swallowed, it can cause either a blockage or choking.

              Lights: String lights or anything with wiring can cause a shock or burns when a curious pet chews on the cords. It's also best to not leave lights plugged in when you aren't home.

              Potpourris: These should always be kept out of reach of pets. Liquid potpourris are dangerous because they contain essential oils that can severely damage your pet's mouth, eyes and skin. Solid potpourris could cause intestinal problems or even poisoning if ingested.

              Flowers and Holiday Plants: These can really brighten up a party or your home, but a visit to the veterinary ER will not!  Amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar, and holly are among the commonly used holiday plants that can be dangerous and even poisonous to pets who decide to eat them. Even  Poinsettias can make some pets very sick.

              Candles: We tend to use a lot of candles during the holidays. They can quickly spark a pet's curiosity, so never, ever leave a pet alone in an area with a lit candle. An innocent tap or tug could result in a major fire. Even a little sniff of a candle could cause a severe burn to your pet.

                                     (Beware of puppy eyes)

              Pet Safe Christmas Dinner

              A lot of popular Christmas meal favorites, like chocolate, alcohol, nuts, and sugary desserts, are extremely toxic to pets. Table scraps like gravy or fried foods can cause severe digestive issues, which can even lead to more life-threatening situations.

              We know it's hard to resist an adorable, furry face asking for treats at the table, so be sure to warn your guest(s) not to give in to those tempting puppy eyes. Try keeping some pet-safe treats at the table so that you or your guests can bond with your pets safely.

              Don't leave bowls of food, boxes of chocolate (especially chocolate liqueurs), alcohol, or leftovers where nosy paws can reach. Keep your garbage closed tight, both indoors and out, for your pet's safety.

              Remember: No Bones!  

              Cooked bones (unlike raw bones) splinter easily. Many people think it's ok to give any bones to a dog, but they can cause choking or severe puncture wounds. Try making turkey giblets without seasoning for a special holiday treat.  This way, you can include your fur baby in the meal while keeping them safe and healthy.

              Watch the Exits

              Make sure that you are careful about not letting your pets out when guest are arriving or leaving. It's easy to lose track of open doors in the excitement of the holidays. Pets can feel scared or anxious with the hustle and bustle of entertaining, and may look for a quick way to escape. Giving them a safe, secure spot in your home may help them feel less scared. Always be sure to check in with your fur kids during, and at the end of the celebration, to make sure they are safe and feeling their best.

              Lastly, always keep the number of your vet and/pr 24 hour emergency vet care handy. You never know when an emergency will arise! HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOUR FURRY LOVED ONES!

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              Sat, 17 Dec 2022 09:40:40 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Traveling With Your Dog(s): How to Get Pets to Behave in Someone Else's House https://thedogvisitor.com/traveling-with-your-dogs-how-to-get-pets-to-behave-in-someone-elses-house https://thedogvisitor.com/traveling-with-your-dogs-how-to-get-pets-to-behave-in-someone-elses-house The holiday season is also the start of the travel season. Travel tends to peak most when kids have off from school, or when there is a holiday at the center. And what we are finding is: people are including their dogs in travel more and more. But there is a big difference between taking your dog to a pet friendly hotel vs. bringing your dog to a friend or family member’s home. If you are one of the many dog owners planning to take your pooch to stay with family or friends this season, remember that even the most well-behaved dog can create chaos and test your host’s hospitality. Here are some expert etiquette tips to help keep you and your pup out of the doghouse.

              god in guest house, christmas dogs

              First, Do Not Just Assume Your Pet Is Welcome

              Though you may believe your dog is the perfect houseguest, your host might not. Remember, not everyone in the host family is a dog lover (crazy, right?). Or they may not be as much of a dog lover as you are. Peggy Post, director and etiquette author at The Emily Post Institute, says “you can’t simply assume your pet is invited to stay and you should never arrive with your pet unannounced. Unless an invitation specifically includes pets, animals should be left at home.” Or we suggest asking your host ahead of time.


              “If you’re not sure your pet is welcome, ask your host, but do it in a way that you don’t put them on the spot,” Post advises. “You can say something like, ‘We’d love to come, but I need to find a place for Precious.’ If your host then invites your dog, great! If not, make other arrangements for your pet.”

              dog kissing the girl

              Dog House Rules:

              You can also ask where they would like the dog to be while visiting: are they allowed inside the home, only outside, crated, or loose and interacting with other people freely? In the event that certain rooms are off limits to your pup, you may want to bring your own gate or crate to keep your dog enclosed in the appropriate areas to have a less stressful visit.

              If your host has pets of their own, find out how those other pets do with other animals first, so you’ll know what to expect. Take your own food and supplies that you’ll need for your pet, especially if your pet will be alone for periods of time. Food puzzles, toys and their own bed or crate (if you use one) will help keep your dog relaxed in unfamiliar surroundings. 

              Ask your host about nearby trails or dog-friendly public parks, so you can plan some playtime, walks and downtime. Finally, join responsible dog owners and  determine (before you arrive) where the closest vet and emergency vet are located. You never know!

               

              dog with man in park, near the water

              Your host(s) may be too polite to ask you to remove or restrain your pets to certain rooms if they are misbehaving or causing a disturbance. If it's clear that something your pet is doing is making your host(s) uncomfortable or leads to a stressful visit, discreetly rectify the situation without embarrassing your host (and ideally, without stressing out your pet).

              Work on Some Dog Obedience Skills Before the Visit:

              Ensure that your dog has acceptable behavior. When your dog is well-behaved in someone else’s house, it makes you a better houseguest and will likely lead to you both being invited back. From training a dog not to bark, to teaching appropriate greetings, dog obedience training will ensure less stress for everybody. We also suggest that your dog be well-versed in coming when called, obeying their name, leaving things alone when asked, and being quiet when the doorbell rings (or when someone knocks at the door). Your dog should also be able to handle new situations, and ideally, not be too sensitive to changes in the environment.

              dog with christmas tree, visiting family with dog

              Even if your dog is entirely house-trained at your house and doesn't have accidents in their controlled environment, don't assume they will be the same way at someone else's home. Remember that you've trained your dog specifically for your house, and they might not understand that all houses have different rules. Just check beforehand if you need some more dog training before the visit.

              You can help your dog learn not to beg or jump on the table by avoiding giving them human food overall. Try to time their dog food meals for when you and your host are eating your meals, so they will feel like part of the pack. This can be practiced before staying with your host.

              Freshen Up Your Dog Before Visiting:

              dog with pride and groom shampoo, groom your dog before visiting someone

              Nobody wants a stinky dog in their home. Before bringing your fluffy best friend to stay in someone else's house, we suggest having them professionally groomed, or giving them a bath at home. You will want to use the finest, best-smelling, all-natural grooming products. We suggest PRIDE+GROOM coat-specific shampoo, conditioner, and signature scent, PROUD. Your host will appreciate the fresh scent (and might even love your dog more!)

               

               

              Bring A Host Gift:

              dog with gift, christmas dog

              Whether it's for a hostess or a host, a small gift is always in order when you're invited to dinner, a gathering, or a special occasion. Showing up empty handed is a big no-no. Always bring a host or hostess gift as a visiting family when you are staying in someone else’s home, no matter how short or long of a stay. A gift is a lovely way to thank your host for their hospitality. Always appreciated, it doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive.

              Check our fashion designer Liz Lange’s interview about BYD (bring your dog) parties for more tips!

              Train Your Dog Not To Bark:

              Being around lots of people in a new environment, along with the stress of travel, can test most dogs,  even the nicest. If you have a sensitive dog who responds easily to triggers by barking, then you’ll want to do some training before visiting. One trick is to keep your dog busy and distracted with toys or bones, so they won’t be as enticed to bark. Another option is to exercise them more and help exhaust their pent-up energy, which is always a smart move, and as the saying goes, “A tired dog is a good dog.”

              Clean Up After Yourself and Your Pet:

              french bulldog in the kitchen

              Messy houseguests are surprisingly common, but just make sure you’re not one of them. Even if your host has a puppy of their own, keep your own pup’s mess to a minimum. Have a towel handy to clean up muddy paws, and pay attention to where your dog lounges when inside the home, so you can later remove the pet hair or tidy up. And always remember to pick up their poop in the yard or wherever you walk them.

               

               

              What to do when your pet destroys something while visiting?

              Finally, dog ownership comes with responsibilities. If your pet destroys something of your host’s, you must always offer to replace the item. If it’s something irreplaceable, like an antique vase, Post suggests purchasing a token gift as an apology. 

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              Sat, 17 Dec 2022 09:40:39 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              New Spotlight Sessions: Hand&Scissoring Bracelets, Dematting Heads, and Trimming Muzzles https://thedogvisitor.com/new-spotlight-sessions-hand-scissoring-bracelets-dematting-heads-and-trimming-muzzles https://thedogvisitor.com/new-spotlight-sessions-hand-scissoring-bracelets-dematting-heads-and-trimming-muzzles

              Scissoring the Bracelets with a Modified Pet Poodle Continental Trim

              Misty Fowler demonstrates her process and technique for shaping the bracelets on a poodle using a guard comb and scissoring.

              This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Modified Pet Poodle Continental Trim Using a Guard Comb

              Watch the Spotlight Session

              How and Why to Protect the Eyes When Brushing and Dematting the Head

              Jennifer Hecker explains and shows you how to keep a dog and your hands safe while dematting parts of the head, including the beard and the face.

              This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Safe and Gentle Dematting Techniques on a Miniature Schnauzer

              Watch the Spotlight Session

              Trimming the Muzzle Area Quickly and Safely on a Matted Dog

              Amy Triezenberg teaches you how she approaches trimming the beard of a dog to maximize efficiency while simultaneously being aware of mats and keeping the dog comfortable.

              This Spotlight Session is from the full video: How to Give an Attractive Haircut to a Matted Pet Without Losing Time

              Watch the Spotlight Session

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              Wed, 14 Dec 2022 18:27:22 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Groom Expo: Where Everyone Belongs https://thedogvisitor.com/groom-expo-where-everyone-belongs https://thedogvisitor.com/groom-expo-where-everyone-belongs “Groom Expo is where we gather and speak the language of grooming,” says Jayne Gallagher, seminar …

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              Thu, 08 Dec 2022 11:16:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Raising Heirs: The Art of Grooming with Children https://thedogvisitor.com/raising-heirs-the-art-of-grooming-with-children https://thedogvisitor.com/raising-heirs-the-art-of-grooming-with-children Photos by Daryl Conner There was a time when I would groom dogs with my infant …

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              Thu, 08 Dec 2022 11:16:19 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              The Knowledge Revolution: Myth&Busting Canine Science https://thedogvisitor.com/the-knowledge-revolution-myth-busting-canine-science https://thedogvisitor.com/the-knowledge-revolution-myth-busting-canine-science Dogs are beloved worldwide and often a favorite subject for story and myth. This is not …

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              Thu, 08 Dec 2022 11:16:17 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              What Are the Top Dog Names of 2022? The Ultimate Report https://thedogvisitor.com/what-are-the-top-dog-names-of-2022-the-ultimate-report https://thedogvisitor.com/what-are-the-top-dog-names-of-2022-the-ultimate-report The name you choose for your dog is more than just what you call them. A name, whether for a human or a pet, has significant meaning, and the names we choose for our dogs often reflect the things that matter most to us. Whether they showcase our passions and interests or reflect what’s happening in the world around us, 2022 saw a lot of new dogs, and (unsurprisingly) a lot of new dog names.

              Rover's 2022 Top Dog Names Annual list is officially out, and we finally have some change at the top. 

              After 10 years, Luna has at long last overtaken Bella as the most popular female dog name for the year. Bella had held the crown since 2012, when Rover first started determining the most popular names in its database of millions of pets.

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              It's more of a snoozer on the male side, where Max retained the No. 1 spot for the 10th year in a row. But let’s first dive into the names on the 10 most "trending" list.

              The top trending dog names this year are: 

              1. Fezco
              2. Cassini
              3. Mossberg
              4. Mirabel
              5. Kyna
              6. Mommy
              7. Monka
              8. Tohru
              9. Frederico
              10.  Beige

              Do you recognize the “trends” here? We know that Fezco comes from HBO’s Euphoria and Mirabel is the protagonist in Disney's Encanto, but what we cannot understand is why people are naming their dogs Mommy…

              Top 10 Female Dog Names of 2022: 

              Luna has been on quite the odyssey to claim the top step on the podium of female names. Back in 2013, Luna ranked 20th, according to Rover. By 2018, Luna was second, and she finally made the jump to first this year. We bet you know a dog named Luna!

              Daisy leapt from fourth up to third this year, switching spots with Lucy. Lily exchanged positions with Zoe, moving from sixth to fifth. 

              1. Luna
              2. Bella
              3. Daisy
              4. Lucy
              5. Lily
              6. Zoe
              7. Lola
              8. Sadie
              9. Bailey
              10.  Stella

              Top 10 Male Dog Names of 2022: 

              Seeing the name Max at the top year after year is always a surprise. I'm not saying Max isn't a good boy dog name, but let’s face it: there are millions of others to choose from. Wouldn't it be nice to see another name in the top spot for once? Maybe it's Charlie's turn in 2023 after he was yet again in the No. 2 spot for 2022. (Although my female dog is named Charlie, and I think that’s way cooler).

              Cooper returned to the number three spot one year after falling completely out of the top 10, making quite the comeback.

              1. Max
              2. Charlie
              3. Cooper
              4. Milo
              5. Buddy
              6. Rocky
              7. Bear
              8. Teddy
              9. Duke
              10. Leo

              More Trends:

              dog names trends 2022 and 2023

              After two years of gaining popularity, or “pupularity” we should say, the dog name Covid is trending down – 85% from last year, Rover said – with Rona and Fauci also down 27% and 55%. The only COVID-inspired name that’s up is Pfizer, up 185% from last year.

              Top food-themed dog names

              1. Hotpot
              2. Sashimi 
              3. Pastrami 
              4. Yerba 

              New to the list:

              • Doritos
              • Cheddar Cheese
              • Cheeto Puff
              • Gazpacho
              • Stroopwafel
              • Taco Bella
              • Spicy Nugget
              • Mcriblet
              • McGriddle

              More food-themed trends:


              Pizza’s always popular, but the name Calzone is even more so in 2022 (up 435%!).
              Meat and cheese continue to be popular categories: Bologna is up 185%, followed by Feta (up 167%) and Paneer (up 85%).
              Fungi were having a moment this year: The name Morel was up 135% and Chanterelle was up 85%.
              Other popular faves include Oat (up 160%), Maple Syrup (up 107%), Vodka (up 85%), and Cauliflower (also up 85%).



              Celebrities dog names:


              2022 put Keanu Reeves, Stanley Tucci, Denzel Washington, Sandra Bullock, and Steve Buscemi on the map for dog names.


              ‘90s fashion was in this year, and so were dog names inspired by movie stars and celebrities of the ‘90s. Dogs named Julia Roberts (135%), Robin Williams (85%), Samuel L. Greyhound (85%), and Brad Pitt (51%)are trending up this year.

              You may have heard of various dramas involving the Don’t Worry Darling cast and ex-cast. Was Shia LaBeouf fired? Did Harry Styles really spit on Chris Pine? The only thing we know for sure is that the dog name Florence is trending up 31% while Olivia, Harry Styles, and Chris are trending down 12%, 15%, and 33%. We should also mention that there are dogs named Shia Laruff

              Musician-themed dog names have always been a popular choice, and 2022 is no exception. With millennial artists having their fair share of the spotlight, these celebrity names are popping up. Bieber is trending up 185%. Spears is up 135%, and Jlo is up 118%. Doja Cat (up 85%), Jimin (up 35%), and Styles (up 25%) were trending as well, with honorable mentions Dolly Barkin and Mr. Worldwide also catching our attention.

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              It appears that every Real Housewives franchise is inspiring dog names across the US. And while we could go on and on about it (ahem, Dorit), we’ll stick to some highlights:

              Beverly Hills: The top trending Real Housewives of Beverly Hills-inspired dog names are Denise (110%), Yolanda (42%), Sutton (27%), and Lisa (25%). Crystal, Erika and Kyle are all trending down 11%, 15%, and 21% respectively. 2022 put the dog name Dorit on the map.

              New Jersey: RHONJ dog names are trending high to the sky like Teresa’s wedding hair. The top trending Real Housewives of New Jersey-inspired dog names are Teresa . (160%), Jen (142%), Margaret (12%), and Dolores (8%).

              Atlanta: Despite her departure from Bravo in 2017, Phaedra is the #1 trending dog name inspired by the Real Housewives of Atlanta. The name Kandi is trending up by 96% for dogs—should Kandi Koated expand to pet accessories, anyone?

              Did your dog’s name make any of these lists? If you got a puppy in 2022, were you considered popular or trendy with your choice?

              **The Top Pet Names 2022 report was developed by Rover in 2022. Results are based on analysis of millions of user-submitted pet names provided by pet parents on Rover.com. This report is not endorsed or sponsored by any of the brands, celebrities and businesses mentioned within.

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              Wed, 07 Dec 2022 03:07:23 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Safety Tips for a Pet Friendly Hanukkah https://thedogvisitor.com/safety-tips-for-a-pet-friendly-hanukkah https://thedogvisitor.com/safety-tips-for-a-pet-friendly-hanukkah Hanukkah, the festival of lights, is a wonderful time to spend and celebrate with family and friends.  With eight nights of festivities, it’s important to take precautions in keeping your fur family safe and happy.  

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              2 of our founding dogs, Schnitzel and Pepper, are ready for their Hanukkah celebration! 

              Keep The Menorah Out of Paw’s Reach

              The menorah is one of the most important traditions of Hanukkah.  Many families choose to make their Menorah the centerpiece of their dinner table. After dinner is over they leave the  room while the candles burn down. The burning candles can be dangerous for both humans and their pets. Lots of pet’s love to check tables for forgotten scraps and can easily knock down the burning candles, causing a fire.

              A great safe solution are  battery-operated candles. They can come in many shapes, colors and sizes, and will save you a trip to the store every year for refills. If you prefer flame-lit candles , it is important to place the menorah at unreachable heights or in a room that is pet-free and not close to flammable items.

              No sharing the Hanukkah Feast!

              Hanukkah dishes toxic for pets, what to give my pet during hanukkah

              There are many traditional foods that are served during the eight nights of Hanukkah. Although we want to include our pets in all of our favorite treats and traditions, they are not safe and sometimes even toxic for pets.  Latkes (potato pancakes are fried in oil and contain onions, which can poison your best friend.  Super popular and delicious sufganiyots (jelly doughnuts) are full of sugar and a hard NO for pups.

              When celebrating Hanukkah, keep dogs and cats away from the kitchen.  Also, make sure to tell your guests not to share their leftovers with your pets, as they can be quite dangerous to their health. Keep all human food and leftovers out of pets’ reach, and  secure your trash.

              GELT AWAY!

              GELT chocolate is toxic for dogs, keep GELT away from pets during the hanukkah

              Gelt, which is chocolate in the shape of gold coins, are fun to sprinkle around the table as decoration. They’re a Hanukkah favorite of most adults and kids, but super dangerous for the fur babies! As you may know, chocolate can be toxic to pets. It has an ingredient in it – theobromine –that pets can’t digest, and even the smallest bite of chocolate can cause diarrhea. Plus, the wrapping on gelt can’t be digested and can cause a dangerous blockage in their GI tract.

              It’s best to keep these out of reach of both pets and unsupervised small children –who may want to share with their furry BF’s.

              Dreidel Safety

              Dreidel Safety  tips for pet owners, can pets play with Dreidel

              Spinning the dreidel is a fun tradition, but it’s not if you have to keep pulling it from your dog’s mouth. The dreidel is the perfect size for a choking hazard, and its spin is super tempting to play fetch with.   So try to keep your dreidel play out of reach from your dog or cat.

              Gift Wrapping

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              Eight nights of gifts mean A LOT of  ribbons, bows, and gift wrap. Your pets may think that these are  toys for them to enjoy, but they can become choking hazards. Cats are especially attracted to ribbon and string, so keep these  out of reach to prevent an emergency trip to the Vet. Keep a bag or can nearby to throw out of trash immediately, and warn guests to do the same.

              TIPS FROM OUR FRIENDS AT BOND VET:

              Here are some ways to keep your furry friend safe while still including them in the holiday spirit of Hanukkah:

              1. Keep food out of your pet’s reach. For cats (and some dogs), this may mean you need to cover up food that’s on the table or kitchen counter.
              2. Inform guests that table scraps can be dangerous to your pets. Secure your trash cans so your pal doesn’t dive for scraps.
              3. Latkes are traditionally made with onions, among other ingredients, and they can give your animal Heinz body anemia—a condition that causes a lower red blood cell count. Onions should be considered as toxic as chocolate to your fur baby and should be out of their reach.
              4. Make sure that the silver and gold coins are out of your pet’s reach. These typically contain chocolate, which is toxic to both cats and dogs. As children often receive these during the holiday, ensure that these delicacies don’t end up on the floor or in places that are accessible to pets.
              5. Hanukkah would not be the same without the spinning of the dreidel. Unfortunately, dreidels pose a threat to household pets. Like any small object, they can become a pet safety hazard. But as long as the dreidels are put away after use, your family can still enjoy the age-old tradition. Nevertheless, Hanukkah dogs and cats should be able to join in on the fun.

              IN CASE OF EMERGENCY Call 212 624-BOND

              Have a middle-of-the-night, early-in-the-morning, or just-can’t-wait medical question about your cat or dog? We’re here for you 24/7. Give us a call at (212) 624-BOND — a veterinary professional will answer your questions, walk you through next steps, and let you know if a visit to the ER is necessary. We’re pet parents, too, and know there’s nothing like peace of mind for your pet, especially for the price of $0.

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              Wed, 07 Dec 2022 03:07:22 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              New Release: It’s Never Too Soon to Begin Investing in YOUR Retirement https://thedogvisitor.com/new-release-its-never-too-soon-to-begin-investing-in-your-retirement https://thedogvisitor.com/new-release-its-never-too-soon-to-begin-investing-in-your-retirement
              Have you thought about YOUR retirement? If not, we get it. Planning and investing in our retirement isn’t fun for most of us. However, the earlier you start actively preparing for it, the bigger your nest egg will be when you DO stop grooming.

              Join L2GD’s Founder, Melissa Verplank as she talks with Jennifer Cobb, her own financial advisor, about how easy it is to start planning for your retirement. If you have not planned for your future yet, after this lesson, you’ll understand WHY it’s so important.

              In this video you will learn:

              • What are the 3 retirement investment buckets
              • When was Social Security started and why is that important
              • Why 401s were created
              • Which IRA is the best option for you
              • Why is compounding interest so powerful

              Start Learning with Jennifer and Melissa

              If you’re a member, be sure to Log In and check out the video HERE so you can add it to your favorites and get the full details! If you’re not a member, click below to watch a free preview of the video.

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              Wed, 30 Nov 2022 23:14:44 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              GivingTuesday: PRIDE+GROOM Giving Back to Animals in Need https://thedogvisitor.com/givingtuesday-pridegroom-giving-back-to-animals-in-need https://thedogvisitor.com/givingtuesday-pridegroom-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.

              animal haven volunteer

              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

              adopting pets at animal haven

              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: https://animalhaven.org/adopt/

              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
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              Sun, 27 Nov 2022 13:51:31 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Why is Hydra one of the most chosen pet shampoo in India? https://thedogvisitor.com/why-is-hydra-one-of-the-most-chosen-pet-shampoo-in-india https://thedogvisitor.com/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 Grooming.com

              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.

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              Wed, 23 Nov 2022 02:13:28 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              About Multi Award Winning Lois Dalton https://thedogvisitor.com/about-multi-award-winning-lois-dalton https://thedogvisitor.com/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.

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              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”.

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              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!

              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 https://thedogvisitor.com/how-dogs-improve-mental-health https://thedogvisitor.com/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.

               

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              Thu, 17 Nov 2022 08:32:28 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              New Spotlight Sessions: Framing Eyes, Enhancing Grooms, and Hand&Scissoring Crests https://thedogvisitor.com/new-spotlight-sessions-framing-eyes-enhancing-grooms-and-hand-scissoring-crests https://thedogvisitor.com/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

              Watch the Spotlight Session

              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

              Watch the Spotlight Session

              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

              Watch the Spotlight Session

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              Thu, 17 Nov 2022 01:45:43 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              20 Best Dogs Breeds for Indian Homes in 2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/20-best-dogs-breeds-for-indian-homes-in-2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/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

              Labrador

              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

               Beagle

              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

              Pug

              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

              Rottweiler

              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

              Boxer

              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

              Dachshund

              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

              Doberman

              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

              Pomeranian

              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

              Bulldog

              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

              Dalmatian

              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

              Chihuahua

              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. 

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              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? https://thedogvisitor.com/holiday-gift-guide-for-pets-what-is-team-pridegroom-getting-our-pets-for-the-holidays-this-year https://thedogvisitor.com/holiday-gift-guide-for-pets-what-is-team-pridegroom-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 embarkvet.com 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!

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              Mon, 14 Nov 2022 03:36:48 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Lois and Baker Win Gold ! Spaniel and Setter Class, Premier Groom 2017 https://thedogvisitor.com/lois-and-baker-win-gold-spaniel-and-setter-class-premier-groom-2017 https://thedogvisitor.com/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! https://thedogvisitor.com/we-win-at-crufts-2019 https://thedogvisitor.com/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.

              The post We Win At Crufts 2019! appeared first on Vanity Furr Dog Grooming, Runcorn.

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              Sun, 13 Nov 2022 02:09:01 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Working Party To Help Pets In Ukraine Delivers Great Results https://thedogvisitor.com/working-party-to-help-pets-in-ukraine-delivers-great-results https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/the-ultimate-french-bulldog-grooming-guide-2021 https://thedogvisitor.com/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

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              Sun, 13 Nov 2022 01:58:28 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Grooming Industry Calendar of Events 2017&8 https://thedogvisitor.com/grooming-industry-calendar-of-events-2017-8 https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/grooming-business-academy-3 https://thedogvisitor.com/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” https://thedogvisitor.com/my-soft-coated-wheaten-terrier-rupert https://thedogvisitor.com/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!!!!

              The post My Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier “Rupert” appeared first on Vanity Furr Dog Grooming, Runcorn.

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:09:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Wrapsio https://thedogvisitor.com/wrapsio https://thedogvisitor.com/wrapsio Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:08:13 -0800 Dog-Fancier Groom Team England takes Gold at the World Team Dog Grooming Championships https://thedogvisitor.com/groom-team-england-takes-gold-at-the-world-team-dog-grooming-championships https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/how-do-you-bell-train-a-dog-without-trainer https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/what-vaccines-do-dogs-need-for-grooming-best-grooming-vaccines https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-potty-train-a-dumb-puppy https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/10-most-common-dog-skin-problems-with-pictures https://thedogvisitor.com/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.

              LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FUR PERFECTION


              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.

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:58:17 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              How to Make It Work as an Entrepreneur and a Dog Owner https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-make-it-work-as-an-entrepreneur-and-a-dog-owner https://thedogvisitor.com/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 (OurDogFriends.org) 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.

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:58:16 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Doggie Summer Care Tips https://thedogvisitor.com/doggie-summer-care-tips https://thedogvisitor.com/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!

              Sunscreen

              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!

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:19 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              4 Tips For Choosing The Right Dog Spa Services https://thedogvisitor.com/4-tips-for-choosing-the-right-dog-spa-services https://thedogvisitor.com/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.

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:17 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Why You Should Groom Your Dog Regularly https://thedogvisitor.com/why-you-should-groom-your-dog-regularly https://thedogvisitor.com/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:

              EARLY TRAINING

              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.

              CLEAN HOUSEHOLD

              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.

              BETTER HEALTH

              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.

              OVERALL APPEARANCE

              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!

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:16 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              How to Toilet Train your Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-toilet-train-your-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-toilet-train-your-dogs […] ]]> Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:12 -0800 Dog-Fancier 5 Simple tips to keep your pet clean https://thedogvisitor.com/5-simple-tips-to-keep-your-pet-clean https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/things-to-do-before-boarding-your-dog-in-kennel https://thedogvisitor.com/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? https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-paw-balm-what-is-it-and-how-do-you-apply-it https://thedogvisitor.com/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. 

              dog paws, best dog paw balm

               

              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.

               

              dog nose, dog balm for nose, how to apply dog balm on nose, what to do with cracked dog's nose

              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.

              dog shaking hand

              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.

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:55:45 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              How Military Veterans Can Benefit From Dog Ownership https://thedogvisitor.com/how-military-veterans-can-benefit-from-dog-ownership https://thedogvisitor.com/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. 

              dogs for military veterans, how dogs are helpful for military veterans

              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.

              patriot services dogs, dogs benefits for military veterans
              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.

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:55:44 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Thanksgiving Dinner Dos and Don’ts For Your Dog https://thedogvisitor.com/thanksgiving-dinner-dos-and-donts-for-your-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/thanksgiving-dinner-dos-and-donts-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.

              Apples

              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.

              Turkey

              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).

              Carrots

              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.

              Pumpkin

              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.

              Dessert

              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

              NOOOOO BONES!

              Stuffing

              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

              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

              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.  

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:55:43 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Dog Grooming Q & A&&Senior Dog Grooming https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-grooming-q-a-senior-dog-grooming https://thedogvisitor.com/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

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:55:35 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Dog Grooming Q & A&&Puppy Grooming https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-grooming-q-a-puppy-grooming https://thedogvisitor.com/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.

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:55:35 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Local Resources for Dog Owners of Steamboat Springs https://thedogvisitor.com/local-resources-for-dog-owners-of-steamboat-springs https://thedogvisitor.com/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

              Veterinarians

              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 gtrphoto.com

              Morning Light Pet Photography--Chris Becea 970-734-5797 mlpetphoto.com

              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!

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              Pearl Celebrated Halloween…and How! https://thedogvisitor.com/pearl-celebrated-halloweenand-how https://thedogvisitor.com/pearl-celebrated-halloweenand-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 https://thedogvisitor.com/tennessee-ruling-on-independent-contractor-groomers https://thedogvisitor.com/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? https://thedogvisitor.com/why-do-dogs-sneeze-a-lot https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/the-usefulness-of-witch-hazel https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/benefits-of-feeding-watermelon-to-the-dogs-as-a-healthy-snack https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/benefits-of-mobile-cat-grooming https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/mobile-pet-grooming-is-perfect-for-pets-with-special-needs https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/common-mistakes-to-avoid-when-grooming-your-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/caring-for-your-dog-at-home-help-during-a-pandemic https://thedogvisitor.com/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 (www.ippga.com), 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 Grooming@LoveFurDogs.com 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
              I Would Rather Lose You As A Client Than Hurt Your Dog https://thedogvisitor.com/i-would-rather-lose-you-as-a-client-than-hurt-your-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/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
              What Groomers Wish Veterinarians Knew https://thedogvisitor.com/what-groomers-wish-veterinarians-knew https://thedogvisitor.com/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
              New Release: Everyday Pet Bichon Grooming https://thedogvisitor.com/new-release-everyday-pet-bichon-grooming https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/join-us-december-1st-7-pm-for-a-facebook-live-session https://thedogvisitor.com/join-us-december-1st-7-pm-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.

              Get Notified For This (and upcoming) Facebook Live sessions!

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:42:34 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              JZ10: Can I Get A Time Out? https://thedogvisitor.com/jz10-can-i-get-a-time-out https://thedogvisitor.com/jz10-can-i-get-a-time-out Joe Zuccarello’s latest video is live for L2GD Members!

              In this JZ10 Groomer Business Tip, ParagonPetSchool.com 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! https://thedogvisitor.com/benefits-you-should-know-about-no-pull-dog-harness https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/pizza-was-rescued-from-big-tumor-in-his-back-limbs https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/everyday-benefits-of-a-tactical-dog-harness https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/contact-free-drop-off-and-pick-up https://thedogvisitor.com/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.

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              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.

               

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:35:25 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Planning ahead financially while you can still make the choices https://thedogvisitor.com/planning-ahead-financially-while-you-can-still-make-the-choices https://thedogvisitor.com/planning-ahead-financially-while-you-can-still-make-the-choices  

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              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
              5. Stamps.com

              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. 

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:35:23 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Grooming Business Academy https://thedogvisitor.com/grooming-business-academy https://thedogvisitor.com/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 info@groompropos.com. 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 https://thedogvisitor.com/grooming-business-academy-2 https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/pawsperity-unleashing-human-potential https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/get-your-zen-on-creating-a-spa-experience https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/why-we-groom https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/your-pets-nail-care https://thedogvisitor.com/your-pets-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!

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:35:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Green Dog Spa Celebrates 9th Annual Entry in Career Start Competition! https://thedogvisitor.com/green-dog-spa-celebrates-9th-annual-entry-in-career-start-competition https://thedogvisitor.com/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

              Green Dog Spa is committed to providing the Jacksonville area with high-quality pet grooming. We offer a variety of services to meet the needs of pet owners & have what you need to keep your pet looking and feeling their best. You can trust Green Dog Spa to take care of your pet’s grooming needs. We look forward to caring for your best friend!


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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:35:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Rescued Beagles Virginia are being boarded at Sunland Acres https://thedogvisitor.com/rescued-beagles-virginia-are-being-boarded-at-sunland-acres https://thedogvisitor.com/rescued-beagles-virginia-are-being-boarded-at-sunland-acres Sunland Acres is boarding many of these sweet babies and they all need homes!

              See the story at First Coast News (link) for more information on how you can help with these Beagles and many other recently rescued dogs that are in need of a Forever Home.

               

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              Don’t Shave That Dog https://thedogvisitor.com/dont-shave-that-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/dont-shave-that-dog The post Don’t Shave That Dog by Sassafras Lowrey appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com.

              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.

              Photo: Koldunov/Getty Images

              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

              Read Next: 10 Summer Dog Gear Items to Keep Your Pup Safe & Happy

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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:27:13 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Easy Ways to Deal With Matted Dog Hair https://thedogvisitor.com/easy-ways-to-deal-with-matted-dog-hair https://thedogvisitor.com/easy-ways-to-deal-with-matted-dog-hair The post Easy Ways to Deal With Matted Dog Hair by Wendy Newell appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com.

              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. facebook.com/intgroome

              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; facebook.com/Windmerekennels

              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. Facebook.com/groomergirlspetsalon

              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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              Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:27:10 -0800 Dog-Fancier
              Your Guide to Fantastic Fur https://thedogvisitor.com/your-guide-to-fantastic-fur https://thedogvisitor.com/your-guide-to-fantastic-fur The post Your Guide to Fantastic Fur by Wendy Newell appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com.

              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.

              Brushing/Combing

              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.

              Bathing

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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 whole-dog-journal.com.

              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.
              Firm Slicker Brush, $9. Pin Brush, $9. Flexible Rake Comb, $10. All available at andis.com
              WashBar Original Soap for Dogs by WashBar Natural Pet Care; $12.99. us.washbar.com
              Premier Spray — Coat moisturizing and condition pet spray by Eqyss; Starts at $15.49. eqyss.com
              The In-Between Bath Bundle by Rowan; $50. rowanfordogs.com

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              Best Electric Grooming Tables for Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/best-electric-grooming-tables-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/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.

              Pros

              • 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

              Cons

              • 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.

              Pros

              • 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

              Cons

              • 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.

              Pros

              • 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

              Cons

              • 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.

              Pros

              • 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

              Cons

              • 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.

              Pros

              • 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

              Cons

              • 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".

              Pros

              • 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

              Cons

              • 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.

              Pros

              • 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

              Cons

              • 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”

              Pros

              • 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

              Cons

              • 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? https://thedogvisitor.com/when-to-take-cone-off-dog-after-neuter https://thedogvisitor.com/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 https://thedogvisitor.com/best-deshedder-for-short-hair-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/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.

              Pros

              • 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

              Cons

              • 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.

              Pros

              • 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