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Pet Grooming Made Easy

One of the most asked questions that I get before someone buys a puppy is does the breed require much grooming. Some potential owners don’t mind and the others do. This article is for the latter and how you can make pet grooming easier. In order to groom your dog you have to get you dog use to water. There are several steps that you need to take in order to accomplish the task.
Dogs do not like to take baths. Lets face it you are going to groom your pet properly you are going to have to give him the dreaded bath. One of the ways you can start getting your dogs to like water is to introduce your dog to it. If you have a swimming pool take your dog out there with you. Depending on the size of your dog you can sit the dog on your lap as you float around. You can also have a friend stand at one side of the pool and you at the other and put your dog in there. Both of you can encourage the dog to come to the other. Take the dog to the lake for the day and get you dog in the water. If you do this often you will find it easier to get your dog in the bathtub. In fact some dogs do like to take baths. One word of caution is don’t just throw the dog into the water as that may scare him badly and then you’ll have to start from square one.
In the bathtub your dog should feel relaxed. If he isn’t quite use to the water yet you can say soothing words to help him. The sound of your voice can reduce tension in your dog. You dog loves you and loves to hear your voice of calm gentle words.
Make the bath as comfortable as possible. If you’re scratching, scraping and pulling his hair out he will be on the edge. When you were a kid did you like it when your mom washed your own head? Enough said. Keep the water out of his eyes if you can and their nose away from the faucet. They will feel like they are drowning. Another relaxer for your dog is to take your time. Give your dog a message. Talk to them while you are doing it. Nothing like have fingers rubbed all over your back and it’s real easy with the soap on your dog.
Grooming does take patience. You can incorporate the kids help as they love to do it when they are little. Consistency is the key. It may take up to six months to get your dog use to the water. It doesn’t have to be a chore when you get the whole family involved. If after trying these suggestions and you dog does not respond well, you may need to go to a professional.

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Ready to take on the pet grooming for your pooch? Most dog grooming can be done by owners if they know what they are doing and have the correct supplies on hand.
You should always have everything you need at hand before you get ready to do any grooming. This will prevent you from having to stop the process and hunt down the clippers, shampoo or brush. Many dogs get a little nervous during any grooming process and when you are completely organized and ready to groom it will serve both of you well and eliminate some of the nervousness on the part of the dog and the owner.
A non-slip mat will help with the grooming process and the dog should be positioned at a height that makes it possible for the groomer to reach everything without having to bend over. Place your hand under her belly and the thumb of your other hand under her collar.
Begin pet grooming by cleaning your dog’s face. Look in her ears, eyes and at her teeth about once a week. Always praise your dog for sitting quietly and give her little pats of reassurance. You can use a cotton ball and water to clean around your dog’s eyes. Another cotton ball can be used to clean the inside flap of her ear. Do not reach too far into the ear itself. Use a clean cotton ball for each part of the grooming process.
The next step in pet grooming is the teeth. This is a part of dog grooming that can be uncomfortable for both of you at first. Once you go through the routine a few times you will both be at ease and the process will go smoothly. You can use a specially made toothbrush and a toothpaste or gel that is made for dogs. Diluted salt water is also effective. This should be done once a week and a vet should check your dog’s teeth at least once a year.
When it is time to bathe your dog you can use the tub or buy a bath tub designed for dogs. Purchase a good shampoo and be sure to rinse really well to avoid skin irritations. A non-slip mat will help your dog stay in place and after towel drying you may want to use a hair dryer set on a low speed to hasten the drying process. Some dogs become agitated with the noise of the hair dryer so this is a step you may decide to omit.
There are dogs who thoroughly enjoy being brushed and others who are totally against the idea. The best thing you can do is to begin this part of pet grooming as soon as you bring the puppy home. When approached in this manner your dog will get used to being brushed and will learn that it is just a part of his normal daily or weekly routine.
Dog grooming is not difficult and can be one more way to bond with your pet and form a healthy relationship.

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Bichon Frise Care and Grooming

Bichon Frise are a very sociable dog from the time that they are puppies on through adulthood.  Bichon Frises have an easy, happy disposition.  A Bichon Frisé (French, literally meaning Curly lap dog; often spelled Bichon Frise in English) is a small breed of dog.

  The Bichon Frise was developed in the Mediterranean area, when a Barbet (a large water spaniel breed) was crossed with small white lapdogs.  The Bichon Frise of today has its descent in the Bichon Tenerife breed line, which found its way to the Mediterranean area, onto the Canary Islands or rather, “the Island of Tenerife

.  In the 1980s, the Bichon Frise was part of the “Yuppie Puppies” choice of the majority population, and everyone just HAD to have one.  Bichon Frises make an excellent addition to the family.  Bichon Frise are affectionate, cuddly and just plain happy to see people.

  The disposition of the Bichon Frise is sweet, perky, bouncy, active, and very playful with sporadic bursts of energy that leads them into many unknown adventures–usually beyond the fenced in yard or when they get loose from the leash, even though they are considered to be gentle creatures.  Bichon Frises can be hard to house train; crate training may be a successful technique.  Bichon Frises can conform to apartment life fairly easily.  Bichon Frise also are very intelligent and quick learners.

 Bichon Frise, as with many sociable breeds, are not suited to being left alone all day.  Bichon Frises have a life span of 12-13 years and have litters of 4-5 pups.  An independent dog, the Bichon Frise bond well with adults and children and is also very highly intelligent, affectionate, charming, and self-assured.  Serious dog lovers who own, or want to own a Bichon Frise would rather invest their valuable Internet time on a website that truly UNDERSTANDS this amazing breed. 

Training

Training must be gentle and firm, with no harsh corrections or scolding.  Training the Bichon works well with food treats along with the leash and collar.  A crate is usually the best method of training.  The puppy should come to see his/her crate as his personal space so avoid using it as discipline for bad behavior to maximize house training potential.

  Roughhousing is definitely out with this guy, and play training is in.  This breed requires gentle and firm training, as they are so gentle and sensitive that any harsh training or negative corrections will have an opposite effect on the puppy or adult dog.  But all trainers/owners will eventually need a collar and leash to begin the training-the many types available will depend on the person doing the training, as each one is a matter of personal preference and what the dog needs.

  Some of the training collar tools that are acceptable for the Bichon training, as chain or nylon chokers will matt and tangle in their hair, are the buckle collars, leather-training collars, or even the reversed pinch collars.  The head collar is becoming very popular as a training tool for most dogs in training classes.  Positive reinforcement and gentle training are the choice training of the day, with kindness, persistence, and patience.  As far as training is concerned, this breed often proves to be hard to housebreak, but likes to learn.  The Bichon does not require aggressive training, and likes challenges.  These dogs need training and exercise at the minimum one walk a day.

Grooming

Grooming requirements are based on coat type and the size of the dog.  Grooming is recommended on a daily basis to avoid matting.  Professional grooming is recommended every 4 weeks.  They are a non-shedding breed that requires daily grooming.  They require regular grooming, which can be expensive and/or time-consuming.

 Because Bichons are so susceptible to skin problems and allergies, good grooming practices are very important.  Like all dogs that require frequent grooming, Bichons should be accustomed to grooming from a young age and care should be taken to keep grooming pleasurable.  Anyone considering a Bichon should carefully weigh the amount of time available for grooming, for the coat needs lots of attention.

 But good grooming is required once shedding begins, as the undercoat needs to be removed once the weather begins to warm up or excessive shedding will leave piles of hair throughout the home.  High on the playfulness range, along with friendliness toward strangers, watchdog ability, and grooming requirements-anyone who purchases the Bichon will be a powder-puff challenge, to say the least.

 To keep the Bichons soft white curly coat well cared for takes daily grooming and as the coat is white and non shedding, it also needs regular bathing and trimming.  There are two popular Bichon Frise grooming styles: a short, poodle-like coat or a long, puffy coat for a more rounded appearance.  For anyone wanting to learn to do the grooming on their own dogs, be prepared to make many mistakes along the way.

Conclusion

With proper attention, the Bichon Frise will develop into a wonderful companion animal.  Bichon Frise are a very sociable dog from the time that they are puppies on through adulthood.  So instead of wasting hours of your time scouring the Internet for specific info about the Bichon Frise, it’s all here in one place.  You can find out all you need to know about the Bichon Frise.  With thousands of Bichon Frise puppies for sale and hundreds of Bichon Frise dog breeders, you’re sure to find the perfect Bichon Frise puppy.

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Why do you want to take a dog-grooming course?  Didn’t you learn how to bathe the family dog when you were a kid?  Probably that is not the best way. You will learn allot in a course that will help you keep your pet clean and healthy without risking injury to your dog or yourself.Learn about different breedsFirst of all, a good dog grooming training course will teach you about the different breeds of dogs and the special grooming needs they have.  A silky longhaired dog has different requirements that a fuzzy headed terrier and a good course will focus on the breeds of dogs the owners have.  You will learn the best maintenance routine and supplies for your dog’s breed and temperament.Learn about dog grooming suppliesIn a dog grooming training course you will learn about the supplies you will need to carry out a grooming schedule.  You will be instructed about good shampoos and skin care treatments for your pet.  You will be told the best types of brushes, combs and dematting devices that will work for your breed of dog.  Furthermore, the need for and proper use of devices such as toenail cutters with be provided.  A good dog grooming training instructor will outline the best way to look for the parasites that love to get into your dogs hair and how to prevent them or remove them properly to avoid infection.  Also in this category are ear mites, which you will learn to be on the lookout for and to treat.Learn grooming techniquesIn a dog grooming training course you will learn technique.  Your dog is, at best, somewhat apprehensive about this grooming ritual and may even try to avoid it.  Most dogs are easily distracted and have too much energy to hold still for long.  You will be shown techniques to calm your dog before starting grooming, and to keep him from bolting out of the area covered with suds. You will be shown how to soothe your dog and introduce him to dog grooming tools like blow-dryers and electric trimmers.  He may never get to like the buzz of an electric motor, but you will learn the best way to calm him or her enough so that he will stand still for it.In short, a good dog-grooming course will provide a roadmap for successful maintenance of your pet and the proper tools to use to do this safely and efficiently.  It will also give you the confidence and know how to groom your pet in a loving way.  A good dog-grooming course can be a giant step in forming a good relationship with your dog and keeping him healthy.

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As a pet owner you are probably aware of the usual benefits of grooming you pet. You know that grooming helps you get rid of the knots and tangle in the coat and makes your dog feel cooler due to the air that flows through their fur. Of course, grooming also makes your dog look healthy and shiny. But there are many other known benefits that come from grooming your dog.
It may come as a surprise for some dog owners to know that the simple act of grooming can do much more for their pet than just improving their looks. Grooming as a regular activity provides a lot of health related benefits for your dog. Let’s see what these benefits are.
1. Grooming will help your dog get rid of the dead hair and enhance the beauty of its coat. Since the air circulation improves, your dog will find it much more comfortable, even in hot weather. Grooming also helps with the tangled hair issue often found with dogs that are very active and playful.
2. Grooming helps in improving the blood flow in the follicles of hair thus improving the health of their coat. The way massage makes our skin healthy, grooming beautifies the coat of the dogs. The health effects too are similar as the dogs’ lymphatic system is also stimulated due to grooming.
3. Grooming also helps in making the bonds stronger between you and your dog. Your gentle grooming is pleasing to your dog and it improves its emotional state.
4. While grooming your dog, it is easy for you to familiarize yourself with your dog’s body. You may also be able to check if your dog has any health related issues, such as any injuries that you had not noticed before. Health problems such as ticks can also be noticed and taken care of in time.
5. It is also beneficial to groom your pet’s paws by checking the growth of its nails and looking for any injuries on its pads which may not be visible otherwise.
Pay a visit to your local pet supply store and you will find numerous grooming materials for your dog. But if you are not sure of how to groom your dog, you can always do some research using Google. You will get a number of tips and good advice on grooming your dog. Your dog owning neighbors can also provide valuable input. If there are no dogs in your neighborhood, try finding dog clubs where you will find many dog owners who can share their experiences of grooming the dogs.
If you develop a liking for grooming and if you can do it really well, you may also consider starting a grooming service for other dogs and make it a profitable business for yourself. Dog grooming is in great demand and your services will surely be valued.
Spend some time to groom your lovely dog everyday and you will gift him with good health and thus have a better looking and healthier dog. If you have never done grooming before, don’t worry, there is no better time that the present. Start now and you will learn with time.

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This article will hopefully help you in grooming your Goldendoodle and give you some other sham-pooch tips.  Goldendoodle  grooming and health  go hand in hand. Good grooming not only helps your Goldendoodle dog  look good, it is also important for your doodle’s  physiological as well as the psychological health.  While some doodle owners take their doggies to their groomer,  many instead decide to groom their Goldendoodle dog themselves at home. If you begin grooming your Goldendoodle when he or she is very young,  they will come to enjoy bathtime and your doodle will not be difficult to groom at all.

Brushing your Goldendoodle  thoroughly every day is an important part of dog  grooming and health.  A shaggy or curly coated Goldendoodle will need to be brushed and groomed more often than the smooth coat doodle.  Because brushing and trimming isn’t natural to a dog,  your doodle will need  to be trained in order to accept this kind of handling.  It is recommended by many dog groomers and doodle breeders  that bathing and trimming start at an early age.  It is best to proceed slowly at the beginning, giving your Goldendoodle lots of praises when they relax and enjoy the process.

As a breeder since 1996,  I always begin the grooming process with our doodle puppies when they are approx. 4 weeks of age.  I do recommend that a rubber mat be placed on the bottom of your tub which will help prevent your doodle from slipping and possibly getting injured.  Some puppies yelp and show fear when they are first introduced to water.  This fear will subside as your Goldendoodle is bathed more frequently, over time.  I personally use a small cat slicker brush on the coat of my Goldendoodles.  The slicker brush has many different sized bristles which will help pull out any dead hairs in the coat.  Some groomers do not recommend human shampoo.  However,  I never use shampoo which is made specifically for dogs.  There are many harsh chemicals which can cause your doodle to have not only dry skin,  but can cause skin allergies over a long period of time.  Instead,  I use non-tearing shampoo made for humans such as baby shampoo.  If you want to use shampoo with various fragrances,  the best ones are those with “apple” or “cherry” fragrances.  High quality shampoo can be purchased at hair specifica stores such as “Sally’s”.   I purchase my shampoo in bulk so that it lasts a very long time.  Before rinsing the coat of my Goldendoodles,  I spritz their coat with a nice detangler.  Some can be left in the coat and some have to be rinsed out.  However,  make sure to take a large, human comb and comb the detangler through the coat.  Rinse well.  You’ll find your Goldendoodle’s coat extremely soft to the touch after you have taken a blow dryer and dried your doodle completely.   In the summer,  you can simply hand towel your doodle’s coat and then let him or her dry naturally.

If you have a grooming table,  you can trim your doodle’s coat very easily.  A great place to purchase a grooming table is by ordering it online.  Revival Animal  has a nice list of grooming tables you may find for  a low price.  Some groomers use a clipper called “Groom Master”, however,  I will personally tell  you that I found better success with the “A5 Turbo” clipper.  I began with the “Groom Master” clipper but found myself going through three of them before discovering that the “A5 Turbo” clipper worked entirely better and I could also find replacement blades locally instead of having to specically order blades that were only for the “Groom Master”.   The “A5 Turbo” clipper has two speeds and will allow you to shave down your Goldendoodle in less than 30 minutes!  This clipper is very quick and reliable.   There are also various sized blades that will work great for this particular clipper and allows you to give your Goldendoodle various types of hair cuts.

If you decide to groom your Goldendoodle yourself,  you will want to go to your local “Sally’s” store and purchase an apron which specifically helps repell hair.  It’s a great investment.  Some groomers spend hundreds of dollars on scissors,  but you can find some great scissors that will last a very long time at your local department store in the “Crafts” or “Sewing” section.  A $15 pair of nice scissors will work and last just as long as the $150 pair.   Let me forwarn you that using scissors can be dangerous on your doodle if your Goldendoodle is not calm and relaxed during the grooming process.  You can easily cut your doodle or  yourself.  I can’t even tell you how many times in 13 years I’ve cut myself or a dog, accidentally, if they turned their head quickly or jerked their foot away at the exact time as beginning to trim.  Some doodles have “ticklish” feet and will constantly jerk their feet as you try and trim around their pawpads.  Over time,  they get use to the scissors touching their feet but in the beginning,  you will need to be very careful with scissoring.

Your Goldendoodle  also has to learn to sit still or lie on his or her  side as and when needed.  Teaching your Goldendoodle to enjoy the grooming process is just a matter of time and repitition.  Other grooming tools needed are various types of brushes, combs, a wash cloth, ear cleaners and spritzer bottles.

If your shaggy or curly coat Goldendoodle’s  hair is tangled, grooming can take longer and become  a bit tricky.  Proceed gently to avoid irritating your Goldendoodle’s  skin.  Despite some doodle breeders’ claims that Goldendoodles do not shed, your doodle will lose some hairs,  particularly during the dry winter months.  Some Goldendoodles can even have bouts of dry skin,  so care is necessary when grooming him or her.  Don’t over bathe your doodle!  Unless your doodle dog is outside every single day getting into muddy situations or doing a lot of swimming at the beach or lake,  do not bathe your doodle more than twice a month.  Bathing more frequently will cause your doodle to have dry skin.  Even if you own a smooth coat Goldendoodle,  who needs relatively very little coat maintenence,  you will want to groom him or her on a regular basis simply because this process is good for your doodle’s over all grooming health.

Grooming your Goldendoodle helps keep the dog’s skin healthy and coat nice and shiny, not to mention,  it helps him or her smell good. Grooming your doodle dog  helps to improve the blood circulation; helps  keep  the coat free of ticks, fleas  and other less welcome visitors.   Remember to trim the hair underneath your doodle such as the inside of his or her legs and under the belly.  Close attention to your Goldendoodle’s ears are especially important!  Hair can grow into the ear and that can cause yeast infections or ear infections.  Another important area for your Goldendoodle is around the eyes. Shaggy coated Goldendoodles have the most problems with their hair growing over or around the eyes.  If you do not pay careful attention to this,  hairs can curl inward and cause a corneal abrasion by touching the eye itself.  Always keep the hairs trimmed around your Goldendoodles’ eyes when he or she is an adult dog.  Puppies do not require this type of trimming because their coat will change and go through 10-15 different coat phases before he or she turns 1 year of age.

Not all varieties of dogs need a bath everyday. Some short haired dogs require very little coat maintenence.  Some can make do with a bath once a month.  For smooth coat Goldendoodles,  you can simply use a washcloth to wipe the coat gently if you do not want to fully bathe him or her.  Shaggy coat and curly coat Goldendoodles have facial beards.  These beards tend to collect food particles or even dirt or grass if your doodle is outside playing.  I never recommend using shampoo around the face of your Goldendoodle.  Using a wash cloth that is damp and without soap or shampoo is best.  Some doodles require their mouths to be cleaned every day.  Coat staining can occur around the eyes or the mouth if this area isn’t cleaned every day.   If you want to help your doodle not have a “tangly” coat,  spritz your doodle’s coat prior to bathing with a “detangler”.  Comb it thoroughly through the coat.  Then wet your doodle’s coat completely and use your slicker brush to brush through the coat as you are wetting his or her coat.   This will help remove any tangles in the hair before their shamoo/bath.  Always keep soap away from your doodle’s  eyes and ears and make sure to use an ear cleaner to help clean the insides of the ears.   An inexpensive ear cleaner can be made with White vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.  Use a spritzer bottle and mix an equal portion of white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together.  This not only helps clean your doodle’s ears,  but helps them smell nicer too!   Never use Q-tips for cleaning the insides of your doodle’s ears! Never!  Use a  washcloth or cotton balls. 

Grooming your Goldendoodle also helps you bond with your loving, wonderful tempered new pet!  It should  be quite obvious why dog grooming and dog health are so closely associated.    Even if your Goldendoodles  does not need daily brushing, it is necessary to check your doodle  every day. Keeping the skin of your Goldendoodle and his or her  body parts cut free and sore free is also an important part of your doodle’s  grooming and health. If you discover fleas on your Goldendoodle’s coat during the grooming process,  fleas  have to be removed with a fine-toothed comb, and embedded ticks have to be removed carefully with tweezers and alcohol.   Pouring a small amount of alcohol on the tick will help loosen its grip prior to removing it from your doodle’s skin with tweezers.  A new flea prevention product called “Comfortis” is on the market and we use this on our Goldendoodles as well as other dogs.  It is a once a month tablet that helps flea prevention.   Always examine your doodle’s nails,  ears and teeth as part of your dog grooming routine, each and every time you groom your lovely Goldendoodle dog. Goldendoodle and other dog  grooming and health are so closely associated also because the skin is the first indicator of the state of your pet’s health. Flea allergies, contact allergies, skin rashes and irritations need to be stopped at the earliest.  Ears should be regularly checked. The insides of the ear should be a pale pink. If they show any discoloration or give out an unpleasant odor,  this could be a sign of an ear infection or mite infestation.  Have your Vet look into the matter before proceeding with medication to treat the problem.  Make sure to take your doodle to your vet for a closer examination if you see discoloration inside of his or her ears or smell an odor coming from the inside of the ear.  Your doodle’s  toenails have to be clipped every two or three weeks, depending upon how much exercise your doodle gets every day.  Nails can be trimmed with human nail clippers if your doodle is a puppy.  If an adult,  the guillatine type of nail trimmers works great but you must use these type of nail clippers with extreme care.  You can actually lose a toe or your own finger if you are not care.  Have your vet show you first,  how to properly clip your Goldendoodle’s toe nails before you do it yourself.  If you do not feel comfortable in nail trimming,  always have your groomer or your vet perform this procedure.  Examine your Goldendoodles’ paw  pads to see that there is nothing stuck between them.  Sometimes hair grows between the pads and pebbles or small rocks or twigs can get tangled up inside of the hair that will cause your doodle pain as he or she walks.  Make sure to check your doodle’s pads every day.  If hair is growing around the pads,  you will need to carefully trim the hairs with scissors. Teeth cleaning is  important to your doodle’s over all health maintenence as well. Your doodle  can develop cavities or periodontal diseases, just like humans,  too. Cleaning the dog’s teeth twice a week with pet toothpaste and a small toothbrush is advisable.  There are some very good teeth cleaning products on the market.  You can also clean your Goldendoodle’s teeth during his or her grooming process.Regular grooming not only helps keep your doodle  healthy, it also offers bonding time for you and your Goldendoodle.  In the natural world, dogs lick each other and groom each other. I don’t think you want to lick your Goldendoodle in order to clean him or her?  This licking by other dogs  reinforces pack behavior and subordination. But you can reinforce pack behaviour and subordination by regularly grooming your doodle with brushes and combes.  Brushing or combing your Goldendoodle’s coat  for 10-20 minutes every day or as often as necessary will bring your Goldendoodle  immeasurably closer to you, immense pleasure and will also help keep your doodle  healthy.  Goldendoodles can live up to 20 years under ideal circumstances and if immaculately cared for.Some Goldendoodles may require professional grooming to maintain their  hair and coat health  if you are not experienced in grooming your doodle,  yourself.  If you do not have the time to groom your doodle on your own or if you do not feel comfortable in grooming your Goldendoodle on your own,  then your doodle will have to be trained to stand properly and to tolerate the attention of a stranger.  Dogs  that have no hair on the skin will need special skin creams to keep the surface oily and germ free. If you own a hairless dog,  then of course you will want to also use a sun screen to help protect your dogs’ skin from harmful sun rays.Dog grooming and health are mutually dependent. Without grooming,  your dog will not be able to retain good health; Without grooming,  your dog could have a shorter life span.  In spite of all the exercise and good food you give to your canine, without proper grooming health,  your pet will have a shorter life.   In case of dogs that shed heavily, regular grooming helps you to combat floating tufts of hair and speed up the shedding process. Dog grooming is not only about dog health, it is also about bonding, trust and love.

**About the author:  Dee Gerrish of Goldendoodle World has been a private, professional, hobby breeder since 1996.  Dee Gerrish has written extensively about the Goldendoodle dog since 1999.  More information can be obtained about the Goldendoodle dog at http://www.goldendoodleworld.com

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Just like we need certain equipment for our daily lives, our pets also require certain items to help them maintain healthy, happy lives. When choosing dog equipment there are a number of different items that can be purchased but some are essential for dog owners to have. Providing a dog with shelter, safety and confirm its identity. Consider these areas to get you started.
Identification Equipment
Dog tags should be purchased and attached to the dog’s collar or harness for identification. The tag typically includes the owner’s phone number, address, zip code and the pet’s name. In most areas a dog license will also be required this will include the identification number issued to the dog and contact information for its licensing organization.
Basic Equipment
A dog collar and leash is needed for taking your pet on walks to ensure they don’t run out into traffic and get injured. A leash is also needed to comply with leash laws, which in some areas require that dogs be secured when not on their owner’s property. If your dog goes missing the tag attached to the leash will help him be identified and returned home; making it essential that a quality durable leash that will not easily tear or be yanked off by your pet is chosen. If a dog will be sleeping outside a dog house and kennel are ideal for protecting your animal in all weather conditions and offering safe shelter. Inside a dog bed will provide your animal a comfortable place for sleeping and resting. Every dog you have will also require their own feeding and water bowls to help them feel secure in their environment.
Grooming Equipment
Keeping your dog clean will require getting them equipment specifically made for dogs. A dog grooming brush, comb, shampoo and conditioner are a must for keeping your pet free from fleas and other pest. Nail clippers will keep your dog from scratching furniture in the home or accidentally stretching family members. Clippers and shears may also be needed for managing your pet’s hair to keep it from becoming matted and odor free. Tooth scalers can remove plague from dog teeth, eye drops can remove gunk from eyes and ear powder can be sprayed on the ears for keeping ears dry and keeping infections away.
Equipment for Exercise and Fun
For your dog to have an active life, equipment that keeps your dog entertained should be used. For boredom reducers’ sock balls are great for tug-of-war and tossing games and flying discs are great for playing fetch. Chew toys will keep your dog something to gnaw besides your shoes and furniture. Rawhide bones, biscuits, chewy treats and more can be used to reward good behavior. Dental sticks are useful at improving the appearance and health of your dog’s teeth. For improving muscle strength, stamina and resistance of your pet a dog treadmill is the ultimate purchase. They are ideal for active dogs or those on the brink of becoming obese. Dog treadmills are useful when bad weather or time constraints prevents you from taking your dog on a walk or exercising outdoors or if you just want your pet to have more versatility in their workouts.

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One of the biggest complaints dog groomers hear is “Why does my dog’s haircut cost more than mine”? This is a valid question, as many of the dogs we do are pretty small, their hair is thin, and they seem to be well behaved around their owner. Putting aside the rare dog that turns into Cujo once their owner leaves the shop, there are many reasons that your dog groomer costs more than your own haircut. Here are the top eight, in no particular order.

1. You have a little waiting room if your stylist isn’t ready yet. We have a large,separate room with a bank of semi-expensive cages. Also keep in mind that, while you are waiting, you won’t go to the bathroom in your seat.

2. Once it is time for your shampoo, when was the last time you were dragged kicking and screaming at the top of your lungs to the sink? Ditto for the hair dryer?

3. You don’t get a pedicure or manicure included in your haircut. You also don’t have black goop cleaned out of your ears, nor do you have your ear hairs pulled. You don’t have goop cleaned out of your eyes, and your stylist doesn’t have to keep drying your chin because you keep drooling.

4. It is doubtful that, once you have told your stylist how you want your hair cut, you dance around like a maniac or pull away from your hair stylist when they try to cut your hair.

5. When was the last time you tried to bite or scratch your hair stylist?

6. When was the last time you went to the bathroom on your hair stylist?

7. Your stylist only cuts the hair on your head. It’s doubtful that your hair stylist has ever “potty tracked” you and included it in the haircut.

8. You don’t go months without a bath, and while you’re going without a bath, you don’t continually roll in or on mud, dirt, dead animals, and of course, the ever popular dog poop.

If you really stop and think about it, dog grooming is quite a value.

We almost forgot…there are many dog groomers that will come to you. Does your hair stylist have a mobile shop?

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When most people think of good dog grooming they think only of a bath and brushing to help maintain a beautiful coat and reduce shedding. Well there is one more very important task to good grooming and that is keeping your dogâ??s teeth clean and tartar free.  Just think what our mouths would resemble if we did not brush are teeth, have regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings.

Dogs are just as susceptible to the same diseases and oral infections in their mouths as we humans. Plaque and tartar buildup in your dogâ??s mouth can lead to:

 

In order to prevent this cycle of tooth decay and infection incorporating a twice-weekly regiment of brushing your dogâ??s teeth is recommended. There are many favors and styles of dog toothbrushes and toothpastes on the market to help maintain good dog dental hygiene.

If youâ??re like most people finding the time and patients for this task can be challenging. On the market today, you can find several choices to help offset a brushing regiment. Dog Dental Chews, which are marketed as treats, are a great way for you to accomplish this task. They can be given daily or in between brushings. Although the cost for these dog dental chew treats can seem a little pricey, in the long run they are far less expensive than a visit to vet for the treatment of Pyorrhea.

Veterinary appointments for a regular dog visit is at least twice a year. Schedule a teeth cleaning at the same time so your dog will benefit from a professional cleaning. Maintaining your dogâ??s oral hygiene is a vital part of good pet grooming. If you have your dog professionally groomed ask the groomer if they will brush your dogs teeth as well.

Whether you decide on any one particular solution or a combination of all those mentioned become committed to your dogâ??s dental hygiene. Fresh breath and clean teeth will keep your dog healthy and safe.

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Are you a dog lover? Do you live in an apartment or small home? Do you have allergies? A small dog with hypoallergenic fur might be the answer for you. “Hypo” is a Greek suffix meaning less or below. A hypoallergenic dog might still put out allergens, but at a much lower level. A few dogs that take up less space, making them better for apartment living, are the Silky Terrier, the Havanese, and the Coton de Tulear. These dogs are all considered of the “Toy” size by the America Kennel Club. The Silky Terrier was developed through a cross of a Yorkshire Terrier and an Australian Terrier in the late 19th century. Even with these early dates, it was not fully recognized as a breed of its own until 1955 as the Australian Silky Terrier. These dogs have terrier qualities such as enjoying activity and a very sharp alertness. Their hair is long, but the Silky Terriers do not shed. This long hair also is partially where their name is derived from. It has very soft and smooth qualities. The dog does require more than average care for this silky coat to stay in good condition. The terriers can get along with other dogs and children, but will get aggressive when provoked or teased. Proper education should be given to as well as the people around the animal as well as the dogs themselves in how to act around one another. The Havanese were originally developed by the Spanish from a now extinct breed called the Bichon Tenerife, making them part of the Bichon family of dogs. Grooming isn’t a worry with this breed, even with Havanese that are shown in competition. They are meant to look playful and friendly, much like their temperament. These dogs are great around children, other dogs, and people in general without becoming overly possessive. Their sturdy frame makes them that much better around curious children, unlike most fragile “Toy” sized dogs. Although they love playing and winning, they can be easily calmed when spoken to sternly by their owners. One of the major downsides to owning a Havanese is that they seem to suffer from many ailments such as cataracts and hip dysplasia. These are actually uncommon, unless the dog is adopted from a less than reputable breeder. A Coton de Tulear is another dog with Spanish roots from the Bichon family. Its actual home is Madagascar, where it is the official dog of the country. This intelligent breed is extremely playful, and when pure bred, is white in color. This white coat, while hypoallergenic, does shed more than that of their Havanese cousin, so it requires brushing once every week or two. The Coton de Tulears love people and enjoy playing with them, going on daily walks, and can even keep up on longer hikes. They get easily attached to their owners and suffer from separation anxiety at times. Overall, these dogs are very healthy, living anywhere from fourteen to eighteen years.

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