The Importance of Keeping Your Dog Well Groomed

Cute Dog Being GroomedHow many times have you met someone’s dog that just looked like a big tangled mess? Or maybe he smelled terrible, felt greasy and you felt terrible for not wanting to touch him. This is common amongst owners who don’t understand the importance of keeping a pet dog well groomed. It goes far beyond just making a pooch look good, but it directly effects their health, safety and comfort.

Prevent Matting

You can keep your dog from getting the dreaded mat, or dangerously tangled hair simply by thoroughly brushing your dog’s coat with the proper tools. A mat occurs when loose hair, debris and skin dander all clump up together. It becomes hard, and pulls on the dog’s hair. It then grows and grows until it is either brushed our or removed. A dog with a neglected coat can become so terribly matted that he must be shaved down to the skin to save his life from his own hair.

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How To Keep Your Dog’s Skin Healthy

Dog at SpaHealthy skin in a dog is just as important to him as your skin health is to you. Just like humans, dogs can suffer from a variety of skin conditions from infections to parasites and even dander or dry skin. For dog lovers, nothing is more comforting or enjoyable than running your fingers through a soft and clean dog coat with healthy, moisturized skin underneath. By following these easy and simple tips you can make your dog’s skin healthy and keep it that way.

  1. Don’t over wash your pet. A dog that is bathed too often has all of his natural, protective oils stripped from his skin, leaving him itchy and dry. This makes him scratch more than he should, which can lead to open cuts and sores all over his body and opens him up to secondary infections. Aside from those dangers, you also end up with a stronger doggy odor smell from a dog that is washed too often as his body attempts to compensate for the major loss in skin and coat oils. Use puppy bath wipes or waterless shampoos in between your regular washings. The rule of thumb for dog grooming is every 6 to 8 weeks unless he gets into something like mud.
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How To Plan A Dog Wedding

Bulldogs Dressed for WeddingSo your dog is getting hitched and you’re looking for the best doggone options in planning your pooch’s wedding? We’ll throw you a bone and give you a head start on just how to conduct the best dog wedding of the century!

The Location

Before you can even think about invitations, you must think of a location for the ceremony. Will you keep it simple at home, or are you considering inviting the entire local kennel club for a larger event? Your location must be able accommodate your guests, along with their own canine friends to attend your doggy wedding. Plan this location ahead of time so that you can make the required reservations for the date and time you wish to have your pup’s wedding.

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How Often Should I Give My Dog A Bath?

Dog Getting BathThe feel of an oily, dirty coat on a dog is nothing to be happy about when petting him. No one enjoys petting a dirty, smelly dog. We, as dog owners, know this and take steps to keep our pets clean, smelling fresh and feeling great, both for their comfort and for us when we pet them. The typical rule of thumb when it comes to dog bathing is that every 6 weeks is a good number. The thing about rules of thumb is that they don’t fit every dog, every lifestyle and most certainly don’t fit every skin and coat type. Your dog’s individuality and your lifestyle make all the difference in how often, or infrequent you should give your dog a bath.

Smooth Coats

An average American lifestyle will leave our dogs primarily as house pets that only head outdoors to potty and get one walk in for the day as exercise. For a smooth coated dog, or short hair with no under coat just as the Jack Russel Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier, the 6 week rule of thumb just may apply. That said, it all depends on the size of your smooth coated dog! The smaller the dog, the less baths they need. Bathing too often, especially in these short haired dogs, causes terrible dry skin, itching, flaking or dander and brittle fur. This is because all of their protective natural oils that coat each strand of fur and protects their skin is being washed away. This may also mean that their bodies over compensate for that loss of oil, and will make your dog smell even worse! In between bathing, brush and wipe your pet to eliminate loose fur and odor.

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Ways You Can Get Involved With A Local Animal Rescue Group

Dog With Adopt Me SignIf you are aware of the millions of unwanted pets dying in shelters every day due to a lack of room, love and care you may feel that heroic calling to volunteer and do your part to work towards the final solution that will save the lives of dogs and cats across America. With all the commercials with sad eyed puppies and kittens behind bars, what can you really do to pitch in and help raise the quality of life of shelter pets and help bring an end to pet homelessness?

Adopt

It may sound obvious, but one of the best things you can do is adopt your next furry friend from a shelter. Bringing a new pet into your life will enhance your own life tremendously. Science now openly states that having a furry pet in the home lowers blood pressure and increases endorphins that relieve stress, uplift your mood and gives you that highly sought after feeling of love! When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you are rescue his life as well as the next pet in line. When your dog or cat leaves his kennel or cage for the last time, a new pet takes his place until he finds a home, keeping him off of the euthanasia table!

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Dangers of Over Vaccinating Your Pet

Dog Getting VaccinationEvery year our pets make that dreaded trip to the vet for his wellness examination and recommended annual vaccinations. Veterinary clinics have become a booming business thanks to these yearly shots that our pets get, but what if the only reason these inoculations are recommended is to help fund the clinic? Fear mongering is the leading cause of over vaccination in dogs today, and it is something many veterinarians are well versed in doing. They help to fuel the fire of fear in pet owners, warning all the deadly dangers of not vaccination. Science and biology however state otherwise, and your pets may be protected for life with only one vaccination.

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Dangers of Retractable Leashes

Dog on Retractable Leash in CrosswalkIt may be fun to allow your dog the chance to explore his surroundings on your daily walk, the ability to jog at a faster pace and over all have more freedom than a typical flat nylon lead would provide. Maybe you feel that this item is the best solution to your dog’s pulling problem; after all, he can get to where he’s going without pulling you this way! The retractable leash was created and marketed for this reason, despite the dangerous flaws that put both you and your dog at risk.

Freedom With a Price

The price tag on that useful retractable leash is not the only price you may pay when you use it. There are multiple reasons why a retractable leash may cause harm to you or your dog. Physical damage, such as cuts and burns are common occurrences on an owner who chooses to unwisely use these devices. Behavioral troubles as well as harm to your dog are also well known with a retractable leash.

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Taking the Frustration Out of Dog Training

Cute Dog On LeashAs crucial as dog training is for your pet’s social development, it’s also a task that can be extremely frustrating to commit to long-term as an owner. It’s perfectly normal to feel like you want to throw in the towel on days that are particularly hard for your dog to stay focused and listen, but that’s the biggest mistake you could make. Without consistency, dedication and patience, you can’t expect your dog to learn correct behaviors and get rid of the ones that drive you crazy (jumping, digging, barking, chewing, leash pulling, etc.) and can be dangerous (aggression, biting, growling, etc.). Addressing these unwanted actions and turning them around will take a while, but in the end, you’re sure to see it’s well worth the investment of your time. Below are a few tips for handling your dog’s training in a positive way, even when frustration begins to set in.

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Why You Should Never Declaw A Cat

Cat ClawsIs your cat continuously missing the litter box? Does he no longer play, or perhaps bite inappropriately? If you answered yes to these questions, and your furry feline friend is declawed you will want to continue reading on, and learn the truth behind the barbaric and nonsensical practice. Between the behavioral problems and health issues that crop up, declawing your cat could be the worst thing you could do to him.

What Is Declawing?

Pet owners justify the declawing of their cat in an effort to curb unwanted scratching of furniture, people, and other pets. Maybe your kitten has begun climbing your curtains or shredding the arm of your couch. Sometimes they will even take their scratching behaviors to the corners of the walls in your home. Declawing is one way to stop anymore damage being done, but is only the beginning of damaging your cat for the rest of his life.

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Training Tips to Help Prevent a Puppy from Growing into a Dog that Bites

Puppy BitingIt’s an unfortunate situation, but one which many dog lovers have to accept – puppies can bite. It can be a major challenge trying to control biting behavior, but there are some ways in which you can teach your dog to reduce and eradicate this behavior.

Puppies will at first start to bite because it’s fun and part of their daily play. It’s a completely natural and even essential behavior, especially when they are teething. Puppies love to bite their sharp little teeth into anything that passes their way during the development phase of their teeth, including the hands and feet of their master (and in worst case scenarios, children).

The good news is that most puppies can be trained to manage and minimize this problem quite easily. The faster that you start to train your puppy or young dog not to bite then the easier things will be for him and for you in the future.

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