• Bath Safety

    For new bathers, it is important to slowly prepare your pup for their first bath. Introduce them to the smell of the shampoo, bathing brushes and towels as well as the sound of running water, a few days prior to their bath. Positive reinforcement with treats or praise can be great for training good bath time behavior and less stress for both dog and dog owner.

    For experienced bathers, does your pooch move around on the tub floor like it’s a dance party?!
    A No-Skid or Cushioned Bath Mat helps keeps your pooch steady on “slippery when wet” surfaces. If your dog is older, a cushioned bath mat may be preferred for comfort and security. Bonus: Bath mats also provide protection against scrapes and scratches to your tub basin from unpedicured
    paws.

    To further secure your pet, bathing tethers may help. Tethers usually suction to the side of your tub and help your dog stay in place during your session.

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  • Grooming 1-2-3

    1) While we may prefer their company to many of our friends and family, dogs are not human and do require a different level of care. Over bathing your dog can remove too many natural oils and lead to dry skin and discomfort. Research your dog's particular breed for recommended frequency of baths as well as factor in their daily activities (outside vs. inside).

    2) Remove all extra debris, detangle coat and remove matted areas. For help with stickier substances, like sap or tar, it is recommended to massage vegetable oil into the matted area over a 24-hour period, prior to bathing.

    3) Invest in the right shampoo, the 4-legged version (of course). A dog's pH level, as well as their layers of skin, varies from humans. Use of human shampoos can cause skin irritation as well as lead to stomach discomfort, should it be ingested during an after-bath tongue cleaning.  Investigate which option complements your pet's needs.  Dry skin?  Deodorizing?  Long or curly hair?

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  • Train Me

    One of the joys of owning a dog is getting outside more often and taking leisure walks.  If your dog pulls, whines or barks during the entire walk? the enjoyment fads fast.  "Loose Leash" walking is encouraged by many professionals and can lead to a more joyful experience for both dog and dog owner.

    1) Start your walk by ensuring your dog gives you their attention and recognizes their name when called.  If you don't have your dog's attention in the beginning, they may already be on a mission — without you.

    2) If your dog needs more motivation, consider treats as rewards to achieve desired behaviors.  This is also a great tool when crossing paths with strangers or other dogs and you keeping their attention focused on you.

    3) While it may be frustrating in the beginning, take shorter walks and stop every time your dog pulls ahead. They will soon learn that pulling leads nowhere.

    4) Fetch before you go!  Playing with your dog, prior to a walk, can present a more relaxed pooch in transit. 

    5) Once they have begun to understand proper walking behaviors, reward your dog with a faster walk. Keep their attention, by increasing the pace.

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  • Travel Solutions

    Muddy paws in the car or on the couch a major concern?  Whether you're on the go or just letting your pooch in from a rainy day, a footbath for Sparky allows you to clean his paws with ease. They are best to keep by the door for a rainy, muddy day or in your car after a walk or play date.

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