Make Sure Your Dog’s Teeth Are Brushed Regularly

Everyone knows the importance of good dental hygiene for people, but good dental health is just as important for dogs as well, and for many of the same reasons as for people.

It is important to start the habit early in life so that the dogs is used to the process, but it can be started at any time throughout the dog’s lifetime. You will want to start with a soft bristled brush and special dog toothpaste that you can get from many pet care stores or from your veterinarian. You can also ask your dog groomer to brush your dog’s teeth.

You should not use regular toothpaste that you would use for your own teeth. Human toothpaste (like Crest and Colgate) contains baking soda which can be harmful to dogs. Dog toothpaste comes in flavors that will be much more appealing to the dog, and it will have ingredients that will not harm your dog.

If you are going to brush your dog’s teeth yourself, begin the process by allowing the dog to taste the toothpaste. After they’ve had a taste, using your finger, rub along the gum line of the mouth a little bit. Eventually, you should be able to brush all of the teeth. Work from back to front, making sure to angle the brush at the gum line and make little circles so that the brush goes into the gum line. Even if you can’t brush all of the teeth at once, the lower back teeth seem to be the first to suffer from periodontal diseases, so aim to start there.

It is very important that you brush your dog’s teeth. If you neglect to do so, it’s likely your dog will get cavities and possibly have other dental problems, which can lead to expensive dental/medical bills for you.

How Often Should a Dog be Groomed?

Dog GroomersWhen it comes to determining how frequently a dog should be groomed, some of the things that should be considered are the breed, the dog’s lifestyle, and the type of coat the dog has. Some breeds, especially those with longer coats, will benefit with a daily brushing. Others may need a good brushing only two or three times a week, while even other breeds can be brushed as little as once a week. It really depends on the length of their coat.

On the average, most dog breeds will need to be groomed every 4 – 8 weeks. Dogs that have long coats that become matted easily will benefit from being groomed more often. Following a regular grooming routine will help to keep the animal’s skin and coat healthy as well as helping to prevent the fur from becoming matted down.

Most dogs can be bathed on a regular weekly schedule, although many dog owners choose a monthly schedule. It is important to use products that are suited for a dog’s sensitive skin. Using shampoos and products that are intended for human use might smell nice but can cause drying, irritated skin and flaking. If ignored, this can lead to other, more serious skin conditions.

Many times, dogs will not enjoy being groomed, especially the first few times. Once they have settled into a regular routine of grooming and brushing, they will learn to enjoy the experience. Some owners will prefer to do it themselves while others prefer to leave it to the professionals. No matter what method you choose, your dog will thank you.

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Importance of Client Testimonials

Dog GroomerClient testimonials are a part of any business, but they are especially important for professional dog groomers. Dog grooming is a very personal business. Clients are interested in the quality of grooming, but they are often more concerned with the groomer’s treatment of their pet. Dog owners want to be reassured that the dog groomer they choose will be kind and gentle with their dog, and that their dog won’t be harmed or treated roughly during grooming.

In an industry like dog grooming, aside from word of mouth advertising, client testimonials are the most powerful way to put pet owners at ease and make one’s business attractive.

Getting great client testimonials can be tricky, but here are a few guidelines and suggestions that may help you to get great customer feedback that you will be able to share with others.

First, make a list of clients to approach. Try to focus on those who are most like the clients you would like to work with in the future, and those that continue to return to use your services time after time. Next, make a list of important points to ask them about.

Some examples are:

  • Their prior experiences with other dog groomers
  • Their experience working with you
  • The outcome of doing business with you, such as a calm, well-groomed pet for a reasonable price.

After you have your list, set up a time for a short interview. Record the client with a tape recorder and encourage them to be specific. Listen carefully and patiently, and thank the client when the interview is over. Pick out the important points of the interview, but get final approval from the client before using your finessed version of their words.

You may also do this via email. The most important thing, in my opinion, is that you have a written or taped copy of the testimonial in case someone questions it.

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Diet Tips for the Health of Your Dog’s Fur

Dog CoatDog owners know that a shiny, lustrous coat is a clear indicator of a dog’s health. Good nutrition is essential in maintaining the health of a dog’s skin and fur. Low cost poor quality grain based commercial dog foods may be a contributing factor to a pet’s poor health and lackluster coat.

Feeding a dog a nutritious, high-quality diet, will help a pet maintain a healthy, glossy coat. Dog foods rich in protein, vitamins, and fatty acids, with omega 3 and 6 oils, will enhance the natural shine of any dog’s fur. A well balanced premium dog food that is high in protein usually contains adequate amounts of nutritional supplements necessary for a healthy coat. In addition, protein rich foods like boiled eggs, cooked fish, chicken, and various meats can be added to dog food to improve the condition of a pet’s coat.

Pet owners may want to avoid corn based dog foods that trigger skin allergies and dull, dry fur in some animals. Premium dog foods, which are high in protein, include brands like Eukanuba, Orijen, Canidae, and Natural Balance. Most quality dog foods should contain enough nutrients to keep a dog’s coat shiny and healthy.

Depending on a pet’s size, adding a teaspoon to a tablespoon of fresh fish, safflower, or sunflower oil to dry food also will improve the luster and sheen of a dog’s coat.

Olive oil may also be added to a pet’s food for glossy fur. Pet owners can ensure their pet has a full, healthy coat by feeding them premium quality food and adding fatty oils to their diet.

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If your pet is more comfortable at home or needs a midday break while you are away, we offer pet sitting and dog walking. Our extensive back-up procedures and proprietary systems ensure your pet receives consistent, uninterrupted care.

Our Dog Training program is focused on getting adopted rescues off to a good start and developing well-mannered family dogs. Our puppy and group obedience classes are taught via a Levels Training structure focused on building you and your dog’s skills, not on maintaining a rigid class schedule. You and your dog progress through the skill levels at your own pace. We also offer a variety of specialty classes and one night workshops allowing you to work on a specific issue or just have fun with your dog. If group classes are not the right fit, we also offer private in-home training. All of our lead trainers are Certified Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT) and we only use positive reinforcement training methods. If you have a puppy, check out our free Saturday morning puppy playgroups.

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