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Does your dog dread grooming? Try these desensitization tips.

Does your dog dread grooming? Try these desensitization tips.

If your dog needs to be groomed, whether it's a cool haircut or a thorough de-shed, training your dog to be comfortable around grooming tools can make a world of difference!

Grooming desensitization usually starts while your dog is still a puppy, but can also be beneficial for older dogs. Bringing your pup in every few weeks for a light grooming session can help them get used to being handled by another person and become more comfortable with being groomed overall. 

You can also desensitize your dog at home by doing light grooming or body handling yourself! Touch your dog's body where a groomer might need to, especially the feet, every day. When touching the feet you can touch them lightly with your hands or even use a pair of nail clippers. Your dog will get used to their feet and body being handled over time and won’t be so uncomfortable when getting a nail trim or full grooming appointment at the grooming salon. 

Sticking with a grooming desensitization schedule can be very beneficial if your dog is nervous around: water, having his or her paws touched, or loud noises like hair dryers. Over time, with proper desensitization training, you can help your dog to become more comfortable with all aspects of grooming.

To further help your dog with desensitization, you can use food or their toys to keep them occupied. Try brushing your dog while they're eating, as the food may be distracting enough that they won't mind the brush at all. If you keep doing this, your dog may start to associate brushing with something more positive, like their food. =

It's best to start desensitization early, and best to go slowly. If a dog becomes too uncomfortable during a grooming desensitization session, make sure to stop what you’re doing. Either move on to another section of the groom, or stop altogether. For example, if your dog becomes upset while you’re trimming their nails, listen to what they’re telling you and take a break from nail trimming. Start brushing instead, or quit for the day, to give them time to relax. 

If you intend on bringing your dog to get professionally groomed in the long term, we highly recommend bringing them to us for a Puppy’s First Groom service designed specifically to help desensitize your dog to being groomed. This 45 minute appointment consists of: a very light bath, light blow dry, and a slow nail trim. Our groomer will provide treats and words of encouragement to your dog throughout the process, to help them get used to the sounds and sights of grooming.

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How to Detect Dangerous Sun Exposure in Your Dog

How to Detect Dangerous Sun Exposure in Your Dog

The great thing about having a dog is a companion by your side to enjoy the summer sun along with you! Whether it be going for long walks or enjoying outdoor sports and adventures, including your dog can make a day out so much more gratifying. 

When going out on long exploits with your furry friend, especially as the summer heat is ramping up, it’s important to keep in mind your dog may need time to rest and to cool off. Dogs, unlike humans, do not sweat. They pant to expel excess heat but if they can’t cool themselves off naturally it can lead to heatstroke.

The most important thing to prevent heatstroke is making sure your dog can cool off. Make sure they have access to shade and water, and if you’re on a walk take a moment to let your dog rest if they seem to get tired or start to pant harder. 

If your dog starts to become too hot but hasn’t become overheated, bring them to a place with shade and let them drink as much cold water as they want without forcing them. You can also place a water-soaked towel on their backs if you have one at your disposal. 

If your dog starts to pant excessively, starts to become lethargic, or even passes out, it's best to call your nearest vet if you are concerned your dog may have heatstroke, as there are treatments only your vet can provide to help your pet recover.

Your dog can also get sunburnt if exposed to the sun for too long, especially shorthair dogs or dogs with white fur. A sunburn can be prevented by using a doggy sunscreen. Either spread it on the places where the least fur grows, like the ears, nose, and belly, or use accessories like jackets or even goggles to keep the sun off their skin. Sunburn looks like human sunburn, but if it’s in a spot you can't see because it’s on their bellies or under fur, you can look at how your dog is behaving. If your dog starts to lick or bite a specific part of their body, check to see if they have very red and bumpy skin. If they do, make sure you get your dog to the shade, and consider going home if you are out on a walk.

We hope you and your dog enjoy the dog days of summer in good health and total happiness!

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Does Your Dog Need Sunscreen?

Does Your Dog Need Sunscreen?

Summer is a great time of the year; It's warm, sunny, and great for fun, outdoor adventures. With the summer comes the sun and its UV rays, unfortunately. Just like humans, dogs can be adversely affected by the sun's damaging rays. Dogs can benefit from sunscreen just like their owners!

Although it may be hard to believe, despite their thick coats, dogs can get sunburned too. Dogs with white or lighter fur, short coat or long are especially prone to sunburns. Sunscreen is important to use on the parts of the body that don't have as much hair as others, like the nose, ears, belly, and any exposed shaved patches. There are existing sunscreens made for dogs that you can rub onto these areas. If you don't have any dog specific made sunscreen, SPF 15 unscented baby sunscreen will do but make sure to look at the ingredients. Things like zinc oxide can be toxic for a dog, so make sure if you're using a sunscreen made for humans, that you're using one with ingredients that won't harm your dog. 

If your dog won't tolerate sunscreen, use accessories to help cover exposed parts. Hats, jackets, or even goggle for their eyes will help keep the sun off your dog's skin. 

It is important to note that sunscreen alone will not prevent your dog from getting sunburnt, or even heatstroke if out in the sun. Make sure your dog has access to plenty of water and shade and look out for any signs of either, like itching a particular spot as it gets sun burnt, or excessive panting which is a beginning sign of heat stroke. 

 Keep your dog safe and happy this summer by protecting their skin!

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Grooming is Back!

Grooming is Back!

We're excited to announce that grooming will be starting back up June 16th! Appointments are open for all of our grooming services, including full service appointments and walk-in nail trims! We're all super excited to see all of your furry friends again for grooming.

Come in for a Full-Service Groom, which includes a haircut or de-shed, bath, nail trim, and more! This is for all of those dogs out there who want fabulous haircuts or need a good full body groom.

How about a soothing bath? Book an Express Bath, which does not include a haircut, to have the cleanest dog on the block.  

We also offer a Puppy's First Groom Appointment which includes a very light bath, blow dry, and nail trim. This appointment is to help desensitize your puppy to the process and tools of grooming. 

Pop on by for a walk in nail appointment. Walk in anytime Tues-Sat and get a quick trim or grind. 

Call or go online to book an appointment with our groomer Rosie. Please read over our policies & procedures when booking an appointment to learn about cancelation or late fees, de-matting procedures, and how grooming pick-up works. You will receive a copy of the policies & procedures in an email once booking your appointment as well. 

Timing and pricing for each appointments depends on the choice of service and the size of the dog. 

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