As we are now seeing, the new trend for men is #MermanHair and the bright colors and styles are making a splash on Instagram. Of course if we are having fun with a trend we need our pup to be right by our side and be our little Sebastian. Pet Paint for Dogs has a sea of shades to complement any hair color we try out next. Pet Paint is an easy spray on can, safe for dogs or any animal with hair and veterinarian approved. Pick the shade that fits the occasion and start the imagination to come up with the design best for your pup.
If owners could choose one skill their dog had to know, it would to be housebroken. Whether teaching a small puppy or an older dog here are some tips that could help with ensuring an impactful training.
If the dog is not housebroken it is best to keep them confined to one area of the house and should not roam freely until housebroken. Preferably, keep the dog in an area where messes are easier to clean up like a crate or area closed off by a gate. Puppies younger than 10-12 weeks might not be able to hold their urine and pee pads can be used until they get older. Once your pup is old enough be sure to train puppies to use the potty outside otherwise they will understand that it is ok to use the potty inside all the time, and no one wants to be the owner who has to carry pee pads to yappy hour.
When in the process of potty training here are a few do’s and don’ts that can be very helpful.
Do praise your dog with a walk or pat, but the act itself is the best praise as the dog will associate the feeling of relieving their bladder to the act. Don’t use treats because it can interrupt the act and the dog will then just focus on the food and wait later to potty.
Do stop your dog the moment you see them urinating where they aren’t supposed. Catching your dog in the moment will teach them that behavior is not acceptable and then take them immediately outside. Don’t scold your dog 5 minutes later if you find urine stains, because in a dogs’ mind they understand you are mad at the urine stain and might just pick another location in your home to potty. A loud clap or noise maker works great to startle your dog to stop in the moment.
Do use scheduled feeding and potty times so your dog will better understand when they should relieve themselves and once your dog becomes more familiar with what you want after feeding time the wait won’t be so long, and you can get back to Real Housewives. Don’t wait too long after feeding to take your dog outside, about 10 minutes after feeding should work.
There are definitely more tips to helping potty train your pooch, but we want to hear from you about what worked or didn’t work in your training.
There are many benefits for keeping your pup clean and pristine whether from the groomers’ or giving some time to your furbaby. Just like humans, dogs need a good grooming routine to ensure the best overall health and help prolong life. When grooming, it’s a quiet bonding time experience between owner and pet and helps you become more familiar with your pets body which will help to catch and prevent any health problems. Not only does grooming improve a pet’s overall health of skin and coat, but it also lowers stress levels for puppies and for us, too. Along with a great smelling pet, regular grooming will help keep dog odor and fur shedding to a minimal inside your car or home. If new to grooming, be sure to have a great attitude, lots (and I mean lots) of patience, and plenty of treats to create a positive experience for your pet. Be sure to stop grooming if it becomes a battle with your pet and return to it later when things are calm again. Of course if your pet requires more detailed cleaning a professional groomer is always best. We would love to hear about your grooming experiences and how your pup likes being taken care of, so please comment below.
Canine dental hygiene is very important in the health of your dog and proper dental care for a dog can combat bad breath, plaque and gum disease which affects your dogs’ overall health. In order to keep a healthy mouth you must brush your dogs’ teeth once a day but sometimes we may not have the time to sit and scrub every tooth or as new owners might not even know where to begin.
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When brushing your dogs’ teeth it is important to have the proper tools for the job. Start off with the best toothpaste, for us there are many formulas to choose from but in the dog world having pet specific toothpaste with a nice flavor will do the trick. Do not use human toothpaste because dogs tend to swallow a lot of the paste during brushing and human toothpaste will upset their stomach. After choosing the toothpaste it is time to find the perfect toothbrush and there are a few that are best for certain breeds. In our video we go over the benefits of the different toothbrushes and how they work for dogs.
Once you have the tools for cleaning it is important to have your dog comfortable with fingers in the mouth so they don’t get startled and bite on your hand. For beginners, it is best to first rub their teeth with peanut butter or something sweet so they associate brushing as a positive thing. You want to do this several days in a row and follow up with treats. When your dog is comfortable with fingers entering the mouth now introduce the brush with toothpaste by first letting your dog lick the brush to get use to the texture and gently rub the teeth and gums. Again do this several days in a row with treats and praise.
When your dog is comfortable with the toothbrush against the tooth, you can start brushing regularly. First gently hold back your dogs’ lip and start brushing at a slight angle to the gumline, brushing a few teeth at a time. Brush the outside of the teeth, gently moving back and forth, be sure to speak to your dog in a soothing tone and always follow up with a treat. Over time you can lengthen the session to gradually be able to clean all teeth in one sitting. Be sure to watch our video for a live demonstration of how to clean your dogs’ teeth and more detail over all the products available to you.
Unfortunately we can’t stop the rainy weather to take our dogs out for a brief walk, but we can prepare for it. It can be such a chore to prepare ourselves for the aftermath of clean up when taking our pups for a walk in wet weather. Instead of lugging the hose, grabbing the mat, or gathering the towels there are other easier methods to clean our pups paws. My favorite is the Paw Wash, with a simple design and easy usage it can be perfect for those muddy days. Here is a video demonstrating how easy it is to use. If the weather is a bit more cold, or extremely hot there are also waterproof boots available that slip on each paw and stay securely wrapped on their feet. With the Paws Natural Boots there is no hard padding so your pup can feel the ground he is walking on, the boot is more of like a protective rubber slip over the paw. It’s great for keeping itchy lawn chemicals off your pup and works with snow or hot pavement. There is always the option of cute and fashionable doggy shoes. It protect against dirt and harsh weather while keeping your pup stylish with any outfit they decide to show off. So with all the options available for protecting our pups paws in the ever changing weather, it doesn’t seem to be a challenge for that walk in the rain.
For the everyday person, taking care of personal hygiene is a given. However, what about those furry little critters that we take under our wing? That’s right, our pets deserve the same amount of personal hygiene as we give ourselves; however, sometimes that can be a difficult feat as we don’t know what our pets prefer. There are many different shampoos and conditioners out there that our furry friends would enjoy, such as Jasmine and Vanilla, Violet and Sea Mist Lush, Red Berries and Champagne and so much more. There are also shampoos that brighten and revitalize, and will include certain conditioning sprays that will treat your pets fur the way it should be treated.
Choosing to wash your pets on a consistent basis is not only beneficial to their health, but also helps them to smell good as well as rid themselves of any harmful parasites. Many shampoos and conditioners work to fight against unwanted pests allowing you and your pet to live a parasite free life. This is extremely valuable for your household because it will avoid the ongoing of uninvited bugs which will be difficult to get rid of if you don’t take care of it initially.
If you are looking for shampoos and conditioners for your pets, there are many different ones to choose from. Whether your pet has dry skin, is prone to shedding, has tangled hair or just needs a little rejuvenation, you will be able to find the perfect product for your pet. Animals enjoy being taken care of just like we do so don’t neglect your pet and the health of their hair – they will love you even more for it in the end!
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So summer is coming and that means my dog, Jack, has special needs that I have to deal with – especially with his fur and skin. I’m sure any doggie parent with a small fluffy dog can relate! I always struggle with keeping his fur from getting matted, but grass and sticker burrs are constantly attaching themselves to him during the summer months. I love using Isle of Dog products…their products are very gentle on my dog’s skin and it smells great. During the winter, I usually use the No. 16 to keep him bright white. But during the summer, I like to switch to the Detangle Shampoo No. 30 – his fur gets super soft and I don’t have to brush him as often. I love the fact that it saves me time!
It’s also really important to me to keep Jack hydrated too – it gets extremely hot here in Texas. I always carry a portable water bottle with me for made especially for dogs to help prevent dangerous overheating. And I know this seems silly, but I discovered a new product – Pet Sunscreen by Doggles. It’s made specifically for dogs (non-toxic!) and his poor nose won’t get sunburned like it did the first summer we got him.
Everyone is so concerned these days about sun damage. But we never seem to think about our dogs suffering from sun damage or from heat stroke. But if you think about it, it’s imperative to keep our pets cool and healthy during the summer too. It’s not as if they can speak up and complain about a sunburn on their noses or that they’re getting too hot, so it’s important to take preventive action.
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Runny eyes and tear stains (medically referred to as Epiphora) are a major concern for dog owners. If you have a white Bichon Frise, Maltese, or Poodle, you are probably very familiar with unsightly tear stains. They certainly don’t go well with your dog’s new couture. The bacteria or yeast growth, particularly an organism called “red yeast” (causes the red/brownish stain color and possibly unpleasant odor) thrive on moisture and are attracted to the tear ducts in the eyes. Dogs with eye lash and eyelid problems, and dogs doomed by their genetics from their shallow eye sockets, have faulty tear drainage anatony. Regular cleaning is required as the trapped moisture and tears can lead to bacterial infection. I found a great article about this on VeterinaryPartner.com. Click here to read it.
EyePack to the rescue! Say goodbye to unsightly eye stains and grubby muzzles! I am so excited about these two products as I have been wishing for something to make the eye stains go away and ease up muzzle cleaning. The EyePads and EyeMunity pack not only keeps your dog’s eyes healthy and clean, but also improve the overall immune system as the main ingredient in the EyeMunity is Epicor, an ingredient proven in clinical studies to have antioxidant properties. All ingredients are human grade! Dog breeds like Bulldogs, Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, Malteses, Sharpeis, Bichon Frise, and Pugs can really benefit from this product as they are genetically are more prone to having tear staining. If you buy the EyePack which has both these cool products, you save $4.
Basic tips: Give your pet fresh, distilled water, use stainless steel bowls, and keep their eyes clean (and area around the eyes like folds and muzzle) and dry everyday.