Dog Grooming Education

Author: gibbywmu
September 30, 2008
dog matting

Grooming is an important part of your dog’s health, with regular brushing and combing helping to remove dead hair and dirt and prevent matting. Use tools like the furminator to remove matting and dead undercoats. Dogs who are regularly groomed tend to have a healthier and shinier coat because it stimulates the blood supply to the skin.

Grooming your dog can also be a good way to bond with your dog, and it’s important to get him used to it from an early age. Many dogs learn to see their routine brushing as an alternate petting, another source of affection and attention. A good quality brush and comb will help you with your dog’s coat, but also remember that your dog’s eyes, ears, and nails require attention as well.

Many breeds have special grooming needs, so be sure to research before you choose a method of grooming for your dog breed.

Dog Shedding Awareness

Author: gibbywmu
September 30, 2008
dog hair

Dog hair grows and dies just as human hair does. Some dogs — particularly hard-coated terriers and Poodles — hang on to their dead hair, thus requiring special grooming to remove it. Use tools like the furminator to remove this dead hair. Other dogs give it up quite readily, all over the house. Double-coated dogs generally drop their soft undercoats twice a year and lose their guard hairs once a year, although some individual dogs might shed constantly or only every 10-12 months. Shedding can take anywhere from three weeks to two months. A warm bath helps accelerate the process and daily (or twice-daily) grooming can help control clouds of hair that scurry into corners and under furniture.

Shedding is controlled by hormonal changes that are tied to photoperiod (day length) and is influenced by level of nutrition and general state of health. In addition to natural biennial shedding, a dog may drop its coat after surgery, x-rays under anesthesia, and whelping puppies.

Double-coated dogs that shed heavily are Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Keeshond, Siberian Husky, Samoyed, Norwegian Elkhound, Collie, Great Pyrenees, Kuvasz, Newfoundland, St. Bernard, English Toy Spaniel, Pomeranian, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Tervuren, Australian Shepherd, German Shepherd, Smooth Collie, Shetland Sheepdog, and American Eskimo. The Dalmatian sheds constantly, and many dogs shed a moderate amount of hair.

Owners should be aware before purchase that a long-coated dog, purebred or mixed, will require grooming throughout its life. If the inclination to groom or the time to do so are not part of the plan, provisions should be made for professional coat care for the dog. Otherwise, a dog that can do with a lick and a promise is a better choice as a family pet.

Grooming Tools

Author: gibbywmu
September 30, 2008
dog brushing

 Pet supply stores have a dizzying variety of tools and products to assist in dog grooming. There are combs with fine teeth, combs with medium teeth, and combs with coarse teeth, combs with handles and without. There are brushes with short metal pins, brushes with slanted metal pins, brushes with flexible plastic pins, oval-shaped brushes and rectangular brushes. There are shedding blades for thick-coated dogs that shed gobs of undercoat and nubby gloves for smooth-coated breeds.

There are shampoos and rinses and gels and whiteners and conditioners and supplements to clean and soften coats.

A basic home grooming kit for a long-coated dog should include a soft wire slicker brush, a comb that has both fine and coarse teeth, a Universal brush and mat comb for dealing with the tangles that do form, and an oil-based conditioner that is applied before brushing or combing the coat.  We recommend using the furminator to remove the dead undercoat of thick haired dogs. The mat comb has long teeth that are inserted into the mat rocked in a sawing motion to loosen the hairs.

A kit for medium-coated or short-coated dogs should include a slicker brush or flexible-pin brush. Bony dogs should be brushed with a soft brush or one with blunt bristles. Feathery hairs on the legs, ears, and tail should be combed. A nubby glove or coarse rag is suitable for grooming faces and for stimulating the skin and conditioning the coat on short-coated dogs.

September 30, 2008
dog shedding

 There are a plethora of reasons why every dog owner should groom their dog frequently. Such practice is highly important for it will make your canine pet be in good shape, physically and emotionally.

If your dog is clean and well-groomed all the time, he will be free from germs and bacteria. His fur will be a lot nicer and not be infested by nasty fleas and ticks and, most importantly, you will keep him away from any canine diseases at bay, making him more active.

A clean dog is more well-behaved than the dirty ones. Dogs plague-ridden by fleas, for instance, are always irritable and bad tempered, and tend to show signs of bad dog behaviors such as excessive barking. True enough, the physical state of your dog has a big impact on the way he feels and reacts to people around him.

Dog grooming is a responsibility of every owner that is not that hard to do. Giving your dog a good pet bath once a week is one of them which obviously doesn’t take that much time. It is the easiest and most effective method to make your dogs clean and eliminate the dirt he got from playing outside. In bathing your pet, the use of anti-fleas shampoo and conditioner is recommended to ensure the absolute removal of these pests on your pet’s fur and skin.

Moreover, grooming your dog will definitely give an enormous comfort on him. It is also a great bonding time between you and your dog. Besides bathing him, take time to trim his nails regularly and brush his hair daily. Brushing your dog’s hair on a daily basis is an important part of every pet’s hygiene for it reduces shedding and promotes healthy skin.  Use tools like the furminator to remove the dead undercoat. You can also boost the energy level of your dog by grooming him.

Proper Grooming

Author: gibbywmu
September 10, 2008

 Proper grooming is an important part of pet care. It not only makes a companion animal look better, but contributes to his or her physiological and psychological health.

Brush your pet thoroughly every day. This helps keep his or her hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading the natural oils throughout the coat, preventing tangles from forming and keeping the skin clean and free from irritation. Use deshedding tools like the furminator to remove the dead, dry undercoat. 

It is best to start brushing your pet at an early age, but do not despair if he or she is an older animal. It is possible to train one to enjoy grooming. Proceed slowly, and be sure to use treats and plenty of praise to make the experience fun!

Dog Hair Brushing

Author: gibbywmu
September 10, 2008
dog brushing

 Dog grooming is an important part of dog ownership. Just like people, dogs need physical maintenance to look and feel their best. Fortunately, dogs do not need to bathe as often as people, but you do need to learn how much grooming your dog actually needs and keep it on a schedule. Generally, a dog’s grooming needs depend on the breed and hair type. If your dog has a skin, ear or nail condition, follow your veterinarian’s instructions regarding grooming your dog. Here is a dog grooming basic to remember.

Hair Brushing
Most dogs enjoy being brushed, and the sessions will strengthen the bond with your dog while keeping his coat healthy. A dog’s minimum brushing needs depend on hair type. Choose the appropriate tool and follow these guidelines based on hair type. Long-haired dogs usually require daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling of hair. Medium-haired dogs are also prone to matting and tangles and should be brushed at least weekly. Short-haired dogs can typically go about a month in-between brushing. Regardless of hair type, you can brush your dog daily – especially if he enjoys it. More frequent brushing is recommended during shedding season to prevent build-up of undercoat and excess shedding. Use tools like the furminator to reduce the dead undercoat of your pet.

Brushing Your Dogs Coat

Author: gibbywmu
September 10, 2008

 To make things the easiest for you, start when the dog is just a puppy and they will become so accustomed to it, it will not be a problem or big deal. Depending on whether your pet is short or long hair will determine the amount of brushing required. Shorthaired dogs need to be brushed two to three times a week. Longhaired pets should be brushed daily. Look at it as time spent relating to your dog and the time will be spent doing double duty. Different brushes are made for different hair types. Choose an appropriate one depending on length and type of coat. For dogs with extremely wiry or a coat that mats easily, look for a mat comb.

Since deshedding is a very important consideration for any long haired pet owner, use tools like the furminator to remove the dead undercoat of the dog.  This hair can build up over time, and could cause your dog to become overheated easier in the summer months.

Are You Ready For A Dog?

Author: gibbywmu
August 14, 2008

 Are You Ready for a Dog? Maybe Later… Have you been thinking about getting a dog? If you are reading this, then it’s probably been on your mind for a while. You are probably the kind of person that thinks things through and that’s why you’ve chosen this article. We know all of the reasons we want a dog…love, companionship, fun, etc. But it’s important, also, to think about the negatives and make sure that they are things you are comfortable with. It’s possible that now is NOT the right time to get a dog.

You already know that dogs are a very big responsibility. If you change your mind after getting a dog, or your family decides it wasn’t a good idea after all, it will be the dog who suffers. Following is a simple list of all the negative things about owning a dog. Not all dogs will do these things, but it’s important to be prepared for the possiblity. Think twice before you get a dog. Here is the list that you and your family should understand about living with a dog: Some dogs get big. Some dogs bark a lot. When you walk a dog, you have to pick up the mess. Dogs can get sick and mess up the carpet. Dogs can chew furniture.

Dogs shed hair. Dogs get lonely when they are by themselves. Dogs can chew your toys. Dogs can get sick and cost a lot of money at the vet. Dogs can be picky about their food. Dogs jump on people. Dirty dog dishes need to be washed. Dogs need baths. Dogs scratch, bite, and chew. Dogs can’t always understand what you are saying. Dogs can get fleas, worms, and ticks. Dogs can run away. Dogs can bother the neighbors. Dogs need to go for walks. Dogs need things like leashes, collars, and toys which cost money. Dogs need a pet sitter or boarding when you want to go away.

Dogs need frequent brushing, so you need tools like the furminator to get rid of the dead undercoat. Dogs need exercise. Friends or family might be allergic to dogs. Dogs need obedience training. Dogs drool on your hands and on your clothes. Someday your dog will die. So there it is. I can’t think of any more negatives. And some of these may not be negatives for you, like exercising your dog. That may be a reason you want to get a dog. Just remember this list, and if they bother you a lot, then a dog may not the best pet for you. You might decide that this is not the best time to get a dog. Or that your home is not the best place for a dog right now. Or you might decide that the best pet for you is not a dog. Making the right decision now will help a dog live a happier, more comfortable life.

August 7, 2008
Dog Traveling

Alot of people traveling in RVs – fulltimers, partimers and weekenders alike – bring their doggies along for the trip. What do you do to keep your mutt looking pretty on the road? What happens when you let Fluffy out to do her business, and she comes back with a coat full of burrs and mud?

Even if you are just road tripping in a car, it pays to have a little ‘grooming emergency kit’ tucked away somewhere. These are the essentials:

1. Fine-Tooth Comb – you can work out the burrs before they get really entwined with any plastic comb. Just don’t yank on your poor dog – be gentle!

2. Dog brush – once you have the burrs out, brush through the fur to remove leaves, dirt, and mud.  Use tools like the furminator to remove dead undercoat.

3. A small scissors is a lifesaver if there are matts.

4. Tweezers to remove the thorns and spines. Check your dogs feet every time you think of it – a thorn could become an infected abscess if neglected.

5. Baby Wipes are great for touch-ups between baths, for wiping eye boogers – and can really help out when you see any dangling dookie (you DON’T want THAT in your vehicle)!

6. A small spray bottle of doggie cologne, to help cover up any odors from Fido rolling in the cow pies. Find a scent you like since it will linger in the car or RV with you – there are hundreds to choose from; something for everybody. I am partial to the Christmas Spice-type scents…plus, after Christmas, you can probably buy a bunch of bottles on sale and use all year.

July 18, 2008


by Rose Lenk

Brush your dog often

Brushing will stimulate oils in your pets skin & keep it moist & healthy. Brushing will prevent matting of your dogs coat. Brushing is a great way to show your dog attention. Brushing eliminates dead hair in the coat that contributes to shedding, so use tools like the furminator to get the job done right.

Maintain the length of your dogs nails

You can walk your dog often to wear down nails. Clip your dogs nails on a regular basis. If they are cut too short they can bleed & sting. Groomers usually charge a little less than veterinarians to cut nails. If you believe your dog will be aggressive about getting their nails cut it is best to take them to the veterinarian.

Bathe your dog regularly

Buy dog shampoos & conditioners from pet stores. Do not use flea & tick shampoos unless your pet needs them, they can dry out your pets skin. Be sure to rinse your dog thoroughly, leaving soap on skin can cause problems. Bathing a dog with knots & mats will worsen them, be sure to eliminate these before or immediately after the bath. When drying your dog use low heat. Dogs are sensitive to burning, keep this in mind while adjusting water temperature. Bathing your dog will cut down on chances of infestations of fleas & ticks. Place cotton in your dogs ears before bathing. Often water in the ears can lead to ear infections. By washing away dead hair, regular bathing reduces shedding of your dogs coat.

Keep your dogs ears clean

Do this with dog ear cleaner bought from any pet store. Put a small amount of ear cleaner on a cotton ball and swab outer surface of the inner ear. Keeping your dogs ears clean & dry will reduce chance of ear infections & ear mites. You can also buy ear wipes from any pet store to keep your dogs ears clean. Dog groomers & veterinarians can also clean your pets ears for you. Many longhaired dogs grow hair in their ears that needs to be pulled to prevent ear infections. This hair can be gently pulled out with hemostats. Most people leave this to their groomer or vet.