Guide to Bath Time With Your Pet

Need to bathe your pet but no sure where to start? We like to look at bath time at an opportunity for quality time with your pet. Not only can the one-on-one contact result in an increase in the feel-good, love hormone oxytocin (in both you and your fur baby), but you’ll save a considerable […]

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Spring Shedding = 'Tis Grooming Season!

grooming shedding blowing coat

Are you noticing a lot more pet hair clinging to your clothes or tufting around the corners of your rooms? Don’t worry: you’re not alone! This just means spring is here! And hand in hand with the rising temperatures comes the shedding of those winter coats. It may surprise you to learn that short-haired dogs like labradors and pugs actually shed the most often and most continuously! And dogs with double coats, like a Siberian husky or Alaskan malamute usually shed once a year in the springtime (and sometimes also in the autumn) by “blowing” their coat with nature’s anticipation of the changing temperatures, which means that their fur will come out in huge chunks. We’ve combed through (pun intended!) our library of grooming tips to help you get a handle on the flying fur this season. Read on to find out how:

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The importance of winter grooming: follow our four tips!

a happy winter dog is a healthy groomed winter dog

There’s a common misconception that dogs don’t need to be groomed, or only groomed minimally, over the winter months. The (erroneous) belief is that a dog’s winter coat comes in and should be allowed to grow long to protect and warm the dog. In addition, because dogs, like humans, often follow a more sedentary and inside routine in the winter, many people feel that their dogs aren’t getting dirty enough to warrant bathing. But this is simply not true. In fact, in many ways, grooming over the winter months becomes even more important to the health of your dog than at any other time of the year. Long, wet, matted hair easily makes a cold, wet, and infection-susceptible dog. Simply follow these four grooming rituals through the winter to combat these winter pitfalls, and ensure that your dog stays comfortable, dry, and healthy!

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Pet grooming: it's not just a vanity thing

dog grooming dog bath

ANOTHER trip to the salon – and how much for that wash, blow-dry, and style? Sometimes it can feel like your dog gets more “spa” days than you do! But before you start to think the trips to the groomers are a frivolous extra that your dog could go without, think again. Brushing and shampooing your dogs isn’t just to beautify them (though of course that’s a major benefit) and decrease the offense to our human noses that can come with just a little too much “doggy” smell around the house. Nope, if your dog is looking a bit rough around the edges, chances are he’s feeling bad too.

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Shedding Woes, Part 2: Tips on Managing Blowing Coats

Last week we explained the finer points of shedding, and more specifically, the huge annual or bi-annual event termed “blowing coat” experienced by double-coated dog breeds. Whether or not you have a dog that blows out his undercoat this spring, if you have a dog, you have dog hair issues. So, to make your life a little less hairy, the following tips will help you keep the flying fur under control. Brush, Wash, Brush, Repeat.

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Shedding woes, part 1: What does "blowing coat" mean?

In this two-part series over the next two weeks, we describe the seasonal insanity that is “blowing coat” and then, detail the best way to manage this massive shedding! Some dog owners may never come across this dreaded two-word phrase (Looking at you, you single-coated breed owners, you!), but those of us who have the […]

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Grooming Puppies and earthbath Wipes

As a new puppy (actually, puppies) owner (yes, those are my lil’ furbabies), the following items are indispensable to me: 1) Tons of tiny training treats in a variety of flavors and textures (puppies want to learn, are food-motivated, and get bored easily) 2) lots and lots of old rags and towels 3) white vinegar […]

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Spring shedding means spring grooming – control the flying fur!

If you’re noticing a bit more pet hair clinging to your clothes or tufting around the corners of your rooms like furry tumbleweeds, fear not, it’s just a sign of the season! Hand in hand with the cheerful flowers and warmer temperatures of spring comes the unwelcome accompaniment of increased shedding. Shedding is one of the biggest complaints of pet owners, and alas, this time of year the problem only gets worse. The good news is that there are several things that you can do to keep the unwanted hair at bay regardless of the way your particular dog sheds. Read on to find out how.

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