Proper Techniques to Groom Your Dog

Posted by: admin | May 26, 2015 | Posted in Dog Grooming

Customers in need of dog grooming in Seattle often wonder how they can maintain their canine’s fabulous looks in between professional appointments. Fortunately, our knowledgeable pet lovers have some great tips, and we will bring a few basics to your attention here.

Start Small

The first home beauty treatments should be short. Beginning with a 5- or 10-minute session will allow your furry friend to adjust to this new experience.

Keep Tangles at Bay

One simple and enjoyable treatment is the brushing of your dog’s coat. This may need to be done daily if he or she has a long or easily matted coat. Short, smooth fur may only need to be brushed weekly.

Bathe Sparingly

Keep the bath sessions to every few months unless your pal is truly dirty, and use appropriate pet shampoo. This will prevent skin irritation.

Watch the Nails

One tricky aspect of canine care is the clipping of the nails. This may be best left to professionals, but if you would like to do it yourself, purchase high-quality dog clippers, and follow the directions faithfully. Note that dog nails contain a vein that can easily be nicked if the cutting is not done carefully.

With these grooming tips, Fido will be looking and feeling fabulous. Use these “spa” treatments as a relaxing bonding time for you both.

Benefits of Dog Day Care

Posted by: admin | | Posted in Dog Daycare

We all want our dogs to be happy, healthy, and energetic. Seeing our beloved pets happy and active eases a multitude of worries about their long-term health and well-being. However, it can be hard to give them all the time, attention, and interaction they need to stay healthy if you have a full-time job and responsibilities. It can be exhausting to come home from work every day and put in hours of walks and playing so that your pup gets all the exercise and interaction that it needs. Looking for a solution? Doggy day care in Seattle or your home town might be it! Read on for some of the benefits.

Interaction

If raised around a lot of other dogs, your pup will naturally learn how to interact with playmates and be a friendlier, more outgoing dog. This can solve the problem often seen with dogs that are never socialized when they are threatening or intimidated around other dogs. This is especially good if you want to ease your dog into introducing a new dog or even a baby into your household.

Exercise and Playtime

Dogs have huge amounts of energy when they’re healthy, and to keep them that way you need to make sure they get their exercise! Often, just having a dog walker come by doesn’t cut it–most pups need interaction and playtime all day long to get the amount they need. If you don’t have the time and energy to give your pup all the energy it takes, you can rest easy knowing that your pet is getting all the playtime needed at day care.

Medical Attention

If your dog is getting elderly and needs some more attention in the form of medication and special care, many dog day cares can help out by administering medication and care.

5 Insider Tips to Boarding your Dog

Posted by: admin | May 24, 2015 | Posted in Dog Boarding, Dog Daycare

Memorial Day has finally arrived, kicking off the summer vacation season! We have been revving up for weeks and are ready for the start of summer which means a lot of doggy sleepovers. With this in mind, we want to share with you some tips you may not of thought of for boarding your dog. Whether its your pup’s first time boarding or the thousandth time we always want to make sure their sleepover stay is the best it can be!

Vegas tucks himself into bed every night!

Vegas tucks himself into bed every night!

 

1. Add a Yummy Incentive

  • Sometimes dogs can be a bit pickier than usual about eating meals; the dog who gobbles up everything in sight at home, may choose to not eat meals during a boarding stay. Adding just a small amount of a ‘high value’ item to every meal will make them more likely to eat all of them. The ‘high value’ item can vary between treats, wet food, raw food, chicken broth, yogurt, etc. The idea is to add something special the dog doesn’t normally get everyday to encourage them to eat. This isn’t a fail safe trick, there are always the extremely picky eaters who won’t eat even with their incentive but it works with majority of dogs.



2. The T-shirt Trick!

  • Bring a shirt/article of clothing that you have slept in so it smells like you that can be put in their kennel with them at night. This can be in addition to their favorite bedding and favorite toy too



Donald & Sadie soundly snoozing on their bed from home.

Donald & Sadie soundly snoozing on their bed from home.



3. Short ‘Dry Run’ Boarding Stays

  • If your dog is not an experienced boarder and you have a long trip planned, the best advice would to plan short 1 or 2 night stays over a couple weeks before the long trip to help acclimate them to boarding. It’s not mandatory of course but it will lessen the stress on your pup and ease them into the long boarding stay.



4. Check in on them

  • This might sound obvious but you should always feel welcome to check up on your pet while they are boarding.



5. Time for a Bath

  • Ask for a bath or nail trim to be done before you pick up your dog. If your dog is a big player they will be a tad stinky from consecutive days of playing with other dogs.


Ask for a Bath Blog Photo

We want to hear from you!! What do you do to help you dog have a smooth boarding stay? What’s a good tip for dog owners new to boarding?