How to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | June 18, 2018 | Posted in Dog Health

Summer is finally here and we’re excited to be doing our favorite activities outdoors. Summer is the best time of year to be out and about enjoying all that the season has to offer. However, the heat can be dangerous for our fur-covered loved ones if we aren’t being careful. We want to help you make this summer safe and fun for all of your four-legged family members. Here are a few tips to help you beat the heat this summer:

 
• Brush it out: If your dog sheds, this is the time that most dogs will begin to lose their undercoat. The undercoat is the wooly fur that keeps dogs warm during the winter. In order to keep your dog cool, you need to brush them so that their coat doesn’t become tangled or matted. If you don’t usually groom your dog yourself, be sure to schedule a dog grooming appointment!

• Never leave your dog in a car unattended: Your dog should never be left in a car during the summer or during high temperatures for any length of time; even if you’re running into the store for 5 minutes. Rolling down the windows are not enough to protect your dogs from the humidity and heat. They can easily overheat, and possibly have a heat stroke.
• Make frozen treats: Frozen treats are a fun and easy way to keep your dog cool over the summer. You can use common food items such as peanut butter or dog food.
• Plan ahead: Be sure to check the weather prior to spending the day outside with your dog. You don’t want to exert your dog during outside activities. If temperatures are out of control, it’s best to leave them at home. If you decide to take them with you, watch for heavy panting, weak legs, and slower movements. Remember, if your dog is having fun they’ll try to power through the heat, but you’ll know best! Be sure to bring water with you as well – if possible frozen water bottles.

The most important thing to do is enjoy the summer! If you have any questions at all, feel free to give us a call or come in and speak to one of our trained professionals!

How to Prevent Your Dog from Getting Fleas and Ticks

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | June 5, 2018 | Posted in Dog Health

Now that the warmer months are here, so are ticks and fleas in abundance. Your dog’s warm fur provides the perfect home for fleas and ticks. If their fur is on the longer side, your groomer may be the one to first discover the parasite’s presence.

While they are tiny, these pests can cause skin discomfort and spread disease when they come in contact with your dog. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to minimize their opportunities for contact.

 

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Topical spot treatment products are effective at keeping ticks and fleas at bay for about a month. There are also oral medications that kill ticks and disrupt the life cycle of fleas. Using a shampoo or powder with medicated ingredients is also a good option, though it will need to be applied fairly frequently.

Consult your groomer and veterinarian before choosing any medicated product for your dog, as there are many on the market to choose from.

 

Lawn Maintenance

Animals such as skunks, opossums, raccoons, and coyotes can deposit flea eggs into your yard. Try to discourage local animal wildlife from trespassing on your lawn by installing a fence, planting garlic, or spraying a non-toxic repellant.

Ticks thrive in moist, wooded, grassy areas. To deter them from taking up residence in your yard, be sure to keep your lawn mowed, remove leaf litter accumulations, and prune all shrubs and trees.

 

Consistent Checks

Your dog cannot protect themselves against fleas, so it’s up to you to keep an eye out for them. Turn them onto their back and check the warm and protected areas of their body. Fleas are approximately ¼ inch in length and red-ish brown in color.

Inspect your dog for ticks by checking between the toes, inside the ears, between the legs, around the neck, and deep into the fur. Look for a brownish insect about 2-6 millimeters long with a flattened oval shape. If you find a tick before it attaches, you’ve prevented a potentially serious illness. Immediately remove the tick by its head and dispose of it.

 

Grooming on a regular basis not only helps your dog avoid ticks and fleas altogether, but it increases the chances of early detection of the dangerous diseases they carry. Contact Central Bark to schedule an appointment today!

Types of Dogs that Need to be Groomed on a Frequent Basis

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | May 16, 2018 | Posted in Dog Grooming

There are several reasons why having your dog groomed on a regular basis is beneficial to your dog’s health, in addition to the beauty benefits. If you own a breed that requires routine coat trimming, it’s important to keep a regular dog grooming schedule. Doing so will result in a healthier coat and a healthier dog.

As a groomer, it pains us to have to resort to shaving a dog completely because their hair has become matted and clumped. Your dog can develop skin conditions and sores from bacteria that develop under the mats, which is one of the main reasons we recommend frequent grooming. Here are a few types of dogs that need to be groomed on a frequent basis:

  • Shih Tzu – Grooming your Shih Tzu every four to six weeks will help avoid knots and mats which will keep your dog happy and healthy. Their hair grows extremely fast, so it’s important to brush them on a daily basis. Additionally it’s important to get a face trimming, so hair isn’t blocking their vision.
  • Poodle – Poodles tend to get mats behind their ears, so this is a good area to brush every day in between grooming appointments. Poodles need to be groomed frequently, preferably every 1-2 months.
  • Cocker Spaniel – Cocker spaniels are high maintenance and need to be groomed every month. Their coat, skin, eyes, and ears need to be given proper attention, or else medical issues can arise.
  • Maltese – It’s important to brush your Maltese to prevent mats from forming. If you neglect the coat and allow mats to build up, a grooming session to remove them will be the only option and not a very enjoyable experience for your Maltese.

 

Regular grooming of your dog can help identify skin issues as well as health issues such as lumps, bumps, and infections and will keep your dog healthy! Contact Central Bark to set up a grooming appointment for your furry family member today!

Three Ways to Make Boarding Less Stressful for You and Your Dog

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | April 30, 2018 | Posted in Dog Boarding

Let’s face it: no one wants to leave their pooch behind when going on a long trip! However, knowing you’ve done everything you can to make their stay as comfortable and stress-free as possible will give you peace of mind while you’re away. You want to make sure you find a dog boarding facility that’s a good fit for your dog. Different facilities offer different boarding amenities that will make your dog more comfortable, such as playtime, one-on-one time with a staff member, dog playgroups, or cuddle time.

You definitely want to situate your dog ahead of time. If possible, take your dog on a tour of the facility so they can get acquainted with the staff and be more comfortable in their surroundings. If possible, consider a daycare visit as a test. As the dog owner, visit multiple facilities, speak with kennel owners and staff, and take a look at where your dog will be sleeping. Before leaving, schedule your dog for shorter stays at a daycare facility to get them used to the idea of staying away from home and being separated from you. To make your dog’s stay less stressful and more comfortable ask if you can bring a blanket or toy of theirs so they feel more at home.

You also want to make sure the facility you choose requires vaccinations. A well-run, credible facility should require all dogs to have updated vaccinations and shots before their stay. This is to ensure the safety and health of all guests that stay at the resort. You want to make sure you always keep your dog up to date with shots and vaccines. Last but not least, make sure to book a reservation at Central Bark in advance! Spots fill up really quickly, so be sure to book before they’re gone!

How Daycare Benefits Dogs

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | April 18, 2018 | Posted in Dog Daycare, Dog Health, Dog Socialization

As a pet owner, we know how important it is to you to give your dog the care and attention they deserve! However, if your dog spends a lot of time at home alone during the day while you’re at work, they might not be getting the attention or care they need.

Dog daycare provides mental and physical forms of development. It makes your dog feel like they are included and part of the pack, like they have a purpose and somewhere to be. Dog daycare has many benefits for your furry family member, and here at Central Bark we treat all of our guests with the care and attention they deserve. Here are some benefits of dog daycare:

  1. It provides a routine. Dogs tend to like routine and are creatures of habit. Bringing your dog to daycare will help provide and maintain a daily routine of walks, exercises, and playtime.
  2. Your dog will be calmer when they return home. Your dog will be busy all day playing and exercising with other dogs, so most likely at the end of the day he’ll be really tired! You’ll have peace of mind knowing your dog wasn’t waiting for you to come home all day. Additionally, you’ll know he hasn’t been bored, which is one of the main reasons why dogs tend to misbehave.
  3. They will experience constant interaction. During the day, while you’re at work, your dog will be enjoying the company of our staff all day long! Our staff will learn what your dog enjoys so we can keep them amused and safely entertained all day long!
  4. You won’t have to worry about rushing home from work to let your dog out. When your dog is spending the day at Central Bark, you don’t have to worry about if he’s hungry or if he needs to go to the bathroom. Our trained professionals will take care of all your dog’s needs and will monitor play and the interactions between dogs.

The benefits of dog daycare are endless! Having friends is important to everyone. Here at Central Bark, we can provide a safe and interactive place to play for you dog. Call us today to book a reservation!

two labrador retriever dogs playing outside

The Importance of Dog Socialization and the Benefits it Provides in Daycare

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | March 27, 2018 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Daycare, Dog Socialization

_MG_2261 (2) As a dog owner, you may be wondering why socialization is so important. It’s your responsibility to turn your hyper little puppy into a well-behaved and obedient adult dog. It’s similar to human socialization. It teaches us to be polite and how to interact with and respect the boundaries of others. It’s important to try and socialize your dog at a young age – if possible.

However, socialization is a process that should never stop! It will determine what kind of personality your dog is going to have, and how friendly they will be around people and other animals. If your dog isn’t exposed to new places, people, weather, objects, sounds, etc. they can develop a fear of anything new.

Taking your dog on walks on a leash is a good place to start in socializing them. Places like puppy classes, dog parks, dog daycare, and stores that allow pets can be good places for supervised interaction and socialization. Just the act of your dog being in public will help build their social skills! An under socialized dog can be timid, fearful, and even aggressive at times.

To be clear, your dog is born knowing how to be a dog. Constant socialization with other dogs as they grow up is necessary to reinforce their learning about the language of dogs – how to listen, how to interpret another dog’s mood, and how to control their actions. Here are few other reasons why dog socialization is so important:

  1. It reduces fear and anxiety. For a puppy, the entire world is new to them. But, as your dog grows older and isn’t exposed to various situations, new experiences can be frightening. If you socialize your dog he’ll learn to enjoy new experiences and will be able to handle them appropriately.
  2. It will make your life easier as a dog owner. Long car rides or traveling with your dog can be really stressful if your dog isn’t socialized. But, if you start traveling with your dog at a young age you’ll find it much easier to take him on long trips.
  3. It will reduce aggression. Some breeds are simply less aggressive than others, but socialization plays a key role in determining how your dog will interact with other dogs they’re unfamiliar with. It’s important to introduce your puppy to other dogs so they can form positive relationships and positive memories of those interactions.

You’ll have the greatest canine companion imaginable if you start socializing them at a young age! Remember, good health includes early socialization. If you have any questions, you can always give us a call or come in and speak to one of our trained professionals!

The Importance of Puppy and Dog Training

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | March 12, 2018 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Socialization, Dog Training

When we bring a puppy or dog into our homes and lives, we are asking them to change a lot of which is natural about their existence. Certain training is absolutely necessary – like housebreaking – while some is just for fun – like teaching your dog to balance a biscuit on his nose! A well trained dog is a happier dog because a trained dog requires fewer restrictions and has more freedom.  Training is an important aspect of socializing your dog to safely interact with people and other animals. It helps increase your dog’s sociability, which is critical to their psychological health. We need to teach our dogs what rules we want them to follow to make everyone’s lives easier.

Master playing with his little golden retriever dog on the lawn

 

Training classes provide dog owners with the much needed skills and knowledge of dealing with common dog behaviors – starting with puppy behaviors like teething and housetraining. No matter what age your dog is, foundation training provides the basis for any activity.  Foundation training includes commands like sit, stay, come, down and heel. Once your dog is trained with basic good manners, they can join in on the fun when company comes over, when you go to the park for sports games, hikes, swims, or going to a friend’s house! If your dog is going out with you all the time, and being around new people and animals they will be a happier dog. The happier your dog is, the less likely they will have behavioral issues, which will lead to a positive, happy relationship for your life as a pet parent.

 

Training also equals safety! If your dog can stay and sit at the front door when it’s opened, then they won’t be dashing out every time the door is opened, potentially getting harmed along the way. Not only that, but if your dog runs out the door every time you open it, he could scare someone walking past your house and upset your neighbors. When you train your dog properly using positive training methods, you can help make life a lot safer for them. A trained dog will know to pay attention to you, as the owner, and look to you for guidance.

 

Training has been shown to be the single most important thing that keeps dogs in their forever home. Here at Central Bark, our dog trainers are really smart humans and use positive training methods to help your pooch learn basic manners! Contact us to set up your appointment for training lessons!

The Benefits of Dog Grooming

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | March 2, 2018 | Posted in Dog Grooming, Dog Health

Here at Central Bark, we know grooming your pet is essential for various reasons. The benefits of dog grooming extend far beyond just making your dog look pretty! Here are four reasons why you should regularly groom your dog:

Detection of Parasites or Fleas. Professional groomers are very familiar with canine anatomy, so they can easily detect fleas, ticks, and other skin problems. They’ll check your pets coat for fleas, the ears for ear mites, and other parasites that might not be visible to you. With access to a variety of products, the groomer can tailor your pet’s skin care regimen to their specific needs in regards to these types of issues. They also have the appropriate grooming supplies from long-hair or short-hair breeds and will know what type of hair brush to use.

Grooming can add a pep in your pup’s step. Grooming can go a long way in improving your dog’s mood. Matted fur, long nails, and hair that is too long can make for a grumpy pet. For example, if your dog’s hair has grown too long around their eyes and is impairing their vision, your dog may be more fearful and aggressive simply because they can’t see well. Professional dog groomers know exactly how to make sure your dog looks great without causing any injuries.

You will be alerted to warning signs. There are many signs, especially on the skin or in the mouth or ears of your dog that may be indicative of an infection or other illnesses. Professional groomers usually know the warning signs and can alert you if they notice any abnormalities such as lumps, rashes, and bald patching. Additionally they might be able to detect early warning signs of illnesses before things get serious.

Grooming can help you control shedding. Shedding is a major issue that a lot of pet owners face. This issue can be easily remedied with regular dog grooming. While shedding cannot be completely avoided, by brushing your dog daily and giving them frequent baths with specific shampoo, you can help cut back on the amount they shed. It’s important to regularly brush your dog because the brush stimulates oil producing glands in the skin that keep it healthy and hanging onto hair longer.

Grooming doesn’t just serve the purpose of making your dog smell good and look pretty! With all of this in mind, put down those clippers and make an appointment with Central Bark– your furry family member will thank you for it!

Little chuhuahua dog at the groomers.

National Pet Dental Month

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | February 16, 2018 | Posted in Dog Health

Having dirty, smelly teeth is nothing to smile about! February is National Pet Dental Month, which reminds us to clean our pet’s teeth and bring them in for dental services. Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health, and dental problems can cauAsta 3se, or be caused by other health issues. So, your pet’s teeth should be cleaned at least once a year by your certified veterinarian to check for early signs of problems and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. If left untreated, plaque and tartar buildup can progress to painful inflammation and gum disease.

Imagine how your teeth would look and feel if you didn’t brush them daily! The same thing happens to your pets. Plaque builds up and the bacteria can infect the gum tissue and even the roots of teeth, which will result in tooth loss. This doesn’t just affect your pet’s oral health. Bacteria can travel though the bloodstream from vessels near the gums. This puts other organs, such as the lungs and kidneys, in risk of also getting an infection, which can shorten the lives of our pets. Here are some symptoms of dental disease to look out for:

  • Bad breath

This is one of the first signs of dental disease.  You should try to brush your pet’s teeth two to three times a week to prevent this from happening! Eventually your pet’s oral hygiene will become as standard as a brushing or grooming. But, if this problem persists make sure to visit your vet.

  • Lack of appetite or decreased eating

If you notice your pet hasn’t been eating as much, you should check to make sure there’s no inflammation or redness in their mouth. The bacteria in plaque cause our pet’s immune system to recognize it as foreign, which could lead to other health complications.

 

  • Pain when your pet eats Max 1

If your pet is experiencing pain when they eat, you may need to bring them to a vet immediately. They may need a tooth removed in order to be able to eat regularly again.

  • Swollen or red gums

This is caused by the buildup of bacteria latching onto gum tissue. If you regularly inspect your pet’s gums for signs of inflammation or redness, you can prevent them from getting gingivitis.

If your pet displays any of these symptoms, they may have a serious dental issue that should be handled immediately. But remember – most dental disease occurs below the gum line, where it’s harder to see. So, the best way to ensure that your pet doesn’t experience dental disease or dental problems is to prevent it!

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Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth at home is the most effective way to keep their teeth healthy between visits to the veterinarian.  Daily brushing is recommended, but isn’t always plausible so brushing two to three times a week is effective as well. Brushing your pet’s teeth can go a long way. Some pet’s may resist brushing at first, but will eventually accept it, especially if you start a routine at a young age.

Malnutrition can affect your pet’s teeth and gums too. Buying the proper food is important for your pet’s overall health, but also very important for a healthy mouth. Speak with your veterinarian about suggestions of the best chow to feed your pet.

While February is National Pet Dental Health Month, dental health should be a daily ritual for pet owners all year round! Questions? Contact Central Bark today for more information.

Guide for Choosing the Right Kennel for Your Dog

Posted by: Pack Leader | December 12, 2017 | Posted in Dog Boarding

When you leave town, choosing who will take care of your pets is one of the most important decisions you will make. Your pup will be safer and you’ll have better peace of mind if you choose a reputable boarding facility with experienced staff members who can make sure your pup has everything he needs. Here are some tips for finding the best dog kennel in Seattle.

Get Recommendations

There are lots of kennels out there, making it hard to pick just one of them. If you have friends with dogs, ask them where they’ve boarded their pets and what they thought about the facility and staff. You can also ask professionals like veterinarians and dog groomers in Seattle. They are sure to know about kennels that they’ll be happy to recommend.

Visit the Facility

A key step in choosing the right kennel is visiting it in person before you leave your dog there. Most kennels offer tours to the public, but be sure to call ahead to make sure you come at a convenient time. While you’re there, pay attention to the following:

Does the whole facility look clean and well maintained?

Are the kennels and fences secure?

Are the kennels set at a comfortable temperature?

How big are the kennels?

How much supervision do dogs have throughout the day?

Do kenneled dogs have access to an outdoor run or exercise area?

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Skye sacked out after a long day of play

Ask Questions

While you’re taking a tour of the facility, be sure to ask the staff members questions about daily kennel routines such as eating and potty breaks. If your pet is on medications, make sure there are staff members who can administer them as needed.

It’s also important to ask questions concerning the safety of your dog. For example, find out if staff members are certified in canine first aid and learn what their policies are in case of an emergency. Ask what vaccinations are required for your dog to board–these prevent your pet from picking up diseases during his stay and are required by any reputable kennel.

You can also find out what other services the kennel offers. Most offer basic services such as dog grooming in Seattle, so your pet can go home smelling fresh and clean. Many kennels also offer Seattle dog training. This allows a trainer to work one-on-one with your dog to master basic obedience or overcome problem behaviors.

Bring Your Dog

If you like what you see during your visit, schedule an appointment to bring your dog to meet the staff. This meeting is often required and usually includes a temperament test to make sure your dog doesn’t display any aggressive behaviors. If your dog will be attending doggie day care in Seattle during his boarding stay, this initial visit will also include a meet-and-greet with some of the daycare dogs to make sure everyone gets along.

Bringing your dog to visit the kennel is also a good way to get him used to the new environment before leaving him for an extended period of time. If your dog has separation anxiety or has never been away from home before, consider dropping him off for a half day of daycare before you leave in order to see how he does and reassure him that his stays at the kennel are only temporary. Ask the kennel staff if there’s anything else you can do to make his stay as easy and fun as possible!