Why You Should Go to a Professional for Dog Grooming

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | August 17, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized

Dog grooming is essential for both your dog’s appearance and health. While many people try to groom their pet on their own, there are several reasons why you should take your pet to a professional dog groomer.

They Have Better Products

You should take your dog to a professional dog groomer because they will use high-quality products. A dog groomer will have access to some of the best and healthiest shampoos, soaps, and other grooming products on the market. In many situations, it may be too expensive for the average consumer to buy these on their own. However, you will get to take advantage of these products if you take your pet to a professional.

Quality Service

Another reason why you should take your dog to a professional is that you will receive better overall service than if you have to do it on your own. Grooming a dog can be a very challenging thing to do on your own. A professional will know exactly how to keep your dog calm and patient during the process and will be able to effectively clean and groom your dog. Ultimately, this will result in a cleaner and happier pet.

Issue Identification

A professional dog groomer will be able to identify issues and concerns that you may not have noticed yourself. A groomer will be able to notice areas of health concern that you can then discuss with your veterinarian. This could result in catching an illness or other health issue before it develops into a more serious condition.

They Have The Right Tools

You certainly don’t want to use your own electric razors or scissors to groom your dog! Professional groomers have all the right tools to get your dog looking his best, from different nail clippers to an adjustable grooming table.

Here at Central Bark, we create a customized treatment and care routine based off your dog’s individual needs. Call us today to schedule your dog’s next grooming appointment!

Cookouts, Food, and Pet Safety

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | July 26, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized

Summer feels like it’s flying by! It’s a great time to sit back, relax, and get outdoors to enjoy cookouts with family, friends – and pets! While we’re outside enjoying the marvelous weather and our favorite summer foods, it’s important to keep in mind that a lot of our tasty treats aren’t healthy for our furry friends and can pose serious health risks. Even simple ingredients, like onions or guacamole, can be dangerous to our pets’ health. Before you fire up the grill, here are some tips for ensuring a successful and safe cookout with your dog:

— Don’t give your dog too many scraps: It’s easy to fall victim to those puppy-dog eyes, but it’s important to be sure you’re not giving your dog too many “treats” during your cookout. Not only can it upset your dog’s stomach, but it’s possible for your dog to choke on certain scraps like bone-in chicken wings.

— Pay attention to your dog: Pay attention to your dog’s behavior to ensure they aren’t getting too tired, hot, or over-excited during the barbecue. With a lot of people around, your dog can become antsy or aggressive, so you may want to consider bringing them inside for a while. While your dog is outside, be sure to check that he or she has enough water – especially during a hot sunny day.

— Keep the grill away from pets: Be sure your dog is far away from the grill at all times, especially when guests are playing with him or her. One misstep can seriously injury the dog, your guest, or both.

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!

Advantages of Using a Professional Dog Boarding Facility

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | July 13, 2018 | Posted in Dog Boarding

If you’re planning a summer vacation or have a scheduled work trip, you’ll need to make accommodations for your furry family members while you’re gone. Here at Central Bark, we provide an environment where your dog can play and socialize with other friendly dogs in a supervised and caring setting. All of our staff members are extensively trained in dog behavior, pet first aid, and are CPR certified. In case of emergency, they will know how to administer medicine and give your pet approved treatments while you’re out of town. You’ll be able to travel knowing your dog is in good hands. Here are some additional advantages of using a dog boarding facility:



• Provides regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight
• Relieves boredom, separation anxiety, and destructive behaviors at home
• Improves socialization with dogs and people
• Enhances quality of life

Dog boarding facilities offer your pet a familiar place for them to relax other than your home. Introducing your pets to new experiences is good for their health, mental sharpness, and will build their socialization skills. As a pet owner, you’ll appreciate the peace of mind you’ll get when you bring your dog to a safe and caring place.
The team here at Central Bark is committed to providing a premium level of service to their customers and their animal companions. Give us a call today and experience peace of mind from a reliable, pet care company.

The Pros of Boarding While You’re on Vacation

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | June 29, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized

Summertime is here which means more time spent outdoors and plenty of vacations planned! While you’re planning your next getaway, you’ll need to weigh your options on whether to bring your pet along for the ride or book them a reservation at a pet resort.

 

Your pets are part of your family, so we know you hate leaving them out of the fun, but it’s not always practical to bring them along! By bringing your dog to a boarding facility, you can ensure that they will be in a healthy living atmosphere, interacting with other dogs! Here at Central Bark, your dog will get to play in one of our designated play areas all day, or they can get pampered at our full service grooming salon. Here are some advantages to boarding while you’re on vacation:

 

iStock_000009747003SmallAround the clock care: When you choose a boarding facility, you can be assured that your pup is getting the care they need. When you board your pet with Central Bark, we make sure they get plenty of exercise and play time, and personal attention.

Security: By bringing your dog to a boarding facility, you can be sure that they will be safe and secure while you’re gone. Don’t forget to check out our Webcams as well to watch your furry family member while you’re on vacation!

 

Here are some other reasons why taking your pet on vacation with you can be difficult:

 

–Your pet may get travel anxiety. Traveling can be hard on pets: from flying or long car rides, to being in new surroundings, to visiting somewhere that’s unfamiliar. This can become very stressful for your pet.

–Your pet might become uneasy in an unfamiliar room they don’t recognize, like a hotel room. Dogs love routine, so a new hotel room could be confusing to them. In unfamiliar territory, dogs tend to bark or act strange, which could become a burden for you while you’re on vacation.

–Not all places are pet friendly. While more and more businesses are opening their doors to pets, there are still plenty that are not. Depending on where you’re headed, the pet-friendliness of the locale might limit your travel and sightseeing options.

 

If it is not practical to bring your dog on vacation with you, Central Bark can provide them with a fun vacation of their own while you are away! Visit our Website for more information!

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!

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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!