Winter Weather Safety Tips For Your Dog

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

Winter is quickly approaching, which means temperatures are dropping below freezing. While some dogs have thick coats designed to withstand cold temperatures, others have thin coats that don’t keep them very warm. When it comes to spending time outside this winter with your pup, use your best judgment. Take into consideration the thickness of your dog’s coat and his age, as puppies and senior dogs have a harder time regulating their body temperature. Remember these tips to keep your dog safe this winter:


• Keep an eye out for rock salt and antifreeze. During winter walks, your dog’s paws can pick up all kinds of toxic chemicals that are used for snow, including salt, antifreeze, and deicers. Be sure to wipe down your dog’s paws when you return from your walk to prevent them from licking it off and becoming sick.
• Be mindful about dog grooming. If your dog is long-haired, it’s best to trim the hair to minimize clinging ice balls, salt crystals, and de-icing chemicals that can dry on skin. A longer coat will provide more warmth in the winter, so don’t shave your dog down to the skin. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting a coat or sweater for winter wear.
• Protect their paws. Massaging Vaseline or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect your dog’s paws from becoming flaky, dry, or itchy.
• Limit your dog’s time outside. Of course we love seeing our dogs play in the snow, but too much time outside could cause frostbite, especially on delicate earflaps and tail tips. Be mindful of how much time your dog is spending outside during the extreme cold, and try to limit time in extreme temperatures.

A good rule of thumb is if it’s too cold for you in your winter coat, it’s too cold for your dog! If you have any additional questions, please contact Central Bark.

Dog Breeds for People with Allergies

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | October 18, 2018 | Posted in Ask the Trainer, Dog Grooming

Being allergic to dogs doesn’t mean you have to completely give up on owning one! The trick is to choose from the breeds of non-allergenic dogs that don’t shed as much hair and dander. Non-shedding dogs are commonly referred to as hypoallergenic dogs, and they are a great choice for people with allergies. If someone in your house is allergic to dogs, consider getting these adorable hypoallergenic breeds:


1. Bichon Frise: These adorable little dogs are gentle, happy, and playful! Their hair continually grows and doesn’t shed, so regular grooming is important to prevent their hair from matting.
2. Labradoodles: This is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle has adorable curly hair that doesn’t shed! Their sweet personalities and friendliness make them a great family dog.
3. Maltese: Lively, gentle, loving, and trusting, Maltese dogs are devoted to those who care for them. They are very intelligent, good at learning tricks, and are great with kids. Most owners keep a Maltese dog’s hair groomed short to avoid matting. Maltese dogs are popular because they love to cuddle, are cheerful, and because they don’t shed.
4. Standard Schnauzer: Schnauzers are known to produce less dander than other dogs, making them an ideal breed for people with allergies. They are also very friendly and smart!
5. Yorkshire Terrier: Also known as yorkies, these dogs may be small in size, but they’re big in personality! Yorkies don’t shed, and aren’t notorious for drooling a lot!

These adorable breeds listed above are known for not releasing as much dander in the air as other breeds making them the perfect dogs for people with allergies. If you have any additional questions feel free to call Central Bark today!

Why You Should Go to a Professional for Dog Grooming

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | August 17, 2018 | Posted in Dog Grooming, Dog Health

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!

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!

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.

It’s nail time!

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | April 18, 2017 | Posted in Dog Grooming, Dog Health

I used to hate trimming my dogs nails. Lucy would scream if she even saw the nail clippers! When I got my second dog, a puppy named Charlie, I was determined to do something, so I called Central Bark and spoke with one of their groomers. Andrea has over fifteen years of experience in dog grooming and was happy to help me out explaining the importance of keeping a dogs nails trimmed regularly for optimum health.

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She started me with a few quick tips:

* Play with, hold, and touch Charlie’s feet often to get him used to being handled.

* Start trimming Charlie’s nails while he is young.

* Take my time, even if it means only clipping one nail a day.

* Clip a small amount at a time to avoid the quick.

* If I have serious problems, or don’t feel comfortable, let a professional do it.

 

She reminded me of all the dangers of long nails:

* They can easily catch on things and break or tear.

* Long nails are prone to infection and disfiguration.

* In extreme cases the joints in the toe, ankle, and elbow can be damaged.

 

She nail bedwent on to explain just how a nail trim works. The quick is the blood supply that runs under the nail. The goal is to clip right up against it being careful not to nick it. Traditional clippers give the nail a blunt edge but get the job done. A nail grinder (like a Dremel) can get a lot closer and round out the edge of the nail making it much smoother. She told me how Lucy’s nails had gone too long without a nail trim so using a Dremel to get close and trimming her nails about every 2 weeks would help the quick recede back to its normal length.

 

 

 

After playing with Charlie and Lucy’s feet regularly I can finally get a nail or two clipped a day. It’s a slow but sure progress. And Charlie doesn’t mind them at all. He looks forward to the belly rubs he gets during them.  I still have them done when we go in for our grooming appointments at Central Bark in Seattle since it is part of their grooming process. Thanks Andrea, and Central Bark, for all your help and care!dog ears

Tips for Grooming Your Dog

Posted by: Pack Leader | October 29, 2016 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Grooming, Dog Health

Doxie doggy in SeattleYour pooch is your best friend and a constant companion, but keeping Fido’s coat groomed and cleaned is a challenge for even the most experienced dog owner. This is one reason many a pet owner chooses to take his best friend to a professional groomer rather than attempting a DIY cut and clean. Here are a few things dog groomers wish their clients knew about dog grooming. (more…)

Tips for Making Dog Bath Time Safe and Fun

Posted by: Pack Leader | April 1, 2016 | Posted in Dog Grooming


Bath time for your pooch can be stressful for both you and your dog.

Here are 6 tips to make it a safe and fun experience.

 

1. If the only time your pooch is in the bathroom is when it’s time for a bath, she may associate the room as a scary place. When playing indoor fetch with your pup, throw a toy in the bathroom, or do some training in there. This can help your pet think of the bathroom as a place where fun things happen.

2. Use bathmats on the floor to make walking on linoleum more comfortable for your pooch. Try a gripper mat in the tub to prevent him from slipping.

3. Use a gentle shampoo specifically made for dogs so that it does not irritate their skin. Also, avoid getting shampoo in Fido’s ears as this could lead to an infection.

4. Never schedule bath time when you’re in a rush. Taking your time will keep both you and your pup relaxed.

5. If your dog exhibits symptoms of anxiety, be mindful of your tone. Cooing that “it’s okay” can sound like whining to a canine’s ears. Dogs respond better to a happy, singsong voice.

6. Seek out dog grooming in Seattle if the experience continues to be stressful for your dog. Professional dog groomers know the tricks of the trade to keep your pup safe and comfortable.

Bath time needn’t be a scary venture for you and your pup. With practice and patience, you can learn to enjoy the experience together. Otherwise, seek out a professional who has the know-how to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for your furry friend.

Meet Central Bark’s Grooming Team!

Posted by: Pack Leader | November 21, 2015 | Posted in Dog Grooming

Central Bark now has two groomers on staff to meet your grooming needs!

Andrea Groom

Andrea has been sprucing dogs and cats up with her gentle and caring touch for 13 years. Her passion for all dogs- big, small, fuzzy and hairy has been with her since childhood but rescue dogs hold a special place in her heart. You’ll regularly see Andrea around Central Bark with her sidekick, Oopsy Chihuahua Mix who is one of her 3 rescue furkids. Andrea is available Tuesday-Saturday for full grooms & bath n’ blowout appointments every week!

Amanda Grooming

Amanda has been making over dogs for 7 years and has returned to Central Bark after a year long maternity leave. She has a passion for grooming all different breeds and loves getting to know each of the dogs’ personalities. Her expertise includes standard breed cuts as well as more creative ones including mohawks, adding feathers or even bling for the dog to wear. Amanda is available on Sundays for full grooms & bath n’ blowout appointments every week!

 

Call us (206)325-3525 or email info@central-bark.com to make an appointment with Andrea or Amanda.