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When Should You Introduce Puppies to Grooming?

Grooming your dog is something that you should get into the habit of doing about once every four to eight weeks. Whether you decide to groom the dog yourself or send the dog to a professional groomer, all dogs need the tender, love and care that accompanies the grooming process. So you should make every effort to provide it for them on a regular schedule.

All dogs are slightly different, depending on the breed, but in general, you should begin having your puppy groomed when they are around 10 to 12 weeks old. They should be up to date on all of their vaccinations before you start grooming them, especially if you are sending them to a groomer, and they should also be trained so that they know how to behave when they are being groomed.

You should start by training your puppy to respond to simple commands like sit and stay. These commands will come in handy when the dog is being groomed. You should also spend time holding your puppy close so that it feels comfortable with this kind of contact. You or your groomer will need to hold the dog often when grooming is taking place, so making it feel comfortable is key. You should be able to restrain the dog without it losing its cool and freaking out on the grooming table.

Once all of this is done, you should introduce your puppy to different kinds of grooming equipment. From brushes and combs to hair clippers and nail clippers, your dog should be familiar with all of the various tools that are used while grooming. This will make the puppy feel at ease when the grooming actually starts.

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How to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean

Does your dog have bad breath? If you’re like most people, you probably laugh it off. Bad breath, though, could be the sign of something bad going on inside your dog’s mouth. Have you checked your dog’s teeth and gums lately? If so, did you notice any bleeding? Dogs can and do get periodontal disease. They also get plaque buildup!

It’s a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth to help keep them clean. Just like humans, dogs have a tendency to get plaque build-up as well as tartar build-up over time. Gums get irritated and bacteria grows where you (and your dog) don’t want it to. In the words of Scooby Doo, “Ruh roe!”

Unabated, bacteria in/on your pet’s teeth may end up getting into his or her bloodstream, messing up the kidneys and liver.

So how can you do your best to keep your dog’s teeth clean? If they’re not used to having their teeth brushed, use a soft gauze pad, initially, to rub on their teeth so they get used to the process. Then, later on, graduate to a pet toothbrush. Only use toothpaste designed for dogs– don’t use toothpaste for humans. Concentrate on your dog’s gum line, spending about 30 seconds on each side of the mouth a couple times a week.

If and when you’re having trouble doing dental care for your dog on your own, ask your vet for help. He or she may end up using medication or anesthesia in order to deal with your dog’s teeth in a proper way. And if a tooth extraction is needed, better that your vet does it than you!

Finally, if you’ve been giving your dog wet food, try switching to dry food. Interestingly, there are products designed to promote dog dental health, keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Ask your vet for recommendations and/or read the labels at the pet food store. You can also look for the Seal of Acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council which indicates that the food meets high standards for plaque and tartar control.

How to Drive Safely with Your Pet

It’s kind of iconic Americana: the picture of a dog with its tongue out, hanging out a car window, isn’t it? How do you drive safely with your pet dog?

For starters, if you can get your dog to associate car rides with pleasure, that’s great. Therefore, a car ride shouldn’t just be for going to the vet to get a shot. When possible, consider taking your dog in the car to a dog park, the beach, or somewhere else he’ll/she’ll likely have a great time.

Next, anytime you can enlist the help of friends or family with transporting your pet dog, do it. For instance, a responsible friend could cradle the dog in their arms, cuddling them, putting them at ease in your car while you’re driving. That’s a nice thing, right?

Oftentimes, people don’t have the luxury of having help with their dog, so in that case, it’s probably best to put the dog in a secure cage in the back where they won’t escape and hurt themselves– or cause you to swerve and crash. In the cage– or “crate” which sounds nicer– include the dog’s bedding as well as toys. Anything you can do to make your dog feel “at home” and comfy for the car ride is worth doing. Dogs do love routine.

If you’re driving a car you should not have your dog in the front seat or your lap. That’s just not safe. Indeed, you’ll want to keep dogs away from airbag areas, too.

Keep in mind that dogs don’t do well in hot cars, so even if the windows are cracked open, there’s a good chance that the temperature inside the car is hot enough to cause your dog pain or even death. Obviously, don’t leave your dog unattended in a hot car for long periods of time. The same goes for when it’s freezing cold outside.

It gets tricky with letting a dog enjoy holding their head out open car windows. What if a pebble comes along and hits them in the eye? What if they fall out of the moving vehicle– or jump out onto oncoming traffic? For safety’s sake, don’t let your dog so this.

Drivers need to drive. They don’t need to fuss with a dog underneath them near the pedals. They don’t need distractions. Therefore, dogs, like kids, need to be secured with some sort of restraint. This could mean they’re held by someone else in the backseat or put in a “crate” so they’re contained. By the way, dog seat belts are a thing– look for them in stores or online.

The more mindful you are of your pet dog’s safety while traveling, the more safe both you and your dog will be.

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