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Chin Up: 4 YouTube Pet Videos to Get You Through Your Darkest Day

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You know what they say...

When it rains it pours and on your darkest, stormiest days, nothing can feel any truer than that.

Whether you are dealing with a general downpour of trivial stuff or something a lot more difficult to bear, first of all... know that you are not alone. Then, grab yourself a snack and settle in to watch these 4 adorable and smile-worthy YouTube pet videos that have earned themselves an incredible amount of views for very good reasons. Consider them a hug from us to you!

Carmy and Claire AKA Guinea Pigs to the Rescue!

There is just something about a guinea pig that makes everything OK. Make that two guinea pigs and they just might be able to take over the world - or at least save it from a rogue toy.

Carmy and Claire are two little guineas with a huge viral following and they are consistently showing up at preschools and elementary schools where they spread joy and imagination to little guys and girls. In this video, Carmy and Claire (with the help of a few thousand Legos) save the day from evil Dr. Trouble... and, well, cuteness ensues.

Buns of Steel

Some dogs warn off those who have gotten on their bad side with a round of REALLY loud barking. Other dogs give the side-eye. Meanwhile, completely unique and meme-worthy dogs simply get out their good side and get to work.

Check out this hilarious (and wildly creative) dog who isn't here to hurt anybody. In fact, his opponent may not have even done anything to deserve this. Old Insta-Butt-McGee over here may have just been looking for a reason to show off how hard he had been hitting that squat challenge lately. 

I Am a Cat Lover... And I Love to Run

If you are single, you may not be feeling very ready to mingle thanks to online dating. (After all, oversharing happens to the best of us - and when it does, it ain't pretty.)

Enter this lady who totally understands your plight in life.

She loves cats. She loves every kind of cat. She wants to hug them all... but she can't - because, well, there are more than 600 million cats in the world - and that would be impossible.

This rendition of a viral pet favorite has been remade by Schmoyoho, synthesized and sound-effected within an inch of its life. You. Are. Welcome.

Baby Monkey + Pig = What Your Life is Missing

It can cure the common cold.

It can make you fly.

It can explain where the dinosaurs REALLY went.

It can prevent that weird feeling you get when you eat too many hot dogs.

It can teach you to contour your nose like a Kardashian.

Well, it feels like it - it's that good.

From the account of YouTuber favorite Perry Gripp, this baby monkey riding backwards on a pig is everything that you needed in your life and never knew that you wanted. If you are in the mood for a little nonsense of the best kind, check out the rest of Gripp's animal videos. (Pst... Perry is the genius who also brought you "Hamster on a Piano.")

 

Rainy days are never any fun to handle, especially when they have nothing to do with actual rain.

We've been there.

We get it.

Go ahead and curl up under those emoji covers - you earned it. Give yourself permission to let your hair be dirty, your ice-cream bowl be empty and your Netflix queue be full... and then? When you are all ready to get back up and at 'em, set up a beauty appointment for yourself... and one for your pet too - because when you look good, you feel good.

5 Simple Ways to Reduce Dog Shedding

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mobile-dog-grroming-san-diegoIt's that time of year again! As the weather warms up, the coats come off. And that includes dog coats. During the shedding season, your dog will probably be dropping hair more excessively than normal and we don't blame you if that drives you crazy! Everywhere you look there is hair on your hardwood floors, on your furniture, and all over your clothes. So what exactly are you supposed to do to keep the dog shedding to a minimum? In this post, we will take a look at the top five tips you can use to control dog shedding and keep your home cleaner.

  1. Brush Your Pup on The Regular: Brushing your dog's coat is one of the best and simplest things you can do to control their shedding. If possible, try to brush your extra furry friend on a daily basis. Doing this will ensure that they maintain a cleaner, softer coat that will be less likely to shed heavily in clumps. 
  2. Make Sure You Are Using The Right Brush: Following up on the previous point, to really keep shedding to a minimum, it is important that you use the right kind of brush. Many dogs need a couple different types of brushes to completely get rid of dead hair on their coat. Also, the type of brushes you use will depend on your dog's breed because different breeds mean different kinds of fur. 
  3. Give Your Dog a Bath: A cleaner coat means less shedding - because lots of loose and 'about to become loose' fur will come off with the scrubbing action of the bath and again during blow drying -- if you blow dry. And a cleaner coat is of course a nice bonus! You can use a soothing oatmeal shampoo or other animal-safe bath product to give your dog a silky, smooth coat and a temporary reduction in shedding. And if you don't have time to bathe your dog or you find that you have difficulty doing it yourself, consider taking your furry friend to the professional groomers so they can do everything possible to reduce shedding. 
  4. Make Sure Your Dog Has a Healthy Diet: Poor nutrition affects the quality and health of your dog's coat, the same way poor nutrition affects our own human bodies. When your dog is eating healthy foods that are nutrient-rich, he or she will be far more likely to maintain a strong, healthy coat that will do a lot less shedding. Make sure your dog is getting foods that are packed with great, digestible protein. If you are stumped on the best foods for your dog, talk to your veterinarian or another animal professional who will be able to recommend the best food sources for your pet.
  5. Keep Fleas And Allergies in Check: If your dog is constantly scratching or acting strangely, it is a pretty good indication that they are suffering from allergies or another condition that should get checked out right away. And all of that scratching is causing unnecessary shedding that could be prevented. Make sure your dog is both regularly groomed and taken to the veterinarian to keep fleas away and their allergies in check. When your pup isn't suffering from fleas or allergies, they will do a whole lot less scratching and you will do a lot less cleaning up of their dog hair. It's a win for everyone! 

Looking for more information on ways to control dog shedding? Or do you have any other pet grooming related questions? Don't hesitate to contact us today! Our team of pet grooming professionals is dedicated to helping your lovable furry friend live the healthiest, happiest life possible. We would love to show you our extensive list of pet care services!

Six Reasons to Schedule Regular Pet Grooming

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoDogs are one of life's greatest blessings. They not only enter your home, but they enter your hearts and your family as well. They become fur babies, and as such you do whatever you can to make their life as happy as possible. While pet grooming is great because it keeps your pup looking their best, that's certainly not all it does. Below you'll find six reasons why scheduling regular grooming appointments for your four-legged friend is a wonderful thing to do.

Healthy Skin

When groomers brush your dog it does more than just prevent, or get rid of, pesky tangles. When a groomer brushes your dog's coat it removes dead hair, dirt, and dander that is resting on your pup's skin. It also helps bring your dog's natural oils to the surface, giving moisture to your dog's skin and making its coat shine even brighter. Special grooming treatments designed to heal dry cracked paw pads or moisturize dry skin can also make a huge difference in your pup's overall comfort and well-being.  

Avoid Medical Issues

Many dog breeds are susceptible to illnesses that affect the eyes or ears. Having these areas cleaned during a grooming session will keep these areas healthy and clean, which is always beneficial in supporting good health. Groomers also serve as a second set of eyes (and hands) that go over your pet on regular intervals. It is not uncommon for a groomer to notice a new lump or sore spot before a pet owner does. Early detection provides the best opportunity for a positive medical outcome. 

Protect Their Teeth

Dogs need dental care just like we do. While your pup doesn't require twice daily teeth brushing like you do, their teeth still require cleaning on a regular basis. Dental issues are extremely common among dogs and lead to expensive medical bills and extensive procedures that could have been avoided. Keep your dog's teeth healthy, strong, and clean with regular teeth brushing and an occasional oral hygiene treatment.  

Control Shedding

If your dog sheds, you've probably become accustomed to vacuuming more often, cleaning your clothes with a lint roller before going to work, and washing your bedding more often. It's not a major cause for concern, but it is frustrating. Regular brushing and bathing, and especially deshedding treatments, can drastically reduce the amount of shedding you have to suffer through. When your pup's skin is moisturized and healthy, and undercoat removal is kept up with, your household chores will be a bit easier every week.  

mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoPrevent Fear

If your dog is only groomed once in a while, it may have some anxiety about those unfamiliar appointments. If you make grooming a common occurrence, it will help your dog learn to remain calm and comfortable during grooming sessions as the procedures become accepted as routine. At Awesome Doggies, we go out of our way to make sure your dog is as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We make friends first, treat a lot, always use a gentle touch, and extend a great amount of patience to your pup. We've created a mobile grooming environment that's as low stress as possible will feel completely safe, and not become exhausted by anxiety.

Appearance

The obvious benefit of regular grooming provides is a gorgeous coat and beautiful appearance. This isn't just for vanity's sake, though. Keeping your dog free from painful tangles or nails that have grown too long will drastically improve your pet's comfort and day-to-day life. When a dog's nails are too long they can injure themselves when they scratch, and hair mats are often extremely painful for your pup. Regular grooming boosts your dog's appearance, certainly, but more importantly than that, it gives them a better quality of life. 

At Awesome Doggies we love dogs. They're our whole world, and we know just how important your pup is to you. We go above and beyond to make sure your dog receives the best service and feels genuinely loved and cared for. We bond with our regulars and are always excited to see a new face. If you would like to learn more about our high-quality grooming services, or you'd like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today. We look forward to meeting your wonderful pup.

4 Ways to Make Bath Time Easier For a Nervous Puppy

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoWhether your beloved fur baby is getting his or her very first puppy bath or just hasn't quite gotten the hang of bath time yet, there are a few things you can do to make the experience easier for both you and your young pup. If everything you have tried so far just doesn't seem to work and your puppy is still nervous about bathing, don't give up hope just yet! In this post, we will take a look at a few helpful ways that you can make bath time less stressful for you and your puppy while still ensuring that they get cleaned thoroughly.

  1. Start With Brushing: Before trying to get your young pup into the bathtub, sink, or anywhere else you plan to bathe them, give them a thorough brushing. Not only does this smooth out the tangles in their fur and get rid of any chunks of dirt before bathing, it is also a way to soothe your puppy and get them as calm as possible before they are exposed to water. After all, grooming is a great way to bond with your furry friend and establish trust. Once your puppy trusts you, it becomes easier for them to bathe with fewer problems.
  2. Fill The Tub Before Bringing in Your Pup: The sound of rushing water, if unfamiliar, can play a big role in a young dog's excitement or fear, so draw the bath and have it ready before bringing them to the tub. It will be easier to get them in and exposed to the water with less of a fight. Also, it is a good idea to make the temperature just right. Obviously, if the water is shockingly cold or far too hot, our furry friend will not be very happy with the situation. If the water feels not-quite-warm enough to you, it's probably about right for your yet.
  3. Protect Your Puppy's Eyes and Ears: Part of the reason your young pup is putting a fight may be because their eyes and ears become irritated by the water. This makes the entire experience unnecessarily unpleasant for your dog. But this can easily be remedied with an eye ointment recommended by the veterinarian and using tearless shampoo. Protect their ears by placing cotton balls in each ear to keep water out. Of course, after bath time, remember to remove the cotton.
  4. Bring In The Pros: If all else fails time and time again and you and your puppy struggle to have a successful bath experience, consider bringing in the pros. Whether you want to bring you puppy to a dog grooming facility or you consider mobile dog grooming, either experience will guarantee that your lovable, yet slightly nervous puppy gets the grooming and bathing they need with as little stress caused to them as possible. Professional groomers know how to thoroughly bathe pets, and they do it in a way that prioritizes your dog's happiness and relaxation. Professionals know how to work with anxious dogs and keep them as calm as possible through the whole process. And this way, you don't have to put the time or energy into bathing your puppy yourself, and can focus on other pressing matters.

Looking for more info? Contact us today!

Hairball Awareness Day: How to Reduce Your Cat's Hairballs

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mobile-cat-grooming-san-diegoCats are meticulous cleaners. They spend a lot of time taking care of their hair and nails, which is a good thing. However, when cats groom, their sandpaper tongues pick up hair, which they then swallow. Most of this hair passes normally. However, sometimes hairballs arise.

April 28th is Hairball Awareness Day. Seriously, we didn't make this up. So let's take the time to 'celebrate' by sharing a few ways pet parents can reduce the amount of hairballs they and their babes have to deal with.

Reduce Stress to Reduce Licking

It’s normal for a cat to spend 30%-40% of their waking hours on grooming. However, some cats get out of hand with their cleaning. Excessive grooming, called psychogenic alopecia, can occur for a number of reasons. Stress is a big one. Reducing that stress can help reduce the licking.

Routines and consistent environments are important to cats. When these change, so do attitudes. New people or pets in the home, moving to a new home, changed meal times, and even a change in their human’s hours can affect a cat’s stress level. When making changes, do so as gradually as possible. Try not to change more than one routine at a time.  

Another way to keep stress levels low is to keep food in a safe, quiet place. Cats don’t like feeling vulnerable when eating. They need to be able to have peaceful meals without constantly worrying about noise or movement interfering.

Cats also like to do their business in peace. This is another source of vulnerability. Put their litter box in a quiet place that sees little traffic.

If you notice your cat is licking so much that bald patches or broken skin appear, contact your veterinarian for an evaluation.

Help with Grooming

Regularly brushing your cat carries a lot of benefits. It helps distribute natural oils, prevents tangles and mats, and encourages good circulation. It also allows you to stay familiar with your pet’s body and helps you bond with your babe. And of course, brushing removes loose hair that would otherwise end up inside your kitty’s belly. This is a huge help in hairball reduction. Ideally, cats with long, luscious locks need a daily brush at least. For cats with short hair, you can get away with a quick and gentle once over a few times per week.

In addition to regular brushing, professional grooming is also important to keep excess hair at bay. This is because the pros go far beyond a simple brush. Aside from other imperative services (nail trimming, ear cleaning, and anal gland care), professional grooming can include brushing, trimming, shampooing, and de-shedding, depending on the specific needs of your cat. This kind of thorough care not only leaves your cat feeling fresh and fine, but it also reduces the amount of hair they ingest.

mobile-cat-grooming-san-diegoTalk to Your Veterinarian

If your cat has a big problem with hairballs, it may help to have a conversation with your vet. He or she may recommend a special food designed to help with hairballs. They may also have advice about lifestyle changes that can improve the health of your cat’s skin, hair, and mental state, which can in turn help with hairballs.

Dealing with hairballs is one of the least fun parts of being a pet parent. They’re also uncomfortable for our kitties. It’s important for everyone’s sake to do all that’s possible to decrease the amount of hair that ends up in our babes’ bellies. Lowering your cat’s stress, keeping good grooming habits, and communicating with your vet all help with this.

At Awesome Doggies, our professional groomers are experts at helping cats feel and look great. Contact us today for an appointment, and we’ll come to you.

The Top reasons to Consider Mobile Pet Grooming

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoFor most pet owners, their furry friends are a part of their family. It is for this reason that they look for the best possible care and service when researching pet grooming services in their area. While there are a wide variety of options for pet owners to choose from here in San Diego, many loving pet owners still have not considered calling mobile pet grooming services as an alternative to visiting a traditional pet salon. There are many advantages associated with mobile pet grooming servies, which come to your home and provide services in their salon, parked near your front door. If you have no previously used a mobile pet grooming service, here are just a few of the many reasons you should consider giving it a try next time Fido is looking grubby and perhaps smelling not-so-fresh.

Convenience

One of the main reasons to choose a mobile pet grooming service is that rather than having to take your pet to the salon, the salon comes to you. For the busy San Diego, this can be extremely time saving compared to the time you would have spent hauling your pet to and from the salon at the prescribed drop off and pick up times, and leaving them there all day. Mobile pet groomers often offer more flexible appointment times than traditional salons, making it easier for your to find a time that works best for you and your pet, giving you more control over your schedule.

Less Stress for Your Pet

Not only is mobile pet grooming more convenient for you, but it is often much better for your pet as well. Many pets have trouble traveling, and become anxious, or even sick, on the way to or from the groomers. Additionally, many pets experience separation anxiety when their owners drop them off, and are distressed and/or anxious during their time at the salon. Wouldn't you be, if you were suddenly dropped off in a room full of (barking!) strangers? Mobile pet grooming removes these stressors for your pet. Our mobile salon has many windows all around, which allows your pet to see that they are still at home, and possibly even allow them to catch glimpses of their family as you go about your business. Eliminating travel and staying close to home makes the grooming experience much more enjoyable and relaxing for your pet. And because we work one-on-one with your pet from start to finish, the whole appointment typically only takes an hour, so the entire experience is over much more quickly, compared to spending at day at the traditional groom shop.
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Pets Can Develop a Relationship With Their Groomer

At many pet salons, owners do not have control over who grooms their pet, as your pet is often placed with whoever is available. However, mobile pet groomers often allow customers to choose a specific groomer to work with their pet consistently over the years. This consistency in groomers allows pets to develop a relationship with one of your talented, friendly groomers.

No Other Pets Around

Another problem with pet salons in that not ever pet is comfortable being around other animals. Some dogs and cats prefer their solitude. In this situation, it can be difficult for both pet and owner when they go into a room where there are other animals around. This can then becoming even more distressing for your pet when they are placed in a crate until it is their turn to be bathed, as other animals will likely be in cages all around them. With mobile pet grooming, you pet will be the only one getting attention, and will never be placed in a cage. They will be able to enjoy their bath in peace without being disturbed by other animals.
Mobile pet grooming provides a unique service that benefits many families. Withe mobile grooming, you will no longer have to deal with the hassle and stress of bringing your furry friend to and from the groomers; instead, the salon will come to you, and your pet will be able to enjoy a relaxing spa experience without the stress of a traditional pet salon environment. If this sounds like the perfect solution for you, please contact us to learn how to book an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

Dealing with Dog Shedding in Your Home

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoShedding is a natural process in dogs, so that makes it a natural part of being owned by one! But, as much as we love our dogs, the hair they leave behind can be a real nuisance. Many factors can cause your dog to shed excessively, including health, hormonal changes, nutrition, and the temperature. Professional groomers offer deshedding treatments that reduce shedding by 60-80% if done regularly. Or you can develop your own schedule of regular brushing, washing, and vacuuming. But nothing is foolproof -- if you've got pets, you'll always have hair. If the loose hair is causing issues for your home, your car or your clothing, here are a few suggestions to help you cope.

Fido and Fabrics

It's simple to remove pet hair from upholstered furniture using a lint roller. There are lint rollers that can be rinsed off and reused, but doing so repeatedly can lead to drain clogs. Lint rollers with "tear-off" layers generally work better and are cheaper. You can also use packing tape or blue painter's tape to manually lift hair (both types of tape are more effective than masking tape). Or, you can try rubbing dishwashing gloves over upholstered fabric in a circular motion -- the action will create a small pile of hair that you can just scoop up! A damp sponge is also handy a- and surprisingly effective - at wiping down pet hair from upholstery.

Many pet owners decide it's a good idea to use blankets, sheets, or slip covers on furniture so you can simply pull them off and toss into the wash periodically. They can always be removed when company is coming. As for the car, textured upholstery can attract hair and pull it out of your pet's coat. Covers come in handy there, as do anti-static sprays (give your clothes a spritz to keep from picking up hairs from the seats). Next time you're car-shopping, opt for leather seats because they don't "grab" doggie hair!

Most pet owners' carpets get the brunt of shedding. You should vacuum at least 10 minutes a day to keep hair from building up. While you've got the vacuum out, hit the sofa and backs of chairs using appropriate attachments. Be sure to target spots where hair tends to hide like between couch cushions.

If your current vacuum doesn't have a beater bar, invest in one that does -- they're great for removing pet hair. You can also get a squeegee that is specially made for removing pet hair from carpet to use between vacuumings. Of course, vacuuming doesn't always do the trick, because the suction isn't typically powerful enough to pull all the hair from the carpet. Plan to do a deep carpet cleaning at least once a year.
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Lassie and the Laundry

To remove dog hair from clothing, make a downward rolling motion with a damp sponge (this is a lot easier to do on a hanger than a person!). This process will leave a "rim" of hair near the hem of the garment that you can collect and remove. To keep hair from clogging up the washing machine (and being transferred to the dryer, where the heat causes hairs to cling), always shake out garments before putting them in the wash. (Go outside first to avoid depositing more hair into the air, furniture or carpet.) Wipe down the inside of the dryer after each use so any residue won't be deposited onto the next load.

Grrr-eat Grooming Habits

You can help minimize the amount of hair in your home by brushing your dog at least once a week -- that way loose hair ends up in the brush, not your carpet or furnishings! (Some breeds shed more than others so you may need to brush your dog more often.)

Brushing for just a few minutes, a few times a week can really pay off. Procrastinating means grooming will take longer and be more difficult for both you and your dog, so continue to brush him on a regular basis. Use a brush designed for your breed of dog. If your dog has an undercoat, you'll want to use a rake-style brush or shedding blade. Pin-style brushes are a good choice for dogs with wavy coats. Pet stores also carry brushes made especially for dogs who experience excessive shedding. The FUR-minator is a tool we swear by. When used properly on a regular basis, it really does decrease shedding by 60-80%. That's a lot (less!!) hair floating around your home.

Professional grooming is an excellent way to help your dog look and feel his best. Awesome Doggies' mobile pet grooming salon is a calm, soothing environment your dog will love. Contact us to learn more, and we'll tell you how to get $10 off your first visit plus a FREE de-shedding package to help keep those errant hairs in check!

5 Amazing Benefits of Professional Dog Grooming

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoWhen it comes to professional dog grooming, your lovable furry friend isn't the only one benefiting from the experience. Seeing a groomer on a regular basis is helpful for both you and your fur baby. But just what are the benefits? You might be surprised by how much good it does to treat your dog to a regular "spa day."

  1. Regular Visits Could Catch Scary Stuff: When your dog sees a groomer regularly, these professionals will not only be giving your dog a proper wash and grooming session, but are likely to notice health issues and bring them to your attention so you can get them checked before they get out of hand. Grooming is a very 'hands on' job, and your groomer is likely to notice changes in ears, teeth, skin, and other parts of your pup's body that you may not have noticed. Health problems that are caught early on, are more easily and swiftly taken care of. You only see your vet once a year, but your groomer comes every month!

  2. Less Shedding: When your dog sheds less, that is a huge benefit for you. After all, even though you love your pet, it is no fun having to clean up after them. Who wants to be constantly vacuuming all the hair they shed throughout your home? When your furry friend is regularly bathed and groomed, their coat becomes healthier and shinier, thus less susceptible to excess shedding. 

  3. Attention to Nails: Part of a routine grooming for your dog includes keeping nails trimmed. More than just cosmetic, untrimmed nails can lead to difficulty walking, poor posture, and even infection. Simply keeping up with nail trims can avoid a host of problems -- and expensive treatments.

  4. Maintains a Healthy Coat And Skin: When your dog is regularly bathed, it helps him maintain a glowing, healthy coat of fur and healthy skin. Without proper hygiene, your dog is more likely at risk for mites, parasites, and bacteria. This not only causes them a great deal of grief and irritation, these unwelcome pests can become a problem in your home. Regular bathing and grooming also keeps things likes pests and tape worms away. Both of these things (and the problems mentioned above) can lead to illness for not only your dog, but for you and other members of your household.

  5. It Affects Your Dog's Mental State: Yes, believe it or not, a thorough, bathing and grooming session delivered with love and kindness will affect your dog's mental state for the better, especially if they have been without grooming for a long time. As groomers we have noticed that after the dogs are groomed, they often don't just look like new dog, they act and feel like a new dog too! Dogs tended to be happier after their matted, dirty fur is taken care of and their hygiene is up to par. Grooming is not only necessary, but a real treat for your lovable pet!

Curious about the other benefits of dog grooming or looking for a place to care for your furry friend? Don't hesitate to contact us!

Fun Things to do With Your Dog in San Diego

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoDogs are man's best friend, so naturally, there are some days where you don't feel like leaving your cuddly friend at home. There's a lot of fun, and pet-friendly things to do in San-Diego that will provide a delightful day of bonding with your four-legged buddy. 

Go on an Adventure to Fiesta Island Off Leash Dog Park

If you dog hates being constricted by a leash during your walks outside in the park or through your neighborhood, take him on a grand adventure where he can roam free through sand dunes and even splash in the water if he's brave. It's a great area that's got lots of space yet remains private. So, if your dog would enjoy the thrill of running free beside, or even in, the water consider Fiesta Island for a day of fun in the sun. 

Go Boating

If your dog doesn't enjoy getting in the water then consider going on a ride where he can simply view it from the safety of a boat. At Seaforth Boat Rentals located in downtown San Diego, you can rent a boat for the day, and dogs are more than welcome. Strap a life jacket on your furry friend and go for an adventure riding the waves without ever getting wet. If you'd rather not rent a boat you can choose to rent a kayak, canoe, or paddle boards from Aqua Adventures instead. 

Go on a Shopping Spree

San Diego really is a dog-loving city. There are plenty of stores that will gladly welcome you and your dog to shop within their facility. If you want to browse, visiting a variety of stores, Seaport Village is a great place to go. It's a shopping center that contains many pet-friendly stores. Or if you're tooling around North County include a trip to Dexter's Deli or Three Dog Bakery to pick up a tasty treat for your furry friend. 

Add Some Culture to Your Day

While you can't take your dog into a museum, you can certainly bring him to the Spanish Village Art Center. They have a wide selection of art for your and your dog to view, ranging from paintings to photographs and sculptures. You can simply take a stroll and glance around, or you can buy a piece that catches your eye and take home a token of your fun day out together. 

Take Your Dog Out to Lunch

There's a variety of dog-friendly restaurants in San Diego. You might have to sit at an outdoor table, but we don't think your dog will mind. There's a great coffee shop that also serves salad and sandwiches, so you can still enjoy lunch, that will donate all of their proceeds to the SPCA and Humane Society. Not only will you get to enjoy a lunch date with your furry friend, but you'll do some good for other dogs as well. If you're in the mood for a burger or Mexican cuisine you're in luck too. Fred's Mexican Cafe and Burger Lounge are among the many dog-friendly restaurants located in San Diego, or you can stop by Bushfire Grill for delicious natural Angus beef and home-style sides. Your furry friend will be treated to a complimentary water bowl and a delicious treat. 

Hotels

If you are vacationing in San Diego you'll need a place to stay that opens its doors to both you and your dog. There are many choices to choose from ranging from easily affordable to luxury. So, whatever style suits you, you're sure to find the perfect place for you and your dog to stay. Check out places like The Bristol, Ocean Beach Hotel, and Kona Kai Resort, just to name a few. 

Spending time with your pet is a great way to ensure you have a great day out or a wonderful vacation. Dogs are truly one of the greatest blessings this world has to offer and giving them a fun day out in the city is something you should do at least once. Pick a few, or all, of these fun dog-friendly adventures and create lasting memories for you and your four-legged bestie. If during all the adventures your dog gets dirty and needs a wash, or you simply want to pamper your pooch with spa-like luxury, please contact us. We love dogs and treat every dog we see as our own, with gentleness and love. We look forward to meeting your four-legged pal soon. 

Not Again! Getting That Skunk Smell Out Of Your Dog Quickly And Easily

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoThere's nothing more frustrating than letting your dog out and sniffing a tinge of skunk in the air. The tension while you wait for your dog to come to the door, covered in stench, is almost too much to handle. This is particularly true because of the way that skunk scent will stick around for months in their fur and make your home difficult to handle.

However, that doesn't have to be the case. Properly attacking the problem by immediately deodorizing your dog with the following process will help eliminate skunk scent more quickly. This simple dog grooming trick is effective and easy.

Soak Up The Oil With Paper Towels

When skunks spray your dog, they spread oil across their hair and fur. Soak up as much oil as soon as possible right away to cut down on the smell and minimize the spread. Wear disposable gloves and old clothes. Keep your dog out of the house, away from carpet, furniture and drapes. You don't want that oil to rub off on anything you plan to keep!

Identify the location of the oil on your dog by the smell and dab gently with paper towels to soak up as much oil as possible. The most commonly hit area is the face and head, so concentrate your efforts there. It may smell *so* bad in the strongest areas that it's actually hard to recognize as skunk.

Choose a DeSkunking Agent

Once you've soaked up as much oil as possible, the affected area will still smell - a lot. But an effective de-skunking agent can help. Even regular shampoo will do some good - but many repeated washings will be needed. You'll find suggestions like dish soap or tomato juice, but they aren't as effective as their reputation would suggest, and the tomato juice in particular makes a big mess. Hydrogen peroxide can serve in a pinch. However, if you invest in a de-skunking product like “Skunk Off” (sold online and at animal emergency vets) you actually have a chance of getting completely (or close to it) rid of the skunky smell. Skunk Off is chemically formulated to not just cover or wash off the skunk smell, but it actually neutralizes the mercaptans (the odor producing molecules) in the skunk oil. If you've got skunks in the neighborhood, you might consider keeping a bottle on hand.

Keeping Them Skunk-Free

The best way to avoid this problem in the future is to keep your dogs well away from skunks. Easier said than done, I know. Make sure you aren't creating a skunk-friendly environment. Don't leave food outside, and keep the yard clear and picked up of any items that might provide a hiding spot.
Avoid letting your dog out on their own late at night or early in the morning, when the skunks are more likely to be out and active, or take them out on a leash so you can head the other way if you see a skunk....although your dog is going to want to investigate. 

If you're looking for a way to quickly eliminate skunk smells from your dog through the use of Skunk Off or through other methods, please don't hesitate to contact us to learn more.

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