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Introducing a Cat to an Enjoyable Bathing Experience

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Every pet deserves an enjoyable grooming experience and cats are no exception but cat's are generally known for keeping themselves clean and avoiding getting their paws wet. Sometimes, just like everybody, cats need a trip to the bath too! Some cats absolutely love a nice warm bath and the grooming experience while other cats absolutely go mad in the tub simply because they were not taught as kittens how relaxing the bathing can be.

Knowing how to introduce your furry family members to a bath will not only make bathing a cat or dog a nice experience but also teach the fur baby to hold still and enjoy getting their paws wet. When bathing a cat at home becomes a chore instead of a joy for both you and your beloved furry kitty a mobile grooming service will come to the rescue. Mobile groomers bring a portable pet spa on wheels to your location with all the luxuries to pamper your pets for a convenient professional grooming experience at home.  mobile-cat-grooming-san-diego

Keep in mind, cats would rather not get wet, cats avoid the rain and walk around mud puddles -- unlike dogs who run through puddles and love to swim. Cats who avoid the bath and react with meows, claws raking the air and climbing the tub wall simply want out of the tub and they associate the tub with water which they fear.

Once a cat, or any pet, is afraid of the bath or water in general, they can be quite stubborn about getting a bath. Do not give up hope because with the right reintroduction to the bathing experience any furry kid will eventually come to love being pampered and groomed. Reintroducing a cat to accept and enjoy a bath is simple to do in a step by step manner that also works to teach any pet to enjoy the bathing experience instead of fearing the tub and water. If your cat is already completely against it, don't expect that one session will completely turn them around. But it's a start!

Use these 3 steps to teach your cat to love a bath!

1. Introduction to the Bath

Make sure there is plenty of time to introduce the cat to the first bathing experience in a gentle way. Cats do not like being rushed and the best way to remain unscathed yourself is by not getting the cat mad. An upset wet soapy slippery cat is very dangerous to handle with claws and teeth bared. If a cat gets upset during brushing or bathing, remain calm and firmly but gently hold the cat still while you talk to the cat until it calms down then start over. 

2. Prepare the Bath

Prepare the bathing area before bringing the cat to the tub or sink. This is key - watery noises can be unsettling for kitty. Use a tub or sink with a hose and spray nozzle that allows water flow adjustment. Adjust the temperature to be lukewarm, like for a human baby. Place towels, cat shampoo and conditioner within reach. 

3. Bathing

Hold the cat gently but firmly with one hand on the shoulders, use fingers to massage the cat as you hold so they relax. Use a low spray warm water setting that will not scare the cat. Slowly start spraying water away from the cat, not directly on the cat.

Work the water closer as the cat gets use to the water. Spray over the back of the cat to the neck and down the back avoiding any spray to the face. Spray from neck to tail, down each side. Hold the cat up to get the belly area. Soap up and repeat to rinse.

Towel dry and place your kitty in a warm room to dry. 

Awesome Doggies wants all cats to have a great grooming experience, contact us for more helpful tips and to book your pet a great grooming experience!

5 Reasons to Trim Shaggy Dogs for the Summer

Posted by Awesome Doggies

mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoThe summer is the number one time of year to enjoy backyard and park adventures with your dog. The hot sun and the empty hours come together to make the perfect environment for relaxed games of fetch, energetic frisbee chasing, and jumping through sprinklers with the kids. However, summer also comes with a whole new set of grooming concerns. Especially for medium and long-haired dog. In the cooler months you may have enjoyed staying inside together sharing couch blankets and table scraps, but summer is a time for action and adventure which means it's time to get your dog into their action coat.

Just like children put on shorts and t-shirts to play outside, one of the kindest things you can do for your shaggy dog is to trim their fur short during the most active months of the year. Here are our top five reasons why:

1) Belly Burrs

People and pets aren't the only living things that get more active during the summer. Plants spring back into action as well and as the hot summer sun dries out the seed pods and burrs in the grass and shrubs, these little plant bits can get caught in shaggy belly fur or tender paw pads (between the toes - yikes!) and come along for a ride.  A quick trim of their shaggy chest, belly, and tail can make all the difference between freedom to romp in the grass and a belly covered in burrs.

2) Play Time Tangles

Another problem, particularly for long-haired dogs, is that all that shaggy fur doesn't exactly keep itself brushed when they're tugging at rope toys and rolling around in dust piles. As we all know, hair that whips around in the wind, catches on sticks, and rolls on the ground is almost guaranteed to develop tangles and some of those tangles will be remarkably uncomfortable to brush out. Chances are you'll wind up clipping a few bad tangles anyway so a preemptive trim is a great way to keep your dog's coat looking even and avoid the agitation of play time tangles.

3) Ear Mats

Speaking of tangles that need to be clipped, many shaggier breeds aren't just shaggy in places where it's cute. They may also have paw and ear tufts that get matted, tangled, and uncomfortably heavy or thick to carry around. If your dog is of a breed or mix of breeds that suffer from ear mats or paw clumps, an experienced groomer can include these issues in their monthly trim to keep your dog comfortable without all that excess fur getting in the way.

4) Summer Sunshine

Let's face it, the only thing in California more notorious than the sun is the movie industry. It gets hot here in the summer and, unfortunately, dogs don't sweat. That's why they pant, but panting can only get them so far. Longer haired breeds of dogs are likely to originate from colder places where thick fur is necessary to stay comfortable. While they may have been able to grow shaggy over the winter, too much fur can cause your dog to needlessly overheat. A stylish trim of the undercoat and extra shag is the perfect solution to a hot puppy.

5) Easy Grooming

Finally, summer adventures and play time means that your dog is also likely to need a lot more baths than they did over the winter. Indoor/outdoor dogs, in particular, will need to make that transition often whether you wash them in the tub, call the mobile grooming salon, or just spray off the mud quickly with a hose. Getting your shaggy dog a trim will make it a lot easier to wash them both thoroughly and quickly when the time comes because there will be much less fur to wash, comb, and check for burs.

Dogs and people have shared happy summers together for thousands of years and there's no need to break that tradition this time. If your dog is just a little too shaggy (or a lot too shaggy) to fully enjoy summertime with you and your family, a quick trim could be the best answer for everyone. For more information or to call the local groomers to your house soon, give us a buzz. We're ready and waiting to provide all your dog grooming needs where and when you need them!

Professional Grooming Isn't Just for Dogs Who Need Haircuts

Posted by Awesome Doggies

mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoWhen you think of dog grooming, you may think that it is something only for the fluffy lap dogs and poodles of the world. Owners of breeds who don't typically require haircuts—such as Chihuahuas, Labradors, bully breeds, and short coated terriers—often believe that an occasional scrub in the home bathtub will suffice in place of a visit with a professional groomer. In actuality, there are many ways in which breeds with these kinds of coats will benefit from regular grooming appointments! Here are four great reasons to pamper your pup with a visit from the groomer, even if your dog isn't getting a haircut.

Intensive deshedding

When your dog is in the process of shedding, you might find that after bathing and towel drying her, she will leave furry tumbleweeds in your home even more than before the bath! The reason for this is that scrubbing and rinsing your dog aids in the process of loosening all of that excess undercoat, leaving it to fall off easier and collect on your floors and furniture. Brushing seems like the natural solution, but the fur just keeps on coming.

What makes professional grooming different is that there are special tools and methods groomers have access to in order to effectively get the job done. Hand drying with a grooming dryer is one of the first and most important steps. These dryers are nothing like the ones intended for human use at home, rather they are designed specifically for use on dogs for the goal of blasting away undercoat whilst staying cool so that your dog never becomes uncomfortable in the process. 

After drying, your groomer will have a plethora of tools at their disposal to work the rest of that loose fur out. Different types of deshedding combs and grooming rakes will be highly effective and gentle on your dog when used by the hands of a professional.

Caring for your dog's skin

It's not just about the fur! A dog's skin needs care, too.

Dogs can develop many different kinds of skin issues. The trained eye of a groomer is invaluable for spotting canine skin problems and handling them with the appropriate products, or for recommending your dog see a veterinarian in the case of more serious conditions.

Sensitive, itchy skin will benefit from an oatmeal bath or use of a hypoallergenic shampoo, while dry skin will be relieved with a moisturizing conditioner or mineral mud bath. Your groomer has access to some of the best products on the market and will know exactly which one to use.

And if your dog's skin is healthy now, remember that prevention is the best medicine!

Pawdicures!

Keeping your dog's nails trimmed is important, but that isn't always the easiest task for doggie parents to do on their own. A groomer can safely work with an uncooperative dog to get this essential task done, but keep in mind that pawdicures go far beyond that! Here are other things your groomer can do to pamper your dog's feet:

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  • File his nails down so they're smoother than when simply cut with nail clippers
  • Trim the fur between her paw pads to give your fur kid better traction when walking on smooth surfaces
  • Moisturize his paw pads to protect them from becoming dry and cracked
  • Paint her nails for a pretty, pampered pooch

The yuck factor

There are some tasks important for maintaining your dog's health that are just plain gross. Luckily, a professional groomer won't be squeamish about doing them!

Gently cleansing your pup's ears of excess wax and debris will help prevent foul odors emanating from them. Expression of your dog's anal glands to prevent them from becoming impacted can be done upon request. If your dog ends up with a flea problem, your groomer won't balk at giving him a flea bath. If bad luck of the stinky variety hits and your dog gets skunked, deodorizing treatments will be happily provided.

If you've never tried professional grooming for your short coated dog, we hope you will now consider pampering your pooch with the loving care of a skilled groomer. If you are in the San Diego area, making an appointment need not be a hassle: Awesome Doggies will come to you. We hope to hear from you soon!

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