San Diego Mobile Pet Grooming Blog
Is your pup in need of a bath? You know when it's time, but your fur kids might not want to hear it. They paw around and resist, making a total mess of the situation. By the time you're done, you may as well have taken a bath yourself!
But imagine if your pup could actually learn to love baths? I know, impossible, you say! Well, we can't guarantee that we'll have your fury loved ones totally behaved in the tub, but we do have some tips to help your puppy stay clean, while you stay dry.
Get your Pup Acclimated to the Tub
It's wise to make sure your pup knows what's coming, and that there's no reason to be nervous. The more they become familiar with the bathroom or bathing area, the easier it will be to keep them calm, and eventually even looking forward to their wash time. Some great ways to keep your pup's worries at bay are as follows:
- Puppy chow and games: Serve a dish of puppy food or some treats a couple times a week in the washroom. Or even play around with them within the area so they know it's a welcoming, warm environment free of harm. It helps to familiarize your pup with their surroundings, and will prevent them from the shock of a new, foreign area.
- Brush your pup: This benefit is twofold. Brushing your pup's fur before a bath helps to prevent knots and ties when washing, and it also helps to create a routine. Each time their hair is brushed, they will know the bath-process is underway, allowing your pup to ready him/herself.
- Allow your pet to explore the tub: This is another way to calm your pup's nerves. Introduce the tub or sink to them. Let them hop in and explore before pouring water so they know there is nothing to be afraid of.
Prepare your Tub
Preparation is key to efficiency! Any task in life, if you're prepared beforehand, will be much simpler. Washing your fur friend is no different. Here are a few ways to prepare your tub to help create a quicker, more efficient experience for yourself, and your dog:
- Lay down an anti-slip mat: The best thing you can do for yourself when washing your pet is to make sure they aren't slipping sliding all around, making a big mess for you to clean up later. An anti-friction mat that will allow your dog to move around with ease, while keeping them grounded, is a great solution.
- Do not overfill your tub/use warm water: An overfilled tub that looks like a bath you might take could look more like pool-time to your pet, and that might alarm them. Filling your tub a few inches should be enough to ease your pet's worries. Always use lukewarm water for your pet's comfort.
- Keep your supplies close: You don't want to stray too far away from your pet when giving them a bath. They might jump out of the tub or knock things over. Make sure to set up your shampoo, towels, and cleaning supplies beside you, as well as some treats or doggy toys to reward your good boy!
Struggling to Find Time to Give your Dog a Bath?
Things to do and people to see. The responsibilities seem to be endless these days, and maybe finding the time to keep your pup properly groomed is hard to come by. We get it, that's why Awesome Doggies has you covered. We offer baths with shampoo free of harmful chemicals, mani-pedis, berry facials, haircuts and so much more, all via a mobile, quick, convenient means right at your door! Please contact us today to learn more about our Mobile Pet Grooming method.
Pet groomers have to be prepared for surprises and deal with whatever the situation is. Fortunately, we rarely have to deal with as much as Cassie McGlone, the hero of Eileen Watkins' mystery novel, The Persian Always Meows Twice. This book is the start of a series, and it has to be the first mystery series ever with a cat groomer as the detective.
It's not a good start to Cassie's day when she discovers one of her clients has been murdered. The only witness is his cat, Harpo — but like his namesake, he doesn't talk. He also doesn't have anywhere to go, and it could be a long time till the probate court decides who inherits him. Cassie arranges to board Harpo until the matter is settled, only to discover that some scheming relatives really want Harpo. It's not because they're cat lovers, so what is it they're after? On top of all this, her abusive ex-boyfriend has moved into town.
But two things are clear about Cassie. First, she doesn't like it when things don't make sense to her. Second, there's no temptation strong enough to make her endanger a cat's welfare. Together, they mean that she gets into lots of trouble, but she gets out again. She's a realist, even if there's something of a crazy cat lady inside her.
Aside from being a nice example of the cozy mystery genre, the novel is an interesting look into the world of cat care. Watkins clearly knows her stuff. Some of the cats are as well-drawn as the human characters. Harpo is a charming Persian, but Stormy is quite a challenge to work with. Harpo once had a brother named Groucho, with a mustache to go with the name, but there's a sad story behind that. A whole range of feline personalities shows up in the studio.
Fortunately, Cassie has a degree in psychology, which helps with the cats as much as with their humans. Unfortunately for her — but fortunately for the reader — she has a knack for asking uncomfortable questions. She really doesn't set out to be an amateur detective; it just happens.
The book provides a glimpse into what it's like to care for cats for a living. Some, like Stormy, are hard to handle, but experienced groomers have tricks to manage them. Some are experts at getting loose and heading for the door, but they can't outwit Cassie. She's especially good with the longhairs and manages to get their mats out even when they won't cooperate. In extreme cases, she'll resort to a lion cut. Only with the owner's permission, of course. It grows back quickly enough.
Saying a lot about the mystery itself would be unfair, but it does tie closely to the feline aspects of the story. Harpo is never far from the center of controversy, and another cat becomes a hero in the hour of need. Everything ties nicely together by the end.
Even more cat mysteries
The series is already up to three books. In The Bengal Identity, a large brown cat brought in for boarding turns out to be a valuable Bengal show cat in disguise. In Feral Attraction, Cassie gets involved in a controversy over a feral cat colony. The series is set in New Jersey, where the winters aren't kind to homeless cats. In each book, of course, there's a murder to solve.
Our own lives aren't that exciting, we promise. But if you love cats and enjoy reading fiction that really shows an understanding of them, you should give Watkins' cat-groomer detective a try. All the books are available in paperback and Kindle editions.
If your own cats need grooming, we'll take good care of them. Get in touch with us for details.
Depending on the breed and temperament of your dog, bathing can be a difficult process for many pet owners. It's quite common for many dogs to balk at the prospect of being submerged in water in the bathtub or sprayed with water outdoors with the backyard hose. If you are looking to make bath time easier, cleaner, and faster, you have come to the right place. In this post, we will look at three things you shouldn't do if you want you and your dog to enjoy a simpler, neater bath experience.
- Don't Bathe Your Dog in The Wrong Area: Obviously, if you have a Doberman, you're not going to be able to bathe them in your kitchen sink and if you have a Pomeranian you want to be extra careful about bathing them in your bathtub (they're just little guys after all, and that big tub can be pretty scary). Pick the appropriate bathing spot for your dog. This could be different for everyone. You might also notice that your medium-sized or larger dog does better when being bathed outdoors with a hose rather than in the bathtub. Pay attention to how your dog behaves during bath time and try different settings until you find the right one for them.
- Don't Neglect Basic Safety: If you routinely bathe your dog in the bathtub, you'll probably need to make sure they aren't slipping the whole time that they are in the tub. Not only does this make bathing more difficult, it puts their safety at risk. Put a non-slip mat in your bathtub so that they have something to grip on to with their paws. If you don't have a mat, you can always lay down an old towel to provide the same level of security. Additionally, some dogs are particularly skittish during bath tub, so for added safety, you might need a second person to help keep your dog steady during bath time. Having a helper by your side is beneficial and that person will also be able to pet your dog and sooth them, thus making them more comfortable during their bath.
- Don't Skip Bathing Steps: Bathing a dog doesn't have to be an arduous process, but you shouldn't try to rush bath time or skip over steps. Once your dog is in their bathing station whether that is the tub or in the backyard by the hose, make sure they have been completely soaked with water (the water should be neither too hot or too cold, so somewhere in the middle). Soak their fur coat, legs, paws, and behind their ears. If you aren't working with a hose or sprayer, carefully pour water over your dog with a bucket. After getting your pup completely wet, start shampooing them with bathing products designed specifically for dogs. Make sure the soap does not enter their eyes and ears. It is best to make sure you adequately protect your dog's eyes and ears before you start bathing. When shampooing your dogs, you could use either a body bar (easier to use for lathering) or liquid shampoo. Most pet grooming professionals would suggest that if you are using liquid shampoo, you combine it with warm water and use that concoction on their skin. This makes it easier to bathe all areas of your pup sufficiently.
Are you in need of more advice on how to properly bathe your dog? Or do you have a particular question related to grooming? Feel free to contact us today! We are happy to help you keep your furry friend clean and happy. If you're interested in learning about our bathing and grooming services, we'd love to talk to you!
Great! But what exactly is mobile pet grooming?
The short story on mobile pet grooming is that it is essentially a professional service we provide via a custom, company van that arrives at your door to take care of your pet and their grooming needs. This is perfect for any family who is on the go, and having difficulty making it to the salon. Our trained, loving experts provide several services that will have your dog or cat feeling pampered and fabulous when it's all over.
What goes into Mobile Pet Grooming?
We provide that Tender Loving Groom your fur kids deserve. A simple bath and haircut only touches the tip of the iceberg regarding what your pup will experience. Here are just some the features our mobile service offer:
Bathing: You can rest assured with our salon that your pet is receiving a top quality bath. We use all natural, biodegradable and cruelty free shampoos, rinsed with a creme conditioner as needed to keep your pup's hair chique, shiny and smooth.
Berry Facial: Looking for something that your dogs will love? Our berry facial is a gentle massage of easy-on-the-eyes cleanser into your pup's facial hair. A great treat for a good boy!
Feet, Paws & Neatened/Trimmed Nails: Give your pets the mani pedi experience that you enjoy when out with the girls. We trim and clip their nails before moisturizing them for added comfort.
Blow Drying and Brushing: Make your pet's fur thick and radiant with our manual blow drying and brushing. Done by hand via our trained professionals, we choose an engaging, holistic approach when giving your the very best in grooming.
Haircuts: We provide whatever your pup needs to look good and stay cool. Cuts from the pom pom, English saddle, continental, puppy clip, shave-down and more.
Special Services: You'll be happy to know that we don't stop at the basics. If you're pup is experiencing dry, itchy skin, dog-breath, excess shedding, achy joints, anal gland expression, flea problems, dry-cracked paws, excess shedding, or if they are special needs, please tell us! We are here to keep your pup feeling healthy and fabulous.
And much more!
What are the Benefits?
The experience your pet will have will bring several benefits to his/her health and look, but there are several indirect benefits to using our mobile pet grooming service as well!
Convenience: Our groomers come to you. No need to worry about making appointments and waiting in a salon with your dog, for fear that he/she might not get along with other pets. More time for yourself and your pet!
Stress: The burden of adding another appointment to the schedule isn't the only thing that you'll feel relief from. Many pets experience separation anxiety when away from their owner for too long. Keep them safe and worry-free with our quick and easy mobile experience.
A Clean and Happy Pet: Your pet's mood and demeanor will radiate and glow when they head home from their mini spa-treatment. That means more cuddles for you and the family!Have peace of mind when working with Awesome Doggies. We have been in business in the San Diego area since 2002, and have developed a reputation for loving, compassionate and expert pet cleaning services free of pain or hassle for your pet. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment.
But what about those emergency moments, those times when your groomer isn't available? Odd as it may seem to some, grooming emergencies do occur. Here are a few you should be aware of along with a few things your groomer wants you to know before you take action.
Home Haircut Disaster
Brittany the cocker spaniel, she of the long, thick show coat, had a great day at the park. She romped through mud puddles and kicked up a storm of debris before dashing through a briar patch. Now Brittany looks less glam and more cautionary tale. Dad attempted to help by snipping the briars out with a pair of kitchen shears. Mom's opinion of the impromptu haircut is now etched clearly on her face as she hands the leash over to the groomer. Puppy cut to the rescue!
Sawing through mats or briars may remove the offending material in a hurry, but a better idea is to call your groomer and ask for an appointment. If an appointment isn't possible soon enough, a groomer can tell you the best way to mitigate the damage until an appointment is available. Groomers have the tools and the know-how to remove most offending materials with the least amount of damage possible.
Max, a golden retriever, hears something bumbling about in the corner of the yard. Before his human companions can wonder what's up, he's dashed off to stop the intruder before it can see it's evil plan for yard domination to completion.
That quick spray, the yelp and the snuffling, scrunch-faced rolling and swiping at the face told you all you needed to know, even before the smell reached your now highly offended olfactories. Having repelled the interfering canine, the skunk scoots off under the fence, leaving Max and his humans to head for the … wait for it…
Tomato juice does have acidic properties, which is what people are hoping will remove the odor. When applied immediately, a tomato juice bath may seem to help, but it's mostly because the owners have managed to wash away the bulk of the skunk oils before they could settle into the coat. A more likely scenario is a smelly, red-stained dog - double whammy! If pet parents forget to wear gloves and an apron, they've likely managed to skunk themselves, the furniture on the way through the house, the carpet where their furry friend stopped for a quick roll…
A better choice is to clean your dog's eyes with a saline eye solution made for dogs to give him some relief (Vetericyn is one safe brand), then ask your groomer for advice on removing skunk odor. Better, get an appointment right away. Some groomers even offer late night emergency service, when most skunkings occur. The sooner the issue is dealt with, the better the outcome.
It's holiday time and the family is on the way. Sammy's been rolling in dead leaves and looks less than fabulous for a festive occasion. Better make a quick grooming appointment…oh. Everyone else had the same idea and they booked ahead. Now what? Oh well, you can always maneuver Sammy into the tub and give him a quick cleanup. Clairol is good enough for you, it must be a double luxury for Sammy!
Washing done, Sammy heads out for a roll in the backyard while you clean hair from the drain, mop up the bathroom, the kitchen where Sammy passed through to get to the yard, and yourself before planning the holiday menu.
Why is Sammy scratching all through dinner? And his coat looks nothing like it does after a professional grooming! What went wrong?
Bathing a dog properly means using the correct shampoo for your dog's coat. It will be ph balanced and safe for animal use, won't leave residues and, perhaps most importantly, is thoroughly rinsed away. Leaving just a tiny bit of shampoo on your dog leads to itching and potentially hot spots. Not such a great holiday for you or for Sammy.
A better plan is to ask your groomer for advice on in-between professional grooming maintenance. Bathing is possible at home, but it must be done correctly to avoid making any skin or coat issues worse.
Keeping your dog looking and feeling great is the primary concern of a good professional groomer. When a grooming emergency occurs, we are here to help. Contact us for help avoiding common home-grooming mistakes.
Of course, maintaining the balance between a clean home and a clean pet can be hard to do. However, while your friendly mobile groomers are giving your favorite furry friend a spa day in the bathtime-mobile you have a few minutes to throw the dog bed in the laundry and clean the area so your home and your pet are spotless at exactly the same time.
Wash Your Pet's Bedding
Every fur baby lives a unique life with their loving owners including where they sleep and what needs to be cleaned during bathtime. If your pet has a designated bed, this could easily be the dirtiest item in the house, having gotten that way quite slowly over time. If you can, vacuum the pet bed first to pull up as much loose hair as you can and try to get into all the cracks and crevices. If your pet sleeps on or in blankets, lay them out and run the curtain attachment over them for the same effect. Once you've done the preliminary clearing, wash everything on hot with mild detergent.
Everywhere your pet spends time will feature a light layer of fur but your pet will be coming back form their grooming appointment completely done shedding for at least a little while. To get your home ready to match your pet, run your vacuum over absolutely everything. Cover the floors in the rooms your pet is allowed in, even if they're not carpeted, and use the detail attachment to get into corners. Use the upholstery attachment on any favorite couch cushions and the corner of their bed they sleep on and consider swiping the curtains as well.
Sweep and Mop the Food Area
Now that you've got the laundry running and the layers of fur cleared from the soft pet-friendly surfaces of your home, don't forget the area where your pet eats. Unless you have an unusually tidy eater, this area usually ends up just a little bit grubby between dripped drinks of water and happy muddy feet. Pick up the food and water bowls and give them a thorough scrub. Then sweep and mop the area where your pet eats.
By this point, your pet should be nearly done with their delightful bath with the mobile groomers and ready to rejoin you. With your home freshly vacuumed and sparkling clean, you can be certain that you and your pet can have the cleanest possible snuggle, at least until they get a chance to roll around in something in the backyard a few hour from now. For more great pet tips and tricks or to schedule a mobile grooming for your favorite fur baby, contact us today! Here at Awesome Doggies, we're always happy to meet a new friend or wash a pet we've come to know and love.
So, your 150-pound, gorgeously gargantuan, brown Newfoundland, "Snuffy" (aptly nicknamed after the lovable Sesame Street character, Mr. Snuffleupagus) decided to go outside and roll around in the mud today. Not only that, but he also decided to investigate what was lurking in the bushes behind your house. Turns out, it was a skunk, who wasn't so enamored with the presence of your gentle giant, and sprayed him.
Now, you truly have a larger than life problem on your hands, because you're hosting a dinner party this weekend for family and friends, but of course, you don't want a muddy, "skunkiferous" Snuffy greeting everyone at the door. To make matters worse, you don't have the time to—or the will—to load your odiferous behemoth into your car, and get him to the groomers before your party.
What's a dog owner to do in such a situation?
If only the dog groomers could come to you... actually, they can! Here are five "awesome" reasons to consider mobile dog grooming for your fur kid:
- Time Saver – You're working ten hours per day, have a long commute, dinner to make for the whole family, a house to clean and maintain, and the occasional five to six hours of sleep per night, if you're lucky. Who has time to groom Snuffy? The mobile groomers come to your house, so there's no time wasted driving in the car back and forth. There's also no time wasted at a cashier or loading a less than willing participant (Snuffy) into the car in the first place.
- Less Anxiety – Most dogs just don't like going to the groomer. Think about it; you drop them off in a strange building full of people in lab coats, who immediately put them in a cage until it's their turn to take a bath and hit the blow dryer. Dogs generally don't like any of those things. Overall, going to the groomer can be a really unsettling experience for your fur kid. But, there's a lot less to get nervous about if your dog gets groomed from a mobile salon parked in their own driveway.
- Undivided Attention – At a traditional groomer, your dog is herded into a salon area where there's four to five or more dogs all either being worked on or waiting for attention. There's a lot going on and when your dog isn't being groomed, he may be spending a lot of time with no human interaction. Most dogs don't like that either. They want as much undivided attention as possible, which is exactly what they'll get at a mobile groomer who schedules one dog at a time. Your dog has the undivided attention of their groomer until they're completely cleaned up and walked back into their own living room.
- Comfort – Dropping off your dog at a traditional groomer likely involves them spending a good amount of time in a cage. There's no waiting with the mobile groomer. Nope, Snuffy goes right from the comfort of his own home to the mobile salon, and back again with no cage, crate, or anything else.
- Convenience – Even if you have all the time in the world, wouldn't it be nice to spend it reading a book, watching reality television, going to the gym, or any one of a thousand other things, rather than going back and forth to the dog groomer? Mobile groomers are remarkably convenient, no matter how much time you have.
If you live in any one of the thirty-plus neighborhoods of the San Diego, CA area, and agree that it's time to give mobile dog grooming a try, give us a shout at Awesome Doggies.
It doesn't matter if you have a 150-pound newfie named Snuffy or a slightly less physically imposing Chihuahua named Queso, the dog lovin' grooming pros at Awesome Doggies will get him prepped and primed for a day of grace and elegance … okay, maybe that's going a little too far. Nonetheless, he's going to look awesome! By the way, we do kitties too. Contact us today!
Some dogs seem to grow more fur than they know what to do with. Long-haired dogs, fluffy dogs, and even short-haired cold weather dogs all can seem remarkably uncomfortable if left to manage their coats the 'natural' way. This is one of the reasons we invest in professional grooming in the first place. Groomers can not only unmat long and tangled fur, they can also give strategic haircuts to trim away fur where they simply have too much. Many dogs get a full-body trim at least once a year and it's best to keep excess fur around the paws and tail, in particular, trimmed short all year long. However, many pet owners wonder if they should continue regular trimming in the slightly cooler winter months.
Warm Fur vs Warm Climate
The primary reasoning for this argument is that dogs grow their winter coats naturally and that all the extra fur is there to keep them warm but here in California, it never really gets cold enough to bundle up all that much. Essentially, if you don't need a heavy winter coat, neither does your dog. If your concern is one of style and you simply like for your puppy to look fluffy and warm in the winter, your final decision should be based on breed. Warm-weather dogs like Pomeranians and Spaniels can be left with their light-weight coats. However, popular cold-weather dogs like Huskies and Chows will be much more comfortable with their heavy winter coats regularly trimmed for the fairly warm Californian winters.
Excess Fur Still Gets in the Way
If your dog tends to excess fur, it's important that you do not stop trimming in at least a few strategic places. Between the toes, under the tail, and getting huge furry tufts out of their ears, for instance, all need to continue for your pet's convenience and happiness whether or not you get the full body trim like normal. That said, you trim your dog for a reason, and not just to keep them cool in the summer or to match the seasonal style. All that extra fur tends to get in the way of play time and without a trim your dog may be more susceptible to unpleasant and possibly painful tangles and mats.
California isn't Alaska
Finally, there are definitely some circumstances where you would think twice about removing an extra insulating layer of fur from your dog but California isn't one of them. Without the risk of ice or snow, you can forget about any concern for 'winterizing' your pets. There is no need for booties, dog sweaters, or even much worry about dry skin. If you lived in Alaska, or even Idaho, wintertime trimming would be more of a concern. However, here in the golden state, you should be perfectly safe to get your dog their normal full-coat convenience trim right along with their normal grooming schedule all year long.
Talk To Your Groomer
If you're really concerned about whether or not you should get a full trim for your pooch in the winter months, have a conversation with your groomer. They can help you understand which breeds can comfortably go without trimming in the winter and help you build the perfect trimming schedule for your dog. If you just want to change seasonal fur style, a longer trim still gets all excess fur out of the way and can be used to reduce a fluffy winter coat for both comfort and winter fur fashion.
Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up close with your favorite pets. When your dog is clean and properly trimmed for their breed, they will be just as happy and comfortable as you are in your favorite winter clothes. For more helpful tips and advice on how and when to groom your furry friends, contact us today.
Winter is in full swing now, and while that doesn't mean freezing temperatures for the folks here in sunny San Diego, it does mean slightly cooler temperatures. Because of this, there is a good chance you will want to change a few things about your doggy care routine in order to keep your furry friend comfortable through the cooler months.
Wondering what you might change to keep your pooch nice and comfy? Here are a few wintertime tips for dog owners in the San Diego area.
Time Walks Right — If you have a smaller pup or a dog with a thin coat, you may find that even here in this warm part of the country, the colder early morning and/or late evening temperatures are uncomfortable for them. Pay attention to your little friend, and if they seem too cold during your usual walk time, change things up and go for a walk later in the morning, or in the afternoon when the sun is bright and warm.
Pay Attention to Weather — Fortunately for your furry friend, the fact that you live in Southern California means outside time can continue throughout the winter months. That said, the temperatures will still drop fairly low on occasion, especially at night. Therefore, you will want to take extra care to watch the weather and bring your dog inside if the weather is expected to become extra cold and you won't be around to let them back in.
Give Your Dog a Bed — Chillier outside temperatures mean cooler floors. If your dog sleeps on the floor, this can be uncomfortable for them. Help keep your pup comfy and warm at night by giving them a dog bed or a snuggly blanket to sleep on. Your little friend is sure to appreciate the gesture, and you will both sleep more soundly at night.
Avoid Space Heaters — Because we rarely get uncomfortably low temperatures here, many San Diego residents use small space heaters when needed in place of central heat. While this is economical, it is dangerous for doggies who may cuddle up to the heater without realizing the dangers this poses. Because nobody wants to see their pet burned, it is best to stick to the central heat if at all possible.
Stay Hydrated — Many pet owners worry less about their dog's hydration during the cooler months. While this seems logical, it isn't the best practice. Dogs need plenty of water even when the weather is cooler, and this is even more true for the dogs of Southern California who are likely to be active and outdoors throughout the winter. Because of this, it is important that you continue to offer your pup plenty of water even as we experience our coldest days of the year.Never Leave Your Dog in the Car — Despite the fact that the weather is now much cooler, it is still never a good idea to leave your pet in the car unattended. The sun will still heat your car more quickly than you might think, and if the car is left running, carbon monoxide poisoning is a real threat.
Be Sure to Groom — Last but not least, you simply must be sure to keep your doggie well-groomed during the winter months. Cooler weather can lead to dry skin, and a well-groomed coat will help keep your furry friend well-insulated for the sometimes-chilly outdoor play. Besides, who doesn't want a silky soft, great-smelling dog to snuggle with while they enjoy hot tea on a chilly evening?
Are you ready to schedule your dog's professional grooming session? Please contact us to ask about our services or schedule an appointment.
There's no one in the world who enjoys wintertime more than a happy dog. The simple change in seasonal scents and the way everyone gets friendlier around this time of year is simply fantastic for our favorite furry friends. However, winter time isn't always playtime and visiting relatives. There's also the long evenings cuddled up with your pooch with a cup of hot cocoa watching movies, wearing slippers, and cooking experimental desserts. If you love to relax in the winter, so does your furry friend. Why not pamper your pup this winter with a few cozy bonding techniques the two of you can enjoy together?
Homemade Dog Treats
One thing that winter tends to bring out is an urge to cook and bake. Before or after the holidays, the plates of cookies, steaming pies, and delicious roasts just seem to keep coming. If you love to get into a major cooking kick in the winter, consider making your dog a few platters of winter doggy treats as well. From blueberry biscuits to peanut butter treats, your furry companion can share your wintertime joy in cooking delicious homemade goodies.
Moisturizing Spa Treatment
Even if your puppy is an inside/outside dog, during the winter they're likely to want to spend a lot more time inside your heater-warmed home. However, when a heater runs it dries out the warm air which can start to cause dry skin and itching problems in both humans and their pets. Just like you need to up the moisturizer routine during the winter, your dog needs something similar. Gentle, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner is a great place to start and you can even use some special doggy lotion with a selection of delightfully healthy ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E oil to keep their skin as soft and healthy as it is in the summer.
Share Warm Meals
There's nothing like a warm cup of tea or a steaming hot meal shared during the winter months to warm your heart and your insides and your dog enjoys eating warm food as well. If you feed your dog 'wet' food, you can easily warm it up on the stove or in the microwave, just be sure to sir and heat carefully so as not to burn your dog's tounge. Even dry food can be served warm by adding warm water which will create a hot 'gravy' which will warm the morsels and your dog as they eat it. This is a great way to share the joys of hot meals in the winter, even if it's not that cold outside.
Brushed to Perfection
Finally, don't forget to keep brushing your dog every day. In fact, the winter is one of the most important times to brush your dog as they deal with the hassle of a winter fur coat. Here in California, dogs tend to grow a lot more winter fur than they need. To help them with this challenge, brush them thoroughly several times a week to pull out excess loose fur, sort out tangles, and detect any hidden skin issues. Plus, it's still a wonderful way to bond and spend time with your pet each day.
Winters here in California aren't harsh or nearly as icy as other places (or really at all) but you can still enjoy the cooler months with your dog happily at your side. Share your winter treat creation with your furry friends, keep their skin moisturized, and never stop your brushing routine. For more cold weather ways to bond with your dog or to schedule a winter grooming session, contact us today!