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petgroomerTime to get your pet into his dog carrier and head to the groomer. Will this be a good or bad experience for him?

There are things to consider before trusting your pet to a new dog groomer. Going to the groomer can be a stressful time for your dog. It’s important that you have a good, gentle, reliable groomer that your dog will trust. You will not have problems taking him if he has a pleasant experience while at the groomer. How do you choose a groomer? I would first ask around. Ask those who have a dog similar to yours. Friends and acquaintances will give you helpful, honest opinions. If you don’t get anywhere, I would then ask my vet.

Next, check the groomers’ credentials. Some states require a groomer to have special training and certification. Every area requires a business license. You may also want to check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints were filed against the groomer.

Make sure that the groomer has experience with your type of dog. Safety is extremely important. Find out if the groomer uses any restraining devices, what are the chemicals that are used and what kind of method is used for drying your dog. I’ve heard of cases where the dog was burned in the dryer because it was left unattended or the temperature was set too high.

Check out the amount of noise at the groomers. Your dog may stress out if all he hears is constant barking. Try to find a groomer where the environment is peaceful and quiet.

Finally, make sure that you have the groomers schedule. You will need an appointment for most groomers. Keep lots of dog treats on hand during and after his grooming session.

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Boating Safety With Your Dog

Monday, June 13, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogboatIf you own a boat and usually take your best friend along with you, here are some things that things that you should do to keep him safe.

  1. The first thing that you should do is develop a plan in case your dog goes over board.Of course if this happens,  cut the engine immediately.
  2. It’s important that you have a dog life  jacket and put it on your dog before you get on the water. You should get your dog used to wearing his life jacket before taking him on the water.
  3. Make sure that you have a first aid kit on the boat. Take along antibiotic ointment for minor scrapes, and of course make sure you have a good supply of any pet medications your dog may be on.
  4. If you just purchased your boat, let your dog get used to it before taking him on the water.
  5. Keep  your dogs first boat outing short to get him used to the movement on the water. Take along some dog treats and make sure he has fresh water in his dog water bowl at all times.

A little planning goes a long way! Enjoy boating this summer with your best friend!

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