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    Winter Dog Baths: 7 Ways to Clean Your Dog During Cold Weather

    Winter Dog Baths: 7 Ways to Clean Your Dog During Cold Weather

    Time for a dog bath? Hmm…if you’re like us and dog baths are usually an outdoor activity, it’s time for Plan B. Even here in central Texas, most days are way too chilly for a dog bath so we’re getting creative with the bath options.

    It’s important to keep up a grooming routine even during the winter months not only to help keep your dog smelling fresh but also to help prevent fleas, prevent matting, and notice any lumps and bumps that your dog’s winter coat might hide.

    If you usually opt for an outdoor dog bath, here are seven options for a winter dog bath:

    1. Groomer:Even DIYers like us may want to book a professional grooming session during the winter. Be sure to ask your groomer to use a moisturizing shampoo since, like with our own hair, cold weather can cause your dog’s coat to become dry.
    2. In-home dog groomer:If your dog is more comfortable being groomed at home (and you want to avoid tackling winter weather to get to the groomer), look into mobile dog groomers who can wash your dog in the comfort of your own home or in a mobile unit they bring to your house.
    3. DIY:Whether you’re bathing a small dog in the sink or a large canine in the shower stall, you can opt for an indoor dog bath. Spend some time in advance assembling fluffy towels, a good dose of patience and good humor, and possibly a hair dryer. Plan the bath for after your dog’s morning walk and potty break, giving him plenty of time to dry before it’s time to step outside again. Turn up the thermostat a degree or two and, after the bath, towel dry your dog thoroughly. If he’ll allow you to blow dry his fur, be sure to turn the dryer on a low setting with low to medium heat, keeping the dryer moving at all times.
    4. Self-service dog washes:Rent a room at a self-service dog wash with all the tools you need for a dog bath: a special deep sink, dog stairs, aprons, shampoos, towels, and dryers. Another big benefit: no cleanup!
    5. Waterless Shampoo:Waterless shampoo can help lift out oils and dirt without the need for a rinse. Waterless shampoo is liquid; it sprays onto your dog’s coat. You’ll work the shampoo (often a foam) down into the fur either with your hands or by brushing. Towel your dog; after the waterless shampoo dries,  brush again.
    6. Conditioning Sprays:Check out leave-in conditioning sprays to freshen your dog’s coat between baths. Like the name suggests, you spray the conditioner on your dog’s fur then leave it in to both condition the fur and skin (especially important during this cold weather) and to leave your dog smelling wonderful.
    7. Dry Shampoo:Dry dog shampoo sprinkles on to lift out dander, dirt, and oil. Sprinkle on, work the dry shampoo into your dog’s coat, and finally brush out  the powder and accompanying dirt!

    Running with dog

    Running with dog

    As spring arrives many of us get the urge to start or restart running again.  Like us, dogs also need daily exercise to maintain good fitness and mental health.  After all, a tired dog is a good dog.  It is estimated that over half of the dogs in America are overweight or obese.  Running or speed walking with your dog is a good way for both of you to maintain a healthy lifestyle, keep off unwanted pounds, enjoy the sunshine and spend some quality time together.  Should you decide to run with your dog, here are some suggestions to consider.

     

    Health and Stamina:  Prior running with your dog it is important to consider his or her ability to handle physical exertion.  Overweight or obese dogs may need to lose some weight first and may need to start out at a walking pace for a month or two.  Dogs with hip dysplasia, arthritis or other medical conditions are not well-suited to running.  Brachycephalic (short snout) breeds can have small nostrils or other upper airway abnormalities that make running for an extended period of time dangerous.  If you are in doubt, ask your veterinarian about your dog’s ability to begin a running program.

     

    New Leash on Life:  Running with your dog can open up a whole new world of exploration and excitement, but it is important to be safe.  A collar or harness with proper identification is a must.  Consider permanent identification, such as a microchip, so your dog can be found and returned should he or she get lost.  Your dog should also be well behaved on a leash and leashed at all times.  Make certain he is well trained to the leash so he does not stop to sniff or mark every tree.  “Leave it” should be a command in your dog’s repertoire so he does not pick up tempting items such as trash and road kill.  “Sit” and “Stay” are also useful commands for traffic crossings.

     

    Water:  When your dog is running, he is working just as hard as you.  Be sure to carry extra water and a collapsible water bowl or a water bottle with a special spout for dogs so he can stay hydrated along the way.  Since dogs cannot tell you when they are thirsty, a good rule of thumb is to give your dog a drink every time you take a drink.

     

    Don't forget the "Running Shoes":  Some dogs have naturally sensitive pads or get sore pads from running on a hard surface.  Consider using a conditioning wax on their pads or using booties.  If using booties, remember it may take some time for your dog to become accustomed to them.  Also, be sure to use a bootie with a tough bottom so it will stand up to heavy use.  For most dogs foot protection is usually not necessary.  On sunny days, remember to check the temperature of the road.  Black top and sidewalks can get hot enough to burn your dog’s pads.  Check the temperature using the 5 second rule.  Lay the back of your hand on the black top or sidewalk.  If you cannot hold it there for 5 seconds, then it is too hot for your dog’s feet.

     

    Remember the Warm Up:  Before running, your dog will need a warm up, just like you do, to prevent injuries.  Start with a few minutes of walking, slow jogging or ball play to warm up and to stretch muscles and ligaments.

     

    Dog Days of Summer:  Dogs overheat more easily than we do because of their hair coat and because they do not sweat.  When it is warm and humid, avoid running in the midday heat or avoid running altogether.  In the summer, consider running on shaded trails rather than the road.  The softer ground will also be better for your dog’s feet and joints.  Watch for signs of heat stroke such as drooling, lethargy, weakness, dark red gums, vomiting or bloody diarrhea.  If your dog is showing signs of heat stroke, find some shade, give him small amounts of water frequently, pour water on his head and body, and call your veterinarian.

     

    General Guidelines:  For most dogs, 2-3 miles is a good goal to work up to.  Some athletic dogs with training over time may be able to go longer distances.  When you stop for a break, if takes more than 10 minutes for your dog to stop panting, then you need to shorten the distance until he or she is in better condition.  Spring and fall are the best times to run with your dog.

     

    Have Fun:  Once your dog becomes accustomed to running with you, both of you will always have a willing running companion.  Make sure your dog seems happy running.  If he gets excited and barks when you get ready to run and grab the leash, it is a good sign he enjoys running with you.  If he seems stiff or uncomfortable, consider leaving him home for a day or two.  If he remains stiff and uncomfortable, seek veterinary care.

    How to walk two Dogs at the same time

    How to walk two Dogs at the same time

    Walking two dogs at the same time can be twice the fun…or twice the challenge! When the dogs are large and strong, the task of one person walking two dogs is one that has to be taken on like any job: deliberately and with a plan.

    The first consideration is that the two dogs get along well. At all costs (even if it means taking separate walks with each dog), you don’t want two dogs literally your arm’s length apart to be fighting.



    If your dogs are friendly to each other, you’ll want to make sure each is leash trained. It’s best to leash train the dogs individually so you can start and stop to reinforce behaviors as they happen in that particular dog…not because his walking partner was getting off track! You can train the dogs separately or have someone else walk with you and take the second dog, keeping the training independent.

    Once your dogs are leash trained, it’s a matter of how will you accomplish the walk. Some walkers and dogs prefer two leashes (the two in this photo are on two separate leashes). However, two dogs and two leashes can quickly become a tangled mess, not to mention a hazard for the owner trying to walk down the sidewalk.

    Dual Dog Leash is quite good choice for walking two dogs:

    • Walks two dogs without tangling
    • Stops dogs individually
    • Up to 50lbs per dog
    • Max length of 10 feet per dog
    • Reflective leads
    • Patented 360 degree spin technology
    • Untangles automatically

     

     

    5 Home Remedies for Fleas on Dogs

    5 Home Remedies for Fleas on Dogs

    There are several medical flea treatments that work wonders at stopping fleas from wreaking havoc on your pup, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try some home remedies for fleas on dogs, too!

    Fleas on dogs can be a real bummer for you and a health hazard for your dog. If you take your dog to the vet with a skin irritation one of the first questions your vet will ask will be, “what flea treatment do you have your pup on?” Let’s take a look at a few different home remedies for fleas on dogs.

     

    1. Home remedies for fleas on dogs — treating your dog from the outside:

    We’ve talked about how vinegar is a great, pet-friendly cleaning solution, but it’s also a wonderful aid in getting rid of pests. It turns out that fleas don’t like the smell of vinegar and you can use that to your advantage.

    What you need:

    1. A clean spray bottle, one that hasn’t had any chemical cleaning products in it.
    2. White vinegar and apple cider vinegar (ACV) both work. Pick your favorite, whatever is in your cupboard already or what’s on sale.

    What to do:

    1. Mix water and vinegar together. The most effective solution is a 1:1 ratio. If your dog finds that smell offensive, you can dilute as much as 1:3, vinegar to water.
    2. Spray your dog, making sure to avoid his eyes and any open sores. Let your dog’s fur air dry. Repeat this at-home flea treatment for a couple of days.
    3. If your dog doesn’t like the spray bottle, soak a washcloth in the mixture and wipe your pup down with it.

    2. Home remedies for fleas on dogs — treating your dog from the inside:

    Apple cider vinegar added to your dog’s water bowl can give your dog’s skin an acidy taste that will make him less attractive to fleas.

    What you need:

    1. Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
    2. Water
    3. Dog’s water bowl

    What to do:

    1. A good rule of thumb is to mix a teaspoon of ACV for every quart of water. It’s best to consult your vet to see what amount of vinegar a dog of your pup’s weight can safely ingest.
    2. Your pup may turn up his nose at this new liquid mix. If so, start with just a tiny amount of ACV and increase the strength as your dog gets used to the smell and taste.

    3. Home remedies for fleas on dogs — keep your yard flea free and dog safe:

    Keeping your yard flea free (but still dog safe!) is one of the most effective home remedies for fleas on dogs since it’s preventative. Here’s how:

    1. Diatomaceous Earth – Food-grade diatomaceous earth is a natural and safe product made from the fossilized remains of tiny organisms. The silica that make up these organisms absorbs into insects with an exoskeleton, like fleas, and causes them to dry out and die. When you use it outside, just liberally sprinkle it everywhere you think fleas may be hiding out.
    2. Sun – Fleas, much like their blood-sucking vampire relatives, don’t love the sun. Keep your garden as shade free as possible.
    3. Plant an herb garden – Planting strong-smelling herbs near your doors and windows can help prevent fleas from hanging around too long. Try thyme, sage, clove, basil, lavender or mint.
    4. Natural predators – Snakes, ants, beetles, spiders, frogs and lizards eat fleas. In fact, you can add natural predators to your yard! Nematodes are multicellular animals that are deadly to flea pupae and larval. You can purchase them online or at a local garden store.

    4. Home remedies for fleas on dogs — keep your dog’s items flea free with heat:

    Your secret weapon to keep your dog’s bedding, linens, clothes and toys flea free is heat. Anything that can be safely washed in hot water and dried on high heat, should be weekly. Fleas won’t survive the double attack of heat.

    5. Home remedies for fleas on dogs — make your home unfriendly to fleas with natural house sprays:

    Vacuuming is your best weapon against fleas, but you can also pay extra attention to your dog’s favorite lounging spots with one of the following homemade house sprays:

    1. Lemon – Cut up a lemon and steep it in water overnight. Add it to a spray bottle and you have a pleasant-smelling homemade flea repellant that can safely be used near your pup’s favorite spots or even on him.
    2. Salt – Clean hardwood floors and tile floors around your dog’s bed with a salt/water mix.
    3. Essential Oils – Rosemary, tea tree and lavender don’t smell good to fleas. You can use them to help keep your living space smelling nice — and staying flea free. But use essential oils with caution. Some essential oils are harmful to pets. Talk to a vet to ensure that the scent and the way you are using the oil are safe for your dog.

    Flea & Tick Collar can be a great tool to assist anti-flea:

     

    Hopefully you’ll only need preventive home remedies for fleas on dogs this season.

    How to make bath time better for your dog?

    How to make bath time better for your dog?

    Giving a dog a bath, especially a large dog, can seem like a gargantuan task. Small dogs can be bathed in sinks and small plastic tubs, but large dogs may not like the slippery feel of the bathtub or the exposure of an outdoor scrub down.

    Big or small, once your dog has had a bad bath experience, it can be difficult to lead them to water again.

    Bath time should be fun — and fast — so make sure you have everything you need before you start. Before you begin, brush your dog’s coat thoroughly to remove excess hair and work out mats. Protect your dog’s ears by putting a piece of cotton in each canal, and protect their eyes by asking your veterinarian for an ointment to keep the suds out.



    If you’re giving the bath in a tub, put a towel down to provide a nonslip surface, and stuff a steel wool pad in the drain to catch the dog hair.

    Use a leash to walk your dog to the bath. Fill the tub or sink with a few inches of warm water before adding your dog. If you are bathing your dog outside, run the hose for a minute before using it on your dog to empty any sun-heated water that might have accumulated in the hose.

    Use only dog shampoo. Human shampoos, even baby shampoos, don’t have the right pH balance for your dog’s coat.Then bathe the back, legs, stomach and tail, finishing with the top of the head and the muzzle. All the while, talk sweetly to your dog.

    After you rinse thoroughly, drape a towel over the back of your dog like a horse blanket and use another towel to dry his face. Drying his face first will reduce the all over body shake, since the shake starts at the head and reverberates down the body. You also can gently hold his muzzle to prevent him from shaking until you can get far enough away from the splash zone.

    Towel dry your dog or use a hair dryer if your dog will permit it. They also make special floor dryers that you can put in front of a kennel until your dog is dry.

    Dogs usually don’t like smelling clean, so they will likely race around the house or yard trying to rub awful smells onto their bodies. This is the best time to offer them a long-lasting chew toy.

    Dog shower sprayer is an amazing tool!It combines sprayer with grooming gloves,which can easily bath your dogs when grooming them.

    • Ergonomic one-size-fits-all design straps securely to either hand.
    • Slim and flexible sprayer in palm allows you to control your dog with both hands while soaking the densest of fur.
    • Innovative design reduces spraying water, speed up bath time, and reduces stress for anxious pets.
    • Includes adapters for connecting to shower bath tub and outdoor garden hose.