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    Wisdom from the Grooming Salon

    I’m a dog trainer who has owned a dog grooming salon for nearly five years.  In collaboration with my experienced grooming team, we wanted to provide a list of common truths that we observe on a daily basis.  Our intention is that something on this list will resonate with you and ultimately lead to better health and comfort for your dog... which inevitably leads to a deeper and more gratifying relationship with him.

    Dirty Ears - The inside of your dog’s ears should be pink and fresh smelling.    If your dog grows hair in his ear canals, have your groomer pluck them, but maybe not all at once if he’s sensitive.  Ears can be cleaned weekly at home with a warm wash cloth.  Wipe them out as if you were another dog licking your dog’s ears.


    Coat - The coat is the first line of defence against the elements.  The skin is an organ that needs to breathe. Short haired dogs need daily brushing in shedding season and should be sent to the groomer once a season.  Non shedding dogs need brushing 2-3 times a week for life.  Try it and you will be surprised how clean and healthy looking your dog’s coat will become.

    Pedicures - Nails should be kept short, just above the quick, so the paw pad can rest fully on the ground without pressure from the nail.  Long nails will throw off your dog’s skeletal alignment which can lead to health issues like arthritis.  Walk your dog regularly on the sidewalk or take him for monthly nail trims.

    Washing at Home - Never bathe then brush because it creates matts in the coat.  If your dog sheds or has small matting, try brushing your dog while it’s lathered up in shampoo (or conditioner).  Tangles come out really easily and shedding dogs make no mess.

    Scaredy Cats - Fear is what prevents a dog from enjoying the grooming experience.  It requires skill and technique to get most dogs to stand like statues while they are groomed.   Nearly all of this can be eliminated if you practice (and praise) touching your dog's feet  and brush them on a regular basis.  If your dog is really reactive, try doing this work from behind as though your dog was wearing horse blinders and can’t see you.

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    Thank you for this interesting and useful article, really!
    Here I learn a lot of things about dogs and now I'm so, so happy!
    I always think that a dog is our best friends and we must take care of them constantly and buying toys is one of the needs of dogs and even PLO and confirmed it!
    I love dogs very, very much!
    Best regards,

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