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Selecting a dog brush: what you need to know

Selecting a dog brush

What should I look for when selecting a dog brush?

Whether you are a dog groomer or a dog owner, you share a common goal: you want to be sure you’re selecting a dog brush that makes a dog look spectacular and takes the absolute best care of their coat and fur. Following is information that we hope can guide you when selecting a dog brush.

For dog owners:

To keep your best friend looking their best, daily brushing is recommended. You want to ensure that the hair remains tangle free, shiny and as healthy as possible. If you have a breed of dog that sheds often, daily brushing will help keep the hair outside and off your carpet and floors. Make sure when selecting a dog brush, you choose one that is good for de-matting to have on hand in case you need to take care of an emergency mat situation, but also one that can handle the coat on a regular basis for maintenance brushing, to prevent as many problems as possible.

For dog groomers:

When you take care of a client’s dog, we know you want the owner to be completely satisfied with the outcome. We know your goal each time is returning a dog to its owner with a nice shiny coat that is well-brushed and completely tangle free. A good dog brush can help you do that.

For dog owners and groomers alike, brushing is a big part of pet care

Since it’s done frequently and can be hard work if not done right, it’s good to have a brush that has an ergonomic quality to make the work of brushing easier on you (and on the dog’s coat!). With this in mind, it’s good to go about selecting a dog brush that fits nicely in your hands. The curve of the brush is particularly important, as it should fit your hand and feel comfortable while you are using it.

Here at Les Poochs, we have designed our dog brushes to handle all of your needs. We use tested designs, and offer a variety of options, to ensure they provide exemplary service for you, your pet, or in the case of groomers—your business. Regardless of breed of dog and the particular coat they have, you can be sure when selecting a dog brush, that our brushes do the trick to keeping dogs’ coats as healthy as possible.

Caring for Long Haired Dogs

Caring for long haired dogs

Caring for long haired dogs can be easy as long as you do simple regular maintenance so their coat can always be easily and beautifully maintained.

If your best friend is a long-haired dog, you know that they require a bit of extra care. You want to ensure that they look their best at all times and that their hair remains tangle and mat-free. If you have a Lhasa Apso, Maltese, Shih Tzu, or Terrier (just to name a few), you may struggle with keeping your dog’s long hair looking fabulous all of the time. Following are some tips for caring for long haired dogs so their coat can always be easily and beautifully maintained.

Regular Grooming

A regular visit to the groomers is the best way to ensure your dog’s coat remains as clean and tangle free as possible. This is especially important for long haired dogs. A good groomer has special techniques to clean the fur and work out every possible issue with long hair.

Bathing

In between trips to the groomer, regular bathing is important. Dirt and debris can weigh down your dog’s coat and create tangles. A high-quality dog shampoo free of soap will leave your dog’s coat clean every single time. Follow this up with a good dog conditioner or creme rinse to ensure a silky smooth coat that is free of tangles. When you are going through the process of bathing your dog, make sure to work the shampoo, conditioner, and water in well with your fingers, so the entire coat is cleaned.

Brushing

Caring for long haired dogs can be easy as long as you do simple regular maintenance. Long haired dogs need to be brushed every single day with a high-quality brush that works well with their particular hair and coat. Taking just a few minutes daily to brush will keep fur mat-free and looking fantastic. If you do find a mat, you can immediately use our emergency mat brush (link), which has been specifically designed to get out even tough mats of hair from your dog’s coat.

We have dedicated the work of our company to ensuring you have the best products to have what you need to maintain your dog’s long hair. Should you need anything or have a question, please let us know.

For groomers: Selecting Dog Shampoo

Selecting dog shampoo

For groomers – What to know

Selecting dog shampoo for your pet grooming salon is a balance of fitting your budget while finding the best product available. When clients entrust their dogs to you, it is very important to deliver a high quality experience and return their best friend perfectly coiffed. We understand that you are running a business and therefore want the very best quality for the price. Our shampoos are safe, effective, and allow you to deliver a beautiful-looking pet each and every time.

For any dog groomer, one of the cornerstones of the grooming experience is the bath. The shampoo you use needs to outperform and satisfy your expectations as well as those of your most discerning clients. We know you have many choices when it comes to selecting dog shampoo for your salon: fragrance or fragrance-free, tearless, de-matting, de-shedding, deodorizing . . . how do you choose?

Avoid cheap dog shampoos

You may already know that buying the cheapest shampoo available can sometimes cost you a client’s business. Additionally, buying a lower quality shampoo risks adverse reactions in pets, which will not make for happy clients. They want for their pet to have the cleanest fur and skin, the best smell, and for them to be as safe as possible.

Here at Les Poochs, we know groomers. We know that you work hard for your money, and that your money should work hard for you. We also know you can be overwhelmed with many options when selecting dog shampoo to use in your business, and want to educate yourself on the important differences.

Avoid selecting dog shampoo containing soap

It is critical that you read labels and understand each and every ingredient. When selecting dog shampoo for your salon, make sure any shampoos you choose have safe ingredients for dogs, that they do not contain soap, and that they leave a dog’s coat looking and feeling luxurious.

Les Poochs shampoos are of the highest quality. We do not use any soap in them, since we know that soap can be drying to a dog’s coat and skin, and leave an unpleasant residue. Instead, our shampoos contain surfactant.

What is surfactant, and why is it important in a dog shampoo?

Surfactant-based shampoos promote lather and do not produce any suds at all. This is advantageous because suds and bubbles from soap are what causes residue and dandruff (dry, flaky skin) on a dog coat.

Our shampoos will give your clients’ pets the shiniest coat possible. You will also find that our shampoos are luxuriously fragrant, but not overbearing, with a pleasant and fresh scent.

We want your clients’ dogs to have “The best care” for THEIR “best friend.”

Connecting With Your Dog – Megan Leavey

connecting-with-your-dog

To all dog lovers out there, this season brings fantastic entertainment to show us the importance of connecting with your dog (your best furry friend). If you have taken a trip to the movies lately, you may have heard about Megan Leavey. The story is of an enlisted Marine who becomes a dog handler that trains with military dogs and eventually deploys to Iraq to uncover explosive devices with the dog combat soldiers.

Connecting with your dog: What we learned from watching Megan Leavey

This amazing story has made us here at Les Poochs realize that our own values in providing the best care for best friends is spot-on.  Following are the things we learned about how we connect with our dogs.

Your pet needs a significant amount of care

When you make the decision to own a pet, you take on tremendous amount of responsibility to care for their every need. This obviously includes food and water, but also, as we saw in the movie, making sure they are comfortable and have plenty of rest. We have designed our products, such as the Les Poochs line of high quality professional dog shampoo, to ensure that you have the products you need, to provide the best possible care for your pet.

Pets have endless amounts of love to give

All pets really want to do is belong. Have you noticed your pet can often be vying for your attention? Regardless of any day or situation, you probably can find your best friend lying at your feet, or close by. When you are having a bad day or even just a tense phone conversation, your pet may come over and attempt to give you love with a nuzzle or a snuggle. They can sense when you need love, and make it available to you.

Your pets’ instincts are incredible and they’re capable of amazing things

In the movie, dogs were trained to protect humans. And even in the news, we have seen and read stories of other dogs who have been trained to be on the alert for health problems in humans, like the ability to detect high blood sugar levels in diabetic owners. Beyond knowing when you are in need of love, your pet can also sense danger.

We applaud the efforts of Hollywood for sharing this story and reminding us all just how special our best furry friends are to our lives and families. How do you see yourself and your family connecting with your dog?

Dog perfume is more than just about scent

Dog perfume

Following is some info about dog perfume that you may not know about.

When you have a posh pet, you want them smelling fresh, clean, and luxurious every single day. You may be tempted to spray your favorite fragrance on your best friend and have them match you! However, that is probably not a good idea. The perfume you use was specially formulated for human skin — both in terms of odor and safety.  Dog perfume is specially formulated to interact with a dog’s skin and natural smells, much in the same way.

Our team of perfumers, chemists, and pet industry professionals created our safe dog perfume to give your dog days’ worth of fresh scent.

The scent you get from a perfume or fragrance might not smell the same as when you whiff it from the bottle.  When you spray a perfume onto skin, clothing, or fur, it mixes with the oils, dust, and lotions, which may alter the scent.  The same is true for how scents work with a dog’s fur, as well as its skin, and natural odors.

When you want your dog smelling luxurious, you need a  perfume formulated by pet experts

Here at Les Poochs, all of our products are formulated with only dogs in mind.  When it comes to dog perfume, don’t forget that your dog’s nose needs to be considered, as well.  With dogs’ magnified sense of smell, you want to ensure that the fragrance is pleasant to them, as well.

Our dog perfume’s creators took great care to ensure quality ingredients correctly balanced for safety, and are the perfect scent.  They boast light scents that ensure that your pooch remains smelling fresh and pleasant.  We know not every owner wants their dog smelling the same way, so we have a variety of choices of dog perfume (for females and males, as well as for puppies).

Choosing the dog perfume is not just about smell 

It is also about making sure that the highest quality ingredients are used to ensure their skin, coat and nose are all protected.  Your best friend deserves the very best.

Handling dog tear stains

Handling dog tear stains

Handling tear staining for your dog can be a struggle

Handling dog tear stains can be a struggle.  You want your pet looking his or her best, but also want to make sure you are using specially formulated products to handle the problem safely.  A few years ago, the FDA shut down the distribution of tear stain removal products due to unsafe ingredients.

When your dog has tear staining, it means that they have overactive tear production, which causes the spots under your dog’s eyes.  Certain breeds of dogs such as Shih Tzus are more prone to the condition, and it can be more obvious when dogs have light-colored fur around their eyes.

A good first step to safely combat the problem is to discuss the situation with your vet and pet groomer.  These trained professionals can ensure that the tear production is normal, not harmful, and not the result of an underlying medical issue that needs further investigation.  Diet, exercise, and even certain medications can help alleviate any problems.

How long does it take for tear staining to clear?  Usually about three weeks.

Can you prevent tear staining?  Carefully and gently washing under your pet’s eyes with a damp soft cloth each morning is a good way to start.  Your groomer and veterinarian may have other safe suggestions for keeping the area clean.

No breed of dog is completely immune to tear staining, so don’t worry too much that there is something wrong with your dog.  A bit of preventive care and close attention to the under eye area will keep your best friend looking their absolute best!  

Fun things to do with your dog

Fun activities with your dog

Every season is a fantastic time to get outside with your dog.  While most dog owners are accustomed to taking walks and exercising with their dogs, given the great weather, you may be looking for other kinds of fun activities with your dog, besides walking.

Try a new walking route in your area, or explore a new location

Major cities and small towns have walking routes for you and your dog to explore.  Leave lots of time for your dog to sniff new smells.

Go swimming with your dog

Swimming is one of the most fun activities you can enjoy with your dog. Find a pet-friendly place you can both swim. This can be a pool, lake, or even the ocean.  Let your dog splash in the water and cool off in the summer heat.  Don’t forget to bring a leash, and well as towels, to dry off your pooch before heading home.

Find volunteer activities with your dog

If your dog is generally friendly with other people, you and your best friend can bring joy to others who may be struggling a bit in life.  You can call a local nursing home, physical rehabilitation center, or even your local children’s hospital, to see if there are opportunities to visit.  Your local pet adoption center is another example of someplace that may look for volunteers, as well.

Take a class together

If you want to teach your dog some new tricks, a class is the perfect way to get the training you need.  Call a local trainer, or ask your groomer for suggestions.  With a little practice, you can have your dog fetching the paper, barking on command, or jumping to get a Frisbee.

Speaking of fetching . . .

Take your dog to an open area and let them chase balls, sticks and Frisbees that are under your control.  Take frequent breaks in the shade and always make sure your pet stays well hydrated.

Stay in a pet-friendly hotel

You and your dog will absolutely love the experience of a pet getaway.  If you plan correctly, you can visit a park nearby, a dog-friendly museum, dog-friendly winery, and even bring your dog to a restaurant, when allowed.

Your dog is part of your family and you should enjoy every single day having fun together.  Taking some time to enjoy a new and fun activities with your dog is important, and can provide you with great bonding time with your best friend.

Salt water safety for your dog

Salt water safety dogs fur skin

During the summer months, it is fun to go on a vacation with your pet. Many of us head to the beach for a day trip or an extended stay.  If you visit a dog-friendly beach, your dog is going to love running in the sand, chasing seagulls, and might even charge right into the waves.

Salt water safety for your dog – Is salt water safe for their fur and skin?

We always recommending checking with your groomer and veterinarian before exposing your dog’s skin and fur to a new experience. Generally, salt water can be safe for your dog’s fur and skin.  But before you let your dog play in the water, make sure to bring towels and shampoo with you to ensure you remove any salt water and sand, which can be irritating.

Additionally, as a precaution, be very careful not to allow your dog to play in the water too long.  As with humans, salt water is dangerous for a dog to consume, and can result in dehydration and ingestion of other substances that are toxic to their internal systems.  Make sure your dog is well-hydrated before entering the water and watch closely to make sure they are not swallowing the salt water as they play.

You may also find yourself spending time poolside this summer, and wondering if it is safe to let your dog swim in chlorinated water.  Check with your vet and groomer for your dog, and if you get the OK, then they will probably love a dip in the pool.  However, be sure to rinse them off immediately after swimming, and also give them a good brushing.