Keeping your dog’s coat shiny

Keeping your dog's coat shiny

All pet owners want a dog with a shiny coat.  Your dog’s coat condition and care will largely depend on the type of breed.  Different breeds call for different nutrition and grooming schedules.  Most dogs look their best with a nice shiny coat, and many owners struggle to get the healthiest look possible.   If your dog does not have a shiny coat, there are several steps you can take to ensure you are doing everything you can at home to bring out the best in your dog’s appearance.

Regular brushing and de-shedding

Regular brushing is a fantastic way to aid in keeping your dog’s coat shiny.  Brushing activates a dog skin to start producing oils which in turn make the dog’s coat shiny and healthy.  Some dogs’ coats need a daily brushing, while others’ can skip a day or two.

Appropriate bathing

Some dogs need a bath once a week others can go longer to keep them clean and their skin/coat healthy.  Again, the type of dog and condition of his/her skin can play a factor in determining how frequently to bathe your dog. A high-quality dog shampoo specially formulated for your dog will ensure gentle care.

Grooming for keeping your dog’s coat shiny

A good grooming session will leave your pet looking his/her absolute best.  Groomers spend extra time and often have special products and tools, just like a visit to the hair salon for you!  If you start to notice that you just cannot get your pet looking its best, then a trip to the groomers is probably needed.

What can dull your dog’s coat?

Inadequate nutrition, medical issues, stress, anxiety, and even a lack of exercise can all cause your dog’s coat to be dull.  If you’re still not happy with your dog’s coat after regular brushing, bathing, and grooming, then it might be time to visit the vet’s office for a check-up.  Sometimes a change in diet or medication is all it takes – and your pet will start to feel better as well!

If you think your dog’s coat could look shinier a good first step would be to check with your groomer and veterinarian.  

 

Your dog’s anxiety

Your dog's anxiety

Just like humans, dogs experience significant stress, which can lead to anxiety.  We have all heard of the stereotypical examples of dogs reacting to being in the car (for fear of the vet), fireworks, and entering new spaces.  Fear of leaving you, large crowds, other dogs, and moving can also cause emotional issues and increase your dog’s anxiety.

How do you know if your dog has anxiety?

Well, since they cannot speak, you have to watch for certain cues.  Dogs experiencing anxiety may bark aggressively, run around your home out of control, or withdraw trembling, hiding, or not leave your side.  Any behavior that is peculiar could be a cause for concern.

What can you do to ease your dog’s anxiety?

It is always a good idea to talk to your veterinarian about your dog’s anxiety. A qualified professional will be able to determine if your pet has a medical problem or if there are certain environmental changes that can be made

Spend time with your best friend

Having a close bond with you can help your pet through times of change and when they have to be alone.  When you spend time with your dog, they know you care and will be assured you will always be there for them.  However, be careful not to over-coddle your pet.  Sometimes when you try to snuggle or lay too close, they may think feel threatened and that they are being attacked.

Reducing noise to help ease your dog’s anxiety

A quieter environment can be helpful if your dog is stressed.  This is especially important if you live in a city, or during times of extreme noise, like fireworks.  Keep music and TV volumes low.

Let’s go outside!

Being outdoors can be one of the best things for your dog’s anxiety and help ease a stressed-out pooch.  Dogs love to interact with nature, and it can help them relax by enjoying the sunshine and finding places to explore and sniff. Just like it can be for humans, exercise is a fantastic mood-lifter for dogs.

Time to get social

Socialization is important for dogs who are stressed when around other pets.  Your best friend may have a hard time making other furry friends.  Take care when visiting a dog park. One bad experience could cause future problems and only increase your dog’s anxiety, so to ease into social situation, it’s a good idea to avoid aggressive animals.  Always ask other dog owners before approaching too closely, “Is your dog friendly?” and then carefully observe interaction once given the O.K.

Getting your dog through an anxious time can be a great bonding experience for you and your best friend.  Quiet baths, playtime outdoors, and appropriate snuggle time will give them the emotional assurance they need when navigating the world with and without you.

Home Safety For Dogs

Home safety for dogs

Just like babies and young children, new puppies and even older dogs can get into dangerous situations at home. We often think that our most important task when it comes to home safety for dogs is to stop them from chewing on furniture, but there are other significant safety hazards that should be avoided at all costs. While dogs do have an innate sense that keeps them away from danger, there are a few problems that owners can take measures to guard against.

Following are some tips on home safety for dogs

During bath time

Bathing your dog should be a time of bonding and fun for you and your best furry friend. Make sure to keep the water at the right temperature to avoid burns, and never leave your dog alone in the water.

Chemicals and other dangerous substances

There are many items in our homes that are safe for humans to use but not ingest — cleaners, medications, and lawn chemicals, are good examples. However, dogs explore the world by closely sniffing and tasting what they find, and they do not know what is harmful. Even sugar-free gum is a hazard if it contains xylitol, which, taken in small amounts, can be fatal to dogs.

Be sure to keep these and other substances out of reach of your dog, in high cupboards or locked closets. Secure their packaging by tightly screwing lids on bottles and jars, pack any items that come in bags (which dogs can chew threw if they are interested) into tough plastic totes or pails — better yet, the kind that have locking lids.

Chewing:

Dogs, especially young puppies, like to chew on everything. This can include electric cords, sharp objects, your mouth guard left on your bedside table, and even small game pieces. All of these items can be dangerous for your pet. Secure these items from reach while keeping a variety of safe chew toys easily accessible around your home. Additionally, spend time working with your pet to ensure they know what is safe.

Outside:

Most dogs love to spend time outside exploring in your yard. However, danger can lurk at every turn. Carefully lock down your grill, tools, lawn chemicals, and fire pit, as these are all could be dangerous to your pet. Also take note of any lattice around your deck and fencing in your hard, which could be hazardous. While some dogs like to swim, be careful that they only have supervised access if they are allowed in the water.

A final tip on home safety for dogs

Dogs can get into every nook and cranny of your house. It is often hard to know what new interesting smell they will go after, and how they will try to maneuver around your home in dangerous areas. Your garage is another area to look over and ensure everything in it is no danger to pets. A few cabinet locks and some other basic precautions will do the trick. When it comes to home safety for dogs, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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.

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.

Dog shedding: managing it with a high quality brush

We know that for some breeds of dogs, there is a never-ending shedding problem.

If you have a breed of Husky, Retriever, Pyrenees, or Saint Bernard, dog shedding may seem like a constant problem.  Both summer and winter coats need to be shed to make way for the upcoming season leaving fur to clean up.  You can get a jump on dog shedding by regular grooming and brushing, in between visits.

Regular grooming of your pet with baths and brushing can establish a deep bond with your best friend.  Once your pet is accustomed to the routine, he/she will come to love the closeness with you and appreciate the one-on-one time, much like a child would.

We recommend some basic care techniques for pet owners who want to manage their dog’s shedding.

1. Brush your dog regularly:

A high-quality brush is your best defense against dog hair.  Regular brushing, even daily for some coats, can be soothing and a bonding experience for you and your pet.  Select a brush that is designed to move with the contour of your pet’s body and gently removes all shedding hair.  Using a soft or firm finishing brush will give your pooch the shine you desire.

2. Give your dog a regular bath:

Bathing your dog is a great way to loosen hair and control shedding in your home.  A soapy bath with the right shampoo will not only keep your dog’s coat clean and shiny, but all take away some of the hair before it sheds onto your floors.

3. Regular Grooming:

Depending on the breed of dog, frequent trips to the groomers can be a great help to shedding.  Dogs that receive frequent haircuts, blowouts, and de-shedding treatments will create less of a mess in your home.

While your dog will always shed, you can take a proactive role to ensure shedding does not take over your life.  Keep your home vacuumed, and have a lint roller nearby.  Taking a slightly damp washcloth to surfaces in your home will quickly remove pet fur.

Taking care of your best friend can provide both you and your pet with an incredible bonding experience.  While your goal is to control dog shedding, you also add the extra benefit of spending close one-on-one time!

How to keep a white haired dog clean

grooming a white haired dog

Snow white-colored dog hair is absolutely beautiful.  Keeping your best friend’s coat this pure color may not be an easy grooming task.  Grooming a white haired dog to maintain his/her beautiful color takes dedication and a bit of know-how.

Brushing your Dog

Frequently brushing your dog is a great way to keep white fur looking its best.  This loosens up any dirt before it has a chance to stain. Experts agree that when you have a white dog, a quick daily brushing is one of the best defenses against grime.

Bathe Your Dog

Many white haired dog owners believe that the key to snow white fur is frequent bathing.  However, you do not want to bathe any dog too often, so be careful not to schedule a dog bath or grooming appointment more than once per month, unless necessary.  Frequent baths can lead to problems.  Then, about once per month, use a high quality shampoo.

Carefully take care of your white dog’s mouth and eye area

Be careful of bleaching techniques that can be harmful to sensitive skin.  Instead, have a few soft washcloths dedicated to this cause that you keep in a specific spot so you remember to gently clean the eyes in the morning, as well as the beard/muzzle area after meals or trips outside.

Here at LesPoochs, we want to help you provide The Best Care for Your Best Friend.  We know how important your pooch is to your life.  All dogs require a bit of extra care based on breed and size, and we are here to help you keep your pet looking its best at all times.

Common questions: Giving your dog a bath

Many pet owners believe that giving your a dog a bath is a messy production.  The truth is that in between visits to the groomer you can make sure your dog remains clean and smells fresh with a simple bath.  But, when you want to provide the best care for your best friend, giving your dog a bath may be a bit stressful, especially the first time around.

How often should you give your dog a bath?  Most experts agree that every 4-8 weeks every dog should get a bath. This depends on breed, activity level, and how the dog smells.  Some dogs need a bath more often than others if they spend time outside or have a particular odor that is not to an owner’s liking.  If your house smells like dog, or if your dog starts to smell, it is probably time to give your dog a bath!

If you are going to bathe your dog often, then you should use a dog shampoo that is formulated to be gentle and conditioning to the skin. Frequent bathing can lead to dryness, and a specially formulated pet shampoo will ensure the skin is not irritated and does not dry out.

Should I hand wash my dog?  Hand washing your pet is recommended for close bonding with your furry friend.  When you use your hands it also allows you to do a general check of their skin and fur.  For instance, while using your hands, you can feel for dry patches of skin, or bumps that may need further attention.

How do I wash my dog?  How you wash your dog will be largely determined by the size of your pet.  Some dogs can take a bath in the kitchen sink or a small basin, while others require a bathtub or shower.  Give your dog a good brushing (link) before starting the bath.  Make sure you thoroughly rinse your dog and then work the shampoo into the fur in some pattern.  Your dog may be anxious, so be reassuringly firm.  Give your dog a good rinse so there is no shampoo residue left behind. Then follow this by another good brushing.

Here at Les Poochs, our motto is “The Best Care for Your Best Friend.”  We want you to feel safe and assured that you are taking care of your four-legged pal in the best way possible.

Pet safety in the dog days of summer

Summer dog safety

Dog safety is a significant concern to pet owners at this time of year. Here at Les Poochs, we desire only the “Best Care for Your Best Friend.”  This is why we produce our shampoos and dog perfumes with the highest quality ingredients so you know you are bathing your pet with the best possible product.

As a pet owner, you know the importance of providing the highest quality care for your pet, and the summertime is one season where you should be extra cautious.  If you are accustomed to exercising outdoors with your pet and/or having your dog in the car while you run errands, there are certain precautions to take as the weather heats up.

Never leave your dog in the car during summer

Internal car temperatures can quickly reach dangerous temperatures even in the shade with the windows open.  Temperatures inside your house can also be a problem for dog safety, so if you leave your dog home alone, always leave the air conditioning on.

Make sure your dog has plenty of cool fresh water

This tip includes when you are home and also when you go out.  Even if your dog is in air conditioning, they are going to require more water during the hot summer months.

Take walks (and especially runs) during early morning and late evening hours

If you take your dog out in the heat of the day, your pet could quickly overheat.  Morning and evenings provide a break from the sun, and cooler temperatures in the air, not to mention, the cooler temperature of the ground (which is better for sensitive paws).

Frequent the dog groomer a bit more often

For some dogs, their coat can be as hot as walking around with a fur coat, which can be a problem as summer heats up.  A groomer can make sure that fur is kept manageable so your pet looks perfect, but is also comfortable.

Ensure your pet is safe in the water

From your backyard pool to the ocean and lakes, your dog may love to swim.  Just be careful that your pet knows his/her limits and is under your supervision at all times.   Like your children, your dog may be an excellent swimmer, but should never be left alone in water.  Of course, take care of your dog’s fur and skin with a bath to remove chlorine, salt, and lake water .

A good rule of thumb for summer dog safety is that if it seems hot and uncomfortable outside to you, your dog most certainly is not going to enjoy the heat.  And at this time of year, it is a good idea to establish habits that protect your dog.  Our pets add so much to our lives, and during summer months, it can be so much fun to run around with them outside.  For the best dog safety in summer, just be careful when you are having fun!