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Grooming An Overexcited Dog? Tips to Help, Part 2

Overexcited Dog Grooming Tips, Continued!

Did you try out last weeks tips but felt like you needed a couple more? We’ve got you covered! Here are two more tips for helping you groom your overexcited dog!

Burn Off Excess Energy Before Grooming Your Dog

Some dogs are naturally more energetic than others. For example, Chihuahuas and Jack Russell Terriers have a go-all-day stamina and, if bored, can turn to destructive behavior. Spinning in circles, jumping up and down and excessive, unreasonable barking are all signs the are overexcited. The only way to lower your dog’s excitement is to have them spend its energy physically.

A well-exercised dog is much more easily groomed than a well-rested dog. It is a good idea to exercise your dog 1-2 hours before you want to groom them. Running with your dog can be a great way to burn off any excess energy, and we also recommend you introduce other physically and mentally demanding activities like a game of fetch or a playdate with other dogs.

Reward Your Dog for Good Behavior

The good news about overexcited dogs is that they are overly excited about food too. Use this to your advantage by offering your dog several small treats during the grooming session, and one big treat at the end of the session. This will teach your dog that if it obeys you, it will get rewarded.

If you don’t always want to reward your dog with food you can also use other positive reinforcement techniques, such as praise and play, whatever your dog enjoys doing. The aim is to help your dog associate the grooming session with a positive experience.

These strategies may not work for all dogs. Some dogs need professional training for keeping calm while being groomed and pampered. However, before seeking professional guidance, try implementing the previously described tips.

To round up:

  • Make the grooming session a routine. Let your dog get used to the idea of being frequently handled and groomed.
  • To establish this activity as routine, introduce grooming when your dog is a young and easily adaptable puppy.
  • Be calm and serious. How you feel reflects and transfers to your dog.
  • Never yell nor use physical punishment during the grooming process. This is not only abusive but counterproductive too.

We hope the tips included throughout this post will help you groom your overexcited pup more effectively.

Just remember to take things slow and be patient with your dog. In time, they will learn that grooming and play are two separate things and the whole experience will become a lot more enjoyable for both you and your pet.

Contributed by Jenny Nolan

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Licking – Why Does Your Pet Do It?

Whether you’ve got a cat, dog, or bunny, there is likely to be licking involved in their interaction with you. What does it mean, though? How about when they lick other things? You’re questions answered about all that pet slobber!

 

Busting the Licking Mystery

Rabbits

Aside from grooming themselves, the average rabbit does a whole lot of licking. Rabbits practice altruistic grooming when bonded with another rabbit – or an “FLR” (funny looking rabbit) = YOU! They are social and territorial animals with a defined hierarchy. There is always a dominant rabbit, and this dominant rabbit must be groomed by its subordinates (again, you…). However, once a rabbit has picked its partner, they will return the grooming and you may get a good bath once in a while! While rabbits typically only have one bonded partner, they will frequently lick objects around other rabbits to show they are fond of them, while maintaining their dominance. Rabbits often lick items that belong to their favorite people, and frequently explore the world with their little bunny tongues!

Cats

Cats too, lick to show affection. Their affection is always as limited as the rabbits though and they may have many people or other animals that they are fond of. Grooming solidifies bonding and is a great compliment.  Cats also really like salt and humans (especially after a sweaty day) will often taste salty. Unlike rabbits, cats will not frequently lick inanimate objects, unless they have something tasty on them! On rare occasions, a cat may lick/groom out of anxiety. If you notice them licking compulsively to the point of bald patches in their fur, they are likely trying to comfort themselves and it’s important that you talk to your vet about underlying problems.

Dogs

Dogs might be the kings of licking. They need few reasons to break the slobbery tongue out to show you, or sometimes anyone, a little affection. Like rabbits, they lick for affection. Like cats, they also lick for salt. Dogs will often lick to get your attention too, though you may not always realize it. If they start licking you for not other apparent reason, see if you can figure out if they need something. While not given the credit of a cat or rabbit, dogs will also groom themselves some with their tongues. Dog saliva also contains healing and antibacterial enzymes that make licking wounds a vital part of the healing process.
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Tips for Pet Groomers and their Services

With National Pet Week being a central focus this past week, there are some time-saving tips and suggestions for pet groomers to promote their services and expertise. With the average American spending over $53 billion dollars for food, veterinary care, kennels, and more, animals are a costly, yet loved, commodity. As referenced in a recent press release that owners “will show appreciation for their pets with a visit to a pet groomer.”

With increase in business for pet grooming, the following are some helpful tips for professional groomers to keep current and attract additional clientele. Many of these tips are essential basics for any business to maintain longevity and success:

  • E-mail Newsletter– This is an ideal way to attract potential current customers with promotions, discounts and additional offers.
  • Social Media– It seems every business site now has a fan page, whether you want to promote your business, keep your customers updated with current hours, early closings, and exclusive specials for those who are connected with you on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more.
  • Web Site– Of course, a website is necessary to promote your business, as not everyone is on social media, and wants to be able to have the option to connect with you outside of Facebook and Twitter.
  • Customer Referral– Word-of-mouth has a huge effect on business sales and increasing customer loyalty, so offering incentive to current customers who refer their friends, family and/or colleagues, is an added bonus.

Source:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10716381.htm

 

Do You Groom Your Dog? Regular and Routine Grooming Keep your Pet Healthy

 

Several veterinarians bases in Forth Worth, Texas have expressed concern to their fellow clients and pet owners about the importance of grooming their pet for their health. It is duly noted that pet grooming is an “essential part of pet wellness care,” and make sure you choose an experienced professional dog groomer. The helpful tips why it is important to keep your pet’s upkeep with grooming are:

  • Keeps pets looking good
  • Helps to manage skin conditions
  • maintain proper coat health
  • keep a regular nail length & growth

For more helpful tips and resources, copy the link below in your browser:

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