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Removing Burrs from Your Dog’s Coat

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We know burrs. Although we have a regular lawn in front of our house, we’re otherwise surrounded by wilderness and that includes some real thorny problems for both dogs and dog parents: briars, beggars’ lice, and burrs. Irie’s short, smooth hound coat requires no dog grooming but Tiki’s coat is another matter! She has a […]

Cleaning Your Dogs Paws with Q-tips

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After a record drought here, we’ve been having some rain. Not heavy rain like we really need, mind you, but just enough to create mud in the yard. (And because of last summer’s drought, all of our grass except for the winter rye we’ve thrown out is gone. We’re down to bare dirt in places…and […]

Caring for Your Dog’s Skin in Winter

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We all know how our skin feels in the winter. Dry. Flaky. Itchy. We haven’t even had that much cold weather here and still I’ve been getting that itchy skin feeling (that makes you feel like you’re turning into a lizard!) We put lotion on our skin…but what about our dog’s skin during these winter […]

Dog Show Beauty Tips with Q-tips #tipsters

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On Thursday, the National Dog Show Presented by Purina airs right after the Thanksgiving Day Macy’s Parade. Over 20 million viewers will be watching as 2000 dogs and handlers vie for Best In Show. The television broadcast marks the start of the “triple crown” of dog shows, followed by December’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and February’s […]

Avoiding Dematting Fees

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Want to save money on your next visit to the dog groomer? Avoid dematting fees by brushing out your dog’s fur every day or two. Make a habit of removing burrs and detangling hair after every walk then sit down for a full brushing every day or two. Often burrs removes easily if you get […]

Grooming Your Dog After Swimming

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Yesterday we shared some tips from PetSmart grooming expert Linda Erickson about grooming your dog to prepare for the summer. Today the expert groomer shares her tips on grooming your dog after swimming: Swimming is a great activity during warm weather, but your dog will need a good cleaning after a dip in the pool […]

Grooming Your Dog for the Summer

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As we wrote about last month, the warm weather here has had us starting our summer grooming sooner this year than usual. Tiki had her first “real” haircut to help keep her cool and to reduce her shedding. Today we’ve got some special tips from PetSmart grooming expert Linda Erickson shares her tips on getting […]

Saving at Self-Serve Dog Wash Facilities

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With cool weather, the dog bathing options dwindle. Although we usually bathe our dogs in the yard during the summer months, chilly days put an end to that practice, leaving us with indoor options: a bath in the bathtub (not a kind option for the back) or the groomer (not always a kind option for […]

5 Steps To Choosing A Pet Groomer

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Today we’ve got a special guest post on a topic that’s very important both for your dog’s safety and comfort (and good looks!) and for your peace of mind and your pocketbook. Choosing a pet groomer can feel like one daunting task! BisketBaskets.com, creators of delicious and nutritious Dog Gift Baskets and Gourmet Gift Baskets […]

Donating Fur to Clean Up the Oil Spill

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The oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico and the catastrophe it has created for wildlife demand a huge response. One way to help is both free and low-tech: donating fur to be used to soak up the oil. From our reader Samantha, we just learned about a longtime program that’s actively seeking fur donations […]

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