iClean Dog Wash

iClean Dog Wash

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Do you remember the times when a visit to the groomer for your pooch was only restricted up to the activities like haircut, bath, brushing as well as paw-dicure? Fortunately, the dimensions have changed for good nowadays and considering the growing needs of dog-grooming, iClean Dog Wash has availed some wider options as well as services for your dogs.

The basic services of grooming your dogs have become very obsolete today. In this fashion-forward generation, well-primped dogs are walking out of their grooming salon with more charm, colors, and rejuvenation. In fact, their grooming is certainly giving them a big makeover.

So what exactly is in the store for all your lovely pooches? Take a look at these amazing grooming offers that iClean Dog Wash has availed for your dog:

Colorful Highlights:

 

Yes, the colorful highlight on the fur of your pet is done by way of some of the most vibrantly colored chalks. This highlighting is done on the small areas with an aim to create quirky and bold statements following some of the most unnatural shades. The highlighting done is temporary and is easily washable. Thus, you can save your bucks on a heavy rainy day!

Dreadlocks:

Your dog will surely carry this look with utmost charm and elegant. Thus, he doesn’t necessarily need to be a Puli to carry dreads. The dogs are groomed in the most beautiful manner to give them an amazing look full of dreadlocks.

Stenciled Designs:

How about your pet sporting an amazing design on its body? It could be of your favorite football team’s logo or your favorite brand or just another quirky and colorful image. These stenciled designs are similar to the tattoos for the canines. However, the technique supported here involves non-toxic colors which could be washed off easily.

Jewels, Feathers and Nail Paint:

Adorn your pets with the best of accessories to give them a more exaggerated and smart look. All the fashionistas and fashion-conscious people would definitely want to try this service. Decorate your partner with colors from toes to ears. Put on beautiful feathers on to them. Also, your dog would love to wear the amazing crystal-like jewels on its fur.

Round and Square Faces:

If you happen to follow a square fashion sense, you would love to see your dog in a square-shaped fur. Well, the same goes with the people who admire round fashion. This hair-cutting technique is ubiquitous in Taiwan.

Coloring your Pooch: Warning provided!

How about coloring your dog entirely from head to tail? These dye-jobs have become a trend and are going far beyond the plain plus-ups that have been described above. However, a word of caution here is that you must not attempt this dying at your homes. You must appoint a professional groomer to perform the same. Also, you must make sure that the groomer doesn’t use toxic dyes. Human hair dye is a complete NO. Homemade experiments could prove to be a threat to your pooch’s sensitive skin.

Related Post: How to care for a Pug’s Ears

 

 

A Guide to Getting The Best Care For Your Dog, During A Dog Wash Session

A Guide to Getting The Best Care For Your Dog, During A Dog Wash Session

A clean dog is a happy dog, and taking care of your dog is the best way to have a happy pup. Grooming your dog does much more than making them happy, it is also a way to keep them healthy and free from illnesses. A dog wash is so much more than just a bowl of soap and water, and with a professional cleaner trying to get your dog clean, there are also a lot of things to it. A lot of things have changed, and there are new ways to give your pet the love and care they deserve; have them relaxed and primed up, ready to strut the streets with their new look. You could give your dog a makeover, a fur cut, and even get their nails looking beautiful and snazzy. If you are planning on booking an appointment, you need to have an idea of the various grooming services and how they could bring some sparkle in your dog’s appearance.

Having your dog geometrically groomed.

One of the latest trends making its rounds in the grooming community is geometrical grooming, but it is not something new; poodles have been known to rock this trend for a while now. It’s something similar to going to a barber and having some creative designs shaved on a head of hair. It works best for dogs that have lots of fur. It also works for curly furred dogs. This trend is very popular for the shapes that can be cut on the fur around the hair and the face region. A dog groomer cuts the shape, according to your specification. If you are in a bit of a bind on which shape to choose, the cube and sphere shapes are currently the most popular trends.

Customize the color of your dog with a dye job

Stenciling and dye jobs are the new black, with a lot of creative ways to get your dog looking just so adorable, there’s no way your dog’s walking out of a session looking anything other than fabulous. There is no end to what you can do in the dye session; you could dye the entire body of your dog, or just sections. You could die in different colors and shapes. You could also make your dog look like a different animal, for instance, a zebra. The good things about these dyes are that they are not toxic and come out in about six washes.

Have your dog’s nails sparkle and shimmer.

Grooming your dog doesn’t have to end in a simple pedicure, you could also take it a step further, having your dog look different by painting the nails. This trend is called doggy nail art and consists of the use of environmentally friendly nail polish to get the nails looking great. You can select a color that complements your dog’s eyes or get some studded jewels for that royal look.

Essential Commands to Teach Your Dog

Essential Commands to Teach Your Dog

A trained dog isn’t the same as a well behaved one. If you train your pet to follow a few basic commands, it can be helpful in tackling problematic behavior. These may be pre-existing ones or those that may likely develop in the future.

How to start off with obedience training for your dog? It’s not necessary to take a class; you will be able to do it yourself.

Getting him to Sit

One of the most basic, essential and easiest dog obedience command is to make them sit. It is the easiest as well.

Hold a treat close to your dog’s nose and slowly move your hand upwards. His head will follow the treat causing his bottom to lower. Once he’s fully in a sitting position, say “Sit” and then give him the treat.

Repeat the sequence for a few times daily till your dog has learned it. After that proceed to ask your dog to sit before mealtime, while going for walks, and any other occasion when you’d like him calm and seated.

Making him Stay in position

First of all, make sure your dog follows the “Sit” command. After having him “Sit,” open the palm of your hand in front of him, and say “Stay.” Move back a few steps. Reward him with affection if he stays.

Increase the number of steps you take before giving the treat. Make sure to reward your pup for staying put — even if it’s only for a few seconds. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a while for him to master.

This is an exercise in self-control for your dog, after all, they’d rather be up and about and not just sitting around waiting.

Get him to Come to you

This one can bring your back to your side and help keep a dog out of trouble when outside.

Put a leash and collar on your dog. Get down to his level and say, “Come,” (or “Here”) even as you gently pull him towards you. Once he gets to you, reward him with affection.

Once he’s mastered it remove the leash, and practice the command in a safe, enclosed area.

Have him Down and put

One of the more difficult commands in dog obedience training, because of the submissive posture. You can keep the training positive and relaxed, especially with fearful or fickle dogs.

Hold a treat in your closed fist and put your hand up to your dog’s nose. Once he sniffs it, move your hand lower to the floor making sure he follows. Thereafter slide your hand along the ground in front of him making his body follow his head to the floor. Once he’s fully in the down position, say “Down,” give him the treat.

Encourage and reward every step your dog takes in the right direction and do not push him into a down position. Repeat it daily.

These simple and essential commands can help control your dog, keep them safer as well as improve your relationship with them. The training process takes time and effort, so be sure to start a dog obedience training session with the right mindset. It’s well worth the investment of your time and effort.

In fact, if done right, it can be fun for both you and your dog!

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How to Keep Your Pet Dog’s Coat Healthy

How to Keep Your Pet Dog’s Coat Healthy

Every pet dog needs a good grooming regimen. Ensure that your pet has a healthy skin and coat. This is an essential part of the upkeep of a healthy dog. The amount of care your pet needs will vary, but regular cleaning sessions are essential.

You can have this done by professionals. Seek out reputable groomers in your locality. Check with your veterinarian, your local pet specialty store or other pet owners. Experienced groomers are usually well trained and familiar with the needs of your particular breed of dog. In addition to fur care, they’ll also clean your dog’s ears and cut his nails.

On the other hand, you can also choose to groom your dog yourself, fully or in part. This is an excellent opportunity to spend time and the perfect bonding experience with your dog. Dogs love the attention of a good brushing.

Health and Appearance

A healthy dog will have a coat that is soft and relatively smooth even on short or wired hair breeds. The coat should not give out a strong odor and should be shiny without being greasy.

A dog with that has a unhealthy coat will have lots of loose hair and quite a lot dry and brittle hair in its coat. The coat, in general, may also be greasy or have a dusty appearance along with bald spots and an unpleasant oily smell.

Bathing Dogs

  • In general, dogs are content without a bath. The “Doggy Smell” is mostly caused by a buildup of bacteria and oil on a dog’s coat. Bathing will eliminate this.
  • Avoid “over-bathing, ” as it can lead to dry skin and irritation. Don’t bathe a dog more than once a month, unless your pet is particularly prone to getting dirty.
  • It’s not advisable to use shampoo designed for people. Baby shampoo might be gentle and won’t irritate the eyes, but is so mild that it won’t remove heavy grime or grease.
  • Purchasing cleaning products formulated for your particular breed is ideal.

 

Nutrition

Hair is mostly made of protein, and one of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy coat is nutrition. The better your pet’s food, the better will be his coat. Foods rich in essential fatty acids are good for your dog’s fur coat. If your dog shows signs of trouble with his coat or skin, the problem might lie with his diet.

Taking Care of the Fur coat

Needless to say, brushing at regular intervals is the most important part of grooming a pet dog.

As dogs prone to shedding, their fur coat should be brushed once a week.

Long-haired breeds — such as Irish setters, border collies, shelties, and Pomeranians — need to be brushed twice a week.

Short-haired breeds benefit from regular grooming as well.

There are as many different types of brushes as there are types of coats on a dog. Brushing requires the appropriate tools. Ideally, you will require two brushes: a wide spaced teeth for the outer layer of the coat and a finer brush for the face.

Your local pet specialty store is sure to stock these. You can also ask your veterinarian or fellow dog owners for recommendations.blue-dog_mini-1000x1000

HOW WORRIED SHOULD YOU BE ABOUT YOUR DOG EATING CHOCOLATES

HOW WORRIED SHOULD YOU BE ABOUT YOUR DOG EATING CHOCOLATES

There are a lot of diet and food related myths out there for both humans as well as for dogs. The one about chocolates and dogs is unfortunately not one of them. Why unfortunate, you might ask. Because well, chocolate is to dogs what alcohol is to us, humans. Both are great tasting, addictive and often impossible to refuse. And chocolate is more often than not, freely available within the reach of our dogs in the household. Not a welcome combination by any stretch of the imagination.

 

Most Chocolates contain very high amounts fats and sugars, which are unhealthy not just for dogs, but also for their masters! But it is the stimulants, the active ingredients within cocoa that are quite similar to caffeine, that pose the greatest threat to our four-legged friends. For us humans though, chemicals like theobromine and methylxanthines stimulate our nerves and make us feel happy and great. But dogs are unable to process these chemicals the same way we do, and thus dangerously toxic levels of these stimulants can build up in their body in a very short amount of time, causing severe poisoning.

 

Theobromine poisoning is very dangerous and can lead to serious clinical effects and even death in canines. If your dog has ingested a significant amount of theobromine, it will suffer from diarrhea, vomiting, excessive panting, urination and thirst, irregular heart rhythms, tremors and seizures and in severe cases, death. The amount of chocolate required to cause these symptoms varies depending on the size of pooch as well as the kind and type of chocolate ingested. A chihuahua might fall ill after taking a few bites off a chocolate chip cookie. A Great Dane will probably have to wolf down a whole bag of choco-chips to get similar effects.

 

Much more than sheer quantity, the quality and type of chocolate consumed can mean a difference between life and death for a dog. Cheaper common milk chocolates and white chocolates tend to have more fat and sugar and lesser percentages of cocoa. The fat and sugar will probably give your dog a bout of tummy trouble, but the severity of theobromine poisoning will be less. Severe, but still lesser than in the case of darker and bitter chocolates. These have much higher concentrations of cocoa and can be considered highly dangerous and potentially lethal. For all practical purposes, such chocolates can be regarded as dog poison.

 

It doesn’t matter if your dogs love the taste of chocolate and keep asking for it with those big, imploring eyes. They don’t know what is right for them, but you do. And their well being is your responsibility. Please refrain from giving them chocolates as treats and always make sure that the stuff is well out of their reach. If you see them eating chocolates, or have reason to suspect that they might have done so, call your vet at once. If it involves significant amounts of dark chocolate, rush to the clinic. Your dog’s life will depend on it, for sure.chocolate-1024

CANINE DENTAL HYGIENE: HOW TO CLEAN YOUR DOG’S TEETH AT HOME

CANINE DENTAL HYGIENE: HOW TO CLEAN YOUR DOG’S TEETH AT HOME

Oral hygiene is essential for dogs as much as it is for us humans. In fact, it might actually be more critical for our four legged friends than us. This is due to the fact that unfortunately, dogs are more prone to oral infections and inflammations in the tooth and gum regions. Periodontal diseases occupy a lot of time in your vet’s schedule, with over 70% of pets getting it at some point within the first 3 years of their lives. Regular cleaning of the teeth, especially the region where the teeth meet the gums (also known as gingival sulcus) is essential to maintain your pet’s oral health and avoid potentially dangerous periodontal diseases.

 

Though vets and pet grooming professionals generally take care of these procedures as well, your dog’s oral hygiene can be easily achieved and maintained at home with some effort and training. Here is how to get it done at home:

 

  1. Get him/her used to the process: Dogs respond well to gradual and deliberate conditioning. They need to get used to your hands working on their mouth, teeth and gums. This will take time above anything else. So go about it gradually, rewarding them for allowing your hands to touch their teeth and gums while lying down. For starters, you might want to reward them for letting you lift their lips or opening their mouth. Getting them to keep still without getting excited is the key here. Use caution and plenty of positive reinforcement, since it is very easy to get bitten during this whole process, even if purely by accident.

 

  1. Get the right tools and training: if you plan on doing nothing more than brushing your pooch’s teeth and gums, getting a good brush from the pet supplies section is all the preparation you will need. Just remember to be gentle when wielding the brush! But if you want, you can go all professional on this and get a proper set of dental instruments for scaling and cleaning the gum line. After all, nothing is too much for your furball, is it? But professional tools means getting some level of formal training on handling these instruments. You can do more harm than good if your attempt to scale tartar and clean plaque without knowing how to properly use these instruments.

 

  1. You might want to knock them out: and by that we mean putting your pet under anesthesia. The best results can be achieved with professional dental instruments if you put them under anesthesia. But unfortunately, this is not an advisable practice for home use unless you have professional training in veterinary medicine. Best bet in this instance might be to head to your vet and get a comprehensive dental examination also done at the same time. An annual oral exam with dental x-rays is essential anyways.

 

So, unless you have the time and resources to commit to getting some formal training, stick to training your dog to sit still while you brush his/her teeth on a daily/regular basis. Head to your vet at least once a year for a comprehensive dental health checkup and professional oral cleaning session. If you are unable to spend time on brushing their teeth everyday, give your pets a healthy supply of rawhide chews infused with dental enzymes. These are easily available in pet stores and will help your dog keep his/her teeth and gums clean.

 

THREE REASONS WHY SHAVING YOUR DOG IN SUMMER MAY BE A BAD IDEA

THREE REASONS WHY SHAVING YOUR DOG IN SUMMER MAY BE A BAD IDEA

Okay, global warming or not, the summers aren’t getting any cooler. The heat is getting too much for us, and we don’t even have a thick coat of fur on our backs. So just imagine what our dearest four-legged friends must be going through in the sweltering summer heat! We all want the best for our darlings, so why not shave their fur off and help them cool off? It may seem like a no-brainer, but things are not that simple. Vets and grooming experts discourage the practice of completely shaving your dog’s fur. Let us take a closer look at why exactly.

Permanent Hair Loss: For starters, dog fur is NOT the same as human hair. It doesn’t grow back in the same way as ours do, nor at constant rates. In some cases, it may NEVER grow back. So think twice before taking that extreme step with your pooch. She might never be the same again. And it could cause lasting damage to her skin and health. The risk is acute for breeds with a thick double coat. For breeds with shorter single coats, like the Shih Tzu and the Bichon Frise, shaving can be a safe and often beneficial step. Always consult your Vet before taking any action.

A Natural Cooling System: A dog’s temperature regulation system is quite different from our own. When we look at a dog with a thick hairy coat, we often equate it to us wearing a thick winter coat. But that is the wrong analogy. Dog fur actually helps insulate their bodies from outside temperature and keeps them cool, much like a well-insulated home protects us from outside heat. Remove that coat and they are left exposed.

The risk of Sunburns and Allergies: And exposure to the sun is a strict no-no for a dog’s exposed skin. It is not as sturdy as ours and is not designed to handle direct sunlight. When you shave a dog, you are exposing its skin to the sun for the first time in its life probably. At times, even a few minutes out in the sun would be enough to give it a real bad sunburn.And a dog’s skin shorn of its protective coat is also very sensitive to dirt, pollen, mites, and allergens. Without its protective coating, the skin can fall prey to allergies and other potentially dangerous health issues.

Alternative and Tips for Beating the Heat

If you have a breed with a long fur coat,  getting some of that extra fur trimmed, preferably by a grooming expert could be a safer alternative. But in most cases, dogs usually shed excess fur on their own in summer months. Brushing their coats in these high-shedding periods will help a great deal in keeping them cool. If the mercury rises too high, a belly shave by an expert might help. That part of the body is seldom exposed to the sun, and it can be easily cooled by your dog lying down in a cool spot. Also, keep in mind the following things make summers less of a problem for your dog:

  • Don’t leave them outdoors for too long in the hot sun.
  • Keep them hydrated, with plenty of water around.
  • Never leave your dog alone in a vehicle in the middle of the day.
  • Take them out for walks and runs in mornings or evenings, not when the sun is up.