Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Gee, what a life!

Some dogs have it way to good, here is Pippin & Bosco on their comfy bed. They love to watch me as I work at the computer.


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Monday, January 14, 2008

Healthy Skin & Coat

The foundation of good grooming is brushing and combing which loosens and removes dirt, dead hair and skin cells. Brushing followed by combing also distributes the skin's natural oils through the hair to prevent tangles and mats. Daily brushing during the shedding season helps keep skin healthier and less hair flying your house. Be sure to brush down to the skin, not just over the surface of the coat. Don't skip the belly area, this is an area that tends to get the most dirtiest and mats easily. Brushing several times a week keeps the average dog neat and clean, it also provides quality time together.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Collars, the right fit for little dogs.

It is important to fit your little dog with the right size collar.

  • An ill-fitting collar can create sores that cause her to be uncomfortable.

  • A collar that is to loose will allow your dog to slip out and possibly run off.

  • A collar that is to flimsy can break and that's no good either.

The Not too Big Collar

Did you ever see a little dog with a huge collar and leash? He looks so sad like that little dog in The Grinch story. A collar that is to big is usually to heavy and can cause undo strain the neck.

Now days, many stores that carry pet supplies and pet boutiques carry the right sized collars for all size dogs including the tiniest of breeds. These tidbit toys should wear collars that are 3/8-inch wide if under 8 pounds and slightly bigger dogs can wear a 5/8-inch collar.

The Not too Loose Collar

Here is an easy tip to use when choosing the right size. Slip your finger under the collar, if you can fit more than one finger comfortably between the collar and your dog's neck, the collar is too loose.

The Not Too Tight Collar

I am surprised that some people never check their dogs collars for tightness. As a groomer, I take collars off and on all the time and I find that some little dogs have the same collars on as an adult as they did as a puppy. Little dogs grow too, even when she stops growing taller, a dog may fill out with muscle and some fat until she is 3 or 4 years of age.

The Right Fit

Picking out the right collar for your little dog is not rocket science, however it does take some thought. He wears his collar 24 hours a day, seven days a week so please be sure that it is the right size, weight, strength and most importantly, comfortable.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Licensing Your Dog

Remember to get your dog a new 2008 dog license.
All dogs three months of age and older according to Ohio state law must be licensed. New licenses are sold between December 1 and January 31 and can be purchased at:
The Lake County Dog Shelter
2600 North Ridge Rd., OH 44077
Geauga County Dog Shelter & Warden's Office
12513 Merritt Road Chardon, OH 44024

A Dog license attached to your dog's collar will identify you as the owner. This is sometimes your only hope to getting your dog back if he should become lost.
Listed below are phone numbers of agencies that you may want to contact:
Geauga County Humane Society(440) 338-4819
Lake County Humane Society (440)-951-6122
Local Dog Wardens
Geauga: (440) 279-2180
Lake: (440) 350-2640 or 350-2641

Click here for a 2008 Dog License Application