Monday, September 3, 2012

Tips for Dog Owners

When it comes to pet grooming, some people worry about how things are going to work out. They have concerns about getting their dog or cat into the car, bringing them into the shop, and turning them over to a stranger. There are some things that every owner can do to decrease an incident that causes problems with the dog and the professionals.
Plan Ahead
Caring for a dog encompasses a lot of different tasks. For some breeds, professional pet grooming is a necessity while others can be cared for at home by their owners. Either way, it is important to prepare the dog for what is coming up. If you have a puppy, start early. Being working with your dog to make sure that he or she is comfortable with the experience and other people. It may not be the dog's favorite thing to do but you can help make it bearable.
Is there a certain time of day that would be best for your pet grooming appointment? Do you already have a location in mind? Have you learned about the company's policies and how they address any issues that they have with their clients (the dogs)? You want to be informed before you put your dog in the car and drive over.
Consider Starting Some Activities at Home
There are two major things that you can be doing to prepare your puppy or dog or a pet grooming appointment. Remember that the earlier you start out some of these activities, the better of you and your dog will be. First, make sure that your dog is comfortable being touched. If you have someone that is a little more skittish, consider starting with the head and ears and making your way around. Your dog needs to be okay with someone else doing the washing, drying and cutting of his or her hair.
Secondly, make sure that your dog is okay around other people. Sometimes an animal that is not experienced with other people may react in a negative way to a new person or a new environment. This is the last thing that you want to have happen. Make sure that your dog has been around other people and other animals before coming to the appointment. It is not enough to start doing these things a day or two before the appointment. This needs to be a lifestyle choice for your animal.
Be Encouraging and Relaxed
Just like children, dogs tend to sense if you are feeling stressed. Remember that pet grooming is an important part of your dog's care but may take time to get over this hurdle. Just relax and be encouraging to your dog. Provide positive reinforcement throughout the preparation process and on the day of the appointment. Some owners take their puppy or dog by for a visit before the actual appointment to get acquainted with the smells and people in the shop.

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