A woman with his Golden Labradoodle dog at home

As the results of the Covid-19 pandemic, people are now in quarantine and practicing safe social distancing. In addition to this, there are now restrictions on normal activities, one of which is dog grooming, especially if the state or country you lived in is strict when it comes to following health protocols. As a result, some of us are unable to take our dogs in for grooming.

Still, our dogs require grooming despite the circumstances. This means, as a pet owner, you have to take on this responsibility regularly.

If you’re in quarantine, here are ways to groom your dog in the comforts of your home.

 

  1. Fur Brushing

Particles and insects need to be regularly checked and removed by the process of brushing. If you see your dog constantly scratching and appearing uncomfortable, brushing the fur may help as they might be experiencing discomfort from particles in the fur. Thus, dogs with regularly brushed coats don’t run the risk of dirt build-up in the fur, allowing them to stay comfortable.

Neglecting to brush your dog for long periods can lead to tangled fur. The process of untangling the fur can be uncomfortable for your dog and a lengthy process, which may lead to shaving off of the fur.

If you notice that your dog is shedding chunks of fur when brushing, you must take them to a trusted vet, such as Danville Family Vet. Excessive shedding may be an indication of underlying health problems, which need to be diagnosed and treated by experts.

Currently, some vets are offering free boarding services for families that have been affected by COVID. If you are unwell and unable to cater to your dog, they’ll still be under expert care.

 

  1. Dog Baths

It’s important to decide how frequently your dog will get a bath during the quarantine. The frequency of dog baths varies depending on several factors, such as dog lifestyle, breed, the time you have as the pet owner, and the skills available to carry out home baths.

Having decided on the frequency, you have to make sure that you can thoroughly commit and mindfully bathe your dog. This means carefully checking for ticks and fleas as well as any indicators of health issues, such as bumps and discoloration. Also, be patient and guide your dog to be still while you’re bathing them.

 

  1. Nail Trimming

During quarantine, you may be wondering how to groom the nails if you cannot access a vet. If you’re not comfortable trimming the nails, you can try filing them down. Filing doesn’t have any risks of cutting your dog, provided you file gently.

Here’s how you can file your dog manually:

  • Hold the file in your dominant hand. Have your dog sit or lie comfortably. If necessary, drape your body over your dog for them to stay still.
  • Firmly hold your dog’s paw with your other hand. Then, spread the toes, and if your dog has a long coat, hold back their fur so you can see and access their nails.
  • As you start rubbing the tip of their nail with the file, allow 10 to 15 passes in the same direction. Doing so will allow you to gradually shorten your dog’s nails. It’s advisable to work on one or two nails per session so your dog won’t get too uncomfortable.

 

  1. Brushing Teeth

If your dog doesn’t enjoy having their teeth brushed, take note this is a task that needs to be done so you can ensure your dog’s dental health. By doing so, you can ensure that your dog’s dental

selective focus of golden retriever dog playing with rubber ball on green lawn

health doesn’t go downhill at a young age. Hence, brush your dog’s teeth at least three times a week. As a tip, find ways to make this a game for you and your dog, rather than a chore.

For example, you can get your dog to bite on a toy ring while you simultaneously interact and brush their teeth. You can also make your dog enjoy the toothpaste as a kind of treat by trying out different pastes.

 

  1. Haircuts

A haircut can keep your dog feeling cool during the heat. You can get creative regarding the type of hairstyle, depending on the breed. Some may opt to trim all the hair and re-start the process of growth.

When cutting the hair, make sure that your dog is relaxed and occupied as you want to avoid accidental injuries from the dog shears.

For your dog to enjoy lustful fur, here are the different types of dog combs you can check:

  • Bristle brushes
  • Slicker brushes
  • Rakes and mat breakers
  • Flea combs
  • Curry brushes or combs
  • Wire pin brushes

 

Conclusion

Covid-19 has forced us to adapt to a new lifestyle. This includes at-home grooming during the quarantine. If this is your first time grooming your dog, don’t despair if you don’t get it right the first time. With practice, you’ll get the hang of it.

Make sure to brush your dog, give baths, trim their nails, brush their teeth, and give them haircuts. If you’re unwell and can’t care or provide for your dog as a result of COVID-19, you can be assured that your dog will be taken care of in vet spaces. Your health, as well as your dog’s, should be a priority that needs to be catered to in the best way possible during the pandemic. Hence, if you have any questions regarding your dog’s grooming, don’t hesitate to call a family vet!

Planning to bring home a golden retriever puppy? If you have made this decision, then it is great to know essential tips on raising a golden retriever puppy. First, before you bring the puppy home, you need to make some decisions. These include where do you want to get the puppy from, how to choose the right and name suggestions.

Golden retriever puppies are adorable and interesting to live with. However, they need a lot of work to raise. This guide will help you understand more about raising, training and tips to keep your dog healthy.

 

  1. Think About Safety

Before you bring your puppy home, ensure that the place is safe for them as they may get troubled in their new home. The danger your puppy might land into are like chewing on chords or glass pieces and other items that are unnecessary. In case there are other dogs, make sure you separate them as they may start bullying the puppy. Let there be supervision whenever they are together.

 

  1. Conducive Sleeping Environment

Dogs also need enough time to sleep, in a conducive environment too. Some people choose to sleep with their dogs while other may get a room strictly for their puppies. Puppies may also be crate trained.

Always use a large crate so as to give enough space for your dog. There is also an option for buying your golden retriever puppy a dog bed and train him on how to use it.

 

  1. Food and Water Bowls

The bowls need to be clean throughout to avoid instances of food contamination for the dog. Ensure you buy bowls of a good material, those that do not break easily. Puppies are so playful and you might find them carrying the dishes around when they are empty.

The bowls should be resistant to breaking and should not be chewable. The water bowls should contain clean water all the time. You may at times find dog fur in the water and you need to remove it and replace the water with clean one.

 

  1. Containing Your Dog

In as much as your puppy will be in your yard, you need to contain him elsewhere to avoid unnecessary movements. You may do so by constructing a fence, mostly an invisible one. Alternatively, you may choose to tether your puppy. They should not be left on their own in open for longer periods.

 

  1. Use of A Leash and Collar or Harness

Training your golden retriever puppy is something gradual and this means that it will take some time for it to adapt to its new environment. Your puppy need to learn how to comfortably walk in a leash without really choking itself.

Buckle collars and martingale collars are the best options for your dog as they enhance comfort in your dog. Try getting your puppy a harness too. It reduces the pressure put to your dog on the neck by the collars. A harness will also prevent pulling.

 

  1. Groom Your Dog

Your golden retriever puppy needs to be well groomed throughout. Some of the grooming supplies include a dog brush for brushing its fur, dog nail clippers to keep its nails well-trimmed and dog shampoo to wash it.

 

  1. Dog Food

It is wise if you seek advice from a vet for the best food for golden retriever. When you are switching the diet, do it gradually to reduce the risk of it getting allergies and stomach upsets. Start by giving it puppy food and as it grows keep changing until it gets to feed on adult food.

 

  1. Only Give Enough Food

Your golden retriever is at a risk of being obese as they love eating a lot. The food your puppy consumes should be proportional to its age and weight.  If your puppy is below 6 months, ensure you feed it for three times in a day and if it is elder than that, feed it twice a day. Make sure there is consistency in the time of feeding.

 

  1. Occasionally Treat Your Dog

Your golden retriever needs to be treated once in a while. You may choose to add some dog biscuits or cookies in the meal. This will help in making the training easy for you.  You are also free to mix extras in your dog food so as to add and improve the taste of their food.

Some of the things you might add include chicken breast that is plainly cooked, canned pumpkin, canned dog food and plain yoghurt among others. Be sure to continue with this habit as the dog may not want to eat plain food once it gets used to foods with flavors.

 

  1. Pet Your Puppy and Avoid His Face

Dogs do not like their face touched. You should also not put your face in front of the dog’s face. Whenever it starts yawning and licking its lips, it means that you are too close and you need to move a bit. Whenever you are petting it, always pat gently on his side. The pats should also be gentle.

 

  1. Engage Your Golden Retriever Using Dog Toys

You may toss a ball and let your puppy retrieve it. This is the point you teach and train your dog on how to obey commands. Some commands your dog should know include ‘come’, ‘sit down’, ‘all done’, among others.

 

Conclusion

Golden retriever puppies are interesting to deal with. All you need to do is to understand them and give them the best care ever. Always ensure that they are in a good and safe environment. The environment should also be free from any form of dirt and contamination. Ensure you give the right food to your puppy and this should continue even as it advances in to adulthood.

Train your dog on the skills you want him to learn. Ensure the commands you give to your dog are well spelt out to enhance understanding. Keep your dog active by playing with it or providing it with play toys to free boredom.

 

 

Dogs certainly are wonderful beings and a gift to humanity but even so, some of them don’t really know how to behave in certain situations. Whether they’re scared or nervous or just grumpy, they can react a bit negatively sometimes which in all honesty can be bothersome. Especially when they’re being groomed.

If your dog starts fidgeting around and refuses to cooperate during his grooming, not only will the entire process become a lot less efficient but it may also become a bit dangerous actually. The dog could flinch at the wrong time, causing the groomer to cut him or her accidentally or even worse, stab them with the scissors.

In order to avoid such a scenario, you should teach your dog how to act when it’s grooming time. Put a little effort into prevention so that you can avoid having to do an intervention.

What exactly can you do to help your dog get used to being groomed, either by you or a professional? Well stick around for a while and find out with the help of these following tips we have prepared for you.

First tip: Start grooming at young age

Dogs are easier to teach when they’re little, because you don’t have to deal with raw power if they resist and because they aren’t very stubborn at young age, no matter which breed they belong to.

So start introducing them to grooming related objects and areas while they’re puppies. Show them a pair of scissors, a comb, a brush, let them sniff the objects and prove them that all of those tools aren’t designed for harming them.

Take them to your bathroom and wash them in the tub. Use shampoo and a shower head so that they can get accustomed to both. Your tub won’t be the same as the one at the groomer because those are usually made of metal, but it will be close enough so that the dog can consider it familiar. Dry your doggo’s hair with a hairdryer (just don’t use yours!). Dog’s skin is sensitive and cannot stand the same level of heat that we use on our heads. Instead, opt for an efficient dog blow dryer that is appropriate for the size of your four-legged furball. Most dogs hate the hairdryer at first, just like vacuum cleaners, due to all the noise it makes but after a while they should get used to it, at least to a certain degree.

Second tip: Reward them

Whenever your dog does something right or in this case behaves well, don’t forget to reward them with a treat. That way, they’ll remember what to do next time so that they can get their treat and will behave well again. Never ever punish bad manners. Point out their mistakes but avoid punishments because they are counter productive.

Third tip: Tire them out

Sometimes, dogs misbehave just because they have a lot of energy and they don’t know what to do with it. So, they go crazy and jump around without listening to reason.

That’s why you should always try to tire them out before an activity that requires them to be calm, like grooming. Go out for running, play fetch in the park, play tug of war, and if you can’t do anything else, put them on a treadmill and let them walk for a while.

The bottom line is, you need to force them to spend any excess energy they have stored and they will be cooperative at the groomer.

Fourth tip: Be a role model

Dogs look up to their owners, there’s no denying it. They also have a highly developed feeling of empathy. Which means that your insecurities or uneasiness, as well as stress and agitation will reflect on your dog, causing them to feel the same.

We’re humans after all so you can’t be an emotional rock at all times but try to be composed at least when it’s grooming time. Tell your dog that it will be alright, without using words or gestures.

That’s about it. From now on, your dog should get used to being groomed relatively quickly, as long as you follow our tips. Now go and play with your dog, enough distractions!