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How Can I Save Money On Grooming?

Saving money on dog grooming

iHeartDogs is reader-supported. When you buy via links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. Grooming is important for your dog’s health, but it can also be expensive. The high prices are because grooming services are a lot of work, with the biggest, fluffiest dogs often being the most time-consuming. Fully grooming your dog yourself is not an option for most dog parents because you need to be confident and knowledgeable to … Read more

5 Reasons Grooming Is Vital To Your Dog’s Health

While most dog owners get their dogs groomed to keep them looking their best, many overlook just how important proper grooming is. Grooming is an integral part of your dog’s health and well-being and even a short-coated dog can suffer from a lack of grooming. The amount of grooming your pooch will need depends on their coat type, but adequate grooming is important for all dogs. Whether you take your pup to the groomer or tackle the task yourself, keep in … Read more

5 Ways To Manage “Poop Butt” In Long-Haired Dogs

Should you wipe a dogs bottom
There are many wonderful advantages to having a long-haired pooch. They're fun to snuggle, many breeds shed less than their short-haired cousins, and with proper care and grooming, they are exceptionally beautiful. On the downside, all that extra hair can act like velcro, collecting leaves, dirt, and worst of all, poop. So, should you wipe a dog's bottom in this scenario? Has your long-haired dog ever fallen victim to the dreaded "poop butt"? If so, read on for tips and ... Read more

What Is Coat Blow & Will It Affect Your Dog?

All dogs shed to some extent, but double-coated dog breeds like Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds, Akitas, and Malamutes put all the rest to shame! These pups “blow their coats” with the changing of the seasons. Unlike dogs with single-layered coats, double-coated breeds have a soft undercoat to help provide warmth in cold climates, and a longer top layer consisting of coarse guard hairs. Coat blow differs from everyday shedding in that it involves the hair coming out in large clumps rather than individual strands. … Read more

A Professional Groomer’s Guide To Stay-At-Home Grooming

Some pet services have been deemed essential during COVID-19, such as boarding kennels and dog daycares. Grooming salons, however, have been forced to temporarily shut their doors. There are many ways dog parents can keep their dogs clean, comfortable, and snuggly fresh during the stay-at-home order. We asked a professional groomer and pet salon owner to weigh in with his advice. GG’s Pet Salon’s Owner is Our Expert Gavin Hardy is a professional certified groomer who recently opened his own … Read more

5 Essential Grooming Tips For Dogs

Grooming your dog is a crucial part of caring for them, and failing to do it can lower their quality of life. Grooming your dog regularly could even help save their life if you spot lumps, bumps, or disease-causing ticks. Taking your dog to the groomer can be time-consuming and expensive (but if you need a little outside help, here are some tips for finding the best groomer for your dog). Luckily, there are a lot of things you can do … Read more

7 Reasons Why You Should Brush Your Dog’s Coat On A Regular Basis

Life is so busy and hectic these days; who has time to brush the dog? It’s understandable to feel that way, but once you are aware of all the benefits of brushing your dog, you’ll make the time. After all, you would do anything for your dog to have the best possible life, right? If you have a puppy or a dog who hates to be brushed, you may need to start off slow, with just a few minutes of … Read more

3 Tips for Making Ear Cleanings More Enjoyable for Your Dog

Regular ear cleanings are essential to keeping your dog’s ear health in tip-top shape. Ear infections are relatively common among dogs, and although they are caused by a variety of reasons, veterinarians insist that regular at-home cleanings can keep infections away. Just like nail trimmings, though, many dogs are uncooperative when it comes to having their ears washed. So, how can you make things more enjoyable for both of you? Check out these tips. #1 – Treats – Lots of … Read more

Dog Grooming: Everything You Need To Know From Puppies To Adults

Every dog requires at least some grooming to maintain their health and happiness. Grooming shouldn’t be a negative experience for your dog, whether you take them to a groomer or do it yourself. Do you know how to set your puppy up for a lifetime of dog grooming success? Are you aware of how your dog’s grooming should change as he ages? Do you know how to find a groomer who will be a great fit for your dog’s needs? … Read more

Dog Groomer Arraigned After Horrific Video Shows Him Abusing Poodle

WARNING: Video, screenshots, and content might be sensitive to some readers. Amid an animal abuse case, you can always count on dog lovers to fight for justice. So, when a video surfaced of a Michigan dog groomer abusing an innocent Poodle, everyone was quick to contact authorities. The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office received numerous reports of the video, along with people begging the police to do something. It’s still unclear who took the video and whose dog is in the … Read more

Bald Man Creatively Distracts Dog Getting Nails Clipped

Oh no… The time has come to embark on that dreaded task: trimming your dog’s nails. What can you do to keep your belligerent pup still for just a few minutes? Enlist another person to stop their squirming? Promise them treats when you’re done? Scream at them that it’s for their own good and hope the message sinks in this time? Unfortunately, those things don’t often work all that well. Sometimes you’ve gotta get really creative. Like one dog parent … Read more

Dog Groomers Are Some Of The First Back In Business As COVID-19 Closures Lift

Dog groomers in various states are now allowed to start seeing clients. Governors are reopening certain types of businesses in calculated geographical areas of their states. This lifting of closures is a welcome change for these small business owners as well as those that have shaggy dogs, badly in need of some grooming. But things are definitely different than they were before. Groomers must put extra precautions in place to protect themselves and their clients, human and canine alike. A … Read more

Fluffy Dog Or Sleek Seal? You Be The Judge!

Is your dog well-behaved when he/she is being groomed? The cutie in the video below is! She sits still with her head held high, seeming to enjoy her day of beauty. So what is all the fuss surrounding this short 9-second video all about? As you will see, the groomer is gently brushing the beautiful Bichon’s face. With each stroke, the adorable pup tucks her ears tight against her head, giving her the appearance of a snow-white Harp Seal. Once … Read more

A Dog Groomer Takes Amazing Videos Dancing With Her Furry Clients

Grooming a dog is no easy feat. It can be messy and often accompanied by sad whines, frantic scratches, and attempts to hop out of the tub. One dog groomer in Windsor, Ontario doesn’t mind any of the difficult parts though. She doesn’t work a day in her life as she sees it! How does she do it, you ask? She dances with her canine clients all day. Sabrina Paniccia runs a grooming service called Shave ‘Em and Bathe ‘Em … Read more

Dog Was So Matted He Could Hardly Walk

Officials at the Richmond SPCA consider Lionheart to be one of the worst neglect cases they have seen in decades. When the 7-year-old Poodle was surrendered to their care in April, he was so matted he was barely recognizable as a dog. “When I first looked at Lionheart in the kennel run when he first arrived, I literally could not tell which was the front or the back,” Richmond SPCA CEO Robin Robertson Starr told WTVR News. The filthy clumps … Read more

10 Things We Should Do For Our Dogs That They Can’t Do For Themselves

Dogs can learn to perform incredible tasks. Some safeguard our very lives by detecting explosives or alerting us to dangers in the home. But there are certain things our pups just cannot do without our help. When it comes to health and safety, they depend on us to make the best decisions on their behalf. Every pawrent should do the following 10 things for their dogs’ wellbeing because they do so much for us! 1. Watch their waistlines. Dogs cannot … Read more

10 Ways To Ensure Your Dog Stays Safe During A Grooming Session

All dogs need at least a little bit of grooming over the course of their lifetime, even if it’s only regular nail trims and the occasional bath. Whether you groom your dog yourself or take them to a groomer, it should be a positive experience for your dog. Unfortunately, things can go wrong and accidents can happen. Luckily, there are things you can do to help ensure your dog stays safe during a grooming session. Tips for grooming your dog … Read more

Can Dogs Have Hairballs?

While hairballs are less common in dogs than in cats, dogs can get hairballs. What sort of dogs are more prone to hairballs? What causes hairballs? Should you be worried if your dog vomits one up? How can you prevent hairballs in your dog? Don’t worry, we have the answers you’re looking for. Here’s what you need to know about hairballs in dogs. What is a hairball? When a dog (or a cat) licks or chews on themselves, they may … Read more

Is Your Dog Shedding Like CRAZY? This Can Help!

All dogs shed. Now, dogs that have hair that grows continuously such as Poodles, Bichons, Shih Tzus, and Yorkies shed very little, and what they do shed tends to get trapped in the rest of their hair instead of winding up on your sofa, but they do shed a little bit. Some breeds of dogs shed A LOT, usually with the change of the seasons, such as Golden Retrievers, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Shelties, and German Shepherds. Other dogs just shed … Read more

8 Ways To Improve Bath Time For You And Your Dog

Does the thought of giving your dog a bath make you cringe? Does the phrase “bath time” make your dog run and hide? It doesn’t have to be that way. Changing up your routine a little bit can make a world of difference in improving the entire bath time experience for both you and your dog. Eventually, your dog can learn that a bath is a rewarding experience, and you can enjoy bonding with your dog instead of struggling with … Read more

Famous Former Bait Dog Inspires New Grooming Salon

Six months ago Abigail the Pit Bull was awarded one of the highest honors a dog can recieve. She was named American Humane’s 2017 Emerging Hero Dog for her work to end dog fighting. As a former bait dog, Abigail knows first-paw just how brutal this practice is. Now, her mission of peace has inspired a new dog grooming salon set to open in Fort Myers, Florida. The business will be located at One Fort Myers, a new luxury high rise … Read more

Should Dog Grooming Facilities Be Required To Have Video Cameras?

El Paso, Texas wants to see some changes coming to grooming salons in the city. The City Council unanimously voted to implement changes to the way that dog groomers operate businesses within the city. After discovering that groomers are not required to be licensed by any federal, state, or local authority, El Paso has decided that it wants to implement certification rules for groomers in the city. They also plan to require all dog grooming businesses to keep video surveillance cameras … Read more

Family Is Devastated After Groomer Accidentally Gives Their Dog To Wrong Owner

A routine trip to the groomers turned into heartbreak for a family in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Veronica Grine took her two-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, Bailey, to Ace of Hearts for a regular haircut. Bailey had been to the well-established business at least three times in the past, and Grine told local news she’s never had problems with them before. With each past visit, Bailey came home clean and well-groomed. This past trip, however, was different. Grine dropped Bailey off early in the … Read more

How Often Should I Bathe My Dog?

“How often should I bathe my dog?” It’s the type of question that every dog owner asks from time to time, and it’s one with no simple answer. It depends on a variety of factors ranging from their breed to their health to their lifestyle. If your dog hates bath time, you may want to go longer between baths, but how long is too long? If you like a very clean dog, how often is too often to wash your … Read more

Family Mourns The Death Of Dog Which They Feel Could Have Been Prevented

For one family in Pennsylvania, a routine grooming appointment at a local PetSmart turned into a nightmare. Betty Miller, who lives in Scranton, brought her 12-year-old Bichon named Brewster to the pet store chain and dropped him off to get groomed. Soon after, she received a phone call that would change her life forever.   She was told that her beloved pup had been attacked by another big dog, and he was at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center. According to … Read more

How To Help Your Nervous Dog Get Through Grooming Sessions

A fresh haircut and a relaxing mani-pedi is a welcome change from the stresses of our day-to-day lives, but grooming services can have the opposite effect on our dogs. There are several reasons why a dog may experience fear and anxiety during grooming. The pet salon is full of strange sights, sounds, and smells, not to mention other animals giving off their own auras of stress. Some dogs may have had a negative experience in the past such as a … Read more

5 Tips To Minimize Dog Shedding

Does your dog shed excessively? Most dogs shed at least a little, but some breeds shed more than average. After you’ve ruled out health issues like allergies, immune disease, or parasites (like fleas), there are some steps you can take to reduce your dog’s shedding. From WikiHow, WebMD, and Drs Foster and Smith, here are some ways to limit the amount of dog hair floating around your house.   1 – Change their diet. Many cheap dog foods are made … Read more

Homeless Man At Houston Shelter Grooms Rescued Harvey Pets To Make Them Pretty Again

This heartwarming story proves that no matter who you are or where you are in life, you can help make a difference. A shining example has been set by Stanley Baizle, a hurricane evacuee took refuge in a shelter that allowed pets. Meanwhile, Sasha Von Troetsch, a self-employed groomer and founder of  Your Hipster Pets, brought a group of volunteers to the shelter to lend her expertise to the animals in need of some TLC.   “While we were there, … Read more

6 Ways To Make Bath Time More Enjoyable For Your Dog

Does your dog run and hide every time you tell them it’s bath time? Do they spend the entire bath trying to climb out of the tub? Do you wind up wetter than them by the end of it all? While some dogs will never like getting a bath, there are things you can do to help your dog adjust to the process so they at least tolerate it better. Here are 5 ways to make bath time more enjoyable … Read more

Fed Up with Excessive Summer Shedding? Try Adding This Nutrient To Your Dog’s Food Bowl

When spring and summer roll around, does it feel like your pup sheds an entire dog’s worth of fur daily? If you can relate to the picture above, your dog might be experiencing excessive shedding. What Is Causing My Dog to Shed So Much During the Spring and Summer? While there are many possible root causes for heavy shedding, oftentimes diet is the main culprit. Despite the convenience of commercial dog food kibble, one of its major drawbacks lies the inability to … Read more

The Simple And Powerful Way You Can Help Shelter Dogs Get Adopted

Many dogs arrive at animal shelters after years of abuse or a lifetime on the streets. That kind of neglect can cause many severe health problems, which may in turn affect the dog’s personality and their ability to get adopted. Have you ever considered the importance of a bath and maybe a haircut for a dog that’s been neglected for so long? Dog breeds that have continuously-growing hair tend to suffer the worst consequences from years of neglect. Their hair … Read more