Faux Paws

Do you know how easy it is for just about anyone to get a dog certified as a service dog? To my surprise it’s very easy. Recently there was a new report about this, but I didn’t need the report to realize that dogs in public places are growing more abundant.

In one of my other blog posts I mentioned seeing a very small Yorkie in Walt Disney World Parks in Florida as well as in Cracker Barrel.

I love dogs, no doubt about it, they are amazing. However, that being said I do believe that people are using the system to get dogs certified service dogs just so they can take them everywhere they go. But that begs the question, how does the affect the public perception of the real service dogs?

Real service dogs help people with handicaps to do various things, such as open doors and turn on lights. If you see a service dog out and about you will see they wear a “saddle” telling you they’re a service dog. When the dogs are working no one is permitted to pet them, this is to keep them from being distracted from their job.

Service dogs must be focused on their owner – the person they are looking after, if they get distracted they may miss a signal from their owner, this could result in a dangerous situation. Let’s say you have a service dog that detects when your sugar is dangerously low, or when you are going to have a seizure and they miss the signs this could result in tragedy.

This is just my thoughts on “fake” service dogs. I don’t discount their importance at all; I know how important they can be for comfort and mental health.

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All Natural Shampoo

Dogs are my life, l love them. Because I love them so much I have decided to add a line of preservative free dog treats and now all natural shampoo.

Have you ever thought about what goes on your dog’s skin? Many of the store bought shampoos are filled with chemicals. For several weeks now I have been researching how to make dog shampoo and what I have found is less is more. By that I mean, the fewer ingredients in your shampoo the better.

Today I have been putting to use the information that I have gleaned and made two different types of pup shampoo. The first one I made is a flea shampoo, the second one was just a basic shampoo. Now I have to try them out, I guess my pups will be the test subjects. Hope they don’t mind…

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The Mad Groomer Saga Continues..

So… I love grooming and I love dogs, but there are days that things are just crazy in the grooming salon. Just when you think that everything is going smoothly, something happens and next thing you know you’re chasing someone’s dog across the field.

Okay, let me say this, I did not let the dog lose nor did it escape from me. The owner, whose name will not be mentioned comes into my salon with one large short haired dog and one small, white and furry dog. The owner gets in the door as the little one slips his harness.

The little, white fluff immediately takes off around the drive. My grooming salon is located at my home on a three hundred acre farm and it is directly in the middle of the farm. So this little guy was in heaven, smelling everything it could and chasing cats. Oh, and did I mention that we have about sixty peacocks too? The little guy did not want to be caught, he was having a great time, so he avoided his owner for about fifteen minutes or so.

Anyway, my husband was home and he helped the client corral his pup and in the end both dogs were groomed and everything ended well.

There’s never a dull moment with dogs.

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Diary of a Mad Groomer

When I say mad groomer I mean sort of like the mad hatter in Alice inWonderland, I would like to clarify that I was at no point angry at this precious dog. I think every groomer has a bit of maddness in them.

This week has been interesting to say the least. I returned home from vacation on Sunday night just before midnight. Now, I have five dogs of my own and I also had the dog sitter watching two of my daughter’s dogs. We get home and try to get some sleep because we both have to work at six the next morning.

One of my daughter’s dogs decides to bark half the night so sleep was elusive to say the least. We get up the next morning not feeling very refreshed, but nonetheless we went to work.

I drive a bus and I am a professional pet groomer between my bus route, in the evenings and on Saturdays. So due to the fact that I was off for ten days my schedule was booked. I worked all week from six thirty am to seven pm, now I’m not complaining I love my business, but it left little time for me to straighten up my house and prepare for the week.

On Thursday I had a repeat client come in for a groom. He is a very nice dog, but this time something seemed off about him. He was nervous, he barked and constantly struggled against me – very unusual for this dog. I did my pre-cut and bathed him, once back on the grooming table I started to dry him. At this point he had explosive diarrhea all over me, the table and more importantly himself. I returned him to the bath, and repeated the sequence FOUR more times. Yes, this poor fella had the diarrhea four more times after that. Finally, I was able to get him dry and finish his groom. When the owner came I explained to her what was going on and that maybe he should see his vet.

At one point during this bathing and drying process I broke down and just cried with frustration. It was by no means the dogs fault, but I just had to take a minute to re-evaluate the situation. This was certainly one of my worst days of grooming, but I don’t care I love it, I love dogs, and I love by business.

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Dogs in Walt Disney World?

Okay, I love my dog and I would take him just about anywhere I could, but Disney World? Today I walked around EPCOT a Walt Disney World Park and there it was- a tiny Yorkie in his/her mother’s arms. I wish I had been fast enough to get a picture but alas I wasn’t.

It looked like a tiny pup to me. I can understand socializing your pup but in Walt Disney? Again, I have to wonder why the Disney Corporation would allow it.

Oh, I understand that some dogs are service dogs, but I am hard pressed to understand how a small tea cup Yorkie could be a service dog.

However, I stand corrected by someone I will not name. I have been informed that small dogs can be comfort dogs for people with anxiety. I guess I can believe that, but I also believe that the service dog scenario is being misused.

What are your thoughts on this? I would love to know.

Love, Live, Rescue…

Travel Without Your Dog

I know, I know, it’s not that easy you say. I completely understand since I have four rescue Pomeranians who love me and miss me when I’m away. There have been many different articles on how to travel with your dog, but not so many on how to travel without your dog.

There are options for those of us with dogs. First, you can trade dog sitting with friends, family, and neighbors. If you have a dog (or two) the chances are you know someone with a dog that would be willing to trade off with you.

If trading dog sitting is not an option, you can find reputable dog sitters that will come to your home and stay with your dog. I do that when I go away and it has worked out great for me.

Another option would be to find someone you trust that will dog sit in their home. I am a dog groomer and provide in my home dog sitting.

Last, you can board your dog. I don’t like this option, but many times this is the only choice many of us have.

We’ve talked about the choices for your pet, but how do you deal with the separation?  I can’t tell you how to deal with it, but I have my pet sitter send me random pictures. I know this may be a bit over the top but it seems to help me deal with being away from them.

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The Furminator

The Furminator, interesting name isn’t it? What does the Furminator do? It terminates loose pet hair. As a professional groomer, I use a Furminator on a regular basis it’s an excellent tool if used properly. By properly, I mean it must be used with the growth of the pet’s hair growth, not against. When using the Furminator never work on one spot for a prolonged period of time – it can cause skin damage and possible bleeding.So, when using this tool be sure to take care not to injure your pet.

The Furminator can be used on dogs and cats without a problem. This tool is expensive, costing around thirty-five to fifty dollars and can be bought in any pet store, and on Amazon.

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Can You Keep a Clean Home with Pets?

This is something that I’m sure many pet owners struggle with, I know I do. I have four Pomeranians in my home, they are double coated dogs that shed a lot. It’s one of the reasons I became a dog groomer, and as a dog groomer I have some advice to help you keep your home clean.

First, and most important – brush out your pet daily. Even dogs with short hair can benefit from a good brushing daily. This will help to cut down on the hair floating around in your home.

Second, and no less important than the first, regular grooming by a professional groomer. Owners of pets with short hair can go longer between grooming due to the short hair and lack of a double coat.

As a professional groomer, I can recommend a slicker brush and a furminator to help with home grooming.

On top of this, as I’m sure you know, regular house cleaning is very important. I use a Swiffer, a hand -held vacuum, and of course a regular vacuum. Recently, my husband and I decided to use laminated flooring all over the house to make things easier to clean. Carpets tend to hold the fur and therefore hold smells that are not appealing. Also, be sure to change the filter in your heating and air conditioning unit to help keep the hair down in your home.

The question remains, can it be done? The answer – it’s not impossible just time-consuming and a lot of physical work. My dogs are worth the work and I’m sure yours are too.

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