It’s Hot Out! Should I Shave My Dog’s Coat?

It may make sense for us to be shedding clothing, lathering up on the sunscreen, and jumping into a pool when the weather heats up. So if we’re wearing less clothing materials during the summer months, then we should probably shave our dogs so they can “feel the breeze” too, right? Unfortunately our pet’s fur doesn’t function the same way as our clothing does. How Your Dog’s Coat Helps in the Heat Long-haired dogs with thick, fluffy coats may seem disadvantaged in the heat, but what their fur coat really does in the summer months is help regulate their body temperature. The layers of fur help prevent the sun’s rays from penetrating too far down to the skin, which can result in serious sunburns and overheating. So, What Can You Do to Help? We understand that some breeds have excessively thick fur due to selective breeding. At Canine College, Bow Wow Resort, we recommend a summer trim. The trim will cut back hair that hangs too far from the body. Trimming this part will not only improve comfort for your dog, but also prevent sticks, burrs and ticks from sticking to your dog’s coat. We highly recommend heading to a professional dog groomer than picking up the sheers yourself, as many pet owners will over-cut their dog’s fur, which can lead to skin problems. Contact us today to schedule a summer...

How to Keep Your Dog (And You!) Active this Winter

According to a Statistic Brain Research Institute poll, 45% of Americans made a New Years resolution, the number one most popular resolution being to lose weight. We know it’s difficult to lose weight during those cold winter months, where it seems more ideal to snuggle up in your pajamas and watch Netflix in bed. However, this behavior is helping neither you or your dog! Many dogs are also suffering from being overweight or obese. This winter, make it a point to keep your dog — and yourself — active. Here are a few tips and tricks. Agility Course. Has your pet already gone through agility training courses? If so, they should know the drill by now on how these obstacle-type courses work. Set one up in your basement or living room and lead your dog through the course a few times. You won’t even have to venture into the cold outdoors for this one! Purchase Outdoor Winter Gear. This is a great excuse to go shopping for both you and your dog. Buy some fashionable yet practical outdoor clothing for yourself and get your dog a little jacket. Make sure your pet’s clothing is reflective and always wear a light to make yourselves known to passing vehicles. Head out for a brisk morning or evening walk every day to get the blood moving. Treasure Hunt. Another indoor game that’s great to play with your dog. Temporarily place your dog in another room (such as the bathroom) while you hide his favorite chew toys or treats. Walk around the house with your pet as they try to sniff out the treasures. If you...

Prevent Your Dog From Gaining Weight

Think that weight issues are just a human problem here in America? Think again. There’s always the age-old saying that “you are what you eat,” but it turns out your pet can also be affected by what you eat. Research shows that an estimated 54% of dogs and cats are overweight or obese in the United States, a statistic that is similar to adult humans. Keeping your dog healthy and fit can extend their life expectancy by an average of two years. Here’s how to start the slim-down journey. Step 1: See a Vet Many pet owners get caught up thinking that they can create a diet plan for their dog by themselves. However, it is best to see a veterinarian; these professionals will be able to determine the best diet for your pet’s age and breed. They will also be able to tell you by how many pounds your dog is overweight. Be prepared for the vet to ask you what the dog’s current diet is, how much exercise they get a week and other possible causes for the weight gain based on environmental factors. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition weighed in on possible environmental causes of weight gain, stating that “the main reason for the development of obesity is having a positive mismatch between energy intake and energy expenditure.” Step 2: Establish a Meal Plan As soon as the vet determines how many pounds overweight your dog is, they will be able to provide you with a diet regimen. Normally this will include both a change in type of food and change in amount of food given...

How to Identify the 5 Most Common Canine Illnesses

Dog is man’s best friend. Our furry friends are always by our side to cheer us up when we’re down — and especially when we’re feeling a bit under the weather. Be sure to return the favor of being there for your special canine when they get sick. Of course, they won’t outwardly tell you what’s ailing them, so be sure to find out below what the five most common canine illnesses are, how to identify them, and what to do for treatment. Ear Infections This is probably the most common illness across all breeds. Many of the causes include allergies, ear mites, bacterial buildup, or even excessive hair growth within the ear canal.Symptoms include: -Constant scratching -Visible redness in the ear canal -Swelling -Head shaking -Discharge that may be brown, yellow, or bloody If you suspect an ear infection, take your dog to the vet. They will usually prescribe routine ear cleaning and topical medication. Worms These are common parasites that reside within your dog’s gut — usually the small or large intestine — and should not be taken lightly. Tapeworms, roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms all fall under this category.Symptoms: -Rugged or rough overall appearance -Change in appetite -Weight loss -Dragging their bottom on the ground Unfortunately the only way to truly determine if your dog has a worm or not, they must be taken to a vet. Depending on the type of worm will depend on the type of treatment, but it will usually include oral medication. Fleas Although a very common ailment for dogs, a flea problem is thankfully easy to treat — just be sure to...

Winter Grooming Tips for your Dog

The cold winter months our upon everyone in Boston, including your dog. Don’t forget to take your dog into consideration when you’re trying to keep warm. Protect their paws, keep their coats clean, and find out all the grooming tips here by Canine College experts. During the cold months, dogs tend to shed more because they are inside a cozy, warm house more often. Brushing your dog more often helps prevent tangled hair as well as preventing dryness. By brushing often you move the natural oils of your dog coat around relieving the dryness experienced in the winter. Doggy coats, sweaters, and blankets. These doggy accessories are available in all shapes, sizes and designs. These coats are only meant to be worn outside and taken off when coming indoors. The outerwear for dogs mats and tangles their hair. Pay close attention to your dogs feet and under the paws. Snow, ice, salt, and ice melts can cause pain and injuries down the road. Rinse paws and feet more frequently, clip their toe nails, and trim excess hair between paws. Sometimes the excess attention a dog needs during the winter months can get overwhelming. Canine College provides professional grooming services at their Holbrook MA location. In addition, clipping nails and ear we have a variety of scented shampoos! View our grooming rates & make an appointment.   Search for: Recent Posts Boston Dog Training Options New Canine Good Citizen Class Scheduled for March 19th When to Consider Private Dog Training Classes Live in Boston and Have a Dog? Make Sure It’s Trained! New Years Resolutions for You and Your Dog...

Ear Infections? Been There.

Tried and True. Your dog has minor ear infection? Simple solution. Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. Clean ears with cotton balls using Apple Cider Vinegar use for 7 days. If it has not started clearing up then you might want to check with vet and get antibiotics. Clean and check ears weekly as prevention using the Organic Vinegar. It works most of the time. Tip of the Day Search for: Recent Posts Boston Dog Training Options New Canine Good Citizen Class Scheduled for March 19th When to Consider Private Dog Training Classes Live in Boston and Have a Dog? Make Sure It’s Trained! New Years Resolutions for You and Your Dog Categories Canine Good Citizen Dog Training Tips Dogs Looking For a Home Events Health Care Housebreaking K9 Info Blog Proper Diet Training Stories...
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