Routine Combing for Dogs and Healthy Coats

Routine Combing for Dogs -- Piper Wisteria GoldensRoutine Combing for Dogs and Healthy Coats

We have explored the benefits of providing regular coat grooming and the importance of understanding how to care for your dog’s coat during shedding season (click here to review our previous article). A holistic view of grooming (diet, exercise, not over bathing, and routine brushing/combing) is essential to ensure a healthy coat. Today’s article will expand on the topic with suggestions for providing a twice a week routine to brush and/or comb your dog’s coat.

Routine Combing for Dogs — Tools Suggested

Tangle Remover Solution (reduces static, assists in removing tangled and matted fur, and conditions the coat).

  • Life’s Abundance Bath Fresh Mist (for wet or dry hair) this formula is enhanced with a moisture-activated odor fighter that safely absorbs and neutralizes unpleasant odors

Soft Bristle Brush (to separate any top coat tangles and remove surface debris)

  • Always brush in the direction of the fur without applying force. When matted use the round tooth comb.

Scratch Free Round Tooth Comb (assists in removing a heavy shedding undercoat)

  • Scratch free designed combs are less irritating to the skin and allow a deeper shed removal without discomfort.

Routine Combing for Dogs — Suggested Technique

  • Cleaning Coat—avoid over bathing because over bathing can often dry out a dog’s skin inhibiting natural oils needed to assist in healthy coat support.
  • Combing Coat – comb with a scratch free round tooth metal comb when desired to remove a shedding undercoat.
  • Brushing Coat – brushing at least twice a week will assist in removing debris and tangles from the coat. Brushing also assists in distributing a dog’s natural body oils which (in combination with healthy diet, exercise, proper hydration, and grooming) provides optimal conditions for a beautiful healthy coat.

Frequency Recommendations

"Muddy Aria" and our Trained Puppy Cooper (Honor/Ego 4-25-2014)

The frequency you will decide to establish for your dog’s routine combing will depend on the weather and your dog’s activity throughout the week. As shown in the photo:

  • A dog that enjoys rolling in mud or thickets will naturally require a more frequent grooming routine.

A Note about Mud:

  • We want to avoid over bathing so when mud is involved it is often efficient to wait for the mud to dry and then use the soft bristle brush to remove surface debris from the dog’s coat.
  • Next use the comb to gently remove any mud in the undercoat (if needed).
  • If desired continue with a light mist and gentle massage with the Bath Fresh Mist.
  • On the other hand, a dog that enjoys walking (rather than rolling) and chooses groomed landscapes to play will generally need brushing twice a week and a deeper combing once a week during shedding season.

Let us know any questions you have about raising your puppy.  We are happy to help guide you.

 

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Pet Parents Guide Pampered Paws – Part One of Two

Pet Parents Guide to Pampered PawsBalance is the watchword in this Pet Parents Guide Pampered Paws. Part One of our Two Part Guide includes Daily Check Guide, Pampering Options, and Potential Triggers.

This two part article will explore the balance of softness, moisture, and health for your dog’s paw pads. Care of the padding on your dog’s feet should be considered a daily routine, whenever pets have been walking, year round. You will find tips to find the right balance for your dog in this guide to promoting and maintaining your dog’s healthy feet.

Pet Parents Guide Pampered Paws — Daily Check

  1. Pads of paws should be subtly moist,
  2. Pads should be free of dryness,
  3. Paws shouldn’t have cracks,
  4. In between toes and under nails should be free of debris, and
  5. Massage shouldn’t be tender to the touch.

Pet Parents Guide Pampered Paws — Pampering Options

Make sure paws are clean and dry before applying moisturizer. Once a week is a good routine to wash, dry, and moisturize. The schedule will depend on your dog, the season, and the conditions (weather, ground cover, etc.). We use coconut oil as a moisturizer (see below).

  1. If paw pads are dry apply a small amount of coconut oil (extra virgin or fractionated),
  2. If paws have cracks apply a small amount of coconut oil with tea tree oil (IMPORTANT: Tea Tree oil shouldn’t be used on puppies or small breed dogs). Mix 4-6 ounces of Coconut Oil with 1 drop of Tea Tree oil. Apply a small amount to clean dry paws.
  3. If debris is present wash feet in a solution of warm water and gentle dog shampoo be sure to dry them well,
  4. If toe nails are long trim them or make an appointment with your groomer or vet to have them trimmed,
  5. If hair between toes is matted or has been attracting debris you can apply coconut oil to remove tangles, gently comb and (if needed) use scissors to gently trim or have this done by your groomer,

Potential Triggers of Problematic Paw Pads

  1. Heat: When the ground is hot in the summer,
  2. Cold: When the ground is cold in the winter,
  3. Debris: Pebbles, stickers, glass, slivers, etc. may be on the ground and become lodged in the creases of the pads,
  4. Toxins: Walking where chemicals (salt or other de-icing applications for example) have been used on walkways or crossings,
  5. Insects: Be sure your dog’s feet are not harboring something he stepped on while walking which could become a health hazard.

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Training Playtime

Training PlaytimeTraining, socialization, and positive experiences can all be incorporated into a puppy’s training playtime. Playtime is an important part of your puppy’s routine. It is important to be mindful of the training tips even while playing.

Playtime is a great time to show consistency in positive training. Socialization skills she has learned will begin to blossom during playtime as well.

Training Playtime and Socialization

Playtime is more casual than training time yet it is a perfect time to introduce socialization skills which expand your puppies experiences through touch (texture, toys, and people), sound (clicker, music, or toys), as well as other new experiences for her senses.

Introduce one new experience at a time and be watchful for her reaction. The main thing (as discussed in other socialization posts) is to have a positive approach and not rush your puppy into anything new. Be sure your reaction is warm and understanding.

Training Playtime and Manners

While a puppy is expected to have a lot more freedom during playtime compared to training session you will want to take time to teach playtime manners and behaviors as well. The communication you have learned together during training will work well in the playtime setting.

Be sure your puppy is playing in a safe environment where boundaries are well established (visually as well as command) to ensure he will not wander into areas where wildlife, traffic, or other potential safety issues are present.

Training Playtime and Toys

When you are in a training session with your puppy you will have specific tools to use. You may have a clicker, a treat pouch, a leash, and a mat. These tools provide a visual sign for your puppy to know it is time for class.

It is important to have playtime props as well. Visual signs it is time to play. However as a leader you will be on hand to provide positive communication and praise when your puppy is showing signs of having grasped a skill you have been working on together during a training session.

Training Playtime & Planning Ideas

  1. Go for a walk: Show your puppy the boundaries for the play area by putting her on a loose leash and walking with her around the inside boundaries of the play area.
  2. Choose a Toy: Provide a few choices of toys to play with during playtime.
  3. Provide an empty box or small pool for the puppy to climb in and out of.
  4. Make a game out of skills she has learned. For example: Put two or three commands she has learned together. Be sure to celebrate while you play!

a. Walking backwards, turn around, and repeat. Add challenges, as he grows older, such as walking backwards up a couple of steps.

b. Lay down, and roll-over.

c. Get it, bring it, leave it, and repeat (fetch game).

Playing games, using training commands he has already learned, can be fun for relationship building as well as a great time to celebrate skills she has learned.

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Gradually Switch to Life’s Abundance Dog Food

Gradually Switch to Life's Abundance Dog FoodI have had many questions about the Life Abundance Dog food in reply to my “What Are You Feeding Your Pet?” post. The number one question is how do I switch?

Gradually Switch to Life’s Abundance Dog Food

I recommend you gradually switch whenever changing any dog food. Here the recommended guideline to ensure a smooth transition:

LgPuppySmDay 1 – 2: Feed 1/4 Life’s Abundance and 3/4 of the old diet.

Day 3 – 4: Feed 1/2 Life’s Abundance and 1/2 of the old diet.

Day 5 – 6: Feed 3/4 Life’s Abundance and 1/4 of the old diet.

Day 7: The transition period is over and you can feed the recommended amount of Life’s Abundance.

If you have any further questions on transitioning your dog to Life’s Abundance, let me know.

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wisteria Goldens familiesWe love to keep in touch and hear from the families that have adopted one of our English Cream Golden Puppies! We adore pictures and they are always welcomed.

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Other prospective families also want to hear how your Wisteria Golden puppy is doing, as well as your experience when adopting your English Golden puppy. We also have more pictures and updates in our monthly newsletters.

Want to connect with other Wisteria Goldens families?

  1. Visit our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WisteriaGoldens
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Are Dog Treats Just Bribery?

are dog treats just briberyWARNING for English Cream Golden Retriever Dog Owners: Are Dog Treats Just Bribery? People use treats when they train their dog, especially their English Cream Golden Retriever, to behave in a particular way or with a particular response. Some people think this is bribery and others think it is rewarding their behavior.

Are Dog Treats Just Bribery?

There is a difference between bribery and reward.

  1. Bribery occurs in the heat of the moment when you want your dog to behave a certain way and you “bribe” to get the correct behavior. It is a type of manipulation.
  2. A reward (treat) is a tool to reinforce appropriate behavior and a way for the dog to recognize “yes, that is what I am asking you to do.” It is what is received “after” he performs.

Your dog won’t need a treat for his entire life to perform good behavior or some wonderful little trick. Once he learns the command, the goal is to wean off the reward (treat) for verbal kudos “good boy,” pets, hugs, and the joy of pleasing you. It is only during the learning stages that food motivators are required.

  • When using treats as a motivator it is best to keep the treat hidden in your hand or out of sight until the command is performed. You want your dog to focus on what is being asked of him, not what the reward is.
  • When using treats as a reward remember to provide something healthy and use different types of treats depending on command. If there is something your dog doesn’t want to do, use a “high” reward item, such as turkey hot dogs cut into bite size pieces. Find your dog’s “favorite” treat and only use it when asking big commands or when there is hesitation on their part to do what is being asked of them.

Some dogs are lazy and don’t really care if they “perform” when asked, whether that is a behavior command or trick. Most dogs are food motivated though (some more than others) and treats work well with getting the desired outcome from training sessions with your dog.

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Cutting Board Snacks

Sharing Cutting Board Snacks with our dogs isn’t always a good idea but there are a few people snacks worth mentioning which are nutritious and beneficial for dogs. Moderation is a key factor.

We occasionally share cutting board snacks with our dogs for nutritional reasons as well as to provide a variety of nutritional sources for them.

Avoid sharing while you are eating. We generally share while we are preparing or during socialization training. For example, we may substitute an apple slice for a treat (once or twice) during a session.

Make the snacks bite size to reduce chances of choking. Make the bites sized to ‘fit’ your dog’s age and size as well.

2 Cutting Board Snacks for Dogs with Dental Hygiene Benefits

  1. Apples: Share a slice or two (without the core or seeds).
  2. Carrots: Cut into small chunks.

2 Snacks for Dogs with Regularity Benefits

  1. Oatmeal (a tablespoon of prepared oatmeal without toppings).
  2. Plain Yogurt (could be stirred into the oatmeal or alone).

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The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

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“I thought I would send you some photos of our handsome boy (Wilson). We are so in love with this dog. He has been the perfect fit for our family. Smart, obedient, humorous, affectionate with the perfect amount of energy! Makes us want another!”  BJ

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