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Study Shows Dogs Can Prevent Anxiety In Children

girl with dogParents concerned about the health and wellbeing of their children may want to get a puppy, as new research has revealed that youngsters who live at home with a dog have lower levels of anxiety.

Carried out by the Bassett Medical Center in New York, the study found that 12 per cent of children aged between six and seven who had a pet dog tested positive for clinical anxiety, compared to 21 per cent of those who did not have a pup at home, NBC News reports.

Lead author of the study Dr Anne Gadomski told the news source that there can be an incredibly strong bond between kids and their pets – and sometimes a child’s first word is actually the name of their pet.

“From a mental health standpoint, children aged seven to eight often ranked pets higher than humans as providers of comfort and self-esteem and as confidants… Because dogs follow human communicative cues, they may be particularly effective agents for children’s emotional development,” the researchers concluded in their report.

If you do decide to get a puppy, for whatever reason, you need to do your research into your preferred breed to find out how best to take care of them, from feeding to grooming. Get in touch with us here at Shampooch, your friendly Norfolk mobile dog groomer, to find out how we can help keep your pup in peak physical condition throughout the course of their lives.

We’re very professional, experienced and absolutely love dogs of all shapes and sizes!

Lungworm Cases ‘Up 35%’ In 5 Years

puppyBefore you take your pooch to a Norwich mobile dog groomer, make sure you’ve done all you can to protect your pup from lungworm since figures from a leading animal charity have revealed that cases have climbed by more than 35 per cent in five years.

The problem used to be more prevalent in Wales and southern England, but the PDSA is now saying that it is much more widespread than that now, causing weight loss, a cough and difficulty breathing. It can even be fatal in the most extreme of cases.

Vicki Larkham-Jones, PDSA vet, advised dog owners that the parasite is carried by snails and slugs, and becomes problematic when eaten by dogs as they eat grass, drink from puddles, pick up their outdoor toys or nose their way through the undergrowth.

“There has been a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases of lungworm at our pet hospitals. In 2009 there were 49 confirmed cases and this had risen to 66 cases in 2014. However, the true figure is likely to be much higher, as not all infected animals can be positively diagnosed,” she said.

The symptoms of lungworm in dogs are initially only seen at extreme moments of exercise, gradually becoming more noticeable as the disease progresses. If you’re at all worried about your dog, make sure you make an appointment with the vet as soon as you possibly can. Chances are your dog won’t have lungworm but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

4 Of The Easiest Dog Breeds To Have As Pets

Two Funny Beagle Dogs Running

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether it’s shampooing, nail trimming, flea treatments and more – owning a dog is a long-term commitment. Even with the best mobile dog groomers in Norwich on your side, you may want to pick a particular breed if you prefer the easy life!

Therefore, here is our list of low-maintenance canines:

Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are extremely popular with celebrities and are a great choice for owners who don’t have a lot of time on their hands. Their tiny size means grooming is simple, even if you have a long-haired breed.

Beagle 

If you want a family pet, you can’t go wrong with a beagle. While not as petite as a Chihuahua, beagles are relatively small and have short hair that doesn’t require extensive grooming. However, you may want to have their droopy ears regularly cleaned to prevent infections.

Greyhound

Small dogs aren’t for everyone, so a greyhound could be more appropriate if you’re looking for easy grooming in a bigger pooch. Despite their racetrack personas, greyhounds are surprisingly laid back in the house, although they will require short bursts of exercise on occasion.

Bulldog

We covered the grooming requirements of bulldogs recently on the blog, but overall they are a fairly low-maintenance breed that doesn’t require much exercise, training or space. They can become overweight pretty easily though, so regular walks are better for their long-term health.

These are just some of our favourite easy-to-own dogs. There are plenty more, so make sure you do your research to ensure you pick a dog that’s perfect for your home, family and lifestyle.

Extreme Dog Styling

Yorkshire terrier grooming at the salon for dogsWhen you are looking out for the best mobile dog groomer Norwich has to offer have a look at some of the fashionable dog styles to help you make up your mind.
But don’t stop at the most obvious, or kennel club approved styles, take a look at some of the more extreme styles that some dog groomers offer.
The Creative Dog Styling Championships are held every year and feature dogs styled to look like film characters, such as yoda, or even as different animals.

Not content with just clipping the dogs a certain way, many of them are groomed using hair dye to create works of art on their coats The Daily Mail reported.

The championships are held in the US but dog groomers from all over the world fly out for a chance at taking home a gong, a highly recognised award in the industry that can result in a lot of attention for the individual groomer’s business.

Not only do they win the award but they also get to feature on the front cover of groomer and groomer magazine which is an industry favourite across the globe for dog groomers.

Of course, individuality and originality are the order of the day if you want to win, with new characters and new techniques being developed all the time by people keen to show off their skills on their dogs.
If you want to speak about the best styling for your dog, whether you want them to try a new look or whether you want to just keep them neat and tidy have a chat with us.

3 Cleaning And Grooming Requirements Of Bulldogs

Bulldogs are an immensely popular breed, with celebrities from Adam Sandler and Reece Witherspoon to John Legend and Ozzy Osbourne owning one (or more!). But hiring a professional dog grooming service in Norwich may be the best way to ensure your canine stays in excellent health.

cleaning a bulldogDue to the way they’ve been bred over the years, bulldogs often have special cleaning and grooming requirements. Here are some of the issues you may need to watch for if you own a bulldog.

  1. Skin folds 

English bulldogs tend to have a lot of skin folds, particularly around their face and lips. These creases can become infected, so it’s crucial your dog is regularly cleaned and checked for potential outbreaks. Skin folds become deeper as the dog ages, but familiarise your pooch with the process as a pup.

  1. Eyes 

Bulldogs often suffer from eye problems due to the eyelashes curling underneath the lid. They also have a short muzzle, which means their eyes are more likely to come into contact with dust and irritants when sniffing. Frequent cleaning prevents these problems from occurring or getting worse.

  1. Coats 

Bulldogs typically have short coats, so many people assume they don’t need regular grooming. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth, as brushing and washing a bulldog’s coat not only keeps it shiny and healthy, but also allows you to quickly spot any skin conditions before they develop.

Would you like more information on specialist bulldog grooming services in Norwich? Please contact us today.

Are St Bernards The Right Dog For Me

portrait of a st. bernard dog looking into the camera with his mouth open.

Anyone who has seen the 1992 film ‘Beethoven’ will know that St Bernards are big, friendly dogs that can be a bit of a handful due to their intimidating size. As your local dog groomers in Norfolk, we can give you some help and advice on whether this breed is the right choice for you.

St Bernards are gentle giants and were originally bred as working dogs for Alpine rescues. Travellers making their way along treacherous mountain routes from Italy to Switzerland would often be saved by these colossal canines.

St Bernards were named after monk Bernard de Menthon, who set up the only way-station located more than 8,000 feet into the Swiss Alps. However, despite their working origins, St Bernards can make fantastic family dogs for the right owner.

Do you have enough space?

This is an obvious point, but definitely worth making. St Bernards are not really suitable for people who live in small, cramped apartments. While they’re not considered outdoor dogs, St Bernards will need space to roam free in your home and garden.

Do you have young children?

St Bernards are extremely affectionate and can make excellent pets for people with older children and teenagers. However, St Bernards may not be the best option if you have toddlers, because they are huge dogs and could accidentally knock over or injure younger kids.

How clean do you like your house?

Most dogs add a certain lived-in quality to your home, but St Bernards are especially messy. They shed frequently and are known for drooling and tracking in mud. Unfortunately, cleanliness is not next to Godliness for this particular saint!

Tips on grooming dogs for the winter

winter dog

 

As the cold weather approaches and the seasons shift, it’s important to know how to keep your pooch preened over the winter. These tips will help you know what your mobile dog groomer in Norwich will need to do to keep your furry friend in top condition over the next few months.

 –   Bathe more regularly

It might be cold, which makes drying your dog more difficult, but it’s important to keep bathing your companion during the autumn/winter. The inclement weather is likely to result in your pooch becoming very muddy and wet. While the dirt will need to be washed off, a wet dog will become colder and their body temperature could drop as a result.

By bathing and towel drying the dog – or even blow-drying if they’ll let you – you can avoid them becoming ill or developing hypothermia.

– Keep brushing your dog’s coat

If your dog is an outdoor one, you might want to let their coat grow during the winter months to keep them warmer. However, it is important to always make sure it is well-brushed. This is because if your dog’s fur is tangled and matted, it can actually make them cooler.

Their undercoat acts as insulation, so it’s vital you look after it well with regular brushes.

Mud and snow cause matting, which is another reason why washing their fur regularly is so important.

– Look after paws

Their poor paws have to endure a lot during the winter – ice, rain, snow and salt. Therefore, you should pay extra attention to their feet when it’s cold outside.

Make sure you trim the hair between the pads of their toes so snow and ice doesn’t stick to the fur here. You should also rinse and dry their feet regularly, and keep their toenails short.

When nails are cold, they break more easily, while dogs who stay indoors more during the winter won’t have a chance to naturally trim their claws when running outside.

Get Your Dog Flea-Free After The Summer

Dog Being Treated For Ticks and Fleas

The weather has turned cooler marking the end of summer, which is why this is the perfect time to take advantage of the services of mobile dog groomers in Norfolk to get rid of your pooch’s fleas in time for autumn.

Attack of fleas in warmer weather 

These pests are among the top annoyances of dog owners about the summer, as lots of dogs get infested with fleas when the weather is warmer and humidity levels are high.

If you don’t get rid of them now, they could persist throughout winter, causing your beloved pooch a lot of itching and discomfort. That’s why it’s crucial you get a professional flea treatment before autumn starts to ensure all the pests are well and truly gone.

Prevent a home infestation

If problems with your pet’s fleas don’t get resolved quickly, you risk having a home infestation. Female fleas can lay up to 25 eggs per day, hatching after just ten days, resulting in thousands of fleas cropping up all over the place in a short amount of time.

It is worth getting your dog treated to prevent any further spread of fleas, as their life cycles are slower during the colder months, which means you might not realise you have a problem until next summer comes and your house is full of them!

Avoid serious health problems

Fleas aren’t just uncomfortable for your furry friend, they can cause serious health risks. As they are very itchy and trigger dogs scratching at their fur and skin a lot, they can result in severe skin problems. Furthermore, the fleas feed on their blood, and in extreme cases, pets can die from complications due to blood loss.

That’s why you should get your flea treatment sorted today, so you and your pooch can have a worry-free winter.

How To Clean A Dachshund’s Ears

sausage dogIf you’ve already chatted to your Norwich mobile dog groomer about canine care you’re sure to have already found out how best to go about cleaning your sausage dog’s ears. But if you’re a new owner, you may be wondering what exactly it is that you have to do. Here’s our guide to getting it right first time.

When your puppy is calm, have a look inside his ears to check that they’re pink and not red. Using a cotton ball or a damp cloth, wipe the insides of the ears carefully and gently. Make sure that you only wipe the parts you can see and that you do not poke anything down into the inner ear. Do not use a cotton wool bud to clean into the ear canals as you could do a lot of damage.

Keep a look out for mites and ear infections while you clean and if you think you spot something out of the ordinary, make sure you call your vet and book an appointment.

Because sausage dogs have rather large ears for dogs of their size it’s important that you focus on looking after them properly. If you don’t have the time to do it or you’d rather leave it up to the professionals, don’t hesitate to give us here at Shampooch a call. We offer a wide range of services from ear and pad cleaning to nail clipping, turbo drying and styling – all your dog’s needs catered for and you don’t even have to leave the house!

Improve Canine Care With The DogSync App

Longhair dachshund puppy lying down on the carpet.As a Norfolk dog grooming service, we here at Shampooch are always looking for ways to help make your life easier as a dog owner and we’ve just come across the DogSync app that could really help you look after your pooch and keep on top of it all.

If you and other members of your family share doggie responsibilities, it can be difficult to coordinate canine care and know who’s done what and when. With DogSync, you can organise everyone really effectively and designate various tasks to different people, from feeding to walking and even playtime.

We know how busy you all are with your day to day lives and it can be all too easy to say you’ll work late one evening and completely forget that it’s your turn to take care of the pup. If you use DogSync, you can easily arrange your work and dog life, so that no area of your life gets neglected.

“Made with love by a bunch of dog owners, DogSync is the best way to keep track of your dog’s care. Easily log what was done, communicate it to others or if you can’t do it yourself then ask for help from your pack,” the developers say.

Another app you might want to make use of is Tagg, a GPS attachment for your dog’s collar that can track your pup’s activity and let you know if it’s gone beyond the boundaries you’ve set. You can also measure movement so you know if your pooch is getting enough exercise.