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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.

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.

Shampooch’s Essential Guide To Dog Nail Clipping

Labrador puppy pawsClipping your pet’s toe nails can be quite difficult and some dog owners can find it quite traumatic (which is where your Norwich dog groomer will really come in handy). However, if you’re determined to do it yourself, you need to read our guide to getting it right so it’s easy for you and not stressful for your pooch.

Many animals find nail clipping unpleasant, which is perhaps understanding. If you’re not careful, you can cause your pet quite a lot of discomfort if you twist the nail or cut it too short. This can also result in bleeding, so you need to proceed with caution.

Here are our top five tips for getting it right.

  1. Associate clipping with something pleasant. Always give your dog a treat after he’s had his nails clipped, starting off with one nail at a time. Then try and trim a few more before giving him another treat.

  2. Go slow. Take your time, especially if it’s the first time it’s been done. And make sure you talk to him quietly to soothe him if he gets distressed.

  3. Choose your trimmers wisely. There are different types available and you may find you work better with scissor-esque trimmers.

  4. Do your trimming in a quiet area to keep your dog calm.

  5. If you do cut too close to the quick and your dog bleeds, feed him a treat immediately and talk to him calmly and quietly to soothe him.

Talk to your local mobile dog groomer if you need any more advice.

Hair Care Regimes For Shih Tzus

If you’re lucky enough to have a Shih Tzu pup as your family pet, you probably already know that you’ll need to call on the most reliable dog grooming Norfolk has to offer more regularly than for other breeds as they can have quite long coats.

There’s nothing wrong with keeping your dog’s hair long, especially in winter months, but once you factor in how close these dogs are to the ground when they’re out on a walk, you’ve certainly got a recipe for mess. While getting a professional dog groomer in is all part and parcel of being a Shih Tzu owner, there are some tips and tricks you can use to look after your dog’s coat on a day-to-day basis.

First off, brush their hair. Yes Shih Tzus have hair, not fur – which means no moulting! So, much like your own, be sure to give it a brush AND a comb every day to get rid of knots and keep it looking healthy.

If your pup does get coated in mud or dirt, first off, try to dry them off as best you can with a towel. When the mud has fully dried, give them a comb to remove it – luckily Shih Tzus are pretty relaxed characters, so they shouldn’t mind too much.
Because of their long coat, Shih Tzus may benefit from some product when it comes to bath time – a dog conditioner and detangling spray may be a good investment – ask Shampooch for our recommendations on our next visit.
While you may prefer to leave the grooming to the professionals, Shih Tzus have a habit of having their facial hair grow over their eyes before you’ve even noticed. If you’ve got a steady hand and a calm dog, give them a quick trim every now and then, or if not, you can even use a hairband to tie back their hair for the short term!

Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer

German ShepherdThe summer months are a time when you have to focus on keeping your dog clean and well groomed, so speak to the best dog groomer Norwich has to offer with help in this regard

Other care issues you’ll have to face during the hotter months is making sure you don’t leave your dog in a hot car, which can kill them. You need to make doubly sure you don’t do this in a heat wave.

To make sure they stay cool you need to give the dog access to cool water at all times, and also shade. Make sure they are able to access a cooler part of the house or garden to cool off.

You also need to make sure they don’t exhaust themselves when out on a walk so check for excessive panting.

Read more on dealing with dogs with heat stroke on the RSPCA website and also about what to do if you see a dog in a car.

Sweating and heat can make their coat dirty and smelly so consider washing them more frequently than normal. High grass, seeds and pollen can also get caught in their coats and cause matting so ensure you keep on top of this.

Long-haired dogs are at particular risk of matting but you need to brush all dogs from time to time. ‘Fluffy’ breeds may require brushing daily to keep on top of matting.

Unfortunately, if your dog’s coat has ended up matted you may need to consider taking them in for a trim to remove any clumps of hair.  

 

Looking After Your Labrador

Labrador pawsGetting a new dog is a very exciting time but you need to have done your research into the breed and know what will be expected of you with regards to care and grooming. If you’re getting a new Labrador, don’t forget to chat to your Attleborough dog groomers to get their advice.

What you will probably find almost straight away is that your new puppy absolutely loves mud. Labradors adore running around outside and getting dirty, so you’ll spend quite a lot of your time as a new dog-owner giving them a bath. Use shampoo if your dog is particularly filthy and give your local mobile dog groomer a call if you simply cannot get them clean no matter how hard you try!

If you’re bathing him yourself, keep a few large towels handy as Labs are quite big and could take some towelling down. Their coat is very waterproof so it can be hard to get them clean and you’ll find that your towels get soaked pretty quickly. If your dog doesn’t mind, hurry the drying process up using your hairdryer but take care not to burn your pup or let his coat overheat.

Labradors also moult a lot so keep a bristle body brush handy to give him a good once-over every day if you’ve got the time. Regular trips to the dog grooming salon will help keep your pet’s coat in excellent condition and give you a break from all the brushing as well!

Got any tips for Labrador grooming of your own? Share them in the comments below.

How To Remove A Tick

red sausage dogWith dog owners now being advised that the population of disease-ridden ticks in the UK is climbing, it’s time to make sure you know how best to remove these little pests from your canine companion so they don’t come down with any nasty illnesses. Follow our guide here but also make sure you talk to your local Norfolk mobile dog groomers for further advice.

Check every day

If your dog spends a lot of time out of doors, then you need to make sure that you check for ticks on a daily basis. You can use tick repellent if it puts your mind at ease but remember that they’re not 100 per cent effective. It only takes up to 48 hours for a tick to transmit an infection to your dog, so make sure all bugs are removed quickly and properly.

How to check

Run your fingers over your dog’s entire body to find any bumps. Check between your dog’s toes, in his armpits, the inside of his ears and around his chin and face as well.

Removing a tick

Use a pair of gloves since ticks can transmit diseases to humans as well as dogs. With a pair of tweezers, grab the tick as close to the skin of your dog as you can but taking care not to pinch your pet! Pull straight out in a steady motion to ensure you’ve removed the whole tick. Alternatively, you can use a tick remover – press it against your dog’s skin near the tick, slide the notch underneath the parasite and continue until the tick is in the smaller end of the notch and pulled off your dog.

How To Get Rid Of Fleas

Norfolk mobile dog groomerFleas can make your pet’s life completely miserable, so talk to your local Norfolk mobile dog groomer about how best to prevent them and what to do if your pooch does happen to get a nasty case of the itches. Here are a couple of tips from us here at Shampooch to help you in the meantime.

Bear in mind that while you might have treated your pet, you could still have a flea problem. Fleas can live for months without a host so you need to make sure that you treat your house as well as your animals to really tackle the situation head on.

Clean your skirting boards, floors, furniture and bedding on a regular basis, which will help to destroy any remaining fleas and throw the dustbag in your vacuum cleaner out so you know you’ve properly disposed of them.

When it comes to treating the fleas on your dog or cat, make sure that you only use a treatment that has been recommended for it, or that has been prescribed by your vet. Not only can fleas make your pet incredibly itchy, they can also suffer allergic reactions as a result or if your dog is frail or very young, they could potentially die from blood loss as the fleas feed on them.

You could also leave your dog open to the risk of tapeworm if you don’t treat their fleas and keep your house clean. If, for example, your pet eats flea larvae that has tapeworm eggs inside, they can then come down with worms as well as fleas.

Pekingese: Easy To Care For!

PekingeseIf you’re looking for a pup that’s easy to look after and quite low maintenance, chat to your local Norwich dog groomer – they’ll tell you just how simple it is to care for a Pekingese.

They’re pretty laid back where dogs are concerned, don’t do a lot of drooling and need under 20 minutes of exercise a day (although we’re sure they’d appreciate going for longer walks on the odd occasion). They might snore a bit, but they’re not that big on barking, so if you’re after an apartment dog a Pekingese would be a great choice.

However, as your qualified dog groomer will certainly tell you, they do require quite a lot of brushing on a daily basis. The majority have shorter coats but make sure you focus on grooming each and every day. You’ll have to make sure that their faces are kept clean as well, particularly around the wrinkles on their noses. If you don’t feel comfortable or confident in your dog grooming abilities, call your local mobile service for help. They’ll know what to do.

Remember, however, that Pekingese do need to be around people a lot of the time in order to be happy little dogs. They love attention and won’t put up with being ignored for long, so if you’re going to be out a lot at work or otherwise, it might be worth looking at the benefits of other breeds. If you have children, don’t worry as these dogs get on well with older kids.

Caring For Great Danes: Top Tips

dog groomer NorwichBuying a dog the size of a Great Dane is not something that should be undertaken lightly – they can grow up to 34” tall and can weigh up to 200 pounds, so you need to know what you’re getting yourself into before you make any life-changing puppy purchasing decisions. Have a chat with the best dog groomer Norwich has to offer if you need a bit of advice.

When it comes to grooming, you should make regular appointments with your local mobile doggy salon and have your pup’s nails clipped and ears cleaned every four to eight weeks. Because of the size of these pooches, you’ll probably struggle to give them a bath yourself, but a professional dog groomer will know how to handle big animals so don’t worry too much if you can’t do it on your own.

Exercise is of course very important for these dogs – in their first year, monitor their exercise closely because their bones are still growing and you don’t want them to injure themselves, but once they’re fully grown long walks are an absolute must. Just remember that the more you exercise them, the more they’ll need to eat… and these are very big dogs so that’s a very big tummy to fill!

Talking of food, portion control is very important. Don’t free feed your Great Dane, as it could overeat and become more sluggish and lethargic, which nobody wants to happen. Looking after a Great Dane is a big commitment but they are wonderful friendly dogs and would make a lovely addition to your family.