Alec’s Training Tip of the Month
We hope everyone is enjoying a terrific summer with your four-legged friends! If you're walking your dog in the early morning and late evening to beat the heat (and we know you are) be sure to not let your dog pull on the leash and constrict their own airway. More and more dogs are presenting to vets with a condition called Tracheal Collapse. This condition can be created by long term leash straining, and can seriously compromise your dog’s airway. If you are concerned about your dog's inability to walk in a "heel" position with a loose leash we recommend you practice randomly walking in the opposite direction of your intended walk to get your dog’s attention and to require them to learn to stay with you. This exercise is useful if applied correctly to ultimately ending the constant nature of the "strained" walk. If you want to be sure to fully understand this technique be sure to sign up for our group class or schedule a one-hour private session with our trainers.
Diane’s Grooming Tip of the Month
What type of shampoo is best for your dog’s face? Puppy shampoo, that is non-stinging on the eyes, is recommended. Puppy shampoo can be applied directly onto the face and gently massaged into the fur with care taken around the eyes and ears. The gentlest method is to apply a little puppy shampoo to a damp washcloth or other soft cloth, massage over the dog’s face and earflaps, being careful not to rub the dog’s eyes, rinse the cloth out well, then fill the cloth with water to gently rinse the dog’s face and ear flaps thoroughly.