Stop your dog from been smelly

Smelly dogs are never fun to be around, no matter how cute. This page will teach you how to get rid of your dog’s bad smell so you can once again enjoy their company!

== Steps ==
 Bring your dog to the veterinarian (you should already have 6-month checkups). The vet should tell you whether or not your dog’s smell has to do with him or her being sick. If he tells you your dog isn’t sick, try the following:

=== Bathing ===
Buy some dog shampoo (conditioner is optional depending on the type of coat). See if you can find one that is formulated to get rid of smell rather than simply try to cover it up.
Wet your dog completely starting from the top of the head to the end of the tail.
Squirt some shampoo into your hands. Start to lather from the top of your dog’s neck to the end of its tail. Shampoo the outside of the ears, the legs, the chest, belly, featherings (if any), and the rest of the body. Be careful to avoid your dog’s eyes.
 Rinse the shampoo out of the coat.
 Repeat this process for conditioner, if you choose.
 Let your dog shake the water off. Then, using either a dog drier or a towel, dry your dog
=== Grooming ===
 Clean your dog’s ears to avoid wax buildup. Very dirty ears may be red or swollen, and may attract ear mites.
* Buy either ear wipes or ear cleanser (i.e. Oxyfresh Pet Ear Cleaner)
* Wipe the ear where wax is evident (generally a dark brown color) and through the different crevasses in the ear.
*Squirt the solution in the dog’s ear and rub the ear in a circular motion.
*Take a cotton ball, place it right under the ear flap, and tip your dog’s head toward it. The solution will be absorbed by the cotton ball.
*Take a clean cotton ball and gently wipe away the remaining solution.
 Make sure your dog has good dental hygiene. Bad teeth lead to bad breath!
* Find a dog toothbrush suitable for the size of your dog’s mouth.  You can buy these at any pet store, in pet catalogs (such as Doctor’s Foster and Smith), or from your veterinarian.
* Squirt a pea-sized amount of dog toothpaste on the toothbrush.
* Gently move your dog’s lip upward so you can see its teeth.
* Brush all the teeth inside the mouth for about one minute. Be sure to get both sides of each tooth.
* Repeat at least twice a week.
 Buy some mildly scented doggie cologne squirt your pooch a couple times for a short-term fix.

=== Bedding ===
 Place all cloth bedding, crate bumpers, and crate covers in the washing machine. Wash on cold. Be careful when adding fabric softeners, as they may irritate your dog’s skin.
 Transfer items to the drier (set on low heat), or set them out to air dry.
 Rinse your dog crate or pet cot off with a hose. If it is really dirty, scrub it out using a sponge or toothbrush and mild biodegradable dish-soap.
 Repeat weekly or biweekly depending on your situation.

=== Other ===
 Try switching to a [[Make Your Own Dog Food| homemade diet]]. Some manufactured dog foods may cause your dog to pass gas, have bad breath, or have a dull and smelly coat.
# Have a groomer or a vet show you how to empty your dog’s anal glads.

== Tips ==
*For dog beds with removable covers, try slipping some lavender buds between the cover and bed for a clean, fresh scent. Doing so may also have a calming effect on your dog!

== Warnings ==
*Avoid feeding your dog: chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, tomatoes, avocados, nuts, and foods containing caffeine! These can be harmful and poisonous to your dog.
*Make sure you have professional help when first cleaning your dog’s anal glands. Mistakes can lead to serious infections.

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10 Easy Steps to Care for a Dog

==10 Easy Steps to Care for a Dog  ==

1 Develop a feeding routine. A good diet keeps a dog healthy and energetic, making his coat and eyes shine. Most people feed their dogs once a day and typically in the morning. If your dog has digestive problems, is very young or very old, you should feed several times a day in small amounts. Consult your veterinarian about feeding amounts, daily nutrition, and weight management

2 Feed treats in moderation. It is expensive, yes, but better for your dog if you give him bits of cooked chicken, beef, or liver as treats. Treats should be given during training and should be things your dog will go gaga over, like the above meats or bits of a hot dog. Store bought treats are ok but not quite as desirable. Never use actual dog food as treats — that’s no fun for your dog! Give him some motivation in his training so he can learn quickly. Keep him guessing. First, use a hot dog, then maybe a piece of cheese. Now he’ll be wondering, “Hmm…what’s next? I hope it’s chicken!”

3 Know what foods are harmful to dogs. Never feed your dog chocolate, because this can be fatal. Poultry bones, from turkey, chicken, etc., are very dangerous. They can splinter or tear holes in a dog’s intesines and kill him. Don’t offer any fried food, for the fat intake is too high for canines. Opt to only cook by poaching and steaming. Never give a dog raw meat; you never know if it is contaminated or not. Don’t feed milk, cake, sweets, candy, onions, or grapes to your dog, or anything that contains these. Onions are in almost everything, so you should be very choosy about what you give your dog.

4 Supply clean, fresh water 24/7. |Clean water is essential.]]Your dog should never be without water, no matter what time or season. The water should be clean, clear and fresh. Once a month, scrub the water bowl clean with mild soap and warm water. Water should be located next to the food bowl and should be of easy access for your dog. If your dog spends time outside often, there should be an outside water dish available as well. Check water once or twice a day in winter and up to three times a day in the heat of summer.

5 Provide toys for your dog. Dogs — especially puppies — love to chew. If they are not supplied with dog-safe toys, they will end up chewing anything they can — that means your shoes and furniture! If you aren’t sure about a toy’s safety, ask your veterinarian.

6 Take your dog to the vet for regular check-ups. These are to ensure that there are no underlying problems that you may be unaware of. If your dog is sick, injured, or seemingly “out of the loop”, contact your veterinarian right away.

7 Read all you can about dogs. A great book on dog care and basic obedience training is “It’s Me or the Dog” by world-renowned British dog trainer Victoria Stillwell. If your dog has some bad habits, catch Stillwell’s television show “It’s Me or the Dog” on Animal Planet.

8 Brush your dog regularly. This is not only a great way to bond with your dog, but it also circulates the blood, massages the skin, and gets rid of excess hair. Be gentle and find a brush that is kind to your dog’s skin. Brush down the back, chest, and gently on the stomach, legs, and neck. Brushing promotes a healthy, shiny coat.
9 Play with your dog and talk it for walks. A healthy dog is a happy dog, and excercise plays a major role in canine health. Make it fun for both of you!
10 Train your dog to do some basic tricks or obedience training. Not only will this reinforce good behavior, it will also connect pathways in your dog’s brain. The more you train, the more connections are made, thus the more your dog is able to learn.
11 Don’t let your dog sleep on your bed. By assigning them a comfortable mat or dog bed to sleep on, you are maintaining your position as alpha, boss, and “top dog”. Your dog will probably want to sleep in the same room as you, and this is fine. Don’t simply allow him to come to bed whenever he wants. Teach him that his bed is his alone and is meant to be slept on by saying “bedtime!” in a happy yet calm voice whenever you go to bed. He should follow you, and if he doesn’t, gently bring him onto his bed, tell him “bedtime”, “lie down”, or “down” and wait until he lies down on his bed. Say, “Goodboy!”, give him a pat, and go to bed. If he gets up to follow you, repeat the steps, this time, saying “stay” as well, if he knows this command. In a week or so he should recognize that he goes to be when you do.

Dog Grooming in Stoke on Trent

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Dog Grooming in Stoke on Trent.

Dog Grooming – It’s Not Just for Poodles Anymore

Dog grooming is not simply an aesthetic bonus for our canine friends. Maintaining a regular grooming schedule will help to keep your dog both happy and healthy. Routine dog grooming will ensure that your dog is free of parasites, has healthy skin and a shiny coat, and has good dental health. Of course, the aesthetic benefits are also a plus. Only a true dog lover wants to be around a dirty, stinky dog with bad breath. Proper dog grooming will bring out the best in man’s best friend.
What’s Involved in Dog Grooming?
While dog grooming can be performed at home, the best results can be achieved via a professional dog groomer. A thorough dog grooming session takes care of all the hygienic needs of your dog. The grooming process generally takes a hour or two to accomplish, but the results are well worth the time spent. A typical dog grooming session consists of the following treatments for your dog:

How Often Should Dog Grooming Take Place?
The frequency with which your should groom your dog is dependent on the breed and coat quality of your dog. Some breeds are considered high maintenance in terms of dog grooming, while others need only periodic care. Before you purchase or adopt a dog, it’s a good idea to find out how much grooming it will require. A basic guide to dog grooming by coat type is as follows:

  • Curly-Coated – Dogs such as Poodles have a dense and curly coat that is fairly resistant to water. These dogs will require dog grooming at least once every two months, or six times a year.
  • Short-Coated – Dogs with short dense coats, such as Corgis and Boxers need a weekly brushing, but do not need to be bathed more than once or twice a year unless a problem arises.
  • Long-Coated – Long coated dogs, such as Collies and Sheepdogs, require a daily brushing to keep their coats in good condition. Additional dog grooming including regular bathing, should be administered once every other month.
  • Silky-Coated – Afghans, Cocker Spaniels and Pekinese dogs belong to the silky coated dog group. These dogs require daily brushing and a thorough dog grooming session four times a year.
  • Wire-Coated – Wire coated dogs require considerable dog grooming. Dogs such as Terriers and Schnauzers should be bathed every three months and have their coat clipped every six to eight weeks.

Whatever type of dog you own, it’s important to see that proper grooming is maintained for the health and happiness of your canine companion.

By: Paolo Basauri