A solution to the smelly damp winter dog.


 It is winter again and already the mornings are pretty cold, according to my dogs who stay in bed while I get up to get my morning cup of tea. The last week here on the mid north coast it has been about 5 or 6 degrees Celsius each morning. There has also been a lot of rain which is unusual for our winter months. Now that is great news if you are into cold weather but not if you are getting older like me and prefer sunshine and warmth and can’t wait for the days to get longer and spring to return.

     One of the things that most of us think of doing on these cold winter mornings is to jump into a nice warm shower or bath. Stay under it way longer than is recommended for our power bills and let the warm water take away our aches and pains as it heats up our muscles and joints. Even better would be to find a nice indoor spa with water heated to the right temperature and about ohhh I don’t know 50 or so jets plus of course a nice glass of my favorite chardonnay and……… opps sorry just off day dreaming there for a bit…….
       What has all this got to do with our pets I can hear you all saying!
      Professional groomers know that their business drops off dramatically in winter. Mobile hydrobath operators are used to having people ring up and cancel because it is just too cold or wet to bath their dog. Those pet owners who normally give their canine companions a bath using the hose or in the laundry tub just let them stay smelly as they figure a cold water bath and a damp for hours dog is not a good mix in winter.
But what does that do to the dogs and is it fair to deprive dogs of those wonderful warm baths that we find so beneficial in these cold months?
What does it mean in terms of keeping longer coats in tip top condition and preventing skin and coat issues from occurring?
Wouldn’t older arthritic dogs with aching muscles and joints find the canine equivalent of a spa with water heated just right and about 50 odd jets massaging those sore spots wonderful on these cold winter days? Might it mean they are able to move around better?
     Having decided that a nice warm bath followed by a blow dry with a lovely dryer pumping out air at just the right temperature. Then receiving back a lovely clean and fresh dry pet with a groomed out coat and a check that the skin is healthy would be very beneficial to our best friend and just what your canine companion is asking for. How do I get that you ask?
     That’s such an easy answer. All you need to do is find the nearest professional certified dog groomer or stylist in your area. They can be a mobile or salon service just so long as they can say yes when you ask,
                     “Do you use heated water and do you use a heated stand dryer or high velocity dryer?”
       Make a booking today your canine friend with love you for it.
Until next week………….
Stay safe and remember to Kiss the dog, hug the cat and tell your goldfish you love them
Regards Louise 
Louise Kerr (aka The Pet Care Magician) is the owner of Elite Pet Care & Education based in the Nambucca Valley NSW Australia. She consults and writes widely on a range of pet care issues including feeding, training and grooming dogs and cats. Her online pet care  magic club deals with common pet behaviour, training, feeding and grooming issues such as barking, escaping, scratching, aggression and fleas. Pet care professionals are trained to handle customer issues by the provision of up to date programs to differentiate their pet care business from other competitors.
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Posted on June 16, 2012, in Grooming, Mobile & Salon Groomers, Pet Guardians and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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