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Cool puppy shower ideas…

The little nips, the evolving barks and the quick tail wags are all part of the new member being welcomed into your family. But how about a puppy shower? Let’s make the whole environment really conducive for the little member to come, enjoy and make merry.

A pup deserves a warm welcome into your heavenly abode. So, here are a few tips which can truly make your shower an eventful success.

Do the shower before the puppy comes: While you’re planning the shower, it’s necessary to make sure that you plan the whole event well in advance. You can invite dog-friendly people and their dogs for the party. In case you want to bring the dog home first and then throw the party, you will need to make the necessary arrangements accordingly (though, it would be best if you do so after a good 10-15 days so that the puppy settles down with his new surroundings).

Puppy shower invitations: Let your creative juices flow and put some jazzy ideas to design cool puppy shower invitations. Let the invitees know what to expect in the shower party. You can even mention about the gifts you’re expecting and the kind of gifts the new family member would also fancy.

Decide the menu: Plan enough food and treats for the invitees – both humans and canine friends.

Take advice: Talk as much as you can. Share plenty of stories with your friends about their experiences with dogs and their canine friends. By doing so, not only do you get a chance to learn a lot about what to expect when the pup arrives, but also get to be a part of a great event. This will give you an inkling of what to do right and how to do it when you get the puppy home.

Games to play: Ever played pin the donkey? Well, let’s get creative and change the theme to pin the dog. Though, when you’re playing this, don’t end up pinning a real dog. A poster would do nicely. You can try and involve your human friends in a game of words and crosswords. Include a lot of dog-related words in the crosswords to make the game all the more interesting and innovative. For your dogs, you can always include some dog races and fetch games so that your canine friends do not feel left out of the family spirit.

Capture memories: Create as many memories as you can. Take photographs, record videos and make an excellent collection out of the whole event.

Gifts for the pup: Your pup thrives on love and care, he does not want expensive gifts. Here’s what you can gift your pup.

  • Puppy proof your house: Getting a pup into the house is just like bringing a newborn baby into the house. Protect all the sharp edges of tables, tie up the loose ends and simply dress up all the possible danger zones so that your new family member does not hurt himself unknowingly.
  • Share your precious time with him: Your adorable little pup wants nothing more from you but a bit of your time and see how he blossoms into a mature, well loved dog.
  • Consult your doctor for possible vaccinations: Make a list of all the possible vaccinations required and all the extra things you need to take care of to make sure he’s as healthy as a fiddle.

Now, it’s time to experience the real thing – bring home your bundle of joy!

Cool tools for fur brushing, By Ashita Mathew

Most pet parents are not sure what brushes are to be used to keep their dog’s coat healthy, and they complain that they brush every day but the shedding does not stop or the coat is matting and refuses to dematt. Here’s how to choose the right brush according to the coat of the dog.

You can mainly classify dog breed into three categories according to their coat: long-coated dogs, short & smooth-coated dogs and wire-haired dogs. Here’s how to select the right brushing tool for your pooch.

Pawfect brushes for long-coated dogs

The right brushes to be used for long coats are slicker brushes, which help to smooth theDog Grooming coat and also remove matts and tangles. Slicker brushes are typically made from very thin metal wire, and they are mounted on a soft foam or rubber mat. They can be square, rectangular, circular or oval in shape. They help to release dirt particles and loose hair from the animal allowing for a healthy, shiny coat. Care should be taken not to press the slicker brush on the coat of the dog as this may result in brush rashes and can also damage your dog’s skin. Do not use the slicker brush on the face and around the genital areas; instead use a plastic comb for the face and around private areas.

If the long-coated dog has no matts and is dirt free, then a pin brush can be used to remove the loose hair and to keep the coat from matting further.

Examples of long coated breeds are Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Cocker Spaniel, and Golden Retriever.

Pawfect brushes for short & smooth-coated dogs

Short-coated dogs also need regular brushing as they shed a lot of hair almost every day. The best tool to use for deshedding for short coats is a deshedding loop or sheddender (for example, furminator). These help to remove the loose hair from the dogs’ coat. Deshedding can be done once a week. A bristle brush can also be used to remove dirt and excess loose hair. Make sure you do not press into the skin as they can injure the dog. Also make sure you do not do the same area too many times as they can lead to brush rash. The deshedding tools should not be used around the genial areas or on the face.

Examples of short and smooth-coated breeds are Labrador Retriever, Beagle, Bassett Hounds, Great Danes, Boxers, etc.

Pawfect brushes for wire-haired dogs

A firm bristle brush combined with slicker brush can be used on a wire-haired dog. Bristle brushes are available with synthetic and natural bristles, with the natural bristles gentler and generally more effective on the dog’s coat. Again, make sure you do not use slicker on the face and private parts of the dog.

How often you should brush your dog’s hair?

Brushing your dog regularly helps in removing all the loose hair, helps in better blood circulation and a healthier coat. The frequency of brushing your dog depends on the length and texture of the dog’s coat. For short-haired dogs, you can brush once a week, while for a longer-coated dog you need to brush 2-3 times a week, especially during the shedding period. Long-haired dogs will mostly require brushing every day to avoid matts and knots in the coat.

Once brushing your dog becomes a routine, you will see the difference in the coat which will be healthy and clean, it also helps to bond with your pooch and soon he will look forward to brushing every day.

Happy brushing to all you pet parents!

(Ashita Mathew runs Wags & Wiggles Pet Salon & Spa in Bengaluru).

Keep your furry friend cool this summer

Summers can be testing time for your pooch. Here are few tips to keep your pooch cool this summer:

  • Keep her indoors during the sunny hours.sun
  • Take her for a walk early morning and late evenings when the weather is slightly cooler.
  • Give her lots of water to drink throughout the day.
  • Never leave her in the parked car as it becomes really hot and can be dangerous.
  • Watch out symptoms of heat stress such as heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, restlessness, etc.
  • If any of these symptoms occur, cool her body temperature.
  • Move her into a shaded or a cooler area.
  • Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck and chest.
  • Give her cool water to drink.
  • Consult your vet immediately.