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Brush Up on Your Dog's Coat Type

Before you invest in a brush, comb or other grooming tool, you'll want to know your dog's coat type. Find your pup's breed below, or if he is a mixed breed, find the breed you believe is most dominant.  Flat-coated: Dalmatians, Greyhounds, Staffordshire Terriers, Boxers, Pointers and Miniature Pinschers all have this short, tight flat coat. Short-coated: Labradors, Beagles, Rottweilers, Cattle Dogs & Read more �

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Types of Brushes and Their Uses

There are many grooming tools on the market and each one is specifically designed to suit the needs of all dog coat types from combination to silky and curly. This guide will help you determine which tool is right for your dog's coat type. There are many grooming tools on the market and each one is specifically designed to suit the & Read more �

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Brushing Tips to Get a Beautiful Coat

Brushing removes dead hair from the coat before it mats, stimulates the skin and evenly distributes the natural oils over the coat. This allows the individual hairs to lie more smoothly, look shinier and repel dirt. Try to spend just a few minutes every day or so brushing the coat instead of waiting until the coat is tangled then trying & Read more �

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Preventing Flea Infestation on Your Dog

All dog owners have to combat fleas at one time or another. Even very clean, pampered dogs get fleas. All dog owners have to combat fleas at one time or another. Even very clean, pampered dogs get fleas. Suppose an adult flea jumps onto your dog when it's outside. Since a flea is a parasite, it lives off of your dog's & Read more �

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Flea Biology and Consequences

The most common flea to infest dogs is Ctenocephalides felis, the cat flea. The flea life cycle begins with the adult female flea living on the dog's skin. She bites the dog, lays her eggs, and these eggs drop off the dog into the environment. Eggs hatch in 1 to 10 days (depending on environmental conditions) into free-living larvae. These & Read more �

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Preventing Dental Disease

Dental plaque, which is composed of bacteria, saliva and cellular debris, builds up on the enamel of the teeth. When plaque accumulates with food particles, it becomes hard, thick and yellow -- or calcified -- and is called tartar.  Dental plaque, which is composed of bacteria, saliva and cellular debris, builds up on the enamel of the teeth. When plaque & Read more �

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Which Working Dog is Right for You?

In today's modern and mechanized world, most domestic canines function primarily as pets. But all domestic dogs were once bred to fulfill some need of mankind, and there are many breeds whose original duty was to serve in a working capacity. In every country specific breeds were used as guardians, draft dogs and hunters. Even now there are dogs that & Read more �

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Flea & Tick Dog Products Comparison

Even very clean, pampered dogs can get fleas and ticks if pet parents don't stay on top of certain preventative steps. These preventative steps seek to minimize or eliminate a dog's chance of being a feeding ground for pesky fleas and ticks and include: Even very clean, pampered dogs can get fleas and ticks if pet parents don't stay on top & Read more �

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Your Dog's Coat: To Shave Or Not To Shave?

Dog fanciers all have their own opinions on shaving, but the decision to shave your pet's coat is your own. Dog fanciers all have their own opinions on shaving, but the decision to shave your pet's coat is your own. There are certainly benefits. Your dog may feel cooler or more comfortable without all that hair, but it will depend on your & Read more �

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Fur Flying? Tips To Curb Shedding And Keep Your Home Clean

If you are noticing a lot of dog or cat hair building up on your sofa and carpet, chances are it’s time to shed out winter coats. But shedding can be an issue year-round not to mention muddy paws.   A good grooming routine will help keep your house a lot cleaner year-round and make Fido or Milo look and feel better & Read more �

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Getting the Mats Out of Your Dog's Coat

I brush my dog's coat. Why do I still have problems with mats? What tools should I use to get the mats out of my dog's coat? What should I do if I can't get the mat out? Should I have my dog shaved rather than try to brush the mats out? I've heard that when you shave a dog, & Read more �

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Tools for Trimming Your Dog's Coat

If you plan to trim the hair on your dog's coat, using the right tools will make all the difference in achieving the look you want. Clippers If you plan to trim the hair on your puppy's coat, using the right tools will make all the difference in achieving the look you want. Clippers A clipper has a large variety of blades & Read more �

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Are Ticks Ticking Off Your Pets?

The tick, a relative of the spider, is a common external parasite. Ticks carry a number of diseases including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They can cause serious health problems for both you and your pets. Tick infestations can be controlled with available products using an integrated program focusing on your pet, your home and yard. A Little & Read more �

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How to Clip Your Dog's Nails

Don't let the fear of hurting your dog keep you from taking good care of her feet and nails. Clipping her nails will be as easy as clipping your own nails once you learn how it's done. All dogs need proper foot and nail care. Nails that are not kept short will grow too long and become irritating and painful & Read more �

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Do I Really Need to Brush My Dog's Teeth?

As a responsible pet owner, you owe it to your pet to take her dental care seriously, both professionally and at home. If you start as early as possible in your dog's life getting her accustomed to having her mouth handled, then dental care should be as easy as feeding her. Periodontal disease: the number one health problem Do you & Read more �

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How to Control Shedding

You can't stop shedding completely, but you can help to control it before it ends up all over your house. The key to controlling shedding is daily brushing and combing, which not only helps to remove dead hair, but keeps your dog's coat and skin in top condition. You can't stop shedding completely, but you can help to control it & Read more �

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The Beginner's Guide to Bathing Your Dog

Keeping your dog clean is part of keeping him healthy. If you choose to bathe your dog at home yourself, here are some tips to help make the job easier. Should I brush my dog first?  Keeping your dog clean is part of keeping him healthy. If you choose to bathe your dog at home yourself, here are some tips to help make the & Read more �

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Dog Grooming Tools: Using the Right Tool for the Job

Why is brushing and combing so important? Brushing on a regular basis removes loose hair and keeps the skin clean. This reduces the chance of getting any skin diseases or parasites. Natural oils are more evenly distributed over the coat, which allow individual hairs to lie more smoothly and look shinier. For longhaired and double-coated breeds, brushing will remove dead & Read more �

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How Do I Clean my Dog's Ears?

Checking your dog's ears is part of a regular grooming routine. You should check your dog's ears on a weekly basis. You want to make sure there is no inflammation, nasty odor, or redness around the ear flaps. If you suspect inflammation, take your dog to the vet. You can clean the excess dirt with a cotton ball moistened with & Read more �

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Dog Grooming Tips

Grooming your dog accomplishes much more than just making your pet's coat look nice and shiny. It will provide you with the opportunity to spend some "quality time" with your dog. Grooming your dog accomplishes much more than just making your pet's coat look nice and shiny. It will provide you with the opportunity to spend some "quality time" with your & Read more �

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Dog Grooming Q&A

How often should I bathe my dog? There's nothing like a nice bath to get your dog clean and fresh. Just remember that bathing too often can cause dry skin and dandruff, so keep it to no more than once a week. Also, remember that your dog's skin has a different pH than yours, so use a shampoo that's made & Read more �

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The Big 3: Bathing, Brushing and Nail Trimming Your Dog

Brushing Regular brushing removes dead hair from the coat before it mats, stimulates the skin and helps distribute the natural oils, producing a healthy, shiny coat. Begin brushing at the head, working toward the tail and down the legs. Always brush in the direction of hair growth. Pay particular attention to the legs and flanks, and areas that easily mat. & Read more �

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