How To Groom Your Dog At Home?

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Far from pet spas and vets, you can very well groom your dog at home. Grooming your dogs at home can actually lower stress levels and reduce blood pressure for both you and puppy.  Not only does grooming ensure a relaxed human-canine bonding time, but it also helps address problems ranging from ticks and skin conditions to ears and eyes.

Before you groom your dog, checklist:

  • Check when your dog is calm – post walk or a play session. Look for a spot where she won’t be easily distracted.
  • Calm your dog by petting all over her body. Gently massage the tails, paws, tummy and ears.
  • Keep a brush, comb, shampoo and other toiletries handy. Also, patience!

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Groom your dog at home

A. Brushing

Regular brushing is great for your dog as it removes dead hair, grass, dirt and prevents matting. Brushing helps distribute the natural oils for a healthy fur coat and stimulates the blood supply to the skin.

How often?  
You should brush your dog once or twice a week.

How to get started?
Get a brush apt for your dog’s fur coat. Praise your dog as he sits through the brushing and he’ll more than love the gentle massaging sensation. Apply the anti-fungal Scavon Vet Spray by Himalaya for effectively treating fungal infections, in case of any.

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Keep your dog’s face free of long hair that can irritate the eyes. ~featuring Peru, Image courtesy Virginia

B. Bathing

Not only does a bath helps removing dirt, old fur and oil from your dog’s skin, it also gives you an opportunity to examine your dog for any skin conditions or parasites.

How often must you bathe your dog?  
Once every two to four months. Bathing her too frequently will dry out her skin and strip the natural oils from her coat.

How to get started?  

  • Gently lather the shampoo all over your dog’s body. We recommend using Himalaya Erina EP. as it controls external parasites like ticks, fleas and lice in pets)
  • Be careful as to keep the shampoo from getting into your dog’s ears, eyes and nose.
  • Once the shampoo has been completely rinsed off, use Erina Plus conditioner to improve the overall appearance of your pet’s coat.

C. Nails

Nails should be checked and clipped approximately every two weeks else they may curl up and pinch your dog’s paws.

How to get started? 
Get your dog used to having her feet touched before you attempt a nail trim. Rub your hand up and down her leg and then gently press each individual toe-and be sure to give her lots of praise and some food treats as you do this.

D. Ears

To prevent ear infections, it is necessary that you keep the inside surfaces of your dog’s ears clean.

How often?
Clean your dog’s ears about once a week.

How to get started?
Use a cotton ball with ear cleaning solution, or you can use a baby wipe wrapped around your finger. Please don’t use water as it doesn’t evaporate very easily and may enter the ear canal.

E. Teeth

Like humans, dogs too can suffer from cavities, gum disease, tartar buildup etc.

How often?
Clean your dog’s teeth two to three times per week.

How to get started?
A toothbrush designed for dogs would serve the purpose just fine along with baking soda or water.

We hope you’ll try some of these tips to groom your dog at home. Here’s wrapping up with the most important tip of them all – remember to praise your dog and offer him a delicious treat when the session is finished!

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How Arctic Foxes Grow Their Own Beautiful Gardens?

Arctic Foxes Grow Their Own Beautiful Gardens
An Arctic fox appears at the entrance of its den in Alaska

What do you think of when you hear Alaska?

Pristine white landscapes, the bears, Northern Lights, Into the Wild or even Sarah Palin… we get the picture. But gardens?

Welcome to Arctic Alaska, where the foxes aren’t just endearingly cute, but they are also nature’s best gardeners.

In an otherwise bleak & brown summer landscape, Arctic foxes have been found to add a dash of yellow to break the melancholic monotony. These wildflower gardens present such a stark contrast on the tundra that scientists who recently published the first scientific study on the dens have dubbed the foxes “ecosystem engineers.”

How Arctic Foxes Grow Their Own Beautiful Gardens?

With temperatures dipping to sub-zero, these Arctic foxes have only one way to take shelter and protect their cubs from harsh winters — by digging their dens underground.

The foxes deposit high amounts of nutrients in and around their dens, a combination of urination, defecation, and leftover kills. This leads to vibrant yellow wildflowers popping up from their dens, coloring the otherwise gray landscape.

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Such picturesque dens occur throughout the Arctic and they help the eco-system by creating a greater plant diversity from which herbivores can benefit during short summers.

Take a cue from these furry foxes, how about kick-starting a brand new week by planting a sapling at home or getting an indoor plant for your desk?

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