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Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Don’t Make These Common Dog Brushing Mistakes

Brushing your dog might seem simple enough, but if your dog isn’t brushed properly, you will leave your dog open to several problems. Ideally, you should take your dog to a groomer periodically. But if you’d like to save money or only have time to groom your dog yourself, you will need to avoid these mistakes.   

Not Brushing Short-Haired Dogs

Pet owners usually know that they need to brush the hair of long-haired dogs, but they may not take the time to brush a short-haired dog. However, doing so can also have benefits because brushing will make it easier for you to inspect your dog for fleas, ticks, bumps and other concerns. Brushing will also remove dirt, loose fur and other contaminants. Brushing your dog more frequently also helps improve fur growth.

Not Training Your Dog

If you are concerned about whether your dog will behave itself as you are brushing, make sure that you begin grooming your dog as early as possible. The younger your dog, the more easily accustomed to grooming it will be. Make sure that your dog does not decide when the grooming session is over by misbehaving. If your dog learns that it can misbehave to bring the grooming session to a close, your dog will learn to behave this way in the future.

Letting Your Dog Become Matted

Continue to brush your dog consistently because you will not want to give your dog an opportunity to forget what it has learned. Also, if your dog’s fur becomes tangled and matted, your dog will experience more pain when you try to brush it. If you have to cut out your dog’s mats, you will compromise its insulation, making your dog colder. Fortunately, you can prevent mats in the first place by brushing your dog’s fur before it walks through the rain or takes a bath since brushing will remove dead fur. You should also brush after bathing your dog to further remove tangles.

Not Brushing in the Winter

Many pet owners believe that they do not need to brush their dogs in the winter. However, the longer hair does not usually do enough to keep your dog warm, so you might as well continue brushing your dog.

Not Brushing Everywhere

It is best to go to a local dog groomer (such as one from Hickman Creek Kennel). You will need to do a thorough job brushing every part of your dog’s body, not just the top and sides. Make sure that you are gentle around the belly, eyes, ears and nose.

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Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Three Simple Ways To Keep Skunks Out Of Your Yard

Having skunks in your yard can pose a major problem beyond their potent smell. Sure, you don’t want these pesky critters encountering your family pet during a late-night bathroom break, but skunks can also wreak havoc on your lawn and garden. Your best bet upon seeing evidence of skunks in your yard is to call an experienced animal control specialist, but if you’ve got a day or two before the person can visit your home, it’s possible to take matters into your own hands. You don’t want to tangle with skunks on your own — a few simple strategies, however, can discourage these animals from taking up residence on your property.


The nocturnal nature of skunks means that they aren’t fond of bright lights. At the very least, leave your exterior lights on for a few nights in an attempt to push the skunks to another part of your neighborhood. If you’re concerned about running up your electricity bill, consider installing motion-activated lights in your backyard that will illuminate your lawn and garden. They’ll remain turned off until an animal triggers them and the sudden brightness can be enough to discourage skunks from sticking around.

Food Sources

Skunks love your garden because it provides a virtual supermarket of food to eat. Make a point of harvesting your vegetables and fruit daily; you don’t have to remove each piece of food off the plant, but the fewer that remain to tempt the skunks, the less likely they’ll be to hang out in your yard. When something falls off the plant and spoils, don’t just leave it in the garden to decompose. Instead, pick it up and throw it in your garbage to avoid the sweet, rotten scent from enticing the skunks. Another way to prevent the skunks from feasting in your garden is to fence it in. While this approach takes a little work, it doesn’t have to be expensive — some simple garden stakes and a roll of fence wire can pose enough of a deterrent.


Just as you aren’t fond of the smell of skunks, these animals also find certain odors distasteful. Check where you’ve seen evidence of skunk behavior and then place certain substances in these areas as a deterrent. A rag soaked in ammonia is ideal if a skunk has been interested in your garbage or compost bin, while a homemade solution of water and hot peppers — or a commercially available hot pepper spray — around your garden can be effective. To find out more, speak with a business like Animal Control Specialists Inc.

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