Column: Swagger: What every pooch wants

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Commentary by Hal Bond

Hal Bond is president of The Range Pet Lodge offering grooming as well as boarding, day care and a wellness clinic. Visit RangePetLodge.com for more information or call Hal at 571-7777.

Hal Bond is president of The Range Pet Lodge offering grooming as well as boarding, day care and a wellness clinic. Visit RangePetLodge.com for more information or call Hal at 571-7777.

Not only does regular grooming keep up a pet’s level of cleanliness and appearance, it’s good for their health as well. By starting when your pet is three to six weeks old, you help them become accustomed to grooming as a natural part of pet life. By starting young, activities like beard grooming, ear cleaning and nail clipping are easily endured, and groomer and veterinarian visits are just a normal part of your pet’s life. Not something that causes stress or negative behavior at the mention of a visit.

The rule of thumb for professional grooming at least every four to six weeks, but some breeds require it weekly or biweekly. It all depends on your pet, your preferences and your time availability for home brushing.

Regular home brushing can help keep that swagger your pet loves. It’s one of our groomers’ No. 1 tips for pet parents. Brushing is beneficial in multiple ways:

  • Removes dead hair, dirt and dandruff
  • Brings out natural oils in pets fur for a healthy sheen
  • Helps control matted hair from forming
  • Allows for check of abnormalities such as dry patches, fleas or ticks
  • Gets your pet accustomed to being handled and gentle tugs on their beards, ears and tails.

By dedicating time at home for brushing and taking advantage of a professional groomer, you can help your pooch stand a little taller and feel better.

Seeking out a full-service groomer that provides a full gamut of services, from nail trims, baths and haircuts to paw treatments, scrubs and everything in between has numerous benefits for your pet. We like to say, “It helps pets get their swagger on!”


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