Folks, the pet care industry is a vastly unregulated industry. And there are few laws on the books that actually protect animals' rights since in our system of justice animals are considered property. It is with that in mind that I want to bring to your attention that there are pet care businesses out there today that are still practicing archaic methods of dealing with behavioral issues with the animals in their care. There are people out there that feel it is ok to beat an animal to gain its compliance or correct it for undesired behavior in order to gain the respect of the animal (dog in most instances) as its pack leader. At least they feel it's ok when you're not there to witness your animal being beat. When an animal, dog, cowers because of a beating, that is not respect. It's fear. It's a breaking down of the animals', dogs', spirit. And I am not talking about the occasional light swat on the behind or nose with a finger or fingers as a means of correcting unwanted behavior. I am talking about backhanding, punching, or hitting with inanimate objects so hard as to knock a human to the floor or even cause injury. Unless an animal is attacking you to the point of threatening your life or limb, it is, in my opinion, totally uncalled for to treat someone's pet like that. As a student groomer I witnessed first hand these types of treatments at the hands of "pet care professionals". I was appalled and shocked. It is mind boggling that these "professionals" actually think that beating a dog is less stressful to the dog than using an industry standard gentle restraint temporarily. But they do. While working at my mentor shop, I was bitten by a dog I was grooming. That dog was reacting out of fear or pain or both when it bit me. And while the bite hurt and made me somewhat apprehensive, I did not hit that dog.
I want you to be aware of the practices that can go on out here. Whether you've been seeing your pet care professional 1 day or 10 years, you have a right to know and need to know what their practices are in dealing with behavioral problems. At Dog Gone Chic Pet Grooming, we have an open-door, or rather an open-window policy for any of our clients to stop by at any time to view what is going on with their pet. If a "pet care professional's" primary concern is not getting bit, they shouldn't be working with animals.
To all of my clients, currant and future, I encourage you all to increase the frequency of your visits to the shop. In saying that I don't mean you have to do a full groom on every visit. There are a variety of mini treatments that are very inexpensive that can be done more regularly to maintain your pet's groom. In taking advantage of these mini treatments, when your pet is here for its regular groom, they wont be in the shop as long, which will be less tiring on them. This is especially true on very young or elderly pets. In addition to that, these mini treatments will mean that the regular groom will be more perfected because time is not spent catching up on an overgrown coat.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~April 26, 2016 - Summer is upon us and with it come responsibilities to our pets that we need to be especially mindful of. First is keeping our pets adequately hydrated. Just like with people, water, fluids in general, is so important. I can't say that enough. I had incidences recently with both of my chihuahuas due to inadequate hydration. And that was during cool weather. How much worse it could have been had it been during the summer heat. I shutter to think. Secondly, is keeping them out of the hottest parts of the day. Dehydration, heat stroke, and a myriad of other concerns can occur if we don't shelter our pets from excessive