Category Archives: Dogs

How to Prepare Your Puppy for a Spa Day

How to Prepare Your Puppy for a Spa Day

Getting a Puppy Ready for the GroomerWhen dogs are young, their first time being groomed is a totally new experience for them. The older they get, the more times they will have been groomed and the more familiar they’ll be with their “spa day.”

Do you have a puppy who has yet to visit a groomer for their first “spa day?” Then this article will help you prepare them for that…

Get Them Used to Human Interaction

First things first– start handling your puppy as much as possible so they get used to the touch of human hands and hands-on interaction. Touch everything on your puppy– from the nose to the tail, as well as paws, ears and even their teeth. Be gentle and show them love while doing this by offering them kind words and yummy treats. By the way, it’s a good idea to have other humans handle your puppy too, so they get used to “strangers” touching them. If you can be near them when this happens, it helps them know that the “stranger” is “okay.” Ideally, you want your puppy to become very relaxed while being touched all over by human hands.

Use a Towel

Next, get a towel and rub your puppy with it. You can mimic the things that a groomer would do, like wiping their eyes and ears. If you have a blow dryer, turn it on away from the puppy so they hear the sound. Gradually introduce your puppy to cool blowing air from the blow dryer, streaming it along their back at first. If possible, try brushing, rubbing, scratching, and tickling your dog while the blow dryer is “on” them. Make it fun!

Normalize Brushing

Thirdly, get your puppy used to being brushed by a comb and/or brush. You can do this once a day so it becomes “normal” for them. Start out using the back of the comb or brush at first, so they get used to being stroked, and then introduce the bristled side.

Utilize an Empty Tub

Finally, if you have a tub, place your puppy in the tub while it’s dry. Add some treats in there so they don’t mind being “contained” for a little bit. Eventually turn on the warm water, going slow and gauging how they react. Massage your puppy if they’re scared. Whether or not they like the water, finish that experience in a positive way, offering kind words and a treat.

Tailwaggers Inn offers “spa days” for puppies in the Dallas area– check out this page for details:

Myths About Owning Big Dogs

Myths About Owning Big Dogs

Some people are cat people. Some people are dog people. Some people can’t have pets or don’t like them. If you’re reading this, you probably like dogs, and we do too. Here at Tailwaggers Country Inn, we take in all sorts of dogs— all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. A lot of people have small dogs–…

How to Give Your Dog the Care He or She Deserves

How to Give Your Dog the Care He or She Deserves

In a perfect world, every dog owner would take great care of their pet dog(s). Chances are, if you’re reading this, you have a dog or you’ll get one, and either way, you sincerely want to be the kind of person who takes great care of your beloved pet. That’s good; here are some basics…

How to Make Your Dog Happy

How to Make Your Dog Happy

One thing most dog owners have in common is this: they want to make sure their dogs are happy. And why not? A happy dog just makes sense. No one wants to see a “down-in-the-dumps” dog– that’s depressing! What are some of the ways you can make your dog happy? Well, dogs are a lot…

How Dogs Can Improve Your Quality of Life

How Dogs Can Improve Your Quality of Life

According to a study of 3.4 million people, owning a dog is linked to a longer life. Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden followed the health records of 3.4 million people who had no history of cardiovascular disease back in 2001. Then they kept track of their health for the next 12 years and whether…

Recent Trends for Dog Names

Recent Trends for Dog Names

Tailwaggers Country Inn is your pet dog’s vacation destination. Yes, even dogs could use a vacation, sometimes, especially if the house is rowdy, right? That said, Tailwaggers of Texas sees a lot of different dogs come through its doors and they all have names. Some are more common names like Max, while others are a…

The Benefits of Cuddling With Your Dog

The Benefits of Cuddling With Your Dog

People these days are so starved for touch and affection that there are people who actually charge other people to cuddle with them. Take, for instance, the company known as “The Snuggle Buddies.” You can see their site here: http://thesnugglebuddies.com The charge is $80 an hour and can include cuddling, snuggling, and conversation. Dog lovers…

When Should You Not Bring Your Dog on Vacation?

When Should You Not Bring Your Dog on Vacation?

For some people, pets are extensions of their families, and life without them can seem unimaginable. Deciding whether to travel with your pet is always a hard decision to make, but it’s important to remember to make one with your pet’s safety in mind. Below are some reasons why you may want to consider leaving…

Why Swimming is Great Exercise for Your Dog

Why Swimming is Great Exercise for Your Dog

There are many articles and videos published each year promoting the benefits of swimming for humans. Swimming also provides many benefits for dogs as well. These are a few of the benefits of dogs swimming. Exercise All dogs need regular exercise to remain healthy. Swimming provides excellent exercise for your canine companion, and provides both…

Tips for Choosing the Right Dog Boarding Place

Tips for Choosing the Right Dog Boarding Place

When you are looking around for a hotel to stay at when you’re on vacation, you don’t simply pick the one with the lowest price and book a room. You take a look at what different hotels have to offer, scroll through photos of what the various guest rooms look like, and then make a…