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5 Earth Day Activities for You and Your Pet

5 Earth Day Activities for You and Your Pet by Amanda Kelly

Looking to get involved this Earth Day? Why not bring your pet along with you? Petside has come up with five suggested activities for both you and your pet to partake in together to help the environment and go green this Earth Day.

1. Attend a Pet Friendly Earth Day Event

There are plenty of events to get involved in this Earth Day, so why not bring your pet along? Events such as a beach clean up or a park clean up are great ways to volunteer to beautify the community and may also be great pet friendly events. Check out a list of events in your community to find out which will find furry friends acceptable volunteers for their events.

2. Organize a Neighborhood or Dog Park Clean Up

Take the initiative and organize your own event. A neighborhood or dog park clean up is a great event to organize as a pet owner because every pet deserves a safe and clean place to play in. Talk to your neighbors, your family and your friends in order to build a volunteer group to undertake the project. Look here for tips on how to organize your own neighborhood/park clean up.

3. Take a Walk

Going somewhere within walking distance? Skip the car, grab your pet and embark on the journey together. Not only will walking prevent the pollution caused by cars, but it is also a great source of exercise and a way to get outside and enjoy our beautiful Earth. Don’t forget to keep your pet on a leash, though. Pets on a leash are less likely to go after—and possibly harm—native wildlife such as birds and they are less likely to run away from their companions.

4. Snuggle!

Don’t touch that thermostat! Instead of turning up the heat, employ snuggle power. Snuggling with your cute cats and dogs will not only keep everyone warm in potentially chilly spring weather, but it is always great to show your pets how much they are loved with a spontaneous snuggle session!

5. Adopt a Pet

Adoption is one of the best and most rewarding green options for loving pet owners! In addition to recycling your bottles, cans and newspapers, why not recycle a pet this Earth Day? Help to reduce the number of unwanted pets by visiting your local shelter and taking a new furry friend home.

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Resolutions for your Dog

Resolutions for your Dog by Groomers Online

1. Give your dog a healthier diet. Eating healthier is a typical resolution for us humans, but many dogs could do with a better diet. Resolve to provide your dog with a healthy diet, well balanced and with plenty of nutrients. Try to keep treats to a minimum, and use a food measuring scoop to ensure you are giving your dog the same guideline amount of food daily. Remember to consult your vet if you are particularly concerned about your dog’s weight.

2. Give your dog more exercise. Twice daily ten minute constitutionals are simply not enough for many dogs. Resolve to take your dog for long walks on the weekend, and for a game of fetch in the evenings at your local park. If the weather is wet, play inside with your dog as much as possible.

3. Groom your pet regularly. Maintaining a regular grooming routine is vital for your dog’s skin and coat health, and helps promote bonding between you and your pet. Invest in a suitable, good quality brush for your dog, and try to use it a few times a week. While you groom, use this time to check your dog for fleas, over-grown toenails and mats in the coat. Professional grooming is also an important consideration.

4. Maintain good oral health. Bad breath, plaque, tartar and food debris are unpleasant for both you and your dog, and in time can lead to more serious health issues. Resolve to brush your dog’s teeth at least a couple of times a week (or daily ideally), and invest in a toothbrush and toothpaste designed specifically for dogs. Supplement this with dental chews and treats.

5. Update ID information. Have your contact details changed in the past year, or have you moved house? If so, it is important you resolve to update these for your pet. Ensure you update your pet’s ID tag, and contact the online database your pet’s microchip is registered to as well.

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Keeping Your Grooming Salon Ahead of the Competition

Keeping Your Grooming Salon Ahead of the Competition by Groomers Online

For many dog owners, finding a reputable dog grooming salon is a vital part of canine care. Help your salon flourish with these handy hints:

1. Get references from clients. When you get feedback from customers, ask if you can use their kind words for marketing and/or advertising. Keep an “ego folder” where you note down positive feedback, and remember to consider any negative feedback as well.

2. Allow prospective clients to look around your salon. This will make customers feel more at ease, and will help them understand the whole grooming process better.

3. Talk to your staff. Are they accommodating? Knowledgeable? Do they actually seem to care about dogs and dog grooming? It is important to ensure your staff are happy and feel they are doing a good job.

4. Keep your prices competitive. Do random price checks throughout the year with local competitors to ensure you are charging the right prices for your services. You could also check what prices groomers are charging nationwide via online forums.

5. Offer consultations to all clients. Explain thoroughly what each dog’s grooming needs are, especially if they are new clients.

6. Voice any concerns early on. If you have a dog bought in who is matted or worse, explain these issues to the customer straight away, and what you need to do to put it right.

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