dog boarding - tips to keep your dog comfortable
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dog boarding - tips to keep your dog comfortable

We adopted our dog about four years ago. Since then, our family has not gone on a vacation because it is difficult to do with a canine family member. As I watch my kids grow up and hear all of the stories that my friends tell me about their family vacations and all of the wonderful memories that they have created, I regret that we haven't gone on a trip. I began looking into some options for boarding my dog and found some great places to take him. Then, I began looking up information about how I can make his time at the boarding center easier on him. To learn the tips that I have found about keeping your dog comfortable while he stays in a boarding facility, go to my site.


dog boarding - tips to keep your dog comfortable

Provide Your Puppy With a Pampering Session and Adorn Them With Personalized Items Prior to a Pet Parade

Cecil Hanson

If your new, long-haired puppy will be walking beside you in your neighborhood's upcoming pet parade, treat them beforehand to a pampering session and adorn them with personalized items by completing the steps below. On the day of the event, proudly display your pet and invite friends and family members to take photographs of the two of you as you both strut down the road. 


  • pet-sized wash basin
  • buckets of lukewarm water
  • pet shampoo
  • cup
  • towels
  • detangling spray
  • flexible pet comb
  • soft-bristled brush
  • hair dryer
  • scissors
  • nail clippers
  • pet treats
  • monogrammed bandanna and leash
  • personalized hair ribbons

Wash Your Puppy's Body 

Add a shallow amount of lukewarm water to a pet-sized wash basin. Gently pick up your puppy and place them in the basin. Support your pet's body so that they do not accidentally slip while inside of the tub. Speak in a soothing voice as you slowly pour cupfuls of warm water over their back, neck, tail, and top of head. Avoid getting water in your puppy's eyes or ears, since this could alarm them and cause them to panic.

Pour a few drops of pet shampoo onto your pet's back. Massage the lather into their body. Add more shampoo as needed, until your pet has a light, even coat of lather on their body. Use warm water to rinse the shampoo. Wrap your puppy's body in a towel before lifting them from the wash basin. 

Eliminate Knots and Trim Overgrown Fur

Use a flexible pet comb to comb your puppy's fur. Avoid tugging on sections of fur that are knotted. Instead, spray knotted portions with a detangling spray. Once all of the knots have been eliminated, dry your pet's fur with a hairdryer that is adjusted to a low setting. If there are any sections of fur that are longer than others or appear to be uneven, trim them with scissors. Fluff up your puppy's fur by brushing it with a soft-bristled brush when finished.

Trim Nails and Prepare the Adornments

Inspect your puppy's nails. If they need to be trimmed, clip the clear section that surrounds the darkened middle. The darkened portion of each nail contains blood vessels, which could cause your puppy's nail to bleed if cut. Lay your puppy on his/her side in order to clip the nails on the back feet. Praise your pet when finished and offer them one of their favorite treats.

Loosely tie a monogrammed bandanna around your pet's neck. Purchase a matching leash and hook it to their collar. Finish preparing the embellishments by securing loose sections of fur behind your pet's ears with personalized hair ribbons. 

For more help getting your puppy ready for the parade, talk to a pet grooming service near you.