Weekly Grooming Tip: September 15, 2015

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“A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him that serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.” James Allen

This is Max. This dog came to K9 Lifeline (www.k9lifeline.net) over a year ago after being kick out of every grooming facility he went to. Even the vets turned thier back on this dog! It has been a long journey for this little guy. The goal was to teach him to accept being groomed enough to go to an actual groomer and be ok with it. Now that I’ve joined the team here at K9 Lifeline, this little guy’s goals finally came true! We worked together as trainer and groomer and he was completely groomed and didn’t have any issues. We are so proud of Max!

I’d like to give a special shout out to Aliison Foias, trainer at K9 Lifeline, for helping me and teaching me better handling techniques that I will incorporate into my grooming style from now on. Rather than force the dog to put up with the groom, she showed me how to help him accept the activity by allowing him to feel like a part of the decision making process. We respected his feelings and showed him that we understand his fears. By respecting his feelings, we helped him feel more at ease because we were working with him rather than just working on him. After the groom was over, I visited him outside in the puppy play area. He jumped up into my lap and showed me so much affection! Words cannot explain how rewarding it is to receive that kind of love from a dog after grooming him. This is why I groom dogs – to make a lasting positive impact on their lives.

How to Clip and File Dog Nails:
I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about clipping nails, and what tools I recommend to clip and file them. Keeping the nails trimmed helps keep your dog comfortable when they walk. When the nails become too long, they distort the foot and this can lead to joint pain. If this continues for too long, it can lead to arthritis and many other joint related issues. Many times a dog’s temperament can also change due to the constant pain. I’ve had many dogs lash out because it was painful when I handled their feet. To help demonstrate how I trim nails and file them, and also what tools to use, I made a video called: How to Clip and File Dog Nails

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3-Day Grooming Workshop!
October 24th – 26th, 2015. Space is limited, please click the link to register: http://www.k9lifeline.net/id50.html

3 days that will change your relationship and the health of your dogs forever! Learn how grooming effects your dogs skin health from groomer, Youtube sensation, and author Jun Yun! He will work with attendees to build a better relationship with their own dogs and clients dogs. For professionals, this 3 days will give you information, tools and techniques that will increase revenue, bring in new clients, and maintain existing ones. For dog owners, does your dog suffer from chronic red itchy skin, hot spots, bald and patchy areas, skin tags, bumps, “allergies”? This workshop will cover how to resolve these issues through proper grooming.

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