"Proper" dog ownership.

So, I’ve decided that one of the things I’m going to do this year is actually WRITE posts about dogs in addition to posting cute pictures of them. However, before I start, I want to make something perfectly clear: I AM NOT AN “EXPERT”. Anything I write here will be MY OPINION only, things I’ve learned over the last 7 years, experienced on my own, etc. Also know that I learn new things every day.

The thing with “experts”, particularly in the realm of dogs, is that I’ve found if you hear one thing, you can usually very easily find the exact opposite opinion/suggestion/right-way-to-do-it online somewhere. 

The problem with this, especially for first-time dog owners, is that they get really freaked out over the tiniest things. I see it every day, “But I read online that….” or “But my vet said….” or whatever. There are some real facts out there about certain things (why it’s important to: keep nails trimmed, keep fleas at bay–and why that is so important, not let your dog get matted, etc) but the HOW is the part that varies. You have to do what works for you and your dog.

One of the most important things that we cover when training new employees is our mission statement and the sentence that reads: “offer knowledge about proper dog care without judgement”.

You see, our theory is that “once people know better, they do better”. The average dog owner is just that: a dog owner. They didn’t get a dog to become an expert, they wanted another “being” to love and be a part of their family. They don’t spend hours researching, studying behavior, etc. That doesn’t make their dogs any less loved or well-taken care of.

How do I know this? Well, when we opened our first shop, I had no IDEA that dogs had anal glands or what they were. That’s right. I’d never heard of them (sadly, now I have to talk about them multiple times a week. My life is very glamorous :) ). A customer taught me about them. This was before we had groomers on-staff and what I’ve learned from them has been invaluable. However, my last four pets have live to 16+ years old, so I’m doing something right. 

So, as you read my upcoming posts about various topics know this: everything I write are things I’ve just learned along the way. Also, if you have anything you ever want to ask us, please do and DON’T be embarrassed. We know that just the fact that you’re asking shows you care about your pup and want to do the best for them. 

I know that people will disagree with me about some things and I’m OK with that. But if I’m writing about it, it’s because I’ve experienced it first hand. Feel free to share your suggestions/idea/comments. I love learning new things!

Now. What should I write about next?