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How Your Dog Can Help You Make Friends and Meet People

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Owning a dog comes with many perks. There’s the unconditional love, health benefits and sense of security, just to name a few. But what you may not know is that your furry friend can offer you companionship from humans, too. Read on for ways to put your best paw forward and form new relationships with other dog owners.

The Classic Dog Park Interaction
Going to the dog park is an obvious choice for dog owners seeking to meet like-minded individuals. For one, at the dog park you’re bound to find other dog-owners who share the same love for their furry friend as you do. Also, since people frequent the dog park during their leisure time, you’re not likely to trouble another dog owner by striking up a conversation. Get the most out of your visits to the dog park by establishing a routine schedule for your visits. That way, you’ll be more likely to see the same familiar faces over and over again and eventually get to know them on a deeper level than just a simple hello. If your dog approaches another dog, or another dog shows interest in yours, use this interaction opportunity as an ice-breaker to converse with the other dog’s owner and ask questions. The owner will surely have a lot to say about his or her dog, and it shouldn’t be too hard to find something in common. Over time, you might gain not just a new playmate for your pup, but a friend of your own too.

Join a Meetup Group or Breed Club
There are tons of groups that are formed for the sole purpose of dog owners and their dogs to socialize together. Find one in your area through a simple search on Facebook, or even using an app like Meet My Dog, advertised as “a free, private social network for you and your dog.” Breed clubs are also a great way to meet people with an appreciation for the same breed of dog, and often organize events and activities centered around this shared interest. You can find a club near you by browsing AKC’s website.

Make Small Talk at the Vet or Groomer
Since a visit to the vet’s office or groomer can leave a dog owner feeling anxious, some words of reassurance to your fellow pup-parent in the waiting room can be a welcome mood-lightener. You can also exchange tips and tricks for caring for your pup from another experienced dog owner. Just keep the conversation casual, and you never know what friendship might develop.

Enroll in an Obedience Class

At an obedience class, the shared goal of wanting your dog to succeed in training gives dog owners something to bond over. A good conversation starter could be something as simple as a compliment on another dog’s conduct, or a question like “How do you get your dog to sit still like that?” To give you and your dog more time to socialize with others, come to classes early and stick around for a few minutes afterward. At the very least, the obedience training will hopefully help make your dog better behaved and approachable to new dogs and new people.

With your dog by your side, friendship opportunities can be found all over the neighborhood. Whether it’s a dog-based organization or just your local coffee shop, few can resist the lovable sight of a four-legged friend.

How does your dog help you meet new people? Comment below and share with us!

Finding Puppy’s Groomer: Consider These Factors

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Something as superficial as your dog’s hairstyle may seem silly and unimportant, but on the contrary, choosing a professional groomer should be prioritized. Depending on your dog’s breed and hygiene needs, they could be visiting the groomer as much as every 4-6 weeks, so deciding who will be responsible for keeping your pooch clean and primped requires some research and follow-up. Here’s a quick checklist to run through before getting your pup’s hair done:

  • Get a Referral – Begin by asking friends, family and neighbors for recommendations. Trusted reviews are invaluable. You can also contact the National Dog Groomers Association to find certified groomers in your local area.
  • thumbnail-dyi-grooming-cutCheck Prices – When you start calling down your list of local groomers, ask for a full rundown of their menu of services and corresponding prices. For example, some groomers include additional services such as nail clippings and expression of anal glands in their regular grooming packages and others do not, so it’s helpful to know exactly what’s offered so you can customize your pup’s visits accordingly. Many groomers’ prices depend on the size and breed of the dog so make sure to give them enough information in order to receive an accurate quote.
  • Take a Tour – Prior to booking your pup’s first appointment, you’ll want to visit the facility and observe the activity. Take mental notes of the setup, lighting and cleanliness level and make sure you’re comfortable with the environment. You’ll also want to check to see if the kennels are large enough and separated for dogs and cats. Watch to see if the groomers handle their pups in a caring and professional manner and ask the staff administrative questions such as what type of records they keep and how much advance notice is required for scheduling.
  • Bring Vaccination Records – Most groomers will require immunization records for rabies, kennel cough and other infectious diseases before accepting new dogs into their salon. It’s also worth noting that spayed and neutered dogs tend to be calmer, less hyperactive, and therefore more tolerant of grooming. You may want to consider getting this procedure done by your veterinarian before scheduling that first grooming session.
  • Speak Up about Any Special Circumstances – Before you drop your pooch off to get his/her hair did, make sure your groomer understands any health conditions to be aware of – whether it be dry/flaky skin or something more serious such as hip dysplasia that would require the groomer to be more gentle when maneuvering the dog.
  • Say Goodbyes Quickly – Most dogs, especially those who display anxious behavior, have a difficult time with grooming. A long, drawn-out goodbye can make the experience worse for a socially anxious pooch, so don’t make it a big deal. There are also a few preparatory things you can do at home to get your pup more comfortable with the experience. Brush your dog often and give a reward after each brushing session. Other tips to ease your dog into the grooming process? Give regular full body massages and turn on the vacuum to get a scared dog used to the sound of the dryers.

If this all seems to be a bit much, just know that when you pick up your best friend, he will look “pawfect” with a shiny coat, fresh smell and maybe even a bandana or bow in her hair to boot!