4 Paw Pet Care
3132 Post Rd,
Stevens Point, WI 54481
We specialize in professional grooming and training, but we go above and beyond the call of duty. Additional Services: Self-Serve Dog Bathing, Training Area and Agility Equipment Rental, 1 on 1 Training Sessions, Doggie Day Care, In Home Pet Setting, Dog Walking Service, Pet Photography, Event Demonstrations.
Mon – Fri. 8:00 Am – 6:00 Pm
Sat. 10:00 Am – 2:00 Pm
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This big guy (Rachet) tested the limits of my equipment, but sure had fun with my pup.
Contrary to popular belief, shaving your long-haired dog (or cat) will not keep him/her cooler during the hot, summer months. Unlike humans, the skin of dogs and cats does not contain the vast network of blood vessels and sweat glands designed to dissipate body heat during hot weather conditions. True, dogs do possess sweat glands in their footpads, but these glands play a minimal role in overall thermoregulation. Despite being sweat-gland deficient, dogs and cats have an unc. anny ability to vaporize large amounts of water from their lungs and airways, water that carries heat from the body when they pant. Shaving pets for the summer can actually predispose them to sun burn and to heat exhaustion/heat stroke. Long hair and thick undercoats act as insulation against the sun’s rays and their effects. Coats that are kept well-brushed and mat-free allow for good air circulation through the hair, which in itself can actually have a cooling effect. On the contrary, matted, unkempt hair coats stifle air circulation and do little to help cool the body. In other words, daily brushing is a must during the hot, summer months. Bath & Brush out service uses high powered dryers along with brushing to break up and eliminate mats. In one session we can remove over 90% of the shedding hair from your dog. So remember if you want to shave your dog, you do it for looks or for faster drying of dogs that swim a lot or to find ticks, but not to keep them cool.
Gracie says “really I don’t need a bath, see I’m in the clean laundry!”
Playing With Your Dog Tug of War Games The game of Tug has an undeserved bad rap in some training circles, while others, most notably the Agility world, have fully embraced it as an excellent activity to create focus and high arousal. Those two extremes aside, it’s a great game just because it’s fun, many dogs adore it, it’s the perfect play activity for human family members who might otherwise want to get in appropriately physical with the dog and it’s a terrific energy-burn. er. One of the most commonly-heard myths about playing Tug is that it makes the dog “dominant.” There’s so much misinformation passed around about hierarchy in dogs – this is just another log on the fire. If you are concerned about what Tug might do to your relationship with your dog, just remember that the definition of leader is “the one who controls the good stuff,” and orchestrate your Tug-play accordingly. I’m solidly in the pro-Tug camp. I strongly recommend setting rules for canine and human players of the game to protect against the possibility of reinforcing unwanted behaviors, but with those in place, you and your dog can Tug to your hearts’ content. The rules are general guidelines for making Tug a positive training/relationship experience. The calmer and better-behaved your dog is, the less necessary it is to follow them strictly. The more rowdy and out of control your dog, the more closely you will want to adhere to them. By the way, don’t be alarmed by your dog’s growls during tug – it’s all part of the game. As long as his other behaviors are appropriate, let him growl his heart out! For more ideas and advice on the best ways to play with your dog and the benefits to both you and your dog, purchase Pat Miller’s book, Play With Your Dog. Whole Dog Journal Blog
Sorry for late notice rain star, ted during 4:00 class so I couldn’t get out early. see you next week.
It was our first time taking our 7 month old Yorkie to 4Pawpetcare as we needed to get her nails trimmed and face trimme. d. Our experience here was one that was very disappointing. 1.) they hooked her up too tightly so she was struggling to stand as her head strap was too taught. 2.) they cut her nails too short as when I held her after blood dripped on my sweater. We then had to drive back to get the paste on them to get them to stop bleeding. 3.) they insisted on pulling on her chin hair while she whined until she stopped so she “learned to be still” which is very incorrect. You do not pull on a puppies chin hair while she screams and whines to teach her a lesson to hold still. 4.) they did not trim her ears or face as I told them only took scissors to her bangs and cut straight across (incorrect as did not blend or part) Overall my dog had a terrible experience and was very shook up during and after the appointment. She does have a usual groomer back from my hometown that is excellent and very gentle with her. We went here because we just needed a nail and face trim to hold her over until her next appointment. I believe that our experience is one that I will never forget and will tell anyone who is looking for a dog groomer not to go to 4pawpetcare. Don’t rush the appointment and be aware of how you are cutting the dogs nails and most importantly be gentle to scared dogs by not pulling on their chin hair.
Great job on Henley, the newfoundland. He looks better than ever!! Thanks so much.