Category Archives: From the Dog Groomer

How Does Matted Fur Affect Your Pet's Health | Long-haired cats and dogs are immensely popular, because long, luscious coats are simply gorgeous. Who doesn't love to snuggle up with a super fluffy pet? But many pet owners don't realize that grooming simply isn't optional for their long-haired lovies. | 205.777.3699

How Does Matted Fur Affect Your Pet’s Health

How Does Matted Fur Affect Your Pet’s Health | Long-haired cats and dogs are immensely popular, because long, luscious coats are simply gorgeous. Who doesn’t love to snuggle up with a super fluffy pet? But many pet owners don’t realize that grooming simply isn’t optional for their long-haired lovies. They start out brushing daily, then weekly, and eventually even a monthly brushing is rare.

How Does Matted Fur Affect Your Pet's Health | Long-haired cats and dogs are immensely popular, because long, luscious coats are simply gorgeous. Who doesn't love to snuggle up with a super fluffy pet? But many pet owners don't realize that grooming simply isn't optional for their long-haired lovies. | 205.777.3699

Since matting occurs at the base of the hairs, not the outer ends that are visible, it is common for mats to build substantially without the owner even being aware of it. Not only is the extent of the matting hidden, those mats can hide a multitude of issues that aren’t just unsightly — these can be downright dangerous to your pet’s health. Here are some of the ways fur matting affects the health of your dog or cat.

Matted Fur Causes Pulling & Discomfort

Obviously, matted fur makes brushing very painful for your pet. But even if you aren’t brushing it out, the mats pull at the skin and make it uncomfortable to walk, run, lie down, or sit. Since pets, dogs especially, tend to hide their pain from their family, you might not even realize those mats are hurting. If the mats get too bad, groomers have no choice but to shave off the fur. This can sometimes cause permanent changes to the look of your pet. Regular brushing and professional grooming prevents this from becoming an issue.

Matted Fur Can Cut Blood Flow to the Legs & Tail

Once the mats are embedded in the fur around the legs, posterior, and tail, the pulling can become so intense that it literally cuts off blood flow to these extremities. Though rare, in the most serious cases this can lead to the loss of limbs. Long-haired breeds like the popular Labradoodle, Wheaten Terrier, Bearded Collie, Yorkies, and others can become this seriously matted, even while the top layer looks smooth. Without regular brushing and grooming, mats this severe can develop unnoticed.

Matted Fur Can Cause Open Wounds

As the hair follicles pull against the skin, and the mats prevent air circulation across the skin, that area never fully dries. Like any skin that is constantly exposed to moisture and heat, wounds can develop. Open sores are then susceptible to foreign matter, like stickers and burrs, which aren’t just exceptionally painful, they also contain germs that introduce even more potential for infection. Conditions like this can lead to loss of limbs and even become fatal if not addressed properly and promptly.

Matted Fur Can Hide Disease & Pests

Matted fur tends to catch up any germs and nastiness that the dog or cat happens by. It’s like a catch-all for yuckiness. Additionally, mats create a safe haven for pests, including fleas, mites, ticks, and even fly larvae (yep, maggots). Matted fur also hides any skin issues that are indicative of the pet’s overall health. For instance, certain diseases like Diabetes and Hyperthyroidism often exhibit signs on the skin. Being able to detect these changes in skin color and condition (such as redness or dryness) helps catch these problems early. Early treatment means a much more positive outcome in the long term.

Grooming doesn’t have to be a big deal, though. Set aside a regular time to brush your pet, just like you schedule time to mow the lawn or check your fire alarms. It’s just one of those things you have to do on a regular basis. Partner with a professional groomer who can keep your cat or dog free of mats that can lead to health problems. This has an additional benefit: the groomer gets used to your pet’s skin condition, and is another valuable set of eyes when it comes to detecting changes that could indicate a change in their medical condition.

Clean, well-groomed pets are happy pets, and happy pets make happy owners. Get started on your better grooming habits at Just Happy Hounds today!

Because we love em’ like you do!

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We’re located at 2222 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama  35233

your premiere dog fraternity providing doggie daycare, dog boarding, dog grooming and dog training.

205.777.3699

 

The 9 Most Common Mistakes When Grooming a Dog | Pet ownership is one of the greatest joys on earth. Where else can you get such unconditional love and unlimited affection -- even when you're grumpy, look like death, or are having the absolute worst day imaginable?

The 9 Most Common Mistakes When Grooming a Dog

The 9 Most Common Mistakes When Grooming a Dog | Pet ownership is one of the greatest joys on earth. Where else can you get such unconditional love and unlimited affection — even when you’re grumpy, look like death, or are having the absolute worst day imaginable? But owning a dog is a lot of work. Remember those “before you get a dog” books and blogs you read before adopting? Yeah, they weren’t joking.

The 9 Most Common Mistakes When Grooming a Dog | Pet ownership is one of the greatest joys on earth. Where else can you get such unconditional love and unlimited affection -- even when you're grumpy, look like death, or are having the absolute worst day imaginable?

There’s a lot to this “owning a dog” thing, and it’s more than just housebreaking, regular walks, and teaching Gypsy not to jump up on your mom when she visits. Every breed requires regular grooming, no matter what kind of fur they have or what conditions they’re kept in.

The 9 Most Common Mistakes When Grooming a Dog

Grooming is more than just a bath; it requires brushing, nail clipping, checking for pests like ear mites and fleas, and cleaning and de-knotting a few areas that she’d probably rather you just left alone. Here are the most common mistakes pet owners make when grooming their dogs.

1. Getting a Breed You Aren’t Prepared to Care for

“This breed doesn’t shed,” they said. Yeah, right! This myth is often spoken of certain terriers, poodles, Shih Tzu, and even Siberian huskies. Lies, all lies! All breeds shed off older hairs to grow new ones, and some breeds, like the cold-loving husky, don’t shed — they molt! Molting involves sloughing off an entire layer of fur undercoating at the end of the cold season. We’re not talking about shedding hairs. We’re talking literal garbage bags full of fluffy undercoating. Longer-haired dogs are adorable, but it’s best to avoid these unless you’re able and willing to invest time in regular brushing. Matted fur can actually affect your dog’s health in several ways. Short-hair breeds usually leave a trail of tiny hairs all over everything if not regularly bathed and brushed.

2. Waiting Too Long to Introduce Your Puppy to the Grooming Process

Like small children, puppies aren’t yet set in their ways, and they can learn early what’s expected of them. If you wait until the dog is older to get her used to regular grooming, you’ll face much more resistance than you will if she’s taught early that baths, brushing, and a bit of prodding, poking, and pulling is just part of life.

3. Failing to Properly Train Your Dog

If you aren’t yet convinced of the value of professional dog training, attempt to bathe an untrained dog by yourself. Whether big or small, a dog who doesn’t want a bath becomes a formidable foe when soaked with water and oozing slippery bubbles! A basic training course establishes you as the Alpha, or pack leader, but it also teaches your dog simple commands like “sit” and “stay” that are invaluable come grooming time.

4. Grooming Too Infrequently (Especially in Wintertime)

Waiting too long between grooming sessions means the grooming process is harder for both you and your dog. It’s harder for you, because they’re not used to it and put up a fight. It’s harder for them, because they’re filthy, matted, and may be overrun with parasites or other problems. Consistency is key, both to keep your dog used to the grooming tools and process, and to keep her healthy and happy. Who wants everyone to avoid their precious pup because she stinks?

5. Playing the Wrong Ways With Your Dog

Getting your dog to bark, run, or play-fight with the garden hose, hair dryer, electric shaver, or other common tools similar to dog grooming tools teaches them to act up at grooming time instead of submitting to and benefiting from the process. Save the play fights for objects you don’t need them to work with later on.

6. Leaving the Grooming Incomplete

Many dog owners focus on brushing the more visible areas, like the back, forgetting about the hidden areas, which actually mat worse and cause more pain and problems. The rear is the most common area for mats, followed by the legs and belly. Brush the whole dog regularly and thoroughly. Dogs need brushing before they’re exposed to water, as well as after. Mats that get drenched in a puddle are much harder (and ouchy) to get out than those that remain dry. Brush well before playing in the water, and brush and bathe right after, too.

7. Using the Wrong Grooming Tools & Products

Human brushes and nail clippers are just not designed for use on dogs. Specialized grooming tools aren’t that expensive, but make an incredible difference on how well they work and how much less painful grooming is for your dog.

8. Shaving Cold-Weather Breeds in the Summertime

Dogs bread for the cold (Malamutes, Huskies, Samoyed, Bernese, Pyrenees, St. Bernard, etc.) are generally miserable in the Alabama summer. It’s tempting to shave them down to keep them cool. But these breeds’ skin doesn’t have the sun protection that short-haired dogs do. Their sun protection is actually in the fur. Shaving your cold-weather-breed dog can cause them to sunburn and make them more susceptible to skin cancer and other sun- and UV-related issues. Let them keep their gorgeous fir and allow them to escape summer’s heat by coming indoors or providing them with cooling options like abundant shade, a plastic swimming pool (with fresh clean water!), and plenty of drinking water. Never use ice in your dog’s water bowl, though, because that can cause health issues like stomach flipping.

9. Cutting the Fur & Nails Too Close

Trimming too close hurts! You can nick the skin, causing a painful, bloody sore. Dogs actually have the “quick” of the nail roughly halfway up the nail. This means that cutting too close can cause your dog serious pain, bleeding, and perhaps make her trust you a little less. You can often see the “quick” on dogs with white or light-colored nails and avoid it, but it’s nearly impossible to tell where that sensitive point is on black nails. Trim only the bare minimum, or better yet, trust the grooming and nail clipping to the professionals.

The 9 Most Common Mistakes When Grooming a Dog

Just Happy Hounds offers full-service dog grooming, and we promise your dog will be kept as comfortable and relaxed as possible during the whole thing. Bring your puppies as early as possible so that they get used to it young. But we can easily help you with your older dogs, too, even rescues with skittish natures or outright phobias.

At Just Happy Hounds, we love ’em like you do and treat your dog as if he or she were our very own!  For more information about dog grooming and Just Happy Hounds, please feel free to contact us at 205.777.3699.

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Just Happy Hounds Grooming Blowout Special

Just Happy Hounds Grooming Blowout Special:

December 11th to December 15th ONLY!
All Basic Grooms are Half Off!
All Deluxe Grooms will be offered at the Basic Groom price!

All grooming appointments must be reserved at least a day ahead.

Space is LIMITED!

No walk-in appointments will be accepted for grooming, baths only.

*A Basic groom includes a bath, nail trim, anal glands, and a haircut.
*A Deluxe groom includes a bath, nail dremel, anal glands, toothbrushing, massage, and haircut.


…and at JUST HAPPY HOUNDS, “WE LOVE ‘EM LIKE YOU DO!”

Just Happy Hounds – Midtown, your Premier Dog Fraternity

Providing the ultimate in doggie daycare, dog boarding, dog grooming, dog training

2222 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama  35233

Call us today at  205.777.3699

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JUST HAPPY HOUNDS Midtown is your #1 doggie daycare Birmingham, conveniently located for dog loving professionals doing business in and around the UAB-Kirklin Clinic area, Railroad Park, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham’s Financial District, I-65, I-20/I-59 & the Red Mountain Expressway providing doggie daycare, boarding, grooming, bathing and training.

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Just Happy Hounds Puppy Preschool introduction to clicker training, sit, down, stay, walking without pulling on a leash, attention, wait, leave it and come. | 205.777.3699

Register Now for Dog Training Classes

Just Happy Hounds – Midtown Dog Fraternity is now scheduling our next Puppy Preschool, Intermediate and Advanced Dog Training Classes that will begin November 18, 2017.

Just Happy Hounds Puppy Preschool introduction to clicker training, sit, down, stay, walking without pulling on a leash, attention, wait, leave it and come. | 205.777.3699

Dog Training Classes Available

Puppy Preschool Intermediate Training Class:  12:00 Noon until 1:00 PM
Advanced Dog Training Class:  1:00 PM until 2:00 PM

You MUST make a reservation to insure a dog training spot for your pup and all paperwork completed before showing up with your dog.  

Classes are filling up quickly so please call us at 205.777.3699 today to schedule and for dog training location.  

We’re gonna have a great time together and your pup will learn a lot!


…and at JUST HAPPY HOUNDS, “WE LOVE ‘EM LIKE YOU DO!”

Just Happy Hounds – Midtown, your Premier Dog Fraternity

Providing the ultimate in doggie daycare, dog boarding, dog grooming, dog training

2222 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama  35233

Call us today at  205.777.3699

doggie daycare birmingham

 
JUST HAPPY HOUNDS Midtown is your #1 doggie daycare Birmingham, conveniently located for dog loving professionals doing business in and around the UAB-Kirklin Clinic area, Railroad Park, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham’s Financial District, I-65, I-20/I-59 & the Red Mountain Expressway providing doggie daycare, boarding, grooming, bathing and training.

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It's time for a groom and these fine pups are having a terrific time with Terri, our Just Happy Hounds dog groomer.

Time for a Groom

It’s time for a groom and these fine pups are having a terrific time with Terri, our Just Happy Hounds dog groomer.  

It's time for a groom and these fine pups are having a terrific time with Terri, our Just Happy Hounds dog groomer.

It's time for a groom and these fine pups are having a terrific time with Terri, our Just Happy Hounds dog groomer.

It's time for a groom and these fine pups are having a terrific time with Terri, our Just Happy Hounds dog groomer.

It's time for a groom and these fine pups are having a terrific time with Terri, our Just Happy Hounds dog groomer.

It's time for a groom and these fine pups are having a terrific time with Terri, our Just Happy Hounds dog groomer.

Whether it’s a bath or a groom that your dog needs, Just Happy Hounds is ready to serve you!  Call us today at 205.777.3699 to schedule an appointment.  Guess what?  With your groom, your pup can stay the rest of the day at doggy daycare FREE.


Because…

…we love em’ like you do!

Just Happy Hounds, LLC – Midtown located at 2222 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama  35233

your premiere doggie daycare, dog boarding, grooming and training.

205.777.3699

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February Dog Groomer Blowout: We've lost our minds at Just Happy Hounds so you can SAVE BIG! Get Half-Price Dog Grooming During February 2017 and SAVE 50%

February Dog Groomer Blowout

February Dog Groomer Blowout:  We’ve lost our minds at Just Happy Hounds with our February Dog Groomer Blowout so you can SAVE BIG!  Get half-price dog grooming during the entire month of February 2017.  

February Dog Groomer Blowout: We've lost our minds at Just Happy Hounds so you can SAVE BIG! Get Half-Price Dog Grooming During February 2017 and SAVE 50%

Hurry, because this offer ends February 28, 2017 and only available at Just Happy Hounds – Midtown!

SAVE EVEN MORE!  Book your return groom appointment while you are at your dog grooming appointment and save 10% on your next groom.

Note:  This offer applies to dog grooming only and cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, coupon or deal.

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Because…

…we love em’ like you do!

Just Happy Hounds, LLC – Midtown located at 2222 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama  35233

your premiere doggie daycare, dog boarding, grooming and training.

205.777.3699

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SAVE BIG One Day Only with our Pre-Spring Cleaning Dog Bath Special at Just Happy Hounds this Friday, January 27, 2017! Call for appointment | 205-777-3699

Pre-Spring Cleaning Dog Bath Special at Just Happy Hounds

SAVE BIG One Day Only with our Pre-Spring Cleaning Dog Bath Special at Just Happy Hounds this Friday, January 27, 2017!  You will want to make sure to take advantage of this huge special and enjoy a clean and tidy pampered pooch!

Pre-Spring Cleaning Dog Bath Special
at Just Happy Hounds:

Pre-Spring Cleaning Dog Bath Special Includes:
Bath, nails, anal glands, ear hair plucked and ears cleaned.

$10 – Small Dogs (under 25 lbs)
$20 – Larger Dogs (25 lbs or over)

SAVE BIG One Day Only with our Pre-Spring Cleaning Dog Bath Special at Just Happy Hounds this Friday, January 27, 2017! Call for appointment | 205-777-3699

If you choose to refer a friend that is not yet enrolled, please explain that we require all pups to complete a temperament test and vaccination confirmation before admission to JUST HAPPY HOUNDS.

It is a good idea to complete the registration before bringing in your dog for a first visit.  Registration documents and more information about JUST HAPPY HOUNDS can be found right here on our website.

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WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THIS FRIDAY AT THE JUST HAPPY HOUNDS PRE-CLEANING DOG BATH DAY!

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Because at Just Happy Hounds…

We love ’em like you do!

The Best Doggie Daycare, Dog Boarding, Grooming and Training in the greater Birmingham area.

JUST HAPPY HOUNDS, LLC – Midtown – 2222 5th Avenue South, Birmingham 35233

205.777.3699

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Outrageous Dog Contest

Enter your dog in the Just Happy Hounds Outrageous Dog Contest anytime during October and November 2016.  Let our world class professional dog groomer create an Outrageous Masterpiece with your dog utilizing color and style to celebrate your favorite Halloween character and enter Outrageous Dog Contest!

Outrageous Dog Contest

Enter your dog in the Just Happy Hounds Outrageous Dog Contest anytime during October-November 2016.  Let our world class professional dog groomer

Outrageous Ideas:

•Little Bo Peep
•Bob Marley
•Sponge Bob
•Prom Queen
•Alabama or Auburn
•Thing 1 & Thing 2
•Wizard of Oz
•Disney Characters
•Mario
Batman
•Skeleton
•and more

Just Happy Hounds is the most creative place in town to create a masterpiece with grooming your dog.  We’re outrageous, wild and over the top!

Bring your dog in for an outrageous dog style during the month of October and enter the Outrageous Dog Contest to wind a beautiful grooming basket.

Call 205.777.3699 to schedule your dog’s outrageous dog styling appointment.

Contestant Rules:  Dog must be groomed at Just Happy Hounds for an Outrageous style during the month of October and November 2016.  The sky’s the limit on creativity so let our groomers go wild and see what they create with your beautiful dog.  Once groomed, your dog’s photo will be posted on Facebook.  The dog that receives the most Likes, Shares and Comments will be the winning dog.  Contest ends at midnight November 30, 2016.

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Because at Just Happy Hounds…

We love ’em like you do!

The Best Doggie Daycare, Dog Boarding, Grooming and Training in the greater Birmingham area.

JUST HAPPY HOUNDS, LLC – Midtown – 2222 5th Avenue South, Birmingham 35233     |     205.777.3699

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Cool Doggy Salons

We are always looking out for cool amenities for your dog at Just Happy Hounds.  We’ve found some great places that we think are really cool. Check out these cool doggy salons.

6 Coolest Doggy Salons (You’ll Have to See to Believe)
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Just Happy Hounds provides doggy spa and grooming services to pamper your best friend.  Allow your dog the experience of an awesome relaxing and fun day utilizing a spa, groom experience and more.

Cool Doggy Salons

Schedule a deluxe bath, groom, dremel nails and massage.  Don’t forget new color to celebrate your favorite football team.  Have some fun playing with your doggie friends while you are here.  Get a little exercise on the treadmill.  Take a nap in an elevated bed.  Your dog can come home completely fulfilled and happy after a day of pampering.

Customize your dog’s next day at Just Happy Hounds!

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Because at Just Happy Hounds…

We love ’em like you do!

The Best Doggie Daycare, Dog Boarding, Grooming and Training in the greater Birmingham area.

JUST HAPPY HOUNDS, LLC – Midtown – 2222 5th Avenue South, Birmingham 35233     |     205.777.3699

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Grooming a Mixed Breed | Goldenlabrashihtzadane...that's what I think of when some of my customers describe the breed of their dogs. Today, there are more

Grooming a Mixed Breed

Grooming a Mixed Breed   |   Goldenlabrashihtzadane……that’s what I think of when some of my customers describe the breed of their dogs.  Today, there are more mixed breed dogs than purebred breeds.  This comes into play when grooming your dog, because every characteristic of both will be present.  We have to decide how to bring out the best of both.

Grooming a Mixed Breed

Grooming a Mixed Breed | Goldenlabrashihtzadane...that's what I think of when some of my customers describe the breed of their dogs. Today, there are more

Our dog groomers at Just Happy Hounds know how to bring out the best in your pup when grooming.  Let our professional dog groomers create a masterpiece with your pampered pooch with their dog grooming experience and creativity.

Terrance Reliford is a professional dog groomer at Just Happy Hounds with over 25 years experience.

For more information about dog grooming and Just Happy Hounds, please contact Just Happy Hounds – Midtown at 205.777.3699.

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Because at Just Happy Hounds…

We love ’em like you do!

The Best Doggie Daycare, Dog Boarding, Grooming and Training in the greater Birmingham area.

JUST HAPPY HOUNDS, LLC – Midtown – 2222 5th Avenue South, Birmingham 35233     |     205.777.3699

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