Winter Hair Care to Keep Pups Strutting Stylishly in the Snow

Winter Hair Care to Keep Pups Strutting Stylishly in the Snow
This winter has sure been frigid and snowy! Luckily we have our hats, scarves, gloves, warm socks and heavy coats to keep us warm. But what about our four-legged friends who don’t have all that gear to protect them? Naturally, you’d think to keep your dog’s coat longer so they stay warm, right? Surprisingly, it’s actually better to keep your dog’s hair shorter during the winter months.

As you’ve probably noticed while you’re outside playing with your furry friend, a dog’s hair picks up snow like a magnet, and when their hair gets wet it mats faster. The mats block air from reaching the skin making the dog feel chilled and causing skin issues. Also, if the hair between their foot pads is too long, ice balls will form on their paws.

The groomers at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts have primped and pampered many pups during the winter season, so they know which hairstyles are a dos and don’ts. Here are the top hairstyle picks from our groomers to keep your pet feeling fabulous while strutting stylishly in the snow.

 

Winter Hair Care to Keep Pups Strutting Stylishly in the Snow

 

Shorter Body, Longer Legs
With this hairstyle, the dog’s body hair is cut short, but the hair on his legs is longer. This gives an illusion of a longer haircut.

Full Puppy Cut
This is a grooming style that involves a simple uniform trim all over the dog’s body. The dog’s body, face, ears, legs and tail are all trimmed the same length, which can range from 1 inch to 1/4 inches long.

Breed Cut
Some dogs actually have a specific breed cut. These breed-specific standard haircuts have been established by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and are influenced by the dog’s historical purpose.

For example, a Cocker Spaniel will get a Cocker Cut, where the body, head and face are short and sleek, but the hair on the ears, chest, skirt, legs and tail kept moderately long. For the snowy weather, we recommend a short Cocker Cut, where the legs and skirt are trimmed short. Other popular breed cuts include the Schnauzer Cut and Poodle Cut.

Trim
Many dogs come in regularly, typically every 4 to 6 weeks, for a basic trim. Trimming the dog’s hair will allow them to keep the length from getting matted.

Skin and Coat Care
Like humans, pups also experience dry skin in the winter. At Purr’n Pooch, we offer a Strawberry Milk Bath for healthier skin and a soft, luxurious coat. The Strawberry Milk Bath revitalizes damaged and stressed hair and leaves hair shiny and clean. We also offer an Oxy Oatmeal Soothing Bath, which is great for soothing dry and irritated skin.

Your pup’s paws may also be rough, dry, sore or cracked due to the winter weather. A great way to soothe and pamper your pet’s tired, winter paws is with our paw pad cream, which contains vitamin E and essential oils. It can be added to any spa or grooming package for $5. The cream is also available for purchase in our retail boutiques for $10.

Bring your pet to Purr’n Pooch for the finest salon spa and grooming services. Our professional staff are experienced in all dog breeds, and will ensure that your pup feels and looks his or her best during the remainder of the winter season.

Please call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) to make an appointment.

Support U.S. Military Working Dog Teams this Season of Giving

Support U.S. Military Working Dog Teams this Season of Giving

This holiday Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts at both locations in Wall and Tinton Falls are collecting donations for U.S. Military Working Dog Teams who have been deployed to the Middle East. We need your help in supplying them with gifts.

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals will host a volunteer working day on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. at 86 West Gilbert Street in Tinton Falls, NJ. The general public and Foundation supporters are invited to write letters to the dog handlers and prepare their care packages for shipment. If interested in volunteering or for more information, email info@purrnpooch.com.

Visit the United States War Dogs Association for ways to help the organization throughout the year. Operation Military Care K-9 is one of its many wonderful projects. Also be sure to visit the organization’s US War Dog Memorial. Dedicated on June 10, 2006, the Memorial, located guarding the gateway to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel, New Jersey, consists of a bronze statue of a kneeling Vietnam War soldier and his dog, set on a black granite base.  The memorial was designed by sculptor Bruce Lindsay. The U.S. War Dogs Memorial, while directly representing the War Dog Teams of the Vietnam War, honors all our nation’s war dogs and their handlers – past, present and future.

Purr’n Pooch will be collecting the following items for Operation Military Care K-9:

K-9 PRODUCTS

  • K-9 Warming Mats
  • K-9 Boots, Medium & Large
  • K-9 Doggles
  • Collapsible Nylon Dog Bowls
  • Kong 3” Rubber Balls
  • Large Rope Chews
  • K-9 Shampoo & Conditioner
  • K-9 Grooming Tools-Combs, Brushes, etc.
  • K-9 Nail Clippers
  • K-9 Beds or Sleeping Mats
  • K-9 Blankets
  • K-9 Toothpaste & Toothbrush
  • K-9 Eye Drops
  • K-9 Ear Wash
  • K-9 Advantix, Flea and Tic Treatment
  • K-9 Salves for paws/noses
  • Towels to wipe paws
  • True Chews Chicken Jerky
  • True Chews Beef Bully Sticks
  • K-9 Treats

FOOD AND SNACKS FOR THE HANDLERS

  • Coffee / Tea / Hot Cocoa
  • Sugar & Creamers
  • Condiments-Hot Sauce, Ketchup, etc
  • Lemonade Mix, Ice Tea Mix, Crystal Light
  • Powdered Gatorade
  • Instant Foods / Oatmeal /Grits / Ragu Express/ Kraft Easy Mac
  • Crackers and Cheese
  • Power Bars
  • Dried Fruit
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Bubble Gum / Hard Candy
  • Instant Soup
  • Tuna / Small Canned Foods
  • Chex Mix / Chips in Container / No Bags
  • Fruit Cups
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Salad Dressings / No Glass bottles
  • Rice, Microwavable
  • Meals, Microwavable

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Paperback Books and Magazines
  • Electronic Hand-held Games
  • Playing Cards
  • Yo-Yos
  • All-in-one Tools
  • Board Games
  • Duct Tape
  • Movies DVD, new or used
  • Crossword or Sudoko Puzzle Books
  • AAA, AA, C & D Batteries
  • Writing Materials

TOILETRIES

  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Hair Bands / Hair Clips
  • Nail Polish & Remover Wipes
  • Nail Clippers / Nail Files/Emory Boards
  • Q-Tips
  • Hair Spray (Pump)
  • Small Mirrors
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Cotton Balls
  • Personal Hygiene Razors / Shaving Cream (Non Aerosol)
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes / Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Eyeglass Lens Cleaner
  • Soap / Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Combs and Brushes
  • Lip Balm / Chapsticks
  • Sun Block
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Baby Wipes
  • Moisturizing Eyes Drops / Saline Nasal Spray
  • Hand Cream / Skin So Soft
  • Liquid Hand Sanitizer
  • Nail Files / Nail Clippers
  • Kleenex (travel size)
  • Eye Drops (for dry eyes)
  • Throat Lozenges / Cough Drops
  • Cooling Bananas / Neck Scarves
  • Hand Warmers
  • Breath Mints
  • Heavy Duty Socks

Please note that we will only be accepting dog food and treats that are made in the U.S.A.