Videos like this Warm the Heart…

Splash and Dash for Dogs loves stories of survival. In this video, we meet Topaz and watch her story of survival and healing through Vet Ranch a YouTube channel that features videos of rescue animals undergoing life-changing surgery. Topaz was found on the side of the street with a twisted front limb, instead of amputating, Vet Ranch decided to see if they could get Topaz to walk again. After an X-Ray, Dr. Wendy and Dr. Carriker–who operate from the non-profit Vet Ranch in Texas–decide to perform surgery to see if they can re-align this little Chihuahua’s leg.

Dr. Wendy is able to confirm that her wrist bone is fractured, and the leg is broken and twisted. They wonder if the break is old. If the break is relatively new there may be a chance to save it, but if the bones have already healed without re-alignment, taking the leg may be their only option. They put Topaz under and get to work. After giving the Chihuahua a splint, they send her off to surgery the next week and everything goes smoothly. By week 4 after her surgery, the splint is removed and Topaz can hop around without putting weight on her left paw. Spoiler alert! At the end of the video we see Topaz after 8 weeks and she’s smiling and walking like a healthy and happy dog!

This video shows the love and kindness veterinarians all over the country put into their work everyday in the pet franchise. Hundred of animals are found by shelters half-starved, or worse like Topaz, seriously injured. According to the Humane Society of the United States there are over 70 million stray animals living on the streets, and of those only around 6-8 million ever make it to a shelter.

3 Easy Ways to Take Care of Your Senior Dog

Splash and Dash for Dogs loves dogs of all ages from puppies to senior dogs. It seems everyone focuses on how to get your puppies trained, but as your loved one gets older and becomes a senior dog, the caring them must correspond with their age. Depending upon the breed, senior dogs are more susceptible to heart disease, skin disease, diabetes, arthritis, and even cancer. It is important to maintain your dog’s health and practice preventative care before it is too late. Preventative care is usually cheaper and provides better health care options for your pets.Also, larger breeds have less longevity than smaller breeds. For example, an 18-month-old Chihuahua is still considered a puppy, while a Mastiff would be an adult at this point. The 7 human years to 1 dog year ratio is not accurate, and there are conversion tables and calculators available to find your specific breeds ‘human age.’  Splash and Dash for Dogs gives you 3 easy ways to make sure your pet companions age smoothly.


How to Lessen Dog Arthritis Pain

As a dog approaches and becomes a senior dog degenerative diseases of the muscles and tendons can develop may inhibit mobility. Getting in and out of the car, going up and down stairs, finding comfortable sleeping positions, and walking in general may become very painful for them. The best way to care for this pain is by providing soft bedding for sleeping, and even putting carpets over hardwood floors helps them stabilize themselves while getting up. If you have stairs in your house, you may want to purchase a ramp. There are also dog vitamins available to help prevent arthritis. Talk to your veterinarian about walk duration and make sure your walks aren’t too much for your dog to handle.


Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?

Although it may seem weird, most veterinarians agree that brushing a dog’s teeth is the single most effective way to take preventive measures against oral disease and maintaining oral health. This is best started as a puppy for familiarity but can be useful in caring for your senior dog. Dog toothbrushes are designed to reach the back teeth to remove plaque know as bacterial film, which can lead to periodontal and other oral pet diseases. If you are just now introducing brushing to your dog, there are finger brushes that may be more comfortable for your dog until they are used to the practice. Other methods of oral cleaning are medicated chew toys, treats, and Chlorhexidine oral rinses which are all safe and suggested by veterinarians.


old-man-with-senior-dogShould I be walking my Senior Dog?

Splash and Dash for Dogs highly recommends walking dogs of all ages. Walking helps keep muscles, tendons, and bones healthy and also can prevent obesity and helps circulate blood. Even in old age dogs must be walked. Consult your veterinarian to find out how long and the intensity of the walk for your specific breed. It is important to observe your dog during the walk for body language that shows exertion. If your senior dog is panting heavily, and is trying to stop the walk, it may be time to call it a day. Also be wary of the temperature. The heat will fatigue a dog faster and short-nose breeds have trouble breathing in hot temperatures. Also, warming up, and cooling down, are both important practices for a walk. A two-minute warm up where owners walk slowly before reaching regular walking speed, and then slowing down again at the end of the walk, helps dog’s to maintain optimal heart-rates, and calms them down.

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ABC’s ‘Morning Blend’ Features Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique

Dan Barton, CEO and Founder, of Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique was invited to participate in ABC Action New’s local lifestyle show “Morning Blend” to discuss the Bark My vote Campaign. The campaign is a lighthearted fun non-partisan way for pet owners and their pets to take part in the election.

Barton did a demonstration for the anchors with a friend of the franchise–a collie mix, named Bailey. The episode of Morning Blend that features Barton and Bailey will air Friday the 26th at 10 a.m. EST, and Barton’s segment will be between 10:20 and 10:40 a.m.

IMG_0619[1]The “Morning Blend” portion will feature Bailey casting her vote on air. The Bark My Vote mat was placed on the set ground with a Democratic and Republican side. The corresponding political cookies were also placed on either side of the mat. Depending upon which cookie–donkey shaped or elephant shaped–Bailey chose would cast her doggie ballet. Bailey sniffed and licked at each cookie but didn’t take either treat during filming. News anchor Carley Boyette joked with Barton that Bailey is an independent.

“Bailey did great,” Barton said. When asked about his experience with the “Morning Blend.”. “They thought it was a cool idea,” he said. “They asked some great questions and she did a great job!”

Barton created the Bark My Vote campaign with his dog Mercedes–a Yorkshire Terrier. The idea was to get pets involved in the political act in a fun way.

“People are really digging it,” Barton said. “Everybody’s loving it so far!”

Bark My Vote ballots will be counted until Sept. 30th. The process happens in three steps. First, get your dog to vote by either coming into a Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique, or ordering political party treats online here. After your doggie has casts their ballot you can hashtag #barkmyvote to get your pictures and posts of your dog into the political arena. After this you can sit back and watch the votes come in at or follow Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique on social media and watch who gets the dog vote in this year’s election.

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What You Need to Know About Matting

If you are not aware, matting refers to fur that is densely tangled. This results in the fur clumping together. It happens when the dog’s coat is not properly maintained. In a mild form, these can be brushed out. However, if left untreated matting can harm the dog. Here are a few things you should know about matting and how it affects your dog.


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This is most prevalent in dogs with longer fur during their shedding season. When the excess hair that is shed cannot properly be removed from lack of brushing, matting can become an issue. This is why brushing a dog’s coat is so important. Not only does it prevent mats, it also helps keep their fur healthy and shiny.


The Dangers of Matting

Many people think that matting is bad because it looks ugly. In reality, severe matting can be very painful to the dog. When the fur is this matted, brushing will only remove the live hairs which will cause even greater pain for the dog. It is important to note though that even mild matting can still cause a dog pain.


In addition, matting can cut off the blood supply to the legs and keep air from circulating properly.  When the skin does not get the blood or air flow it needs, it will become red and this can lead to sores. These sores can cause infection that causes foul odors. Even weeds, stickers and other materials can get stuck in the mats, along with feces and fly larvae. Not only is this unsanitary, but it can further irritate the dog’s skin. In some cases, the matting can be so bad that a vet will need to treat the issue.


How Mats are Removed

june-4Chances are you have heard the term dematting. This simply means to remove the mats. There are some groomers out there who will rip the mats from the dog’s fur with no regard to the comfort of the dog. Here at Splash and Dash we take a stand against this cruel treatment of dogs just to make a buck. This is why we will not remove mats that will hurt a dog and we will not bathe a dog that has mats as this will only make the mats tighter. We ask that you respect the professional standard we have set by not requesting we do so. Severe mats will be shaved to get under the mat, though we will consult with the pet parent before doing so.


You should know that shaving mats is a slow process that can only be done by an experienced groomer. The dog’s skin is thin and even more fragile with mats, so it is essential that the groomer be even more careful when dealing with mats as they become loose. Additionally, clippers can cut a dog’s skin which is why it is important for the process to be done slow and carefully. Once the shaving is done, the dog may develop an itchy response to the shaving. Since the dog’s skin is already fragile at this point, it is important that the pet parent ensure that the dog does not itch after this has been done to prevent further irritation.


How to Prevent Matting

Regular brushing is the only defense against matting. This is even more important for long haired dogs during their shedding season. On top of getting rid of excess hair, brushing helps to aerate the skin and fur. Professional grooming is another way to help keep mats at bay as the groomer will bathe and brush the dog while paying attention to areas of concern with the matting.
Another way to prevent matting is to keep the dog’s fur at a manageable length. Grooming should be done every 4 to 6 weeks. When a dog goes 8 to 10 weeks between grooming sessions the coat can become unmanageable and matted. This varies depending on the lifestyle breed of your dog. If you want to save money on your grooming expenses, we recommend you join our Signature Service Unlimited Bath and Brush program.


6 Steps to Be Prepared for a Natural Disaster

As the Atlantic hurricane season swells into the fall, and the Midwest tornado season gives way to blizzards, it is important to update on emergencies that could take place year round. The Department of Homeland Security has named September National Preparedness Month (NPM), and Splash and Dash for Dogs has decided to update pet owners on old and new ways of keeping our loved ones (pets are family too!) safe in the event of a natural disaster. Families need to figure out evacuation, supplies, and planning. This article will show you how to do just that.


GPS Location for Your Pets

Smartphones are great. Pets are great. With emergencies in mind it only makes sense to take advantage of the different GPS locators for pets. Destruction of natural disasters is a loud and terrifying experience for pets. Splash and Dash for Dogs recommends staying by your dog’s side if a natural disaster were to happen.  Dogs may run for fear or be abnormally hard to handle during an emergency situation, so a good back-up plan for finding your pet is Pod Tracker. Pod Tracker is safe and not only shows the location of your pet, but can also monitor the activity your pet is undergoing. Pod also lets you set up a “Safe Zone” that allows you to set up a perimeter for your pet, and if they pass the perimeter, you will be immediately notified. GPS locators are usually attached to the collar and there are a variety of choices to pick from ranging in features and price.


Rescue Alert Stickers

If the catastrophic were to ever happen to your home rescue workers are the first in to help humans and animals alike to safety. Rescue alert stickers are placed in a visible place on the door or entranceway to a home. The stickers inform rescue workers on the types and number of pets you have inside. If you have already removed the pet from the home beforehand, you can write EVACUATED on the sticker to let rescue workers know everyone from the house is safe, including grumpy kitty. The ASPCA and most franchise pet stores have these alert stickers for sale.


Disaster Applications for Your Phone

The key to surviving natural disasters is planning. One of the best ways to plan is to know beforehand. When nature takes a turn for the worst like unpredictable earthquakes or a sudden tornado forming the minutes count. A good way to find out before it’s too late is to download a disaster mobile app on your smartphone. Splash and Dash for Dogs supports nonprofits like American Red Cross and ASPCA who both have free apps that provide step-by-step advice before and after emergency situations, even without data connectivity. The ASPCA app also lets users manage and store pet medical information. If the unthinkable were to happen and your animal is lost the users can create a digital flyer. The flyer can be shared easily through social media making way less of a headache to find your lost loved one. Apps offer faster and more efficient updates than the news or radio especially when the power goes out.


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Along with having supplies for the family, it is important to pack for Fido too. Having medical first-aid kits both for humans and animals is essential. If you decide not to evacuate, and damage occurs to your home, glass and other dangerous debris could be littering the streets where our dogs walk. Splash and Dash for Dogs  offers a first aid kit that has everything pet owners would need from Antiseptic povidone-iodine prep pads too a collapsible water bowl. Other contents include gauze, thermal emergency blanket, emergency ID collar, and a leash. Having a good first aid kit could turn what would have been a very worrying injury into a wound you have all the resources to clean and treat. And, even if it only rains, you’ll have extra pet waste bags.


Know Your Exit Strategy

When disaster strikes you need to know evacuation routes, local shelters, pet-friendly hotels, and a communication system of pick-up. Make sure you have a mobile crate in your car just you case the family needs to make a hasty getaway. If you are planning on using a city shelter, be sure to call ahead to make sure they can accommodate your pets, and if not, find hotels that will. If you leave the house, have a plan for a trusted friend to pick up your pet and meet you in a specified location. When telephone towers are knocked down, and electricity goes out, you’ll be glad you made all the extra planning.


Stock Up On Supplies

Extra provisions like flashlights, batteries, food (for humans and doggies), water, clothes, gas, and everything else your pet needs on a daily basis like leashes, dog bowls, and waste bags should always be stored in easily accessible place for the home. When you stock your car plan for quick transportation so less is always more for mobility’s sake. If you have a small animal you may want to buy a carrier case to help transport your pet and keep them nice and dry. Also the Splash and Dash for Dog’s first aid kit is an incredibly helpful item to add to your supply list.

5 Tips for Going Back to School

Summer is Over and the Kids are Heading Back to Class Leaving the Doggies Free to Roam the House

The summer brought the heat and the fun times. The beach was enticing and the barbecues were tasty. As summer gives way to fall the kids will be away from the house more leaving our doggies at home by themselves. This can be a stressful time for the kids and dogs alike. Splash and Dash for Dogs knows this, and has compiled 5 ways to help alleviate the stress, and set some healthy practices for the school year. These tips help curb disruptive, demanding, and mischievous behavior.


Don’t Overcompensate


For many first time pet owners and parents, there is an urge to overcompensate and go out of the budget. It is natural to feel guilty about leaving the dog alone, especially for an extended amount of time. The thing is, your dog needs to get used to being alone for a reasonable amount of time during the day. Many pet owners overcompensate by hiring dog walkers or a pet-sitter, when it may be easier to come home to walk your dog at lunch. If you establish good routines with your dog, you can save money by enforcing good behavior. Coordinate with the family to see who is available to return home for a short time to feed and walk the dog.


Consider the Dog Crate


When kids are at school, and you are at work, the dog is going to receive less interaction and a great way is to get them to relax in their crate during the day. Dogs prone to destructive behavior when alone could especially benefit from the crate training. According to the American Kennel Society (AKS) an adult dog can relax in a crate for up to five hours at a time, while puppies should only be in for an hour.  If the family can coordinate lunch time walks between crating, this is a perfect way to save the couch from being chewed to death! A dog should be comfortable in their crate with access to water and plenty of toys. Splash and Dash for Dogs also recommends plenty of soft bedding for your pooch to lounge on.


Lace up the Walking Shoes


One of the most important thing Splash and Dash for Dog Groomers can recommend for your dog’s happiness and health is good walk regiments. AKS suggests at least a half hour walk or equivalent exercise time depending on the breed. Get the kids involved! Since the kids will be returning to school it may be a good idea to delegate the morning walking chore to them. This is a great way to teach responsibility while also getting good exercise for your dog. The morning walk is just as important as lunch time and evening walks. Walks exercise your dog and help reduce doggie-anxiety. Adding time or an extra walk for the school year is important to supplement the loss of playtime while the house is empty.


Re-up on Fun Toys


The biggest factor in a dog’s destructive behavior is boredom. Dogs that have gotten used to constant supervision and play while the kids are home for summer need additional entertainment during back to school season. The best toys to provide for your doggie are chewable, food-dispensing, or problem-solving. Chewable toys help with teething puppies. Adult dogs also love them! Indestructible chew toys are the best fit, like Splash and Dash for Dog’s Bionic Bone. Food-dispensing toys or bowls are also convenient when no one is home. Toys or bowls can be timed and measure the perfect portion. For bored dogs that are prone to chewing your favorite dress shoes, there are problem-solving toys that can be stuffed with treats to occupy their mind. Dogs are natural problem solvers and have a great time solving puzzles to receive treats.


Good Structure Equals Good Behavior


Whether you’re adjusting the new puppy, or your senior dog for a back to school schedule, structure is key. Dogs learn through repetition and routine. If you take your dog for a half hour morning walk everyday at 8 a.m. your dog will naturally acclimate to using the bathroom and getting energy out during the walk. This will cut back on stress and curb bad behavior during the day when you’re gone like going inside or chewing furniture. Also, going back to the basics like getting your dog to sit before feeding, petting, and going outside is always helpful. Developing self-control with your dog is important. It reinforces good behavior and develops routine.
Back to school can be a stressful time for everyone. Having a pet that’s acting out is the last thing anyone wants to deal with. If you use these 5 tips and stick to them, this should help make the transition a smooth and healthy process. Picking up good habits is good, but keeping them works. Remember, moderate yourself and your budget when coordinating for your pup, and good planning helps save money. Finding the old crate and returning to good choices for a relaxing space for your dog also helps. Toys and treats will help make the transition a fun thing for your dog, and steady walks always keep them in great shape. Finally, establishing and keeping to the routine will help make your dog happy when the kids go back to school.


Weather the Heat with These Frozen Dog Treat Recipes

There is still more than a month before it is officially fall. There is no denying it is still summer with the scorching temperatures that make any outdoor activity that doesn’t involve water feel unbearable. While we can cool down with an ice cream cone or a nice fruit smoothie, many pet parents forget to think about cooling their pets down. Here are some recipes for frozen treats you can make for your dog.


Banana Pops


There are three ingredients needed to make this:


  • 4 cups of plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed


Then all you need to do is simply blend all the ingredients in a blender and put either into 4 ounce cups or treat molds. Place in the freezer until frozen and then give to your dog.


Cheeseburger Poppers


These are best made in small round  ice cube trays. A good tip with these is to use silicone trays because they are easier to pop out the finished product. For this you can use either broken up hamburgers or just ground beef. Put a half a teaspoon in each of the spots on the tray. Then top with small amount of grated cheese. Then fill each one with chicken broth. Put in the freezer until solid.


PB&J Pops

These are great treats to make even for yourself, though you probably should leave out the rawhide for a regular popsicle stick. To make this you will need:


  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups of strawberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • 4 rawhide sticks
  • 4 plastic cups


This recipe is made in layers. For the first layer, put the peanut butter and ¾ cup of yogurt into the blender to mix them fully. Pour an inch or so of the mixture into each of the cups and freeze for half an hour while you make the other layers. For the second layer, put the strawberries and ¼ cup of yogurt into the blender and blend until smooth. Set this aside. For the third layer mix together the blueberries and remaining yogurt by hand so that flavor mixes but the blueberries aren’t destroyed. After the first layer has been in the freezer for half an hour, add the rawhide sticks. Then add the strawberry layer and freeze for another half an hour. Then do the same for the third layer. Freeze for 8 hours total to ensure that it is solid. Then use warm water on the outside of the cup to slip the pop out of the cup.


Basic Peanut Butter Treats


To make this you will use a cup of peanut butter, half a ripe mashed banana and a small amount of water. Mix them together and then spoon onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. You can also spoon this into Kong treat toys as well. Let freeze and serve to your pup.

Cool Tricks You Can Teach Your Dog

Since August is all about back to school, we thought it would be fun to give you some ideas for tricks you can teach your dog. Each of these videos has a tutorial to show you how you can teach your dog to do each of these fun tricks. So look through these and see what intrigues you.

Cover Your Eyes

Wouldn’t it be fun to have someone over and before they show you something risque tell your dog to cover their eyes and they do? We think so which is why we put this video on the list.

Turn the Lights On and Off

Do you ever feel lazy and don’t want to turn off or on a light? It can even be useful when your child wants their light on in the room because they are scared but you are busy. Just send your dog to the rescue. Why not teach your dog to do it for you? This is a fun trick that can prove to be quite useful.

The Limping Dog

This is a fun one if you want to freak people out. Or even if you want to get your dog into the show business. Teaching them to limp is not always an easy feat and will take practice. However, once
complete it can be a lot of fun as a party trick.

The Infamous Bang Trick

Everyone loves the bang trick where you pull out your finger gun and tell your dog to stick ‘em up. Then you pretend shoot by saying bang and your dog flops to the floor and plays dead. This is one of those tricks that never really gets old and is so much fun to show people.

Clean Up and Carry Things

If you are like most pet parents you probably clean up dog toys numerous times a day. Now imagine a world where you can tell your dog to pick up their toys and they do it! This is an attainable reality when you teach your dog this trick with the tutorial here.

Time to Take Your Dog Back to School

August is annual back to school month. This is the time when parents get their children ready to head back to class and spend the school year learning and refining their knowledge. In the same way pet parents should take this month to take their dogs back to school. Here are a few things you should know about back to school for your dog.


Evaluate Their Current Skills

All dogs should know basic obedience. This is what is taught in the beginner training sessions. This consists of commands such as sit, lie down, stay, and come. These are essential for your dog to be able to listen at home and when you are out and about with them. You need to see how well your dog does with these commands as this is the basics and what other tricks draw from. This will help you understand where you need to start with them. If nothing else, it is always good to go over basics again and give your dog a refresher course on the tricks they already know to keep them sharp.


Think About What You Really Want Your Dog to Learn

Another thing to think about with training for your dog is what you want them to learn. Do you want them to have fun tricks you can show off at parties? Do you want to give them certain tasks that will be their job? Are you interested  in having your dog become a service dog? These are things you need to think about before you set up your training.


Make Sure You Go with the Right Trainer

You also need to think about finding the right trainer for your dog. You want to find someone who is not only certified but has experience. You also want to find someone that shares the same values as you in terms of training. Look at their website and talk with them. If you will be doing one on one training, then you also want to find someone your dog works well with. This will help you to have the best results.


Tips for Self Training

It is possible to train a dog on your own instead of going through a trainer. However, this is often not as successful and can take longer depending on your dog. Before you do this though you need to make sure you know how to do this. Take a little time to research and watch videos. This will give you a better understanding of how to do this. If you are starting with basic commands make sure you use the right hand gestures so your dog won’t be confused if someone else works with them. Also, keep in mind that you cannot work for hours. You need to be able to recognize when your dog has had enough and stop the training for the day.

Getting Your Dog Ready for Back to School

August is the time of year when parents around the country start getting their kids ready for back to school. This is an exciting time for parents and kids alike. There is no telling what the new school year may bring. However, pets are not always as excited for the new year to start. They may feel scared at the chaos or nervous when the house is empty all day again. Here are a few ways you can get your dog ready for this transition.


Set a Routine

One of best ways to adjust your dog to the new schedule is to set a routine. If possible, start this a week or so before you go back to school. You want to make sure you give plenty of time for your dog to adjust to the new schedule of you being gone.


Try Faking Your Dog Out

One trick many pet parents swear by for back to school is faking their dog out. To do this, pretend like you are leaving for the day. Stand outside for a few minutes and then come back in. The idea with this is to keep your dog from associating you walking out the door with you being gone all day. It is designed to help minimize anxiety while you are gone.


Don’t Make a Big Deal About Leaving

Another thing to remember is that when you leave, you should not make a huge deal about going. This signals to your dog that they should be concerned about your absence. Rather, just say a quick goodbye and leave. This may be hard to do at first, but over time this will get easier.


Give Them the Attention in the Evening or Morning

Make sure that with the new schedule your dog is not getting left in the dust. You want to make sure that they still get the same attention they were getting before. If you want to ensure that they will be good while you are gone during the day, then maybe take them on a longer walk in the morning and spend a little time cuddling them while you drink your morning coffee and watch the news (or browse Facebook or whatever you do to wake up in the morning).


These are just a few of the tips you can use to help your dog transition to back to school when they will be home alone all day long. You can add in your own tricks for your dog or just use these. The idea is to make your dog as calm as possible. If you find that your dog is having a hard time coping with you being gone, then the best thing to do may be to talk with your vet about the options available to you.