The Art of Brushing

dog-grooming-1Join us for this month’s free seminar: The Art of Brushing
What: Learn how to maintain your dog’s coat and keep those snarls under control. Complete with live demonstrations and practical tips, all at no charge! Bring your dog along and we’ll even give you coat care advice tailored specifically to your furry friend.
Adult beverages will be provided.
When: Friday, 10/28 at 6pm.
Where: Ollu Dog Wash and Grooming Salon
RSVP on our facebook event or to info@olludogwash.com

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7 Ollu Facts

Ollu is turning 7 this month! To celebrate, we’re sharing these 7 facts about your favorite grooming salon.

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Fall Fun

The time has come for cozy mugs of tea, hikes in golden woods, and pumpkin spice in everything. The joys of Fall are many, but what’s in it for the dogs? Check out these fun activities for you pup. b4d4417cc75b3c60c4f751994b0e52af

  1. Leave it to the leaves. Kids aren’t the only ones who like a leaf pile. Your dog will love tearing through it, nesting inside it, and most probably eating some of the leaves in the process. Try burying a bone or ball inside for some extra fun!
  2. Pumpkin and Spice. Give your dog an in on the pumpkin spice scene. Try this recipe for some delicious pumpkin treats.
  3. Fall fun. Do you like to get away from the city hustle and bustle to pick apples or go on a hay ride? Why not bring your dog along for the fun? He’ll enjoy sniffing each tree and sharing in the excitement. Just check to make sure your furry friend is allowed before piling in the car. Look at Sidewalk Dog’s directory for a dog-friendly apple orchard.
  4. Creative costumes. Include your dog in Halloween fun! Though your dog may not enjoy being decked out in a costume, you’ll come away with plenty of adorable pictures. We’ll be writing a blog post full of creative ideas, so check back here in a couple of weeks. download-2
  5. Hit the trails. Enjoy the fall colors and go on a hike with your dog. Most trails are okay with dogs as long as you keep them on leash and clean up after them.
  6. Football fetch. It’s football season, so pull out the ball and play fetch with your dog. It will get some of their excess energy out and give you lots of throwing practice in the meantime.
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8 Tips for Fighting the Fur Balls

dog-hair-humor-signIt feels like an never ending battle. You vacuum the carpet and next thing you know it’s covered in dog hair. Then you brush off your pants, but by the time you’re leaving for work there’s fur plastered all over the front. Can this invasion of dog hair ever be stopped? Sadly, the answer is no. If you have a shedding dog there will always be fur around. Despite this grim reality, there remains plenty of ways to keep hair balls down to a respectable level.

Check out these eight ideas:

  1. Go to Ollu. Bathing and blow drying gets a ton of fur out of dogs’ coats. Every piece of hair that you leave in our tub is hair that won’t be floating on your kitchen floor.
  2. Furminate. The Furminator brush is an undercoat brush that great for some coat types. It works well for getting dead undercoat out. Be careful not to overuse it though. The brush is sharper than most and can irritate the dog’s skin. Another great product is the Furminator shampoo and conditioner. This specially made combo helps get the loose hair out of the coat. How? To put it simply, the conditioner has omega 3 fatty acids which help open up the dead hair follicles, making the loose ones  drop out easier. Pretty cool, huh?
  3. Brush. Whether you use the Furminator or not, brushing a couple times a day will help reduce the amount of fur floating in your house.
  4. Use a shoe. The bottom of a rubber soled shoe actually works wonders for getting fur off of car seats and carpets. Rub it back and forth, then throw away the hair balls that develop.3a5fd5b4ba3b093cc005a0019a2e3962
  5. Buy a rubber broom. These things are specially made to pick up hair, and are our tool of choice here at Ollu. Use on carpet or hard floors to collect all the hidden fur.
  6. Put on a glove. Going along with the rubber theme, try putting on a rubber glove and wiping clothes, carpet, and upholstery with it. It’s like magic!
  7. Sponge it. Try getting fur off of cloth by wiping it with a damp sponge.
  8. Duct tape. If your clothes are covered in hair, try making a thrifty lint roller out of duct tape. Simply loop the tape around your hand, sticky side out, and pat down your clothing.

These tips should get you well on your way in your fur-fighting endeavors. Share your own strategies in a comment below!

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The Science of Shedding

While the trees begin to lose their leaves, many dogs are beginning to lose piles of hair. Have you ever wondered how dogs know when it’s time to shed? Or why some dogs shed more than others? Read on to discover the science of shedding.

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To understand shedding you must first understand a dog’s hair growth cycle. The cycle has four parts with super scientific names. They even rhyme to make it easier to remember.

  1. Anagen. This is when the hair is growing.
  2. Catagen. The point when the hair transitions from growing to lying dormant.
  3. Telogen: When the hair just sits there.
  4. Exogen: When the hair falls out.

Every dog’s coat goes through this four-step process, not just the known shedders. Breeds that are considered “non-shedding” just take years to go from Anagen to Exogen, making the shedding so infrequent that we hardly notice it. On the other hand, double coated breeds (like labs, huskies, and golden retrievers) have shorter hair cycles. They complete the process in a matter of days or weeks. That’s a lot of hair falling off them!

In addition to the regular shedding cycle, double coated dogs shed even more in the fall and spring. The lessening of daylight in the fall triggers dogs’ bodies to start growing their winter coats. In order to make way for it, they first need to shed their lighter summer coat. The same thing happens in the spring when the summer coat is coming in. That’s why there tends to be even more fur balls floating around your house those times of year.

When this intense season of shedding occurs, it’s extra important to take care of your dog’s coat. Brushing frequently will help keep your house from being carpeted in hair. (Though perhaps it would be cheap alternative for regular carpeting.) For dogs with thick coats, like Huskies, Golden Retrievers, and Newfoundlands, it’s especially important to brush thoroughly and frequently during this time because the shedding undercoat can build up in the rest of the coat. When this hair get packed in, it can lead to matting and a very uncomfortable dog.

In addition to brushing, bathing often and using a blow dryer is another way to get a lot of that loose hair out. We’re not trying to toot our own horn, but stopping by Ollu a little more frequently is always a good idea during shedding season.

A good chunk of this information is on petcha.com, so check it out if you want to read more.

 

 

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Client of the Month: Cash the Singing Dog

Name: Cash Breed: Lab Basset Hound Mix Age: 11.5 Nicknames: Cashy Girl, Cash Money

Name: Cash
Breed: Lab Basset Hound Mix
Age: 11.5
Nicknames: Cashy Girl, Cash Money

Lane didn’t entirely mean to get a dog the day he found Cash. When he went into PetSmart he only meant to bring home dog food. However, the store was hosting an adoption day where Lane met this adorable Lab Basset mix, and fell in love. Since he already owned a dog named Tango, he decided to christen the new member of the family Cash, after the Sylvester Stallone movie “Tango and Cash.”

Cash quickly become a beloved part of the family. Though she looks like a lab,  Cash’s Basset side comes out when she howls along to Lane’s harmonica. Click here to watch her sing.

Cash has been coming to Ollu for the past six years to get nice and clean. When we asked Lane why he loves Ollu, he told us, “The staff is friendly, the facility is clean, and the owner rocks.” We think you rock too, Lane! Thanks for your loyalty all these years.

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Our Photo Contest Winner

13909190_731512567432_1472714960875716179_oThis adorable picture of Petra won our National Dog Day photo contest. Petra’s mom, Stacy, says that “even when she’s hot and tired, Petra is always ready to play and share the love.”

Honorable Mentions

Unfortunately we can’t have more than one winner, but wanted to share a couple more pictures that we loved.

"Charlie loves her teddy bear. It's always with her for nap time." - Kristy, owner

“Charlie loves her teddy bear. It’s always with her for nap time.” – Kristy, owner

"I love how Rusty is still figuring everything out - he finally discovered the joy of sticking his nose out the window!" - Laura, owner

“I love how Rusty is still figuring everything out – he finally discovered the joy of sticking his nose out the window!” – Laura, owner

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National Dog Day Photo Contest

National Dog Day 2016 (2)Enter our National Dog Day Photo Contest!

Here’s how it works…
1. Snap a picture of your dog. Go for cute, artistic, or funny.
2. Upload your photo to our Facebook page. Include the hashtag #NationalDogDay and one sentence describing what you love most about your pup.
3. Ollu staff will choose their favorite photo and the winner will receive $10 off their next purchase.

Deadline is midnight of 8/26/16.

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Meet Che

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We’d like to introduce Che, the Havanese. This guy has been coming to Ollu for 4 years, and is always a perfect gentleman. In fact, Che loves Ollu so much that every time he visits he charges forward, not satisfied until he’s found his groomer.

The cool thing is that Che would have never joined the Gulden family – or come to Ollu – if it weren’t for a chance encounter in the airport. Diana, Che’s owner, met a woman with a Havenese who was on her way back from a dog show. Diana immediately fell in love with the breed. When she was ready for a new dog, she contacted her airport friend and was referred to a breeder in Bloomington. It’s through this breeder that she found Che.

Among Che’s greatest loves are people, fire hydrants, and cat food. He is affectionately referred to as Checito or Cutie. If you ever run into him at Ollu, be sure to give him a good petting.

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Tricks and Tips for Boating with your Dog

We all love getting out on the water and enjoying Minnesota’s many lakes. If you want to bring your pooch along, it’s important to think ahead and be safe. Read on for 8 tips for boating with your furry friend.

  1. Develop a plan. If your dog jumps out, having a game plan will help you dog-on-boat-boatusavoid panic and move quickly. Decide, for example, who will steer the boat, who will keep an eye on the overboard dog, and who will try to pull him out of the water.
  2. Bring a first aid kit. You never know what could happen, and if you’re far from shore it’s important to be able to provide immediate basic care for an injured dog.
  3. Watch for signs of seasickness. These include licking lips, lots of panting, whining, listlessness, vomiting, and excessive drooling. If your dog is seasick avoid taking him on boat rides in the future.
  4. Bring fresh drinking water. A thirsty pup will most likely lap up the bacteria-infested lake water. You can prevent this by keeping him hydrated with a bowl or bottle of clean water.
  5. Use a life jacket. Even if your dog can swim well, it helps to have something to grab onto if you need to pull him out of the water.
  6. Bring waste bags, paper towels, and disinfectant. Your dog might have to relieve himself while on board, and you don’t want that smell drifting on the nice lake breeze. If you’re willing to spend a little money, try a portable pee pad made just for doggies.
  7. Let your dog get used to the boat before going out on it. A new environment combined with the movement of the waves can be overwhelming. Letting your dog sniff around and settle in can help your dog feel more comfortable.
  8. Make sure your dog is well-trained. It’s important for him to sit and stay on command if a safety concern comes up. This is especially critical in a more tipsy boat where a constantly moving dog could dump you all overboard.

Don’t forget, if your dog gets wet be sure to brush and dry thoroughly to avoid matting.
For more tips on boating with your dog, click here.

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