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7 Great Tips to Care for Your Senior Dog

by Celebrity Dog Groomer Jorge Bendersky

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Jorge and Tito the Pom

1. Stop Slips!

Remove extra hair between the pads of the feet, with round end scissors or small clippers, to ensure more tracking and less slipping!

2. Fresh & Flexible!

Keep the bottom of the paws moisturized to give them maximum flexibility and traction, you can massage it in with a paw therapy cream (by Jorge Bendersky at M Boutique) to keep the paw surface fresh and flexible.

3. TLC! Brush time is massage time!

Brushing not only removes the dead hair and makes them look and feel beautiful but it also reactivates the circulation of the hips.
Plus, regular brushing helps to loosen up the muscles before the dog park. Try a curry rubber brush.

4. Walk don’t run!

If you are going to take your senior dog to an off-leash park, try walking them on leash for a while to warm up their muscles. Stretching and pacing your dog will help ease them them into the pack to put less stress on their aging joints.

Senior Dog5. Short and sweet!

Running or walking on pavement with long nails is the equivalent of running with rocks in your shoes. It is uncomfortable for your dog and keeping your dog’s nails short can help prevent back injuries.

6. Keep them close!

Avoid retractable leashes, they create a false sense of freedom. Finding the end of the leash while they are mid-leap can lead to discomfort and injury.

7. Bladder control!

Be aware that your dog’s bathroom visits may need to be more frequent. Increase the bathroom breaks when going shopping with your dog, you wouldn’t want to miss a sale!

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Jorge BenderskyJorge Bendersky was born in Argentina. After moving to New York City, he began grooming dogs and achieved Certified Master Groomer status. Jorge is a pet stylist, best-selling author, pet product spokesperson, philanthropist and groomer to the (pet) stars. Jorge is talking his way into millions of homes across America with his appearances on national TV, including Kelly & Michael, The Meredith Vieira Show, Rachael Ray and several of his own reality shows.

 

Today, Celebrity Dog Groomer & Best Selling Author Jorge Bendersky travels around the world discovering the hottest trends for dogs. He is best known for starring in Animal Planet’s TV Show “Groomer Has It” and for his book “DIY Dog Grooming: From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show, Everything you Need to Know“. He lives in Chelsea, NYC with his dog Tito the Pom!

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs

There’s something for everyone when it comes to large hybrid dogs. You’ll find gentle giants, jogging buddies and 100-pound dogs that simply want to sit in your lap. Whether you’re in an apartment or own a house with an ample yard, there is a larger-than-life pup for you.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - goldendoodle

Goldendoodle

10. Goldendoodle

(Golden Retriever x Poodle)
Probably one of the most well known hybrids, the Goldendoodle is super cute. We’ve seen very large ones and others that are medium sized. It probably depends on what size Poodle the Golden Retriever was crossed with.

They’re known for being affectionate, alert, cheerful, courageous, energetic, friendly, intelligent, loyal, playful, and social. The Goldendoodle enjoys being around other humans and pets – ideal for families.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Labmaraner

Labmaraner

9. Labmaraner

(Labrador Retriever x Weimaraner)
The Labmaraners are affectionate, active, loyal and well-mannered with a good protecting tendency. They have a muscular body and a fully grown they can stand up to 24 inches at the shoulder and weight may range from 60-100 pounds.

The Labmaraners are the intelligent dogs and are highly energetic dogs that require daily exercise. Being offspring of Weimaraner and Labrador, they tend to be good runners and excellent swimmers.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Bernedoodle

Bernedoodle

8. Bernedoodle

(Bernese Mountain dog x Poodle)
You’ll want to play with this hilarious, social breed, and it works out perfectly; Bernedoodles need human interaction in order to learn.

The most common colors for Bernedoodles are black, black and tan, brindle, and white. Their wavy coats require regular brushing. They’re considered a working group of breed with talents in obedience, agility, watchdog and tracking.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Golden Saint

Golden Saint

7. Golden Saint

(Golden Retriever x Saint Bernard)
Don’t they sound angelic? The Golden Saint is a gentle giant that loves its family. They’re good with kids and are known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. They are also friendly toward other pets.

Golden Saints can weigh from 100 lbs to 220 lbs with a height up to 36 inches. The most common colors for Golden Saints are black, brindle, brown, cream, golden, merle, speckled, spotted, white, and yellow. To keep them healthy, they need a moderate amount of regular exercise.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Saint Dane

Saint Dane

6. Saint Dane

(Saint Bernard x Great Dane) + cousin to the Golden Saint
Saint Danes define “gentle giants.” They’re big, protective and wonderful with children, which makes them a good family dog.

They have silky coats, are incredibly loyal and need playful interactions and exercise. They are intelligent and the size of Saint Danes makes them very protective.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Irish Mastiff

Irish Mastiff

5. Irish Mastiff

(Irish Wolfhound x Mastiff)
The Irish Mastiff is known for being gentle, loving, and loyal. They’re multi-talented and can participate in a wide variety of activities such as agility, competitive obedience, and search and rescue.

This large breed dog can stand up to 38 inches and weigh in between 120-250 pounds. The most common colors for Irish Mastiffs are black, black and tan, gray, red, silver, and white. To keep your Irish Mastiff healthy, he’ll need regular exercise.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Rotterman

Rotterman

4. Rotterman

(Doberman Pinscher x Rottweiler)
Based on the parents, you know the Rotterman will be a great watchdog. The Rotterman is an independent, loving, protective dog. They typically get along great with people and other dogs. However, care needs to be taken to socialize these large dogs as a young pup or they can become very wary of strangers and children.

The thick coat of the Rotterman needs frequent brushing and they are heavy shedders. They are extremely strong and very agile. With all that energy, they definitely need plenty of daily exercise.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Boxapoint

Boxapoint

3. Boxapoint

(Boxer x German Shorthaired Pointer)
The Boxapoint is an active, smart, well behaved and very dedicated to the entire family. They love to play, sleep and go everywhere you go. They do not like to be left behind. The Boxapoint can do almost any task asked of them. They are stronger and faster than they first appear.

The coat of the Boxapoint is very easy to groom, however, they are heavy seasonal shedders during the spring and fall.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Chusky

Chusky

2. Chusky

(Chow Chow x Siberian Husky)
The Chusky is an extremely smart, funny and playful dog, yet at the same time, protective of their family and always alert. The Chusky can be laid back, loving and protective of people, but some are not good with other dogs unless socialized as a puppy.

The Chusky does not tolerate the heat very well. If you live in a hot climate, they need to be an inside dog or have somewhere cool to get out of the heat. The Chusky is a heavy shedder and should be brushed at least once a week.

 

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Pyredoodle

Pyredoodle

1. Pyredoodle

(Great Pyrenees x Poodle)
Ok, we’re a little biased here because the Pyredoodle looks like a giant version of our dog.

The Pyredoodles are sweet, calm and smart dogs – intelligent and highly trainable. They are an affectionate, family dog that likes to be the center of their family’s attention. (Given their size, you’d imagine they can easily put themselves in the center of the situation).

The Pyredoodle is kind and cordial toward children. They get along with other canines and pets at home, if socialized with them properly and sufficiently.

Top 10 Hypoallergenic Dogs for the City

Hypoallergenic dogs are great for allergy sufferers. Living in NYC, we see and know loads of hypoallergenic dogs and here’s our recommendation for the Top 10 Hypoallergenic Dogs for the City:

10. Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)

audrey hepburn's yorkieThe Yorkshire Terrier has been one of the most popular dogs in NYC for years, so we had to put it on the list. Ziggy and G.M., both Yorkies, are also our friends. Yorkies are a small, intelligent and very adaptable for apartment living. Some of them can have a tendency to bark (i.e. yapper) and want to be the leader of the pack &/or need a lot of attention, but they are trainable. More info: Yorkshire Terrier wiki

9. Miniature Schnauzer

mini_schnauzerThe typical Miniature Schnauzer is alert and spirited, yet obedient to command. He is friendly, intelligent and willing to please. He should never be overaggressive or timid. The Miniature Schnauzer is characterized by its whiskers and double coat, which has a hard, wiry outer coat and close, soft undercoat. He is the most popular of the three Schnauzer breeds, which include the Giant and the Standard. More info: Miniature Schnauzer wiki

8. West Highland White Terrier (Westie)

West-Highland-White-TerrierWesties are highly social and are the most friendly and jolly of all the Scottish breeds of terrier. Having a typical terrier prey drive, they tend to be highly interested in toys especially chasing balls. They are also inquisitive and investigative. Our friend Aron has two “sister” Westies. More info: West Highland White Terrier AKC

7. Norfolk Terrier

norfolk terrierMaybe not so well known, but we could not leave the Norfolk Terrier off the list as Jake, our friend’s Norfolk Terrier is one of the reasons we got a dog in the first place. The Norfolk Terrier is a smallest of the working terriers. It’s brave, loyal to their masters, and has great charm. Jake lives in WDC and is loads of fun! Here’s a puppy picture of Jake and his “dad” Scott. More info: Norfolk Terrier AKC

6. Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier (Wheaten)

Soft-coated_Wheaten_TerrierThe Wheaten is a happy, steady dog and shows himself gaily with an air of self-confidence. He is alert and exhibits interest in his surroundings; exhibits less aggressiveness than is sometimes encouraged in other terriers. We have the sweetest Wheaten on our building named Sheamus. More info: Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier wiki

5. Shih-Tzu

Shih TzuThe Shih-Tzu is another very popular NYC dog. The Shih Tzu is bread to be a companion and house pet. Its temperament is outgoing, happy, affectionate, friendly and trusting. Due to its friendly nature, the Shih Tzu tends to interact well with other dogs and with children and adults. More info: Shih Tzu wiki

4. Maltese

malteseThe Maltese is spirited, lively, playful and small. Gentle, loving, trusting and devoted to its master. Highly intelligent. Good at learning tricks. Bold and quick to sound the alarm. It is a classic companion dog: graceful and lovable. It does well with other non-canine animals and other dogs. Our friends Beth Ann and Al recently got the cutest Maltese named Cobie. More info: Maltese Dog wiki

3. Tibetan Terrier

tibetan terrierKobi’s girlfriend, Fiesta, is a Tibetan Terrier so clearly we love the Tibetan Terrier! Boots is another cute Tibetan Terrier in our building. They are both super friendly and our dog loves to play with them. The Tibetan Terrier is a brave, intelligent, dedicated, medium-sized dog. Sweet and loving, it’s lively, mild and fun, with great agility as well as endurance. This breed’s bark is deep like a rising siren. Here’s a picture of Fiesta. More info: Tibetan Terrier AKC

2. Bichon Frise (Bichon)

Bichon CasperWhen we were looking for a dog, we almost went with a Bichon Frise. They are great dogs and our friend George from WDC has two of them. Here’s his cute dog Casper. The Bichon is a fluffy, little white dog that loves human company. It’s intelligent, affectionate, bold and lively. This charming, gentle dog is not a yapper. They are naturally sociable and are happiest when they are part of a family that takes them everywhere. They are great with other dogs, pets and children. More info: Bichon Frise wiki

1. Havanese

havaneseOf course we’re totally biased because Kobi, our dog, is a Havanese! While our dog is white/cream, they do come in a variety of colors. Havanese are natural companion dogs, gentle and responsive. Very affectionate and playful with a high degree of intelligence, these cheerful dogs are very sociable and will get along with everyone including people, dogs, cats and other pets. This curious dog loves to observe what is going on. It has a quiet and gentle disposition, but enjoys loud play sessions. The Havanese has a reputation of being a circus dog, probably because it learns quickly. It’s also the National Dog of Cuba. More info: Havanese AKC

Safe Paw Ice Melter – a Pawfect Solution

safe paw ice melterRock salt and chemical ice melters can cause sores, infections and blistering on your dog’s paws. Toxic chemicals can also be ingested by your dog when he licks his paws. So many dogs are wearing dog boots because of the salt used to melt the ice on the sidewalks, paths and roads. However, a lot of our dogs don’t like or won’t wear dog boots.

We recently came across this product and thought “what a great solution”! Wouldn’t it be great if we all used a Safe Paw Ice Melter. While your city might not spend the money to purchase this, at least you can make it better on your own property (or where you have real estate influence). According to Gaia Enterprises, Safe Paw Ice Melter is 100% salt-free and is guaranteed to be pet and child safe.

How Safe Paw Ice Melter Works

Safe Paw ice melterSafe Paw’s pellets are green to make it easy to distinguish it from rock salt and salt-based ice melters. Safe Paw Ice Melter is a dual-effect compound made of a modified crystalline amide core infused with special glycol admixture and traction agents. This composition gives Safe Paw a two-way timed released action. The liquid component starts melting ice instantly while breaking surface tension. This allows the crystal-core to penetrate and destabilize ice which speeds up melting and the traction agent provides slip protection.

safe pawsWe were surprised to read that unlike other products, Safe Paw attracts solar heat to provide extra melting-power during daylight hours.

Once Safe Paw has melted the ice and snow, it leaves an invisible shield that prevents ice from sticking to surfaces for up to 3 days. Apparently, this teflon effect makes shoveling easier.

Stay warm and good luck with the snow storms!