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.
5. 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!
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!