DIY Dog Shampoo

Owning 5 dogs takes up a day worth of bathing and shampoo. When I run out of doggie shampoo, I usually make a quick run to the kitchen sink to get DAWN. If its safe for washing away oil from birds off the gulf it should be good for my mud soaked pup, right?
Anyways, I found a quick DIY tutorial to make pup friendly shampoo for bath time. I just love how quick it is and how simple the ingredients are! Another great reason is that college students can save a few dollars by making this shampoo. Who doesn’t love saving money??

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DIY Natural dog shampoo

This is a great sunday project; can’t wait to try it out on my dogs!

Why excising your dog is important

Excising your dog is very beneficial not just for your pet but for you too. Keeping you both in shape and having a time to bond and relax in the great outdoors.

ASPCA has some benefits of excising your dog:

  • Helps to reduce or eliminate the common behavior problems listed above, such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity
  • Helps to keep dogs healthy, agile and limber
  • Helps to reduce digestive problems and constipation
  • Helps timid or fearful dogs build confidence and trust
  • Helps dogs feel sleepy, rather than restless, at bedtime or when you’re relaxing
  • Helps to keep dogs’ weight under control

Excising with your pet doesn’t limit to dog owners. Cats can get on the fun too. Blue buffalo, pet food company, shares their list for cat owners. 

Here is a clip of my dog, Melanie playing with her tennis ball.

melanie playing ball from clip.

melanie playing ball from clip.

Pet Friendly Festivals & Activities

Being a college student, money is already tight and a furbaby parent you want to have a great time with your pooch. Bring Fido is a great site to see what is going on in your area that is pet friendly. Here are some in the Austin Area that is coming up! These events may have an admission fee and pet leash rules so plan it out before hand.

Another tip is check out local rescues and humane society websites sometimes they host free, fun and pet friendly events.

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This may not look like much but there are other activities that are free and close to your area. If you aren’t sure where to start check out my other blog post, “The places you can go with your pet.”

Spring Break Pet Traveling Tips

Spring break is upon us and we all have sorts of plans but taking our pets with us may not be an option. Here are some ways to keep you and your pet happy:

  1. Ask your family and friends: this may not be the best solution for you; since everyone might be going out of town or have allergies etc. Hey it doesn’t hurt to ask!
  2. Ask college peers: Some universities now have Facebook groups just for students and the past few days I’ve seen students post inquiries for a pet sitter for a reasonable price.
  3. Check with your local vet: See if your vet has boarding services or other local vets in the area.
  4. Search around for area dog boarding; many other reasonable pricing and board cats too!
  5. Petsmart does have a PetHotel or Doggie Day camp offered at certain stores.
  6. Check out pet sitters for a price can watch your dog like; check-ins, feeding and many other things while in the comfort of your home. San Marcos Pets is local and near by that offers many services to make your furry friend happy.

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Where to groom/bathe your dog locally

Grooming is very important to a dog’s health. A cleaner pet is a happy pet. Bathing your dog yourself is a money saver but a pain. Your back ends up hurting by bending over to scrub your pet. By the end of washing and drying you are more soaked in dirty dog water.

Here are some local spots to try out!

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dog, pink, grooming, bath

Self serve dog wash: This is a less expensive and they provide all the essentials you might need to your dog’s bath.

  • Austin: Healthy Pet: They provide a do it yourself wash but they are also a pet store with varies of treats and toys. Pricing is based on weight of your pup. Less than 30 pounds is $12 and more than 30 pounds $15. Healthy pet has all the bathing products there for your dog’s wash.
  • San Marcos: Stinky Dawg Wash: No appointment needed and they offer 10% off Self-Serve Washes with Texas State ID. Another offer is the Self-Serve Bather Program and when you Wash 5 times get your 6th wash free. Stinky Dawg provides everything you might need so no need to bring your own shampoo.
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dog, hair cut, grooming

Professional Grooming: Have a professional to style and bath your pet, fair warning,this can come at a higher cost for the services.

  • Austin: Laura’s Doggie doo’s: If you want high professional grooming quality, you should check this local place out. Laura’s Doggie Doo’s provides everything a pet grooming salon has to offer. They even do cat grooming!  Even though it takes an average 3-4 hours before you receive your pet but i bet your dog will come out fab.
  • San Marcos: Beyond Grooming: Serves dogs and cats to look their best. Pricing is based on weight and type of grooming services. They even have a mobile van for an extra $20 can come to you to service your pet needs.

Chain pet groomers/stores: For a quick grooming and a low price. These stores may vary in coupons and discounts to use towards the grooming services.

  • PetsSmart: From walking in to have a nail trims to different types of baths with an appointment. Pricing is available online.
  • Petco: They aren’t well known for having grooming salons within their stores but will do the job at your local store. They provide different offers and packages from their Mini Make Rover to the Full Service Groom.

**Please be aware that most places require documentation of your pet’s rabies and vaccinations before they preform any services.** Check out where to get these shots on my blog.

Adopt Me App – Finding furever friends with one swipe.

My mobile app called, Adopt Me App, will assist users in finding new pets in their local area by plugging in their zip code. This will pull up all types of animal centers that adopt out animals in a specific radius of the user’s location. The animal shelters can upload profiles of the adoptable pets that include: name, weight, age, sprayed/neutered status, etc. The app will also have a page called Adopt Me Deals shows deals or discounts that the shelter is having to promote more adoptions. The Pet Feeder page links with the local area shelters’ twitter to have a real time update on pets and new pets that are up for adoption.

***The images show in ‘Animals Profiles’ are real dogs that are from Austin Humane Society.**
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