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Reduce Utility Bills

March 21, 2008

Groom Your Dog to Reduce Utility Bills

Filed under: Electricity, Natural Gas, Helpful Hints — Jan @ 8:33 am

How can grooming your dog reduce utility bills? Cleaning up dog hair can consume electricity and gas in the following ways:

  • Vacuuming  hair from carpets
  • Vacuuming hair from furniture
  • Using the dryer on dry clothes to remove hair
  • Washing clothes that are hairy or dirty from dog
  • Using a dryer on wet clothes because hanging them up doesn’t remove dog hair
  • Do-it-yourself carpet cleaning

Grooming your dog yourself will save on grooming fees. This is what you will need:

  • Brush
  • Comb (a glove or curry brush for short hair and a durable pin brush for longer hair)
  • Dog grooming hair scissors or dog clippers
  • Thinning scissors (thin out very heavy coats or to blend dog’s hair)
  • Dog toe nail clippers (Guillotine style for medium and large dogs and plier style for smaller dogs).

Using dog grooming supplies:

  • Choosing a comfortable outdoor environment to groom your dog.
  • Have dog stand on a mat so that he will not slip
  • Have plenty of treats ready
  • Run your hands through your dog’s coat to look for any matting, knots, fleas or ticks (you can do this as you brush your dog thoroughly)
  • To work through a mat you will want to use a combination of a de-matting comb and some children’s’ de-tangling spray.

If your dog has an odor, a bath will be needed. During warm weather this can be done outside. During cold weather, it should be done inside. Be sure there is a no slip mat on the bottom of the tub or shower. Brush the dog thoroughly to reduce amount of hair that could cause a clog. Dry the dog off as soon as possible with towels and use a blow dryer for thick haired dogs.

If you choose to have your dog professionally groomed, here are some  hints:

  • Take A Tour Of The Groomer’s Shop-go look at the grooming facility that you believe will fit your needs before ever even scheduling a grooming session for your pet.  You will want to make sure that the place looks and smells clean.  Of course, you should expect to smell “wet dog” but this should not deter you.  Another thing to look at is where your pet will be kept to ensure that dogs and cats are caged in separate areas and that their cages are adequately sized.  Make sure that the place is also well lit and that you observe a pet being groomed.  In some states the groomer has to be licensed while in other states the shop has to be licensed.  Now is also a good time to check to make sure that this groomer has the appropriate licenses.
  • Observe How The Staff Handles The Animals-the groomer’s staff should appear knowledgeable.  They should never leave the animal that they are grooming completely unattended on the grooming table or be overly rough while handling a pet.  You also do not want to hire a groomer who says they dislike working with a specific breed of dog because of the dog’s temperament because it could actually be the groomer’s temperament, not the dog’s.
  • Check Out The Groomer’s Experience-it only makes sense that those groomers who have the most experience are going to do the best job with your pet.  Another thing that you should do is make sure that you check out the groomer’s references.  The groomer should be more than willing to provide you with a list of references for you to speak with or you could even go online to look for various consumer reviews about this groomer.  This is important because it takes at least 3 years of experience to be able to deal with the various textures of coats, different dogs’ temperaments.

Taking the time to groom your dog or paying someone to do it for you will result in a lower utility bill.

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