Calling All Pet Groomers

What would you say if I told you there was a simple way for you to cut your overhead, while adding extra income to your shop, without grooming more dogs? I bet you would say show me the way!

Well, good news I know a way you can do just that and it is simple and easy to start. How much are you spending on pet shampoos and other products? If you are anything like I was it is your biggest expense aside from rent and utilities.

Why not start making your own pet product line? It isn’t as hard as you might think and the quality is unparalleled to anything you are using now.

There is very little investment to get started and you can do it right in your own kitchen. You would be able to eliminate the middle man, and could more then cut your cost on pet shampoos and conditioners in half!

Not to mention you could package and sale your products to clients in your shop. Imagine having your own all natural high quality product line for pets branded with your shops logo available for sale to your customers.

Many of these products cost as little as $2 to make and can retail for $15 to $20! That is money in your pocket without grooming any more dogs then you already do. Your customers will love the products. You could even get really fancy and mix custom aromatherapy products for clientele.

Aveda Salons used to offer a service similar to this for their human clients. Why not have it for pets? We all know they can benefit from it just as much as humans do.

There are many different directions you could go in to market your products. You could even contact pet shops and vets to retail for you. Just think every bottle is an advertisement for your salon. The sky is truly the limit.

Creating great selling all natural pet shampoos and other products isn’t rocket science but it will take some research on your part to get started. Although, you will soon find out how easy it actually can be. You will only need a few readily available supplies, a clean kitchen and some great recipes to get started.

This is just one super easy approach to generating more income for your shop. You should always strive to work smarter not harder in your business. So what are you waiting for? Get creative and start adding more income to your businesses today!

A Great Recipe For All-Natural Dog Shampoo

Using all-natural pet shampoos is the best option for your pet, your family and the environment. There are many recipes for making natural pet shampoos that will help pets with all types of ailments including allergies, dry skin and fleas. At the end of this article I will give you the recipe to a simple all-natural oatmeal shampoo that you can make at home for pennies on the dollar of the store bought brands. But first I want to tell you why using an all-natural shampoo is better for everyone.

First off, making these products yourself can be very cost effective while giving you peace of mind concerning the chemicals you are using on your pet and around your family.

A lot of pet owners simply do not realize the dangers of some of the chemicals found in many common pet products. Many common pet shampoos contain toxins such as petroleum, parabens, artificial fragrances and dyes, harsh soaps and tons of words I can’t even pronounce.

Our skin is the largest organ of the body and can absorb harmful toxins into the bloodstream very easily. The same is true for our pets skin. Therefore, if you are using toxic chemicals on your pet then a percentage of those toxins will end up in your pets bloodstream and over time this exposure could shorten the life of your pet.

Of course when you are bathing your pet without gloves or some other protection to keep your skin from coming in contact with the shampoo then you too are absorbing those chemicals.

Traces of these chemicals will remain in your pets coat and could be transferred to your family when coming in contact with your pet. That may not be a huge deal for a regular puppy shampoo but when dealing with heavily toxic chemical based shampoos such as flea shampoos this can pose some serious threats. Especially for young children or those with sensitive skin and allergies. There are many toxins used in pet shampoos today for which we do not yet fully understand the possible implications that could arise pro longed exposure. Is that something that your willing to risk with your family? I think not.

Just as some of these chemicals can be toxic for us and our pets they can also be toxic to the environment. If you are bathing your dog out side the rinse water that goes on to the ground could be carrying chemical toxins into our soil. Where they could remain for very long periods of time contaminating local water sources such as lakes and rivers.

Luckily, there are some great all-natural alternatives to your standard chemical based pet shampoos. Here is a recipes to one of the easiest and cheapest alternatives. This oatmeal shampoo recipe is great for dogs with allergies to other shampoos. This recipe is also wonderful for dogs with severely dry and irritated skin. The oatmeal has many healing and soothing properties for the skin.

Most likely you already have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen pantry. This is a very simple recipe which you could easily build on for customization.

You will need:

1 Cup of Colloidal (“ground”) Oatmeal
1 Cup of Baking Soda
1 Quart of Warm (Distilled) Water (The distilled water is optional, but I prefer it for quality. You can use regular tap water if you desire.)

If need be you can grind some oatmeal in a blender, or coffee grinder. You want it to be as powder-like as possible.

Mix all these ingredients together. If you prefer more lather to your pets shampoo you can add a few drops of a mild castile soap. Although, this shampoo will clean just fine without the lather.

Instructions for use. Wet your dog entirely and apply the shampoo mixture generously to your pets body. Massage the shampoo into your pets coat. For best results allow the shampoo to set for 5 minuets before rinsing with lukewarm water. Pat your pet dry with a towel and enjoy a clean and happy puppy. This is a very basic recipes and there are many ways in which you could build off of this to make it even better. Enjoy!

Dog Shampoo – Daily Dog Care Series

There are hundreds of dog shampoos available in the market nowadays. However, it is not easy to pick out a good one. Similar to human skin, dogs also have different skin types. So, we should choose the most suitable shampoo for our dogs. The right shampoo can soothe the dog’s skin and make the coat shine, while the unsuitable shampoo can make the skin irritated and itchy. Here I will give you some tips on pet shampoos.

Never ever use human shampoos
I think most people have the experience of using a human shampoo on a dog. Some people may think that human shampoo is also suitable for dogs. That is absolutely wrong. If we use it on a dog, his or her skin will be irritated. It is not good for dog health.

Dog shampoos for dry skin
First we should learn how to determine a dog’s skin type. We can gently touch the pet skin to see if there is any skin flaking. If we can find some, then the dog most likely has dry skin. In this case, we should choose oatmeal-based or jojoba-based shampoos. Shampoos made from oatmeal or jojoba can help moisturize dry skin gently.

Dog shampoos for oily skin
If we feel oily when we touch the pet skin, then the dog most likely has oily skin. We can use some refreshing shampoos to deep clean the dog skin. Do not use some conditioning shampoos, for they can make the skin oilier.

In the next article I will give you some tips on dog shampoos for sensitive skin and other warnings.

3 Secrets to Choosing the Best Shampoos for Your Pet Dog

Do dogs need to be groomed and given a bath at regular intervals? If you want to keep your dog healthy, it is advisable to give it a bath at least once a month. A good shampoo and conditioner can help remove dead skin cells and control allergens and dust mites.

One of the things that you need to remember is that “one size fits all” concept may not work and you may have to make the choice depending on the dog breed, skin and coat condition. A shiny and clean coat indicates good health.

Secret 1

Avoid these ingredients

A pet shampoo that is chemical free is considered the best option for your dog’s coat. It is important that you read the label so that you are aware of the ingredients and are able to make an informed choice.

  • Added colorants and dyes need to be avoided as these additives have been linked to several health problems. Brightly colored liquids can harm the skin and coat. Natural ingredients are usually white to light yellow.
  • Perfumes and fragrances derived from chemicals can cause allergies including nausea and headaches.
  • Parabens are used by many manufacturers as preservatives and they have been linked to cancer.
  • Stearalkonium chloride, Sodium laureth sulfate and sodium laurel sulphate are used in shampoos and conditioners and these are known to cause skin irritation.

Secret 2

Dog’s coat and skin condition

Is your pet’s hair normal and healthy? Is it dry or greasy? Is it free of knots? Choose the shampoo based on the specific coat and skin condition of your dog. Many shampoos with natural ingredients are available in the market and they cater to specific skin and coat condition.

Secret 3

Shampoos designed for humans not suitable for pets

Most pet owners tend to assume that soaps and shampoos that have been specifically designed for humans can be used for dogs too. This is a big mistake. The chemicals and fragrance that is added can be harmful for the skin. They can cause rashes and make the coat brittle and dull. If your pet is suffering from flea and ticks, it is best to look for a shampoo that is designed to kill the fleas and ticks.

Ask your veterinarian to recommend the best brand available in the market. Buy your favorite pet shampoo online or you can talk to the manufacturer and get a list of local suppliers.