When To Bathe Puppies And How To Do It Properly

Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, there are over 36% households in the U.S. that have dogs as their pet. Even in our own home, we have dogs.

Since they are living together with our families and sleep in our beds, it is extremely important to take note of their hygiene. In our house, we have kids so we always make sure that our pets are always clean.

I remember bathing our first puppy, which was very difficult because he got really scared. Some dog owners gave me helpful advises in bathing puppies. But the main question is: When should we start giving puppies a bath?

The Right Time To Bathe Puppies

Puppies are generally cleaned by their mothers by licking their fur so they don’t need to bathe at a very young age. As we can observe, most of the dog shampoos that we can find in the market are for 3 months and older. Thus, it is advisable to bathe puppies after they reach the age of 3 months.

What if you need to clean your puppies?

Dogs are naturally playful so it is not surprising to see them dirty most of the time. Since they are living in our homes, it is important for them to be clean. In this case, you only use a damp cloth or disposable wipes. But if they really do need a bath due to extreme dirt or bad odor, you can bathe them using a damp cloth and a mild shampoo.

How To Properly Bathe Puppies

In a sense, puppies are similar with newborn babies. Thus, it is important to introduce them gently to water and bathing. You need to make sure that they are comfortable with the help of the following: warm room, warm water that is comfortable to use in bathing, fluffy towels, and warm air for drying their fur.

Teach puppies that taking a bath is a good thing. Before bathing them, you need to let get used to the bathing area. Allow them to roam the area and sniff everything they want to. You can even use toys and treats to let them enjoy. It will definitely help your puppies think that the area is safe and secured for them.

Once they feel comfortable in the bathing area, you can slowly introduce them to water. Open the faucet and let the water run so that they can get used to the sound of it. To show them that there is nothing to fear, splash them with a little water. At first, they might get scared and be apprehensive. But once they saw that water can’t harm them, you can easily convince them to take a bath.

Before bathing your puppy, make sure to close the bathing area so that he/she won’t escape. This can be stressful for them so you need to calm them down by using toys or playing with them. Once they are relaxed, you can start filling the tub and put your puppies on it. Lift up your puppy and put his hind legs first in the tub. Make sure that their head is above the water.

Once you start bathing them and they are struggling or keep on getting out of the tub, you need to soothe them. Never manhandle them but guide them gently to the best position for bathing. Take note that you need to move slowly because it will further scare them. Plus, you can talk to your puppies to soothe their fears.

In applying the shampoo, put a small amount into your hands. Make sure that the shampoo is suitable for puppies and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals. Avoid getting the shampoo in your puppy’s eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Don’t forget to shampoo the tail.

In terms of washing your puppy’s head, you should not simply dump water to it because it will make them scared or might cause an ear infection. You should tip the nose up then pour the water behind the skull. Using this method, you will avoid wetting the face and the water will run over the body; away from the nose and eyes. An alternative method is using a very wet washcloth to clean the face.

After thoroughly washing the shampoo off the puppy’s fur, dry him using a towel; leave the head exposed. Rub him a little then let him down together with the towel wrapped around him. Let him shake off his body. No need to worry about messy floor because the towel will absorb the water.

Fully dry your puppy with the help of a hairdryer. Use the ‘air’ setting without the heat. First-time use will scare your puppies because of the sound. Just like in bathing, introduce him in using hairdryer slowly. Here is a video on how to properly bathe puppies.

Keeping your puppies clean is important, especially if they are living in your house. However, it is not necessary for them to take a bath because their mother keeps them clean. In case that they really need a good scrubbing due to bad odor or too much dirt, you can simply use a wet washcloth or even wet wipes. Once they reach the age of 3 months old, giving them a bath won’t be a problem.

If you have any advice, comments, or simply want to share your experience in bathing your puppies, feel free to write it below.

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The Human Aura

 

Though we are now living in a digital era with several advancements in technology, there are still several things in this world that can’t be explained by logic and science. One of these things is the human aura.

Back then, people are skeptical about the topic of human aura because they can’t “see” it. They thought that some people are simply making it up to gain attention or get a living out of it and earn money. However, several types of research are now showing that it is real. From the Quantum Physics field, there is scientific evidence which proves that we are all interconnected.

So what is human aura? It is an energy field that surrounds a person. Sometimes, it is also referred as a psychic energy field. The human aura is a colorful luminous body made up of multilayered oval energy field that surrounds our physical body. Furthermore, it is composed of colored bands of light, sound, and vibrations. The main source of our aura comes from the energy vortices of the body or the seven chakras; then all of it mixes together. As a result, it becomes an egg-shaped or an electromagnetic field that surrounds our body.

There are three different layers of the aura, which are different from one another because it is composed of physical, emotional, and spiritual. Several factors affect a person’s aura including the state of mind, emotions, and how he/she physically feel. Aside from these, the external factors should also put into consideration, such as energies in the environment, radio frequencies, the force fields of the planets, and much more. Thus, it is not surprising that a person’s aura is always in a state of flux. Based on these factors, the aura will be different from each person. Those who are feeling at ease by practicing yoga and eating healthy foods will have vibrant colors. On the other hand, those who are stressed, physically ill, or doesn’t bother taking care of themselves will have muddied colors. It becomes a visual indicator of a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual states. In addition, it is an electronic signature of who we are.

The Consumer Fraud

Consumer fraud is when a consumer experienced financial or other types of losses due to business transactions. The main intention of the criminal is to advertise and sell products and/or services by using deception, fraud, unfair commercial practices, suppression, or omission of any material fact that will mislead the consumers. Business transactions can happen in several types of form. Aside from personal experience, it consumer fraud can also be done through phone calls, mail, and online.

The Federal Trade Commission is the department of government assigned to protect the consumers. They are using various methods to educate everyone, such as law enforcement actions, lead workshops, consumer and business education, issue reports and policy guidance, and participation in forums.

According to the Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book (2017), the top consumer complaint is debt collection – which makes up 28% of the complaint. According to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), “a debt collector is someone who collects debts owed to others” – which can be companies, agencies, and lawyers. However, there are people who are using this scheme to scam others.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau advises people to do the following steps in order to verify whether the debt collector is legitimate or not:

  • Ask for information about the debt collect including the name of the person, name of the company, office address, telephone number, and professional license number.
  • Ask for a “validation notice”, which states the amount of your debt, the name of the credit to whom the money was owed, and the steps on how to proceed in case the person thinks that he/she don’t owe the money. Remember that the notice must be sent within 5 days after the debt collector contacts the person.

How to Buy Your Dream Home without Going Broke

 

At a very young age, we dream of having our own home – a place where we can start reaching for our goals and eventually, where we can start our own family. We are super excited for this day to come. However, when you consider the financial aspect of buying your dream home, it can be seriously overwhelming. According to the International Business Times, the price for houses in 2017 won’t increase but the mortgage rates will soar. Last December 29, the mortgage rate hit 4.32%. Based on the data of U.S. Census Bureau, the average selling price of houses is $360,900 and the median is $312,900. For those who want to buy a new home, it can be frustrating and discouraging.

But despite all of these, you shouldn’t get discouraged because you can still buy your dream home without going broke. There are several ways that you can do.

First, learn how much you need in order to buy your dream house. There are several factors that affect its price including the location, security, establishments in the area, appraisal value, upgrades and updates, and much more. It is important to be financially prepared so that you won’t accumulate debt that will make you work until the day you’ll die.

Second, ask advice from the professionals. Working with a realtor, lender, and home inspector will greatly help you in making an informed decision. The realtor and lender may work together in order to find your dream house without you going broke. They will be able to help you get pre-approved so that you won’t have to borrow money that you’ll have difficulty paying back. On the other hand, a home inspector will help you examine the property and give you advice regarding the state of the house – whether it will need any repairs or upgrades.

Third, consider looking for homes at the lower end of your budget. Just because a property is expensive doesn’t necessarily mean that it will suit your standard of ‘dream house’. You might be surprised that the perfect home can cost a lot less than what you are expecting. Thus, you won’t go broke and you can save some money.

Lastly, save from paying little to no taxes when you buy owner occupied home. In the U.S., the tax code is favorable in this situation. If you became an owner occupant and wanted to sell your home after some time, you won’t have to pay any capital gain taxes. Note that you have to live in the home for 2 out of the last 5 years in order to qualify for this exemption.