Labradoodles. Goldendoodles. Cockapoos. Maltipoos. Schnoodles. Cavapoos

Doodles are now one of America’s favorite family dogs. Their affectionate personalities, high intelligence and all around charm are just a few of the qualities we all love about these mixed breeds. But what isn’t talked about enough is how much time and effort is required to keep their gorgeous coats from tangling and matting.

Whether your doodle has thick tight curls or long flowing locks, chances are you often struggle to keep your dog’s coat tangle-free. Our groomers have pulled together their years of expertise to give you top tips for maintaining your doodle’s unique coat.

1. brush often

What most owners don’t know is that doodles and many other heavy-coated breeds need to be brushed out as often as every other day. Depending on your dog’s coat, a full body brush out can take 10 to 30 minutes. Sound daunting? Enlist the help of our crew! Add a Board & Brush to your dog’s boarding stay, or book a visit to our groomer for a thorough brush out.

2. BRUSH the right way

Along with brushing your doodle often, you also need the correct technique and brush to get the job done right. A slicker brush and comb are your new best friends. We found a helpful video tutorial on how to properly brush out your dog’s thick coat.

3. get to know your groomer

The easiest way to ensure the health of your doodle’s coat is to schedule recurring grooming appointments. Our groomers will ensure that your dog is properly bathed, conditioned, brushed and trimmed. Keeping your doodle’s hair trimmed will reduce the amount of knots and tangles.

4. AVOID PAINFUL MATTING


Matting can occur on any type of coat. Unless properly maintained, your dog’s hair will clump together to form painful mats that pull on the skin and can cause infection. Matting is most often irreversible and will usually need to be shaved off. Matts can form underneath your doodle’s top coat, so be sure to brush all the way down to their skin.


Our groomers are always happy to answer questions, give quick tips, and help you find the best grooming routine for you and your doodle. Your pet’s health and happiness is our priority. To schedule your dog’s next grooming appointment, you can call, go online or stop by your local Ark Pet Spa & Hotel.

Posted by Ark Crew  | Category: Pet Heath + Wellness

“[Animals] aren’t property, they’re part of the family. They have thoughts, feelings, emotions...and our laws need to reflect that,” said Assistant District Attorney Elaine Cuthbertson in a statement to USA Today in Nashville, Tennessee.

Our crew is pleased to hear the latest news surrounding animal cruelty laws. In case you’re out of the loop, the federal government has made strides towards preventing acts of violence towards animals. As of November 25th, animal cruelty has been determined a federal crime, along with creating and distributing videos or photos of similar acts. 

Every state holds their own laws to respond to animal cruelty crimes, but the recently passed PACT Act helps pursue animal cruelty cases that fall outside state jurisdiction and cross state lines. These crimes could result in serious fines and prison sentences up to seven years. President Donald Trump finally signed the new law with the support of countless others, including the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

Here at the Ark Pet Spa & Hotel, we believe that all animals deserve to be treated respectfully and lovingly. Our mission is to provide a safe, fun and loving environment for each pet who walks, crawls, slithers or flies through our doors. Whether your pet is in doggy daycare, boarding or grooming, you can have total peace of mind knowing that your furry friend is in safe hands.

Posted by Ark Crew  | Category: In Your Local Community

Traffic. Crowds. Lost baggage. Traveling during the holidays can be stressful. That’s why most folks board their pets while they’re away. But if you opt to take Fido along for the ride, brush up on these tips for making your travels a little smoother.

Be prepared.

Think ahead about where your dog will sleep, which supplies they’ll need, and if your destination has pet-friendly amenities like a dog park or potty station. Prep single servings of food, check that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date, and make a checklist of everything you’ll need to pack for your pup.

Get the right gear.

Whatever method of transport you’re using, bring the crate or carrier that best fits your pet’s size and comfort. Crate training is a great technique to keep your pet safe and secure wherever they are. If your pet isn’t going to remain in a crate while in the car, consider a seat belt leash or pet car seat.

Get that energy out.

Before you can expect your dog or cat to take it easy, help them expend their playful energy. Take your dog on a walk around the neighborhood or play an intense game of fetch. Whatever it takes to get out all the wiggles.

Create the peace.

Pets are very attuned to their owners’ emotions, so try to create a calming environment while packing and preparing for your trip. If your four-legged friend is prone to anxiety, try a pet-friendly CBD product to take off the edge. We recommend dog and cat treats like Healthy Hemp or Pet Releaf Edibites (both available at the Ark).

Weigh your options.

Not all pets adapt to new environments and people as easily as others. It’s important to take your pet’s personality and socialization skills into consideration before you decide whether to take your pet with you or board your pet. 

If you’re on the fence about leaving your pet behind, remember that you can use our Pet Cams to check in on your furry kid during their entire stay at the Ark. After a full day of play, your dog can snuggle up in their own cozy kennel. And don't forget that cats, guinea pigs, birds and all kinds of exotic pets are welcome at the Ark as well!

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