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Liv Northgate Apartments is pleased to provide our residents with a bark park here in our apartment community. We also offer activities catering to our pets and their owners. We appreciate the time and effort that goes into caring for your pets. Today we’re sharing some tips for grooming your pet and a few resources for pet care in Gilbert, AZ.

Cleaning and Grooming Your Pet 

Grooming Routines 

It is important to create a routine when it comes to grooming your pet. Keeping things the same each time will help your pet learn what to expect. To begin, brush your dog several times a week for a few minutes at a time, slowly working up to brushing out sensitive areas. Work up to being able to completely brush out your dog’s coat in a single sitting.   

Be sure to brush the fur out before you bathe your pet. Brushing removes loose dirt, burs, and tangles. Bathing your dog before you brush simply makes a bigger mess. Take the time to get the first layer taken care of with a good brushing session. What type of brush you use is a matter of personal preference, as well as what works best for the type of dog you have — short hair vs long hair, for example.

Homemade Pet Shampoo

Use a high-quality shampoo to wash your pet. Less expensive brands often have harsh ingredients. We also found homemade shampoos you may want to try.

Homemade Oatmeal Shampoo

This shampoo is specifically for relieving your pet’s dry, itchy skin. You just need oatmeal, baking soda, and warm water to make it. Get your pet wet, lather them up with this shampoo, let the shampoo sit for five minutes, rinse off, and dry your furry friend. The baking soda absorbs odors while the oatmeal soothes and moisturizes your pet’s skin. 

Homemade Pet Shampoo with Essential Oils

The essential oils in this homemade pet shampoo will help to keep your pet’s coat shiny and smelling great! What you will need: water, aloe vera gel, castile soap, and peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary essential oils. The lavender essential oil also helps repel fleas!

Pet Grooming, Training & Supply Resources 


A convenient way to get toys and treats for your pup, BarkBox is a monthly subscription service that delivers to your door. Filled with “all-natural treats, chews, and our original toys,” the mission of BARK is to provide “The best treats, the best toys, the best seat on the couch.”  Based in New York (and Ohio), the company loves to bring joy to pets and their owners.  


Pet grooming, training, and veterinary services are all available at Petsmart stores, along with a large selection of pet care items, pet food, and more.


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