Muddy Paws Dog Grooming, Boarding, Dog Day Care,
Dog Training & Dog Grooming School
Executive Director and Master Groomer Christy VanCleave (front) and the exceptional Muddy Paws staff.
Muddy Paws Grooming is your one-stop shop for your dog's grooming, boarding and training needs.
Besides you and their veteranarian, your pet's Dog Groomer is one of the most important people in their lives. Regular grooming is an essential part of maintaining your dog's overall health. Our groomers will pamper your pooches and have them looking good and smelling fresh.
Going on a vacation or business trip and need quality loving care for your dog or cat while you're away? Travel with peace of mind knowing your family dog or cat will be well taken care. We treat your pets as if they were our own.
Muddy Paws Office Manager
Muddy Paws Dog Grooming provides the following services...
- Dog grooming
- Dog and cat boarding
- Dog training
- Doggie day care
- Dog Grooming school through our Pets Helping People program
Muddy Paws Grooming:
- Member of Tulsa Groomers Association
- IPG (International Groomers Association) Certified Master Groomer
- Member of International Society of Canine Cosmetologists
DOG GROOMING SERVICES
Pets Helping People trainees work in the Myra Worley Grooming Room.
All of our dog groomers have been taught by a Certified Master Groomer through the International Professional Groomers Association.
Since we are also a dog grooming school we can usually take dogs in on the day they call in. We are fully staffed to be able to handle many dogs each day.
We have special discount rates for dogs that have been adopted or are in foster care with many rescue groups as well as shelters and Tulsa Animal Welfare.
We require proof of vaccinations before grooming your dog.
DOG & CAT BOARDING
Our dog and cat boarding fee is $25 per night.
This price includes day care during the day if the dogs are fixed and dog friendly. Multi pet households receive discounted rates if the pets can be housed in the same kennel area.
Our boarding kennels are usually only full during the evening when we put the animals to bed in the evening. We take the dogs out to the gravel fenced in back yard every 2 hours throughout the day, this helps with potty training during their stay. We will administer medications as needed during their stay.
We do need proof of current vaccinations including rabies, parvo, bordetella, distemper, lepto.
We also have you bring enough food for the pets stay with us. We provide doggie cots for beds, but if you would like your pet to sleep on its favorite bed or play with its favorite toys or chewies, then you may bring them along.
We are happy to offer our dog grooming and cat groomig services to you before you return so that your pet is fluffed and buffed and great smelling for your return.
DOGGIE DAY CARE
We provide full and half day options for day care. $7 for a half day and $15 for a full day (4 or more hours). Temperament testing and screening before entering.
Our day care is indoors and climate controlled. We do run the dogs out to the graveled, fenced in area in the back to relieve themselves every 2 hours during the day.
We have packages available for multi-day care.
Pam Wilson is our dog trainer. We offer puppy and basic classes. Pam also offers private lessons in the privacy of your own home. Pam has 2 miniature schnauzers at home. Pam is registered with the Oklahoma Film makers as a dog handler/ trainer.
She recently helped on the set of the Home Run movie that is due to be released in the theaters of fall 2012. She worked with Daily Diamond the puppy in the Celebrate Recovery movie.
Our training classes are 6 weeks long, 1 hour a week with your dog. 6 weeks of classes run $89.
Privates are on an individual needs basis.
Please call for a quote.
Please note: The first dog is $25 per night for boarding. Additional dogs are only $15 per night/per dog. Prices subject to change without notice.
HEALTH TIPS FOR DOGS
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Health Tips for Dogs
Espree has solutions for Hot SpotsEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
- Dull blades cause clipper irritation by dragging against the dog's skin and pulling hair. When you pull hair rather than clip it you can cause irritation. The more the dog itches the more the rash spreads and it can get really sore and red. Clipper irritation can cause the dog’s skin to be red, itchy and inflamed.
- Common causes are dull blades, clipping too close, hot blades, matted coats, or allergies. Sensitive areas such as the face, throat, groin, anus and genitals are generally the parts of the body that show signs of irritation. If left untreated the pet will lick and scratch, causing secondary problems.
Espree has solutions for Clipper IrritationEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Causes: Itchy skin may cause your dog to excessively scratch, bite or lick its skin. Itching can be caused by many reasons such as parasites, dehydration, allergies, infections, humidity, congenital diseases, hormone levels and many others. Itching scrapes the skin and hair follicle thus damaging the top layers which protects and holds in moisture.
Sebaceous glands secrete oils that protect the skin and coat. If moisture is too low and damage is done to these glands, they may not produce enough oil and lead to dry, itchy skin or over produce and cause oily skin. If the itching is not relieved, scratching can lead to skin damage and secondary infections.
Espree has solutions for Itchy SkinEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Mudbath Conditioning Treatment – Dead Sea mud absorbs into the skin and coat supplying it with a powerful infusion of natural minerals which supports the relief of itchy, dry skin. The fine mud grains clean the skin, removing dirt particles and impurities while absorbing toxins. It gently peels away dead skin cells, to reveal a healthier layer of skin while improving new skin generation. Mudbath provides the skin with exceptional moisturizing while helping maintain natural skin hydration.
DERMATITIS / FLEA BITE DERMATITIS
Flea bite dermatitis is from an allergic reaction to the saliva of a flea. The reaction is severe itching, inflamed skin, hair loss and red bite marks.
Flea control is the key to solving the problem, followed up with medicated shampoo, conditioner and a rinse to sooth the area.
Espree has solutions for Dermatitis / Flea Bite DermatitisEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
DRY or CRACKED PAW PADS
Causes: The paw pad is covered by thick leathery skin and allows the dog to sweat. If the dog's pad stays soft and pliable it will keep from becoming dry and cracked.
Cracking can be caused by numerous environmental conditions such as extreme weather; icy cold conditions, extended periods on cement, humid dry areas, or items that can puncture the pad such as rocks, stickers or cactus.
Espree’s Paw Balm can be used safely every day to keep the pads soft. Paw Balm can also be used on elbows of dogs that are dry and cracked as well.
Espree has solutions for Dry or Cracked Paw PadsEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Paw Balm - Espree’s Paw Balm can be used safely every day to keep the pads soft. Paw Balm can also be used on elbows of dogs that are dry and cracked as well. Rich Lanolin, Beeswax, Vitamin E, Arnica and Comfrey are combined for paw pad protection.
Pads will become more pliable to reduce cracking and possible injury against rough rocky roads, hot tar or pavement surfaces, ice and salt. The applied balm formulation aids against slippage allowing the pet greater mobility.
OILY or DRY SKIN
Causes: A dog with excessively oily or excessively dry skin is likely to have seborrhea. One major symptom of seborrhea is greasy hair because of the excess oil the skin is producing.
Dogs with this condition often scratch and cause hair loss, scaly inflamed skin with flakes and a foul odor. This is chronic in some breeds but can also be brought about by allergies, fungal or bacterial infections, parasites and skin diseases.
Solutions include shampoos or coat and skin treatments that gently remove the oil while treating the skin.
Espree has solutions for Oily or Dry SkinEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Causes: A dog's matted coat is both uncomfortable and hazardous to its health. Matts pull at the dog's skin and may cause the skin to break down over time.
Removing matts can be a simple process given the proper tools, but it may be very time consuming if the dog is not kept on a regular grooming schedule.
For severely matted dogs the only option may be to shave the pet. If the hair is matted it has no exposure to the air and sores and redness will appear. There are many products to help with mat removal such as dematting sprays, finishing sprays, silicones etc.
Espree has solutions for Matted CoatsEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Show Style Aloe Silk! Hair Restore – Restores and conditions, repairs the coat while adding full volume and fabulous shine. This is a super styling product is enriched with Aloe Vera and Silk Proteins and feels great on the skin and coat.
Causes: Shedding is just a natural part of owning a dog. Light is the biggest contributor of the shedding cycle. Artificial light in a house can cause indoor dogs to shed more than outdoor dogs.
Other factors which can affect shedding are illness, disease, hormonal changes, pregnancy, skin problems, bacterial infections and stress. Double coated dogs shed at least once a year.
Short coated dogs shed in a mosaic pattern and can shed year round. When a dog is in a shedding cycle it is good to bathe, dry and brush the dog to remove the dead coat. This helps the skin to breathe. Removing the dead coat will help uncover hidden matting, hot spots and many other skin problems. See your veterinarian if you see excessive shedding, bald spots or symmetric hair loss.
Espree has solutions for SheddingEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
TEAR STAINS & EYE ISSUES
- The most common cause of tear staining is excessive tearing. Eliminating excess tearing is one of the best ways to stop staining. If there is any foul odor associated with the staining a vet visit is recommended.
- When the facial hair is wet it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast to grow. Keeping the hair away from the face will prevent hair from falling into the eyes causing irritation.
- A change in diet and drinking bottled water can also help control excessive tearing.
Espree has solutions for Tear Stains & Eye IssuesEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Causes: Normal ears are pink and clean with a neutral smell. Ear problems could manifest in the following ways: scratching and shaking the head, bad odor in one or both ears, colored discharges ranging from black and waxy to green or yellow, inflamed and swollen ear flap, tilting of the head, and hearing loss.
Dogs that are active outdoors are likely to pick up foreign objects such as dirt and stickers.
Espree has solutions for Ear InfectionsEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
- Place a moderate amount of Ear Care on a cotton ball. Gently swab outer ear folds until clean. Place cotton ball on tip of finger and gently swab inner ear until cotton ball comes out clean.
- Apply 2 drops of Ear Care into the ear canal. Massage the area around the ear to allow the Ear Care to absorb into the ear canal. Allow the pet to shake after application. Use a cotton ball to clean the folds and crevices of the outer ear.
SKUNKED AND OTHER MALODORS
Causes: If your dog has been sprayed by a skunk you need to use an odor nuetralizing shampoo immediately.
The longer the skunk odor is in the coat, the harder it is to get the smell out. Skunk spray is an oil with a sulfur- alcohol compound in the musk.
Old fashion home remedies like tomato juice or vinegar really do not fully remove the smell since these remedies just mask the odor.
Odor Nuetralizing shampoos work well on odors caused by dirt, feces, stagnant water or just a strong “doggie smell”.
Espree has solutions for Skunked and
Espree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
ARTHRITIS, SORE JOINTS & SORE MUSCLES
Causes: Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints. Large dogs are affected more than small dogs because of the extra strain placed on the ligaments and joints.
Dogs will experience different degrees of lameness, stiffness and joint pain. Damp and cold surroundings increase pain and stiffness. Natural products such as peppermint oil can help relieve the inflammation.
Espree has solutions for Arthritis, Sore Joints & Sore MusclesEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Causes: Our pets suffer with allergies much like us humans. Allergies usually fit into 2 categories with our pets; food allergies and inhalant allergies such as grasses, trees, molds and other seasonal pollens.
Signs of allergies might include any one or more of the following; itchy skin, chewing and licking of the feet, watery eyes, nasal and eye discharge, chronic ear infections scratching or chewing.
Hypo-allergenic shampoos use ingredients that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction including the absence of fragrance or cologne.
Espree has solutions for AllergiesEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
Causes: When a dog’s nails bleed it can be very painful for the pet as well as cause a possible infection. Treating the nail quickly and properly is the key.
Nails may bleed due to a wide range of accidents such as catching a cracked nail in the carpet, breaking a nail while running outside or trimming a nail too short with the nail clippers.
There are also some internal organ diseases that may affect the nail to crack and crumble, exposing the quick.
Espree has solutions for Bleeding NailsEspree Products that help (go to espree.com and type product name in “Product Search” for more details):
PETS HELPING PEOPLE
Pets Helping People provides training for women with criminal backgrounds and prepares them for careers in the pet care industry.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Pets Helping People (PHP) is a 501(c)(3) charitable entity, Federal ID #80-0407977.
PHP targets current inmates and/or felons who are 1) in transition from prison or 2) in drug court and avoiding prison to train in the pet grooming industry.
The Pets Helping People Program provides a re-entry path back into society for anyone desiring to work hard and to be self-sustaining. The growing dog grooming industry offers a solid career path for individuals with felonies and criminal backgrounds. Each class rotation consists of 4-6 trainees working and studying for 40 hours per week for four months. Instruction may be modified by extending the training period to accommodate persons training part-time.
Pets Helping People owns and operates Muddy Paws Dog Grooming as its training facility. Volunteers badged by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections transport program trainees from DOC facilities to the shop throughout the training cycle. Program participants are trained by a Certified Master Dog Groomer and are equipped to work as bathers/brushers, kennel technicians or groomers upon graduation.
The training provided to each trainee has been valued at up to $7,000 and is available at no charge to participants once they are accepted into the program. Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared for employment, earning $9 to $25 per hour. To date, Pets Helping People has successfully placed all program graduates in employment with area grooming shops at no cost to the graduates.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
1. Pets Helping People started in February 2009 as a not-for-profit organization and opened Muddy Paws as the training facility in February 2010.
2. Since 2010, PHP has enrolled 129 trainees. Eighty-seven trainees have graduated; 22 have failed to complete; 20 are currently in training.
3. PHP has a 4% recidivism rate – well below the 13.3% state average for female offenders.
4. 93% of graduates desiring to work in the pet industry have been placed for employment in 33 grooming shops in the Tulsa area.
5. After six months experience, Northeast Oklahoma grooming retailers employ PHP graduates as a. Groomer: $9 - $25/hr b. Bather/Brusher: $8 - $18/hr c. Kennel Tech: $8 - $10/hr
6. Oklahoma’s female incarceration rate is double the national average of 65%. The 2013 FY Annual Report for the Department of Corrections shows Oklahoma’s rate at 136 per 100,000 women. Oklahoma DOC states “Over incarceration is a state issue. By consistently using imprisonment for low risk, nonviolent offenders with short sentences, Oklahoma is paying a premium for public safety.” The state needs to deal with the reintegration of these women into society, and PHP is addressing the crisis.
7. PHP utilizes rescue and shelter dogs to learn grooming techniques, thus increasing the chances for these pets to be successfully adopted in a loving home. Rescued dogs used for instruction totaled 659 in 2011; 1,626 in 2012; 1,559 in 2013 and 1,668 in 2014.
8. The Tulsa community solidly endorsed PHP by donating more than 24,000 volunteer hours in 2012; 24,740 in 2013 and 30,310 in 2014.
9. Similar training costs for each woman at a for-profit organization could total up to $7,000. PHP covers 100% of training costs through private donations, the annual fundraiser and pet care services from Muddy Paws.
10. Staff and volunteers log more than 24,000 miles each year to transport women to/from prison facilities to the training at Muddy Paws.
(2014 Data Report by Pets Helping People)
PETS HELPING PEOPLE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board President – Charlie Pennington, Community Volunteer
Board Vice President – Steve Murphy, Yorktown Builders
Board Secretary -- Meredith Jump, Beck Design
Board Treasurer – Krista Cash, BancFirst
Susie Brown, Tulsa Community College
Riki Funderburk, OMNI Air International
Courtney Haxton, Osteopathic Founders Foundation
Jean Letcher, Tulsa Animal Welfare
Philip Mock, Adams Hall
Faith Orlowski, Sneed Lang PC
Roy Peters, Community Volunteer
Cindy Peterson, Melton Truck Lines
Joann Wilson, Community Volunteer
Joe Worley, Tulsa World
PAWS FOR A CAUSE
Paws for a Cause is the annual fundraising event for Pets Helping People. The event is held each fall, with proceeds going to fund the growth and operations of the Pets Helping People training program, which prepares women with criminal backgrounds to support themselves and their families through successful employment in the pet care industry.
The 2015 Paws for a Cause Annual Fundraiser will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Glenpool Conference Center.
The evening includes dinner, silent and live auctions, a giving tree, keynote speaker and a few surprises.
Proceeds from the 2015 Paws for a Cause will go to renovate and upgrade the Muddy Paws boarding and playroom areas.
SPONSORSHIP AND TICKET INFORMATION
$5,000 – Best of Show Sponsorship
Preferred seating for 10; dog grooming certificates for each guest, program recognition, specialty wine and party favors.
$2,500 – Champion Sponsorship
Preferred seating for 8, dog grooming certificates for Each guest, program recognition, specialty wine and party favors.
$1,000 – Purebred Sponsorship
Reserved table for 8, program recognition
$750 – “Love My Mutt” Sponsorship
Reserved seating for 6, program recognition
$200 – Pet Lover Couple Sponsor
Reserved seating for 2, program recognition
$75 Individual Ticket
For information and to reserve your seat or table, call Debbie at 918-749-5255.