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Living with and loving flat-faced dogs

 

Caring For Your Flat-Faced Dog

Living with and loving a flat-faced dog is a bit different from sharing your life with a (what word do I use?Basic? No Regular? No-I got it! Traditional) traditionally built dog.

Sure a dog is a dog, but the flat-faced breeds DO require some extra work.

Each and every tin and tube of Nose Butter is made by The Blissful Dog, right here in far northern Minnesota.

We individually handcraft every container of Nose Butter that leaves here. Every single tin and tube is hand-poured...one-by-one. And yes, it does get science fiction cold here in the winter.

We use all natural and organic ingredients which we have sourced from human-grade, cosmetics sources.

No harm to your dog if they lick or swallow some.

Yes, you can use any of our products on yourself. We sure do!

We openly share the ingredients; shea butter, almond oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, castor oil, olive oil, beeswax, and cocoa seed butter. 

All the different dog breed labels are to make y'all smile. Our business would be a lot easier if we had one shiny nose label in eight sizes, instead keeping up with 10,000 different label templates. We like sharing that.

Nose Butter for your Chihuahua is the exact same asNose Butter for your Mastiff. It's the same recipe, identical formulation, just different labels. Having different breed labels allows us to customize your Nose Butter with your dog's breed. It's for fun!

Just like people, dogs can have a sensitivity to something. While we use bland, natural ingredients, we cannot be responsible for an individual dog's sensitivity to an certain ingredient.

The products have no active ingredients, 100% oils, butters and fats. While most dogs (and people) are not bothered by any of these non-reactive ingredients, of course there may be an exception. If your dog is having an issue with any product, stop using it.

We also make no claims to have a nut-free production environment. 

Occasionally someone tells us the product was denser or harder than they thought it would be. They were expecting something fluffier or softer like a cream or lotion.

For products to work on a dog's think nose leather it HAS to be dense enough to stay on your dog and get the job done. We have enough beeswax in the recipe to add more staying power. This makes it stiffer.

This one is an easy fix. Just use a spoon to dig a bit out and warm it in the palm of your hand.

The products melt at body temperature, so rubbing it in your palm will warm it up and make it easier to apply.

Or stick it in your pocket/bra to warm it.

Nose Butter Application

#1 Tip - Warm product before application for faster absorption

• To warm; stick in your pocket, bra, or scoop some out & warm in palm

• Open the tin or tube

• (Tin) Scoop a bit out appropriate to the size of your dog’s nose

• Dab it on their nose.

• You do not have to rub it in, it will melt, unless your dog licks it off (keep reading)

• Distract to keep them from licking (see below)

• Repeat 2-3x a day for 1-3 days or until nose is back in shape

• Then use as needed for maintenance (usually 1-2x a week)

• Apply as outlined above

• After 2-3 days of multiple daily application, test the crusty stuff with a bit of tissue and see if it will rub off

• If it does NOT crumble right off (it will look like black, greasy dirt), keep applying Nose Butter 2-3x a day until it easily, without picking, comes off.

• Resist the urge to pick as tempting as it may be.

• Apply 2-3x weekly or as needed

The crusty stuff is actually skin and hurts your dog if you pick it off, just like us pulling a scab off a skinned knee too soon.

• Give a cookie or treat before, during and after application

• Cuddles, pets, repeat as needed

• Feed their dinner (with extra yummies)

• Play your dog's fave game

• Throw a ball

• Go for a walk

• Pet them, lavish praise on them for their overall good dog-ness

• TIP! Not only does something positive (cookies) take their mind off having something done to them, it also build an association between GOOD STUFF and Nose Butter application.

Over the years we've had few customers tell us their dog does not "like" the Nose Butter.

It's not that dogs are finding the actual product offensive, but the process. When we control them it takes away their flight or fight and can be a trigger.

Bully and flat-faced breeds already have compromised breathing systems due to one of the very things that makes them so adorable...their flat faces.

Nature tells them to keep their breathing open and unrestricted, so when they are held tightly by you to apply Nose Butter, they resist.

Some dogs are triggered by being held tightly or controlled. This may come from puppy play, when they wrestle and play-fight. It's not fun for dogs (or us) to have siblings pile on and feel helpless. (I'm looking at my sisters)

When we hold our dogs tightly they might remember that feeling and try to get away. 

Try applying Nose Butter as they stand on all fours. Grab side of their face, or under chin, and dab it on fast.

If you stop using Nose Butter, the crust will probably eventually come back.

Remember, this is a condition, which means there is no CURE for Nasal Hyperkeratosis.

Think of it as moisturizing or using sunscreen on your own skin. We can't moisturize our faces (or slather on SPF30) once and be set for life.

Just as we have to keep using moisturizer to keep our skin in shape, we also have to keep applying Nose Butter to keep our dog's noses healthy.

Like cutting toenails...it's part of their health care regimen.