How to Groom a Difficult Dog / hellorigby seattle lifestyle and pet blog

How to Groom a Difficult Dog

4th May 2015

Product Sample: A complimentary brush was provided to me from Chewy in exchange for this review.

I don’t know about your pet, but mine is a nightmare. Well, when it comes to grooming at least. How to groom a difficult dog like Rigby has been a challenge, and I’ve spent the past two years trying to figure it out. With many epic fails under my belt, I think I’ve finally figured most of it out. It may not be perfect, but these tips keep us both sane and, for the most part, happy, throughout the grooming process.

How to Groom a Difficult Dog / hellorigby seattle lifestyle and pet blog

How to Groom a Difficult Dog

1. Have a lot of treats on hand: Lucky for me, Rigby is extremely treat-motivated. His mood and mind are easily manipulated with a food reward, which in turn makes grooming an easier task. When Rigby is introduced to a new tool, like the Dual Brush that Chewy.com sent us to try out from Furminator, I introduced it to him with lots of yummy treats before it even touched him. This gives him a positive association with the brush so next time he sees it, hopefully, he will think only yummy things come with the brush.

And when it comes to brushes, I like the Furminator Dual Brush for pulling out loose hairs, especially after a major brushing session. For full coat blow like we’re going through right now, Rigby needs something a little more heavy-duty like a bath and a rake. We’ve also used the Zoom Groom with success though careful leaving this around puppies because Rigby enjoyed chewing on it too. ;)

2. Have someone to help you: When grooming or bathing a squirming dog, having a second set of hands is invaluable. If Rigby is being particularly difficult, sometimes I will just wait until Dave can help me. At the very least, a second person can be a distraction to keep your dog calm while you quickly finish up the grooming process.

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3. Take small steps: Don’t push too far ahead too quickly, especially if grooming makes your dog anxious. I think it’s important only to do as much as your dog is comfortable with at a time. For Rigby, this is a nail or two with a Dremel, and one section of brushing in one session. I’ll usually come back to the other sections or nails later in the day.

4. Be open to alternatives: I have an interesting trick I thought I’d share with you for how I maintain Rigby’s nails. It’s not perfect, but he’s much more comfortable filing his nails down than he is having clippers or a Dremel used on them. I still have to go back and clean up the nails that aren’t quite taken care of with this method and Dremel his dewclaws, but overall teaching him this has helped us out a ton!


5. Stay calm: Most of all, keeping yourself calm, cool, and collected will make the overall process much easier. I find it’s helpful to not put too much pressure on yourself to reach any particular goals with grooming to not set yourself up for disappointment and stress. Just do the best you can, and if it doesn’t work this time, try, try again.

Do you have a dog that’s difficult to groom? How do you deal with it? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks! :)


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How to Wear Distressed Jeans: Deconstructed Vigoss Jeans, Military Jacket, and White Button Up Outfit / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

Distressed Jeans

29th April 2015

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A couple of weeks ago, I had a total flashback-deja-vu type moment. I was walking into Alderwood Mall and felt like I’d done this before. I’ve been back to that mall many times since moving away from the area, but for some reason this day took me back to my high school days. Many moons ago, I was a mall worker and felt like I basically lived there. I bet you’ll never guess what my job was in a thousand years. Wait for it….

How to Wear Distressed Jeans: Deconstructed Vigoss Jeans, Military Jacket, and White Button Up Outfit / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

I was a Certified Bra Fitter at JCPenney. Yes, really.

I had some really, really interesting (okay, awkward) experiences over my few years working there, but overall it was a really great first “real” job. Working at the mall allowed me to flex my shopping muscles (a little too) often, and I met a lot of great friends. Some short term, but some life long friends as well.

How to Wear Distressed Jeans: Military Jacket, White Collared Shirt, Distressed Skinny Jeans, & Gray Booties Outfit / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

But really, I think what set off my flashback moment was the reason I was back at the mall – one of the brands I loved as a little high schooler was hosting an event. Nordstrom and InStyle Magazine were hosting a pop-up featuring the latest collection for Vigoss Jeans. I won’t lie, they haven’t been on my radar much recently. I knew them as a junior’s brand, and remember their contrast stitching and bedazzled pockets fondly. But just like me, Vigoss Jeans have grown up a bit and actually have some really fun styles.

How to Wear Distressed Jeans: James Perse White Button Up, Vigoss Deconstructed Jeans, Rag & Bone Gray Newbury Booties Outfit / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

How to wear distressed jeans is a bit out of my comfort zone, but it was fun to style them for the event. I’m also loving their boyfriend styles and their distressed light wash denim jeans. I’ve heard a few of the inseams on some of these are petite-friendly, which is always a plus. I didn’t have a chance to try them all on, but I’m hoping to get back to the mall to try on a few pairs for spring.

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What I’m Wearing

Jeans: Distressed Jagger Skinny Jeans (similar), c/o Vigoss Jeans
Top: James Perse Sheer Slub Panel Shirt, thrifted
Jacket: Nordstrom (similar)
Booties: Rag & Bone Newbury in Grey (budget-friendly)
Necklace: Borrowed from Rocksbox; use code HELLORIGBYXOXO to get your first month free!

What style of denim are you craving for spring? Have you tried Vigoss Jeans recently?


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April Shopping Budget: What I Returned / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

April’s Shopping Budget

28th April 2015

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Oh geez. Do I really have to talk about my shopping last month? Between the Sephora and Ulta sales that were happening, as well as a few purchases here and there, I feel like  I ordered a lot of stuff. The good news is that I didn’t keep most of my clothing purchases – however, I did fill my makeup cabinets up with purchases that I bought specifically to write about and test out. Those will be coming in the next several months and I’m kind of excited to share them.

Oh geez. Do I really have to talk about my shopping last month? Between the Sephora and Ulta sales that were happening, as well as a few purchases here and there, I feel like  I ordered a lot of stuff. The good news is that I didn’t keep most of my clothing purchases – however, I did fill my makeup cabinets up with purchases that I bought specifically to write about and test out. Those will be coming in the next several months and I’m kind of excited to share them.

But anyways… onto what I bought this month!

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What I Bought

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Spring Makeup Tutorial with Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette / hellorigby seattle beauty and fashion blog

Spring Makeup with Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette

24th April 2015

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Happy Friday! I’m so glad the week is finally over (though I won’t lie, I know this weekend is going to fly by and that bums me out.)

Spring Makeup Tutorial with Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette / hellorigby seattle beauty and fashion blog

Today I’m not going to be writing a whole lot because I have a new video! My friend Erica from Coming Up Roses had the idea to share our favorite Spring Makeup Looks, so I filmed mine and am sharing it today! I grabbed my new Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette that I picked up during the Sephora sale because the colors just scream spring.

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Puella Swing Dress with Leather Jacket and Layered Necklaces / hellorigby seattle fashion and style blog

How to Wear Patterned Tights

23rd April 2015

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Unlike last week, I’m pleased that today is actually Thursday and not Friday. I need all the extra time I can get to prepare for this weekend. On Saturday, I’m going to be speaking and holding a workshop at an all-day conference for 175+ high school students interested in pursuing fashion as a career. Woohoo… yeah, I’m not nervous at all.

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