How To House-Train Your Puppy

House-training your new puppy is probably one of the most dreaded of all the training you and your new pup have to go through — but it’s also one of the most important. If homeowners don’t house-train their dog, then they run the risk of ruining their home’s floors and, eventually, other bad behaviors may develop in the future. At Canine College, our professional dog training company in the Boston area is here to help first time puppy owners figure out the best course of action. Our training technique involves a lot of positive reinforcement, patience, and persistence, which is exactly what you’ll need here. First things first, never give your new puppy free range around your entire home. Instead, keep them in the crate as often as possible, or confined to one room so that they don’t have an accident elsewhere in the house. Next, take away their food between meals in order to establish a regular eating habit. The first thing you should do every day is take your dog outside so they can relieve themselves after waiting all night. Don’t forget to immediately let them outside after meals. Have a specified area of the yard where your dog should go to the bathroom so that they get used to the idea of going there and nowhere else. After your puppy does his business outside (be sure to stay with him while outside) always reward your dog with treats, verbal or physical praise. Keep in mind that every dog is different! Puppies may take 4 to 6 months to completely potty train. If you’re having difficulties training...

Canine College: The Boston Area’s Dog Boarding Facility

Since 1970, Canine College Bow Wow Resort has been providing dog and cat owners with boarding services. Our pet boarding facility is located in Holbrook, not far from the city of Boston. We’re located in Holbrook for a reason: Space for your pet! Any dog boarding facilities in the Boston area are normally too cramped and don’t offer pets enough room to enjoy themselves while you’re gone. The prices are also inflated due to high demand and the nature of being in the city. Bow Wow Resort features amenities such as climate controlled living spaces for your dog or cat, a private outdoor exercise pad, and as always plenty of food and water. Choosing the right boarding facility It can be hard to find the right dog boarding facility that both you and your pet approve of. Ours is clean, affordable and spacious. You can even choose a variety of add-on services while you’re away, such as grooming, training services, day care, playtime and medication administration. If you’re planning on taking a spring vacation or an early summer vacation, Canine College Bow Wow Resort recommends that you book well in advance as space does fill up quickly during the warmer months. Contact us today to book a boarding...

Boston Dog Training Options

At Canine College, we know you have dozens of options to choose from when it comes to finding the right dog training company for you and your dog’s needs. However, many Boston dog trainers don’t offer as a wide a selection of courses as we have available here. The bottom line is: every dog and owner are different — there are different breeds, different ages, different temperaments of dogs and both owners and their pets learn at different rates. Due to these varying differences, our Boston dog training facility offers the following training options. Puppy Kindergarten Puppy kindergarten is a great option for puppies 9 to 16 weeks old. The 5 week course exposes your new puppy to basic commands while on leash. This class, held at our Holbrook facility, is great to just introduce your pup to simple rules and will also expose your dog to other dogs and humans. Elementary Dog Training Great for dogs of all ages, Canine College offers two levels: Elementary I and Elementary II training. The first covers the basic commands such as sit, stay and heel all done in a group setting. Elementary II builds upon the basic commands and goes through the course at a faster pace. Group Training Aside from puppy kindergarten and elementary dog training, additional group training classes include advanced elementary, beyond advanced and off leash, competition training, aggression and protection training, and tracking courses. Read more here for more information about these courses. Private Dog Training What really makes our Boston area dog training company unique is that almost all of our classes we offer allow dog...

New Canine Good Citizen Class Scheduled for March 19th

Canine College is gearing up to start another Canine Good Citizen class starting this Sunday, March 19th. The class will be held at our spacious Holbrook MA site located at 70 White Rock Spring Road. Canine Good Citizen was established in 1989 by the American Kennel Club in order to encourage dog owners to improve their dog’s behavior and in turn promote the idea of well-behaved dogs. This multi-step test lasts about an hour and, if your dog passes, they receive a coveted CGC Certificate. This certificate states that your dog is well-behaved and is a model dog for other dog owners in your community. Click here for more information about what the CGC test entails. SIGN UP NOW FOR CANINE GOOD CITIZEN...

When to Consider Private Dog Training Classes

When asked, most dog owners will say that training their dog is important to them. Having a well-behaved dog will not only earn you compliments from friends and family, but also improve the relationship you have with your dog. However, not all dogs are created equal when it comes to training. At Canine College, we understand that each dog has their own unique personality, which is why there are different training classes available for you and your pup. When to Choose Private Dog Training. Although it may be cheaper to opt for group dog training lessons at our Holbrook MA facility, private dog training should not be ruled out, especially if your dog is prone to the following behaviors: Aggression. If your dog is aggressive towards other dogs, animals or humans, then it’s probably a good idea to hire a private dog trainer who can come to your home. Dogs are territorial, and having a training session in a place where they feel comfortable may be the best option. Shyness. On the flip side, if your dog is shy and scared of strangers and being around other dogs, private dog training is a better option. Again, your dog will feel safe learning new tricks in your own home. You can also request your private, in-home dog trainer to help your pup become more accustomed to strangers and other animals by taking them for walks around the neighborhood or taking them to a local dog park. Old Age. Although this is not a behavioral issue, sometimes older dogs have a harder time keeping up with learning new tricks at the pace puppies might....
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