What To Expect From a Dog Boarding Facility

Leaving your dog in the hands of another while you’re heading out of town is the ultimate trust exercise. All dog owners want the best for their pup, which is why you only look for the best dog boarding facility in the Boston area. If you haven’t yet boarded your dog in a boarding facility, here are a few things you should look for when trying to decide which is best for you and your dog. Space. Take a walk around the grounds of the boarding facility and get a feel for the amount of outdoor space your dog will have access to. Some boarding facilities only allow dogs to have a 6×6 outdoor plot that’s sectioned away from other dogs. Although this is a standard at most dog kennels, Canine College also has a large play pen where dogs can be social! Affordability. The longer your vacation without your pup, the more you will end up paying for your dog to be lodged at a boarding facility. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to be paying top dollar. Be sure to compare rates before you make a decision to make a reservation. At Canine College, our pet boarding rates are less expensive than those located within the city of Boston. Holbrook is located just outside the city, which means more space for your dog and more money in your pocket. Cleanliness. First impressions are everything, so if you notice that the pet boarding facility you’ve chosen isn’t as nice as it looked from the pictures online, then perhaps it’s time to go with option two. At Canine College, our pet boarding...

Benefits of Boarding Your Pet at Canine College

Summer is here and everyone is excited to take vacations with family and friends. Whether you’re off to somewhere tropical, mountainous, inland or coastal, there are some areas of the country (or perhaps you’re going overseas) that just aren’t pet friendly. Thankfully, there are pet boarding facilities all across Boston who are here to help out. At Canine College, Bow Wow Resort, we will board your dog and cat for as long as you need! Sure you could end up just paying your neighbor to stop in once a day to let your dog out and feed the cat, however if you’re planning on a trip lasting more than a couple days, we recommend taking the pet boarding approach. Pet Boarding Perks At our pet boarding facility in Holbrook, your dog will be anything but bored. You have options to include grooming, playtime, training sessions and daily walks with our staff members in order to help better pass the time. Depending on your dogs needs and ability to get along with other breeds, our facility has a large communal space within which dogs can enjoy some daily freetime. Clean, Spacious Facility Your pet’s health is important to us, which is why at Canine College, Bow Wow Resort our staff members are certified and capable of administering any medications your pet may need. We have no problems accommodating your pet if they have certain diet restrictions as well, simply supply us with the food they require and the amount needed and we will administer it properly. All of our kennels are cleaned thoroughly each time a guest leaves, which means...

Is My Dog Being Too Aggressive?

Every dog owner at some point in their life asks themselves whether or not their dog is too aggressive. In this day and age where dogs of almost all breeds are getting a bad reputation, it’s tough to make the call as to whether the actions of your dog warrant training and special attention. Of course, we all want to be good upstanding citizens (while having an upstanding dog), so it’s important to try and catch any aggressive behavior before it gets worse. At Canine College, our expert dog trainers have decades of experience pinpointing aggressive behavior. In general, we encourage dog owners to watch out for the following behavior cues: Becoming very still and rigid in new situations of when introduced to new people/pets Guttural bark that sounds threatening or stops other dogs in their tracks Being territorial by lunging forward or charging at the person or another animal (but with no contact) Using their mouth to control another animal or person without making puncture wounds Performing a “muzzle punch” — which is when your dog “punches” a person or other pet with their nose Growling, snarling or barking repeatedly Showing teeth or snapping at strangers, family members or other pets. Quick nip that leaves no mark or a bite that tears the skin A bite anywhere on the body the causes a bruise or a puncture wound Repeated bites or nips that either cause bruising or puncture wounds anywhere on the body Bite, grip and shake without any sign of letting go Things to Keep in Mind It’s important to note that not all of these actions...

Preparing to Hike With Your Dog

It’s getting to be that time of year again: Hiking season! For those of us with dogs there’s no better opportunity to wear out your energetic ball of fur than to hit the trails in New England. However, before you step out into the wilderness, there are a few things you’ll need to do in order to get your dog ready for the trail. Schedule a vet visit. First things first, you’ll want to make sure to take your dog to the vet at least a month before hitting the trail. They will need to be up to date on all their vaccinations and you can even opt for allergy testing to determine if your dog is allergic to any types of trees or pollen. You can also request a flea and tick collar from your vet if the area you’re hiking in is prone to these types of insects. Read up on trail rules. Not all trails are created equal when it comes to allowing dogs to accompany their humans. If you plan on hiking in a national park, you will most likely not be allowed to bring your dog. However, state forests and parks are more lax and will allow dogs on a leash at all times. Brush up on obedience training. If your dog tends to get overwhelmed in a public setting, it’s probably a good idea to opt for training classes. At Canine College, our dog training facility provides group training classes or private training classes depending on your pup’s needs. We recommend exposing your dog to other dogs and humans in a group training setting in order...

Canine College Offers New Trick Dog Classes

Our greater Boston area dog training and pet boarding facility is excited to announce a new addition to our dog training classes — Trick dog training! The first class starts Monday, May 15  at 6:45 pm at our Holbrook training and boarding facility located at 70 White Rock Spring Road. What Is Trick Dog Training? Tricks are one of the most entertaining and rewarding aspect of owning a dog. Dog owners have been seeking trick dog training for decades — ever since the popularity of celebrity dogs in the early and mid 1900’s. The great thing about trick dog training is that nearly any breed of dog and any age can perform at least some type of trick — all it takes is a little patience, some rewards and praise, and good communication between dog and owner. At Canine College, our professional dog trainers are here to help you and your dog become a master trickster! Understanding Trick Dog Title Levels Trying to balance 7 milk bones on top of your dog’s nose isn’t going to happen right off the bat, nor will doing a backflip upon the flick of your finger. Dog training, no matter what it is, takes time, and therefore there are certain levels of training that you and your dog must go through in order to work your way to the top. Novice Trick Dog: To earn this title, your dog must perform 10 tricks designated by the American Kennel Club. If your dog is already a Canine Good Citizen, then they only need to perform 5 tricks to earn this title. Intermediate Trick Dog: Your dog must first earn...
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