What is Breed Handling?

Breed handling is a type of show dog style that involves showing your dog in front of a panel of judges while working your way around a ring. Other competitors whose dogs fall under the same class as your own will also be working their way around the ring. The judges will then choose which dogs they believe have exhibited the perfect example of what the breed is all about; this includes appearance, proper stance and gait, expression and other traits. Breed Handling Training at Canine College At Canine College, you and your dog will work on how to look and act presentable while in the show ring. We’ll work with you in order to develop every skill needed to give your dog an advantage over the competition. Our facility is spacious which allows for a large practice ring and has the capability of housing a full training group. Having other handlers and dogs at the breed handling training session is a great way to gauge how well you and your dog will perform on competition day. Skills Acquired at Breed Handling Class Our professional dog show training staff will help your dog develop the following skills: Free stacking which includes walking your dog into a desired position using a leash and bait Baiting using a treat in order for your dog to perform appropriately Standing your dog either on the floor or a judges examination table Hand stacking which involves using your hands to properly place your dog’s feet Presenting your dog to the judge’s panel after showing around the ring Executing desired gaits that a judge calls...

The Importance of Winter Grooming for Dogs

Your dog seems irritated, and you’re confused. He’s been fed, walked, played with, and was even offered a sleeping spot on the bed (even though you both know he shouldn’t be up there). It’s freezing outside, but even when he’s indoors with the heat blasting, you can still tell he’s unhappy. So what exactly is wrong? Well, the immediate weather indoors or outdoors probably isn’t the main upset to your canine – it’s what’s happening to his body. There are a number of longstanding myths surrounding pup treatment in the winter, the worst being the immediate protection provided by their fur, or how unaffected they are by indoor heating systems. Let’s debunk these. How Your Dog’s Coat is Affected by Winter Weather Whether your dog has a thick or thin, long or short coat of hair, they are affected by the weather outside. With rain, sleet, snow, or any sort of dampness, the moisture has the tendency to come into direct contact with your dog’s actual skin, as the fur mainly provides warmth – it isn’t exactly a water-shield. This dampness coupled with the intense heat that your dog feels when you return inside from the wet cold is a breeding ground for bacteria, providing the perfect conditions for it to grow and spread if regular grooming doesn’t occur. This has the potential to make your dog itchy and irritable, which could explain his behavior. As if the dampness wasn’t already bad enough, it also creates danger when moist fur sticks together in clumps, which makes it difficult to spot out any lumps, spots, or rashes that are irregular...

What You Need to Know Before Adopting a Dog

The holiday season is when most families decide to adopt a dog. Before your impulses get the better of you, take into account these major factors and ask yourself and your family these tough questions. Determining if You Should Adopt a Dog Can your schedule handle it? What is your work life like? Are your kids at school all day? Are you always traveling or going out on weekends? It’s time to make some sacrifices and set aside a good portion of your time to a new dog, especially if it’s an untrained puppy. Luckily there are dog daycares in the Boston area — such as Canine College — who can watch over your dog during the day. Consider the dog’s energy level. Almost all puppies will be a ball of energy their first 12-18 months of age. Although puppy kindergarten and elementary dog training are a great choice for puppies to help keep their actions under control, don’t forget that if your energy level can’t handle a hyperactive breed, then it’s best to shop around a bit more. Foster first. At Canine College, we recommend fostering a dog first so that you can “get your feet wet” to the idea of owning a dog later. Fostering is a great way to help dogs assimilate into society and helping them adapt to humans and other pets. The fostering process is not permanent, and in the end you will have helped a dog find it’s forever home! Consider a senior dog. When it comes to adopting an older dog, some people may think that it isn’t worth the investment. There are perks, however. Senior...

Everything You Need to Know About Boarding Your Dog

Pet boarding can be stressful for both homeowners and their pets — especially for first-time pet owners with puppies. At Canine College, our goal is to make sure that both you and your pup have a great experience here at our pet boarding facility in Holbrook. Although the general gist of pet boarding is the same across the industry, not all facilities are treated equal. Choosing the Right Kennel Choosing the right dog boarding facility is difficult. With over 9,000 kennels in the US alone, we’re here to help narrow down the search. The first thing we recommend is asking for friend, family member or co-worker recommendations. After over 20 years in the industry, we’ve realized there’s nothing quite as convincing as a referral. If your friends can’t give you suggestions, then it’s time to head online and do some research. Head to listing sites such as YellowPages, Better Business Bureau, or in Massachusetts you can even try your luck on Patch.com to find kennels. After choosing 3-5 different boarding facilities, be sure to get on the phone with them. During this time of year many kennels may be booked up so it’s important to call sooner rather than later. It’s also important to call so that you can tell the boarding staff whether or not your pet needs some extra care and attention (medical concerns, behavioral issues, etc.) Lastly, if it’s down to two different kennels, then the best thing to do is visit both! Our Canine College pet boarding facility is spacious and clean and each pet is guaranteed a soft bed and clean water at all...

Tips for Handling Your Dog During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year where you can catch up with family and friends and show off your baking skills. For your dog however, Thanksgiving can be a bit overwhelming — especially if it’s their first one. At Canine College, our dog training professionals have often been asked what the best approach would be to making sure dogs are safe and happy during the holiday. We’ve included a few crucial tips for you and your family members that won’t detract from meal prep and socializing. How To Handle Your Dog During Thanksgiving Review Commands. If you’ve been training your dog with us at Canine College, then now is the time to practice some of those commands you and your pup have learned. Review sit, stay, heel and other basic commands that will prevent your dog from charging at guests as they enter the door or from bolting out of your home as soon as they get the opportunity. Establish a Safe Zone. Most dogs have a place in the house they go to if they are feeling threatened or scared. Be sure that they have access to this space once your guests start arriving. Dogs who aren’t familiar with a particular person may feel threatened, even if your dog is friendly and lovable. Also don’t forget to discuss with your guests about whether or not they will also be bringing their furry friends with them — as this could end up being an issue. Even the nicest dogs may get territorial. Always have a place where you can separate your dog from other guests’ pets. Reduce Begging. This may be...
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