Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Your Pup

If you’ve already finished purchasing holiday gifts for family and friends, then it’s time to start thinking about your furry friends. There’s nothing more entertaining than waking up on Christmas morning, unleashing the dog into the family or living room and having them sniff out their own present. Spread a little joy to your four legged family member with these last minute gift ideas for your pet. Treats. Who doesn’t love a treat? As we’re eating delicious holiday food and goodies, why not give your dog or cat something to nibble on? There are plenty of local Boston area pet supply stores that provide a large array of treats, many of which are organic ingredient-based. It can be tempting to purchase colorful treats, but be sure to read the ingredient list first. Chew toys. Chew toys are great for dogs both old and young and there are so many shapes, sizes and textures to choose from. Grab a couple different ones to see which your dog likes best. For older dogs, it’s wise to purchase softer toys in order to protect their adult teeth. Raw hides are also an affordable chew toy that’s great for those who have teething puppies. Pet clothing. It’s supposed to be another harsh winter this year in New England. At Canine College, we highly recommend protecting your dog if you plan on taking them outside for more than a few minutes. There are coats, foot booties and even ear warmers. If you have a short-haired smaller dog, it’s especially important to keep them warm this season. A new look. Our greater Boston area pet grooming facility is in...

Thanksgiving Foods Your Pet Can (And Can’t) Eat

Thanksgiving is all about appreciating the friends and family that we have. For many of us, that means being thankful for the pets in our lives; and a simple “thank you” in the form of food can go a long way for a dog or cat. An estimated 56% of Americans admitted to handing our pets some Thanksgiving morsels, but did you know that there are certain foods that aren’t good for your pet? Below is a list of food that you can get away with feeding to your dog or cat, as well as a list of food that shouldn’t be anywhere near them. Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving Food Turkey — Just make sure it’s cooked thoroughly, doesn’t have skin (which can lead to choking and digestive issues), and is bone-free. Mashed potatoes — Be sure to make a bowl without all the milk and butter, as this can cause upset stomachs. Cranberry sauce — These fruits are great for your dog or cat’s urinary tract and help to fight infection; just forgo the canned kind which is composed of too much sugar. Macaroni and cheese — If this is a staple Thanksgiving dish at your place, go ahead and slip a little spoonful to your dog or cat as long as you know they aren’t lactose intolerant. Vegetables — Plain green beans, carrots and corn (off the cob) are great dietary foods for your pet. However, make sure that they are fresh and not cooked. Not Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving Food Garlic & onions — Onions, garlic, mushrooms, sage, scallions, pepper and other foods that contain high amounts of sulfides are...

Traveling for Thanksgiving? Book Your Pet Boarding Dates Now!

Millions of Americans hit the roads during Thanksgiving weekend to visit friends and family. Whether you’re traveling across town, across the state or across the country for the long weekend, it’s important to understand that your dog or cat should not be left alone for more than 24 hours. Instead, we recommend reserving a space for your pet at a pet boarding facility in the Boston area. Why Your Pet WON’T Be Ok to Leave Alone at Home While your pet won’t pull something like a Home Alone repeat, leaving them for more than a day is not a good idea. For those who have puppies or kittens, they can get restless and may start terrorizing the inside of your home. Even if your pet is potty trained, if they don’t have a way to get outside then chances are you’re going to come home to a mess. Sure you could have a neighbor check in on your pet, but chances are everyone will be busy with their own Thanksgiving activities throughout the weekend — and you’ve always heard the horror stories about pet sitters forgetting to check in! Peace of Mind with Pet Boarding At Canine College, our pet boarding facility in Holbrook is a quick drive out of Boston. For those who are leaving the Boston area, simply swing by, drop your pet off and be on your way out of town. Our boarding facility is clean, spacious and you can even leave your furry friend with one of their favorite toys to make them more comfortable. It’s getting colder outside, but our indoor boarding building is climate controlled....

Have a Well-Behaved Dog for the Holidays

We’re quickly approaching November, and that means holiday season! Did you know that 1 in 3 people either host or attend a holiday party each year? If you’re planning on hosting a holiday party at some point and have a mischievous or misbehaving dog, we highly recommend private or group dog training. Benefits of Group Dog Training Group dog training is great for younger dogs so they can get acquainted and accustomed to being around both other dogs and humans. At holiday parties, there will constantly be people coming through the door and ringing the doorbell or knocking. There will be food everywhere (and sometimes in places that might be easy to reach for your dog) as well as little children. All of these stimuli can be overwhelming for your dog. Group dog training is what will help get your dog used to constant stimuli that might make them hyper and misbehaving in a holiday party setting. Canine College provides dog owners with Elementary I and II training as well as Puppy Kindergarten. In these 5 week classes, your dog will learn simple but useful commands such as “sit,” “stay,” and “heel” — all of the essential calls to keep your pup under control. Benefits of Private Dog Training The benefits of private dog training lessons are nearly unlimited. For those with a more aggressive dog, opting for a private training lesson will help them better cope with the training material. Our professional dog trainers at Canine College can also work at a pace that works with you and your dog. Homeowners that have older (but still misbehaved) dogs may...

Why You Should Enroll Your Dog in Elementary I Training

Have you always been envious of other people’s well-behaved dogs while on a walk or run through your neighborhood? If you’ve just adopted a puppy and have visions of him or her being the most well-behaved dog in town, then Elementary I is the perfect place to begin this journey. Offered at Canine College, Bow Wow Resort in Holbrook MA, Elementary I is a group dog training class that accepts dogs who are as young as 4 months or older. The class is designed to introduce both you and your dog to basic commands. We will work on commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “heel,” “down,” “easy,” and similar simple commands. Our professional dog trainers implement a positive reinforcement approach to dog training, which is comprised of verbal praise as well as the occasional treat for exceptionally good behavior. Elementary I is a five week, on-leash program in a group setting. Being in a group setting allows for you and your dog to get acquainted with being around other dogs. Sometimes puppies and older dogs can be shy or aggressive around others, but Elementary I will help them become acclimated to their surroundings and acquire social skills. This is a great dog training program to establish a core of basic commands that you and your dog can always build upon. After Elementary I, owners can choose to enroll their dog in higher level training courses so your goal for the most well-behaved dog in town can be achieved in as few as 10-15 weeks! Contact our dog training facility today to inquire about rates and training class...
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