Does Grooming Improve My Dog’s Health?

Heading to Canine College for dog grooming services isn’t just to make your pet look presentable; in fact, there are a number of other benefits as to why dog owners should be grooming their pet on a regular basis. No matter whether your dog has short or long hair/fur (although longer does require more frequent grooming), the process is a good habit to pick up. Why Dog Grooming is Beneficial Healthy Hair and Skin. Just as we humans have a ritual in order to improve our skin’s natural glow and our hair’s natural shine, grooming your dog will also do the same for their hair and skin. Routine brushing with a bristle or wire brush will help remove and trapped dead hair, hair clots, dirt and dandruff. Doing this will also help spread your dog’s natural skin oils across their fur, resulting in a brighter and shinier coat. Detecting Health Issues. Regular grooming is a way for you to keep tabs on your dog’s health. During bath time you (or your regular dog groomer here at Canine College) can check for abnormalities such as lumps, rashes, infections and inflammation. Just as we are often checking ourselves as preventative health measures, so too should you be checking your pet. After all, they deserve a long and healthy life. Finding Ticks & Fleas. New England is notorious for ticks and fleas during the warmer months and they have been an increasing issue for dog owners due to the fact that many towns have made an effort to improve and create more outdoor spaces and parks. Bathing your dog as well as brushing them will...

What is The Best Breed of Dog for Kids?

Looking for a dog that would be great for your kids? There are so many things to consider before making the decision. First, always be sure you have enough time to take care of a dog (of any age) and that your home allows for enough space for your dog. Don’t forget to take into account how old your kids are as the younger the kids, the more energetic they may be — which may not be suitable for some breeds of dogs. You should also take into account whether or not you want to adopt from a shelter or purchase a dog from a breeder — both have their pros and cons. However, if you’re just starting out your search and aren’t quite sure what you’re looking for just yet, these breeds of dogs are a great place to start that would mesh well with your kids. Dog Breeds Best for Children Golden Retrievers. You’ve probably heard from a number of sources that golden retrievers really are great with kids of all ages — especially young children. As one of the most popular dog breeds, Golden Retrievers are friendly, down-to-earth, smart and most of all easy to train. Labradore Retrievers. Another popular breed, Labs are full of energy, love the outdoors, and also easy to train. Their coats come in a number of different colors and are a go-to for those looking for medium to medium-large sized dogs. Beagles. Although they may have the (arguably) bad reputation for running away from their owners, what makes beagles the perfect dog for kids is both their size and their temper. Beagles are friendly,...

What Vaccines Are Mandatory For My Dog?

Owning a dog isn’t just about taking it on long walks or cuddling up on the couch — there are a few “adulting” things you’ll need to take care of before you and the pup can have some fun. One of the most crucial things you’ll need to do (if you haven’t done so already) is head to the vet for vaccinations. Why is Vaccination Important? Vaccines help your dog’s body fight infections, viruses, and other disease-causing organisms. Although their bodies are pretty rugged and can take quite a beating (remember that time they ate that whole chocolate bar?), there are some viruses you don’t want to mess around with. Vaccinations help protect both your dog, other dogs, other animals, and even humans as some viruses can spread from one species to another. These vaccines are equipped with a minuscule amount of antigens which look identical to the original virus but don’t actually cause harm to your dog. Your dog’s immune system then develops it’s own antibodies to “fight” this antigen and stores copies of the antibodies for later in case your dog is exposed to the virus again in the future. If this happens, then the immune system already has a defense against this disease. What Vaccines Are Necessary? The core vaccines your dog needs to have include: Adenovirus (aka Canine Hepatitis) Distemper Parvovirus Rabies These vaccinations should all be given when your dog is still a puppy or — if they are a stray — as soon as possible. Non-Core Vaccines That Are Still Recommended Depending on a number of factors such as the age of your...

5 Need To Know Tips for Boarding Your Dog

Trusting in another individual to care for your dog while you’re away can be daunting, but as long as you find a reputable dog boarding facility — such as Canine College’s — you can rest assured knowing that your pup is in good hands while you’re gone. After you’ve scheduled a time for your dog to stay at our professional dog boarding facility in Holbrook MA, here are a few tips to keep in mind in order for both you and your dog to be prepared for staying with us. Canine College’s Dog Boarding Tips & Reminders Vaccinate Your Dog. Make sure that prior to dropping your dog off that he or she has been updated on all required canine vaccinations, such as rabies and distemper. These are mandatory to have for any dog boarding facility in order to protect both your dog, other dogs in the kennel, and our staff. Contact your local vet to double check that your dog is all up to date. Make sure all vaccines are administered at least two weeks before dropping them off at the kennel. Fill Out All Required Forms. We do things the professional way here at our dog kennel in Holbrook, which means a bit of paperwork on your end before boarding your dog. We ask that you complete all given paperwork once you arrive. Or feel free to stop in and pick up paperwork a few days prior to dropping your dog off so that you can fill out the forms completely. Don’t forget to include your contact information as well as your local vet’s contact information. Bring Your Dog’s...

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...
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