It’s Hot Out! Should I Shave My Dog’s Coat?

It may make sense for us to be shedding clothing, lathering up on the sunscreen, and jumping into a pool when the weather heats up. So if we’re wearing less clothing materials during the summer months, then we should probably shave our dogs so they can “feel the breeze” too, right? Unfortunately our pet’s fur doesn’t function the same way as our clothing does. How Your Dog’s Coat Helps in the Heat Long-haired dogs with thick, fluffy coats may seem disadvantaged in the heat, but what their fur coat really does in the summer months is help regulate their body temperature. The layers of fur help prevent the sun’s rays from penetrating too far down to the skin, which can result in serious sunburns and overheating. So, What Can You Do to Help? We understand that some breeds have excessively thick fur due to selective breeding. At Canine College, Bow Wow Resort, we recommend a summer trim. The trim will cut back hair that hangs too far from the body. Trimming this part will not only improve comfort for your dog, but also prevent sticks, burrs and ticks from sticking to your dog’s coat. We highly recommend heading to a professional dog groomer than picking up the sheers yourself, as many pet owners will over-cut their dog’s fur, which can lead to skin problems. Contact us today to schedule a summer...

5 Things Puppies Need to Learn

Enrolling your dog in puppy kindergarten is a worthwhile investment that we dog owners know will pay off in the long run. Unfortunately sometimes puppy kindergarten just goes through the basic motions: Sit, stay, come. It’s time to get more out of puppy kindergarten, and places like Canine College, Bow Wow Resort understand that there’s a need for more in-depth training. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of five things puppies should all learn in puppy kindergarten. Teaching them how to respond to their name. We know dogs can hear us. In fact, we know dogs can hear more sounds than we humans can. So why is it that sometimes our puppies just don’t want to acknowledge when we call their name? It’s best to start calling their name and offering a reward right afterwards so they have an incentive to respond when called. Eventually, wean off the treats and they should be more responsive. How to not be distressed during bath time. This is a tough one, but there a few ways to work around to get your dog to actually sit still during bath time. For starters, call up a friend whose dog is very friendly with yours and that doesn’t mind bath time. Their dog will help encourage yours and will also keep them comfortable. Teaching them about personal space. Dogs are our sidekicks, but sometimes we need our little corner of the house and they need theirs. It’s often difficult to get a dog to understand that their dog bed is theirs and your human bed is yours. Your dog wanting to use your space is often a sign of insecurity. Try leaving...

How to Keep Your Pet Warm this Winter

The winter storms are rolling in on a more regular basis during this time of year. Preparing for a winter storm doesn’t just mean buying extra milk and bread at the grocery store. You’ll want to make sure to prepare your pet for the inclement snow and cold as well because after all, they will eventually need to go outside. Here are five fool-proof ways to keep your pet warmer during the winter. Pet Clothing. We sometimes chuckle at owners who dress up their pets, but they may be on to something. For smaller breeds or breeds with naturally shorter hair, winter can be brutal because not as much heat is trapped within their fur to keep them warm. Be sure to purchase a sweater or jacket for your dog that they can wear awhile out on a walk. Proper Amounts of Food & Water. Having ample amounts of fresh water available for your pet will prevent them from getting sick and cold. Water has a natural ability to flush out toxins from the system, and drinking it can prevent hypothermia. More food will keep them warm as well. Winterized Outdoor Housing. Does your dog love the snow? Having trouble just getting them to come back inside? Opt for some quality outdoor housing for your pet. Fully enclosed dog houses often come equipped with a heater so that your dog can stay comfortable while outside for long hours. Winter Bedding. Swap the lighter summer blanket with a wool or synthetic winter blanket. Wool blankets are great because they trap heat in and are easy to dry — and a quick drying material is something all...

Common Dog Training Myths Debunked

Dog training is a great way for your dog to be the best it can be. However there are a few myths out there that some pet owners believe in. With an estimated 70-80 million dog owners in the United States, we’d like to address some of the myths surrounding dog training and obedience. MYTH: When my dog can’t learn a behavior, that means they are incompetent, dominant or stubborn. FACT: Pets, just like us, have different ways of learning. Some humans learn visually or via a hands-on approach. It may take a different type of learning for your dog to understand a command — you just need to be patient and know when to abandon the current obedience approach and switch to a new one. One way to ensure your dog gets the proper training for it’s personality is to opt for in-home dog training lessons. MYTH: Puppies need to be at least six months old for puppy training classes. FACT: This is not so! At Canine College, Bow Wow Resort, our professional dog trainers will work with all ages of dogs. Today’s professional dog training methods include positive reinforcement; this type of training can start almost as soon as you take your new puppy home. Instilling good behavior habits early will ensure a great long-lasting relationship with your pet. MYTH: Positive reinforcement style training only works with smaller, more tame dogs — not dogs who are naturally aggressive or stubborn. FACT: Although it may require more patience and time to train an aggressive or stubborn dog, positive reinforcement has been proven to be a great method for professional dog trainers and pet owners...

How to Keep Your Dog (And You!) Active this Winter

According to a Statistic Brain Research Institute poll, 45% of Americans made a New Years resolution, the number one most popular resolution being to lose weight. We know it’s difficult to lose weight during those cold winter months, where it seems more ideal to snuggle up in your pajamas and watch Netflix in bed. However, this behavior is helping neither you or your dog! Many dogs are also suffering from being overweight or obese. This winter, make it a point to keep your dog — and yourself — active. Here are a few tips and tricks. Agility Course. Has your pet already gone through agility training courses? If so, they should know the drill by now on how these obstacle-type courses work. Set one up in your basement or living room and lead your dog through the course a few times. You won’t even have to venture into the cold outdoors for this one! Purchase Outdoor Winter Gear. This is a great excuse to go shopping for both you and your dog. Buy some fashionable yet practical outdoor clothing for yourself and get your dog a little jacket. Make sure your pet’s clothing is reflective and always wear a light to make yourselves known to passing vehicles. Head out for a brisk morning or evening walk every day to get the blood moving. Treasure Hunt. Another indoor game that’s great to play with your dog. Temporarily place your dog in another room (such as the bathroom) while you hide his favorite chew toys or treats. Walk around the house with your pet as they try to sniff out the treasures. If you...

Benefits of In-Home Dog Training

We dog owners understand that it’s always a good idea to have your dog trained by the professionals. But did you know you don’t have to subject your dog to those often overwhelming group lessons? Many professional dog trainers, such as Canine College, will actually drive to you to train your dog in the comfort of your own home. Although in-home dog training may be a bit more expensive, there are quite a few benefits to consider after you accept the price hike compared to group training. Structured payment plans. Because in-home dog training can cost a couple hundred dollars more than group training, dog trainers understand that not many people may be able to shell out that much money. Fortunately for you there are usually structured payment plans that allow some financial wiggle room. Usually you’ll get a better deal if you buy a larger training package as well. Tailored instruction. Every dog is different: each has their own behavioral problems and has their own speed at which they learn. With one-on-one in-home training, this isn’t an issue. Instead, the trainer will cater the lessons to your dog only, making each individual lesson worth while. No travel required. Many families lead busy lives — especially during the week. Committing to a group dog training session can be difficult to make on the same day each week and the drive out to the training classes can be a long commute. Shorten the time commitment by opting for in-home training instead. Give your older dog a break. Okay, it may be time to admit that you’ve regretted not training your dog when it was younger. But remember,...
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