The Importance of Choosing Puppy Kindergarten

Did you just get a new puppy? Congrats! That’s a big responsibility, especially if you’re a first time dog owner. Canine College wants to make sure that your first dog owning experience is positive and rewarding — and that experience mainly comes from a well-trained, well-adapted dog. Why Puppy Kindergarten? Puppies are impressionable, which is why it’s important to enroll in our Puppy Kindergarten class to start training young and instill good habits and behavior. Our Puppy Kindergarten class is a 5 week program designed for puppies aged 9 to 16 weeks of age. We strongly encourage your entire family to come to this class so each individual can learn how to interact with your new family member. What It’s All About Your puppy will be in a group of other puppies of all breeds where they will each learn the basic commands such as sit, stay and heel. These simple commands will be tough using positive reinforcement, which is when rewards are given for good behavior. Puppy Kindergarten is a great foundation for those who want to sign up for more advanced training classes down the road such as Elementary dog training and Canine Good Citizen courses. What Makes Our Class Different At the end of each Puppy Kindergarten training session at our Holbrook dog training facility, you and your puppy will have a chance to socialize with the other dogs in the class. The entire class is on-leash, so there’s no need to worry about having to chase down your curious pup. Our trainers will always be there to supervise and direct as needed, as well as...

Elementary 1 Dog Training Starting July 18

Our dog training facility is gearing up for the start of another successful Elementary 1 Dog Training program! This on-site dog training program that is set to start on July 18 at 7 PM is perfect for dog owners who are looking to expose their pups to the basics of dog training. What to Expect in Elementary I Training This class is taken in a group setting in order to encourage better social behavior in your dog. Puppies who are taking Elementary I will benefit from being in a group learning environment; they will have a chance to be exposed to other dogs and other people. Older dogs are also more than welcome to enroll in Elementary I. Canine College frequently addresses misbehaved older dogs in this introductory behavior course. Further Training Courses Available After the 5 week, on-leash, Elementary I course is completed, you and your dog will have the option to enroll in the next level course, Elementary II, which includes more advanced commands over a 5 week period. Other advanced classes are also available. Having a well-behaved dog not only makes your life easier, but also makes your dog’s life much more enjoyable as they will now understand how to act in certain situations. Sign up today for July 18th’s Elementary I...

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...

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...

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...

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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