Tips for Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

Many people avoid trimming their dog’s nails because they know what a hassle it can be, and they may even fear that they will hurt them. However, it is actually much more painful for your dog to be walking around with long toenails. When a dog’s nails get too long and start touching the floors when they walk, the hard surface will push the nail back into the nailbed. This can cause your dog to walk differently to compensate for the pain, which will have further consequences to their health. Therefore, it is essential to trim your dog’s nails on a regular basis. To make the process go smoothly, try out some of our tips and tricks to make it less painful for you, and your dog. Use a quality tool While this may seem obvious, choosing a pair of clippers that is compatible with your dog’s nails is one of the most important factors to a successful nail trim. Choose a durable tool that is easy for you to use, and ensures the safety of your dog’s nails. If your dog has large, thick nails you may opt for a large plier-style clipper. If you have a smaller dog, guillotine and scissor style clippers may work just as well. Some owners and animal professionals even prefer to use a Dremel tool to grind the nails down instead. Your dog might favor this too, as it won’t squeeze the nail. However, some may be frightened by the noise and strange sensation, so be sure to start slowly with this method. Bathe first Trimming the nails after a bath is...

Housekeeping & Cleaning Tips For Dog Owners

Our beloved furry friends bring us so much joy, but they can also create so much work for us. Between making sure they don’t chew up your household items, taking them out so they don’t pee on the carpet, etc… It can be exhausting! And at the end of the day, you probably still feel like your house is a mess. No matter how hard you try, there’s still dog hair everywhere, drool stains, and scratch marks that you simply don’t know how to get rid of. We’ve put together a few handy tips and tricks to make cleaning your home a bit easier. Picking Up Dog Hair This one is probably the most time consuming, because it is never ending! But don’t waste time painstakingly picking up excess dog hair by hand, there are a few different tactics that you can try to save yourself time! First, dryer sheets work like magic to pick up dog hair from fabric. Just rub the dryer sheet over the couch, recliners, or any other surface and the hair will cling right to it! Rubber gloves are another great method. Put a pair on and do a quick sweep of your hands across dirty surfaces.  If you’re finding lots of hair in the carpet, it may sound odd, but try a window squeegee. Scrape it along the carpet and it’ll work wonders to pick up excess fur. For excess dog hair on your clothing, try a roll of packing tape. You’ll quickly find that this is a great alternative to a lint roller! Cleaning Pet Urine If you have a pet that...

Best Dog Breeds for Outdoor Enthusiasts

It’s outdoor season and it seems like everyone in the Boston area has come out of the woodwork to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. This past winter was a struggle and you may have found that you put on a few pounds. As a professional dog training and dog boarding company, we believe that the best way to get back in shape and stay active this season is with the help of a canine companion. If you and your family are ready for a dog (or perhaps another dog in addition to the one you have) that’s as active as you are, here are a few breed suggestions to consider. Dog Breeds for Active Individuals and Families Labrador Retriever. Whenever someone thinks of a playful or active dog, the first though is usually a lab. Fun-loving and athletic, these dogs love water as they were originally bred as waterfowl hunting dogs. Keep in mind that labs have an appetite and will eat just about anything, so be sure to feed it a nutritious diet so they have the energy to tackle your running or hiking route. Labs will gain weight if not exercised enough, so don’t forget to talk to your vet about portion control. Siberian Husky. The husky has gained popularity over the past decade — especially in the northeast where winters can be long and cold. If you’re an winter outdoor enthusiast, then why not consider a husky? These dogs were bred to pull sleds in Alaska and throughout Canada but seem to fit right into the Boston climate. They do have difficulty in hot weather, so make sure they...

Tell-Tale Signs Your Dog Has Allergies

Allergy season isn’t just for us humans — many dogs are also prone to developing seasonal allergies that can sometimes make them feel as miserable as we do. Luckily, the signs and symptoms that your dog has allergies are just as obvious as our own. At Canine College, we’re here to help dog owners distinguish the signs of spring allergies in their pups so you can know when to seek out medical treatment. Signs Your Dog is Suffering Spring Allergies Oftentimes allergic reactions can be very uncomfortable for your dog. Symptoms can end up affecting the skin, digestive system and respiratory system. Red, itchy or scabbed skin usually on the face, within the ears or elsewhere on the body such as toes or legs. Increased scratching of the ears or eyes. Oftentimes dogs may rub themselves against an abrasive surface such as grass, shrubs, carpets or other surfaces in order to rid themselves of a constant itch. Itchy or runny eyes that have have green or discolored eye goop. Yes, this sounds gross — but don’t forget to check your dog’s eyes! Bloodshot eyes or eyes that have discolored goop are sure signs of allergies. Sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea and ear infections may also be signs of seasonal allergies. Although vomiting and diarrhea are less common and could be a symptom of another unrelated health issue, it’s nonetheless important to try and rule out allergies first. Either way, any of these symptoms should be addressed by a veterinarian. Constant licking or chewing of the paws is another sign of allergies. Our dogs love being outside –especially when the weather warms...

How To Choose The Best Dog Daycare Place For Your Pup

If your dog is more than a pet, but a member of your family, you probably spend a lot of time making sure he or she has the best care when you can’t be there. Picking a doggy daycare, whether it’s for one afternoon or every day, can be an overwhelming process, but you don’t have to go it alone! This guide features a few tips that will help you choose the right daycare facility for your furry friend. If you follow these guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to finding a doggy daycare that you can trust for years to come. Do Your Research First One of the reasons pet parents become overwhelmed early on is that they don’t do enough research into local dog boarding and daycare facilities before they dive-in headfirst. Before you do anything else, create a shortlist of three to five local establishments that have good reviews or you’ve heard your family and friends rave about. Know Your Budget Different doggy daycares have different rates. It’s important to know how much you can afford to spend to board your dog before you start touring the facilities on your shortlist. This way, you’ll know right away if you can’t afford a specific establishment. It does bear noting, however, that most places charge less for hourly daycare than the do for overnight boarding, so your specific situation may somewhat affect pricing. Take Your Pet With You It’s absolutely imperative for your dog to come with you when you tour the doggy daycares you’re seriously thinking about using. This will give him or her the opportunity...

When To Choose Dog Day Care

Also known as doggy daycare, dog day care is exactly what you might imagine: A place to drop off your dog for the day while you run errands around town without having to worry about having to let your dog out or take it for a walk. At Canine College, Bow Wow Resort we have one of the most well-known dog day care centers in the South Shore and greater Boston area. Why Choose Dog Day Care Convenient, affordable, and flexible — dog day care is a great option for dog owners who lead busy lives. Just as you might opt for day care for your child, dog day care is the perfect opportunity for someone else to watch over your pup while you’re out. Whether you work 9-5 during the week or have errands to run on the weekends, this service is makes your life easier. Your dog will also benefit from dog day care at our Holbrook facility because we provide ample play space. Situated on over 50 acres of land, your dog will have space to run, stretch their legs, and even have the opportunity to meet and play with other dogs. Dog Day Care at Canine College So what makes our doggy daycare service better than other centers around the area? Aside from our sprawling property, Canine College also offers grooming services and dog training courses on-site — even if you’re not able to be there! We offer a variety of private or group training courses from Puppy Kindergarten to Advanced Training. Don’t forget that we also provide professional grooming services so that your pup...
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