5 Benefits of Professional Dog Grooming

Regularly booking a dog grooming appointment for your pup not only makes them look and smell great, but it’s also beneficial to their health. During this time of year you may be looking to let your dog’s coat grow out a bit more, but keep in mind that if you do this, it’s going to take more maintenance, so it’s recommended that you book a professional dog grooming appointment once every month or two. Dog grooming is worth the investment for your pup because our professional groomers at Canine College are thorough and can even detect if there may be health problems with your pup. Here are some benefits of professional dog grooming. The thorough grooming process promotes healthy skin and a healthy coat for your dog. No more matted down fur. Our groomers will find the hidden dirt, leaves and even ticks and safely remove them. Nail cutting on a regular basis is something that’s best left done to a professional because we know how much of the nail to take off and how often to trim them back. Cutting your dog’s nails will benefit your dog’s posture and reduce infection in their toes. The one noticeable benefit of taking your dog for a professional grooming session at our Holbrook grooming facility is that your dog will be looking fantastic and smelling wonderful! We have a wide variety of scents and the majority of our products are natural. Routine grooming sessions have been known to reveal health concerns in dogs before they become major issues. Our groomers can often detect ear, skin and teeth issues before the owner...

What To Expect From a Dog Boarding Facility

Leaving your dog in the hands of another while you’re heading out of town is the ultimate trust exercise. All dog owners want the best for their pup, which is why you only look for the best dog boarding facility in the Boston area. If you haven’t yet boarded your dog in a boarding facility, here are a few things you should look for when trying to decide which is best for you and your dog. Space. Take a walk around the grounds of the boarding facility and get a feel for the amount of outdoor space your dog will have access to. Some boarding facilities only allow dogs to have a 6×6 outdoor plot that’s sectioned away from other dogs. Although this is a standard at most dog kennels, Canine College also has a large play pen where dogs can be social! Affordability. The longer your vacation without your pup, the more you will end up paying for your dog to be lodged at a boarding facility. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to be paying top dollar. Be sure to compare rates before you make a decision to make a reservation. At Canine College, our pet boarding rates are less expensive than those located within the city of Boston. Holbrook is located just outside the city, which means more space for your dog and more money in your pocket. Cleanliness. First impressions are everything, so if you notice that the pet boarding facility you’ve chosen isn’t as nice as it looked from the pictures online, then perhaps it’s time to go with option two. At Canine College, our pet boarding...

Is My Dog Being Too Aggressive?

Every dog owner at some point in their life asks themselves whether or not their dog is too aggressive. In this day and age where dogs of almost all breeds are getting a bad reputation, it’s tough to make the call as to whether the actions of your dog warrant training and special attention. Of course, we all want to be good upstanding citizens (while having an upstanding dog), so it’s important to try and catch any aggressive behavior before it gets worse. At Canine College, our expert dog trainers have decades of experience pinpointing aggressive behavior. In general, we encourage dog owners to watch out for the following behavior cues: Becoming very still and rigid in new situations of when introduced to new people/pets Guttural bark that sounds threatening or stops other dogs in their tracks Being territorial by lunging forward or charging at the person or another animal (but with no contact) Using their mouth to control another animal or person without making puncture wounds Performing a “muzzle punch” — which is when your dog “punches” a person or other pet with their nose Growling, snarling or barking repeatedly Showing teeth or snapping at strangers, family members or other pets. Quick nip that leaves no mark or a bite that tears the skin A bite anywhere on the body the causes a bruise or a puncture wound Repeated bites or nips that either cause bruising or puncture wounds anywhere on the body Bite, grip and shake without any sign of letting go Things to Keep in Mind It’s important to note that not all of these actions...

Preparing to Hike With Your Dog

It’s getting to be that time of year again: Hiking season! For those of us with dogs there’s no better opportunity to wear out your energetic ball of fur than to hit the trails in New England. However, before you step out into the wilderness, there are a few things you’ll need to do in order to get your dog ready for the trail. Schedule a vet visit. First things first, you’ll want to make sure to take your dog to the vet at least a month before hitting the trail. They will need to be up to date on all their vaccinations and you can even opt for allergy testing to determine if your dog is allergic to any types of trees or pollen. You can also request a flea and tick collar from your vet if the area you’re hiking in is prone to these types of insects. Read up on trail rules. Not all trails are created equal when it comes to allowing dogs to accompany their humans. If you plan on hiking in a national park, you will most likely not be allowed to bring your dog. However, state forests and parks are more lax and will allow dogs on a leash at all times. Brush up on obedience training. If your dog tends to get overwhelmed in a public setting, it’s probably a good idea to opt for training classes. At Canine College, our dog training facility provides group training classes or private training classes depending on your pup’s needs. We recommend exposing your dog to other dogs and humans in a group training setting in order...

How To House-Train Your Puppy

House-training your new puppy is probably one of the most dreaded of all the training you and your new pup have to go through — but it’s also one of the most important. If homeowners don’t house-train their dog, then they run the risk of ruining their home’s floors and, eventually, other bad behaviors may develop in the future. At Canine College, our professional dog training company in the Boston area is here to help first time puppy owners figure out the best course of action. Our training technique involves a lot of positive reinforcement, patience, and persistence, which is exactly what you’ll need here. First things first, never give your new puppy free range around your entire home. Instead, keep them in the crate as often as possible, or confined to one room so that they don’t have an accident elsewhere in the house. Next, take away their food between meals in order to establish a regular eating habit. The first thing you should do every day is take your dog outside so they can relieve themselves after waiting all night. Don’t forget to immediately let them outside after meals. Have a specified area of the yard where your dog should go to the bathroom so that they get used to the idea of going there and nowhere else. After your puppy does his business outside (be sure to stay with him while outside) always reward your dog with treats, verbal or physical praise. Keep in mind that every dog is different! Puppies may take 4 to 6 months to completely potty train. If you’re having difficulties training...

Why Opt for Resident Training for Your Dog

At Canine College, we understand that it can be hard to squeeze in time from your busy schedule to really focus on properly training your dog, which is why we’ve created a Resident Training program. What is Resident Dog Training? First introduced nearly 45 years ago, the resident training course is designed for dogs who need extra training attention. The owner will drop off their canine companion at our clean, spacious dog training and pet boarding facility in Holbrook MA. Here their dog will stay for two weeks (although there’s also a 1, 3 and 4 week program available) and during their time spent here they will learn basic yet useful commands such as sit, stay and come. At the end of each week, we ask that the owner come back to our facility not only to check up on their dog’s progress, but also learn to work with your dog and implement the new commands. Canine College stresses the importance of making sure the owner properly issues the commands and rewards their dog based on correct behavior. Why Resident Training is Beneficial Resident dog training is great for those who lead busy schedules but still wish to have a well-behaved pup. Our professional dog trainers will work one-on-one with your dog so that they get the attention they need and deserve. After the training period is over, you can bring your dog home and try out the new commands! After an allotted amount of time, there is a follow-up training lesson (included in the cost) at our facility where you can show off your dog’s new skills and...
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