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...

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...

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...

How Your Dog can Benefit from Dock Jumping

Dock jumping is a water sport that’s taking dog competitions to new levels these days. The sport was first introduced in the 1990’s and has picked up momentum in the UK, US and other places around the world. There is a general rule guideline that must be followed which was set by the United Kennel Cub. Dock jumping is both rewarding and beneficial for pets and their owners. However, at Canine College, we believe that the dog gets the better end of the deal. Here are a few benefits that come with signing your dog up for dock diving lessons. It’s a safe sport. Unlike other dog competitions, dock diving is easy on the joints. Running and agility sports after awhile can be burdensome on the knees, but dock jumping allows for your dog to stay competitive well into old age. It doesn’t have to be competitive. Many dog owners will use dock diving as another means to have fun and bond with their dog — it can be as competitive as you want it to be! Some owners will train with their dogs, and Canine College can certainly help with this. A great excuse to cool off. What’s better than jumping into a large pool of water on a hot day? Dock diving for water loving breeds can cure the craving to cool off in the water. Teaching and old dog new tricks. Has your dog gone through just about every type of training there is? Many dogs will pick up new tricks quickly, so why not expand the number of commands your dog knows by adding dock jumping into the mix. Canine...
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