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...

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...

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...
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