What You Need to Know Before Adopting a Dog

The holiday season is when most families decide to adopt a dog. Before your impulses get the better of you, take into account these major factors and ask yourself and your family these tough questions. Determining if You Should Adopt a Dog Can your schedule handle it? What is your work life like? Are your kids at school all day? Are you always traveling or going out on weekends? It’s time to make some sacrifices and set aside a good portion of your time to a new dog, especially if it’s an untrained puppy. Luckily there are dog daycares in the Boston area — such as Canine College — who can watch over your dog during the day. Consider the dog’s energy level. Almost all puppies will be a ball of energy their first 12-18 months of age. Although puppy kindergarten and elementary dog training are a great choice for puppies to help keep their actions under control, don’t forget that if your energy level can’t handle a hyperactive breed, then it’s best to shop around a bit more. Foster first. At Canine College, we recommend fostering a dog first so that you can “get your feet wet” to the idea of owning a dog later. Fostering is a great way to help dogs assimilate into society and helping them adapt to humans and other pets. The fostering process is not permanent, and in the end you will have helped a dog find it’s forever home! Consider a senior dog. When it comes to adopting an older dog, some people may think that it isn’t worth the investment. There are perks, however. Senior...

Everything You Need to Know About Boarding Your Dog

Pet boarding can be stressful for both homeowners and their pets — especially for first-time pet owners with puppies. At Canine College, our goal is to make sure that both you and your pup have a great experience here at our pet boarding facility in Holbrook. Although the general gist of pet boarding is the same across the industry, not all facilities are treated equal. Choosing the Right Kennel Choosing the right dog boarding facility is difficult. With over 9,000 kennels in the US alone, we’re here to help narrow down the search. The first thing we recommend is asking for friend, family member or co-worker recommendations. After over 20 years in the industry, we’ve realized there’s nothing quite as convincing as a referral. If your friends can’t give you suggestions, then it’s time to head online and do some research. Head to listing sites such as YellowPages, Better Business Bureau, or in Massachusetts you can even try your luck on Patch.com to find kennels. After choosing 3-5 different boarding facilities, be sure to get on the phone with them. During this time of year many kennels may be booked up so it’s important to call sooner rather than later. It’s also important to call so that you can tell the boarding staff whether or not your pet needs some extra care and attention (medical concerns, behavioral issues, etc.) Lastly, if it’s down to two different kennels, then the best thing to do is visit both! Our Canine College pet boarding facility is spacious and clean and each pet is guaranteed a soft bed and clean water at all...

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...
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