What Vaccines Are Mandatory For My Dog?

Owning a dog isn’t just about taking it on long walks or cuddling up on the couch — there are a few “adulting” things you’ll need to take care of before you and the pup can have some fun. One of the most crucial things you’ll need to do (if you haven’t done so already) is head to the vet for vaccinations. Why is Vaccination Important? Vaccines help your dog’s body fight infections, viruses, and other disease-causing organisms. Although their bodies are pretty rugged and can take quite a beating (remember that time they ate that whole chocolate bar?), there are some viruses you don’t want to mess around with. Vaccinations help protect both your dog, other dogs, other animals, and even humans as some viruses can spread from one species to another. These vaccines are equipped with a minuscule amount of antigens which look identical to the original virus but don’t actually cause harm to your dog. Your dog’s immune system then develops it’s own antibodies to “fight” this antigen and stores copies of the antibodies for later in case your dog is exposed to the virus again in the future. If this happens, then the immune system already has a defense against this disease. What Vaccines Are Necessary? The core vaccines your dog needs to have include: Adenovirus (aka Canine Hepatitis) Distemper Parvovirus Rabies These vaccinations should all be given when your dog is still a puppy or — if they are a stray — as soon as possible. Non-Core Vaccines That Are Still Recommended Depending on a number of factors such as the age of your...

5 Need To Know Tips for Boarding Your Dog

Trusting in another individual to care for your dog while you’re away can be daunting, but as long as you find a reputable dog boarding facility — such as Canine College’s — you can rest assured knowing that your pup is in good hands while you’re gone. After you’ve scheduled a time for your dog to stay at our professional dog boarding facility in Holbrook MA, here are a few tips to keep in mind in order for both you and your dog to be prepared for staying with us. Canine College’s Dog Boarding Tips & Reminders Vaccinate Your Dog. Make sure that prior to dropping your dog off that he or she has been updated on all required canine vaccinations, such as rabies and distemper. These are mandatory to have for any dog boarding facility in order to protect both your dog, other dogs in the kennel, and our staff. Contact your local vet to double check that your dog is all up to date. Make sure all vaccines are administered at least two weeks before dropping them off at the kennel. Fill Out All Required Forms. We do things the professional way here at our dog kennel in Holbrook, which means a bit of paperwork on your end before boarding your dog. We ask that you complete all given paperwork once you arrive. Or feel free to stop in and pick up paperwork a few days prior to dropping your dog off so that you can fill out the forms completely. Don’t forget to include your contact information as well as your local vet’s contact information. Bring Your Dog’s...

What is Breed Handling?

Breed handling is a type of show dog style that involves showing your dog in front of a panel of judges while working your way around a ring. Other competitors whose dogs fall under the same class as your own will also be working their way around the ring. The judges will then choose which dogs they believe have exhibited the perfect example of what the breed is all about; this includes appearance, proper stance and gait, expression and other traits. Breed Handling Training at Canine College At Canine College, you and your dog will work on how to look and act presentable while in the show ring. We’ll work with you in order to develop every skill needed to give your dog an advantage over the competition. Our facility is spacious which allows for a large practice ring and has the capability of housing a full training group. Having other handlers and dogs at the breed handling training session is a great way to gauge how well you and your dog will perform on competition day. Skills Acquired at Breed Handling Class Our professional dog show training staff will help your dog develop the following skills: Free stacking which includes walking your dog into a desired position using a leash and bait Baiting using a treat in order for your dog to perform appropriately Standing your dog either on the floor or a judges examination table Hand stacking which involves using your hands to properly place your dog’s feet Presenting your dog to the judge’s panel after showing around the ring Executing desired gaits that a judge calls...

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...
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