Canine College Blog

How Early Can My Puppy Learn Commands?

From the moment they open their eyes and start to walk, puppies are constantly learning from both humans and other dogs. If you purchased your new puppy from a breeder, then chances are that breeder has already begun to socialize the puppy and maybe even taught it basic commands. If you’ve adopted a puppy from a shelter, then you may want to assume that it has no prior training (a test of issuing simple commands will determine if this is true). Start with Simple Commands For those looking to start training their puppy early, our dog training professionals recommend starting as early as 7 to 8 weeks old. Be sure to start off with basic commands such as “sit” “stay” and “down” so as not to confuse or overwhelm your puppy. It’s important to keep in mind that they have short attention spans because they are continuing to process and learn about their new environment — so have some patience! Preferred Training Methods When it comes to reinforcement, Canine College believes in positive reinforcement. This type of psychological training involves rewarding your dog for good behavior and withholding rewards for poor or wrong behavior. Some examples of positive reinforcement include verbal praise (“Good dog!”), physical praise (belly rubs), or dishing out a treat or two in instances of exceptionally good behavior (keep the treats to a minimum!). If you’re in need of some professional pointers or simply need some help training your puppy, contact Canine College and enroll in our Puppy Kindergarten or Elementary I training... read more

Losing Daylight: How To Keep Your Dog Seen

It’s officially fall now and that means we can expect to see the days grow significantly shorter. For us dog-owners, the two most convenient times of the day (before work in the morning and after work or dinner in the evening) are affected by the loss of daylight. It’s also during this time of year that more pedestrian accidents happen. In order to avoid an accident and to keep you and your dog visible while on your walks, here are a few tips and tricks to abide by. High-Vis Clothing. Wearing neon colors isn’t just something people used to do in the 80’s. Head over to your nearest outdoor recreation store and purchase some high visibility clothing. Anything that’s reflective will help you and your dog get noticed by drivers. Look for bright yellows, oranges, greens and pinks. There are even high-vis clothing options for your dog! Light It Up. If high-visibility clothing isn’t your thing, then definitely consider purchasing a headlamp or clip-on light. Something as simple as a blinking red light can quickly tell drivers that they need to share the road. There are also dog leashes and collars that light up. Don’t rule out the traditional flashlight either. Go In A Group. The more the merrier and in this case bringing a friend or two (and their dogs) is a better idea once the sun is setting. There’s bound to be someone in the group wearing high-visibility clothing or with a light so that you can all be seen. If you’re interested in walking your dog with a group but are concerned that your dog won’t get along with... read more

Canine College Warns Of Lingering Presence of Ticks

Fall season is upon us, which means we dog owners don’t have to worry about ticks anymore… right? Wrong. How Ticks Became a Problem in Massachusetts Contrary to popular belief, ticks are hardy creatures that won’t go away just because it’s getting a little bit colder during the night in Massachusetts. Ticks have become more widespread throughout the New England area due to reforestation. As state and local governments make moves to return land to a “forever wild” state, those new patches of green will first enter a weed, low grass and shrub stage — and these low-lying plants happen to be ideal grazing for deer. With the deer come the ticks (their main source of food). Why Ticks Are a Problem for Dogs To ticks, a meal is a meal whether it be from a deer or a dog, or even a human. As these green spaces continue to pop up around the state there suddenly becomes a large demand for hiking and nature trails; and these trails are oftentimes pet friendly. The Fall season is one of the most beautiful times in New England, but it’s important to be mindful that ticks are still active during September and October. In fact, many species of ticks will survive as long as the weather doesn’t dip below 45 degrees. One also can’t guarantee that the first frost of the season will kill adult ticks. How To Prepare Lyme disease is a real threat to both you and your dog. If caught early, there shouldn’t be any lasting side-effects. However, it’s better to be prepared. Be sure that you are... read more

School Starts Soon, Opt For Dog Day Care!

School season means no more kids around the house to watch over the dog while you’re at work. We understand that things can get a little crazy during the school season and your time is limited. Instead of leaving the dog cooped up in the house for 8 hours, why not drop them off at their own school? Canine College in Holbrook provides doggie day care services for homeowners across the South Shore and Greater Boston areas. Our day care facility sits on a 50 acre property which is a real treat for dogs who need to burn off energy throughout the day. About Our Dog Day Care Our professional dog day care and training company is here to make sure that your pup is happy and healthy. After contacting Canine College, we’ll ask you a few questions about the temperament of your dog and we will perform an in-person behavior analysis. Afterwards, we’ll place your dog in a day care group consisting of other dogs of the same age, temperament and size to ensure everyone gets along as best as possible! What You & Your Dog Can Expect at Day Care While you’re at work and your kids are back at school, your dog will be enjoying a few hours outside with other dogs, then will head inside for a snack, nap and some relaxation. If you’re interested in training courses, a professional dog trainer will conduct a training class in your absence. When it’s time to pick your dog up at the end of the day, we’ll go over what your dog learned that day so you... read more

Canine Good Citizen Training for Rhode Island Residents

Hey Rhode Island! Are you limited in your dog training options and looking for something more rewarding for both you and your dog? Canine College, located in Holbrook, provides a great variety of dog training options. Our dog training facility is less than an hour’s drive from Providence, RI and we’ve already had dozens of Rhode Island residents come up for the Canine Good Citizen test. We’re one of few dog training facilities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island that provides the CGC test. This test is set to prove to both you, your dog, and your community that your dog is well-behaved and that you are a responsible dog owner. What Does the CGC Test Entail? Originally founded by the American Kennel Club in 1989, CGC is a 10-step test taken over the course of a half hour. Each step will test your dog’s ability to behave when subject to different environmental stimuli, such as meeting a stranger, allowing to be pet, and being able to properly interact with other dogs. For northern Rhode Islanders, the CGC test at Canine College along with the certification award is worth the drive! If you and your dog complete the 10-step test in the allotted time and to the satisfaction of the assessor, you will be awarded with an official certificate from the American Kennel Club. If you’re interested in Canine Good Citizen, our professional dog training company recommends signing up for a private training course in order to determine whether or not your dog is ready for the Canine Good Citizen test. Many of our past clients have signed up for... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Benefits of Boarding Your Pet at Canine College

Summer is here and everyone is excited to take vacations with family and friends. Whether you’re off to somewhere tropical, mountainous, inland or coastal, there are some areas of the country (or perhaps you’re going overseas) that just aren’t pet friendly. Thankfully, there are pet boarding facilities all across Boston who are here to help out. At Canine College, Bow Wow Resort, we will board your dog and cat for as long as you need! Sure you could end up just paying your neighbor to stop in once a day to let your dog out and feed the cat, however if you’re planning on a trip lasting more than a couple days, we recommend taking the pet boarding approach. Pet Boarding Perks At our pet boarding facility in Holbrook, your dog will be anything but bored. You have options to include grooming, playtime, training sessions and daily walks with our staff members in order to help better pass the time. Depending on your dogs needs and ability to get along with other breeds, our facility has a large communal space within which dogs can enjoy some daily freetime. Clean, Spacious Facility Your pet’s health is important to us, which is why at Canine College, Bow Wow Resort our staff members are certified and capable of administering any medications your pet may need. We have no problems accommodating your pet if they have certain diet restrictions as well, simply supply us with the food they require and the amount needed and we will administer it properly. All of our kennels are cleaned thoroughly each time a guest leaves, which means... read more

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... read more

Canine College: The Boston Area’s Dog Boarding Facility

Since 1970, Canine College Bow Wow Resort has been providing dog and cat owners with boarding services. Our pet boarding facility is located in Holbrook, not far from the city of Boston. We’re located in Holbrook for a reason: Space for your pet! Any dog boarding facilities in the Boston area are normally too cramped and don’t offer pets enough room to enjoy themselves while you’re gone. The prices are also inflated due to high demand and the nature of being in the city. Bow Wow Resort features amenities such as climate controlled living spaces for your dog or cat, a private outdoor exercise pad, and as always plenty of food and water. Choosing the right boarding facility It can be hard to find the right dog boarding facility that both you and your pet approve of. Ours is clean, affordable and spacious. You can even choose a variety of add-on services while you’re away, such as grooming, training services, day care, playtime and medication administration. If you’re planning on taking a spring vacation or an early summer vacation, Canine College Bow Wow Resort recommends that you book well in advance as space does fill up quickly during the warmer months. Contact us today to book a boarding... read more
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