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It’s Never too Late to Train a Dog

It is never too late to train a dog, no matter how old. However, a dog owner must understand that in order to teach an old dog new tricks, the owner or professional trainer must have the skills, knowledge, and patience required to handle the job. Getting Started One of the most important takeaways in training an older dog is that they will most likely learn a behavior quicker through the reward, or positive reinforcement, method. This method involves telling or showing your dog the behavior you want them to perform. Once the dog performs the trick correctly, the owner will give them a treat. Be sure to attach a verbal command or gesture that will help prompt the dog at a later date to do the behavior. Be Patient & Optomistic Just like humans, the older a dog gets, the less capable they will be of performing physical behaviors that require a lot of energy. Anything over teaching the standard game of fetch could be too exhausted for your older canine. Be sure to set realistic expectations and goals for your dog so you both don’t become frustrated. Seeking the knowledge and wisdom from your local veterinarian can be of use before you start training. They will be able to determine whether or not your dog is capable of learning certain types of commands or tricks. They will also scan your dog for canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (canine dementia). Benefits The benefits of training an older dog that may have developed some bad habits in his previous years are boundless. As any dog owner can attest to, training your dog... read more

How to Identify the 5 Most Common Canine Illnesses

Dog is man’s best friend. Our furry friends are always by our side to cheer us up when we’re down — and especially when we’re feeling a bit under the weather. Be sure to return the favor of being there for your special canine when they get sick. Of course, they won’t outwardly tell you what’s ailing them, so be sure to find out below what the five most common canine illnesses are, how to identify them, and what to do for treatment. Ear Infections This is probably the most common illness across all breeds. Many of the causes include allergies, ear mites, bacterial buildup, or even excessive hair growth within the ear canal.Symptoms include: -Constant scratching -Visible redness in the ear canal -Swelling -Head shaking -Discharge that may be brown, yellow, or bloody If you suspect an ear infection, take your dog to the vet. They will usually prescribe routine ear cleaning and topical medication. Worms These are common parasites that reside within your dog’s gut — usually the small or large intestine — and should not be taken lightly. Tapeworms, roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms all fall under this category.Symptoms: -Rugged or rough overall appearance -Change in appetite -Weight loss -Dragging their bottom on the ground Unfortunately the only way to truly determine if your dog has a worm or not, they must be taken to a vet. Depending on the type of worm will depend on the type of treatment, but it will usually include oral medication. Fleas Although a very common ailment for dogs, a flea problem is thankfully easy to treat — just be sure to... read more

Training: Positive vs Negative Reinforcement

Just like humans, dogs are keen on striving for perfection. Yet achieving that perfect behavior is ultimately up to how the owner decides to train their dog: via positive reinforcement or negative reinforcement. Although most dog training these days — both in a large group setting and one-on-on training — is a mix of both techniques, it is important to understand the fundamentals, benefits, and drawbacks of both. Positive Reinforcement This type of dog training rewards the good behaviors the dog is doing. The dog trainer or owner will almost never reprimand the dog for bad behavior, but will instead keep tell the dog to perform a certain behavior. A reward, such as a treat or a verbal phrase, will only be given if that good behavior is displayed. The idea is that after a relatively short amount of time, the dog will be conditioned to understand that a good behavior warrants a reward. The benefits of positive reinforcement for dog training are such that the dog will learn good behaviors faster than with negative reinforcement and the good habits will generally never be forgotten. Negative Reinforcement This method of training is often shunned as inhumane by many pet lovers. A term originally coined by B.F. Skinner, this reinforcement technique seeks to banish bad behavior by punishing the dog for performing the incorrect trick or behavior. For dog trainers, this method is also termed the “Alpha Dog” technique. The trainer or the owner will assert themselves by negative reinforcement by using techniques such as subjecting the dog to large doses of a stimuli they don’t like, a firm tap... read more

NEW ENGLAND ROTTWEILER FANCIERS SIEGER SHOW

Download our full PDF for more information! NEW ENGLAND ROTTWEILER FANCIERS 2015 SIEGER SHOW DATE:  SEPTEMBER 26-27, 2015 JUDGE: Tony DiCicco NERF reserves the right to consolidate show to one day if entries do not reach 40 dogs. Location: Canine College 70 White Rock Spring Road, Holbrook, MA 8:00 AM Sign In / 9:00 AM Start President: Bruce Billings Vice President: Jay Foley Secretary: Cheryl Fennelly Treasurer: Roberta Foley Board of Directors: Karen A. Billings, Margaret Bryan, Paula Miloglav-Recco, Maureen Cousino, George Cousino _____________________________________________________ Entry Limit 140 Closing Date:  Friday, September 11, 2015 Entry Fee: $50.00 $45.00 additional dogs same owner in conformation No Refunds Online registration preferred at: ZOOZA.COM or mail entries along with check payable to NERF to: ROBERTA FOLEY P.O. BOX 65 READVILLE, MA 02137 Contact Information: Please use telephone numbers for directions or problems encountered the days of the show. If you need entry information, please use our email address. Karen Billings:          vonbruka@aol.com Cheryl Fennelly:       diadogs@rcn.com Roberta Foley          rmdf8308@hotmail.com  617-364-6216 (H) 617-710-3100 (C) Maureen Cousino  ... read more

CANINE GOOD CITIZENS TESTING & CERTIFICATION

**CANINE GOOD CITIZENS ADVANCED *CANINE GOOD CITIZENS CERTIFICATION TESTING At CANINE COLLEGE 70 WHITE ROCK SPRING ROAD HOLBROOK, MA 02343 781-767-3908 or fax 781-767-4695 *CGC & **CGCA Sunday August 30, 2014 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Download and bring this form with you!  **CGC Testing  $15.00 PER DOG     All testing done on leash.  Pre-registration suggested: faxed, call in or mail FOR MORE INFORMATION  781-767-3908 or view here! Directions:  route 24 north or South.  Take Exit 20A (139 east) to Holbrook Center, Cross route 37 and continue for about a mile.  Take right on to Plymouth St.  Drive one mile to White Rock Spring Rd (sign will say (Canine College) long drive to end of... read more

Benefits of Private Dog Training

Our Canine College, based out of Holbrook, MA provides an array of dog training courses to best fit both you as an owner and your dog. One of our best programs is our private dog training lessons. Every dog is different but one on one lessons are best when trying to accomplish a goal for you and your dog. Why Private Dog Training One on one training No distraction or interruptions from other dogs, people, or a changing environment Strictly a learning environment He/She cannot play with other dogs Schedule lesson times convenient for you and your dog Bring the entire family so everyone is learning the end goal for your dog and the right way to reach it Any behavioral issues can be handle on the stop Personalized lessons and training to pin point your dogs needs for improvement Canine College trainers can see how the dog and family interact and make recommendations to successfully train your dog Learn are you and your dogs own pace, no pressure to keep up with other... read more

German Shepherd Puppies for Sale in MA

They’re back! One of the most popular breeds is back at Canine College. German Shepard puppies are available to be yours. These dogs are confident, intelligent, and great companions for a loyal addition to their family. German shepherds are protectors, hard-workers and muscular! German shepherds are quick learners as well.  Our professionals at Canine College we would be happy to talk about our group training classes, at home training, and puppy kindergarten training available. Contact us TODAY more more information about these cute, loyal, intelligent German shepherd puppies! 781-767-3908   Search for: Recent Posts Boston Dog Training Options New Canine Good Citizen Class Scheduled for March 19th When to Consider Private Dog Training Classes Live in Boston and Have a Dog? Make Sure It’s Trained! New Years Resolutions for You and Your Dog Categories Canine Good Citizen Dog Training Tips Dogs Looking For a Home Events Health Care Housebreaking K9 Info Blog Proper Diet Training Stories... read more

Boston Record Breaking Snow Halts Businesses!

The past three weeks of back to back TO BACK snow storms has left our city delayed, cancelled, and annoyed! Public transportation has taken a hit, people are stuck at home, travel plans are ruined, and small businesses are postponing reopening. Canine College has been doing its best to clear our very long, woodsy path to the bow wow resort but the snow just wont quit! Bruce Billings, owner was recently quoted in the Washington Post regarding the inconvenience the snow has caused for his business and clients. I normally have 15 to 20 dogs for day care but thats down to half a dozen; people can’t get here We are doing our best to get back to ordinary hours but please check back with he website, email or CALL for immediate information about our hours of operation when another snow storm hits. If our site left you with any questions regarding our services please call us at 781-767-3908 or fill out the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible!   Search for: Recent Posts Boston Dog Training Options New Canine Good Citizen Class Scheduled for March 19th When to Consider Private Dog Training Classes Live in Boston and Have a Dog? Make Sure It’s Trained! New Years Resolutions for You and Your Dog Categories Canine Good Citizen Dog Training Tips Dogs Looking For a Home Events Health Care Housebreaking K9 Info Blog Proper Diet Training Stories... read more

Common Problems in your Puppy’s First Year

Dealing with your dog in its first year can be exhausting and involves a commitment from you to properly train your new puppy to behavior well. One of the common problems in your puppy’s first year is destructive behavior such as chewing. If you do not direct your puppy on what it can chew, its natural behavior is to grab whatever is in sight, shoes, pillow, your favorite stuff animal, etc. Until your puppy is older and you cant trust it to know not to chew. Leaving your puppy unattended it just asking for a mess. There are proper way to punish you puppy for when they destroy things when left unattended. At Canine College puppy classes teach your puppy the proper way to behave and the owners the effective and proper way to discipline your puppy when they chew valuable items. For example, disciplining your puppy horus after he has chewed your new news it less effective than finding your puppy int he act. Sign up for our January dog training classes for puppies held in Holbrook MA and put an end to the chewing problem before it starts! Call 781-767-4695 to sign up! New Elementary class 1/6/15 @ 7 pm New Puppy School starts 1/14/15 @ 6:30pm   Search for: Recent Posts Boston Dog Training Options New Canine Good Citizen Class Scheduled for March 19th When to Consider Private Dog Training Classes Live in Boston and Have a Dog? Make Sure It’s Trained! New Years Resolutions for You and Your Dog Categories Canine Good Citizen Dog Training Tips Dogs Looking For a Home Events Health Care Housebreaking K9 Info Blog... read more

Winter Grooming Tips for your Dog

The cold winter months our upon everyone in Boston, including your dog. Don’t forget to take your dog into consideration when you’re trying to keep warm. Protect their paws, keep their coats clean, and find out all the grooming tips here by Canine College experts. During the cold months, dogs tend to shed more because they are inside a cozy, warm house more often. Brushing your dog more often helps prevent tangled hair as well as preventing dryness. By brushing often you move the natural oils of your dog coat around relieving the dryness experienced in the winter. Doggy coats, sweaters, and blankets. These doggy accessories are available in all shapes, sizes and designs. These coats are only meant to be worn outside and taken off when coming indoors. The outerwear for dogs mats and tangles their hair. Pay close attention to your dogs feet and under the paws. Snow, ice, salt, and ice melts can cause pain and injuries down the road. Rinse paws and feet more frequently, clip their toe nails, and trim excess hair between paws. Sometimes the excess attention a dog needs during the winter months can get overwhelming. Canine College provides professional grooming services at their Holbrook MA location. In addition, clipping nails and ear we have a variety of scented shampoos! View our grooming rates & make an appointment.   Search for: Recent Posts Boston Dog Training Options New Canine Good Citizen Class Scheduled for March 19th When to Consider Private Dog Training Classes Live in Boston and Have a Dog? Make Sure It’s Trained! New Years Resolutions for You and Your Dog... read more
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