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Traveling for Thanksgiving? Book Your Pet Boarding Dates Now!

Millions of Americans hit the roads during Thanksgiving weekend to visit friends and family. Whether you’re traveling across town, across the state or across the country for the long weekend, it’s important to understand that your dog or cat should not be left alone for more than 24 hours. Instead, we recommend reserving a space for your pet at a pet boarding facility in the Boston area. Why Your Pet WON’T Be Ok to Leave Alone at Home While your pet won’t pull something like a Home Alone repeat, leaving them for more than a day is not a good idea. For those who have puppies or kittens, they can get restless and may start terrorizing the inside of your home. Even if your pet is potty trained, if they don’t have a way to get outside then chances are you’re going to come home to a mess. Sure you could have a neighbor check in on your pet, but chances are everyone will be busy with their own Thanksgiving activities throughout the weekend — and you’ve always heard the horror stories about pet sitters forgetting to check in! Peace of Mind with Pet Boarding At Canine College, our pet boarding facility in Holbrook is a quick drive out of Boston. For those who are leaving the Boston area, simply swing by, drop your pet off and be on your way out of town. Our boarding facility is clean, spacious and you can even leave your furry friend with one of their favorite toys to make them more comfortable. It’s getting colder outside, but our indoor boarding building is climate controlled.... read more

Have a Well-Behaved Dog for the Holidays

We’re quickly approaching November, and that means holiday season! Did you know that 1 in 3 people either host or attend a holiday party each year? If you’re planning on hosting a holiday party at some point and have a mischievous or misbehaving dog, we highly recommend private or group dog training. Benefits of Group Dog Training Group dog training is great for younger dogs so they can get acquainted and accustomed to being around both other dogs and humans. At holiday parties, there will constantly be people coming through the door and ringing the doorbell or knocking. There will be food everywhere (and sometimes in places that might be easy to reach for your dog) as well as little children. All of these stimuli can be overwhelming for your dog. Group dog training is what will help get your dog used to constant stimuli that might make them hyper and misbehaving in a holiday party setting. Canine College provides dog owners with Elementary I and II training as well as Puppy Kindergarten. In these 5 week classes, your dog will learn simple but useful commands such as “sit,” “stay,” and “heel” — all of the essential calls to keep your pup under control. Benefits of Private Dog Training The benefits of private dog training lessons are nearly unlimited. For those with a more aggressive dog, opting for a private training lesson will help them better cope with the training material. Our professional dog trainers at Canine College can also work at a pace that works with you and your dog. Homeowners that have older (but still misbehaved) dogs may... read more

Why You Should Enroll Your Dog in Elementary I Training

Have you always been envious of other people’s well-behaved dogs while on a walk or run through your neighborhood? If you’ve just adopted a puppy and have visions of him or her being the most well-behaved dog in town, then Elementary I is the perfect place to begin this journey. Offered at Canine College, Bow Wow Resort in Holbrook MA, Elementary I is a group dog training class that accepts dogs who are as young as 4 months or older. The class is designed to introduce both you and your dog to basic commands. We will work on commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “heel,” “down,” “easy,” and similar simple commands. Our professional dog trainers implement a positive reinforcement approach to dog training, which is comprised of verbal praise as well as the occasional treat for exceptionally good behavior. Elementary I is a five week, on-leash program in a group setting. Being in a group setting allows for you and your dog to get acquainted with being around other dogs. Sometimes puppies and older dogs can be shy or aggressive around others, but Elementary I will help them become acclimated to their surroundings and acquire social skills. This is a great dog training program to establish a core of basic commands that you and your dog can always build upon. After Elementary I, owners can choose to enroll their dog in higher level training courses so your goal for the most well-behaved dog in town can be achieved in as few as 10-15 weeks! Contact our dog training facility today to inquire about rates and training class... read more

Benefits of Pet Boarding with Canine College

We’re sure many of you can recall an instance where your pet boarding experience was less than stellar. Perhaps someone forgot to administer your pet’s medications properly, or maybe your pet came down with an illness when you picked them up — whatever the case may have been, at Canine College our goal is to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during their stay. What makes pet boarding at Canine College unique Our pet boarding facility in Holbrook has been around since 1970, but that doesn’t mean our facilities are from that era. Our professional dog trainers and caring staff are constantly upgrading the facility to make sure your pet is feeling right at home. The boarding facility sits on multiple acres of land over which your dog can run and play freely on. Dog owners can also sign up for resident training courses, which are dog training courses while your dog stays at our facility. Any pet owner can rest assured that their dog or cat will love our climate controlled indoor living area, fresh water at all times and three meals a day as well as a clean and spacious place to sleep. Unlike having a neighbor check in on your pet (which may not be at regular intervals), our responsible staff will always administer your pet’s medications on time and correctly! Just as you would want to have a relaxing vacation, our goal is to make sure your pet is safe and content during your absence. Do you have a family vacation scheduled for the holiday season? Contact our dog training and boarding facility... read more

Certifications Your Dog can Complete via Private Dog Training

Private dog training is a great option for those who want their dog to have undivided attention. At Canine College, many of our dogs who are in private lessons are usually working towards something greater than just learning the basic commands. What Private Dog Training Lessons Entail Canine College’s private training lessons include a fire week course which is designed to address your dog’s problem areas. Whether they are having trouble with commands, aren’t social enough, or are aggressive, our professional trainers will work one-on-one with your dog for 45 – 55 minutes every day. Certifications via Private Training During the five week training course, your dog will be tested for the completion of the S.T.A.R Program, which tests your canine companion’s socialization, training, activity and responsibility. The Canine Good Citizen is also another great test to work towards throughout the five week private dog training program. Best for all breeds of dogs of all ages, this certification is to tell others that your dog is a responsible and safe member of the community. Show others that your dog is great with humans and other animals! Have you always thought your dog would be a great therapy dog but is a bit rough around the edges when it comes to a few commands? Our Canine College dog training professionals will help get your dog ready for visiting nursing homes and hospitals through private lessons. After the five week training period, you and your dog will pass a test in order to officially begin visiting those in need. Interested in private dog training lessons in the Boston area? Want to work... read more

Key Benefits of Group Dog Training

Training your dog is a beneficial practice for both yourself and your canine companion. However, you may be unsure of whether to enroll your dog in a group training class, or simply to have your own private training sessions. A group training session can provide an easy way for your dog to become more social, as well as save you money in the long run. Here are the benefits of group training your dog: You will get the benefit of in person training with your dog, as opposed to DVDS or books. Group training is a bit more cost effective, but if your dog has specific issues that you would like to work on, it may be best to see a private trainer. Group training socializes your dog! If the dog needs a little help being around other dogs, group training is the perfect choice for you. If your dog is shy, but not aggressive, these training sessions will really help the dog to break out of its’ shell. You and your dog can make new friends, and really strengthen the bond you have. Group training sessions can help you both work together to complete goals. If you want your dog to be well behaved in public, group training is a great route for you to take. It will give your dog experience meeting other people, as well as other dogs, and this will help to formulate your dog’s reaction to these scenarios. Group sessions can help to strengthen your dog’s skills that they may have trouble performing in certain situations. Classes can help the dog work around distractions.... read more

It’s Hot Out! Should I Shave My Dog’s Coat?

It may make sense for us to be shedding clothing, lathering up on the sunscreen, and jumping into a pool when the weather heats up. So if we’re wearing less clothing materials during the summer months, then we should probably shave our dogs so they can “feel the breeze” too, right? Unfortunately our pet’s fur doesn’t function the same way as our clothing does. How Your Dog’s Coat Helps in the Heat Long-haired dogs with thick, fluffy coats may seem disadvantaged in the heat, but what their fur coat really does in the summer months is help regulate their body temperature. The layers of fur help prevent the sun’s rays from penetrating too far down to the skin, which can result in serious sunburns and overheating. So, What Can You Do to Help? We understand that some breeds have excessively thick fur due to selective breeding. At Canine College, Bow Wow Resort, we recommend a summer trim. The trim will cut back hair that hangs too far from the body. Trimming this part will not only improve comfort for your dog, but also prevent sticks, burrs and ticks from sticking to your dog’s coat. We highly recommend heading to a professional dog groomer than picking up the sheers yourself, as many pet owners will over-cut their dog’s fur, which can lead to skin problems. Contact us today to schedule a summer... read more

5 Things Puppies Need to Learn

Enrolling your dog in puppy kindergarten is a worthwhile investment that we dog owners know will pay off in the long run. Unfortunately sometimes puppy kindergarten just goes through the basic motions: Sit, stay, come. It’s time to get more out of puppy kindergarten, and places like Canine College, Bow Wow Resort understand that there’s a need for more in-depth training. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of five things puppies should all learn in puppy kindergarten. Teaching them how to respond to their name. We know dogs can hear us. In fact, we know dogs can hear more sounds than we humans can. So why is it that sometimes our puppies just don’t want to acknowledge when we call their name? It’s best to start calling their name and offering a reward right afterwards so they have an incentive to respond when called. Eventually, wean off the treats and they should be more responsive. How to not be distressed during bath time. This is a tough one, but there a few ways to work around to get your dog to actually sit still during bath time. For starters, call up a friend whose dog is very friendly with yours and that doesn’t mind bath time. Their dog will help encourage yours and will also keep them comfortable. Teaching them about personal space. Dogs are our sidekicks, but sometimes we need our little corner of the house and they need theirs. It’s often difficult to get a dog to understand that their dog bed is theirs and your human bed is yours. Your dog wanting to use your space is often a sign of insecurity. Try leaving... read more

How to Keep Your Pet Warm this Winter

The winter storms are rolling in on a more regular basis during this time of year. Preparing for a winter storm doesn’t just mean buying extra milk and bread at the grocery store. You’ll want to make sure to prepare your pet for the inclement snow and cold as well because after all, they will eventually need to go outside. Here are five fool-proof ways to keep your pet warmer during the winter. Pet Clothing. We sometimes chuckle at owners who dress up their pets, but they may be on to something. For smaller breeds or breeds with naturally shorter hair, winter can be brutal because not as much heat is trapped within their fur to keep them warm. Be sure to purchase a sweater or jacket for your dog that they can wear awhile out on a walk. Proper Amounts of Food & Water. Having ample amounts of fresh water available for your pet will prevent them from getting sick and cold. Water has a natural ability to flush out toxins from the system, and drinking it can prevent hypothermia. More food will keep them warm as well. Winterized Outdoor Housing. Does your dog love the snow? Having trouble just getting them to come back inside? Opt for some quality outdoor housing for your pet. Fully enclosed dog houses often come equipped with a heater so that your dog can stay comfortable while outside for long hours. Winter Bedding. Swap the lighter summer blanket with a wool or synthetic winter blanket. Wool blankets are great because they trap heat in and are easy to dry — and a quick drying material is something all... read more

Common Dog Training Myths Debunked

Dog training is a great way for your dog to be the best it can be. However there are a few myths out there that some pet owners believe in. With an estimated 70-80 million dog owners in the United States, we’d like to address some of the myths surrounding dog training and obedience. MYTH: When my dog can’t learn a behavior, that means they are incompetent, dominant or stubborn. FACT: Pets, just like us, have different ways of learning. Some humans learn visually or via a hands-on approach. It may take a different type of learning for your dog to understand a command — you just need to be patient and know when to abandon the current obedience approach and switch to a new one. One way to ensure your dog gets the proper training for it’s personality is to opt for in-home dog training lessons. MYTH: Puppies need to be at least six months old for puppy training classes. FACT: This is not so! At Canine College, Bow Wow Resort, our professional dog trainers will work with all ages of dogs. Today’s professional dog training methods include positive reinforcement; this type of training can start almost as soon as you take your new puppy home. Instilling good behavior habits early will ensure a great long-lasting relationship with your pet. MYTH: Positive reinforcement style training only works with smaller, more tame dogs — not dogs who are naturally aggressive or stubborn. FACT: Although it may require more patience and time to train an aggressive or stubborn dog, positive reinforcement has been proven to be a great method for professional dog trainers and pet owners... read more
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