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Integrating a Second Dog Into Your Home

If you’re anything like us, once you have one dog, you just keep wanting more! You couldn’t get enough of their puppy days before they grew up…It’s almost like baby fever for us dog lovers. And after all, wouldn’t your dog love a friend to play with when you’re out? Adding a second dog can mean double the cuteness… but it can quickly turn into double the trouble, if he’s not properly integrated into your home. Just as there are steps you need to take in order to “puppy proof” your home when getting a first dog, there are steps that need to be taken to make the adjustment smooth for both the new dog and your beloved first furry friend. If you do choose to get a second dog, take precautions, and avoid these common mistakes to ensure that both dogs will be healthy and happy in their environment. Common Mistakes When Getting a Second Dog:   1.Getting two dogs of the same sex and breed Who doesn’t love twins, right? Wrong. Although it may be adorable to walk around with two dogs that are almost identical, you’ll probably realize that there is quite a bit of tension between the two. Studies have shown that two dogs in the same household of the same sex and breed are much more likely to have inter-dog aggression. Since they have the same “hardwired” behaviors, it will take a lot of work in the training phase. When it comes to dogs, opposites certainly attract. Try getting a second dog whose behaviors will complement those of the first dog. 2. The two... read more

Tips for Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

Many people avoid trimming their dog’s nails because they know what a hassle it can be, and they may even fear that they will hurt them. However, it is actually much more painful for your dog to be walking around with long toenails. When a dog’s nails get too long and start touching the floors when they walk, the hard surface will push the nail back into the nailbed. This can cause your dog to walk differently to compensate for the pain, which will have further consequences to their health. Therefore, it is essential to trim your dog’s nails on a regular basis. To make the process go smoothly, try out some of our tips and tricks to make it less painful for you, and your dog. Longer nails may also damage your personal property, such as a car, so for their sake and yours keep your dog’s nails trimmed. All Car Leasing found that 21% of dog owners wouldn’t let their dog into the car, but with some basic grooming you can eliminate a lot of the reasons for their decision. Use a quality tool While this may seem obvious, choosing a pair of clippers that is compatible with your dog’s nails is one of the most important factors to a successful nail trim. Choose a durable tool that is easy for you to use, and ensures the safety of your dog’s nails. If your dog has large, thick nails you may opt for a large plier-style clipper. If you have a smaller dog, guillotine and scissor style clippers may work just as well. Some owners and animal... read more

Housekeeping & Cleaning Tips For Dog Owners

Our beloved furry friends bring us so much joy, but they can also create so much work for us. Between making sure they don’t chew up your household items, taking them out so they don’t pee on the carpet, etc… It can be exhausting! And at the end of the day, you probably still feel like your house is a mess. No matter how hard you try, there’s still dog hair everywhere, drool stains, and scratch marks that you simply don’t know how to get rid of. We’ve put together a few handy tips and tricks to make cleaning your home a bit easier. Picking Up Dog Hair This one is probably the most time consuming, because it is never ending! But don’t waste time painstakingly picking up excess dog hair by hand, there are a few different tactics that you can try to save yourself time! First, dryer sheets work like magic to pick up dog hair from fabric. Just rub the dryer sheet over the couch, recliners, or any other surface and the hair will cling right to it! Rubber gloves are another great method. Put a pair on and do a quick sweep of your hands across dirty surfaces. If you’re finding lots of hair in the carpet, there are some things you can do. Aside from regularly busting out the Bissell for regular vacuuming, and this may sound odd, but try a window squeegee. Scrape it along the carpet and it’ll work wonders to pick up excess fur. For excess dog hair on your clothing, try a roll of packing tape. You’ll quickly find that... read more

The Rules of Positive Reinforcement

When training your dog and teaching him basic commands, positive reinforcement can be a highly beneficial tactic to use. Dogs love a good treat, so it is an effective way for them to learn behaviors that you want them to know. However, if positive reinforcement is used incorrectly, it can actually confuse your dog and lead him to pick up some bad habits without you even realizing. We’ve laid out a few simple rules for you and your dog to follow, to avoid confusion and have successful training sessions. Timing is everything Dogs have a fairly short attention span, so it’s important to reward them on “dog-time.” Be sure that the positive reinforcement happens immediately following the good action. This ensures that they know exactly which action you are happy with, and they will be likely to do it again in the future. A delayed reward could confuse them into associating the wrong action with the positive reaction. For example, if you tell your dog to sit and you wait to reward him until he stands, he will think that by “sit” you actually want him to stand. It is essential that they are able to understand which actions you are praising. When to give treats When using positive reinforcement, it’s important to know how often you should be treating your pet. After all, the end goal is to get him to do the behavior on his own out of instinct. When your pet is first learning a new behavior, you should use “continuous reinforcement,” rewarding him every time he does the behavior. As your pet starts to understand... read more

Pet Fire Safety

According to a study by the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 500,000 pets are affected by home fires every year. Not only is it important to keep your pet safe from home fires, it is often overlooked how easy it can be for your pet to accidentally start a fire. As pet owners, it is our job to protect them and take precautionary measures to ensure their safety. These simple preventative actions could make a huge difference some day. Safety Precautions Keep pets near entrances when you’re not home- Since pets cannot escape on their own in the event of a fire, it’s recommended to keep them near an entrance if you’re going to be gone for a while. Keep them near a door with their collar on, and a leash at the ready. This way, a firefighter would easily find them and quickly be able to rescue them. Smoke detectors- In addition to a traditional smoke detector, you may also consider connecting a monitored detector that signals emergency responders. This will allow them to be contacted when you’re not home in the case of an emergency. These systems give an added peace of mind for you and your pets. Pet alert window cling- In the case that your pet is not near an entrance and easily accessible, it is important to have a static cling on your front window listing the number of pets inside. This saves the rescuer time when trying to find your pets, ensuring that no furry friend gets left behind. Extinguish open flames- Our pets can’t help their generally curious nature, so it’s important we are... read more

Keeping Your Dog Safe & Cool In The Summer Months

The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, and the summer months are finally upon us! On those warm days, you’re not the only one starting to break a sweat…just imagine how it would feel in a fur coat! Hot weather can be a concern for the safety of your dog, but there are things that can be done to protect them. Here are a few tips to help keep your dog safe and cool during these hot summer months. Schedule Walks Accordingly The best time to take your dog for a walk during the summertime is early in the morning, or later in the evening. You should always check the temperature of the pavement; if it’s too hot to place your hand on for more than a few seconds, then it is too hot for your dog’s paw pads. Try to find a shady sidewalk or park to take a stroll in. If your dog is going to be in the sun for an extended period of time, consider applying some doggy sunscreen. As always, don’t forget to bring a water for yourself, and for your animal. Collapsible water dishes are a convenient way to keep your dog hydrated on walks! Never Leave Your Dog In A Car Your pet should never be left in a parked car for any period of time. On a warm summer day, temperatures can reach up to 120 degrees in a car within a matter of minutes. Even if the windows are left open, your car will heat up just as quickly. So if you’re going somewhere that your dog cannot go... read more

Best Dog Breeds for Outdoor Enthusiasts

It’s outdoor season and it seems like everyone in the Boston area has come out of the woodwork to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. This past winter was a struggle and you may have found that you put on a few pounds. As a professional dog training and dog boarding company, we believe that the best way to get back in shape and stay active this season is with the help of a canine companion. If you and your family are ready for a dog (or perhaps another dog in addition to the one you have) that’s as active as you are, here are a few breed suggestions to consider. Dog Breeds for Active Individuals and Families Labrador Retriever. Whenever someone thinks of a playful or active dog, the first though is usually a lab. Fun-loving and athletic, these dogs love water as they were originally bred as waterfowl hunting dogs. Keep in mind that labs have an appetite and will eat just about anything, so be sure to feed it a nutritious diet so they have the energy to tackle your running or hiking route. Labs will gain weight if not exercised enough, so don’t forget to talk to your vet about portion control. Siberian Husky. The husky has gained popularity over the past decade — especially in the northeast where winters can be long and cold. If you’re an winter outdoor enthusiast, then why not consider a husky? These dogs were bred to pull sleds in Alaska and throughout Canada but seem to fit right into the Boston climate. They do have difficulty in hot weather, so make sure they... read more

Tell-Tale Signs Your Dog Has Allergies

Allergy season isn’t just for us humans — many dogs are also prone to developing seasonal allergies that can sometimes make them feel as miserable as we do. Luckily, the signs and symptoms that your dog has allergies are just as obvious as our own. At Canine College, we’re here to help dog owners distinguish the signs of spring allergies in their pups so you can know when to seek out medical treatment. Signs Your Dog is Suffering Spring Allergies Oftentimes allergic reactions can be very uncomfortable for your dog. Symptoms can end up affecting the skin, digestive system and respiratory system. Red, itchy or scabbed skin usually on the face, within the ears or elsewhere on the body such as toes or legs. Increased scratching of the ears or eyes. Oftentimes dogs may rub themselves against an abrasive surface such as grass, shrubs, carpets or other surfaces in order to rid themselves of a constant itch. Itchy or runny eyes that have have green or discolored eye goop. Yes, this sounds gross — but don’t forget to check your dog’s eyes! Bloodshot eyes or eyes that have discolored goop are sure signs of allergies. Sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea and ear infections may also be signs of seasonal allergies. Although vomiting and diarrhea are less common and could be a symptom of another unrelated health issue, it’s nonetheless important to try and rule out allergies first. Either way, any of these symptoms should be addressed by a veterinarian. Constant licking or chewing of the paws is another sign of allergies. Our dogs love being outside –especially when the weather warms... read more

How To Choose The Best Dog Daycare Place For Your Pup

If your dog is more than a pet, but a member of your family, you probably spend a lot of time making sure he or she has the best care when you can’t be there. Picking a doggy daycare, whether it’s for one afternoon or every day, can be an overwhelming process, but you don’t have to go it alone! This guide features a few tips that will help you choose the right daycare facility for your furry friend. If you follow these guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to finding a doggy daycare that you can trust for years to come. Do Your Research First One of the reasons pet parents become overwhelmed early on is that they don’t do enough research into local dog boarding and daycare facilities before they dive-in headfirst. Before you do anything else, create a shortlist of three to five local establishments that have good reviews or you’ve heard your family and friends rave about. Know Your Budget Different doggy daycares have different rates. It’s important to know how much you can afford to spend to board your dog before you start touring the facilities on your shortlist. This way, you’ll know right away if you can’t afford a specific establishment. It does bear noting, however, that most places charge less for hourly daycare than the do for overnight boarding, so your specific situation may somewhat affect pricing. Take Your Pet With You It’s absolutely imperative for your dog to come with you when you tour the doggy daycares you’re seriously thinking about using. This will give him or her the opportunity... read more

When To Choose Dog Day Care

Also known as doggy daycare, dog day care is exactly what you might imagine: A place to drop off your dog for the day while you run errands around town without having to worry about having to let your dog out or take it for a walk. At Canine College, Bow Wow Resort we have one of the most well-known dog day care centers in the South Shore and greater Boston area. Why Choose Dog Day Care Convenient, affordable, and flexible — dog day care is a great option for dog owners who lead busy lives. Just as you might opt for day care for your child, dog day care is the perfect opportunity for someone else to watch over your pup while you’re out. Whether you work 9-5 during the week or have errands to run on the weekends, this service is makes your life easier. Your dog will also benefit from dog day care at our Holbrook facility because we provide ample play space. Situated on over 50 acres of land, your dog will have space to run, stretch their legs, and even have the opportunity to meet and play with other dogs. Dog Day Care at Canine College So what makes our doggy daycare service better than other centers around the area? Aside from our sprawling property, Canine College also offers grooming services and dog training courses on-site — even if you’re not able to be there! We offer a variety of private or group training courses from Puppy Kindergarten to Advanced Training. Don’t forget that we also provide professional grooming services so that your pup... read more
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