Are Group Dog Training Classes Right for my Dog?

No matter what age your dog is, training classes can be highly beneficial to teach him basic commands, new skills, and perhaps socialization. There are two different types of training classes for dogs –private dog training classes and group dog training classes. Which training class do you think is best for your dog, the group training class, or the private classes? While both training classes have their benefits, it’s important to compare their features to find out which training is right for your dog. Group Training The group dog training classes, as it sounds, involves training dogs in a group with several other dogs. It offers the following benefits: Strong Dynamism – Dogs in group training classes exhibit a strong dynamism that is exhilarating to watch. The variety of dogs makes it an exciting time for the dog personally.  It offers dogs the benefit of benefiting from each other strengths. There’s healthy competition, enthusiasm, and encouragement flowing from the presence of their peers. Dogs are able to learn socialization skills and interaction with other dogs Dogs get graduation and a platform to show off their newly learned skills in the presence of their cheering peers. It’s extra competitive and brings the best out of dogs as they go through crucial phases of the training, such as obedience, agility, and tricks.  Private Training Private dog training classes involve training a dog one-on-one with a professional trainer, and no other dogs present. It has the following benefits: Dogs benefit from individual attention and can learn at their own pace. Welcoming environment – Dogs are familiar with their home spaces, feel more...

8 Fun Activities to do With Your Dog This Summer

While the summer season is a time when you are likely planning fun activities and outings for yourself and your family, there are some fun things you can try with your pup as well. This article will give you some ideas to try to see what your dog loves. Pool (or Ocean) time Many dogs love to swim – especially when it is hot. If your dog hasn’t done much swimming, introduce the concept slowly. You might even consider getting a life jacket for your dog to help them get more comfortable with swimming in the water. Beach Day If your dog loves to swim already, or just enjoys visiting new places, consider taking hm or her to the beach. Before you visit, make sure your beach allows dogs to visit. You’ll also want to make sure your pup is potty-trained because using the beach is frowned upon. Dine Outside Always feed your dog in the kitchen? Consider taking your dog outdoors. It is a nice, relaxing treat when you grill out and enjoy your food outdoors – let your dog have a similar experience. If your dog regularly eats outside anyway, or you’re looking for another idea, consider a picnic. It can be a fun activity for the whole family. Lastly, consider finding restaurants in your area that allow dogs on the patio. This can be a fun experience for your pup – and some of these restaurants even have a special dog menu. Hit the Movies Consider taking your pooch to a drive-in this summer. Your dog will love sitting back and getting pats while you watch...

Raising & Training a New Puppy During Quarantine

Many people have chosen to adopt a puppy or dog during this quarantine, as there were many dogs in need of shelter. Additionally, there’s probably been a lot of added benefits of his companionship for you during this time! The puppy snuggles and emotional boost that a furry friend can give may be just what you needed during this time of isolation. Getting a new puppy is such an exciting time; however, it’s a lot of work. Between the 2am bathroom trips, training him to learn important commands, and making sure he’s getting enough exercise, sleep, and food, it can be a lot. Add in the extra stressors and challenges of the global pandemic, and it makes raising a new puppy during quarantine difficult. Important parts of raising your puppy, such as socialization with other dogs and humans, taking part in group training classes, and veterinarian visits to stay on track with vaccinations, are all significantly tougher during this time with the regulations that are put in place. So, how can you raise a puppy during this time, while preparing him for “normal” life after quarantine? We have some tips! Staying on Schedule for Vaccinations Many veterinarians are altering their protocols to comply with safety regulations, but it’s crucial that you’re still making it a priority to get your dog in for regular visits to stay on track with vaccinations. Missing vaccinations can make him more prone to diseases such as rabies, parvovirus, and beyond. Many vets are offering curbside drop-offs for appointments, to limit the contact between humans. Work with your dog’s vet to find accommodations that work...

Fun Ways to Bond With Your Dog During Quarantine

Being cooped up inside our houses every day may not be ideal, but while it has become our reality at the moment, we might as well make the most of it! After all, there may be someone who’s excited about all this extra time you’re spending at home… Your dog! While you have plenty of extra time, this is a great opportunity to bond with your dog. Spend some quality time together that you may not otherwise get to during your typical busy schedule. Here are some fun ideas to start bonding with your dog during quarantine! Play Games & Exercise Chances are, you could both use a little more exercise during this time! If the parks in your community are closed, he may not be running around as much as he used to, but you can still take him on plenty of long walks where it is safe to do so. You can also play games in your yard or home such as hide and seek. Try setting up a makeshift obstacle course some mental and physical exercise! Homemade Dog Toys This one will keep you both entertained for a bit! Instead of ordering new toys off Amazon, which may have a delay in shipping, why not try your hand at making some homemade toys with all supplies that you’ll have already in your house! Using just old t-shirts, tennis balls, and scissors, you can make some fun new toys for free. After all, why spend money on toys that he’ll just rip apart in the matter or minutes. Cook for Him It’s no secret that dogs love...

A Notice About COVID-19 From Canine College: We’re Open!

As we have been closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 and following the guidelines provided by the CDC, we fully understand the severity of this pandemic. Canine College is committed to the health and safety of our community; Protecting our staff, clients, and dogs during this time is our top priority. We continue to remain open for low-contact services including daycare and training sessions, while following the guidelines of social distancing. We are doing everything necessary to ensure our environment remains clean and as safe as possible during this crucial time. Keep reading to learn more about the services we’re able to provide at this time.  Private Dog Training:  Private training sessions are an effective way to teach your dog basic commands, correct behaviors, and beyond. Canine College continues to offer private dog training lessons during this time, as keeping up with your dog or new puppies training is essential for his learning. Reach out to us to discuss a personalized plan for your dog.  Puppy Playdates: Is your dog getting restless in the house? We’ll take him out for a playdate with a few other dogs! We’ll pick him up and drop him off, so you won’t even have to leave the house. Getting proper exercise is crucial for your dog at this time. We guarantee an hour of outdoor playtime to get him moving!  Group Classes:  We plan to reopen group training sessions in May, using our large outdoor space to allow for proper social distancing. While we have to put group sessions on hold, we are offering hands-free alternatives to get started on your dogs’ training....

German Shepard Puppies For Sale in MA

Canine College gets beautiful puppies all the time and wants to help them find a lovely, caring, and good home! We currently have german shepard puppies that need a home! For more information on these pups call Bruce Billings at Canine College at 781-767-3908 Canine College is a Boston based,  family owned & established Dog Training, Boarding, Day Care and Grooming facility. We are located on 50 acres of fields & forests. Canine College was founded in 1970 in Holbrook Massachusetts on an old farmstead as a sporting dog and obedience kennel. We have grown over the years and have added a full line of services to accommodate all breeds of dogs. Search for: Recent Posts Are Group Dog Training Classes Right for my Dog? 8 Fun Activities to do With Your Dog This Summer Raising & Training a New Puppy During Quarantine Fun Ways to Bond With Your Dog During Quarantine A Notice About COVID-19 From Canine College: We’re Open! Categories Health Care Proper Diet Training Tips Uncategorized View...
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