Dog Training – Why You Should Get the Whole Family Involved

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If you recently got a new puppy or just adopted a dog, your new pet may be in need of some training.  One key thing many dog trainers and pet parents miss is involving the whole family in the process of training your pet. Yes, the whole family includes your kid, if they are old enough to walk them or help you with anything regarding your dog (i.e bath time, feeding time, etc.).  It is also important to include your significant other; if they spend a lot of time with you then they probably will be spending a lot of time with your new pet. It is ideal for everyone to attend the dog training sessions, but if one or more cannot make it, it is up to the pet parent who attended class to fill in everyone else and practice with them so everyone stays on the same page during the next class session.  If everyone understands the training then everyone will in turn be using those dog training techniques at home which then helps to re-enforce good behavior. This may seem tedious and overwhelming to keep everyone in the loop if you have a large family, but the pay off will be rewarded in having a well-behaved and perfectly mannered pup.

Dog Training – Why You Should Get the Whole Family Involved

We suggest new pet parents try our own San Diego dog trainer Christie Branch. Along with her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science, she received from Virginia Tech, she has numerous years of experience as a successful dog trainer. Her training varies from good behavior (sit, stay, heel, down) to working with and helping nervous/shy. Christie currently offers training certain days of the week at all three of our California based locations: Bay Park, Hillcrest, and Encinitas.

Types of Training

  • Free Evaluation: Christie offers a free 30-minute evaluation/consultation where you both have the opportunity to express concerns and questions on how Christie can help with your dog training needs.
  • Puppy 101 & 202: These classes are offered in a group or private sessions with Christie to learn and go over basic commands such as: sit, stay, down, etc.
  • In-Home Training: These are private classes offered at the client’s home to work on any training their pup may need.
  • Private Training: These classes are one-on-one with Christie to go over any dog training your dog may need. They are offered at all three locations (Bay Park, Hillcrest, and Encinitas), times and days may vary.
  • The Lab: We just recently rolled out our new training sessions, “The Lab”, at our Encinitas location. These classes enable past clients who have worked with Christie to come back and continue education on any training they may need (i.e. sit, stay, heel, leash pulling, counter surfing, ect.). New Clients may enroll after their pet meets special criteria with our dog trainer Christie.  All our training sessions such as these are customized to fit the client and the pup’s needs. As such The Lab sessions can span from 3-6 and 9 months. Training for The Lab will be held every Friday at our Encinitas location. For these dog training sessions pet parents do not need to stay for every session but may attend 2 of the 4 sessions each month they are in training. Pet parents who enroll in The Lab will also receive special discounts on lodging, daycare, retail and grooming.

Don’t wait, call now to book your Free Evaluation with Christie today, 619-299-2730

Dog Training – Why You Should Get the Whole Family Involved

Best Long-term Dog Boarding Rates Throughout San Diego

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Are you planning a family road trip or finally getting the chance to backpack across Europe? If you have pets then you are most likely starting the search to find the best long-term boarding rates available in your area of California. Below are a few pet resorts that offer great care for a great price for long-term boarding.

Best Long-term Dog Boarding Rates Throughout San Diego

Paw Commons (Baypark, Hillcrest, Encinitas): Our three locations, located throughout the San Diego area offer great long-term boarding rates with discounts for multiple pets as well as military discounts. Prices are based on number of rooms needed not on pet size. Our Hillcrest location is outdoors, and during the summer months dogs get to play in our puppy friendly pools. Our pet resorts offer long-and-short-term boarding, grooming, dog training, as well as day care at very reasonable rates. You can bring their own food or we can feed them our own Taste of the Wild at no additional charge. Since we only allow dogs we specialize in their care, ensuring they get the most out of their stay while you are away.

While price is an important choosing factor, what the pet resort has to offer for those prices is equally important.

Things to Consider When Boarding Your Dog Long-Term

Boarding Room Options: Do they offer different room options? Paw commons offers both comfy rooms as well as luxury suites. The luxury suites are equipped with furniture, kiranda beds, as well as their own t.v. to help provide the natural comforts their own home has.

Things to Consider When Boarding Your Dog Long-term

Grooming: Do they offer grooming services? Paw Commons provides professional groomers at all locations for any grooming needs your pet may have.

Medical/Veterinary Care: Do they have a veterinarian on staff or on call? Do they have any vet offices near their location or are they willing to take your pet to their own veterinarian if needed? Our own pet resorts if needed and approved by the owner will take your pup to their own veterinarian. Our location in Encinitas is even located across the street from two veterinary offices.

Extras: Do they offer any extras such as: daycare or dayplay, individual play times, web cameras, or dog training. All of Paw Commons pet resorts offer all of the above for very reasonable prices.

Think these options through and ask plenty of questions regarding your pet’s care and prices to avoid any hidden fees. Our own pet resorts lists all fees upfront and can provide owners with an estimate of their bill. For more questions regarding our long-term boarding options and rates contact us today!

Summer Vacation – Let’s Talk Boarding Your Dog in Gilbert!

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With summer coming to an end, people in Gilbert and Phoenix are beginning to plan out their last minute summer vacation. Whether it’s a “staycation” in your hometown or traveling across the globe, make sure your pets have somewhere safe and fun to stay if they are not going with you.  Just as people need to reserve plane tickets and hotel rooms in advance during peak seasons in Gilbert, such as holidays and summer months, dogs also need advance reservations during these same peak times to ensure they have a room.  In order to avoid the stress and worry of leaving your pet behind we have outlined the basic necessities that pet owners in Phoenix should do in order to ensure their dog has a room in the pet resort of their choosing.

Tour Facility: It is always recommended that you tour the facility. This allows you to view the building and ask questions. Our own Paw Commons near Phoenix allow pet parents to view every aspect of our facility including our kitchen.

Gilbert Dog Boarding Summer Vacation

Reservation: Once you have chosen a pet resort you like, go ahead and make a reservation. It is always better to have a spot and not need it, then miss a chance to have your pup board with your favorite pet resort. Just ask to make sure there are no cancellation penalties. At our own Paw Commons pet resort in Gilbert, we do not have cancellation penalties during the summer months.

Vaccines: Once you have the reservation set, make sure that your pup will be updated on their vaccines during their stay. Most pet resorts can call the vet to verify vaccines, pet owners can have their vet fax over the vaccine records, or pet parents can bring the records in themselves. Paw Commons in Gilbert requires all boarding dogs to be updated on Rabies, DHLPP (Distemper/Lepto/Parvo), and 6-month Bordetella.

Play Evaluations: If the pet resort offers day play, the dog will probably need to be evaluated before they are allowed to stay in day play. A day play evaluation is just to ensure they are happy in that setting and get along well with other dogs. It is recommended to have their evaluation before their stay. If they pass we then recommend letting them enjoy day play for a few days before their stay. This allows them to become accustomed to not only day play but also the pet resort staff and the building. This will usually make them less nervous when you drop them off for their stay because they have become used to and enjoy coming to day play and seeing all the staff they now know and trust.

Gilbert Dog Boarding Summer Vacation

Emergency Contacts: Whether your cell phone dies or you have no cell service we encourage you to pick 1-2 emergency contacts and inform them of all your dogs needs. This way if the pet resort cannot get a hold of you concerning your dog they can reach out to the emergency contact to ensure all your dogs’ needs are met.

Medications: If your dog is on any medications, whether prescription or holistic, make sure to bring them. Paw Commons has a special medication form we have owners fill out in order to make sure all medications are given at the right time and in the proper manner. If you will be pressed for time at drop off we encourage owners to come in the day before and fill out all needed paper work. Paw Commons also has the medication sheet available online through their website. You can download and print and fill it in before hand so you don’t have to do that at drop off.

Food: It is always recommend to bring in your own dogs food. While some pet resorts offer food, make sure you ask about any hidden fees that may be attached. Paw Commons does offer Taste of the Wild dry and wet at no additional fee, but we still encourage owners whose pets are not already eating that brand and flavor of food to bring in their own to avoid upset tummies due to a food change. If you are bringing in their own food, make sure you bring enough food for each feeding for the entire stay. Many pet owners will pre-bag the food per day, per feeding, to ensure they bring enough food. If your pet is on a special mediated diet or has food allergies we recommend you bring extra incase you have to extend their stay.

If you live in Phoenix or Gilbert come by Paw Commons, let us give you a tour and answer any questions you have.

Hosting a Dog Party: Top 5 Tips for Success

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June 21st is National Dog Party Day and more pet parents than ever are throwing birthday bashes for their pooch. Before you bust out the treats, toys, and let the dogs loose- there are a few things you should consider for it to be a successful, safe, and fun event!

#1 The Guest List

Before you invite every single Fido in your contacts – you will want to consider if your dog is already acquainted or not. It is better to keep it limited to a few pups who play well together on a regular basis. The last thing you want is a situation where a dog fight breaks out during the festivities.

Who Let the Dog’s Out?! But seriously, make sure the doggies are contained in a gated, private area, where they are free to be off leash. A dog on a leash while others roam, is more likely to react defensively or aggressive.

Photo courtesy of Three Dog Bakery Del Mar

#2 Weather

If your party is planned to take place outdoors, you will need to plan ahead to make sure that everyone is comfortable. Unlike humans, dogs are not able to sweat in order to cool down their bodies. For warmer conditions, make sure there is enough shade for dogs and humans alike to find reprieve from the heat. Also, make sure there are enough water dishes to go around, and plenty of water on hand as well. If you are worried about inclement conditions, make sure you have a back-up plan in case of rain. Somewhere that is covered-or consider moving the soiree indoors if necessary.

#3 Extra! Extra!

Be sure you have extra. Extra of everything that your dog, or a doggie guest may become territorial about. For example: toys, treats, water bowels, etc. You don’t want a squabble over resources putting a damper on the day.

#4 The Feast

You will want to have snacks on hand for humans- but make sure that it stays away from the dog pack. Here is a list of table scrap no-no’s that could upset a pooches tummy and land them in the vet’s office. If you want to treat the dogs, have a variety of dog appropriate treats on hand – you could always add peanut butter (xylitol free), cream cheese, cheese wiz, and deli meats as an added bonus. Also, look into a specialty bakery for dogs, such as Paw Pleasers, to create a custom “cake” for the birthday dog! Dogs love to poke around in the trash, so make sure it’s picked up, secured, and thrown away into a larger receptacle as often as needed.

Photo courtesy of Three Dogs Bakery Del Mar

#5 Party Pooper

It is to be expected that your four legged guests will be leaving you “party favors” throughout the event. So be prepared with extra poop bags, cleaning spray, and paper towels!

Lastly, have fun!

Five Reasons to Consider a Professional Dental Cleaning for your Pet

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Did you know that dental disease affects nearly 85 percent of dogs and cats over three years of age? Imagine the equivalent—a human not brushing his/her teeth for 20 years—and you can easily understand why! Fortunately, dental disease is a treatable and preventable problem in most pets.

Here are five great reasons to consider a professional dental cleaning:

  1. Dental disease is painful. Pets suffering from dental disease are silently living in pain. Plaque buildup often causes inflammation of the gums around the base of the teeth (gingivitis), which is a continuous source of discomfort. When periodontal (gum) disease advances, inability to chew hard food, as well as excessive drooling, bleeding and difficulty opening or closing the mouth may occur. More importantly, without proper care, these problems will only get worse.
  2. Dental disease affects your pet’s general health. Bacteria under your pet’s gum line can travel to the heart, kidneys and liver, which can lead to serious health problems. A professional cleaning eliminates potential sources of infection and the risk of damage to these organs.
  3. Digital X-rays allow us to examine your pet’s oral health below the gum line. Some stages of dental disease are not visible to the naked eye. In fact, studies show that less than 50 percent of all dental problems in dogs and cats can be identified without dental X-rays! At The Drake Center, digital dental X-rays are obtained with every anesthetized dental procedure to further detail the health of the teeth below the gum line and determine the extent of periodontal disease.
  4. A dental cleaning bans bad breath. Offended by your pet’s breath? What we lovingly refer to as “doggie breath” is actually not normal for our furry friends—in fact, dogs’ and cats’ breath should not have a disagreeable odor at all! A professional dental cleaning addresses the dental disease at the root of your pet’s halitosis, which in turn will leave your pet’s breath smelling much better.
  5. Your pet’s teeth will look pretty! In addition to eliminating bacteria under the gums, a professional dental cleaning removes all visible plaque and tartar on the teeth, leaving your pet’s pearly whites looking like new. A registered veterinary technician (RVT) performs the cleaning portion of every dental procedure, which includes ultrasonic scaling to remove calculus and plaque, sub-gingival hand scaling to remove debris below the gum line, polishing and fluoride application.

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Love Your Pet, See Your Vet

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National Pet Month is April and this year’s theme celebrates the importance of regular veterinary exams with the message, “Love Your Pet, See Your Vet.”

So, what exactly are you getting when you bring your pet in for a check-up? More than you might think!

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Annual and bi-annual exams are actually a complete head-to-toe physical for your pet, including examination of the eyes, ears and mouth, heart and lung auscultation and abdominal and overall body palpation.

Here’s a closer look at what these exams can tell us:

  • Ocular exam: Looking into your pet’s eyes allows us to visualize current or potential problems in the external and internal eye.
  • Aural exam: Ear infections are very common in dogs. A dog’s ear canal is very long and deep; often, we find infections in a dog’s ears that the owners were unaware of.
  • Oral exam: A look at your pet’s teeth and gums can give us an idea of potential dental problems as well as your pet’s overall health. For example, did you know you can tell how a pet is feeling by the color of his/her gums?
  • Body Condition Score (BCS): The BCS is a scale (1-9) that allows us to assess your pet’s weight. This helps us formulate a diet and exercise plan that best suits your pet’s body, activity level and lifestyle.
  • Abdominal palpation: Palpation is the act of feeling with one’s hands. By doing an abdominal palpation, we can actually feel some of the pet’s liver, kidneys, intestines, spleen and bladder. Most importantly, we can find abnormalities that warrant further investigation on perfectly normal and healthy pets.
  • Overall body palpation: This allows us to scan the body for abnormalities, such as enlarged lymph nodes or tumors.
  • Heart and lung auscultation: Auscultation is the act of listening to the internal sounds of the body with a stethoscope. This allows us to listen for normal rates and rhythms, as well as pick up murmurs and arrhythmias in otherwise normal and healthy pets.

In addition, wellness exams are the perfect time to discuss any concerns regarding behavior, nutrition, weight, grooming, sleep patterns, family interaction and more.

The American Veterinary Medical Association created National Pet Week in 1981 to foster responsible pet ownership, recognize the human-animal bond and increase public awareness of veterinary medicine.

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Spring is Here: When Should My Dog Visit the Groomer?

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All dogs usually grow thicker coats during the colder months of winter, including our short-haired pups too like Chihuahuas, Boxers and even Dobermans! While pet owners may not notice the difference during the winter months, they will start to notice now that spring has sprung. This is due to increased shedding or as groomers call it, “blowing their coat.” Below are some telltale signs it may be time to see your groomer:

Pollens: All this fresh grass and new blooming flowers brings about more pollen in the air. These pollens can cause irritants to dogs with sensitive skin or skin allergies. Our trained groomers in Arizona, Phoenix and Gilbert can help ease some irritations with a hydrating oatmeal shampoo and conditioner. However, a groomer is never a substitute for a veterinarian when it comes to treating skin issues. Please see your vet if you believe your pet is suffering from skin allergies or if their skin just seems more irritated than normal during this spring season.

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Tangles, Knots, Mats, and Dirty Fun: With spring also comes lush green grass, bright flowers and plenty of sunshine.  That extra dose of sunshine and extra green grass is the perfect mixture of good old-fashioned dirty fun for your dog. Nice weather means more time for your pup to play outside, either with friends, toys or just running wild and rolling around. All this romping around may leave your pet with dirt and grass stains. Unfortunately, rolling in the grass wont give them that fresh-cut grass smell either and may lead them to smelling a little stinky. Leave the bathing hassle to the groomers and let them clean and pamper your pet in Arizona, Phoenix and Gilbert after a day of fun! This extra dose of fun in the sun can also lead to knots, tangles and matts for those breeds with long hair, such as Australian Shepherds, Doodles, and Malteses. Whether you live in Arizona, Phoenix and Gilbert, don’t let your dog miss out on those fun spring days because you are worried about the upkeep of keeping them tangle-free. Spring is the perfect time to bring your dog to the groomer to ensure they stay knot and matt free.

Blowing Their Coats: Pet owners can help keep the shedding down by brushing, brushing, and more brushing. All that hair has to go somewhere though. It usually ends up all over the house and may even clog up your bathroom drains during bath time. Let your pup enjoy a nice massage, bath, extra brushing and a nail trim with their groomer! Leave the mess at the groomers’ and enjoy your clean and soft pup. For dogs with extreme shedding many groomers, including our own in Arizona, Phoenix and Gilbert, offer special de-shedding treatments.

Don’t wait until spring is over; make your grooming appointment today!

Top 3 Upcoming Street Fairs in North County San Diego You Can’t Miss

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Spring Encinitas Street Fair (April 30, 2017): This street fair offers fun for everyone in the family! There will be international food, live stage entertainment, rides for children and even a craft beer garden. This spring time the event starts around 9am and goes until 5pm. While there may not be a dog zone this year, it is still a very dog-friendly event. There will even be some specialty dog vendors selling dog goodies and treats, as well as local Encinitas Veterinary practices and pet resorts. Our own Paw Commons will even have their own booth. Don’t forget to stop by and say hi and find out more about our lodging, grooming, training and daycare.

If you are new to the Encinitas area remember to bring your own bags if you plan to purchase goodies for yourself or your pet. Encinitas merchants are no longer allowed to supply bags.

Carlsbad Spring Village Faire (May 7th, 2017): From 8am-5pm the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce hosts it’s 44th annual spring fair. With over 900 vendors it’s no wonder why so many people flock to this free event around the country.

Many deem this street fair one of the best fairs to take your dog, describing it as an exciting dog walking experience for both you and your pet! Enjoy an outing where you are surrounded by great food, good music, and array of different and new products and services for both you and your pet.  No need to worry about your pet’s thirst level as most vendors come prepared with bowls filled with fresh water and treats to spoil the little darlings they see throughout the day. Paw Commons will also be there at their own booth, so don’t forget to stop by and get some lodging, daycare, grooming and dog training information (as well as a treat or two for your pup). Whether you are looking to check out a new street fair or just want a different dog walking experience, don’t miss out on this year’s fun and dog friendly Carlsbad Spring Village Faire.

Oceanside Sunset Market: This is a great and daily street fair that takes place every Thursday evening from 5-9pm all year round. This is one of the most pet friendly year-round street fairs that North County San Diego has to offer. All pets are welcome, including all breeds of dogs as long as they are friendly and well-behaved toward people and other pets. It is a great event to meet new dogs and people, enjoy different foods from around the world and listen to some great live entertainment. This event is held in downtown Oceanside. It is also a stone’s throw away for those from Encinitas and Del Mar to attend as well! For those that are local to Oceanside, it is a great place to just take a walk with your dog and enjoy some free live music.

Secret Insider List: Top Ten Breweries To Visit with Your Dog

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What’s better then a tasty cold, crisp beer? Enjoying one with your best furry friend of course! With more restaurants and hotels becoming dog friendly it’s no surprise that breweries are following the same suit. There can be a dog friendly brewery found in almost all areas of San Diego including: Hillcrest, Bay Park, Linda Vista, Encinitas, Vista, Del Mar, and Oceanside. With more breweries popping up throughout San Diego, and most of them being dog friendly, it’s a great time to go out and try a new brewery with you favorite pup. Below is a list of some great breweries to try with your pet.

The Brew Project (Hillcrest—3683 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA): They offer a wide range of local beer options as well as tasty food. They are kid friendly, and dog friendly. They also offer daily specials Monday-Sunday.

Mission Brewery (1441 L St., San Diego, CA): Mission Brewery is not only dog friendly but also offers some of the most reasonable prices for their craft beers. At only $5.50 a pint, who could miss out on such a great deal. Constant changing food trucks offer great food for you and your pup to sample while you enjoy some of Mission Breweries finest craft beers. This brewery is not only reasonable priced but easy to find with the words “Wonder Bread” painted across the building. It’s no wonder people say “Wonder Bread” marks the spot.

The Regal Beagle Ale House (3659 India St #101, San Diego, CA): Beagles, as well as all other breeds, are welcome on the patio. This unique establishment even displays a picture of their owner, Clarence the Beagle, above their bar. Bring your pup in on Monday and share a plate of mini corn dogs, only .25 each. This menu offers an array of constantly rotating, craft beers, artesian sausages as well as other tasty treats. Every Friday night try a new beer and burger for only $11 and you even get to keep the beer glass!

La Jolla Brewing Company (San Diego–7536 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA): This hidden gem is definitely the place to go with your dog to enjoy some great beer and delicious beer food. Not only do they offer a large on draft beer selection, but also have cocktails and fun bartender specialty creations to choose from. Don’t miss out on their happy hour from 3-6pm everyday.

Bitter Brothers (170 Morena Blvd San Diego, CA): Not only are dogs welcome here, but there is even a sign out front welcoming their doggie patrons and owners. They even keep biscuits and chews stocked on the counter for their new dog and existing doggie clients. This fairly new establishment may not be known by many yet, but once word gets out about their delicious beers and fun atmosphere it will be no surprise once all San Diegans know about them. From the Prodigal Son IPA to the Black Sheep Porter, there are plenty of great flavors to choose from. Sit back and sip on an Aunt Joy (English Mild Ale) or on the delectable Little Sister (Imperial Russian Stout) while your pup enjoys a cool bowl of water and some scrumptious treats. Who knows you may even see the owner’s dog there. He likes to hang behind the bar, enjoying some doggie snacks and the occasional belly rub or ear scratches from the ever friendly bar staff.

Amplified Ale Works Pacific Beach (4150 Mission Blvd, Ste 208, San Diego, CA): This beer garden and kitchen not only has delicious items to indulge in, but also is also dog friendly. There outside area is set up for both their doggie patrons and owners to enjoy. With plenty of shade, faux grass, and full bowls of fresh water, it is the perfect spot to visit after a long walk or a long days work. Their beers are so good they have even won awards! Their most recent award was for their Whammy Bar Wheat, which won a gold medal in the American Wheat category in 2016’s World Beer Cup. Their menu items include small plates to share and make your own kabobs to share with your pup.

Lighting Brewery (13200 Kirkham Way #105, Poway, CA): This North County San Diego Brewery motto is “better beer through ” Lightening Brewery is very dog friendly and is recognized as a leader in lager and German style beers. Check their Facebook and instagram for specials as they are ever changing from food deals to great beer prices.

Bagby Beer Company (601 S Coast HWY, Oceanside, CA): Bagby loves their dog customers so much a page on their website is dedicated to their doggie customers. They offer house beers as well as a grand selection of draft beers. Come on down and try one of their beers and don’t forget to tag a picture of your pup with @dogsofbagby to see your pups photo on their instagram page.

Board and Brew (1212 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA): Dogs are welcome on the outside patio; where owners and pets can enjoy quality brews at a great price. They have a great selection of sandwiches that pair well with many of their beers. They don’t skimp on their beer or their sandwiches. Their sandwiches are packed full with meat, cheese and veggies. There’s even enough to share with your pup, if your so inclined to share. Unbeknownst to most this location in Del Mar even supplies those hard to find craft beers from microbreweries across San Diego and Orange County.

Encinitas Ale House (1044 S. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA): This ale house offers a huge beer selection. They have local beers as well as imported beers, gluten free and non-alcoholic beers and ciders and meads. They are extremely dog friendly. Most wait staff provides your pup a bowl of water before you even ask.

Dog Parks Vs Doggie Daycare: What’s Best For My Dog?

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Whether you take your dog to dog parks or doggie daycare, you do so to allow your pet to expend energy and to allow them to socialize with other pups. But which is better for your dog?  Below we look at a few factors that may help determine which is better for your dog.

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Environment:

Dog parks our outdoors, which is great! Dog parks may have water but it is usually in a dirty bowl and the water itself is not very clean. Dirty water is one of the biggest sources where a dog can potentially pick up such diseases as Giardia. Doggie daycare centers throughout Arizona, Phoenix and Gilbert offer a clean environment with constant access to fresh, clean water. As most native to Arizona know temperatures can easily reach over 100 degrees, especially in the summer time. In areas such as Arizona, Phoenix and Gilbert dog parks pose the risk of heat stroke and severe dehydration due to such extreme temperatures.  Most pet resorts in Arizona, Phoenix and Gilbert offer in-door doggie daycare. Some of these pet resorts offer state-of-the-art climate controlled air systems to ensure their doggie patrons stay cool in the summer, dry when it rains, and warm in cold winter months.

If your pet loves the outdoors dog parks are great spots for pet owners who monitor there pets play level and bring their own fresh water to ensure their pet stays hydrated. Most dog parks have trees and other areas of shaded space where you and your pet can rest if it gets too warm. You and your pet can have a great time at the dog park as long you both come prepared for the weather outside.

Visibility:

Some pet parents love the dog park because they go with their dog and get to see them in action. Many pet resorts, including our own, offer web cameras for pet parents viewing pleasure. No more worry or wonder about what your dog is up to; simple log on to any smart device or computer and see your pet in action. Doggie day care staff also ensures a clean and safe environment for your pet. No more worrying about dealing with another owner who is not watching their dog or picking up after their dog when your pup goes to doggie daycare in Arizona, Phoenix and Gilbert.

Although doggie daycare is great to reinforce certain training commands, dog parks are perfect places to practice certain commands as stay, heel and recall commands while off leash.

Vaccinations:

Even though there are laws in Arizona, Phoenix and Gilbert regarding pet vaccination, when you go to the dog park you have no way of knowing if an owner is actually keeping up with their dogs vaccinations.

Doggie daycares throughout Arizona, Phoenix and Gilbert keep strict standards regarding vaccinations to ensure all pets stay healthy.

Size and Temperament:

While some dog parks do split up their yards, one for small dogs and one for big dogs, any and all dogs may still walk in regardless of their temperament. Many dog parks do post signs and restrictions notifying owners of the risks that may impose upon them once they enter.

Most doggie daycares, on the other hand, split dogs up based on size and temperament. At our own Paw Commons in Arizona, Phoenix and Gilbert dogs must pass a simple evaluation to ensure they are a good fit to keep all dogs including themselves safe and happy.  Many people that frequent dog parks are great pet parents and dog owners and show that by keeping an eye on their dogs and ensuring they have fun and stay out of trouble.

Dog parks and doggie daycares are both a great way to let your pup loose in a leash free environment where they can socialize, have fun and expend some energy.  While some dog parks are a bit more risky then some doggie daycares, they are still a great treat to take your pup to as long as pet parents are vigilant and caution is used regarding water and other dogs temperaments. Dog parks are a great place to work on training such as stay and recall commands and doggie daycare is a great place to have them reinforced while you are at work or on vacation.