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February 2017

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.

5 Reasons Loving Your Dog is Good for your Health

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By Gabrielle Feldman

Your pet brings so much joy to your life, but did you know that spending time with them could be better for your health? Many medical & psychological studies show that pet owners live a happier, healthier life than non-pet owners.

Here are 5 ways that the companionship of your pet can improve your health:

1. Healthier Heart

According to the Harvard School of Medicine, studies show that “dog owners have lower blood pressure than non-owners.” They attribute this to the notion that a dog makes them calmer & they also get more exercise on average. They also report that “the power of touch also appears to be an important part of the ‘pet effect’.”

Healthy Heart

Other studies show that heart attack survivors & people with abnormal heart rhythms live longer than people without pets.

2. Stress Soothers

Petting your cat or dog simply feels good; but why is that? Blair Justice (Psychology professor & author of Who Gets Sick: How Beliefs, Moods, and Thoughts Affect Your Health) tells WebMD that any enjoyable activity, such as petting your dog, can elevate levels of serotonin & dopamine, which have pleasurable & calming properties. Another study found that your pet can actually soothe you more than the presence of a friend or spouse during a stressful situation!

3. Depression Relief

Therese Borchard (Associate Editor of Psych Central) says that one reason pet’s aid in depression relief is simply by offering us unconditional love & acceptance. In a depression study done by John Hopkins- they claim that nursing home residents felt less lonely with an alone visit from a dog, than a visit with both a dog & another resident.

Depression Relief

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Our dog doesn’t care if we look disheveled, or may be having financial or relationship difficulties. When you walk through that door, you are the best thing since sliced bread, and they love to let you know it.

4. Social Tool

The presence of a pet is a natural icebreaker. We all have walked down the street avoiding eye contact with a stranger. However, if that person is walking a dog, we can easily strike up a conversation that would have otherwise not happened. This can make us feel more connected to people, aiding as a natural mood enhancer.

Look out Match.com, having a dog can land you more dates! Beyond a dog being a natural conversation starter, a recent study found that owning a dog actually makes you more attractive to a potential mate!

5. Psychological Repair

It is well known that service dogs do so much more than aiding the physically impaired. One example of this is an organization called Next Step Service Dogs, based out of Escondido, CA, who raises funds and trains dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD.

Judy Keene, Volunteer Director, tells The Drake Center about the amazing work that service dogs are doing for local veterans. “Scientific studies indicate when a dog and person make eye-to-eye contact, it increases a calming bonding chemical called oxytocin in both the person and dog. This benefit is universal about dogs and people but can significantly increase with expert service dog training.”

Service Dogs Local Veterans

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She gives us an example of a study that showcases the overwhelming impact that trained service dogs have on the lives of soldiers suffering from PTSD:

  • Increased patience, impulse control, and emotional regulation
    Improved ability to display affection, decrease in emotional numbness
  • Improved sleep
  • Decreased depression, increase in positive sense of purpose
  • Decrease in startle response
  • Improved parenting skills & family dynamics
  • Lowered stress levels, increased sense of calm
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Valentine’s Day is a reminder to love the people in your life that matter to you the most, your pet is no exception. So love on your dog or cat a little bit extra on the 14th; after all, it’s good for your health!

This blog post originally appeared on The Drake Center

5th Annual Puppy Bowl – Who Will Win This Year?

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In preparation for this years Super Bowl, Paw Commons is excited to once again host its’ annual puppy bowl! The big event is held at our outdoor location in Hillcrest. The fun doggie daycare yard is transformed into a puppy football field. Pups of all ages and sizes compete to try and win the game. Dogs are split up into two teams and the staff act as referees to observe any penalties and touchdowns. The winner is a predictor of who will win the 2017 Super Bowl. Pups from all over Northern and Southern San Diego venture over to Paw Commons in Hillcrest to have their pups participate in this fun and super cute event.  It is so much fun that so far every year it has attracted local San Diego news teams to come out and film the festivities to see who will win.

Even if your dog is not a huge football fanatic he or she can still have fun on the sidelines watching the action or playing with other doggie football fans and puppy bowl players. Let your puppy have tons of fun playing in our dog daycare yard and even sign them up for grooming so you pick up a tired, clean pup. Don’t forget that all our locations offer courtesy web cameras in our dog daycare yards. Don’t miss out on this year’s puppy bowl action; where every play, pass and kick can be seen from our web cameras. Don’t forget to check out our voting box when you come down to Hillcrest to vote for whom you think will win the Super Bowl this year

Even if your pup can’t make it to this fun filled event but has tremendous football spirit enter him or her in our special puppy bowl Instagram contest. The most football spirited doggie fan will be awarded a $50 gift card; check out our Paw Commons Instagram for more details.

Don’t let your pup miss out on this fun event! Call now to reserve your dogs’ spot for our annual puppy bowl.