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New Puppy? 5 Tips to Start the New Year Off Right!

By | Dog Boarding, Dog Daycare, Dog Grooming, Dog Tips, Dog Training, General

The new member of your family may walk on all fours and have quite a bit more fur then your other children, but they are just as important to your family. Start the New Year off with a bang and follow these easy tips for a happy and healthy puppy.

5 Tips to Start the New Year Off Right

Tip 1

Choosing the Right Veterinarian: Choosing the right San Diego veterinarian is an important way to keep your pet healthy and keep you up to date on how to keep your pet healthy and safe. Ask questions and tell them your concerns. Some veterinarians are very informative and can explain even the most difficult medical terminology/condition/operation in everyday language. The most important thing is that both you and your new puppy feel comfortable with your new veterinarian. If you’re in the San Diego area we recommend West Coast Animal Hospital located in the Bay Park area. For those located in North County we recommend The Drake Center for Veterinary Care located in the Encinitas area. Keep your new puppy up to date on all vaccines by scheduling routine vaccines visits with your veterinarian so you can take full advantage of doggie daycare, grooming and dog training.

Tip 2

Grooming: We cannot stress enough how important it is to get your pup in for grooming at an early age. When your new puppy has a good relationship with your groomer it ensures they have a great first haircut, bath, nail trim, etc. For those that will need routine bathing and haircuts getting them used to a grooming regimen early on is imperative. This makes the grooming experience for your new puppy easier and more enjoyable for them as they grow because they have come accustomed to their preferred groomer as well as the grooming process. For those with new puppies that are rocking long locks or thick double coats, grooming is an important part in maintaining your pets’ well-being. Regular brushing helps to keep puppies from getting tangles that can turn into mats. Talk with your groomer during your initial consultation and be realistic about what your pup needs versus what you would like them to look like. If you do not have time regular brush your new puppy who has a long coat, your groomer may recommend keeping their hair short to avoid mats and tangles. Most groomers such as our own in Bay Park, Hillcrest and Encinitas, offer a great teeth brushing service that you can add on to any bath or haircut. Start brushing their teeth early so they not only get used to it but regular brushing by both professional groomers and regular brushing at home helps prevent and fight tooth and tarter decay.

Tip 3

Daycare: As many know, no matter what type of breed you have, puppies have boundless amounts of energy. If your new puppy is not given enough exercise to release all that energy you may come home to find chewed up furniture, shoes or worse. It is also important to start socializing your new pup with other dogs and people early. This helps to deter your new puppy from developing any fear or aggression toward new people or other dogs when you take them out and about. Doggie daycare is a great way to allow your pup to both become social with other puppies and people, as well as get tons of exercise while having so much fun. At the end of the day you get to pick up both a tired and very happy puppy!

Tip 4

Lodging: Whether you have a business trip or family vacation coming up, choosing the right lodging resort is imperative. Search online and use such great resources as Yelp to help narrow down the best options for your puppy that meets both your expectations and budget. Come by and visit any of our Paw Commons locations in California (Bay Park, Hillcrest, Encinitas) or Arizona (Gilbert). Our trained and knowledgeable staff are here to help with any questions you may have. One great aspect that our own pet resorts offer are the live web cameras in our daycare yard. Get peace of mind knowing that you can not only call to check on your dog but can hop onto your smart phone no matter where you are and watch your dog or puppy having a blast in our indoor or outdoor day play yard.

Tip 5

Dog Training: For your own sanity and the well-being of your home, it is essential to get your new pup into dog training early. Most puppy classes will go over basic obedience skills, such as: sit, stay, and come. These specialized dog and puppy trainers can also provide helpful tips and tricks to help pet parents potty train their new little fur babies. Our own puppy trainer works closely with owners to identify and work on any potential problem areas your new puppy may have, such as counter surfing and jumping. Training is such a tremendous benefit to continued good behavior in public. Whether you want them to behave and listen if you take them out to a dog friendly restaurant in San Diego or you want them to have good doggie manners when meeting new furry friends at doggie daycare, continued training is a great resource to have to ensure good behaviors. Our own dog trainer, who works out of our Bay Park, Hillcrest and Encinitas locations, offers two levels of puppy classes. You can choose to do the puppy sessions with a group or just one-on-one with our trainer.

Still have questions? Call any of our locations or stop by to get more helpful tips and information from our knowledgeable and trained staff regarding anything from daycare, boarding, grooming or dog training.

Tips to Start Planning Your Dog’s Holiday Lodging Stay in San Diego

By | Dog Boarding, Dog Daycare, Dog Tips, General

With Christmas and Thanksgiving quickly approaching, people all over San Diego County and Arizona are beginning to plan out their Holiday vacation. Whether it’s a “staycation” in your hometown or traveling across country, 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 the holiday seasons, 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 San Diego should do in order to ensure their dog has everything they need while their parents are away during the holidays.

paw commons holiday dog lodging

Reserve a Room: 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. Pet resorts fill up quickly, sometimes 2–3 months in advance for big holidays, to ensure your pet has a room book it as soon as you know the potential dates you may need lodging.

Vaccines: Once you have the reservation set, make sure that your pup will be up  to date on all 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 Encinitas, Bay Park, Hillcrest, and Gilbert require all boarding dogs to be updated on Rabies, DHLPP (Distemper/Parvo), and 6-month Bordetella.

Room and Play Options: At our own pet resorts in San Diego and Arizona we offer two room options: 1) Comfy Standard or the 2) Luxury Suites. Our comfy standard rooms range from 20-40 square feet and offer raised bedding and constant access to fresh water. Our luxury rooms are 40-100 square feet and offer raised bedding, comfy chair, constant access to fresh water and a flat screen television. Pet parents can also choose what play package they would like for their pet. You can choose between all day or half-day play, group play or individual play. Pick the package and the room that fits best with both your and your dogs needs.

Play Evaluations: If the pet resort offers day play, your pup will probably need to be evaluated before they are allowed to stay in the day play yard. 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.

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 the 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 that you 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 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 in case you have to extend their stay due to delayed flights or traffic or any other unexpected circumstances.

If you live in Bay Park, Hillcrest, Encinitas, or really anywhere is San Diego County come by Paw Commons, let us give you a tour and answer any questions you have.

Best Long-term Dog Boarding Rates Throughout San Diego

By | Bay Park, Dog Boarding, Dog Grooming, Encinitas, Hillcrest

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!

By | Dog Boarding, Gilbert

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.

New Year’s Resolution for You & Your Fur Baby

By | Dog Boarding, Dog Daycare, Dog Grooming, Dog Tips, Dog Training, General

By this time in January, you’ve probably already got a nice start on those New Year’s resolutions, but have you ever thought about what your dog wants to work on in 2017?!  Whether you have a brand-new puppy or your dog is a seasoned member of the household, there is always room for improvement. Not to mention, resolutions are best kept when you have a furiend to hold you accountable!

Don’t know where to start? Check out our tips and tricks for a healthier and happier dog in 2017!

1. Provide Daily Mental Stimulation

Most dogs are left alone all day while their pet owners are at work. Sitting home alone is boring, so spice up your dog’s day with mental stimulation by enrolling them into our Doggie Daycare Program. Physical exercise is good, but pairing it with mental stimulation is MUCH better!

2. Polish Up on Manners

Every dog has at least one pesky habit that drives us crazy. Maybe your dog barks outside or jumps up on guests. Some dogs pull on leash or beg during dinner. It’s a new year, so it’s time to address your dog’s pesky habit.

Option 1: Carve out 2-3 minutes per day to teach your dog to do something else instead. Stick to it daily and keep dog training sessions short (1-2 minutes). Through consistency, soon this pesky dog behavior will be gone!

Option 2: Seek professional guidance with our highly skilled dog trainers. We aid dogs of all ages via Puppy 101 packages or brush up 1 on 1 training sessions. Book your free 30-minute consultation today!

3. Regular Grooming

Regular grooming with a puppy and having them become comfortable being at the groomers is very important from a young age. If you wait too long to begin grooming sessions, your puppy may not be agreeable to it later. There are also many perks to taking care of a dogs’ coat such as maintaining both your dog’s physical health as well as their appearance. Grooming will keep your dog happy and healthy! To schedule a grooming appointment with us, visit our website or give us a call!

4. Search for Lodging Options

Establish a relationship with a facility that offers overnight lodging. Or, better yet, find one that offers all the services listed above in addition to overnight lodging! Having a one-stop shop for all your dog’s needs is more than convenient, it’s also comforting. When travelling out of town, whether last minute or planned, having a place to leave your dog where they have already become well acquainted is so important. Not to mention, they are being left in the hands of someone they have already learned to trust which is a huge bonus. Learn more about our overnight lodging options.

Paw Commons Dog Lodging

New Puppy—Now What?

By | Dog Boarding, Dog Daycare, General
New Puppy Now What Paw Commons

Just got a new puppy? Not sure what to do now? Stop by Paw Commons Pet Resort to learn all about what we offer for your new addition. From dog training to grooming, Paw Commons Pet Resort offers numerous options for your puppy no matter the breed or size. Got a business trip or vacation coming up that your new furry friend cannot join? Our pet boarding offers luxuriously accommodating rooms. With web cameras and plush bedding your puppy will be comfortable in any one of our pet boarding options, whether it is just overnight or longer.

Being one of the top experts in the dog industry Paw Commons Pet Resort’s knowledge and experienced staff can help you with any of your dogs needs. From questions on what food or what toy is best for your new puppy, we are here to help. Our facilities also offer new retail products for puppies such as collars, leashes, toys, treats and nutritious dog food. We offer premium grain free food from high quality brands such as Taste of the Wild.
Paw Commons Pet Resort also offers doggie day care; which is a perfect outlet for all that puppy energy. With live-action web cameras, pet parents get the chance to check in on their pups at any point. Doggie daycare provides puppies with the much needed socialization, as well as a chance to expel excess energy. Pet parents love our doggie daycare as their puppies can play all day while they are at work. No need to worry about accidents in the house or chewed furniture, when they are running around having great fun at doggie daycare. Doggie daycare is also a great option for puppies still working on training. Paw Commons Pet Resort’s specialized puppy 101 group classes teach your new puppy basic obedience, potty training and how deter from jumping and unwanted chewing. We also offer private in-home sessions for pet parents who would like individual, one-on-one private sessions with one of our trainers. Paw Commons Pet Resort offers several different training options such as: group classes, private training sessions and a train and lodge option. Puppies love to play hard and love to get dirty.

Our experienced pet groomers at Paw Commons Pet Resort know the best way to groom both small and big puppies. It’s important that your new puppy has a great first bath/grooming experience to ensure they will not become fearful of the bathing and grooming process. Our groomers take great care to ensure a puppy’s first time bathing/grooming experience is a great one. Our employees are very knowledge and encourage new pet parents to call or even stop by and ask any questions about their new puppy.

To learn more about training, grooming, pet boarding, and doggie daycare please call us at (619) 299-2730.