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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.

Back to School—Now What’s Your Pup to Do?

By | Bay Park, Dog Daycare, Dog Grooming, Encinitas, General, Gilbert, Hillcrest

It’s that time of year again for kids, teenagers and young adults, back to school! With many San Diego and Arizona Unified School Districts and California colleges starting on or around September, parents rush around getting everything ready for the school season, but what about the dog? Dogs, just like many humans, thrive on having a routine. When school starts, not only does your child’s routine change, but so does your pups. Your dog got to enjoy a lavish summer roping around with the kids, what happens to them once school starts?

Paw Commons Back to School Dog Day Care San Diego

Day Care

Let your dog expend all that excess energy through day care, where they can run and play as much as they want. Whether you have a new puppy or an older dog that just might need a little more attention to get used to the routine change of school starting, day care is a great option. Young pups play and even older dogs sometimes get in on the action or just hang about enjoying constant cuddles.

Day care is also great option for dogs that have separation anxiety. If your dog became used to yourself or your kids being home it might become quite a shock when routines change and all of a sudden no one is home for long periods. Day care is a great way to allow them to be with people and other dogs in a fun, safe environment. Once a day care routine is established your pup will be so excited to come and have fun and will stop worrying about mom or dad or the kids having to go to work or school.

Whether you take them everyday or just a few days out of the week, it gives them a fun routine they can look forward to. Most dogs love day care; some pet parents even refer to it as Doggie Disneyland! With our own day care hours of 7am-7pm, and options to do early and late pick ups, it truly is never a hassle to arrange a day care appointment for your pup. Why stress about having enough time to pick up the kids, walk the dog and make dinner? With doggie day care you can pick up a tired, happy pup! All four of our locations offer doggie day play: San Diego (Bay Park, Hillcrest, Encinitas), and Arizona (Gilbert).

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Back to School Haircuts

Just like your kids need a new haircut for school, depending on the breed of your dog, your pup may also need a haircut to get ready for the fall season ahead. You want your pup to be photo ready in case they photobomb any school or family fall pictures. Grooming needs for your dog will also change upon the season. Even shorthaired dogs, that may not need a haircut, may still need regular or medicated baths to help alleviate itching if they suffer from seasonal or year-round allergies. Whether your pup needs a full haircut, basic bath, or furminator treatment, get them to your groomer so they are ready for the fall season!

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Back to School Photo Shoots

Mark your calendars because all of our locations will again be offering our annual Back to School Photo shoot. Get your pup in for a bath or haircut so they are photo ready! Photos are free of charge and will be available for pet parents to download via our Paw Commons Facebook page. Below are days and times for each location when the photo shoots will take place.

Bay Park, San Diego: September 18, 2017 from 8am-10am

Hillcrest, San Diego: September 19, 2017 from 8am-10am

Encinitas, San Diego: September 20, 2017 from 8am-10am

Gilbert, Arizona: September 21, 2017 from 7am-10am

For more information on day care, pet lodging, grooming and training give us a call at: (619) 299-2730, or visit our website at www.pawcommons.com.

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!

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

By | Dog Grooming, Dog Tips, General
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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!

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.

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Dangers of Heatstroke

By | Dog Grooming, Dog Tips, General

With summer here in Northern San Diego and temperatures ever rising, pet parents should familiarize themselves with the common causes and signs of heat stroke in pets. Heatstroke is essentially a form of hyperthermia without fever. Pets suffering from heatstroke will exhibit temperatures anywhere between 104-106 degrees. Some common signs of heatstroke include:

  • Dehydration
  • Heavy and/or fast panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Seizures
  • Muscle tremors or wobbly gait
  • Rapid and/or irregular heartbeat
  • Decreased or no urine output

It is important to notice these signs and get your pet help right away. Allowing your pet to stay in a high body temperature state could cause major organ failure. Below are some tips to help keep your pet cool and safe from heatstroke this summer.

  • Constant access to cool, fresh water
  • In high heat areas allow pets to be in an air-conditioned environment
  • Take your dog on walks during cooler parts of the day
  • Avoid excessive exercise in high heat
  • For hairy dogs and cats ask your groomer about a belly shave to allow them to lay on cool floors to help keep them cooler

Whether you live in Rancho Santa Fe, Del mar, Carlsbad, Encinitas or Oceanside if your current residence does not have air conditioning, try an indoor dog daycare, where your pup can romp around with other dogs and stay in a cool, safe environment. It is always best to talk with your groomer about grooming and grooming techniques that may help with keeping your pet cool this summer.

For any other questions and concerns about heatstroke in pets, dog day care, or grooming, please visit our website at www.pawcommons.com, or call us at (760) 452-4166.

Is Your Pet Ready for Flea Season?

By | Dog Grooming, Dog Tips

With summer just around the corner and San Diego’s temperatures beginning to rise, both fleas and ticks become a larger problem. Fleas are usually a bit more dormant in winter but once it starts to warm up them come out in full force. With such nice weather throughout areas such as Del Mar, Carlsbad, Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe, pet parents go out more with their dogs, which also increases their risks of picking up fleas and ticks. There are several different ways to rid your pets of those pesky fleas and ticks.

Over the counter/veterinarian supplied flea medications such as:

  • Advantage
  • Frontline
  • Comfortis
  • Capstar
  • Sentinel

Flea Baths – Helps kill any live adult fleas. It is best to use flea baths in addition to flea medication to help keep your pet flea free.

Home Remedies

  • Non-chemical flea collar
  • Flea spray (water mixed with small amount of apple cider vinegar – keep away from pets eyes when using)
  • Peppermint or tee tree essential oil (use caution when using these products as they may be more irritating for some pets)

Dog Daycare – Worried that your pup may be picking up those fleas or ticks from the dog park? Try doggie daycare where they can romp around in a flea free environment.

Keep your pet happy and flea free this summer by following these simple tips. For more questions about flea prevention or just any general pet questions please call our Paw Commons Encinitas location at (760) 452-4166; or visit our website at www.pawcommons.com.

Top 3 Tips for Caring for Your Senior Dog

By | Dog Grooming, Dog Tips, General

How do you know when your dog enters the golden years of being a senior? According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) most dogs are considered seniors by the time they turn seven. Usually the larger the breed, the shorter the lifespan tends to be. For small dogs, such as Chihuahuas and large/medium dogs like Labradors, by the time they are seven they are seniors. Whereas giant breeds, such as Great Danes, are often considered seniors by the time they reach age five. So how do you keep your senior dogs feeling young and healthy? Below are the top three tips to care for your senior dog.

  1. Diet and Exercise: The AVMA recommends keeping your older dogs active and mobile. This keeps your pets weight down and keeps their muscles strong and engaged. Just think of that old saying, “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” Many people throughout North County San Diego maybe saying, “I just don’t have the time.” Keeping your pets mobile is a key way to keep them happy and healthy. Too busy for that extra walk or visit to the dog park? Why not try doggie day care? Our own Paw Commons in Encinitas offers daycare for dogs under the age of ten. At doggie day care they can meander about, get loved by staff, and have some fun doggie interactions.

    Diet is another important aspect of caring for your senior pet. The ASPCA recommends that when considering a diet for your senior dog it should: help maintain a healthy body weight and/or stave off any chronic diseases. Our own Paw Commons in Encinitas offers The Taste of The Wild in several different flavors. While this is a great brand, we still recommend older dogs with medical conditions be on diets recommended by their veterinarians. Science Diet offers several great options that are usually recommended for pets with kidney disease, urinary diseases, allergies, and thyroid conditions.

  2. Heat, Water and Potty Breaks: As dogs get older it is important to keep them cool, have constant water access and multiple potty breaks. Adult and senior dogs should not be asked to hold their bladders for more then ten hours. Holding their bladders for extended periods can increase their risk of a urinary tract infection. For dogs suffering from incontinence, and over the age of ten, we recommend hiring a pet sitter. For dogs under the age of ten doggie daycare or day boarding are another great option to ensure your pet gets plenty of water and potty breaks. Our Encinitas location offers air-conditioned rooms, access to fresh water and loving a staff who will doubt upon your furry friend and make sure they get ample potty breaks.
  3. Increase in Wellness Exams: Once a pet is considered a senior most veterinarians will want them to be seen bi-annually. This helps increase the veterinarians’ chance of catching and/or preventing disease or medical conditions from getting worse. Paw Commons also recommends its’ clients follow this to ensure all guests are healthy. Our location in Encinitas is conveniently located between Carlsbad and Rancho Santa Fe right across the street from The Drake Center for Veterinary Care and All Pets Animal Hospital.Keep your senior pets happy and healthy by following these tips. Whether you hire a pet sitter or try doggie day play, we encourage pet owners to keep pets active and healthy through diet, exercise and increased wellness exams. Even if your pet does not like doggie day care, there is always the day board option. This allows dogs to be in their own room with access to fresh water, extra potty breaks, as well as on-on-one interactions with the staff. For any questions or more tips, please visit our website at: www.pawcommons.com; or call us at: (760) 452-4166.
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Dogs that are Groomed on a Regular Basis are Healthier

By | Dog Grooming

Sure, regular grooming makes your pet look great. But, it also promotes good health for the coat and skin and so much more. And, your dog’s regular groomer also keeps an eye out for potential changes in your pet as well.

Some of the day to day grooming maintenance can be done at home but finding a good dog grooming facility is an easy way to have your dog looking and feeling their best on a regular basis.

Consider finding a good dog grooming facility that also offers doggie daycare or dog lodging. You can drop off your dog for a day and have them get both a good playtime and grooming.

Dogs Who Need Regular Haircuts

While it is fairly obvious that many dogs require regular combing and, perhaps, haircuts, in fact, all dogs, purebred or mixed breed benefit from this type of care. Breeds such as Yorkshire terriers, shih tzus, maltese and poodles, more often than not, should have regular haircuts. To keep their hair long means daily comb outs. Without that, the hair will become tangled and can clump. This is not only uncomfortable for the dog, but can also harbor skin problems underneath including hot spots and worse.

Some people may bath their dogs without combing them out prior to the bath. While the intent is good, this not only tightens the matting, but prevents proper drying which can cause fungal infections to occur. For those who cannot keep up with their dog’s long hair, it is best to keep him cut shorter.

Shedding Dogs

Dogs that shed, large and small including German Shepherds, Labradors, corgis and more, need regular brushing to keep the dead hair cleaned out. Regular bathing helps keep the coat and skin clean and healthy. This can also keep your home cleaner and dander down, helping to prevent allergies and other issues for pets and their families.

Nail Care

Routine grooming not only takes care of a dog’s coat, but also paws and nails, eyes, ears and more. Toenails should be clipped and/or filed on a regular basis to prevent long growth that can alter the way a dog walks or cause irritation into the pads or other toes. Keeping the hair trimmed between the foot pads and toes is not only more comfortable, but also allows proper air circulation around the pads, which works as temperature control in dogs, helping to cool them.

Eyes and Ears

Eyes and ears are cleaned during grooming as well. Some dogs are more prone to eye irritation, especially in senior dogs. Keeping hair clipped short around the eyes, as well, as cleaning any debris away from the eye, aides in eye health. Cleaning out the ears helps prevent irritation and infection, but also allows for a check for ear mites or other problems. Some breeds tend to grow hair in the ear canal itself. This should be plucked out on a routine basis, as it can add to potential bacteria and infection.

Proper and regular grooming is a necessity for any dog’s health. But, it has other benefits as well. A clean dog is more likely to be loved and cuddled by his human family, which rewards his emotional health and makes for a happier pet.

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