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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

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!

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.

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

New Year’s Resolution for You & Your Fur Baby

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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

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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.