Dog Training

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.

Dog Training – Why You Should Get the Whole Family Involved

By | Dog Tips, Dog Training

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

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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How to Socialize My Dog

By | Dog Tips, Dog Training

When you first get a new puppy it is both exciting and nerve wracking. Different vets will tell you different things on how and when it is best to start socializing. The best a pet parent can do is get a second opinion and then decide what they feel is best for their new fur baby. While it is best to start socialization as soon as possible, always talk to your vet first to make sure they are updated on any vaccines or medications they may need. Below we will discuss some ways to socialize your new pup.

Start with a familiar dog: Some dogs may just be barking to show their annoyance at how bored there are at that given time. A great way to curb this behavior is to take them on a walk, go to the dog park, or try giving them a new toy.

Interacting with other people: Allow your pup to get acquainted to friends and family before introducing them to strangers. This will allow your pup to feel comfortable around other people.

Walks: When on a walk allow your pup to say hi to people who ask to pet him. If your puppy still has not finished all his puppy shots verify with other pet owners that their dogs are up to date on vaccines before allowing your puppy to say hi.

Dog Park: Once your vet has given you the ok to take your dog to areas with a higher volume of dogs, try out your local dog park. Try to go during times where it is not too crowded at first to ease your puppy into the new environment.

Doggie Day Care: You can also try doggie daycare, where your little one can ran about all day while you are at work. This allows them to get out their energetic puppy energy, helps socialize them with both dogs and people, and they are constantly supervised by trained and knowledge staff. A dog that is happy in doggie daycare will often be more comfortable boarding at that pet resort also. When your pup is comfortable they enjoy their lodging stay and ease any stress you may feel of boarding them. Certain pet resorts in Encinitas, Del Mar, and Carlsbad also have web cameras in their day play yards. This allows pet parents to peek in on their pups to see how they are doing. Most pet parents who see how much fun and enjoyment their dogs get out of doggie daycare will continue to take their puppies to the doggie daycare to get socialization as well as for them just to have a great time while they are at work.

Socialization is also important for their health. A dog not properly socialized my exhibit from many different forms of behavioral problems such as separation anxiety, leash aggression and people and dog aggression. A dog that exhibits these behaviors may cause you to limit their exercise and grooming trips to avoid dealing with the dogs’ behavior. Dog socialization is key to help avoid such behaviors. If your pup still seems to be having trouble adjusting, contact your local dog trainer. There are many good trainers that can be found throughout areas such as Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Del Mar. They will be able to assess the situation and offer more help for you and your puppy.

For more information regarding your new puppy and the best socialization approaches and techniques please visit our website at or call us at (760) 452-4166.

Why Does My Dog Always Bark?

By | Dog Training, Encinitas

Barking is a way that dogs can communicate to one another. They use this vocal interaction to tell others, as well as their owners, that perhaps they are scared, bored, want attention or are warning strangers to not get too close to their territory. Below we will discuss the reasons why some dogs bark and how to stop it.

Separation Anxiety: Dogs with separation anxiety may bark excessively as soon as they are separated from their owner or left alone. Many of these dogs also exhibit destructive behaviors, such as chewing the blinds or furniture, when left alone. A good option to try for these pups is dog daycare. Dog daycare will give them the stimulation and attention they need and will keep them happy and entertained while pet parents are away.

Boredom: Some dogs may just be barking to show their annoyance at how bored there are at that given time. A great way to curb this behavior is to take them on a walk, go to the dog park, or try giving them a new toy.

Territorial: Often dogs will bark to warn strangers to stay away from their property. Most owners do not usually mind this as their dogs almost act as a security system. The issues start to form when the dogs continue to bark long after said stranger has already passed. Or they are so overwhelmed by anyone other their owners being in the house they consistently bark. Situations like these or similar to these, warrant getting a professional dog trainer involved. Our own dog trainer visits such areas as Carlsbad, Encinitas, Rancho Sante Fe and Del Mar.

Attention Seekers: Many pets, dare I say it, are beyond loved and beyond spoiled. These spoiled fur babies will use their barking power to entice you to pay attention to them or even share your food with them. For these pups try the penny in can trick with the correction quite. Also try not to give in to their every whim; they will be ok if they can’t share your dinner and must eat their kibble instead.

If all else fails, seek help from a professional dog trainer. They will be able to help pinpoint why your dog is barking and give you the proper guidance and knowledge in correcting the behavior. For more information on dog training please visit our website or call us at (760) 452-4166.

Why is My Dog Chewing My Couch?

By | Dog Daycare, Dog Tips, Dog Training

There are many reasons why your dog may be destroying your furniture. There are also many different ways to help deter the problem. Dogs chewing the couch may be due to such thing as:

  • Separation Anxiety
  • Not enough exercise
  • Lack of dog training
  • Boredom
  • Poor Diet
  • Teething
Dog Couch Chewing

Dogs are not the only pets that show destructive behavior toward furniture. Cats and birds also have been known to scratch, chew and peck at chairs and couches. Some reasons why cats and birds may be chewing the couch include:

  • Lack of scratching posts
  • Lack of toys that actively engage pet in non-destructive activities
  • Separation Anxiety

For cats and birds the best approach to try is to implement certain toys and scratching posts to give them more appropriate things to bite and scratch at. Wood toys for birds are great to hang in their cage or around the house for them to chew on. For dogs there are such options as toys, dog daycare and dog training.

Dog Toys:

To deter your pup from chewing the couch try leaving two to three toys or bones out for them to chew on instead. Try changing out the toys and bones once to twice a month, so they do not become bored with the same toys.

Dog Daycare:

Another great way to relieve boredom, stress and get all that pent-up energy out is to allow them to go to dog day care. Doggie daycare is a great way to allow them to have fun with other dogs and allows you to go to work without worrying about your house. Our own Encinitas location in North County San Diego offers dog daycare and is conveniently located around major areas such as, Carlsbad, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe. Another great thing about doggie daycare is that it tires your pup out and makes dog training a lot easier.

Dog Training:

If the toys and dog daycare are still not enough to quench your pet’s destructive behavior, the next best option is to try dog training. Trainers can give you expert advice and tips on how to solve this problem. Just remember it is easier to train a tired dog leaving from dog daycare. Our own trainer occasionally travels to areas such as Del Mar, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe and Carlsbad for private at-home training sessions.

For more information regarding dog training or dog daycare call us at (760) 452-4166, or visit our website at

Top 4 Dog Training Tips

By | Dog Training

Man’s best friend, the loyal and lovable dog, wants to please his master and become the most obedient creature he can be. A well-trained canine is a marvel to behold. When it comes to dog training though, it’s the owner’s approach that will determine the results, not the dog’s! Once the owner is in the right frame of mind the dog can be trained to be the loving and compliant animal we all want.

The following tips are some of the best for training a dog and making it the best animal it can be:


Whether training a dog or trying to lose weight setting of goals is a prime importance. The old adage, “If you fail to plan, you can plan to fail”, certainly applies here. Without goals one is doomed to failure. Also, these goals need to be realistic. The dog will not be trained in a week, but in time the canine will make great strides. So make the goals attainable.

Being Positive

Positive reinforcement is the order of the day. A dog loves to be complimented. A treat when he or she does something good will make the dog respond to good behavior more readily. The dog can be punished when it exhibits bad behavior but it may just be better to reward the animal when it does well and forget about punishing it when it does something wrong.


The owner or master is the boss. The dogs needs to know this right from the start. Dogs have a herd mentality for the most part and look for a leader to guide them. This is the master’s job. There are several ways to show control to a dog. The dog should eat after his master. Also, create a feeding schedule and stick to it.


Being patient with the dog may be the biggest deal when training the animal. Shouting at the dog will do no good only hinder the training process. The training operation needs to be positive in all aspects. It will take the dog time to learn the commands and actions he or she needs to master. Being consistent and understanding will yield great results in the end.

Training a dog can be a rewarding experience for both dog and owner. Taking the time to instruct a canine in how to act will produce a loyal and obedient dog. A well-trained dog is a joy to be around and it will make its owner proud. So set goals, be positive, take control, use good timing and be patient with the animal. Working with a professional dog trainer will help both the owner and dog find a training plan that suits the needs of your pet and your family.

Puppy 101 Dog Training With Paw Commons Pet Resort

By | Dog Training, General, Hillcrest
Puppy 101 Classes Paw Commons

Whether you just got a new puppy or have an older dog suffering from separation anxiety, getting the right training will help control and eliminate any present or future behavioral problems. Paw Commons Pet Resort’s trainers believe that having the proper training not only improves behavior, but also improves the pet’s health and happiness. Training dogs to stop certain destructive behaviors, such as chewing furniture, will ensure a happier and healthier dog and owner. Paw Commons Pet Resort offers many different types of training classes, including puppy 101 group classes.

Paw Commons Pet Resort’s puppy 101 group class focuses on basic obedience such as sit and stay. Being in a group environment helps puppies get an extra dose of socialization. Our puppy 101 group class also gives puppies and owners a chance to practice with distractions (i.e. other dogs and people) while receiving and giving commands. This puppy class helps pet parents potty train their puppies as well as stop any unwanted chewing and jumping. While our trainers believe a dog of any age can be trained, they believe the sooner training can be implemented the happier and healthier the dog will be.

While finding the right trainer and class is important, an owner’s continual involvement in the training is just as important. The training does not stop once class ends. Pet parents are urged to continue training at home and practice the commands inside the home as well as outside. If owners fail to follow through with what the trainers teach them, then it jeopardizes the dogs’ chance of being fully trained. Practice makes perfect is the ideal phrase to understand why continually training is so important.

Puppy 101 group classes will begin in July and be held on Saturday morning and Thursday evenings. The duration of our puppy classes last about five weeks, one training session per week. Due to limited class size we urge pet parents to sign up sooner rather then later to ensure they get in. So call or stop by and sign up your new pup for training classes today!

For more information about dog training and our trainers at Paw Commons Pet Resort, call us at (619) 299-2730.