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Best Restaurants in Gilbert to Try With Your Dog

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Looking for a new and tasty restaurant to try with your pup? Whether you live in Gilbert, Arizona or are just passing through here are some great eateries to try with your favorite furry friends.

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Nico Heirloom Kitchen (366 N Gilbert Rd Gilbert, AZ 85234)
This restaurant features a West Coast inspired Italian cuisine revolving around an ever-changing seasonal menu that highlights local and international ingredients. Enjoy such dishes as Chicken Cacciatore or Cannelloni, with your pup at this dog friendly eatery. Or take advantage of their great happy hour prices offered Monday-Friday from 3pm-5pm.

Orginal ChopShop (35 W Boston St Chandler, AZ 85225)
“Swing by, grab a quick, healthful meal and be energized for the rest of your day.” They offer great, tasty meals to support such a powerful slogan, such as Protein Bowls, a variety of salads and Super Fruit Bowls. They are also dog friendly! Enjoy a tasty and healthy meal with your favorite furry friend.

Perfect Pear Bistro (9845 S Priest Dr Tempe, AZ 85284)
This dog friendly bistro offers great rotating drink list choices as well as a seasonal menu that centers around classic American comfort food with a creative, modern twist. Enjoy such meals as Quinoa bowls, signature grilled cheeses, pasta and much more for lunch or dinner. Or bring your pup down during happy hour every day from 11am-6pm.

Grubstak (384 N Gilbert Rd Ste 106 Heritage Marketplace Gilbert, AZ 85234)
This dog friendly restaurant offers “casual food of the highest integrity Stak’d to your perfection.” Create the perfect Stak’d meal for you and your pup, whether your eating healthy or indulging.Make your own Grubstak or choose from chef inspired Grubstaks such as their signature Stak Gold Rush or the Sweet Stak, Sweet as Honey.They also offer craft beer and wine on tap to enjoy with your Grubstak. If your hungry and feeling adventurous try Grubstak with your pup today!

Fresko A Mediterranean Kitchen (5033 E Elliot Rd Phoenix, AZ 85044)
Great healthy, dog-friendly restaurant that offers food inspired by Eastern-Mediterranean Countries and influenced by their Greek heritage chef.  Reasonably priced, with a causal atmosphere, enjoy such dishes as Spanakopita or Avgolemono Soup with your best furry pal.

If your dinning out somewhere your precious pooch cannot go, drop them off for daycare or overnight lodging at any of our facilities, so you can enjoy a late lunch or dinner date. Call us at (480) 371-2054 for more information on day care and lodging.

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Best Restaurants to Try in San Diego With Your Dog

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Looking for a new and tasty restaurant to try with your pup? Whether you live in near Encinitas, Bay Park or Hillcrest, or are just passing through here are some great eateries to try with your favorite furry friends.

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Native Foods (127 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024)
Native Foods is an ever-growing chain of restaurants that features California-style vegan eatery options, including mock-meat dishes. Enjoy such yummy dishes as the Oklahoma, or their kid friendly chicken tenders. Another aspect both parents and kids will love is that they are pet friendly! This is a great place to try new and interesting food with any of your pets, be it dog, bird or cat.

The Crack Shack (407 Encinitas Blvd Encinitas, CA 92024)
This is a great dog friendly restaurant that offers gourmet sandwiches as well as some new and interesting creative creations to try. Their locations in both Encinitas and San Diego are best known for their all-day menus consisting of chicken and egg-based dishes. Bring your dog in and enjoy a tasty sandwich and salad or try something new such as their Anti-Salad Power Bowl or the Chicken Oysters.

Bay Park Fish Company (4121 Ashton St, San Diego, CA 92110)
Looking for great seafood dishes? Then look no further, Bay Park Fish Company offers several great seafood delights as well as local beers on tap. The restaurant offers a casual bar space, as well as a more upscale dinning area. Enjoy such items as the fresh catch of the day, sushi or even oysters. They also offer a few steak and chicken options as well. Whether you’re looking for a quick bit or it’s date night, this is a great spot in the Bay Park area. They also have a pet friendly patio so your pup can enjoy some tasty food with you.

High Dive Bar and Grill (1801 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110)
Don’t be fooled, this little gem of a place is much more then just a dive bar and restaurant. They offer several local beers on tap as well as daily specials such as Marg’ Monday ($6 margaritas all day!) and have a very dog friendly patio. There food is also quite delectable and affordable with options such as Gorgonzola Cheese Fries and The Kraken Burger. Enjoy a few beers and a burger with your best furry friend!

Fresh Catch Fish and Market Grill (3650 Fifth Ave #103, San Diego, CA 92103)
If you live in Hillcrest and are looking for a great place to eat with your pup, try out this great seafood restaurant. They offer great seafood dishes such as their Fresh Catch Salmon Burger and Grilled Octopus. They offer 9 local draft beers as well as a daily happy hour from 4-6, Taco Tuesday from 5-close and Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-3pm.

Whistling Duck Tavern (1040 University Ave Suite B111, San Diego, CA 92103)
This Asian gastropub and restaurant features Asian fusion dishes such as: Duck Nachos, Kung Pao Ribs, peppery Fried Pig Ears and 24 craft beers on tap. They also offer brunch Saturday and Sunday as well as a $6 happy hour menu Tuesday-Friday from 4pm-7pm. The greatest part about this place is they are dog friendly! Come down and try a new dish and drink with your favorite pup.

If your dinning out somewhere your precious pooch cannot go, drop them off for daycare or overnight lodging at any of our facilities, so you can enjoy a late lunch or dinner date. Call us at (619) 299-2730 for more information on day care and lodging.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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?

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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.

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’.”

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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.

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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.”

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

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

This blog post originally appeared on The Drake Center

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

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

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

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

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

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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