The Dog Visitor & News Magazine 2022 & : Dog Daycare The Dog Visitor & News Magazine 2022 & : Dog Daycare en Copyright 2022 & All Rights Reserved. Dental Hygiene for Dogs: Why Regular Dental Care Is Crucial for Your Dog’s Health Have you ever thought about the importance of dental health in your dog? If not, it’s time to start! Around Easter time, there is always an extra emphasis on brushing our teeth and cleaning them of our delicious Easter treats, but we wanted to take this opportunity to spread a little bit of awareness of the importance of canine dental hygiene all year round.

Maintaining your dog’s dental hygiene is very important for their overall health and well-being. Poor dental hygiene can lead to various health problems and diseases that can affect their quality of life.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the link between dental health and overall health in dogs and provide you with some tips for maintaining good dental hygiene in your furry friend.

Why dental care is important for dogs

Just like us, dogs need proper dental care and regular brushing to prevent dental disease and keep their teeth and gums healthy. We brush our teeth daily to remove plaque and food build-up and keep our mouth and breath fresh, but sometimes as pet owners, we forget that the same regular dental care is needed for our dog.

Some reasons why it’s important to keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy include:

  • Preventing tooth decay and gum disease – Just like humans, dogs can also develop cavities and gum disease. This can cause pain, discomfort, and infection in their mouth, which can affect their ability to eat and play. Regular brushing and dental care measures can help prevent these problems.
  • Reducing bad breath – Bad breath is a common problem in dogs, and it can be a sign of dental problems. Regular brushing and dental cleanings can help keep your dog’s breath fresh and clean.
  • Maintaining overall health & well-being – Poor dental hygiene can lead to bacteria in the mouth that can spread to other parts of the body and cause infections. This can affect your dog’s overall health and even lead to serious conditions like heart disease.
  • Saving money on vet bills – If your dog develops dental problems, it can be expensive to treat. Regular dental care can help prevent these problems, saving you money on veterinary bills in the long run.

Dental health problems in dogs

Dental health problems are quite common in dogs and according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, by the age of three, most dogs have some degree of dental disease. Common dental health problems in dogs include:

  • Periodontal disease – This is the most common dental problem in dogs. It occurs when plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth, causing inflammation and infection in the gums. If left untreated, it can lead to pain, infection, tooth loss and other health issues.
  • Tooth decay – Just like humans, dogs can get cavities and tooth decay. This is caused by the breakdown of tooth enamel by bacteria in the mouth.
  • Broken teeth – Dogs can break their teeth by chewing on hard objects, playing too rough, or due to dental disease. Broken teeth can be painful and, if left untreated, can lead to infection.
  • Oral tumours – Dogs can develop tumours in their mouth, which can be benign or malignant. Early detection and treatment are important for the best outcome.
  • Gingivitis – This is inflammation of the gums and is usually caused by poor dental hygiene. It can cause swollen, red and bleeding gums.

These dental problems can cause discomfort, pain, and infection in your dog’s mouth, affecting their ability to eat, play and live their best life. If left untreated, these dental problems can also lead to other health problems in your dog.

The link between dental health and overall health

The link between dental health and overall health in dogs is significant. Poor dental hygiene can lead to bacteria in the mouth, which can spread to other parts of the body and cause infections. This can lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease and kidney disease.

When the bacteria from the mouth enters the bloodstream, it can create inflammation in other parts of the body. This inflammation can damage vital organs and tissues, leading to various health problems in dogs.

Preventing Dental Health Problems in Dogs

Preventing dental health problems in dogs is crucial to their overall health and well-being, which is why proper at-home dental care is so important for your dog. Here are some tips to maintain good dental hygiene for your furry friend at home:

  • Regular brushing – brushing your dog’s teeth is the most effective way to prevent dental health issues and keep their teeth healthy and clean. Daily brushing is ideal but not always possible so aim for brushing at least 2-3 times a week to remove plaque and tartar buildup.
  • Dental chews and toys – these will help to keep your dog’s teeth clean while providing enrichment and fun! Dental chews and toys can help stimulate saliva secretion which assist in combatting plaque build-up
  • Good nutrition – Feed your dog a balanced diet to maintain good dental health. Ask your local vet to recommend a diet that will enhance your dog’s dental health.
  • Regular dental check-ups – Schedule regular dental check-ups with your vet to make sure you catch any dental problems early. As always, you should speak to your vet if you have any questions or need some advice in regard to your dog’s dental health.

Maintaining good dental hygiene in dogs is essential to their overall health and well-being. Poor dental hygiene can lead to various health problems and affect their quality of life. By following the tips mentioned, you can help to prevent dental health problems in your dog and promote good dental health. So, take action now and make sure your furry friend’s dental hygiene is in tip-top shape!

Fri, 31 Mar 2023 17:42:07 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Flea & Tick Awareness April is Flea and Tick Awareness Month and we wanted to share this great article from the American Kennel Club. Although fleas and ticks are a threat to pets year-round, these pests become most active during the warmer months, starting as early as March in some areas of the United States. Find your state on […]

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Fri, 31 Mar 2023 16:00:08 -0700 Dog-Fancier
How to Give Your Dog a Special Day We all love our fur babies and want to make the best of their day, just like they make every single one of ours special. One way to give your dog a special day is by throwing them a dog birthday party. You can invite other dog owners and their furry friends for an afternoon of fun, games, and treats. It can be a day to remember, full of playing and enjoying each other, and we have some ideas on how you can celebrate. 

Create a Special Menu For Your Pup

Dog eating out of green bowlThis is a great way to make an extra special  dog birthday party! Take the time to think of their favorite foods and snacks, from treats such as dog bones or dog-friendly cheeses, to fresh vegetables and fruits. Try incorporating some freshly-cooked homemade food that you prepare specifically for them, it’ll show them how much you care. You can even get creative by going online and looking up dog-safe recipes or researching the types of foods your dog enjoys, then adding those things into their birthday menu. This will ensure that your pup’s day is truly special!

Enjoy Fun Activities

Spend the day treating your pup to some new sights and smells. Taking them for a run, a walk in the park, or an invigorating hike in the woods to let them explore and appreciate the beauty of their environment. Your dog will be able to discover new smells, find hidden paths, and investigate interesting shapes and textures. A change of scenery can be good for all of us; treat your best friend to something special that you know they’ll love.

Spend Quality Time Together

Whether it be cuddles or belly rubs, take the opportunity to give your dog extra attention on their special day. Pampering your pup is a fun way to show them extra love and appreciation as well. Not only will you get to celebrate them with a dog birthday party  and share in their joy, but it’s also an excellent chance for your dog to socialize with other dogs and make some furry friends. With plenty of cuddles and excitement on the agenda, your dog is sure to have an unforgettable day!

Take Pictures Of the Dog Birthday Party

Dog in person's arms smilingMake sure you capture all the moments of your dog’s special day with pictures or videos. There’s no better way to commemorate the occasion than with photos and videos that will last a lifetime. A silly dog photo booth is the perfect way to capture memories of your pup! This fun and unique experience will have you both laughing and smiling all day. Use high-quality props, backdrops, and digital technology to make sure your photos turn out perfect, you can capture all the special moments with your pup and share them with friends and family! We guarantee that you’ll have a great time creating memories with your four-legged best friend.

Filled With Fun and Love

Make sure you have plenty of dog-friendly snacks on hand and perhaps some decorations to dress up the space.  After the festivities are over, don’t forget to thank your guests with more doggy goodies or paw print favor bags that they can take home as a reminder of a special day. With a bit of planning and creativity, you can make a dog birthday party the best to remember! 

Come Experience the Best in Doggy Daycare Today! 

Contact us now or call (216) 777-3177 to learn more about our amazing services. We would love to take care of your fur babies and get started on your pup’s journey with Paws Play CLE!

Thu, 30 Mar 2023 21:14:03 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Easter at Paddington Pups! Easter is nearly upon us and here at Paddington Pups we will be celebrating with the pups all week long with some Easter Egg hunts and photos with the Easter Bunny! (excluding Good Friday when the store will be closed for the holiday). These activities will be running from April 3rd to April 6th with a sign-up sheet for the activities found on the front counter.

Easter Egg Hunt:

The Easter egg hunt will activate your pups’ senses in a fun sniff-search for eggs filled with treats and tickets for different delicious Easter prizes such as themed cookies and dog ‘chocolate’! *All egg hunts will be closely supervised to ensure pup’s safety and enjoyment at all times*

Easter Bunny Photos:

Our pups just LOVED meeting Santa last year, so we managed to convince the Easter Bunny to make the trip out to Paddington Pups to take some pictures with everyone! He will only be in town for a few days so make sure you pop your pup’s name on the sign-up sheet on the front counter to snap a pic with him!

Simply sign up your pup and they will receive both an Easter Egg hunt, as well as a photo with the Easter Bunny for only $15.

Thu, 30 Mar 2023 20:56:06 -0700 Dog-Fancier
When Is Mating Season for Dogs?

For those considering breeding dogs, it’s crucial to approach it from an informed perspective. More than knowing how dogs mate, when mating season is for dogs, and when a dog is coming on heat, you need to know how to take care of your dog throughout the process.

Your dog’s well-being will ensure they experience less stress during the process and that their litter is happy and healthy.

After all, if you are familiar with Paw Pals, you already know that we are all about happy-healthy fur babies.

Signs of a Dog Coming into Heat

It’s not too difficult to tell if your dog is in heat because you will notice her vulva has swollen, and she will experience vaginal bleeding. However, the bloody discharge may only begin a few days after the female enters oestrus.

During this time, you will also notice her licking the area, and some behavioural changes such as agitation or nesting behaviour may occur. While she has a discharge, you don’t want to worry about any mess your poor dog may make; the best way to keep your house clean when your dog is on heat is by putting her in a washable dog diaper.

Look for ones which are adjustable, waterproof, and comfortable.

How Often Do Female Dogs Come into Heat?

Heat cycles vary between dogs; some females only develop a regular cycle after eighteen months to two years. Typically, female dogs come into heat every six months. The female is usually on heat for two to three weeks. When your dog’s vulva has returned to normal, and she is no longer experiencing a discharge, you will know she is no longer in heat.

So, How Do Dogs Mate?

Initially, the male dog will sniff the female dog’s vulva, and if she is receptive, she will ‘flag’ by moving her tail to one side to show that she is receptive. If the bitch, or female, is receptive, the male will mount her and insert his penis.

After a bit of thrusting, the male will ejaculate. It doesn’t end there, though. You will know that the male has ejaculated when he dismounts, although they will still be tied together rear-to-rear because the bulbus gland on the male’s penis swells, locking the dogs together.

With the penis still inserted, the dogs will remain in this position, known as a breeding tie, for anything from two to thirty minutes until the bulbus has returned to its normal size.

It’s critical to ensure the dogs separate gently and naturally to avoid damage to the their reproductive organs.

When Is the Best Time for Dogs to Mate?

Figuring out the best time for a dog to mate can be tricky. Most female dogs are receptive on about the eleventh day of oestrus when ovulating, although ovulation could occur early or late in the heat cycle. During this time, the female will actively look for a male, and their discharge will be less bloody.

To ensure that your female is ready to mate, you can perform a vaginal smear or a serum progesterone test. For males, mating is easier; they can mate anytime from as soon as four months in some cases, although they are generally considered virile from six months onwards.

During mating season, especially, you need to ensure that your male and female dogs are up to date with their vaccinations, they have been dewormed, and they are receiving the correct nutrition.

The phases of the canine oestrus cycle:

    • Pro-oestrus – lasting roughly ten days, this is the beginning of heat and the bloody discharge.

    • Oestrus – this period usually lasts seven days. During this phase, ovulation and fertilisation occur.

    • Dioestrus – under the influence of progesterone, during these two months, the female will refuse the male.

    • Anoestrus – for a minimum of two to three months, the female will be sexually inactive during this period.

Ensuring Mating is Successful

As a dog parent, you know that dogs can be sensitive when outside their usual surroundings. In male dogs, more than in female dogs, this will affect their performance during mating season. To calm the male dog’s nerves, it’s best to keep them in their own environment and bring the female to the male for breeding.

To be certain that the female is ready, test your female ahead of the big day. Usually, females are ready to mate between the tenth and the fourteenth day of oestrus, although some females may ovulate on the third or fourth day or as late as the eighteenth day.

There’s no doubt how rewarding it is to be a dog parent, but when you choose to breed, you are taking on a lot more responsibility, which is partly why vets recommend desexing your dogs.

But whatever you choose, now you know more about when your dog is in heat and when mating season is for dogs. 

Thu, 30 Mar 2023 00:28:06 -0700 Dog-Fancier
The Power of Digital Marketing in Pet Care: Unlocking Success The Power of Digital Marketing in Pet Care: Unlocking Success

The pet-care industry has experienced a dramatic transformation in recent years, thanks to technological advancements and the rise of digital marketing. Pet-care businesses that leverage digital marketing strategies are better positioned to attract customers, build brand awareness, and achieve long-term success. In this blog post, we'll explore the role of digital marketing in the pet-care sector, and why it's an essential component of your pet-care business.

Wed, 29 Mar 2023 20:14:04 -0700 Dog-Fancier
The Top Things to Do with Your Dog in Rockville, MD Rockville is an incredibly dog-friendly city. Many places, from shops and malls to tourist destinations and even restaurants, welcome well-mannered pups year-round. We have chosen this list of top dog-friendly activities in and around Rockville to get your dog moving, interacting, and enjoying the city at its finest.

Dog Parks in Rockville, MD

The Rockville Dog Park at King Farm is an off-leash dog park for Rockville residents only with plenty of options for exercise and fun. Equipped with water fountains, picnic tables, benches, and cleaning stations, the park ensures its users’ safety and comfort.

Bark Social is designed for both dogs and the people who love them. Located in Bethesda off Rockville Pike, the club features 25,000 square feet of play area with supervising Bark Rangers as well as an indoor climate-controlled clubhouse with wi-fi, TVs, and a variety of drinks and snacks for people and pups.

Cabin John Dog Park is a fenced dog park with plenty of space for off-leash fun and two play areas for large and small dogs. The park has paw-friendly mulch, water on tap, and plenty of bags to manage those essential needs.

Hiking Trails in Rockville, MD

Bring your pooch to hike the Rock Creek Trail, a winding path that stretches more than 14 miles through the Rock Creek Regional Park and between Needwood Lake and Beech Drive.

The North Bethesda Trail is another fantastic trail to bring your pup. A six-mile trail, it runs along a former rail line and features paved sidewalks for easier access for all ability levels.

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park is also located in Bethesda and features a dog-friendly hiking path along the historic canal towpath. There are more than 40 parking access sites along the canal, too, making it easy to park and hike no matter where you live, and you can choose from a variety of marked trails.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

Moby Dick House of Kabob features fresh pitas baked on-site in a traditional clay oven and uses traditional Persian cooking techniques to craft fresh, high-quality meals. Dogs are welcome on their cozy outdoor patio.

Freshii is fast, fresh food, and you can choose from an incredible array of foods that includes wraps, bowls, smoothies, and more, and your furry friend is more than welcome join you for your meal.

Ten Ren’s Tea Time makes it easy to stop for quick refreshment with your furry best friend. Choose from Black Sugar Milk ices or tea-infused treats such as bean curd and braised pork.

Dog-Friendly Events

DC Party Box in North Bethesda welcomes you and your pup for a night of movies and snacks. At this pet-friendly drive-in, you and your dog can enjoy snacks and snuggle while watching your favorite films on the area’s largest LED screen. There’s a limit on how many cars will be admitted, so arrive early or purchase your tickets in advance!

Check out Potomac Paddlesports for all things related to fun on the water. Bring your pup for an afternoon of shopping, schedule private lessons, or plan a full day of fun in the sun with your favorite furry friend.

Pull up a stool at Saints Row Brewing, a historic family-owned and -operated brewery where dogs can visit both inside and out.

Doggy Daycares

Playful Pack in Rockville, MD is a crowd-pleaser. Located on Frederick Road in Derwood with a new location soon to arrive in Travilah, Playful Pack has spacious play areas both inside and outside with specialized dog turf designed for safety and hygiene and carefully designed canine play equipment. Come visit us for a temperament test and stay for a day of free daycare!

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Wed, 29 Mar 2023 04:56:03 -0700 Dog-Fancier
A Step&by&Step Guide to Your Dog's First Daycare Experience A Step-by-Step Guide to Your Dog's First Daycare Experience

As a dog owner, you know how important it is to keep your furry friend engaged, socialized, and well-exercised. Dog daycare facilities have become increasingly popular as a solution to help busy pet parents give their dogs the attention and care they need. If you're planning on enrolling your pup in a daycare program for the first time, you may be wondering how to prepare them for this new experience. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the steps to ensure a smooth and enjoyable first day at doggy daycare.

Tue, 28 Mar 2023 03:07:04 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Your Pets' Home Away from Home in Dubai Your Pets' Home Away from Home in Dubai

Upon moving to Dubai in the summer of 2022, Chris Lynch and his wife Sheena realized the high demand for exceptional pet care services. Being dog lovers themselves, they embarked on a mission to open the best dog boarding, daycare, and training facility in the United Arab Emirates. With its trifecta of services, Zoomies has proven to be a successful business model in a vibrant city full of dog lovers! 

Fri, 24 Mar 2023 14:00:06 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Salty Dog Enrolling Puppies ]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2023 23:56:06 -0700 Dog-Fancier Simplifying Your Pet&Care Business with Integrated Payment Processing Simplifying Your Pet-Care Business with Integrated Payment Processing

Pet-care business owners understand that providing a seamless customer experience is crucial for success. From grooming to boarding, daycare to training, pet-care businesses offer a variety of services. However, managing transactions and ensuring a smooth payment process can sometimes be challenging. That's where integrated payment processing comes in. In this blog post, we'll explore how integrated payment processing can simplify and streamline your pet-care business, ensuring a hassle-free experience for both you and your clients.

Wed, 22 Mar 2023 00:21:04 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Where Your Dog Sleeps is an Indication of How Much You’re Willing to Spend on Them

Bridgette was a princess of the 60’s. Born March 3rd, 1967, she had a big fenced yard, only went to the vet for her annual Rabies vaccinations (except for the time she ate snail poison) and slept in her heated doghouse. The heat came from a light bulb under the raised floor of the plywood structure. My stepfather was the designer/builder. I painted it blue and installed shag carpeting. It was a team effort and we proudly called it her palace. Bridgette slept in it every night, rain or shine, even in freezing temperatures. 

Mr. Biggs is a prince of the 20’s. Born April 7th, 2021, he has a big fenced yard, goes to the vet for just about everything, has health insurance, a daycare membership, gets escorted to daily dog park visits, gets annual Rabies, CIV, Bordetella, Distemper/Parvo and Lepto vaccinations. He sleeps in his dog bed in the kitchen (his choice) with his best buddy Fletcher.  

So, is your dog a Bridgette? Mr. Biggs? Somewhere in the middle? Let’s test this theory:  

“Where your dog sleeps is an indication of how much you’re willing to spend on them.” 

For the purpose of this blog, let’s consider three sleeping situations: 

A. Sleeping outside 
B. Sleeping inside on a dog bed or similar 
C. Sleeping inside on a human bed, with a human 

Then, let’s consider some optional expenses: 

  • Special diet (supplements, vitamins, additives, human-grade food) 
  • Daycare/boarding services 
  • Medications 
  • Walking service 
  • Groomer 
  • Obedience training 
  • Dentist 
  • Psychiatrist 
  • Bling (sweaters, hats, sunglasses) 
  • Health insurance 
  • Other training (swimming, snake awareness, therapy dog, etc.) 
  • Physical therapy (water, massage, acupuncture) 

Pick your situation (A, B or C) then, count the number of optional expenses you regularly use. This is not to say an A-2 dog has a better or worse life than a C-11 dog. Bridgette was an A-0 (perhaps a sign of her times), where Mr. Biggs is a B-5. Both equally loved and spoiled rotten. 

We’d love to hear how you and your dog score. Help us test our theory. We’ll average the numbers and post the results in an upcoming blog. 

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Tue, 21 Mar 2023 19:00:03 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Transform Your Pet&Care Business with Gingr: The Ultimate Pet&Care Software Solution Transform Your Pet-Care Business with Gingr: The Ultimate Pet-Care Software Solution

The pet-care industry is thriving, with pet parents continually seeking reliable and efficient services for their furry friends. As a pet-care business owner, staying ahead of the competition and providing exceptional service are crucial to success. That's where Gingr comes in. Our comprehensive pet-care software offers many benefits for your business, streamlining processes, and ensuring a seamless experience for you and your clients. In this blog post, we'll dive into the various ways Gingr can revolutionize your pet-care business and help you stay ahead of the curve.

Fri, 17 Mar 2023 17:35:04 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Pet Boarding vs Pet Resorts If you’re a dog owner looking to plan the perfect getaway, the decision of where to board your pup may seem daunting. Should you go with pet boarding or a pet resort? Understanding the differences between these two types of accommodations will help make choosing one easier and ensure that your dog  has a great time while you’re away.

How Does Pet Boarding Work?

Pet boarding is a pet care service commonly used when pet owners have to leave their pets behind for a period of time, such as when they go on vacation. Boarding can take place in the pet owner’s home or at a pet boarding facility.

Pros and Cons of Pet Boarding

Dog getting pet and smilingBoarding facilities usually provide food and basic pet care, with options like giving pet medications and other services available for extra fees. The services they offer are more basic and cost-effective, with supervised, round-the-clock care from trained professionals, and provide a sense of safety due to the increased supervision. It is important to consider that pets may become stressed by being surrounded by unfamiliar animals for an extended period of time. This could potentially cause behavioral problems. Additionally, kennel cough is a highly contagious disease which is easily transmitted between animals, so be sure to research the facility’s preventative health care routines before booking your pet in!

What is a Pet Resort?

A pet resort is a type of pet boarding service for pets needing temporary pet care. Often, pet resorts offer more than just pet boarding. Pet resorts provide an opportunity for pet owners to provide their pet with a vacation-like atmosphere. 

A Luxurious Experience 

Pet resorts are often designed to resemble a hotel by providing amenities such as luxury meals, grooming services, and even swimming pools or other recreational activities. They offer separate areas and activities suited to each pet’s individual needs and personality, as well as supervised playtime organization that ensures that your pet stays safe and happy while you’re away.

A Unique Set of Disadvantages 

Person walking multiple dogs at oncePet resorts often have detailed care plans tailored to specific needs, such as breeds, ages or medications for individual pets, meaning each animal gets the attention it needs. On the other hand, these rigorous treatment plans may cause certain pets to develop stress and separation anxiety. Also, in situations when multiple owners are seeking accommodations at the same time, there could be limits on space or availability that won’t be as much of a problem for pet boarding. . 

Which Option is Best for Your Furry Friend 

Pet boarding is a great, affordable option: many pet sitters will make sure to feed, clean, and keep an eye on your babies while you are away. However, pet resorts offer a more luxurious experience, with activities such as spa treatments and interactive play areas – perfect for when you want to pamper your furry friend! 

Whether it’s pet boarding or a pet resort, what’s best for your pet partially depends on their personality, and preferences. Consider asking advice from others that have gone through the same process in the past. Your decision should also take into account where the pet resort or boarding facility is in relation to home – after all, you don’t want your pet to be too far away from all those who love them! 

Pet Boarding at Paws Play

At our canine daycare Paws Play CLE. , we have experienced staff that can attend to your pup’s needs. Our team of professionals are passionate about providing quality care for all our furry friends and will ensure that your pup has the best possible experience during their stay with us. We understand how important it is to keep your pup safe and happy. Contact us now or call (216) 777-3177 for more information today! 

Wed, 15 Mar 2023 08:21:04 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Lucky Paws Facebook Contest Touch our hearts, make us laugh, or bring us to tears by sharing your lucky pup’s rescue story! Here’s how to win: 1. Submit your pup’s photo and rescue story here: so we can share it on Facebook. Only one winner per family. 2. Campaign for your pup’s story to win by inviting friends […]

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Wed, 15 Mar 2023 06:35:08 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Dog of the Month, March – Charlotte Also known as our ‘little loaf of bread’, Charlotte has truly stolen the hearts of the team with her adorable smile and tiny little “boof boof” bark.

It is pure joy to look down and see her little face looking up at us waiting to be picked up for a snuggle (which we are more than willing to provide)! When she is not in our arms or on our laps, she can often be found basking in the sun by the windows in a little puddle of pug cuteness.

From your friends at Paddington Pups, we love you Charlotte!

Tue, 14 Mar 2023 11:28:03 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Different Types of Dog Boarding Services and What to Expect Different Types of Dog Boarding Services and What to Expect

When planning a vacation, one of the biggest concerns for dog owners is what to do with their furry friend. While some may have the luxury of taking their dog with them, others may not be able to due to travel restrictions, the dog's health, or other reasons. This is where dog boarding services come in handy. There are different types of dog boarding services, each with its advantages and disadvantages. This blog post will explore the different types of dog boarding services and what to expect from each.

Tue, 14 Mar 2023 07:21:04 -0700 Dog-Fancier
Beer for Dogs! If you’re planning to celebrate St Patrick’s day on the 17th March, why not let your dog have a little tipple along with you? There are plenty of doggy beers on the market that are 100% safe for your dog, and of course, alcohol-free.

Doggy “beers” are specifically designed for dogs and are made with ingredients that are safe for dogs to consume. Dog beer does not contain alcohol, as alcohol is toxic and potentially deadly for dogs. Instead, the ingredients are carefully selected to provide a tasty and healthy treat for dogs to enjoy. The most common ingredients in dog beer are usually chicken or beef broth, malt extract, and vegetable flavourings. Some dog beers also contain added vitamins and minerals to support a dog’s overall health.

Australian pet brand L’Barkery has produced beers with fun names such as Paw Blonde, Pawroni and KB Bitter and there are lots of other brands on the market that can be found in some pet stores, online retailers, and some specialty stores that sell dog-related products.

So now your dog doesn’t have to miss out on all the ‘craic’ while you’re having your pint!

What happens if a dog drinks beer?

Beer or any alcoholic beverage can be very dangerous and potentially deadly for dogs. Dogs are much more sensitive to the effects of alcohol than humans, and even a small amount of alcohol can have serious consequences.

When a dog drinks beer, the alcohol is absorbed quickly into their bloodstream and can cause a range of symptoms, including:

  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Lethargy and disorientation
  • Loss of coordination and balance
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Coma or death

In addition to these immediate symptoms, long-term effects of alcohol consumption can include liver damage, kidney damage, and even brain damage.

If you suspect that your dog has ingested alcohol or any toxic substance, you should seek veterinary attention immediately.

It’s important to note that while dog beer is generally safe for dogs to consume, it should not be a regular part of their diet. These products are meant to be an occasional treat and should not replace a dog’s regular meals or water intake.

Additionally, it’s important to check the ingredients of any dog beer before giving it to your pet, as some dogs may have allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients. It’s always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian before introducing new treats or foods into your dog’s diet.

Sun, 12 Mar 2023 18:21:03 -0700 Dog-Fancier
The Benefits of Hydrotherapy for Dogs: A Comprehensive Guide

Hydrotherapy is a form of physical therapy for humans and animals alike. In its simplest form, hydrotherapy for dogs involves the use of water to aid in the rehabilitation process after an illness or injury. This type of therapy can be especially beneficial as it increases their range of motion and strengthens muscles that may have weakened due to illness or injury. A veterinary facility with a good swimming pool can provide your dog with many health benefits.

What is Hydrotherapy for Dogs?

Hydrotherapy for dogs is a form of physical therapy that uses the buoyancy of water to help dogs recover from injuries, surgeries or chronic conditions. It’s also another way to improve the overall fitness of your dog and to prevent prolonged injuries. Types of hydrotherapy for dogs include swimming, underwater treadmills and even whirlpool baths. Hydrotherapy helps your dogs due to the low impact it has on your dogs muscles and joints while helping improve strength, range of motion and endurance.

How does hydrotherapy help your dogs?

Let’s take a look at the top advantages of hydrotherapy for dogs.

1. Improved Mobility and Flexibility

Water provides resistance which helps increase your dog’s range of motion while also providing support to their joints and muscles. This helps reduce pain associated with arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases. The buoyancy provided by the water also reduces joint stress, allowing your dog to move more freely without risking further injury.

2. Strengthens Muscles

The resistance provided by the water can help strengthen weak muscles, improve endurance, and increase muscle mass in cases where muscle atrophy has occurred due to disuse or age-related conditions. In addition, hydrotherapy can help prevent muscle loss associated with aging by keeping them toned and healthy. A facility that offers hydrotherapy for dogs should have professional trainers to help strengthen your dog’s joints and muscles.

3. Relieves Pain

Hydrotherapy is known for its analgesic effects on both humans and animals alike. For dogs, this means that hydrotherapy can be used to relieve pain from conditions such as hip dysplasia, arthritis, and chronic pain syndromes. This also includes post-operative care after surgery such as ACL repairs or other orthopedic procedures.

4. Improves Cardiovascular Health

Swimming, which is a form of hydrotherapy, helps increase cardiovascular health by increasing your dog’s heart rate while still providing support through the water’s buoyancy. This makes it easier on their joints compared to traditional exercises like running on a treadmill or walking outside.

Additionally, swimming in warm water encourages blood flow throughout the body which helps reduce inflammation and improves the overall health and well-being of your pet.

5. Supports Weight Loss Goals

The low-impact nature of hydrotherapy makes it an ideal exercise option for overweight or obese pets that may need to shed some pounds without putting too much strain on their joints or muscles during exercise sessions. Hydrotherapy for dogs is particularly useful for pups who may have difficulty losing weight due to existing medical conditions like arthritis or hip dysplasia.

Additionally, because swimming requires more energy than regular exercises like walking or running, your pup will burn more calories per session than they would with any other type of activity.

Types of Hydrotherapy for Dogs

Underwater Treadmill

An underwater treadmill is a type of hydrotherapy that involves walking on a treadmill submerged in water. The buoyancy of the water reduces the impact on the dog’s joints, making it a great option for dogs with arthritis or other joint conditions. The resistance of the water also helps to build muscle strength and improve cardiovascular fitness.


Swimming is another form of hydrotherapy that can benefit dogs. It’s a low-impact exercise that can improve muscle strength, cardiovascular health, and overall fitness. Swimming can also be a great way to help dogs lose weight and reduce stress.

Whirlpool Baths

Whirlpool baths are a form of hydrotherapy that uses jets of water to massage and relax the muscles. This type of hydrotherapy can be beneficial for dogs with muscle strains, sprains, or spasms. The warm water and massage can also help to reduce pain and promote healing.

Dog Conditions That Can Benefit from Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy can benefit dogs with a wide range of conditions, including:


Hydrotherapy can be a great way to relieve pain and improve mobility in dogs with osteoarthritis. The low-impact exercise can help to strengthen the muscles around the affected joints, while the warm water can help to reduce inflammation.

Hip Dysplasia

Swimming and underwater treadmill exercises can be a great option for dogs with hip dysplasia. The buoyancy of the water reduces the weight on the hips, making it easier for the dog to move without pain.

Spinal Injuries

Hydrotherapy can be a great way to help dogs with spinal injuries. The low-impact exercise can help to improve muscle strength and range of motion, while the warm water can help to reduce pain and inflammation.


Hydrotherapy can be a great way to help dogs lose weight. Swimming and underwater treadmill exercises are low-impact and can burn a significant number of calories, making it a great option for overweight or obese dogs.

How to Prepare Your Dog for Hydrotherapy

Before starting hydrotherapy, there are a few things you should do to prepare:

Consult with Your Vet

Before starting hydrotherapy, it’s important to consult with your vet to ensure that it’s safe for your dog. Your vet can also help you determine what type of hydrotherapy would be best for your dog’s specific condition.

Choose a Qualified Hydrotherapist

It’s important to choose a qualified hydrotherapist who has experience working with dogs. Look for a hydrotherapist who is certified by a reputable organization, such as the Canine Hydrotherapy Association.

Have Realistic Expectations

Hydrotherapy can be a great way to help your dog recover from an injury or manage a chronic condition, but it’s important to have realistic expectations. It may take several sessions before you start to see significant improvement, and hydrotherapy may not be a cure-all for every condition.

Improve Your Pet’s Health and Well-Being With Hydrotherapy For Dogs at The Dog Retreat and Spa

If you want your furry friend to enjoy all of the benefits of hydrotherapy, The Dog Retreat & Spa has the perfect swimming pool for your dog.

The Dog Retreat & Spa is designed to cater to the needs of all types of dogs. We have even added an indoor swimming pool where you and your pet can enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy for dogs. Our trained staff is always at hand to ensure the safety of your dog. Contact us today to get started!

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Sat, 11 Mar 2023 04:28:08 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Alibi, Yet Another Daycare Success Story! Alibi became a part of The Pack back in 2022 along with her sister Kira. Kira and Ali were completely different, but both clearly had a heart of gold. Ali has had a tough past and was actually mistreated, which led her to minimize her trust in humans. When Ali started coming to us, she was fearful, anxious, and didn’t know what love truly was. It took my staff and I months before she was able to express how much our patience meant to her. Within time, her beautiful personality started blooming and she began to rush into the daycare rooms, followed with a good morning howl to her Packmates. Little by little she started to get comfortable and showed us that The Playful Pack was her second home. She began to do little things like taking naps on the equipment, playing with her friends, and even building a bond with different staff members. To us, that was a HUGE thing, because it was a sign of progress. Kira has been more than helpful in showing Ali that it’s ok to take however much time she needs to trust the team. She has been Ali’s guidance through it all, and we couldn’t be more grateful. It only took us to show her that there are still good people in this world. We wouldn’t change a thing, and we’re so glad Ali has gained trust in us. She is the reason of why I love what I do!

-Mya, Playful Pack Fairfax Station manager

White dog with tongue hanging out.


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Sat, 11 Mar 2023 01:21:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
I Wish I Had Known…Paw print arts and crafts can assist in your pup sitting calmly to have their nails trimmed! Did you know that involving your pup in paw print arts and crafts can have positive effects on how well they sit to have their nails trimmed? A fairly common struggle dog owners face is having their pups’ nails trimmed without them squirming. A simple and effective way to remedy this is desensitising them to having their paws touched!

Why do dogs dislike having their nails trimmed so much?

There are several reasons why dogs may dislike having their nails trimmed:

  • Pain or discomfort: If a dog’s nails are overgrown, the quick (blood vessel and nerve that runs through the nail) may also be longer, making it more difficult to trim the nails without causing pain or discomfort.
  • Fear or anxiety: Dogs may have had a negative experience with nail trimming in the past, such as having their nails cut too short or being restrained too tightly. This can lead to fear or anxiety around nail trimming in the future.
  • Lack of socialisation: If a dog was not properly socialised to having their paws and nails touched and handled when they were young, they may be uncomfortable with this type of handling as an adult.
  • Noise and vibration: Some dogs may be sensitive to the sound and vibration of nail trimmers, which can be frightening or uncomfortable for them.
  • Lack of familiarity: If a dog is not accustomed to having their nails trimmed regularly, they may find the process unfamiliar and uncomfortable.

It’s important to note that if a dog’s nails are not trimmed regularly, they can become overgrown and cause discomfort or even health problems. Therefore, it’s important to work with your dog to desensitise them to nail trimming and make it a positive experience for them.

Desensitisation in Playcare™

Paw pad arts and crafts can be a fun and engaging way to desensitise a dog’s paws. Aside from being able to make adorable art to take home, desensitisation is another reason we decided to incorporate paw pad art into our days in Playcare™. Being more comfortable and familiar with having their paws handled will eventually grow their patience for having their nails trimmed, and can also be useful for paw cleaning, and general paw maintenance.

How to desensitise your dog’s paws at home

Of course, we encourage you to do fun arts activities with your pup at home but desensitising their paws can also be as simple as handling them often, for short amounts of time. The trick is to start small. Begin with simply picking up your dog’s paw and placing it straight back down, before progressing to holding them and touching between the toes until they get more comfortable (treats with also help with this!). Practise this for as long as your dog is comfortable; as soon as they begin to show signs of being overstimulated by it, call it a day and repeat again tomorrow.



Sat, 11 Mar 2023 00:14:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Benefits of Dog Boarding for Dogs and Pet Parents The Benefits of Dog Boarding for Dogs and Pet Parents

For many dog owners, their furry companions are like family members. They love them and want to ensure that they receive the best care possible, even when they can't be with them. This is where dog boarding comes into the picture. Dog boarding offers a safe, comfortable, and reliable option for dogs to stay while their owners are away. Not only does it provide peace of mind for pet parents, but it also has numerous benefits for dogs. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of dog boarding for both dogs and pet parents.

Fri, 10 Mar 2023 20:07:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Search and Rescue Dogs Helping to Find Earthquake Survivors in Turkey In the current earthquake crises in Turkey and Syria, dogs are playing a crucial role in search and rescue efforts. Specially trained dogs called search and rescue (SAR) dogs are being used to locate people who are trapped under rubble or debris. These dogs are trained to use their sense of smell to locate human scent even under the most challenging conditions, such as in collapsed buildings.

In this highly dangerous situation, dogs have been able to go into small places that people cannot and their assistance in the current crisis is proving invaluable to finding survivors and casualties under the rubble.

Firstpost has reported that countries such as the UK, India, Mexico, Germany and Switzerland have dispatched search and rescue teams including special trained dogs to help with the rescue operations. According to a report by Al Jazeera, a K9 volunteer team from Switzerland has so far helped local search teams in Turkey to locate and rescue 39 people still alive.

Paddington Pups are helping to provide emergency relief support for the Turkey earthquake directly through our giving program, B1G1. Contributions to this project are forwarded to Direct Relief to provide support for urgent search and rescue efforts and medical support to as many families in Turkey as possible. Direct Relief is a disaster relief organisation focused on supporting search and rescue efforts and is providing financial aid to AKUT, Turkey’s leading search and rescue team, with over 400 staff and volunteers.

Click here for further information about this project.

How do SAR dogs help in earthquake and natural disaster missions?

During rescue operations, SAR dogs work alongside their handlers and other rescue workers to search for survivors. The dogs wear protective gear to keep them safe from hazards such as sharp objects and broken glass. Once the dogs get a scent of a live casualty, they signal to their handlers by barking or scratching at the location. The rescue workers can then use specialised equipment to extract the person from the rubble.

SAR dogs have proven to be highly effective in search and rescue operations following earthquakes and other disasters. They can cover large areas quickly and efficiently, and their sense of smell allows them to detect people who may be difficult to locate using other methods. Additionally, their presence can also provide emotional support to those affected by the disaster.

What types of dog breeds are used as SAR dogs?

Commonly used breeds of dogs used as SAR dogs include German Shepherds, Labradors and Golden Retrievers and Border Collies. These breeds are generally selected for their strong sense of smell, their intelligence, and their ability to work well in different environments. However, other breeds can also be trained for search and rescue missions depending on their individual characteristics and abilities.

What other fields do working dogs provide assistance in?

Working dogs are amazing animals who play an essential role in various fields and provide assistance to humans in numerous ways. As well as search and rescue, they also work in fields such as termite protection, truffle finding, law enforcement, customs and border control and assistance dogs for individuals with disabilities such as guide dogs for the visually impaired, hearing dogs for the hearing impaired, and mobility assistance dogs for those with physical disabilities.

Working dogs are typically trained from a young age to perform specific tasks in the above-mentioned fields, and many of them are bred specifically for their job. As a result, working dogs often have a natural inclination and desire to perform their tasks, and they may find enjoyment and satisfaction in their work. However, working dogs may experience stress or burnout if they are overworked or if their working environments are not ideal, so it’s important to ensure they are provided with proper training, care, and work conditions, as well as the encouragement, support, love and affection they need to ensure their well-being and happiness on the job.


Dogs are vital members of disaster response teams and provide invaluable support in helping to save lives, but they are often the unsung heroes of earthquake and natural disaster operations. The dogs currently in Turkey and Syria have been working tirelessly with their teams to find survivors. Unfortunately, like humans, dogs often get injured or die in the line of duty and their contribution to natural disaster recovery efforts such as this truly is a selfless one.

Fri, 10 Mar 2023 03:42:09 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Reinforcing Daycare Behaviours at Home Doggy Daycare can be an excellent way to socialise and stimulate your pup however, there are certain behaviours that can prohibit them from thriving at daycare or result in them being deemed unfit – which of course none of us wants! To better the chances of your pup thriving, here are some ways you can reinforce the behaviours we require to keep your pup safe, happy and healthy at daycare!


Sometimes you may be told about behaviours your pup has displayed at daycare that seem out-of-character – this is completely normal! Daycare can be a new and stimulating environment that can cause pups to act differently from how they would at home or when out with their owners where they are familiar.

Reinforcing obedience cues

Our team is trained and well-practised in reading dog behaviour, meaning that we are able to see if play is getting too rough and intervene when necessary to always ensure the dog’s safety and enjoyment.

In an exciting and stimulating environment such as doggy daycare, it is important for us to be able to call your pup’s name/recall word and have them come to us. This allows us to control the big groups we have at daycare without having to use physical force and ensures the safety of the dogs.

You can reinforce these obedience cues both at home and in public in a variety of calm and busy scenarios to fine-tune your pup’s recall response. One of the simplest ways to practise this would be to call their name/recall word and reward with a treat when they come to you. Practising this in busy situations where your pup may be distracted is a great way to ensure they are familiar with responding even when preoccupied – the hope is that this will translate into coming when called, even if in the middle of play! Obedience cues are also one of the best ways for your pup to bond with our team; responding to obedience calls with the team builds a level of trust and respect, especially when your pup gets those extra rewards and cuddles for coming to us when called!

Gate/door manners

An issue we sometimes face with pups is being too eager to get through the gates and/or doors. This is usually a result of wanting to explore what’s on the other side or noticing when pups are starting to go home at the end of the day and trying their luck of being the next to go!

Although we understand that the pup is just trying to get to where they want to go, it can pose a safety concern for a couple of reasons:

  1. The pup may be pushing their way into an area of dogs of different sizes/temperaments/energy levels to them. For example, if a small, nervous dog pushes their way into a section with larger, more energetic pups, they may become involved in an involuntary game of chase simply because they are small, new, and exciting to the other pups. In the same way, if a larger pup gets into an area with smaller, older pups they are at risk of potentially knocking over these frailer dogs.
  2. There can be a lot of energy around gates when being opened (especially at the beginning and end of the day) so if a pup is pushing through the other dogs in an attempt to get through, others may get a bit nippy which can escalate into a scuffle.

For these reasons, it is best to be able to keep pups in their assigned sections so that each is with others of similar temperament, play style and size so that they have a safe, social and fun day!

If gate manners have been communicated as a behaviour to work on with your pup, try working on door manners at home. This could involve having something of high value (eg. a treat/toy/a person your pup loves) on the other side of a door, but only allowing them to go through the door once you have opened it and given them the ok. This will hopefully translate into them knowing to wait to be asked through gates and doors at daycare.

Helping pups who bark excessively

Another behaviour that is unfavourable at daycare is excessive barking. Of course, most dogs bark from time to time while at daycare, however, it is when it gets to a point where they are barking continuously with little to no breaks that it can become an issue.

Continuous barking can encourage others to do the same and potentially overstimulate pups (imagine the noise level if all the dogs that came into daycare were barking all at once!). This can also be taxing on our team to be around excessive barkers for hours at a time while out the back with them.

Often this type of barking is a result of being a little bit unsure of their new environment, and/or the absence of a familiar person – but don’t worry, your pup will get to know and love us soon enough.

Here are some things to try at home to remedy a pup who barks excessively:

  • When your pup is barking, try a calm yet firm voice saying a command such as “quiet”, and rewarding once the barking ceases.
  • A tired dog is a quiet dog. If you have the time, try taking your pup for a walk in the morning before dropping them off at daycare, spend 10-15 minutes playing fetch, or give them a lickimat to stimulate their brain (even brain stimulation can tire out a dog!)
  • If you know your pup is one to bark when you leave the house, when you have time (perhaps on a weekend) try leaving the house but remaining within earshot. If they bark, go back into the house and use the command word such as “quiet”. Once they stop barking, reward and repeat. This can slowly become waiting for them to stop themselves barking before returning to the house. Note: This tip ONLY works IF the “quiet” command has been trained well first. Otherwise, you actually want to do the opposite and leave the house, wait and only return after they have been quiet for a little while. This way they learn to be calm, and that being quiet gets them the desired outcome.

Another great way to improve obedience and the ability to learn new commands or expected behaviours is by hiring a trainer or attending an obedience course. If you have implemented any verbal or visual commands or gestures at home, please be sure to let us know so that we can use them with your pup at daycare. This will not only benefit us being able to use commands they respond to, but will also help them practise them in a new environment.


Fri, 10 Mar 2023 03:42:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
HOW TO PREP YOUR PUP FOR SPRING Did you know that spring officially starts on March 20th? That might sound a little far off right now, but it will be here before you know it.

In the midst of all the spring cleaning and vacation planning, it can be easy for us to forget that our pets need to be prepped for the new season, too. Here are a few simple things you can do to make sure your dog is ready for spring this year.


When the seasons change, it is a good idea to take your dog in for a vet exam just to make sure everything checks out.

This is especially important when the weather warms up in the spring, as you will want to make sure your dog is updated on their shots as well as their flea and tick preventative treatment. It is also the perfect time to make sure your pet’s records and tags are updated with the correct contact information.

Ready to schedule your pet’s vet exam and pick up some Puddles Barkery treats while you’re at it? Here are a couple of vet offices we recommend:

Hollywood Hill Animal Hospital

Renton Veterinary Hospital


When it starts getting warmer outside, most dogs start shedding their winter coats. If you want to avoid having your entire home covered in pet hair (or at least try to cut down on it a little bit), schedule a grooming appointment and let the professionals take care of that shedding coat.

If you are local to the Seattle area, here are a few great businesses that offer top-notch grooming services:

Downtown Dog Lounge

Good Dog*

Great Dog

Metro Dog

Bellevue Pet Spa

Pickles Playland

Traci’s Organic Paw Shoppe

Whidbey Natural Pet also has self-serve dog washing stations! Just bring your dog and they will provide everything else you need.

P.S. Make sure to grab a few Puddles Barkery treats for your pet if you visit any of the businesses we mentioned and tell them we say hello!


While you are doing your own spring cleaning in your home this year, go ahead and do a little cleaning out for your pup as well. That means tossing out any toys that are beyond saving and donating any gently used toys that your pet does not play with anymore to a local animal shelter.

It also means taking an inventory of your pet’s treats and getting rid of anything that is stale or out of date.

Of course, after you cull your dog’s treat stash, you will need to add in a few replacements. We suggest stocking up on treats from Puddles Barkery! Our treats are extremely tasty, and they’re completely natural and preservative-free, so you can rest assured knowing they’re good for your pet’s health.

*Editor's Note: Good Dog only offers bathing in conjunction with a daycare or boarding visit.

Thu, 09 Mar 2023 23:56:10 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Benefits of Hydrotherapy: How Can It Help My Dog?

Hydrotherapy is a form of physical therapy for humans and animals alike. In its simplest form, hydrotherapy for dogs involves the use of water to aid in the rehabilitation process after an illness or injury. This type of therapy can be especially beneficial as it increases their range of motion and strengthens muscles that may have weakened due to illness or injury. A veterinary facility with a good swimming pool can provide your dog with many health benefits.

Let’s take a look at the top advantages of hydrotherapy for dogs.

1. Improved Mobility and Flexibility

Water provides resistance which helps increase your dog’s range of motion while also providing support to their joints and muscles. This helps reduce pain associated with arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases. The buoyancy provided by the water also reduces joint stress, allowing your dog to move more freely without risking further injury.

2. Strengthens Muscles

The resistance provided by the water can help strengthen weak muscles, improve endurance, and increase muscle mass in cases where muscle atrophy has occurred due to disuse or age-related conditions. In addition, hydrotherapy can help prevent muscle loss associated with aging by keeping them toned and healthy. A facility that offers hydrotherapy for dogs should have professional trainers to help strengthen your dog’s joints and muscles. 

3. Relieves Pain

Hydrotherapy is known for its analgesic effects on both humans and animals alike. For dogs, this means that hydrotherapy can be used to relieve pain from conditions such as hip dysplasia, arthritis, and chronic pain syndromes. This also includes post-operative care after surgery such as ACL repairs or other orthopedic procedures.

4. Improves Cardiovascular Health

Swimming, which is a form of hydrotherapy, helps increase cardiovascular health by increasing your dog’s heart rate while still providing support through the water’s buoyancy.  This makes it easier on their joints compared to traditional exercises like running on a treadmill or walking outside. 

Additionally, swimming in warm water encourages blood flow throughout the body which helps reduce inflammation and improves the overall health and well-being of your pet.

5. Supports Weight Loss Goals

The low-impact nature of hydrotherapy makes it an ideal exercise option for overweight or obese pets that may need to shed some pounds without putting too much strain on their joints or muscles during exercise sessions. Hydrotherapy for dogs is particularly useful for pups who may have difficulty losing weight due to existing medical conditions like arthritis or hip dysplasia.

Additionally, because swimming requires more energy than regular exercises like walking or running, your pup will burn more calories per session than they would with any other type of activity.

Improve Your Pet’s Health and Well-Being With Hydrotherapy For Dogs at The Dog Retreat and Spa

If you want your furry friend to enjoy all of the benefits of hydrotherapy, The Dog Retreat & Spa has the perfect swimming pool for your dog. 

The Dog Retreat & Spa is designed to cater to the needs of all types of dogs. We have even added an indoor swimming pool where you and your pet can enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy for dogs. Our trained staff is always at hand to ensure the safety of your dog. Contact us today to get started!

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Thu, 09 Mar 2023 11:21:08 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why Off&Leash Dog Parks Aren’t Always the Best Place to Socialise Your Dog Dog parks are a popular option for dog owners looking to socialise their pets, but they aren’t always the best choice. While they can provide a fun and stimulating environment for dogs to play and interact with each other, they also have limitations and potential risks. In this article, we’ll explore why off-leash dog parks aren’t always the best place to socialise your dog and discuss some alternatives for effective socialisation.

The Importance of Structured Socialisation for Your Dog’s Well-being

Structured socialisation is crucial for your dog’s well-being. It can help prevent behavioural problems, such as fear and aggression, and improve their confidence and social skills. Providing your dog with structured socialisation opportunities can also help them become more adaptable to different situations and environments, which can reduce stress and anxiety.

The Limitations of Off-Leash Dog Parks for Dog Socialisation

One of the main limitations of dog parks for socialisation is the lack of control over the environment. You have no way of knowing which dogs will be present, how well they are trained, or how they will interact with your dog. Additionally, dog parks can be unpredictable and chaotic, making it difficult to teach your dog appropriate social skills. If your dog has a bad experience with another dog at the park, it can set back their socialisation progress and lead to fear or aggression.

Another limitation is lack of guidance. Without proper guidance and supervision, dogs may learn inappropriate social behaviours or may not learn how to interact with other dogs appropriately.

Off-leash dog parks also do not provide structured training opportunities for dogs to learn new social behaviours and skills. While dog parks can provide some opportunities for socialisation, they may not always provide the best environment for dogs to develop their social skills fully. It’s essential to provide dogs with a variety of social experiences in controlled and structured environments to help them become well-socialised and confident.

Common Misconceptions about Dog Parks

There are several misconceptions about dog parks that can lead to confusion and misunderstandings about their benefits and risks. Here are a few common misconceptions:

  • All dogs can go to dog parks: While many dogs enjoy and benefit from off-leash dog parks, not all dogs are suited for them. Dogs that are aggressive, fearful, or have poor social skills may not do well in a crowded and chaotic environment like a dog park.
  • Dog parks are always safe: While dog parks can be safe, they also pose some risks to dogs. Injuries, fights and the spread of diseases can all occur in dog parks if proper precautions are not taken.
  • All dog owners at the park are responsible: While most dog owners at the park are responsible and attentive, not all are. Some may bring aggressive or poorly trained dogs to the park, or may not supervise their dogs closely enough.
  • Dogs will always have fun at the park: While many dogs enjoy dog parks, some may not enjoy this type of environment. It’s essential to monitor your dog’s behaviour and body language to ensure they are having a positive experience.

Alternatives to Off-Leash Dog Parks for Effective Dog Socialisation

While off-leash dog parks can be a fun and stimulating environment for your dog, it’s important to provide them with more than just park play for socialisation. Dogs need to be exposed to different people, dogs, and environments to develop appropriate social skills and behaviour. By providing your dog with a variety of socialisation opportunities, you can help them become well-rounded and confident.

Fortunately, there are many alternatives to dog parks for socialising your dog. Puppy classes, group training classes, structured playdates, and walks are all great options for providing your dog with safe and controlled socialisation opportunities. These options allow you to introduce your dog to new people, dogs, and environments in a more structured and controlled way, which can help prevent negative experiences.

While off-leash dog parks can be a great way for dogs to play and socialise, they may not always be the best choice for your dog. The potential for problems to occur is high as these environments lack control and can be unpredictable, which can lead to negative experiences and set back your dog’s socialisation progress. By exploring alternatives to dog parks and providing your dog with structured socialisation opportunities, you can help them develop appropriate social skills and behaviour while keeping them safe and healthy.

It’s important to remember that socialisation should be a gradual process and should always be done in a controlled and positive environment. With patience and consistency, you can help your dog become well-socialised and confident in a variety of situations.

Thu, 09 Mar 2023 07:07:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Breed Spotlight: The Alaskan Klee Kai!

Alaskan Klee Kais are intelligent, loyal, and energetic dogs! The Alaskan Klee Kai's, Sandy and Katana!

In our daycare environment, you would most likely see our Alaskan Klee Kai's cuddled up on a bed, watching the action in the room, or being the life of the party!  They often go from being couch potatoes to having a burst of energy and then back to their favorite bed in the sun. But, of course, they love attention from their favorite staff members, too!

These dogs generally weigh between 6 - 25 pounds and have a life expectancy of 13 - 16 years!



Alaskan Klee Kais have deep, ancient roots descending from the native dogs in Alaska!

Their descendants had many skills like tracking, hunting, and pulling sleds.  They were often crucial in the survival of tribal groups and nomadic people of Alaska.

The modern Alaskan Klee Kai that we see today was formed in Alaska.  They were bred from Siberian Husky lines by Linda Spurlin in the 1970s.  She used a breeding program by selecting the smaller the Huskies with the look, temperament, and health she desired.

TemperamentThe Alaskan Klee Kai's, Dakota and Stryker!

The Alaskan Klee Kai is a versatile breed that can adapt to multiple lifestyles. In addition, they are excellent companion dogs, as they tend to have tight bonds with their people.

They can sometimes be cautious about new people or things, but with encouragement through positive reinforcement training, they will be eager to please!  They love to be physically and mentally challenged, making them a great candidate for sports like agility, rally obedience, and scent work.


Alaskan Klee Kais are not considered "high maintenance", but they require regular grooming, exercise, and socialization.

This breed has a double coat, so brushing is a must!  It is recommended that they be brushed once a week to help reduce the amount of dog hair around your home.

While Klee Kais enjoy lounging around the house, they require regular exercise.  They are excellent camping and hiking companions.  For those that do not do many outdoor activities, they would enjoy daily walks or playing fetch in the backyard!

Alaskan Klee Klais are considered a healthy breed and are not prone to many health issues. But, of course, we recommend looking into reputable breeders that screen for things like heart murmurs, patella luxation, and other health conditions.

Meet Sandy! Sandy the Alaskan Klee Kai!

Sandy is one of our regular training clients here at Wags & Wiggles.  She has an older Klee Kai sister, Katana, too!

She is currently enrolled in our Puppy Raising Program.  This program is designed for the dogs to have training sessions while getting the socialization they need in daycare.  When she first started coming to our facility, she was reserved and mostly hung out with her older sister. However, after beginning her training and building confidence, she has become the life of the party!

Her owner's goals for her training were to help her gain confidence, have positive socialization, learn basic obedience, and be an overall well-rounded puppy.

She is an excellent example of why it is essential to begin positive reinforcement training with your Alaskan Klee Kai as soon as possible.  And to continue to train, explore,  and have fun with them!

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Wed, 08 Mar 2023 16:00:06 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Protecting Your Dog from Intestinal Worms and Parasites Protecting your dog from intestinal worms and other parasites is an important part of preventive healthcare to keep your dog healthy and reduce the risk of health problems associated with parasite infestations.

Like any public place where dogs gather, Australian dog parks can potentially be contaminated with intestinal worms and other parasites such as fleas and ticks. A recent study by the University of Melbourne found that more than 40% of Australian dog parks were contaminated with canine intestinal worms. Dogs that visit dog parks can pick up parasites from other dogs, contaminated soil, or faecal matter left behind by other dogs.

How to protect your dog from intestinal worms

To reduce the risk of worm and parasite infestation, it is important to practice good hygiene and preventative measures. This includes the following:

  • Regular deworming: It is important to regularly deworm your dog as part of their routine healthcare. Your veterinarian can recommend an appropriate deworming schedule based on your dog’s lifestyle and risk of exposure to worms.
  • Practice good hygiene: Make sure to clean up after your dog and dispose of their faeces properly. Avoid areas where other dogs may have defecated, such as dog parks, and keep your dog away from any faeces they may encounter on walks.
  • Prevent flea infestations: Fleas can transmit tapeworms to dogs, so it is important to keep your dog protected from fleas with flea preventative medication.
  • Avoid raw meat: Feeding your dog raw meat can increase their risk of contracting intestinal worms. Make sure to feed your dog a balanced and nutritious diet of commercial dog food.
  • Regular veterinary check-ups: Regular veterinary check-ups can help detect any signs of intestinal worms early on and ensure that your dog is healthy overall. Your veterinarian may recommend additional steps to help protect your dog from intestinal worms based on their specific needs.

Why regular deworming and parasite protection is important

Regular deworming is an important aspect of protecting dogs from intestinal worms. Deworming medications are typically given orally and work by killing the adult worms that are present in the dog’s intestine. The specific deworming schedule for your dog may vary depending on their age, lifestyle, and overall health.

Puppies are particularly vulnerable to intestinal worms, as they can be passed on from their mother before birth or through her milk. Puppies should be dewormed every 2-3 weeks from the age of 2-8 weeks, and then every 3-6 months thereafter. Adult dogs should be dewormed at least once every 6-12 months, although the exact frequency may vary depending on their lifestyle and risk of exposure.

It is important to protect your dog from intestinal worms and parasites for several reasons:

  • Health risks to your dog: Intestinal worms and parasites can cause a variety of health problems in dogs, ranging from mild to severe. Some common symptoms of a parasitic infection include diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, and lethargy. In severe cases, parasites can cause anaemia, malnutrition, and even death.
  • Risks to humans: Some intestinal worms and parasites that infect dogs can also be transmitted to humans. This is known as a zoonotic infection, and it can cause serious health problems in people, especially children and those with weakened immune systems.
  • Impact on other pets and wildlife: Intestinal worms and parasites can also impact other pets and wildlife in the area. For example, if your dog has a flea infestation, it can spread to other animals in the vicinity. Similarly, if your dog has a tapeworm infection, the parasite can shed eggs in their faeces, which can contaminate the environment and infect other animals.
  • Preventive healthcare: Protecting your dog from intestinal worms and parasites is an important part of preventive healthcare. Regular deworming and other preventative measures can help keep your dog healthy and reduce the risk of health problems associated with parasite infestations.

By protecting your dog from intestinal worms and parasites, you can help ensure that they lead a healthy, happy life. Regular veterinary check-ups and preventative care can help detect any signs of parasites early on and ensure that your dog receives the appropriate treatment.

How does medication protect dogs from intestinal worms and other parasites?

Deworming medication works by targeting and killing adult intestinal worms and other parasites in the dog’s digestive tract. The medication contains specific chemicals that interfere with the metabolism and neurological function of the parasites, leading to their death and eventual expulsion from the dog’s body.

Regular deworming can help prevent the build-up of intestinal parasites in your dog’s digestive tract and reduce the risk of health problems associated with parasite infestations.

The NexGard Range

To help make protecting your dog easy, Paddington Pups are now stocking the NexGard product range and we are currently running a promotion in collaboration with NexGard. With every 3 or 6 pack purchase of NexGard or NexGard SPECTRA, receive a FREE Wahu Chew’n Toss toy, valued at $19.95. This promotion will be available for a limited time only or while stocks last, so be sure to get in quick!

NexGard Chewables for dogs

NexGard is a chewable flea and tick medication for dogs that effectively protects against fleas, ticks and mites.

NexGard contains afoxolaner, an ingredient that kills fleas and ticks by disrupting their nervous system. It begins working within hours of administration and continues to kill fleas and ticks for a full month.


NexGard Spectra chewables are a combination flea and tick preventative and deworming medication for dogs.

NexGard SPECTRA provides protection against multiple types of intestinal worms, including roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. This can help reduce the risk of health problems associated with worm infestations, such as diarrhea, weight loss, and anemia.

In addition to deworming, NexGard SPECTRA provides effective protection against fleas and ticks, which can also transmit diseases and cause health problems in dogs.

The benefits of using NexGard and NexGard SPECTRA chewables for parasite and worm protection include:

  • Convenience: the medication is given orally and are easy to administer to your dog. The medication is available in a flavoured chewable tablet that most dogs find palatable.
  • Safe for most dogs: including puppies as young as 8 weeks old
  • Can help prevent tick-borne diseases: Ticks can transmit a variety of diseases to dogs, so by preventing tick infestations you can reduce your dog’s risk of contracting these diseases.
  • Can help prevent flea infestations: Fleas can cause discomfort and skin irritation for dogs, and they can also transmit tapeworms. By preventing flea infestations you can help keep your dog healthy and comfortable.
  • Can be used with other medications: can be safely used with other medications, including heartworm preventatives, making it a convenient option for dogs with multiple health needs.

As with any medication, it is important to follow the recommended dosage and administration instructions and to consult with your veterinarian to determine if NexGard or NexGard SPECTRA is the right choice for your dog based on their individual needs and health history.

Wed, 08 Mar 2023 10:35:07 -0800 Dog-Fancier
International Women’s Day 2023 Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the achievements of women and promote gender equality.

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8th to commemorate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. The day also serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for gender equality and women’s rights.

This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity. This theme is a call to action to promote gender equity and eliminate gender-based discrimination and inequalities.

Gender equity is about ensuring that everyone, regardless of their gender, has access to the same opportunities, resources, and benefits. It recognizes that gender inequality is not just a women’s issue but a societal issue that affects everyone.

Paddington Pups believes in embracing equity in the pet industry and provides all team members, despite their gender, all the tools to be able to succeed, thrive and have fun within the doggy daycare environment.

Paddington Pups is proud to be a female-owned and founded company, led by our Top Dog Bree Robbins.

Currently, our team of 23 people is a majority of women and over our years of operation has always been 75-85% of women. This makes International Women’s Day a special day for us as a team, and an opportunity to celebrate the amazing contributions our team members make on a daily basis to Paddington Pups and the pups in our care.

In addition to Bree, the leadership team at Paddington Pups is also all female, consisting of our Senior Manager Danielle, Daycare Supervisors Amelia and Keeley, and Social Media and Marketing Manager, Lana. Working together as a team, they provide support and training to the rest of the team in a wide range of dog knowledge and skills, and their mission is to provide the very best services to all of the dogs in our care.

Bree is passionate about providing opportunities for women in the dog care industry, including employment, training, mentorship, and access to resources. She is extremely supportive of all team members at Paddington Pups and mentors them to continue learning and growing within the company and provides regular training and development opportunities for all employees to continually improve and perform to their full potential.

As a business owner and leader in her field, Bree is a role model for other women in the pet industry, demonstrating that it is possible to succeed in business and overcome gender-based obstacles. It is inspiring to work alongside her to maintain Paddington Pups as the best doggy daycare centre in Queensland.

Wed, 08 Mar 2023 10:35:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Paddington Pups is a FINALIST in the 2023 Australian Small Business Champion Awards! We are thrilled to announce that Paddington Pups has been recognised as a finalist in the 2023 Australian Small Business Champion Awards! This prestigious and comprehensive program supports and recognises small businesses across the nation, and we are honoured to have been included in such an esteemed group of finalists.

This year’s competition received an overwhelming response of over 4,500 quality entries, making it even more remarkable to be acknowledged as a finalist. At Paddington Pups, we believe that every pet deserves the best possible care, and we work tirelessly to ensure that all our furry friends receive the love, attention, and care they need. This achievement is a testament to our dedication and commitment to providing the highest quality service to our customers and their furry companions.

The 2023 Champions winners will be announced to two sold-out events of around 1,000 guests at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on the 29th of April. We are excited to attend the event and look forward to celebrating with other successful small businesses across Australia.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers for their continued support and trust in our services. We couldn’t have achieved this recognition without your help and support.

Once again, we are humbled and honoured to be recognised as a finalist in the 2023 Australian Small Business Champion Awards, and we look forward to continuing to provide our furry friends and their owners with the best possible care.

Mon, 06 Mar 2023 17:28:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Choose the Right Dog Daycare for your Dog How to Choose the Right Dog Daycare for your Dog

As a leading provider of pet-care software, Gingr understands the importance of choosing the right dog daycare for your furry friend. While there are many factors to consider when selecting a daycare, it all comes down to finding a facility that meets your dog's unique needs and preferences.

Mon, 06 Mar 2023 13:21:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
DON’T I KNOW YOU? It’s a long-running joke that in the service industry, the staff tends to know people by their orders. For example, if you’re a regular at a coffee house, they may know you as “Medium Skinny Vanilla Latte” instead of Jane.

When I worked at a postal store years ago, I knew people by their mailbox number rather than their name, i.e., “that’s 234” instead of “that’s Scott”. This is true in a dog daycare setting as well. We may recognize our dogs’ humans, but it’s not uncommon to hear, “Oh, that’s one of Digby’s Dads” instead of “that’s Rob or Wes”. Because of this, we encourage everyone to upload a clear photo of themselves to their Paw Partner profile.


We always ensure that all the dogs in Paw Partner have an image in their profile. This allows us to make certain we know who our furry friend is - it’s also the reason we use photos for our leash bins. In the early days of operating at the Delridge Way location, we used to cover the front desk quite a bit as we worked to grow the business.

One day I had a customer come in and tell me he was here to pick up Baker. So, I went in the back and grabbed an adorable long-haired Dachshund named Baker, and took him to the lobby. My customer said, he’s cute, but that’s not my dog. I was mortified, apologized, and promptly returned to the back to get the Redbone Coonhound he came to pick up. We immediately started using photos for leash bins and matching them to their Paw Partner profiles to help alleviate confusion - this became even more important as we grew and had more dogs coming through the door. It’s also the reason we check out our customers before we go back and get their dog, that allows for another step to ensure we’re getting the right dog.

Several customers upload photos of their dog for the dog’s profile and that’s helpful, but we occasionally replace those photos with shots that are more easily recognizable for our staff. To that end, some customers upload photos of their dog for their own profile, but using a face shot of the human would be much more beneficial.


The main benefit of using a photo of yourself in your Paw Partner profile is that it helps us know to whom we’re speaking and to whom we’re handing off the dog. The profile photo you associate with your Paw Partner account should be a good representation of you - one that we can look at and compare with the person in front of us and know that we’re handing off a dog to the correct person.


Since you may need to occasionally have someone else drop off or pick up your dog, we ask that you let us know. It’s simple to do so, send a message via Paw Partner or email us with the person’s name. Be sure to let us know if they’re always authorized to pick up and drop off or if it’s a one-time arrangement.

Our goal in encouraging the use of profile photos and drop-off and pick-up information is to ensure the safe handling of all the good dogs that come to Good Dog!

Sat, 04 Mar 2023 00:00:10 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Effective Marketing for Pet&Care Businesses Effective Marketing for Pet-Care Businesses

As a pet-care software provider, we understand the importance of effective marketing for pet care, which is why we are the only pet-care software to include a suite of marketing tools for free. In this blog post, we'll dive into the significance of marketing and how pet-care businesses can benefit from it. 

Fri, 03 Mar 2023 23:42:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why Gingr is a Must&Have for Pet&Care Businesses Why Gingr is a Must-Have for Pet-Care Businesses

Technology has revolutionized the way we manage pet care, making it easier for pet-care providers to manage their businesses. Gingr is packed with time-saving features that make running your pet-care business easier. Our software is built with the needs of pet boarding businesses, dog daycares, dog trainers, and dog grooming businesses in mind. With automation, customization, and personalization, Gingr simplifies your daily tasks while improving the employee and customer experience.

Fri, 03 Mar 2023 03:07:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Gemma Scarlette Shankman, a Daycare Success Story!

One thing we love is the way daycare can add value to a dog’s life by showing them how to make friends and socialize with other dogs. Gemma was super shy and hiding under furniture when she first came in. Until she met Weller, another blue heeler puppy who was only 3 days younger than her. They played all day, and since then she’s super happy, playful, and cuddly with everyone! Weller and Gemma’s moms even swapped information, and now they go on dog park play dates together!

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Wed, 01 Mar 2023 15:14:08 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Griffyn, Another Daycare Success Story! Gryffin Sandler is a standard poodle male, about a year old. His first day he came in very shy and unsure about staff and the other dogs in the room he literally stayed near the door or way off to a corner by the window, after about a week of him coming in for daycare we gradually saw him come out of his shell with us and also his packmates. After he boarded with us for the holidays we could say he owned that little pack like it was his own, he would follow daycare attendants EVERYWHERE and he especially wanted to be the helper for lunch, although he was still a little socially selective about his packmates he really learned patients with the other pups in the room and how to play nice and when to be gentle.

Sometimes all it takes is time! Not every dog warms up right way. We are thankful Griffyn had time to adjust!

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Wed, 01 Mar 2023 15:14:06 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Rockville, MD: Playful Pack’s 2nd Maryland location Playful Pack is thrilled to announce the opening of its newest location in Rockville, MD. This is our second location in Maryland and our seventh location overall! Whether your dog enjoys daily sessions or only visits occasionally, the benefits of doggy daycare are extensive. Here, your pup will have lots of opportunities to socialize with dog friends and caretakers who are committed to their happiness and well-being.

Dogs are social animals, and they learn how to behave from us and other dogs. Spending time with other dogs can teach them valuable lessons about communication, boundaries, and fun. At Playful Pack, your dog will be placed in a playgroup based on size, temperament, and other factors. Once settled, your furry friend will have a blast exploring everything our daycare has to offer.

Ample Play Space in our Dog Daycare in Rockville, MD

Dogs spend most of their days in spaces designed by and for us, their people. At Playful Pack, each of our facilities was designed to cater to them. Our play spaces allow them to be free and act exactly as a dog was meant to act: like a dog. Your dog can choose to romp around our indoor playspace, which is well-equipped with specially designed canine furnishings. They can also head outside to enjoy the fresh air with all their furry friends. Each of our play areas has plenty of room in which your pup can bound around and play freely without having to worry about knocking over lamps or running into windows.

Our facilities are cleaned with pet-safe disinfectants and feature the highest-quality air filtration systems to help keep your pup cleaner and healthier, too.

Regular Enrichment

Dogs can benefit not just from having the space and freedom to play with their friends but also from carefully planned enrichment activities. The right activities stimulate a dog’s mind and body, which can alleviate anxiety, calm stress, and help your dog feel more connected to their environment and social group. When a dog doesn’t get enough enrichment, they might be more prone to separation anxiety and problem behaviors.

At Playful Pack dog daycare in Rockville, we plan new enrichment activities daily to keep your dog active, engaged, and happy. These include anything from frozen Kongs and ball play to bacon bubbles and agility courses. We change it up regularly to keep things exciting. Whether your pup visits in the morning or afternoon, they’ll have lots to do with organized activities in each pack.

Dog Boarding in Rockville, MD

Whether traveling for work or pleasure, you might not always be able to bring your dog with you. At Playful Pack, we have cage-free dog boarding for your pup’s enjoyment and your peace of mind. At our dog boarding in Rockville, your dog will receive personalized care that includes the administration of any oral medications as needed. You are welcome to bring along any favorite foods, treats, blankets, or other comfort items for their stay. During the day, your dog will join our daycare team in an open, cage-free atmosphere and take breaks on a comfortable couch or cot whenever they want.

Whether your pup is visiting for daycare or boarding, you’ll have access to webcams to peek in on any progress throughout the day. We’ll provide you with regular progress reports, too, as well as fun social media pictures and videos. Before you know it, your pup will see Playful Pack as their home away from home. Contact us today to learn more about Playful Pack or to schedule your pup’s temperament evaluation.

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Tue, 28 Feb 2023 18:42:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Kennel Cough Awareness Much like situations that can occur at children’s daycare or school with a common cold, Kennel Cough (a bacterial infection/virus) is airborne and your dog may be susceptible to this virus. What is “Kennel Cough”? Kennel Cough (also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis) is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Dogs commonly contract Kennel Cough at places where […]

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Tue, 28 Feb 2023 16:07:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Daycare OPEN normal hours Tuesday 02.28.23 The snow will make the morning commute dangerous but we will be open normal hours. Every one please drive safely


Mon, 27 Feb 2023 23:21:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Advantages of Integrated Payment Processing for Pet Care The Advantages of Integrated Payment Processing for Pet Care

As a pet-care business owner, you know how important it is to offer your customers convenient and secure payment options. However, managing payments can be time-consuming and complex, especially if you use multiple invoicing, billing, and payment processing systems. That's where an integrated payment processing solution can make a big difference. In this blog post, we'll explore the advantages of using an integrated payment processing solution for your pet-care business.

Mon, 27 Feb 2023 16:56:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Dogs Teeth Clean Cleaning your dogs teeth can be really tricky. There are other ways besides brushing that will help clean their teeth and keep plaque at bay. These are our top 5: 1. Hard Vegetables This is my favourite and my dog loves a veggie snack. I often give her a whole raw carrot or the stem of a brocolli and these help keep her teeth clean and provide her with extra vitamins and nutrients.


Sat, 25 Feb 2023 12:21:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How To Start Brushing Your Dogs Teeth In an ideal world your dog would have their teeth brushed daily but in reality there aren’t many people that achieve this. I would guess that even your vet doesn’t brush their dog’s teeth daily. It is important to brush your dogs teeth as without, plaque builds causing bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. It can also cause painful and serious infections. If you haven’t brushed your dogs teeth...


Sat, 25 Feb 2023 12:21:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Road to Perfection Let’s talk build up sessions. As many of you know the road to daycare can be a little windy and can take much patience however we endeavour to be the team for the job.

Daycare can be quite an alien concept for our dogs. As much as we would like to think it is all plain sailing, the truth is, it can take a huge amount of reassurance and patience to get our dogs to love the environment. This being said, daycare is certainly not for every dog, as we have previously discussed.

We as a business, pride ourselves on having a non-negotiable build up policy, meaning your dog must be gradually introduced to attend our daycare. Unfortunately, this is not a ‘one size fits all’ policy and can take time. We completely understand how frustrating this can be for owners and does not always fit their time frames. We recommend beginning the build-up sessions well in advance of requiring the service.

Some dogs do particularly well in daycare and others need to be nurtured to help them enjoy the experience. Our build up sessions generally begin with a one hour session, post assessment. This allows us to make sure your dog has a smaller dog to staff ratio and we can provide lots of attention. If the assessment has been a roaring success, we may suggest two hours. This is all based on the individual dog. A build up, depending on the dog, can take as much as 5-6 sessions before they are ready for a full day. Please note, some dogs may take longer than this and it is based solely on the dog and their welfare.

Each dogs welfare is at the forefront of our policies and it is important we don’t force a dog into an environment that they would be uncomfortable in. This is not only for the safety of the dog but also our current play groups and the pet care assistants.

Dogs being forced into uncomfortable positions can quickly become reactive and this is what we want to avoid at all costs. Daycare is much like nursery for children and should be treated the same. We follow strict curriculum, nap times and owner feedback to ensure we offer the best possible service.

Our mission is to ensure we are created well rounded and balanced dogs for our daycare but also for our owners.

Our build up sessions do come at a cost as we have to create smaller groups for your dog and on occasion a one to one service. The team will be happy to discuss pricing with you and further information.

We look forward to welcoming your fur-babies!

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Fri, 24 Feb 2023 23:49:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier

One of our clients tested positive for worms. Obviously this is extremely common with dogs. But we asking our clients to get a poop sample done.

In the future, we ask for pawrents to be responsible and check your dogs poop for anything unusual (diarrhea, objects, worms etc) so these things can be prevented as much as possible.

With the nice weather we’ve had, we’re all eager to get outside but making sure our friends don’t spread germs to their friends is very important to us????

Fri, 24 Feb 2023 13:07:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Basic Necessities of Proper Pet Care Pets are a part of the family, and just like any other family member, they need love and care to stay healthy and happy. While every pet is different and has specific needs, there are some basic necessities that all pets need in order to thrive. In this blog post, we’ll go over the six basic necessities of proper pet care.

Proper Diet and Nutrition

Just like us humans, our beloved pets must enjoy a nutritious diet to remain in tip-top shape. Pets should eat food that is specifically designed for their species and life stage, for example, puppies and kittens have different nutritional needs than adult dogs and cats. Talk to your veterinarian about what kind of food is best for your pet, and make sure to avoid table scraps, as they can upset your pet’s stomach.

Veterinary CareSmall cute bunny at the vet having a checkup

All pets need to see a veterinarian at least once a year for a checkup, but some pets may need to see the vet more frequently depending on their health needs. Make sure you have a good relationship with a local veterinarian that you trust, so that you know your pet is in good hands if they ever become ill or injured.


Pets need exercise to stay healthy both physically and mentally. Dogs especially need a good amount of exercise, as they can become restless and destructive if they don’t get enough physical activity. Make sure to walk or play with your dog on a daily basis, and consider enrolling them in a dog agility class or doggie daycare to help them burn off extra energy.


All pets need to be groomed on a regular basis, but the frequency will depend on the type of pet you have. Dogs and cats need to be brushed at least once a week, while rabbits and guinea pigs should be brushed daily. All pets also need their nails trimmed on a regular basis, and the frequency will depend on the type of pet you have. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, there are plenty of professional dog grooming services available. Dog grooming services are a great option because they can provide a professional haircut, nail trimming, and other services that will help to keep your pet looking and feeling great.

Identification and Tags

All pets should have some form of identification in case they ever become lost or runaway. Dogs and cats should have ID tags that include their name and your contact information, and can be attached to their collar or harness. Rabbits and guinea pigs should also have ID tags, but since they don’t wear collars, these can be placed inside their cage along with your contact information. In addition to ID tags, all dogs and cats should also be microchipped in case their collar falls off, or they escape from their leash. This will help ensure that they can be returned to you if they’re ever lost. 

Proper HousingSmall cute hamster in a cage with many toys, as well as food and water

All pets need a safe place to call home, but the type of housing will depend on the type of pet you have. Dogs and cats typically live inside the house with their human families. However, some people do choose to keep their dogs outdoors in kennels or runs. If you do keep your dog outdoors, make sure the kennel or run is well-constructed and escape-proof, as well as weatherproof so that your dog has shelter from the elements. Rabbits and guinea pigs should also have weatherproof housing that’s big enough for them to move around freely. Many people choose to keep them indoors in cages because it’s easier to control the temperature and protect them from predators. 

Cleveland’s Best Dog Grooming Services

At Paws Play CLE, our dog grooming services are designed to meet your pup’s specific needs. With a combination of professional dog grooming services, nutritional advice and exercise guidance, we can ensure that your dog is getting the love and care they need to stay healthy and happy. Our dog groomers are highly experienced in all breeds and sizes, so contact us today to book an appointment for the best dog grooming services Cleveland has to offer!

Fri, 24 Feb 2023 11:07:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Choose the Right Dog Boarding Facility How to Choose the Right Dog Boarding Facility

If you're a pet parent, you know that leaving your furry friend behind when you're traveling can be stressful. However, a good dog boarding facility can provide a comfortable and safe environment for your dog while you're away. But with so many options available, it can be challenging to choose the right one. That's why it's essential to do your research and select a facility that meets your dog's needs. In this blog post, we'll discuss how to choose the right dog boarding facility for your dog, and we'll highlight the benefits of using dog boarding software and dog kennel software.

Fri, 24 Feb 2023 06:42:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Different Types of Dog Daycare Services and How Software Can Help The Different Types of Dog Daycare Services and How Software Can Help

As the demand for dog daycare services continues to grow, businesses are looking for ways to streamline their operations and provide better care for their furry clients. That's where dog daycare software comes in. This software can help manage everything from scheduling to billing, making it easier for businesses to focus on what they do best – caring for dogs. In this blog post, we'll explore the different types of dog daycare services and how using dog daycare software can benefit your business.

Tue, 21 Feb 2023 17:00:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Benefits of Email Marketing for Pet&Care Businesses The Benefits of Email Marketing for Pet-Care Businesses

Email marketing has become one of the most effective ways for businesses to reach their customers and grow their brand. In particular, pet-care businesses can benefit greatly from implementing email marketing strategies. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the benefits of email marketing for pet-care businesses and how they can use it to increase sales and customer loyalty.

Mon, 20 Feb 2023 20:28:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Daycare Closed 02&20&23 ]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2023 06:21:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier The Benefits of Dog Daycare and Boarding Software for Dogs and Owners A Winning Combination: The Benefits of Dog Daycare and Boarding Software for Dogs and Owners

Dog daycare has become increasingly popular in recent years, as more and more pet owners recognize the benefits of providing their furry friends with a safe and stimulating environment to play and socialize. But dog daycare isn't just beneficial for dogs; it can also be beneficial for owners. And with the right dog boarding and daycare software, managing a pet-care business can be made much easier. Here's a closer look at the benefits of dog daycare for both dogs and owners, and how dog boarding and daycare software can help streamline operations:

Sat, 18 Feb 2023 06:49:11 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Impact of Local Search and SEO on Pet&Care Businesses The Impact of Local Search and SEO on Pet-Care Businesses

As a pet-care business owner, it's important to understand the impact of local search and SEO (search engine optimization) on your business. Local search refers to the process of searching for a business or service within a specific geographic area, such as "dog grooming in Los Angeles." SEO, on the other hand, is the process of optimizing your website and online presence to rank higher in search engine results pages (SERPs) for relevant keywords and phrases. Here's a closer look at the impact of local search and SEO on pet-care businesses:

Thu, 16 Feb 2023 13:42:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most Out of Gingr Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most Out of Gingr

Gingr is a popular pet-care software used by many pet businesses, including dog daycare, grooming, and boarding facilities. This all-in-one software streamlines operations and makes managing a pet business much easier. However, to fully take advantage of Gingr, it's important to get the most out of our software. Here are some tips to help you optimize your use of Gingr:

Wed, 15 Feb 2023 17:07:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Nationwide Food Drive to Celebrate Camp Run&A&Mutt’s 15 Cage Free Years of Dog Love

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — This Valentine’s Day, and all month long, Camp Run-A-Mutt is celebrating its 15-year anniversary of providing cage free doggie daycare and overnight boarding to pups across the country. Camp locations are hosting a fundraiser for their local shelters, and customers can drop off donation items. Special promotional merchandise will also be given away in appreciation for customers and their Campers.

The idea behind Camp Run-A-Mutt was inspired by a dog named Andy, a sweet English Springer Spaniel. Dennis (Co-Founder and President) wanted to pay tribute to his beloved companion by building a place he knew Andy would love.

And so, Camp Run-A-Mutt was born. 

Along with co-founders Mikel and Severn, they planned their vision for Camp Run-A-Mutt at a local dog park. In spite of a recession, they were determined to make their vision a reality, and on February 29th, 2008, they opened their first location in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego. Their unique cage free concept struck a chord, leading them to franchise in 2010.

Fifteen years later, Camp Run-A-Mutt remains committed to providing a safe, fun, and loving environment for dogs of all breeds and sizes. 

Camp Run-A-Mutt is truly grateful for the opportunity to meet and love on so many pups over the years, and is excited to meet and love many more in the future. 

If you are interested in donating, please check out the website and contact a Camp location nearest you to learn more about their local fundraising efforts.

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Wed, 15 Feb 2023 11:49:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How Often Should Different Dogs be Groomed? Grooming is an important part of caring for your pet and should be done regularly. However, the frequency of grooming depends on the breed, age, and size of your dog. This article will cover the different grooming needs for different dogs, and discuss the dog grooming services all dogs need. Additionally, what some of the risks associated with poor or infrequent grooming are so that you can make sure you take proper care of your pup.

Different Needs for Different Breeds

The type of coat your dog has will determine how often they need to be groomed. Many pet owners do not realize what work goes into professional dog grooming services that are necessary for dogs with longer hair or a double coat.

Long Haired Dogs

Dog getting haircut by a professionalLong-haired dogs, such as Shih Tzus, Maltese and Poodles, will require more frequent grooming. It is important to brush their coats daily in order to prevent tangles and mats. They should also be bathed every 4-6 weeks with a shampoo suitable for their hair type. In addition, they will need regular trimming of the coat around their feet, face and tail.

Short Haired Dogs

Short-haired dogs do not need to be brushed as often, but should still receive regular dog grooming services. They should have baths every 4-6 weeks and their nails should be trimmed on a regular basis. In addition, they should also receive occasional trimming of the fur around their feet and tail.

Double Coated Dogs

Double-coated breeds, such as Golden Retrievers and Bernese Mountain Dogs, require regular brushing in order to keep their coats healthy and free from mats. They should also be bathed every 4-6 weeks with a shampoo appropriate for their hair type. In addition, they will need regular trimming of the fur around their feet, face and tail.

Dog Grooming Services all Dogs Need

No matter what type or age your dog is, there are certain dog grooming services that all dogs should receive on a regular basis, these include:

  • Nail trimming
  • Ear cleaning
  • Teeth brushing
  • Bath time with appropriate shampoos (which depend on their coat type)
  • Hair trimming if necessary
  • De-shedding treatment if necessary
  • Anal gland expression if needed (usually every 3 months)

These services help keep your dog clean and healthy by preventing matting, as well as reducing the risk of fleas, ticks, and other pests from taking up residence on your furry friend. Additionally, ensuring that their nails stay trimmed is very important, so they don’t suffer from pain when walking or running around outside.

Risks Associated With Poor Grooming

Dog getting its nails cut by professionalPoor grooming can have serious consequences for your pup. One of the most common risks is skin irritation, which can be caused by dirty fur or mats in their coat. Another risk is infection from dirt and bacteria that accumulates if their nails are not trimmed regularly. Finally, poor grooming can lead to behavioral problems such as excessive barking and biting due to the stress of feeling uncomfortable.

Risks of Poor or Infrequent Grooming

Poor or infrequent grooming can lead to serious health problems for your pup such as matted fur (which can cause discomfort), skin irritation due to improper bathing techniques (not using the right shampoo for their coat type), infection in ears due to wax buildup if not cleaned regularly, dental plaque buildup if teeth aren’t brushed frequently enough, etc. Additionally, long nails can put unnecessary strain while walking or running around outdoors, leading to pain or even infection if they become ingrown.

Paws Play CLE

At Paws Play CLE, we provide top of the line dog grooming services tailored specifically to your pup’s breed, age, and size. Our experienced groomers use only the best products for a safe, comfortable experience that will leave your pup looking and feeling their best. We take special care with senior dogs to ensure safety and comfort during their groom. Visit our website today to schedule a grooming session for your pup and take the first step towards a lifetime of happiness and good health!

Wed, 15 Feb 2023 01:00:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Top Pet&Care Industry Trends of 2023 Top Pet-Care Industry Trends of 2023

The pet-care industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and it's not hard to see why. Pets have become an integral part of many families, and pet owners are willing to spend more and more money on their furry friends to ensure they live a happy, healthy life. As a result, the pet-care industry has seen a surge in innovation and new trends in recent years. In this blog post, we'll take a look at the top pet-care industry trends that are shaping the future of pet care.

Tue, 14 Feb 2023 00:00:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dog of the Month, February – Cherry Nothing makes us smile like seeing Cherry tippy tap into daycare in the morning. Often serenaded by tunes of “Cherryyy, babyyy”, she never fails to make the staff smile.

Cherry is often found sitting near the humans in reception, taking in all the action around her, or napping in the corner with her furry friends. She is such a sweetheart, and we absolutely love having her as part of our pack.

We love you Cherry!

Mon, 13 Feb 2023 07:35:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Doggy Valentines Treats If you want to spoil your dog this Valentine’s Day, then look no further! We have compiled a few recipes you can bake yourself at home! Ingredients: Method: Ingredients: Method: Preheat your oven to 180°C/ 160°C Fan/ gas 4 Ingredients: Method: Ingredients: Topping: Method: Preheat your oven to 180°C/ 160°C Fan/ gas 4 Ingredients: Filling: Method: Preheat your oven to 180°C/ 160°C Fan/


Sat, 11 Feb 2023 19:14:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Understanding Your Dog’s Love Language: 5 Signs that your dog loves you We all know that dogs are loyal and loving companions, but did you know that they have their own unique way of expressing their love for us? Dogs show us love and affection in many different ways, but sometimes it can be hard to understand what they are trying to tell us. That’s why it’s important to take the time to learn about your dog’s love language and how to interpret it. From tail wagging to licking, panting to cuddling, each and every canine has their own special way of saying “I love you”. With a better understanding of how they show their love, owners and their canine companions will be able to build an even stronger bond and have a more fulfilling relationship.

There are many reasons to learn your dog’s love language, especially if you have a new dog who is still getting used to your family. It can also be helpful for old dogs who are not feeling well or experiencing any changes in their lives. No matter what the reason, the bond with your dog will be strengthened by deepening your understanding of their behaviours and the way they express themselves.

Common signs of affection from dogs

Different dog breeds will show their love and affection in different ways. Dogs are individuals just like humans are, and they have their own preferences when it comes to giving and receiving affection. Pay attention to how your dog interacts with you, what they like and what they don’t like. Getting to know your dog better will show them that how much you care and with a little knowledge, you will be able to show your dog how much they are loved in return for all the love and affection they show you!

Following are some common signs of affection from dogs when they are happy and excited to see their owner.

Tail Wagging

Tail wagging is one of the most common ways that dogs show affection. When your dog wags their tail, it is not only an indication that they are excited to see you but also a way of showing affection. A wagging tail usually means that your dog is happy, excited or relaxed. They may also wag their tail when they are looking for attention, or to welcome you home

Playful Behaviour

Dogs are social animals, and like many other species, they enjoy playing and practicing their social skills. This can include games like fetch – when your dog brings you a ball or toy to throw it’s a sure sign they love you and want to play with you


Dogs often show affection by licking your face. They may also nuzzle and gently lick your cheeks, lips or nose as a sign of affection. They may lick your face as a way of gaining your attention, or it could be they just like the salty taste of your skin!

Snuggling and Cuddling

Dogs will often snuggle and cuddle with their owners or people they feel comfortable with. When dogs want to cuddle with you it’s a way of saying how much they love and trust you and want to be close to you.


Dogs sometimes like to communicate with us through vocalisations. While some dogs choose to howl, yowl or whine as a way to say “I miss you”, most dogs use their voices as a way to make you aware of their mood. Some dogs sound like they are trying to talk to you when they are happy – listen to them and engage in the conversation in any way you can!


These are just a few ways that dogs can communicate with their owners to express their love and affection. Every dog will have a different love language and although they may not exhibit all of the above signs, there will always be sure signs that your dog loves you. It’s important to show your dog that you love them too and with a better understanding of how your dog shows affection, you can learn to appreciate these behaviors more and build a stronger bond.

Thu, 09 Feb 2023 00:35:06 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Love Letter from a Dog Boarding and Daycare Owner *This love letter, while written by an unknown author, speaks so many truths that ring close to our hearts here at Paddington Pups. We genuinely love your dogs and we love what we do, and feel truly honoured to be able to love and care for them.


I meet your pup. I fall in love with your pup.

I get to know you.

I share your daily struggles, going to work and after your day is done.

I know your loves, your dislikes, your struggles, your happy times and your sad times.

I listen to you boast with pride and I am here for you when something doesn’t go right.

I play with your pup, I feed your pup.

I make sure his/her poo is healthy.

Is he eating? Is he drinking? Do I need to add pumpkin to his food? Chicken and rice? Wet food so he will eat? Does he have allergies? Let’s check.

Does she have the correct vaccines?

Did he take his meds? Do I add them to wet food? Peanut butter? Cheese? As a treat?

Do I need to put the meds down her throat at the risk of being bitten? She needs her meds. Did she take her meds?

Did he play nicely? Did he get scratched? Is he limping?

Where did that blood come from? Her toe, her tooth, her ear? Is she a puppy? Is she teething?

Is he in the right playgroup? Too calm? Too active? Too big? Too small?

Did she eat her lunch? Is she drinking enough? Did she throw up? Have diarrhea? Why? Is she nervous? Shy? Confident? Does she have separation anxiety?

I comfort him, love him, redirect him when he misbehaves. Is he too tired? Too old? Too young? Does he need time alone?

Do I have the owner’s phone number? Emergency contact number? Do I take her to the vet? Or wait?

Do I tell the owner he has a tummy ache or wait a day with chicken and rice? What would the owners be able to do from their holiday? Will their emergency contact know what to do? Will it ruin the owner’s holiday if I call? Will they worry too much, when I could just tend to them for a couple of days with chicken and rice? Should I call?

I take your pup to the emergency hospital when I can’t get ahold of you. I cry, I worry. What do I do without the owner’s consent? The doctors are so understanding and helpful. I pay in order to get your pup the medical care that she needs no matter what the cost.

I feel exhausted, sad, worried, happy, thankful for your trust. Upset when you are disappointed or unhappy for any reason. Always trying to please. Trying to do my best every day.

I work all hours to be able to handle situations, to ensure your pet’s safety.

I provide food if you didn’t bring enough, or if your pup won’t eat while they’re here.

You have a family emergency. I fit your pup in even though we are fully booked, even if it means they sleep in my home. I give you a discount. I send flowers when you lose your best friend, or lose a loved one.

I cry when you are not looking, wondering if I am doing everything I can. I worry. Will you be happy with my services? With my employees? With my pricing? My conversation? My expressing of concerns to help your pup and you?

Will you ever know what I have done to ensure your pet is healthy, happy and excited to see you when you pick them up? Will you be upset with me if I tell you your pup acted out and needs training?

Do you know that I have policies in place for safety reasons? Not to inconvenience you.

Do you know I rarely have a break from overnight care of your pets?

We clean and clean and clean. Still, your pup catches a cold. You are upset. I worry. Do I get a bad review? I give blankets if you don’t bring one. I upgrade your pup’s accommodations and don’t tell you.

We have dishes, laundry, mopping, sweeping, cleaning walls, windows, playrooms, baths to do, bathrooms to clean, customer service, paperwork, reservations, phones.

And yes…eventually, we get to play with dogs.

I love my job.

I am a dog boarding / daycare facility owner.

– -Original author unknown-

Thu, 09 Feb 2023 00:35:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Valentine’s Day at Paddington Pups! ???? Love is in the air at Paddington Pups!

On February 13th and 14th we will have our Playcare™ pups paw printing some Valentine’s cards to be sent home to their loved ones, as well as a Valentine’s Day photoshoot set up for anyone who wishes to sign their pup up for a $10 photo.

For further information ask our friendly team in-store!

Wed, 08 Feb 2023 04:00:11 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How The Love For Our Dogs Can Rewire Our Brains For Happiness Most of us know how much joy our furry friends can bring to our lives, but did you know that the love we feel for our dogs can actually rewire our brains for happiness? Not only do our dogs make us laugh, smile, and provide us with companionship, but this incredible bond can have a positive impact not only on our mental and physical health, but our overall wellbeing too. Through a combination of hormones, chemicals, physical contact and unconditional love, our dogs can help us to feel more content, relaxed and secure, experience more joy and lower our stress levels.

From releasing feel-good hormones to providing us with a sense of purpose, the special bond between us and our four-legged friends offers a multitude of benefits. In this article, we’ll explore how the love for our dogs can rewire our brains for happiness and the science behind it.

What Happens in the Brain When We Love Our Dogs

Dogs are a constant source of unconditional love and they make us feel love in a way that no other animal can. The feelings of love and affection that we experience towards our dogs can have a wide range of positive effects on both our physical and mental health. When we fall in love with our canine companions, this feeling can have a dramatic impact on our brain chemistry. The presence of oxytocin and endorphins, hormones that promote feelings of warmth and love, can significantly boost our wellbeing. This is because, when we fall in love with our dogs, our brains are effectively rewired to benefit from this hormone surge.

The Science Behind It

Studies have shown that the love we feel for our dogs changes the way our brains work. Scientists have found that when we’re around our beloved canines, the hormone oxytocin is released. Oxytocin, or ‘the love hormone’ is responsible for feelings of love, bonding, and feeling more connected to others. This feeling of love is what makes dogs such great companions.

The boost in oxytocin we get from cuddling and spending time with our dogs can help to reduce blood pressure and you’ll also experience lower levels of the stress-causing hormone cortisol. This is why dogs are able to calm us down and make us feel more at ease.

When you’re around your dog, you’ll be inspired to be kinder to others, be more forgiving of yourself, and be more grateful for all that you have in your life.

Human-Animal Bonding: The Power of Love

Humans have been interacting with animals for centuries, and since falling in love with our canine companions, humans have developed a deep-rooted bond with these animals. This unique connection has helped us to evolve as a species, as it allows us to form close bonds with other humans and animals. However, this special breed of love doesn’t just benefit us; it also has a positive effect on our dogs. The love we have for our dogs can provide them with a sense of purpose. This can help to reduce the amount of time that dogs spend idle, as they’ll now spend more of their time focused on fulfilling their duties and this has a positive impact on the dogs’ well-being too. As such, this form of positive emotion can help to rewire their brains for happiness just as much as ours.


The love for our dogs is a powerful feeling that can have a significant impact on our wellbeing, as well as theirs. The science is clear – interaction with our dogs on a daily basis provides amazing benefits to our health and can improve our lives in so many ways. So this Valentines Day, give your dog some extra hugs and kisses and experience the pure love and happiness your brain receives in return.

Wed, 08 Feb 2023 04:00:06 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Fling&less Feb Fling- less Feb is an initiative by South West Dog Skills to ditch the ball flingers… constantly flinging a ball on your dog’s walks can have the opposite effect to what you may be hoping for. When a dog chases a ball their body releases adrenaline. This adrenaline can stay in the body for hours after a walk and can make it difficult for your dog to settle. If you use a flinger and ball on every...


Sat, 04 Feb 2023 02:14:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Cold Weather Advisory Friday 2/3 Daycare News

Fri, 03 Feb 2023 03:00:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
GET TO KNOW GOOD DOG In the past, we published a dog’s eye video tour of Good Dog, but since we’re constantly changing, updating, and working to improve our space, we thought it was a great time to provide an updated tour of the facility - this time for the humans. There’s no video this time, but we’re providing some visuals in the form of photos. We welcome you to get to know Good Dog.


If you’ve visited us, you’re familiar with our entry. We try to keep that front door looking fresh, but there will always be scratches from excited dogs - it’s just part of owning a dog daycare! We like a fun doormat, too. Though sometimes they disappear in the night.

When you arrive, you’ll likely find that our door is locked. This means our staff is taking care of the dogs - just ring the doorbell and they’ll come to let you in as soon as possible.

Once you step inside, you’re greeted by our friendly staff and the front desk. In our lobby, you’ll also find lots of dog photos, a semi-comfortable bench (in the event you need to wait or just need to take a little break), and information posted about the room.

From the lobby, you can also peek into Calmburgh - though the name says it all and you’re not likely to witness much activity there.

You can also look down the hall that leads to the warehouse which contains Slumberville - where most of our boarding takes place, Lila’s Diner - where we feed the dogs, Scobey - our less active playroom, and Madoc - our high activity room.

The facility loops back around to another entrance into Calmburgh. The area around Calmburgh also contains our Isolation Room, dog spa, laundry, break room, and offices.

And from there, if you’re standing in the Calmburgh area, you’ll find yourself looking back into the Lobby - and that’s our facility!


Thu, 02 Feb 2023 20:56:10 -0800 Dog-Fancier
February is Pet Dental Health Month We usually think of celebrations in February that feature hearts, candy and flowers. Now you can add teeth to that list! Your pet’s teeth, that is. We celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month each February as a reminder to practice good oral hygiene with our pets every day. Not only can you save your dog or cat from the pain of a toothache or the unpleasantness of bad breath, but a healthy mouth also helps prevent more serious health issues later on.

Dental health problems are more common in pets than you might think. In fact, by the time they are 3 years old, most cats and dogs will suffer from some form of periodontal disease, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. As a result of this condition, your pet could experience tooth pain, difficulty eating or infections.

When left untreated, even minor dental issues can lead to other serious health complications. Bacteria from infections originating in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and travel to other organs in the body. Sometimes these infections cause heart, liver, or kidney disease that can become very serious.

The best way to deal with periodontal disease is to prevent it from getting started, with the help of good habits and regular checkups. We recommend daily brushing of your pet’s teeth for optimal health. When that frequency isn’t feasible, do it as often as you can and obviously – the more often the better.

A few simple tools and strategies can make it less of a chore. Start with a toothpaste that is made and flavored for dogs or cats – never the human variety, which contains components that shouldn’t be swallowed. You can spread it on a favorite toy or treat until they get used to the taste. A finger brush may be easier at the beginning. Once you both get used to the routine, you can graduate to a toothbrush that’s specially designed for dogs or cats. In addition to daily brushing, you can provide dental chews and toys meant for reducing tartar buildup.

Most importantly, be sure to schedule an annual check up with your vet to look for potential problems and discuss whether a professional cleaning is needed for your pet’s teeth. Discovering and treating periodontal disease early and preventing any issues from becoming more serious is key. Not only will you be caring for your pet’s dental health, you will also help protect their overall health.

Giving your pets the best chance at lifelong dental health and wellness is one of the best ways to show your love during National Pet Dental Health Month, this February and always! Call your vet today to book an appointment for a dental cleaning!

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Wed, 01 Feb 2023 17:14:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
National Pet Dental Health Month Don’t turn your nose to your pet’s bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk. Dental health is a critical part of your pet’s overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems. That’s why the AVMA sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month every February. Take part by […]

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Wed, 01 Feb 2023 06:07:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Activity Based Daycare is Fun for Your Dog!

Here at Wags & Wiggles, we are an activity-based daycare.

Dog Daycare is great for socializing and allowing your pup to interact with other dogs.  Daycare also provides plenty of physical activity that helps to keep them healthy and happy.

We believe your dog should have more than just playtime during their daycare day.  All of our staff are enrichment certified to bring more fun to your pup's day!

We add enrichment to a dog's daycare day by doing different activities throughout the day that stimulates different parts of their brain.  Activities also help dogs rest between play sessions and keep play more well-balanced by breaking up part of their day.

It is important that dogs get both training and enrichment during their day.

That's why we have two complimentary daycare programs, Yappy Hour and Quick Train!

Throughout your dog’s day of daycare, they participate in our Yappy Hour.

We have two Yappy Hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  During Yappy Hour, our staff brings out unique toys that are only used during our special Yappy Hour activities!



Our Yappy Hour activities are fun for both the dogs and our staff!

These are our Yappy Hour activities:
  • Bubble Time!  The dogs get to chase and “catch” bubbles.
  • Jolly Balls!  These toys vary from small to extra large and are made from hard plastic or rubber.  Dogs love to push and chase these around the room.  Our herding breeds tend to have an affinity for these, as they can “herd” the Jolly Balls around the play area!
  • Frisbee Play!  Every dog loves a good frisbee toss.  The frisbees we use are made from durable rubber, making them more fun to catch and chew.
  • Kong Wubbas!  These are interactive tug-and-toss toys.  They are made from durable material and have a long tail for tugging!
  • Jolly Egg Toys!  These interactive toys are egg-shaped, which gives them a unique rolling motion that dogs love to chase.
  • Squeaky Toys!  Dogs always have a great time with these!  The dogs love to prance around while chewing on the toy to make them “squeak.”

Our other stimulating activity is our twice-daily Quick Train!

Every morning and afternoon, our certified trainers head onto our play floors to work on specific cues and behaviors in the group play environment.

Quick Train allows our Waggers to learn something new and breaks up their playtime.  It also helps build a strong bond between our staff and the dogs.   We always use Zukes Mini Salmon Treats during Quick Train.

We also offer Day School lessons for your dog, which are different from our complimentary Quick Train.

Day School lessons are formal lessons where the dog works one-on-one with a trainer, generally away from the play floor.

Almost anything can be worked on during Day School lessons – like basic obedience, fun tricks, and sport dogDay School lessons are a paid add-on, while our Quick Train sessions are complimentary to dogs in daycare.

All in all, having activity-based daycare is great for your pup.

Not only does it provide plenty of physical and mental stimulation, but it also allows them to socialize and learn new skills.


Check out some of our Yappy Hour toys!

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Tue, 31 Jan 2023 16:28:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Car travel do’s and dont’s Always use a good quality harness, crate or guard, to keep your dog safe and secure. There are lots on offer from shops like Pets at Home. Did you know you could be breaking the law in the UK if your dog isn’t “suitably restrained” when travelling by car? Cars can get hot even when they’re moving, and dogs can become dehydrated on long trips. Always pack a travel water bowl to ensure a drink is...


Sat, 28 Jan 2023 05:49:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What to Expect From a Professional Groomer Taking your dog to the dog groomer can be an intimidating experience, especially if it’s your first time. It helps to know what to expect when you arrive and how professional groomers will handle grooming your beloved pup. There are several things to consider, like licensing and certifications, the type of hair your dog has, the steps for grooming, handling nervous dogs, and why regular grooming is so important. Let’s explore these topics in more detail.

Licensing and Certifications

The first thing that you should do before taking your dog to a groomer is make sure they have the appropriate licensing and certifications. Most states require that dog groomers turn in proof of completion of approved courses and pass a specialized exam. Make sure that their license is up-to-date before visiting their shop or hiring them for home visits. This will ensure that your pet is in good hands with an experienced professional who knows how to handle different types of breeds and coat textures.

Grooming Different Types of Dog HairLarge blonde dog having his hair combed by a professional groomer

Depending on the breed and texture of your pup’s hair, groomers will use different approaches for grooming them. For example, certain tools may be used on thick coats while trimming may be necessary for longer coats or curly fur. Professional dog groomers are trained on how to properly use these tools without causing discomfort or pain for your furry friend. Additionally, they know which products are best suited for specific types of fur so they can keep their fur shiny and healthy at all times!

Steps for Dog Grooming

The exact steps involved in grooming depend on the breed of dog as well as their individual needs but there are some common elements that every professional groomer follows during each session. First, they will brush through any knots or tangles in the fur before bathing them with shampoo made specifically for dogs (never human shampoo). After bathing, they may clip or trim certain areas depending on how you want them styled (and what’s best for their coat). Then they’ll dry off the fur using either a blow dryer or towels before giving them finishing touches like brushing out any remaining knots/tangles and styling them with bows/bandanas if desired!

Handling Nervous Dogs

No one wants their pup feeling scared or uncomfortable during their visit to the dog groomer so it’s important that professionals know how to properly handle anxious animals. This often means taking extra time with each pet by speaking softly and slowly while keeping distractions away from them as much as possible! Additionally, many groomers provide treats as rewards during each step of the process which helps create a positive association between grooming sessions and treats!         

The Importance of Regular Groomingprofessional groomer wearing pink apron holds a dog

Finally, regular grooming helps keep your pup looking great while also making sure their skin stays healthy! Not only does brushing help remove dirt/debris from the fur but it also distributes natural oils throughout which keeps their skin moisturized and protected against irritants like allergens or bacteria! Regular baths reduce odor while also removing any dirt buildup which can increase irritation over time if left untreated!

Grooming isn’t just about keeping up appearances; it’s essential for maintaining good hygiene practices too – both inside and out! By understanding what goes into professional grooming sessions you’ll be better prepared next time you take your pup in for some TLC from a trusted pet care provider.

Paws Play CLE

If you’re looking for professional and experienced dog groomers to give your pup the TLC they deserve, look no further than Paws Play CLE! Our team of certified, licensed groomers are dedicated to providing high-quality services that will keep your pup looking and feeling their best. We understand that every breed has its own unique needs when it comes to grooming, so contact us today to schedule your appointment and give your pup the care they deserve. Trust the experts at Paws Play CLE for all of your pet’s grooming needs!

Sat, 28 Jan 2023 01:07:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Gingr Names New Business Leader, Promotes Former CEO

MichelleOberGingr is thrilled to announce that former business leader and CEO Michelle Ober has been appointed as general manager of the rec and leisure line of Gingr's parent company, Togetherwork.

Michelle joined Gingr as the third employee in 2015. Beginning in customer success and implementation, Michelle has worked her way up through nearly every role within Gingr before becoming CEO in 2019. Prior to Gingr, Michelle spent 10 years in the e-commerce industry. An experienced and inspiring leader, Michelle will oversee all businesses within rec and leisure, including Gingr and Revelation Pets. Gingr saw enormous growth under Michelle's leadership, surging from three employees to nearly 60 and over 3,000 customers in less than a decade.    

Fri, 27 Jan 2023 20:42:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
It’s a Burns night to remember! Happy 25th January, AKA Rabbie Burns night.

For our audience oversees, Robert Burns Night, also known as Burns Night or Burns Supper, is an annual celebration of the life and work of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. The event typically takes place on or around January 25th, which is the anniversary of Burns’ birth.

As you may know, we love an occasion. Anything that we can celebrate with our four legged friends and what a better event than Burns night.

If you would like to treat your dog to a special burns night feast, there are several pet-friendly recipes. Here are a few examples:

  1. “Haggis” meatloaf – This recipe is a version of haggis that is made with ground beef, oats, and vegetables such as carrots and turnips. It can be prepared in the same way as a traditional meatloaf, and can be served to dogs in small portions as a treat.
  2. “Neeps and tatties” dog food – These traditional Scottish dishes can be made into a healthy and nutritious dog food. Cooked and mashed turnips (neeps) and potatoes (tatties) can be mixed together with some meat or meat alternative, such as ground turkey or lentils, and served as a complete meal for dogs.
  3. “Whisky” broth – Whisky is a common ingredient in traditional Burns Night celebrations, but it is not safe for dogs to consume. However, you can make a homemade broth with beef or chicken broth, and add a drop of malt extract for the taste, serve it in a small bowl as a treat to your dog.

Keep in mind that you should always check with your vet before making any significant changes to your pet’s diet, and that any human food should be offered to dogs in moderation.



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Wed, 25 Jan 2023 23:00:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Frisky Business Let’s talk frisky business…

Daycare can conjure a whole lot of emotion in your dog, this can range from excitement to anxiety. Each emotion will vary depending on the individual dog and their nature. Neither is right or wrong, simply the emotions that the dogs feel.

As a result of these emotions, we can often see ‘frisky business’ take place in daycare. If you have ever seen your dog mounting or ‘humping’ in daycare, it isn’t always a cause for concern.

Humping, or mounting behaviour, is a normal behaviour that can occur in dogs of all ages, genders, and breeds. It can be a sign of excitement, particularly when it occurs in response to certain stimuli, such as the presence of another dog or person, new smells or sounds, or changes in the dog’s routine.

Humping as a sign of excitement is more common in dogs that are not neutered or spayed, as these dogs may have higher levels of hormones that can contribute to sexual arousal. Excitement can also happen when the dog is playing, and they may hump a toy or a person’s leg as a way of expressing their enthusiasm.

When a good thing turns bad…

There are however occasions where it is important the daycare staff intervene and redirect the dog. If a dog is mounting excessively, this can be problematic. Not only can this have physical implications, but it can also be extremely uncomfortable for other dogs, mentally and physically.

When a dog mounts, it is wise to evaluate the environment and to understand the cause for the behaviour. We have a number of processes in place to ensure we are minimising undesirable behaviours. The first is to understand if daycare is the best environment for your dog, could the arousal be too much for your pooch, can we reduce their excitement levels through mental stimulation opposed to physical or could this potentially be a learned behaviour.

Mounting can become a learned behaviour, particularly if it is reinforced through positive reinforcement. This means that if a dog receives attention, treats, or other rewards for mounting behaviour, they may be more likely to engage in the behaviour in the future.

For example, if a dog receives attention from their owner when they mount, they may learn that this behaviour results in positive reinforcement and will therefore engage in the behaviour more often. Similarly, if a dog is not redirected when they mount, they may learn that this behaviour is acceptable and will continue to engage in it.

It’s important to note that not all mounting behaviour is problematic and some of it is a normal dog behaviour. However, if it starts to be excessive, aggressive or causing distress to other dogs or people, it’s important to address the behaviour and teach the dog more appropriate social behaviours.

Daycare can be a great experience for dogs to learn social cues and talk dog.

If a dog struggles in a certain aspect or if the dog is unable to resist their urges, it may be time to call in some professional help. Behaviourists can assess the dog and their environments to gain a better understanding of potential causes. We work with some incredible trainers who would be happy to assist.

If you are struggling with behavioural problem, please contact the team and we will be happy to help.



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Wed, 25 Jan 2023 02:28:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How Much Exercise Does My Puppy Need? Once your dog has had its vaccinations you can begin to go for walks together. Your puppy should be walked every day come rain or shine and in the morning and evening. Time spent in the garden is no substitute for time spent exploring their environment and socialising with other dogs. How much you walk your puppy is important because over exercising a growing pup can cause damage to the soft...


Sat, 21 Jan 2023 02:42:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What Age Is Best for Dog Daycare? Dog daycare is a great way to give your pup the exercise, socialization, and mental stimulation they need while you’re away at the office or running errands. But many pet owners are unsure when they should start bringing their canine companion to doggy daycare. Knowing the best age for dog daycare and how to prepare your pup can help make it an enjoyable experience for both you and your pup. Let’s take a look at what age is best for dog daycare and how to get your pooch ready! 

The Best Age for Dog Daycare 

jack russel puppy on white carpet with a teddy bear toy

The best age for dogs to start attending daycare depends on several factors such as breed, size, temperament, and health. Generally speaking, puppies that have completed their vaccinations (at least 16 weeks old) can attend doggy daycare safely. However, some facilities may require puppies to be older before allowing them in the facility. Some breeds such as herding or hunting breeds may benefit from starting daycare earlier since these breeds tend to be more active than other breeds. 

How to Prepare Your Dog for Daycare

Before bringing your pup to doggy daycare, there are several steps you can take to ensure a positive experience for both you and your dog. First of all, make sure Fido has had all his necessary shots so he won’t be exposed to any illnesses while at doggy daycare. Additionally, bring items like food bowls, treats, toys, bedding and anything else that will make him feel comfortable while he’s away from home. It’s also important to provide the staff with detailed information about Fido such as his diet and medical history so they can better care for him throughout his stay. 

What to Expect on the First DayCavalier King Charles spaniel puppy running in a garden

Your pup’s first visit may seem overwhelming but don’t worry – most dogs adjust quickly once they become familiar with their new surroundings. When you arrive at the facility you will likely fill out paperwork detailing Fido’s medical history, diet preferences, emergency contact information etc., then the staff will introduce Fido to his new environment by taking him on a tour of the facility so he can get used to it before meeting other dogs. Usually after a few minutes of getting acquainted with his surroundings he will join in on playtime with other pups! 

Doggy daycare is an excellent way to give your pooch plenty of physical activity and social interaction while you’re away – but knowing when is the best age for dog daycare is essential for making sure it’s a positive experience for everyone involved. With proper preparation- including making sure Fido has had all necessary shots – not only will your pup have fun but he’ll be safe too. So if you’re looking for an enriching solution when it comes time for errands or work commitments, consider giving dog day care a try!

Paws Play CLE

Bring your pup to Paws Play CLE for the perfect dog daycare experience! Our clean and friendly facility provides your pup with all the exercise, socialization, and mental stimulation they need. All of our staff are highly trained and experienced in caring for dogs of all breeds, sizes, ages, and temperaments. We understand how important it is to provide a safe and positive environment for your pup, so come experience the best in canine daycare today! Contact us now to learn more about our services and get started on your pup’s journey with Paws Play CLE.

Wed, 18 Jan 2023 06:07:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dress Up Your Pet Day Winner! Last Friday, 13th January, we held a dress up day as part of National Dress Up Your Pet Day and saw some wonderful costumes!

The winning costume as voted by the team belonged to Bentley who was dressed as an adorable lifeguard.

We absolutely love any opportunity to see your pups all dressed up so thanks to everyone who got into the spirit!

Mon, 16 Jan 2023 12:42:07 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dog of the Month, January – Baxter The team love seeing Baxter happily bounce into reception in the morning. He is an absolute pleasure in daycare, and thrives in PlayCare™ – he especially loves showing off his very impressive skills with the puzzle toys!

He is always polite, waiting for the gates to be opened and being invited through and is always ready for some snuggles and a good nap with the team, which of course we all love!

Thank you for being your beautiful self Baxter, we love you!

Mon, 16 Jan 2023 12:42:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Daycare Closed 1/16/23
Daycare will be closed tomorrow 1/16/23 and will REOPEN TUESDAY 1/17/23 normal business hours! 6am-7pm
Sun, 15 Jan 2023 18:28:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Puppy friendly snack ideas When it comes to training, snacks are useful for training purposes, and dogs, like everyone else, take pleasure in a good snack. Here are some tips and a roundup of simple, fresh snacks that both of you will feel good about. Apples make a great healthy snack for dogs. Apples are relatively high in fiber, which can aid in your dog’s digestion. They’re also a good source of antioxidants (vitamins A...


Sun, 15 Jan 2023 00:28:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Pamper Your Pooch: The Top 4 Services Offered at a Dog Spa

We all love our pups, and there’s no better way to show how much we care about them than through a good ol’ doggie spa visit! 

A spa day for your pooch gives us an opportunity to introduce our furry friends to the many services offered by grooming and pet care professionals that are designed to keep them looking and feeling their best. You’ll also get handy dog training tips and advice there too. 

Here are four key services offered at the most popular dog spas:

Shampoos and Conditioners

Shampoos and conditioners are the backbones of your dog’s grooming routine. You can purchase the conditioners and shampoo items separately, but many spa treatments include them. 

When it comes to selecting the best shampoo for your pooch, you should first know that there are two different types: one that is specifically designed for dogs with dry skin and another that is designed for dogs with oily skin. 

It’s also important to consider whether you want to use a medicated shampoo or not. Medicated shampoos will treat any topical skin conditions like mange, allergies, or fleas on your pup, while non-medicated shampoos will just clean them up without treatment.

Fur Trims and Haircuts

A dog’s fur can start to resemble tumbleweeds of hay when they’ve been neglected for months on end. Fur trims are a great way to keep your pup looking and feeling his best with regular check-ups that will also keep his skin healthy. 

When it comes to hair, there’s more than one type of cut you’ll want to consider. Believe it or not, the length of the fur is important as well! 

A shorter cut will help prevent matting and shedding in many cases, but this isn’t always the best choice for every dog. 

For example, some dogs suffer from allergies or other health issues that make them more comfortable with longer hair. You’ll need to do some research on your own pup before deciding which style is right for them!

Nail Clipping

Nail trimming is one of the most important services offered by any pet spa. Regular nail trimming will help keep your dog’s nails from getting too long and causing them pain or discomfort. Nails that grow too long can also cause problems with their paw pads, which can lead to an infection. 

Nails should be trimmed every 2-3 weeks, which is why a professional groomer or veterinarian should perform the service. 

If you’re feeling uncomfortable clipping your dog’s nails by yourself, take your furry friend for a pampering session at a dog spa. 

Ear Cleaning

Ear cleaning is one of the most crucial services offered at a dog spa. It is important to keep your pup’s ears free of wax and debris to avoid infection, which can lead to hearing loss. 

A qualified groomer at the dog spa can easily remove any dirt or wax buildup with an ear cleaner solution and a cotton swab. 

The groomer will then use a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol to dry the inside of the ear canal before applying oil or ointment for a clean and healthy pup!

The Dog Retreat & Spa Gives Your Dog The Day of Luxury They Deserve

Giving your dog some TLC is great but you need to find the best dog spa in your area for the best services. 

At the Dog Retreat & Spa in Waltham, MA, we are fully committed to giving your dog the best pampering you can get in a dog spa. 

Contact us today to book an appointment!

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Sat, 14 Jan 2023 02:56:07 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Top New Year’s Resolutions for Dogs and Dog Parents New Year’s resolutions have been a part of human tradition for about 4,000 years. For most people today, resolutions give us a chance to start anew, reflect on our past, and look toward a hopeful future. For pet guardians, our resolutions can help us become better pet parents. Whether you’re welcoming the new year with a new puppy or your dog is your tried-and-true friend, these dog New Year’s Resolutions can help you both enjoy the new year more!

Resolution #1: Try something new.

Dog parents, whether your dog is old or young, teaching new tricks is always a crowd-pleasing boredom-buster. Your dog can learn to sit, stay, roll over, play dead, or do other fun new tricks. Dog training not only is a great energy outlet and bonding activity for pets and pet parents, but it can also ensure your dog is responsive, relaxed, and easy to manage even in potentially risky situations. Remember that a well-trained dog is a secure and happy dog.

Dogs, don’t let that boredom get you caught up in needless drama! The table leg might look tasty, but if you’re ready to turn over a new leaf, then consider gnawing on a frozen Kong, using your nose to dig deep in a snuffle mat, or trying a new route on your next walk. All this activity is good for your brain and body and will destroy those winter doldrums!

Resolution #2: Get active.

Parents, most dogs simply aren’t getting the exercise they need for good health, and it’s putting them at risk of obesity, arthritis, and other potentially serious health problems. Although not all dogs need the same amount of exercise, all dogs do need regular exercise. Getting more exercise into your pup’s day can help both of you stay more active and build your bond.

Dogs, snoozing in front of a warm fireplace sure does feel good, but a little more exercise does a “doggy” good! Get out there and get walking, and as you increase your fitness level, your person might be more inclined to take you on bigger adventures: bicycle rides, hiking, agility courses, and swimming. If the weather is bad or your person has to work, then Playful Pack is always available with equipment designed for dogs just like you, exciting new games, and plenty of cozy spots to sneak in that nap.

Resolution #3: Focus on food.

It’s hard to say “no” to those soulful eyes, but as a dog parent, you know that table scraps just aren’t the greatest choice for dogs. Too much “people food” can increase your dog’s risk of obesity, diabetes, and arthritis, and some foods can even be dangerous for your pup.

Dogs, begging at the table is so last year. You know it’s not good for you, and besides, you’re tired of the cat lecturing you about how begging is beneath you. Keep an eye on your portions and don’t raid the pantry while your person is sleeping. Remember that treats count as calories, too, and add them to the daily budget. If you’re tired of the same-old snacks, talk to your owner about trying some new snacks, like those from Unleashed Dog Bakery and Boutique.

Resolution #4: Step up your (dog) smile game.

As any dog person knows, dogs chew. To chew, though, dogs need healthy teeth, and for many dogs, that’s a big ask. Most dogs have some degree of gum disease by the time they are three, and the resulting pain, inflammation, and tooth loss can affect every aspect of your dog’s life. Stepping up your smile game can help them live happier, healthier, smile-filled lives.

Commit to brushing your dog’s teeth every day to keep those gums and chompers healthy and free of dental disease. While you’re at it, remember to brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once a day.

Dogs, step away from that shoe. We know chewing is fun and it releases anxiety-calming endorphins. We even know that the leather, enhanced by just the slightest hint of “people feet,” is as delectable to you as the finest Wagyu beef. Why choose shoes, though, when there are so many other amazing options, such as Kongs, nylon bones, bully sticks, and pig ears all for your chewing pleasure? Ask your person to mix it up so you can explore new textures, flavors, and chewing challenges.

Resolution #5: Go along for the ride!

Parents, a car ride offers your pup new smells, new sensations, new things to see, new people to meet, and new experiences. Increasing numbers of places are welcoming dogs or scheduling dog-friendly hours so that your pup can join in on the fun. These kinds of experiences are great ways to enhance socialization and offer mental and physical stimulation for your pup.

Dogs, it’s time to step up your “going out” game with visits to dog-friendly restaurants and bars, pet supply stores, parks, and lakes, and even some national monuments. You’ll most likely need to bring your harness and leash along for safety, and your person will need to make sure you are brushed up on all the important rules, such as sit, stay, leave it, and the always-popular “Good pup!”

At Playful Pack, we can help you stay on track with your New Year’s resolutions for dogs. Check us out today to schedule your pup’s temperament test!

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Fri, 13 Jan 2023 23:49:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Paddington Pups – Year in Review Hello 2023!

Happy New Year! Another year has passed at Paddington Pups so we thought it would be a good opportunity to look back on all the fun we had in 2022 and share our excitement for 2023!

2022 was a year full of new and exciting things:

  • We introduced Playcare™ back in January which quickly grew in popularity. We have since developed a perfect structure to ensure each and every pup (no matter age, size or confidence) has a day of fun, sensory and educational activities including arts and crafts, obstacle courses, tactile and audio enrichment, group manners and desensitisation!
  • We provided some beautiful grooms to some beautiful pups
  • Our pups took part in Easter egg hunts (for delicious peanut butter eggs)
  • We launched our Tiktok and have since gained over 73,000 followers with a few of our videos going VIRAL (our most popular with over 6.8 million views!)
  • The annual Paddington Pups Halloween Costume Competition was a lot of fun – we had so many adorable and creative costumes coming through the doors and even cuter photos taken in them! Congratulations again to our winners George and Rufus and our runner-up Lulu who all received free packages of Daycare days as well as some goodie bags and a winners’ certificate!
  • Our Top Dog Bree Robbins won the Skye Hackett Lion Heart Award!
  • We contributed over 7,460 global impacts through different giving projects with B1G1. Read more about our impacts here.
  • We celebrated lots of birthdays.
  • We had so many new and beautiful four-legged friends join our Paddington Pups family ????

We look back on 2022 with fond memories, but now it’s time we look to what 2023 has to bring, set our sights even higher, and get things started! We are so excited to celebrate, get creative, pump out more content, develop and improve our services and special event days and make unforgettable memories in 2023!

Fri, 13 Jan 2023 22:42:12 -0800 Dog-Fancier
I Wish I Had Known….Coconut oil can be used on your dog’s coat ???? Did you know that coconut oil can be used to improve your dog’s skin and coat?

Whether your pup suffers from dry or irritated skin, itchy fur, or just needs a little bit of shine added to their coat, coconut oil can be of great help. With its natural antibacterial and moisturising properties, it’s a great way to keep your pup’s skin and fur healthy all year round.

Coconut oil is a natural oil pressed from the meat of the coconut. In its liquid form, it is excellent as an all-natural moisturiser that helps to improve overall coat health. It’s also wonderful for soothing skin issues and preventing skin infections. It has a pleasant smell as well as taste so you may notice your dog licking itself more regularly after application! (Coconut oil is edible for dogs, so it’s completely safe for them to lick their coat).

Coconut oil can also help to fight off bacteria and repel parasites such as fleas and ticks.

To apply coconut oil to your dog’s coat, rub a small amount in your hands, then run your fingers through their fur and gently massage it through. This will give their coat a shiny, glossy look. Be careful not to use too much oil as it can make the fur greasy.

To treat skin irritations, wounds, itchy or dry skin or inflammation, gently rub a small amount of coconut oil directly onto the affected areas using your fingertips.

Coconut oil has been found to have many health benefits for dogs and can be very effective in treating skin problems, but if you have any concerns about applying it to your dog, please consult your vet first.

Fri, 13 Jan 2023 22:42:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Monthly Recurring Revenue for Pet&Care Businesses Monthly Recurring Revenue for Pet-Care Businesses

Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) is an important financial metric for any business, and it's particularly crucial for pet-care businesses. It's a measure of the predictable income a business can expect to receive each month from its customers, and it's a good indicator of the overall health and growth of the business.

Fri, 13 Jan 2023 18:35:07 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Appear Higher on Search Results: SEO Tips for Pet&Care Businesses How to Appear Higher on Search Results: SEO Tips for Pet-Care Businesses

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a crucial aspect of online marketing for any business, including dog kennels, pet resorts and dog daycares. The higher your website appears on search engine results pages (SERPs), the more likely it is that people will find and visit your site. In this blog post, we'll explore some simple yet effective tips to help your pet-care business's website appear higher on search results and attract more visitors.

Fri, 13 Jan 2023 18:35:06 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Must Haves for Your Dog Boarding and Kennel Website Must Haves for Your Dog Boarding and Kennel Website

Having a website for your dog boarding and kennel business is essential in today's digital age. Not only does it provide a platform for potential customers to find and learn about your business, but it can also serve as an effective tool for booking reservations and managing customer information. Here are some must-haves for your dog boarding and kennel website to ensure that it is user-friendly, informative, and helps to attract and retain customers.

Fri, 13 Jan 2023 18:35:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Paddington Pups’ Positive Global Impacts Through B1G1 Last year we committed to our journey of giving to worldwide projects that facilitate positive impacts in all areas of community, animal welfare, and the environment, through B1G1. We have been achieving these impacts through consistently giving as a business, but also through initiatives such as our Christmas Giving Paws (an opportunity a lot of you utilised to graciously give to help feed a hungry street dog for Christmas) and through providing either a meal or medication to dogs in developing countries each time we are given a review. It is also important to us to foster a positive team environment; therefore, we also allocate our team tokens to encourage active and conscious contributions to communities local and abroad (both two, and four-legged).

What is B1G1?

B1G1 is a company that enables us as a business to give directly to high-impact projects around the world. Working in the field that we do, it is not only our duty, but also our personal desire to help dogs around the world remain healthy, safe and cared for. We also actively contribute to projects that help people and families in need, as well as environmental initiatives. B1G1 allows us to help make a change from right here in Australia.

Paddington Pups’ impact summary:

Various projects within each of these impact categories were given to in order to holistically support different areas in need. This year, Paddington Pups contributed to 7,460 impacts worldwide, as follows;

3807 days of medical support:

‘Medical support’ includes projects providing support such as:

  • Vaccinations against rabies for at-risk Nepalese street dogs
  • Access for sick dogs to veterinary hospitals to have wounds cleaned and stitched, and any required medications administered
  • Medical baths for dogs with skin diseases such as mange as a result of living on the streets in developing countries
  • Life-saving treatments and rehabilitation for rescued animals in Australia with additional daily and monthly check-ups to sustain their recoveries

2392 meals given to:

  • Sick and emaciated street dogs in Nepal – helping to renourish dogs with the energy and vitamins they need to recover and remain healthy
  • Hungry and injured dogs in India – nutritious food packets given to feed the street dogs and help them fight malnourishment
  • Orphaned Kangaroos and Koalas in Australia – as areas for Koalas and Kangaroos habitats in south-east Queensland continue to shrink due to urban expansion, more and more of their offspring are left without parents lost to cars and malnourishment. This project works with the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors to help feed and care for these animals
  • Rescued grazing animals in Australia – meals of hay provided to rescued grazing animals such as cows, goats, sheep and horses
  • Singaporeans living in poverty – The Food Bank Singapore works to rescue meals that would otherwise go to waste and instead provides them to the 14% of Singaporeans that face poverty and food insecurity every year
  • People living in poverty in Hong Kong – this project helps bridge the gap between food waste and hunger by tackling the huge amount of wasted meals by rescuing them and giving them to those in need
  • People who care for street animals in India – the Kindness Mobile Restaurant provides meals to abandoned persons who live with and care for street animals

756 days of animal research and conservation to help facilitate organisations to find new and innovative ways to help protect and care for animals globally.

148 days of shelter:

  • To rescued farm animals in Australia through Edgar’s Mission – this includes recently shorn sheep suffering in hyperthermic conditions, chickens who have only ever known life to be in a small steel cage, or other animals who have spent their lives in the harsh elements with no shade or shelter
  • To homeless children in Vietnam – this project gives these children safe places to sleep away from dangers such as gangs, abuse and other criminal gangs
  • To abused children in Nepal – this project covers the cost of accommodation, food and clothing for these children

144 medical treatments to animals and people in need.

84 trees planted across the world to keep our air clean, endangered species such as the orangutans in Borneo with homes, and to protect unique biodiverse areas such as the Daintree rainforest.

46 educational programs provided to young adults in Zimbabwe to slowly break the cycle of poverty due to lack of education.

29 items re/upcycled to limit landfill.

25 days of life enhancement support to sick dogs and people living in poverty.

10 square meters of rainforest protected from culling.

10kg of waste was reduced.

5 farm animals given to help sustain income for farmers in need.

3 days of education

1 life-enhancing tool…

….and a LOT of lives changed.

We want to extend a sincere thank you to those of you who helped support these projects through both our Christmas Giving Paws as well as by leaving us a review.

We are so proud and fortunate to be able to give and provide so many positive impacts to those less fortunate and are incredibly excited to continue our journey into 2023 and beyond!

Mon, 09 Jan 2023 14:32:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What Is The Social Club And Why Do I Need It? The first 20 weeks of a puppy’s life is a crucial time for socialisation, as during this time they are more accepting of new experiences. The socialisation ‘window’ is usually around 3-12 weeks. You won’t be able to get your puppy until they are at least eight weeks old, so the owner/breeder should have already started this important process. Socialisation means positive interaction with other...


Sat, 07 Jan 2023 07:47:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Internal Parasites in Dogs Are there different types of internal parasites or worms? There are several types of internal parasites that cause problems in dogs. These include roundworms, such as Toxocara cati, Toxascaris leonina; heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis); tapeworms,          such as Dipylidium caninum, Taenia species, and Echinococcus species; hookworms, such as Ancylostoma species, and whipworms (Trichuris […]

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Fri, 06 Jan 2023 12:19:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Teaching Your Dog to Swim: How Swimming Can Benefit Your Dog With Summer in full force and many people still on holiday, there’s no better time to teach your dog to swim. Swimming can be an extremely beneficial activity for dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes. Not only is it a great form of exercise, but it can also help dogs develop important skills like balance, coordination, and strength.

Teaching your dog to swim can be an incredibly rewarding experience, as it can help them build a strong bond with you while providing them with many other health benefits. With some patience and dedication, you and your dog can enjoy the many rewards that come with swimming.

What are the benefits of teaching your dog to swim?

Swimming is one of the best ways to exercise your dog without putting too much strain on their joints. It helps them to build muscle and burn calories and is a great way to cool off on a hot summer’s day. On top of that, swimming can help improve your dog’s overall health, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase their longevity.

Swimming can also help boost your dog’s self-confidence, as it can be a very new and exciting experience for them. It’s a great way for you and your pup to spend time together during the hot summer months, and it can also be an effective training tool for teaching them other new skills.

Safety considerations for swimming with your dog

As with any new activity, there are certain safety considerations that you’ll want to keep in mind before getting your dog into the water. Dogs can be anxious or nervous about getting into the water for the first time and it may take them some time to work up the courage to get into the water, so be prepared to be patient and take things slowly.

Be mindful that not all dogs are natural swimmers and there are certain breeds that cannot swim at all. Dogs with large chests and small legs such as Bulldogs, or with short legs like Dachshunds, aren’t designed for swimming and may not stay afloat. If these breeds are around a swimming pool or any other body of water where there’s potential for them to venture into deeper water, it’s important to make sure they are always supervised and are wearing a life vest.

When swimming in public bodies of water with your dog, such as creeks, lakes or streams, there is a risk of your dog picking up an infection from drinking contaminated water, such as Giardia which can cause severe gastrointestinal disease. Read more about Giardia in dogs here.

Drinking from the ocean can also be dangerous for dogs as the salt water can cause diarrhea and vomiting, which can lead to dehydration. Call your dog out of the ocean if you notice them starting to drink the water, and give them some fresh water instead.

While swimming can be a great low-impact exercise for senior dogs, it can be strenuous for older dogs and they may tire easily, so be sure to watch for signs of overexertion.

How to introduce your dog to the water

For many dogs, their first experience with water can be a bit scary as it can be unfamiliar and cold, so it’s important to show patience as you introduce them to the water. Start by placing them in shallow water, such as a shallow pool or bathtub, and slowly encourage them to move forward. Keep the water at chest level or lower in the beginning. This will allow them to become comfortable with the water, and it can help minimise the risk of them going under or struggling. You can also incorporate treats or toys into their first swimming experience to make it more fun for them.

It might take a while before they get comfortable in and around the water, so be prepared to spend some time getting them used to it.

Once they start to get comfortable around the water, you can start introducing more structured swimming exercises. Start with simple exercises like getting your dog to paddle their front paws or lifting one of their back legs to help create a kicking motion.

Tips for teaching your dog to swim

Swimming should be an enjoyable experience for a dog so here are a few tips to ensure they get the best out of their time in the water:

  • Start teaching your dog to swim when they are a puppy – some say the younger the better because puppies are more adaptable.
  • If you can, swim alongside your dog as this will help them to feel safe and supported and ease any anxiety they may have.
  • Make sure your dog knows the way out of the water and always be there to help them out.
  • When your dog emerges from the water, give them lots of praise and pamper them with a towel-dry and a big hug!
  • Incorporate toys into your dog’s swimming routine to make the experience more fun and interactive. Life vests, boards, floaties and other aquatic accessories can be great additions to your dog’s swimming routine. They can also make swimming more challenging and rewarding as they get more confident in the water.
  • Use a life vest – if your dog isn’t too comfortable in the water in the beginning, a life vest can help keep them from struggling and going under.
  • Use a long lead when swimming with your dog at the beach or another public body of water. This will help you to maintain control when they are first learning to swim and allow them to get back to the shore more easily if they start to go too far out.
  • Always give your dog a rinse-off after a swim and then give them a bath when you get home so there are no bacteria or other nasties on their coat.
  • Seek professional help if required – if you’ve been working with your dog for a while and are still having trouble getting them comfortable in the water, it might be time to seek professional help. Professional dog trainers have experience working with a variety of different breeds, and they can offer helpful tips or techniques for teaching your dog how to swim.
  • If your dog has any injuries or you have any concerns with introducing your dog to the water, consult your veterinarian to ensure that it’s safe for them and that it won’t cause any damage to their joints or general health.

Swimming is a great exercise for dogs with many benefits to their health and wellbeing. Enjoy the process of teaching your dog to swim, but always do so with safety in mind to make it an enjoyable and fun experience for you both.

Thu, 05 Jan 2023 11:47:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Realities of a Small Local Business As many of you have probably seen from social media and the news, these last few years have been really tough on al UK small businesses, when opening your own local business was already tough enough!

Many sadly have had to close or start doing their service/products online and work from home instead as physical locations became too expensive to maintain.

Waggy Tales is no exception. We are a small, local, family business in South Northamptonshire and started completely from scratch and by ourselves. We opened just as Covid became known, we survived, just as we were getting busy global stability took a hit, prices for everything increased, we survived, we devised new fun ways to keep daycare different and fun to keep our bookings stable, but the economy is painfully slow to recover, we are still surviving.

While it is a miracle that from the staff dedication, and our wonderful dog owners still able to use us when they can, the company has continued the last two years. However, now, we need to start looking towards not just surviving but thriving.

We are aware that our company, like many others, is considered more of a luxury than a necessity (unlike vets, groomers and pet food companies would be), and completely understand this means often daycare is cut out often from household budgets as there are other options or dogs don't need daycare but usually just come for fun sessions. This is where it is key for us to have many dogs on our books so that while some take a break, other dogs are booking on these weeks/months helping us to reach our minimum target of dogs per day, so we are making enough to pay wages each month.

So, getting our name out as much as possible is just as important as booking daycare sessions, so any recommendations online, in person or to people you know all really help us. For a small local business to grow, it needs its community, its extended family, to help especially during tough times.

Just like us, so many other small businesses reply on their customers to keep them going and keep the loop intact, we help the public, they help us with their

custom, we can continue to keep being open to help the public. This is why small businesses get so excited over every single sale, client or customer because unlike big corporations where the individual gets lost, to us each person is a lifeline in the machine that keeps the whole business turning each year.

So, make sure you keep supporting your local businesses, small businesses and anyone who have helped you and your dogs because they need you just as much!

How you can help us (and these can be applied to other businesses too):

  • Keep using our services when you can - we love seeing your dog's come in and play with their friends they made at WT
  • When chatting to new people on dog walks, why not tell them all about WT and that your dog loves it with us
  • Know someone getting a puppy? Adopting a dog? or just a friend or family member that you think their dog would love daycare? Why not tell them all about WT and what we offer
  • Seen on Facebook there is an owner in a local dog group asking for walking, pet visits or help with socialising etc? Tag @waggytales in a comment so they can find us and see if daycare could help their dog
  • Loved one of our daily Facebook posts? Why not like the post, post us a comment or even share it?
  • If your dog in one of our Facebook or Instagram stories or posts? why not share it so other can see on your own Facebook profile? Or even share into local dog groups to share the fun your dog has with us and help others find us!
  • Love the idea of one of our special weeks but are unable to join us for that week? Why not share the info to your own Facebook or Instagram page to help get the word out
  • Friends with your local village pub or shop owners? Why not see if they would let you pop up a poster for us in their notice board for local people to see? We have posters available we can hand out to be put up!
  • Lastly, if every owner who has used us before and loved our services, please leave us a review on both Facebook recommendations, and on google business. This is where people look first to see if they want to enquire about daycare and the first impression really counts. Our reviews for a small business are absolutely vital for getting noticed and we have so many owners not yet shared their experience with us!

Our 2022 thank you's!

Firstly, a huge shoutout to every single person that has booked their dog in with us this year! We know how hard times still are at the moment and they keep looking like they are going to take longer than hoped to get better. We appreciate how the costs of everything has gone up and that we are all feeling the nasty squeeze still. But with every booking made, you are helping to pay each of our bills, rent, living costs and this means the absolute world to us to still have bookings to support us, despite the ongoing crisis.

When I say we wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you guys, we really wouldn't have survived without your continued support throughout the year.

Secondly, thank you to anyone who has supported us in other ways this year, liking/sharing Facebook or Instagram posts, following out page, telling people about our services, getting family or friends to join, recommending us on local pages/groups on Facebook for owners looking for care, using our new sitting service, or buying items from our little shop. Each of these things still has a massive impact for us, to be able to reach new people and gain more reach for owners to find us and use our services. This means we have new dogs join us each week, building up our client base and therefore ensuring we get towards our target of dogs per day to be able to continue running.

Thank you! x

Thu, 05 Jan 2023 09:31:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dress Up Your Pet Day – January 2023 Saturday, 14th January is National Dress Up Your Pet Day. As it falls on a weekend this year, to give those pups who are busy on weekends a chance to show off their best outfits, Paddington Pups will be holding a dress-up day on Friday, 13th January!

We absolutely love any opportunity to see your pups all dressed up so we will be offering a prize to the best-dressed pup as voted by the team!

Come and celebrate with us by showing off your pup in their favourite outfit – we can’t wait to see all the furry fashion come through our doors!

Thu, 05 Jan 2023 05:37:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Lucy’s Foster Pups! Meet our TWO new Foster Pups!! WE are super excited to introduce Nova and Zoe. We are fostering these fur babies through God’s Dogs Rescue. If you are interested in meeting one of these precious girls, please visit God’s Dogs Rescue. Nova is sure to light up your life with her shining spirit of joy! […]

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Tue, 03 Jan 2023 21:56:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Canine Influenza Awareness Veterinarians in Waco say a handful of dogs in Central Texas have tested positive for the virus, and suspect a small outbreak in the region may be possible. We found a super helpful article from The Texas Standard. Keep reading for tips on what to look out for and how to treat your pup if […]

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Tue, 03 Jan 2023 01:21:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Life with Your New Christmas Pet There’s nothing more exciting than getting or giving a new pet for Christmas. Memories are made starting with the big surprise — that moment when a playful little bundle of joy bounces into your life. Your new arrival is sure to bring years of love and companionship to your household, but a new pet is also a big commitment.

After the wrapping paper stops flying and the last of the eggnog is gone, you may be ready for a little help starting off on the right paw. If your new family member is a puppy or younger dog, a lot of future problems can be avoided by establishing good habits early on.

Socialization should start as soon as your pup is old enough to be fully vaccinated. For a fun and safe place to socialize with other dogs, check out our doggy daycare program. It’s a great way to teach good manners and healthy play habits around other dogs, where your new fur baby will be under the experienced supervision of our staff and surrounded by dogs who have passed our behavior evaluations and vaccination requirements.

However, socialization is more than just learning to get along with other dogs. The idea also includes setting up opportunities for positive encounters with different kinds of people and places, sights and sounds. Look for parks, retailers, outdoor restaurants and busy streets that you can visit together. In order to keep your dog from being overwhelmed with new experiences, start with shorter time frames and don’t be afraid to remove your dog from a new situation if he or she starts to show signs of stress.

Once the holiday chaos dies down, you may notice your pup exhibiting some common behavior problems such as chewing, barking, leash pulling or difficulties with house training. Finding a puppy class for younger dogs or basic manners class for older dogs is a great way to correct these types of issues before they get out of hand. Our expert trainers offer a variety of classes to choose from, and they are happy to tailor some one-on-one instruction time with you and your dog to address any specific behavioral issues that you may be dealing with.

We hope you and your household are having a wonderful time and adjusting well to life with your new Christmas pet. As you work on getting some good socialization and training underway, be sure to call us today to book your dog training and doggy daycare programs. All of us here at Bark! look forward to providing all of your furry family members with the best of care in the new year.


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Mon, 02 Jan 2023 15:56:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
5 New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners Sun, 01 Jan 2023 05:42:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier The Best Reptiles For Pets: What You Should Know Reptiles can make the best kind of pets for a wide range of owners. Are you a novice at owning and handling reptiles? Do you have the money to spend to keep your reptile comfortable? When it comes to choosing the right reptile for a prospective owner, a lot comes down to the individual's experience, budget, and lifestyle.  

Here is what you should know before you bring home popular reptiles as pets:

Corn Snakes

Corn snakes are gentle and tolerant of being handled by their humans. They are non-venomous and live primarily on a diet of mice. The ideal corn snake habitat contains branches — Corn snakes love to climb — and it should be a secure enclosure. Corn snakes are clever and can escape with ease.  

Corn snakes can live 20+ years and usually reach a length of around five feet. Corn snakes are often recommended to novice reptile keepers and handlers.   

Bearded Dragons

Some other beginner-friendly reptiles include bearded dragons. 'Beardies' are social and typically live to be about ten years of age. These reptiles eat vegetables and bugs. Beardies are gentle and docile, so they are a good choice for homes with children or for novice reptile keepers.  

Beardies don't have expensive veterinary needs, usually, and they only bite when frightened or under threat. Bearded dragons are easy reptiles to maintain, but they do require quite a bit of space to thrive.  

Box Turtles

The eastern box turtle is another example of a great pet. This species of turtle remains small, growing up to about six inches long. These turtles eat bugs and veggies, and they are fun to watch with their unique ability to retract their entire body into their beautiful shells. You will find wild box turtles in wooded areas during warm weather.   

Thinking about adopting box turtles? Here are a few things that you should know first:  

  • Don't house more than four box turtles together in the same habitat, and make sure that there are not more females than males or you risk aggressive behavior.  

  • Turtles are known to carry salmonella, so always wash your hands well after tending to or handling your turtle. Keep their enclosure clean and deter your pets from crawling around on common surfaces, like your kitchen table or the bed.  

  • Make sure your turtles are not crowded, as they can pass bacterial infections around in tight quarters or small habitats.  

  • Box turtles require specialized equipment to thrive, which can be expensive.  

  • Box turtles require a lot of care and attention, which is one reason why they are not the best choice for the novice.  

  • Always check your local and state laws before adopting reptiles to determine what and how many you are permitted to keep.  

Some of the most popular reptiles include corn snakes, bearded dragons, and box turtles — but consider your own circumstances to the best pets for your lifestyle. From the newbie-friendly corn snake to the more expensive box turtle, reptiles make fascinating, engaging, and cool pets! Contact a local reptile shop to learn more.

Fri, 30 Dec 2022 15:21:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Caring for your dog's coat over Winter Does your dog have a snazzy Christmas Outfit or wear a harness out walking?

While dressing up your pawesome pooch is absolutely fine (and let's be honest, necessary to match the family's Christmas jumpers!) you must make sure that once you take off their outfit, you take the time to brush out their coat. This is the same for doggies that wear a harness out on their winter walkies.

These types of tighter fitting apparel can move the coat around a lot as your dog moves and causes the hair to begin matting. So best practise is once you pop off the outfit or harness, just using your slicker brush (if you don't have one, we sell them on our website or in the salon for an early Christmas gift!). Just brush out those areas most affected each time you take the item off, under the armpits, chest neck and face. This will prevent mats for longer while you are in between grooms and will mean your dog will be able to keep their hair longer through the winter and no shave downs, especially in these high-risk areas.

Does your dog shed so much your hoover sighs?

If you have a dog that sheds all the time even through Winter, you will want to help their coat throughout the Winter months between their grooms. If left on longer or double coated dogs, this can become impacted and cause great discomfort to your dog as they can no longer regulate their body temperature and could overheat or not be able to warm up. For both long, double coated or short flat coated shedders, leaving the hair over winter can cause skin issues, itchiness and irritations as the skin and dead hair isn't removed, can get trapped, trap dirt and dander, causing uncomfortable, sensitive skin.

So what can you do? At least a few times a week make sure you're brushing your dog all over, paying particular attention to the harder to reach areas where trouble can really build; armpits, groin, around the butt. For the longer double coated breeds (such as GSD, Malamute, Corgi, Newfoundland) you want to use a slicker brush with long pins and/or a metal comb to remove undercoat and release dead hair and skin cells.

For shorter flatter coats you want to use a rubber curry comb which glides over the coat taking out the dead hairs and letting air get to the skin. We sell both brush types online or in the salon.

What to do going forward

While enjoying the winter festivities and fun and doing your own extra care at home of your dog's coat with brushing and looking after their paws with paw balm (made by and also sold by us!), it's important to look ahead. While the salon is currently fully booked until the new year, it's important not to wait until the new year, then book your space! As waiting will mean others book in first and instead of being available in January, you'll instead be looking at February, and so on. So, before you get swept up in the Christmas festivities and fun with family & friends head over and book your dog's New Year groom in now, while you are thinking about it and before the spaces are booked in advance by other owners!

Don't forget to make sure you are also following us on Facebook and Instagram, as any last-minute cancellations are advertised here and get snapped up fast! But there could be some pop up before the end of the year, so book your New Year groom now, and if your dog needs it sooner, then jump onto one of our posts if a closer booking becomes available, that way you definitely have an appointment either way.

Even more to come from Ruff to Puff Grooming Salon!!

We have a special new add-on that we are very excited to be introducing in the New Year! A Spa special - skin & hair nourishing, mud! Thats right! Mud! We have been testing it on a few of our dog's and a few of their different coat types and we LOVE this product! So, keep your eyes peeled for more information on this new treatment on our socials! And don't worry, if you book your dog's groom in advance for Jan/Feb, and you see the products release online, just send us a message and we can add it on for you!

Merry Christmas to you all! See you in 2023! x

Thu, 29 Dec 2022 23:35:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
It's Christmas!! Our look into Christmas and festive fun, while making sure your dogs are totally happy to being joining in with all the festivities you have planned!

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!!!

Thu, 29 Dec 2022 23:35:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
5 Great Dog Walks – South Norwich Here are our top five south Norwich dog walks. Poringland Woods, The Roman Ruins at Caistor St Edmund, Dunston Common, Marston Marshes and Lady Belt Country Park. Caistor Roman Town (Venta Icenorum) and High Ash Farm (Caistor St Edmonds) Caistor St Edmund, Norwich, NR14 8QN This large expanse of picturesque open space is only three miles from Norwich. A large free car park is on site with two dog...


Thu, 29 Dec 2022 23:07:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Keep Your Dog Safe at the Pool

When the weather starts to warm up, many paw parents bring their pets to the swimming pool without realizing the possible dangers. Here’s how to keep your dog safe while at the pool.

There are also those who start daydreaming about spending their time lazing by the pool, lounging at the beach, and getting out on the water for a relaxing afternoon of angling with their canine companion.

It may sound like the perfect scenario, but dogs and water don’t always get along so swimmingly. There is no official data to back this up, but it’s estimated that over 5,000 domesticated dogs die in their owners’ swimming pools annually. 

That does not take into account any mishaps that may take place on waterways such as lakes, streams, and the open ocean involving boaters who own dogs. 

Don’t take risks. If you’re not too confident of your dog’s safety, take your pet to a dog daycare in Middlesex County.

How to Keep Your Dog Safe While at the Pool

These are the most common swimming pool dangers which you need to be aware of and tips on how to prevent each one: 

Drowning Accidents

The sad reality is that a dog has a high risk of drowning in any backyard pool. Even if a dog is an experienced swimmer, it is still possible for it to drown since its natural impulse is to swim to the side of the pool, but once it is there, it is unable to work out how to exit the water. 

Even though it is required by law in some states that outdoor pools should be surrounded by a fence, there are a few more things that pet owners may take to help prevent accidents like this one:

  • You should never make the assumption that canines “know instinctively” how to swim. Invest some time and effort into teaching your pet how to swim as well as how to exit the pool in a secure manner, whether it chooses to utilize the steps or a pet-friendly ramp. In the event that you welcome guests into your pool and they’re with their dogs, it is essential that you instruct the dogs on how to leave the pool safely. 
  • Invest in a life jacket for dogs that is sized appropriately for your pet. You should also consider purchasing a life jacket for your dog that has a grab handle in case you end up having to pull it out of the water in an emergency. 
  • Buy a pool alarm with a motion detector installed in it. In addition to protecting household pets, the pool alarm is an absolute necessity in households that contain young children. 
  • Consider investing in an automated pool cover so that you can quickly and easily cover the pool even if you are called inside unexpectedly while your dogs are playing outside.

Water Intoxication

Dogs can become sick with water intoxication if they drink an excessive amount of water, which causes the sodium levels within their bodies to become excessively diluted. 

Even while this occurs very seldom, it is still possible for it to be fatal if treatment is delayed for too long. If your pet swallows a significant amount of water from a saltwater pool, it runs the additional risk of becoming severely ill from salt poisoning. 

The following are the most effective steps you can take to stop your pet from ingesting pool water:

  • Outside of the swimming area, fill the water dish you give to your pet with clean water. 
  • If you find that your pet is drinking excessive amounts of water or urinating excessively, it is time to remove your dog from the water and give it a break.

Swimming-Related Illnesses

Even though we adore them, it’s no secret that our dogs aren’t exactly the cleanest creatures. In addition to hair, dander, grime, feces, and pollen, the water in your pool will also contain other contaminants. 

Because everything that is on your dog has the potential to make other people in the pool sick, this piece of advice is more directed toward human beings. 

For instance, if your dog has feces stuck to its rear end, this material could get up in the water. If a person were to ingest the water, it’s possible to contract E. coli. 

That is something that obviously no one would want, thus the best strategies to avoid having a dirty pool are to: 

  • Ensure that your pool is properly maintained and that the pH levels are adjusted appropriately. Bear in mind that bacteria that came from your dog could potentially throw off this equilibrium. 
  • After each and every use, you should manually clean your pool.

The Dog Retreat: The Top Dog Daycare Middlesex County

It is crucial to understand how to keep your dog safe while at the pool and understand your dog’s capabilities before enabling it to swim because not all canines are born with the ability to swim naturally. 

Even if you are confident that your dog can swim well, you should never allow it to swim in an area where it is unaccompanied. NEVER leave a dog unsupervised. 

Why not take your dog to a dog daycare such as The Dog Retreat? It’s where you can let it have fun socializing with other dogs while being closely monitored by professionals.

Contact us today to learn more!

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Thu, 29 Dec 2022 22:21:08 -0800 Dog-Fancier
XMAS ORNAMENTS We miss doing Santa Paws, but we make more money each year doing these cute, memorable ornaments. Thank you all who donated for two causes we love to support each year!
We raised a total of $620!!

Thank you thank you!!

Thu, 29 Dec 2022 20:28:07 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why Dog Daycare is the Best Option for Your Dog this Winter Season Winter is often a tough season for dogs. No longer can your pup spend endless hours outside chasing butterflies and discovering interesting smells in the tall grasses. Instead, you are likely spending increasing hours hibernating at home with your dog snoozing at your feet. It’s an appealing idea and one that is cozy enough for a “howliday” card, but your dog might be yearning for something a bit more exciting. This is especially true for younger and more active dogs, which might be chomping at the bit to get out there and get busy! The best dog daycare in Northern Virginia can fill the gap for your dog this winter season.

Surviving Winter with Dogs

We all know a Husky, German Shepherd Dog, or Newfoundland that simply adores cold weather. These dogs have thick coats and wooly undercoats designed to keep them toasty and warm in chilly weather, and some, like the Newfoundland, have large paws designed to help them stay strong and stable in icy conditions.

However, not all dogs enjoy the ice and snow. Sleek Greyhounds, squat bulldogs, and little Pomeranians might protest loudly, planting all paws firmly on the floor when it’s time for their walks. Forget the dog coat and booties: These pups are simply not going to take one step further until the sun has warmed things up again!

What is a responsible owner to do? You could shovel your entire yard or a ring around the property so your pup has a snow-free space to go, or you could visit us at Playful Pack. Our dog daycare facilities have warm, dry indoor play facilities where your dogs can play safely all day long without the need for a doggy coat or boots.

Doggy Daycare for All Seasons

When your dog visits us, they’ll get plenty of exciting interactions with not just other people but also other dogs, developing healthy socialization skills that can boost their confidence. They’ll engage in fun activities that change throughout the month, including bubble parties, snuffle mats, tunnels of fun, disco parties, and PACK-uccino treats, and we include seasonal activities, too, to keep things fresh and exciting.

Our indoor facilities are packed with fun things for your pup, including thoughtfully designed canine play equipment. We clean the equipment with pet-safe disinfectant, and our facilities feature top-quality air filtration to ensure your furry friend’s health and welfare throughout their visit with us.

We separate our PACK-mates according to size and temperament. At your dog’s first visit with us, we’ll complete a temperament test to ensure they are placed with the right group, and then they are welcome to stay for a free day of daycare to enjoy some healthy, fun interactions with their new PACKmates! You will be able to monitor your furry family member’s visit with us thanks to our webcam feature. Any time your dog stays at Playful Pack, you can check in via webcam. We’ll also provide regular progress reports and updates so that you’ll know all the latest news and updates as Playful Pack becomes your pup’s favorite home-away-from-home.

We have six dog daycare facilities, including facilities in Fairfax Station, Va., McLean, Va., Alexandria, Va., Arlington, Va., Leesburg, Va., and Annapolis, Md., with a new location in Rockville, Md., coming soon. Each offers a cage-free, open atmosphere for 13 hours a day and 7 days a week. Whether your dog wants to play with their pack or relax on a cozy couch, we’ll keep a spot open for them!

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Thu, 29 Dec 2022 19:14:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Prepare Your Dog for Overnight Boarding If you’re like most people who own dogs, the thought of taking a trip without your four-legged friend can be a little nerve-wracking. You might be concerned about how they will react when placed in a new environment, or whether they’ll be lonely or scared.

The good news is that there are things you can do to prepare them for an overnight dog boarding service or dog hotel.

Take Your Dog for a VisitSmall white dog mid air running on green grass

Take your furry friend a few days before the ‘official stay’ to familiarize them with their new surroundings and help reduce their stress.

In addition, dogs sniff where scents assemble and disperse. They do this to get the lay of the land, which is fundamental to their well-being, without the presence of their guardian.

Update Vaccinations

There is some risk of contracting viruses from other animals when housed in any facility with other pets, so it is crucial to avoid this. Some viruses, such as canine distemper, are known to spread primarily in dog daycares or kennels.

All boarding or day care facilities require your canine to be up-to-date on vaccinations before their stay. If your dog is not up-to-date with vaccinations, you will most likely be unable to access these services.

Take Your Dog’s Bed

When dogs are afraid, they sometimes run to their bed and stay there until they feel at ease again. By taking your dog’s bed to overnight dog boarding with them, they have a place to feel comfortable that is also familiar to them.

The boarding service will undoubtedly have a comfortable bed for your canine. However, its bed will be far more familiar and have a positive effect

Take Your Dog’s Toys

Besides the bed, you should take some of your dog’s personal belongings, such as balls, toys, and anything else they might play with. Having their favorite toy or stuffed animal companion with them will reduce their potential anxiety.

Avoid Unnecessary Stress

Unfortunately, some dogs may see nights out as a strange event. Getting your dog used to sleeping outside of its familiar environment is also a process of adaptation. So, consider puppy adaptation if you frequently plan trips or vacations. Do not create too much pressure, because this will generate stress in your dog, and consequently put its psychological and physical well-being at risk. Train your pup, teach basic commands, and socialize it with other animals. These techniques ensure that the dog is not caught unawares in an environment he will deem hostile.

Always Choose Expert Overnight Dog BoardingBorder collie put his head on the sofa and looking in the camera

Finally, ensure that the pet boarding service is adequate, safe, and has everything needed for your pet’s boarding stay.

Check out some requirements before making your selection, such as:

  • References from friends and other pet owners.
  • Activities like daycare, group play, grooming
  • Overnight dog boarding rates

And, of course, always visit the facilities prior to scheduling any overnight dog boarding.

Find Overnight Boarding Near You at Paws Play CLE

Our staff at Paws Play CLE are knowledgeable about dog care and will take all reasonable measures to ensure your pet is content, secure, and at ease during their stay. Our staff and facility create a safe, comfortable, and fun environment for your dog that makes it easy for them to ease into. With the added convenience of our downtown location, you can stop by anytime for a visit!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or worries.

Thu, 29 Dec 2022 18:28:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
WE HATE GOODBYES In February 2020, we published a blog post titled “,OWNING THIS BUSINESS SUCKS (sometimes)”. It was about when we lose dogs. Whether they move on from Good Dog to another daycare, move to another area, or pass away, it’s never easy for us to say goodbye to a dog.

It may be hard to believe, but this is also true when it comes to the time that we have to ask a dog not to return to Good Dog. This is always a last resort and we don’t take the decision lightly. Dogs are asked not to return for a few reasons, but the main two are aggressive behavior and disruptive behavior.


Even when a dog passes a temp test and a trial day, there is still a chance that they may not work well with our pack. They can show signs of aggression that can lead to dog fights and injuries and it is important that we eliminate this risk to ensure the safety of all dogs and humans.


A dog that is disruptive to the environment can create issues that not only make the setting uncomfortable but in some cases, dangerous. This can range from a dog that can jump our fences, open our gates, or one that barks incessantly. Some of these typical behaviors aren’t often an issue at home, but in a pack setting, they are problematic.

A dog that can jump fences creates a safety issue for themself as well as others (this is behavior other dogs may learn if it’s not addressed). A dog that can open gates and/or doors poses a security risk. While we have layers of gates and doors between our play areas and the street, it’s crucial that only humans operate them. And, finally, a dog that barks incessantly causes stress not only to the humans but also to the dogs around them. This stress can turn into aggression and could result in dog fights and injuries.

While the majority of dogs that pass their temp test and trial day go on to have a long, happy relationship with Good Dog, some may not work out for the long haul. Dog behaviors can change over time and even though they may still be well-behaved at home, their behavior may change in daycare, boarding, and pack settings. When this happens, we may have to ask that the dog not return to Good Dog. As noted, this is never easy.

While we will always maintain the belief that all dogs are good dogs, we wouldn’t be honest if we didn’t admit that some dogs just don’t do well in a daycare setting. It’s also worth noting that sometimes a change in environment may work for a dog experiencing issues at Good Dog - when possible, we’ll always provide a referral to another facility whether it’s a daycare, a trainer or training facility, or just a suggestion that one-on-one care may work best.

PLEASE NOTE: We’ve opted to use all stock images for this post so as not to incriminate any dogs associated with Good Dog.

Sun, 18 Dec 2022 22:03:41 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why rest is so important for dogs Dog’s lives can be just as busy as ours. An active social life and daily work on their physical wellbeing are important but what about their emotional wellbeing? What are rest days for dogs? A rest day for a dog as it is for a human and means minimal interaction with the outside world, people, other dogs and high energy situations. It is a day to take things easy- a dog needs chill out time too!


Sat, 17 Dec 2022 10:31:54 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Find the Right Dog Groomer When it comes to your pup’s well-being, giving them the proper care with the right professionals can make all the difference in your dog’s health and happiness. That’s why finding the right dog groomer and overnight dog boarding for your furry friend shouldn’t be taken lightly. 

But falling into the right “paws” can be harder than it seems. There are hundreds of grooming options available, and knowing which is best for your unconditional friend can be challenging.

Next time you’re searching online for a dog groomer or any other dog service, here are some tips to help you find the right one. 

Ask a Dog Owner

This may be the easiest and most effective way to find the best professionals. No one is more interested in finding the right dog groomer than an experienced pet owner. They have gone through the same process, and regardless of whether they have the same breed of dog that you have, you can be sure that they have searched for the best professional. 

You can always ask a friend with dogs or look for opinions online. On Female dog groomer dries little dog with a pink towel, you can check hundreds of reviews and ratings and determine if the facility offers other services, such as daycare or overnight dog boarding.

Check Out the Place

After listening to all the recommendations, it’s time to inspect the place like a true Sherlock Holmes. You’ll want to pay attention to the place’s cleanliness, whether there are cameras or the option to stay and watch. Consider how the professionals present themselves and, most importantly, whether the pups seem happy in the facility. 

Look for Experience and Certifications

When you check out the place, be sure to ask about the experience and qualifications of those who work there. The last thing you want is to end up with someone who thinks that grooming your dog is just trimming the fur. An experienced groomer will be able to tell you everything you need to know and will understand the different needs of each doggie.

Evaluate Their Interest

The next thing to keep in mind when selecting a dog groomer, daycare, or overnight boarding service, is to see how interested they are in your dog. A true professional will take the time to get to know your doggie and ask questions about its age, medical history, and behavior. One more thing to take into account is if they ask you to fill out an application, this helps them to be selective and avoid bringing in any dog that might harm yours. 

What do They Offer

Knowing about their services is a great way to choose the right dog groomer. Professionals will always have the proper equipment and offer bathing, teeth brushing, ear cleaning, and more. Also, checking to see if they have other services, such as special events, veterinary, and overnight dog boarding will help you realize how committed they are to your and other pets. 

Check Out the Values

Being professional and experienced is important, but this means nothing if there is no real passion and love for your puppy. Make sure the values of the groomer and pet care professionals match what you are looking for.

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Things like grooming and overnight dog boarding can make some dogs more nervous than others, but there is a difference between being a little bit nervous and being scared. Dogs are susceptible creatures; it’s easy to notice when they feel happy, safe, and comfortable with someone and in a place.

Paws Play CLE is the Dog Groomer You can Trust

When finding the right dog groomer, it is critical that in addition to having all the knowledge and experience, they are able to understand that your dog is part of your family. At Paws Play CLE, our love for our doggy family, integrity, and excellence make us one of the best daycare, overnight dog boarding, and grooming facilities in Cleveland. Schedule your appointment today and become part of the family.

Mon, 12 Dec 2022 21:28:28 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How To Survive Christmas With A Puppy The first Christmas with a young dog can feel daunting and stressful but with a little preparation you can sail on up to Christmas feeling cool and confident that you are ready to enjoy the festivities and not derail your puppy’s training. Long Journey? Pack towels in case your puppy gets car sick, take breaks for water and wees and a stretch of the legs. If you think they are likely to be sick or...


Sat, 10 Dec 2022 16:37:47 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Photos with Santa Paws! Tell your furry elves they have plans! SANTA PAWS is coming to Lucy’s!???? ✨This event is open to the public and will be held in the upper park at Lucy’s Doggy Daycare and Spa 1604 location on December 18th ONLY. ✨This event is separate from all daycare and boarding services. ✨Proof of vaccinations not required […]

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Wed, 07 Dec 2022 02:22:55 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Tugga That Toy!

Toys are a vital tool in positive reinforcement dog training.

They are not just a positive way to reward your dog, but it’s fun, too!  Using play as a reward is often more bonding for most dogs than simply giving them some treats.

First, you will need to pinpoint what type of toy your dog enjoys.

There are many different types of toys to choose from.  For example, your dog may prefer tug toys over a tennis ball, or vice versa.  Also, for puppies who are teething or older dogs who do not have the same desire for toys as when they were young, many toys can hold treats to make the toy more exciting.

Be sure to choose a toy that excites them to give them the biggest reward.  Don’t be afraid to switch things up and try different types of toys if your dog loses interest!  Once you have established what kind of toy your dog finds the most fun, you’re ready!

Using toys and play as a reward has many benefits.

One of the benefits of using toys as a reward is that it will help build a high training drive.  Dog breeds like Australian Shepherds and Border Collies tend to have a naturally high training drive.  Using toys and play as a reward for dogs with a naturally lower training drive can significantly increase their motivation to train!

Toys are essential because they raise your dog’s energy level, resembling real-life distractions.

When you use toys as a positive reward, your dog’s satisfaction level can increase during training sessions.  As a result, they will be calmer and more restful.

Keep in mind that you may get in fewer repetitions when using toys for a reward as the dog may fatigue or lose interest—plan for this in your training sessions.

When using a toy as a reward, only use the toy for behaviors that are already on cue.  It can be challenging to shape new behaviors with a toy if you do not have a tug or fetch release pattern developed yet.

When you start using toys as a reward, their behaviors may break down a bit due to the excitement.  However, you will be able to build your behaviors back to fluency with practice.

It is important to keep your training toys out of sight after training.  By doing this, you will help to keep up their excitement for their training toy.

To keep their training toys exciting, keep them out of sight and in a separate toy bin when your training session is done.





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Tue, 06 Dec 2022 02:27:11 -0800 Dog-Fancier
6 Gift ideas for Norwich dog parents With Christmas approaching, we have compiled a list of gift ideas to spoil your dog with so you don’t have to. All of these gift ideas can be found in and around Norwich to save you any hassle.


Tue, 06 Dec 2022 02:20:25 -0800 Dog-Fancier
2023 Price Increase To our lovely customers,

Due to the increase in taxes, payroll and utilities, we are forced to raise our prices. We are very sad it has to come to this and we hope you all understand.

Full Day Rate $37 (6 hours or more)

1/2 Day Rate $25 (6 hours or less)

1/2 Day Multi Dog $45

Full Day Multi Dog $60

5 Full Day Package $185

10 Full Day Package $370 (saving $20)

20 Full Day Package $740 (saving $40)

30 Full Day Package $1050 (saving $60)

10 1/2 Day Package $250 (saving $20)

Tue, 06 Dec 2022 01:42:07 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Christmas Donations ]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2022 01:42:07 -0800 Dog-Fancier 10 Fun Things to Do with Your Dog During the Holiday Season The festive season is upon us and the summer holidays are the perfect time to have some fun in the sun and spend quality time with family, friends and of course your fur babies.

Many dogs look forward to celebrating Christmas and the holidays with their owners and the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the season are all exciting for dogs. However, it can also be challenging for them when we’re so preoccupied with activities, shopping and visiting friends and family. If you want to make sure that your pup has a happy and stress-free holiday season, try including them in your activities as much as possible while simultaneously keeping their physical and mental health in mind at all times.

Here are 10 fun things you can do with your dog during the holiday season:

  • Take your dog to see the Christmas lights – Take your dog for a walk around your neighbourhood to admire the Christmas lights – a fun activity for the whole family while giving your dog (and you) some exercise!
  • Go to a dog-friendly Christmas market – there will be plenty of Christmas cheer at the many Christmas markets that will be taking place around Brisbane in December, many of which are dog friendly. Twilight Christmas Market at Portside Wharf and the Southbank Christmas Markets are great places to wander around and do some Christmas shopping with your pup.
  • Watch a Christmas film with your dog – chilling out on the couch with your furry friend watching your favourite Christmas film is a great way to spend quality time together over the holidays. If you’d prefer to get out of the house, catch a movie at the Moonlight Cinema at Roma St Parklands – it’s dog friendly and you can even make a booking for their own bean bag and order dog-friendly movie snacks!
  • Have a festive photo shoot – dress your dog up in a cute festive outfit or hat and take some snaps or videos of your precious pooch! Hopefully they will enjoy the attention and you’ll end up with some adorable pics! Your pup can also get a photo with Santa at Paddington Pups from now until the 23rd December.
  • Bake some dog-friendly festive treats – many festive foods can be surprisingly toxic to dogs so why not bake them their own special dog-friendly treats they can enjoy while you and your family are tucking into your Christmas dinner.
  • Take your dog to the beach – there are many dog-friendly beaches within an easy drive from Brisbane that make for a great day out with your pup. The beach is a wonderful place to let your dog run around and then cool off with a paddle in the ocean on a hot summer’s day.
  • Take your dog to a cafe – during your holiday break, why not enjoy your morning coffee with your pup at a local café? There are plenty of dog friendly cafes in Brisbane CBD and the surrounding suburbs that welcome dogs, many even have puppuccinos on the menu so they can enjoy a tasty beverage along with you!
  • Go on a walk with your dog – enjoy some fresh air and sunshine with your pooch by taking them on a walk or a hike. Explore some of Brisbane’s beautiful parks and green spaces or take them on a city walk. Places like Southbank and New Farm Park are wonderful places to soak up the atmosphere of the season.
  • Have a picnic – a picnic or barbeque in the park or even in your garden is a fun way to spend an afternoon with your family and your dog. Be sure to pack them some dog friendly treats so they don’t feel left out of all the yumminess.
  • Plan a trip to the dog groomer – Summer is the perfect time to get your dog groomed and make sure they are looking their best for all the Christmas and New Year festivities. Giving your dog a haircut, brush, bath, nail trim (or all of the above!) is a great way to ensure they stay cool and comfortable during the heat of the summer and keeps their skin healthy and coat shiny. If you want to treat your dog before Christmas, book them in for a groom at Paddington Pups – click here to book online.

The best gift you can give your dog this Christmas is some extra love and attention during the holiday season. Be sure to include them in all your holiday activities so they can share in the all the fun!

Tue, 06 Dec 2022 01:07:33 -0800 Dog-Fancier
I Wish I Had Known…Dogs can eat summer fruits! ???? Did you know that it’s safe for dogs to eat summer fruits?


In the heat of the summer, there’s nothing more refreshing than eating a bowl full of delicious summer fruits, and it’s great to know your dog can enjoy them with you!

Summer fruits are nutritious and hydrating and dogs can absorb and digest some of the nutrients from summer fruits, providing them with some great health benefits. As with anything though, it’s important to only feed your dog fruit in moderation. Fruits have a high sugar content and can sometimes cause an upset stomach, and there are some fruits that should be avoided altogether because they can be toxic to dogs, so it’s important to do your research first.

Some of the fruits that are safe to give your dog include:

  • Apples – apples are a great source of vitamins A and C as well as fibre – just be sure to remove the seeds before you feed to your dog.
  • Oranges – oranges can make a deliciously juicy snack full of vitamin C which helps to boost their immune system – again, be sure to remove the seeds and of course the rind.
  • Pears – pears contain plenty of nutrients and vitamins and are great to feed to your dog in small chunks minus the core and seeds.
  • Watermelon – watermelon is rich in vitamins and the sweet, juicy pink fruit will help keep your dog hydrated in the heat of the summer. Cut into chunks and remove all of the seeds.
  • Pineapple – packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and iron, pineapple chunks can make for a tasty treat for your dog. Make sure all the spiky exterior is removed first.
  • Blueberries – full of antioxidants, blueberries can be given as a healthy alternative when rewarding them for good behaviour or when training.

So, the next time you tuck into your fruit salad, try feeding some small amounts of these fruits to your dog and see which ones they enjoy the most!

Tue, 06 Dec 2022 01:07:29 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dog of the Month, December – Fenton There is nothing quite as sweet as being serenaded as soon as this gorgeous boy walks through the door, and we are happy to confirm that Fenton has one of the most beautiful singing voices around.

He can be seen suffering from “resting dog face” from time to time, especially when someone tries to share his bed! We can’t get enough of his facial expressions as it absolutely cracks us up. His huge personality often has us wondering if he is actually a little human stuck inside a Cavalier.

Staff are known to sneak into the small dog section just to get their fill of cuddles with this certified original good boy.

From all of the team at Paddington Pups, we adore you Fenton.

Tue, 06 Dec 2022 01:07:26 -0800 Dog-Fancier
I BELIEVE IN SANTA! Yesterday was a special day at Good Dog. Our friend Santa rolled into the shop for a visit with our dogs. It may have been a typical blustery December afternoon in West Seattle, but it was a fun-filled afternoon of cute dogs and Santa snuggles. Brace yourself for this extreme level of cute as you view this year’s photos…

Happy Holidays and Merry Everything to all of you from all of us at Good Dog!

Tue, 06 Dec 2022 00:11:25 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Paddington Pups are Award Winners!! Abundance Global Black Tie Gala Awards Night

We are thrilled to announce that Paddington Pups were nominated as a finalist for two awards and the winner of one award at the Abundance Global Black Tie Gala Awards Night on 24th of November 2022.

It’s an honour to be nominated and also to win one of these awards through Abundance Global, who are one of Australia’s premier business coaching, education and mentoring companies for small and medium businesses and entrepreneurs.

These awards have been created to fully acknowledge and celebrate outstanding performance and results, commitment, personal/business turnaround, and true entrepreneurial spirit.

Paddington Pups is honoured to be recognised in the following categories:

  • Winner of the Skye Hackett Lion Heart Award – awarded to our Top Dog Bree Robbins for commitment and tenacity, really stepping up and being brave and fearless.
  • Finalist in the Team Member of the Year Award – Our amazing senior manager Danielle Papasidero was recognised as a team member stepping up and leading the team, giving more scale and leverage in the business.

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 22:48:55 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Paddington Pups Gift Cards – the perfect Christmas gift for loved ones (and their pup!) Stuck on what to get a loved one for Christmas?

We have E-gift cards available for purchase on our website! These cards can of course be used for daycare, but they can also be used for hydrobaths, nail clipping, treats, dog food, dog toys and more!

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Thu, 01 Dec 2022 22:48:51 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dog First Aid Course The Paddington Pups team recently completed a dog first aid course through Positive Response Dog Training where we all brushed up on skills needed to be able to successfully and professionally tend to the pups in our care should they need it.

This included learning how to do general check-overs, the steps to efficiently identify the causes of any out-of-character behaviours, as well as how to treat injuries or sicknesses until they can be seen by a vet.

Completing courses such as first aid on a yearly basis ensures that our team is well-equipped to provide the highest level of care for each and every pup that comes through our doors!

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 22:48:46 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Going away for the Holidays and Can’t take your dog? Playful Pack is here! Dogs are important members of our families, and many of us enjoy taking them with us wherever we go. Unfortunately, our pups cannot always tag along for every adventure, particularly when travel is involved. If you are traveling for the holidays and are unable to take your furry family member along, Playful Pack is always happy to be their home away from home.

Playful Pack Dog Boarding

You might be traveling somewhere that simply isn’t dog-friendly, or your best friend might not be a good traveler. At Playful Pack, it doesn’t matter. We have alternatives that keep pups happy, healthy, and safe while their people are away. Our facilities are cage-free for your dog’s happiness and mental well-being. Each pup has their own sleeping space in one of our canine condos, and you can bring along their favorite bedding, toys, or other comfort items to keep them company while you are away.

We carefully monitor your dog’s behavior, weight, eating habits, and more, and we document any changes and report irregularities to you immediately. If your pup has special needs, we are happy to accommodate them and will administer oral medications at no extra charge.

At Playful Pack, your pup is in great hands!

Playful Pack Dog Daycare

Many boarding facilities keep their dogs in separate kennels for the duration of their stays. At Playful Pack, we are more than just dog boarding. We also have doggy “play care.” Each day, your dog will join our doggy daycare dogs to play with our dog-adoring staff and PackMates. They will have ample opportunities to exercise, socialize, and engage in mental stimulation.

Our PackMates are separated into packs based on their size, energy levels, and temperaments for safety and maximum fun. Each group of dogs has plenty of time to play on our specially canine-developed equipment, which is designed to keep dogs moving and having fun. We have various activities scheduled all week long, and your dog might get to chase bacon bubbles, wind through mazes, explore a snuffle mat, or enjoy a frozen Kong. There’s so much to do here, and our staff is available on-site 24/7/365.

We use pet-safe disinfectants to clean our boarding and dog daycare facilities and have top-quality air filtration for a fresh, healthy environment. Dog bath is also available to keep your pup fresh and clean, too!

Planning Your Vacation

Proper planning is essential when it comes to preparing your dog for their little getaway. We welcome all dog guardians to visit any of our six playful pack locations for a behind-the-scenes tour. Your dog can complete their temperament test and stay for a free day of daycare while you can check out our facilities and learn more about your dog’s upcoming stay-cation experience.

Feel free to write notes about your dog’s preferences or quirks so our staff can better understand how to meet their needs. On the day of your departure, you might also want to bring along a few comfort items, such as a special blanket or even an old well-worn tee shirt that smells like you. A dog bed can also be a good option.

When it’s time to say goodbye, try to keep it short and sweet! We know how hard it is to leave your furry friend behind, but prolonged farewells can trigger anxiety and fear in your dog. Remember, your pup will be in great hands, and you’ll receive regular report cards and have webcam access that allows you to peek in whenever the mood strikes. You might just discover your dog is having the time of their life playing with PackMates and our dog-loving team!

We have multiple locations in Northern Virginia for your convenience, including our newest locations in Leesburg, Alexandria, and Arlington. Come visit us today to learn more about our dog boarding for the holidays or to complete your pup’s temperament test.

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Thu, 01 Dec 2022 10:08:07 -0800 Dog-Fancier
3 Takeaways from Our Webinar with PACCC 3 Takeaways from Our Webinar with PACCC

Gingr CEO Michelle Ober joined Joe Zuccarello, president of the Paragon Pet School for Grooming, and the Professional Animal Care Certification Council (PACCC) on the webinar “The Future of Pet Grooming” to discuss the importance of managing a pet grooming business efficiently and effectively. 

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 14:01:30 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Get Ready for the Howl&idays Get Ready for the Holidays

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Brrr! It's cold outside! Light a fire, grab that hot cocoa and read on for how to get the most out of Gingr this holiday season. We have all our top tips and tricks to get your pet-care business through the busiest time of the year.

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 14:01:30 -0800 Dog-Fancier
5 Gingr Features to Streamline Your Pet Grooming Business 5 Gingr Features to Streamline Your Pet Grooming Business
From preparing for a holiday rush to streamlining your day-to-day management, Gingr's features can make a big difference for your pet-care business. Gingr offers a wide range of features to maximize your revenue (and time), including:
Tue, 29 Nov 2022 14:01:29 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Tips For Combatting The Muddy Months Now that the evenings are drawing in, and the inevitable British winter is upon us, we thought you could use some helpful tips and tricks to try and keep your pup (and house!) as clean as possible. Before your walk: Adapt your route Just because the weather is wetter and muddier now, doesn’t mean you need to shorten or forget a walk completely. It might be easier to opt for more city walks...


Sat, 26 Nov 2022 09:59:54 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What to Expect When From Overnight Dog Boarding Overnight dog boarding can be a daunting experience, especially if it’s your first time. You want to make sure that your furry friend is in good hands and will be well taken care of while you’re away. Here’s what you can expect when you board your dog at an overnight facility.

Your Dog will be in Good Hands

When you drop off your dog for overnight dog boarding, one of the facility’s experienced and friendly staff members will get to know you and your pet. They will ask about any special instructions or needs that your dog may have so that they can make their stay with us as comfortable as possible. They will also take a moment to answer any questions that you may have about their boarding process or policies.

Your Dog will be in a Safe and Secure Environment

The overnight dog boarding facility will understand that your dog is a member of your family, and they will treat them as such. Their facility will be clean, spacious, and secure, and their staff will be trained to provide the best possible care for your pet. You can rest assured knowing that your dog will be safe and sound while they’re in overnight dog boarding care.

Your Dog will Have Plenty of Space

dog playing on obstacle course at overnight dog boarding facilityExercise is important for all dogs, regardless of age or size. That’s why most boarding facilities have plenty of indoor and outdoor space for your dog to run, play, and explore while they’re staying. They will also have a variety of toys and activities available to keep them entertained during their stay.

Food and Water will be Provided

It’s well known that some dogs can be picky eaters, which is why many facilities offer a variety of food options for their boarding guests. They also often have a self-serve water station available so that your dog can stay hydrated throughout their stay. If your dog has any specific dietary needs, you should let the boarding facility know in advance so that they can accommodate them.

Your Dog will Receive any Necessary Medications 

If your dog requires medication, rest assured knowing that the experienced staff will administer it as directed. They also work with you to create a feeding schedule that accommodates your pet’s medication schedule so that they don’t miss a dose.

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Dogs are social creatures, which is why it’s important for them to receive plenty of love and attention while they’re away from home. Dog boarding facility staff are more than happy to provide belly rubs, ear scratches, and lots of cuddles to all of the boarding guests. They will also make sure to keep you updated on how your dog is doing during their stay via text or email so that you can rest easy knowing that they’re in good hands.

Paws Play CLE

Looking for a safe and secure place for your dog to stay overnight? Look no further than Paws Play CLE! Our experienced and friendly staff will take good care of your furry friend while you’re away, and we offer a variety of food and water options to accommodate any dietary needs. We also have plenty of space for your dog to run and play, and we provide regular updates on how they’re doing via text or email. Contact us today to learn more about our overnight dog boarding services!

Wed, 23 Nov 2022 11:50:17 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Keep up with flea and tick preventatives! Just because winter’s here – it doesn’t mean that fleas and ticks disappear. Especially with the fluctuating weather temperatures.

There are tons of options out there! Discuss with your vet which option best suits your pup.

For more helpful information – here’s an article!

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Tue, 22 Nov 2022 12:48:48 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Daycare CLOSED November 24 + 25 ]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2022 07:40:52 -0800 Dog-Fancier Safety Guidelines for Dogs: How to Prevent Swimming Pool Dangers When the weather starts to warm up, many paw parents bring their pets to a dog daycare in Middlesex County. 

There are also those who start daydreaming about spending their time lazing by the pool, lounging at the beach, and getting out on the water for a relaxing afternoon of angling with their canine companion.

It may sound like the perfect scenario, but dogs and water don’t always get along so swimmingly. There is no official data to back this up, but it’s estimated that over 5,000 domesticated dogs die in their owners’ swimming pools annually. 

That does not take into account any mishaps that may take place on waterways such as lakes, streams, and the open ocean involving boaters who own dogs. 

Don’t take risks. If you’re not too confident of your dog’s safety, take your pet to a dog daycare in Middlesex County.

Common Dangers to Avoid When Taking Your Dog Swimming

These are the most common swimming pool dangers which you need to be aware of and tips on how to prevent each one: 

Drowning Accidents

The sad reality is that a dog has a high risk of drowning in any backyard pool. Even if a dog is an experienced swimmer, it is still possible for it to drown since its natural impulse is to swim to the side of the pool, but once it is there, it is unable to work out how to exit the water. 

Even though it is required by law in some states that outdoor pools should be surrounded by a fence, there are a few more things that pet owners may take to help prevent accidents like this one:

  • You should never make the assumption that canines “know instinctively” how to swim. Invest some time and effort into teaching your pet how to swim as well as how to exit the pool in a secure manner, whether it chooses to utilize the steps or a pet-friendly ramp. In the event that you welcome guests into your pool and they’re with their dogs, it is essential that you instruct the dogs on how to leave the pool safely. 
  • Invest in a life jacket for dogs that is sized appropriately for your pet. You should also consider purchasing a life jacket for your dog that has a grab handle in case you end up having to pull it out of the water in an emergency. 
  • Buy a pool alarm with a motion detector installed in it. In addition to protecting household pets, the pool alarm is an absolute necessity in households that contain young children. 
  • Consider investing in an automated pool cover so that you can quickly and easily cover the pool even if you are called inside unexpectedly while your dogs are playing outside.

Water Intoxication

Dogs can become sick with water intoxication if they drink an excessive amount of water, which causes the sodium levels within their bodies to become excessively diluted. 

Even while this occurs very seldom, it is still possible for it to be fatal if treatment is delayed for too long. If your pet swallows a significant amount of water from a saltwater pool, it runs the additional risk of becoming severely ill from salt poisoning. 

The following are the most effective steps you can take to stop your pet from ingesting pool water:

  • Outside of the swimming area, fill the water dish you give to your pet with clean water. 
  • If you find that your pet is drinking excessive amounts of water or urinating excessively, it is time to remove your dog from the water and give it a break.

Swimming-Related Illnesses

Even though we adore them, it’s no secret that our dogs aren’t exactly the cleanest creatures. In addition to hair, dander, grime, feces, and pollen, the water in your pool will also contain other contaminants. 

Because everything that is on your dog has the potential to make other people in the pool sick, this piece of advice is more directed toward human beings. 

For instance, if your dog has feces stuck to its rear end, this material could get up in the water. If a person were to ingest the water, it’s possible to contract E. coli. 

That is something that obviously no one would want, thus the best strategies to avoid having a dirty pool are to: 

  • Ensure that your pool is properly maintained and that the pH levels are adjusted appropriately. Bear in mind that bacteria that came from your dog could potentially throw off this equilibrium. 
  • After each and every use, you should manually clean your pool.

The Dog Retreat: The Top Dog Daycare Middlesex County

It is crucial to understand a dog’s capabilities before enabling it to swim because not all canines are born with the ability to swim naturally. 

Even if you are confident that your dog can swim well, you should never allow it to swim in an area where it is unaccompanied. NEVER leave a dog unsupervised. 

Why not take your dog to a dog daycare such as The Dog Retreat? It’s where you can let it have fun socializing with other dogs while being closely monitored by professionals.

Contact us today to learn more!

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Sun, 20 Nov 2022 08:37:30 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Thanksgiving Recipes For Your Dog I am always on the lookout for new yummy recipes to make treats for the dogs. Thanksgiving makes me think of pumpkins, sweet potatoes, oats, turkey and other delicious ingredients which are all dog friendly! I have trawled the internet so you don’t have to and these are my favourite recipes featuring thanksgiving favourites: Turkey and veggie dog food Thanksgiving Dog Biscuits From Queen Bee...


Sat, 19 Nov 2022 09:56:42 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Daycare CLOSED Veterans Day 11/11/22 Fri, 18 Nov 2022 21:37:25 -0800 Dog-Fancier Daycare closed Columbus Day! 10/10/22 Fri, 18 Nov 2022 21:37:25 -0800 Dog-Fancier What is Included in Full Service Grooming? When you entrust your furry friend to a professional groomer, you want to be sure that they are in good hands. Regular grooming is important to keeping your furry family members healthy and happy. Not only does it keep your pup looking and smelling their best, but it also helps to reduce shedding, prevent mats and tangles, and can even help you spot health issues early on. While you could opt to do all the grooming yourself at home, many pet parents choose to take their furry friend to a professional dog groomer for a full service grooming. A professional dog groomer understands how important your pet is to you. That’s why many dog groomers offer full service grooming for all of their clients, no matter what breed of dog they have. But what exactly is included in a full service grooming? Keep reading to find out.

Services Provided by Dog Groomersdog groomer washing welsh corgi dog  with shampoo.  Dog taking a bubble bath in grooming salon.

Any reputable groomer knows that every dog deserves the royal treatment! A full service grooming typically includes everything that your dog needs to look and feel their best. This usually includes a bath with high-quality shampoo and conditioner, a blow dry, nail trimming, ear cleaning, and a brush out. Depending on the groomer and the type of coat your dog has, a full service grooming may also include a haircut. Many dog groomers will also include a scarf or bandana, and a spritz of doggy cologne or perfume to put the finishing touch on your pooch.


The cost of a full service grooming will vary depending on the groomer, the size of your dog, the length and thickness of their coat, and whether or not your pup needs a haircut. That being said, most full service grooming cost between $50 and $150. However, prices may vary depending on the type and condition of your dog’s coat, as well as any additional services that you request. For example, if your dog has a particularly matted coat, you may be charged an additional fee for de-matting. 

What to Expect

When you bring your dog in for a full service grooming appointment, the first thing your dog groomer will do is check in with you to get some basic information about your pet. They should ask about their name, age, breed, and any special instructions that you may have for your pup. Then, an experienced groomer will take your pup into the back to get started on their transformation! 

The first thing the groomer will do is assess your pup’s coat. They will then discuss with you what type of cut or style you would like for your dog. Once that is decided, they will get started on the bathing process. 

After the bath, your dog will be blown dry (this is important to avoid mats and tangles) and then brushed out. Next, the groomer will trim your pup’s nails and clean their ears. Finally, if you decide to have your dog’s hair cut, the groomer will do that last. 

The entire process usually takes between 1-2 hours, depending on the size and breed of your dog. It can be tough to be away from your furry friend for that long, any quality dog groomer will take excellent care of them and return them to you happy and refreshed!

Paws Play CLEClose up of adorable fluffy dog getting its fur cut by professional dog groomer

Paws Play CLE offers a full range of dog grooming services to keep your furry friend looking and feeling their best. From a thorough bath and brush to a tailored haircut or de-shedding treatment, our experienced groomers will take care of your pup like royalty. Schedule an appointment today and give your furry friend the VIP treatment they deserve.

Fri, 18 Nov 2022 21:05:25 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dog of the Month, November – Max Max the Cocker Spaniel has certainly stolen the hearts of the Paddington Pups Team and become such an important part of the family.

When he enters the door we all race to the gate to say hi and bring him in. He has even learnt how to use his wicked charm and gorgeous little droopy eyes to work his way around the system and never fails to make us laugh with that goofy personality.

He’s always ready for cuddles and a good tickle on his belly!

We love you lots Max!

Fri, 18 Nov 2022 00:42:18 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Comment on Thornit& miracle in a bottle! by Robbie In reply to Nicole.

Yes we can ship to Melbourne!

Mon, 14 Nov 2022 18:05:26 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Comment on Thornit& miracle in a bottle! by Lynette Walker In reply to Doghouse Daycare.

Do you still sell thornit ear powder for dogs and what sizes do you sell it and how much

Mon, 14 Nov 2022 18:05:15 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Does Your Pup Seem Sick? Has your dog been vomiting, having diarrhea at home or showing signs of unusual fatigue? If your pup is displaying signs of being unwell that are out of character or cannot be explained, please keep them at home to rest, or take them for a visit at your local vet. Bringing in a sick pup to daycare will result in a call for them to be picked up for the health of the other pups as well as their own.

Conditions such as gastro can be highly contagious and can spread to other dogs quickly, so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms and keep your dog at home until they are fully recovered.

At Paddington Pups we pride ourselves on being a safe, fun and social environment for your dog where they come in happy and healthy and leave the same way. For us to be able to achieve this environment, we must adhere to strict rules around health and hygiene. In a facility such as ours, we simply can’t risk having an illness come in that could potentially spread to the other dogs.

We love and care for each and every pup that comes through our doors and it is both our duty as well as our pleasure to look after them. In cases where a pup is sick, the best care we can offer is sending them home to rest so that they can come back healthy and full of energy for their next visit!

Mon, 14 Nov 2022 17:12:44 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Truth About Bones: The Benefits and Risks of Feeding Them to Your Dog Dogs have an innate urge to chew things, and one of their favourite things to chew is bones.

Bones are an excellent source of important nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. They’re also a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate, which can be beneficial for dogs with joint issues. But many people are wary of feeding their dog bones for fear that they may splinter and cause digestive issues or even lead to choking. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of feeding your dog bones, as well as some bone-friendly alternatives.

What are the benefits of feeding your dog bones?

There are many benefits to feeding your dog bones – it satisfies their urge to chew, provides mental stimulation, relieves boredom and makes them happy.

Bones are a natural source of protein, minerals and nutrients that make great contributions to a healthy, well-rounded diet. Bones are also an excellent source of dietary calcium and phosphorus, which are key nutrients for growing puppies. If you’re feeding your dog meat bones, they’re also an excellent source of glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate, which are important for maintaining joint health.

Bones are a great source of dietary fibre, which can help support healthy digestion and may reduce the risk of certain types of cancers.

As well as being healthy to eat, many dogs enjoy gnawing on bones, which can help with dental hygiene and keeps your dog’s teeth clean and gums healthy. While it doesn’t replace regular visits to the vet for dental cleaning, adding raw, fresh bones to your dog’s diet can reduce the incidence of canine tooth disease.

Are there any risks associated with feeding your dog bones?

The answer to this question is yes. It’s important to be aware of the risks associated with feeding your dog bones, as they can be dangerous and cause injury and harm if they are not fed safely or correctly.

Although bones are a healthy part of a dog’s diet, they must be given in moderation and certain types are not safe to feed to dogs. Before you feed your dog any bones, it’s important to identify the best type, as some may be too brittle, too hard or too large to digest safely. When your dog eats a bone, it’s broken down in stages as it travels through their digestive tract. While this may seem like an inefficient way to digest bones, it’s actually very important, as it allows their body to extract all of the nutrients from the bone.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they give bones to their dogs is that they cook them. Cooked bones of any kind are dangerous because they can break into shards, which can cut into your dog’s mouth as well as cause internal injury to their digestive tract.

Ham and other salty meats are very dangerous to pets, so avoid giving your dog leftover meat or bones from the cooked meat. High in fat and salt content, these meats can cause serious stomach ache or pancreatitis.

Small bones such as chicken bones can also be dangerous. If your dog tries to swallow small bones, and they get stuck in their throat, they can have the bone stuck between their molars in the roof of their mouth.

Chewing on bones can also cause damage or fracture dog’s teeth. These fractures can be quite painful and often mean the tooth needs to be extracted.

What are the best types of bones for dogs?

Chewing bones can be safe, but can cause problems for your dog if your bone of choice is poor.

Most raw bones that have not been cooked are edible for your dog. Raw beef, chicken, lamb or turkey bones are soft enough to chew and digest.

Dogs with sensitive stomach, pancreas or weight problems should not be fed bones with excessive fat or bone marrow, as it adds too much fat to their diets.

Larger dogs should be given large bones that allow your dog to chew more reduce the likelihood that they will break off and swallow dangerous chunks. If your dog starts to break off large pieces of bone or becomes too small to chew, take the bone and replace it with lots of pats and cuddles (their mouths and stomachs will thank you later).    

For smaller dogs, it’s ok to give them large bones such as a sheep or cow femur bone – they may have a bit of trouble getting their mouth around them, but it will keep them occupied for a while!

Alternatives to feeding your dog raw meat and bones

If you’re wary of giving your dog bones, there are plenty of non-boned treats and chews that are both healthy and delicious.

Dental sticks and bone-shaped chew toys are a safe alternative, as are jerky treats which are a great source of protein and are excellent for rewarding your dog while they’re training. They’re also a good source of B vitamins, which are important for maintaining a healthy metabolism. Just make sure to choose the lower-sugar versions.

At Paddington Pups, we stock a selection of chewy alternatives if you decide against raw bones for your pup! These alternatives are a great way to satisfy your dog’s natural urge to chew without the risks that can be associated with feeding your dog bones.

Bones can be fed as part of a healthy diet for your dog, but you must do so safely and be aware of the risks to ensure the wellbeing of your dog. If you’re feeding your dog bones, make sure to choose the best type and monitor your dog’s digestion to look for signs of discomfort. Talk to your vet if you have any concerns or to seek advice to help you decide if the benefits of giving your dog bones to chew outweigh the risks.



Sun, 13 Nov 2022 22:21:22 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Setting Your Dog Up For Success to Attend Daycare

Setting your dog up for success to attend daycare is important!

Dog Daycare provides your dog with enrichment, socialization, and an outlet for their energy.

However, it can sometimes be overwhelming if the dog does not take the necessary steps beforehand.  The goal is to have your daycare facility be a place where your dog feels safe and happy being at. That is why preparing your dog before going into daycare is essential.

We often have clients who come in for their Meet and Greet and have waited too long to get their dog started at our facility.  If you need daycare or boarding, preparing ahead of time will help ease the stress for you and your dog.

Puppies should start being introduced to the daycare facility as soon as they are ready for vaccines.

Although, introducing your puppy to the daycare facility does not mean they have to start daycare immediately!  A great place to start is to attend a couple of group puppy classesPuppy Classes will help boost their confidence and begin socialization with other puppies of the same age.  Completing your First Day Free after participating in Puppy Class will help your dog transition into a happy and playful pup in daycare.

If your dog is an older rescue, starting with a group obedience class is also great.

Beginning with a group obedience class will help them be familiar with the facility and control themselves better while other dogs are around.

If your dog is nervous or anxious, a Puppy Raising Program will benefit a dog no matter their age.  During their training, the trainer would work on building their confidence and get them acclimated to being in the playgroup.

Another way to ensure your dog is prepared for daycare is to practice their handling skills.

If you have a puppy, start getting them used to handling as soon as you can.  It is crucial that your dog is comfortable with being handled by both their owner and other people.  While your dog is in daycare, daycare staff need to be able to put a name tag on them and leash them up when needed.

Getting your dog used to everyday things in different environments will help transition those activities to daycare.

Doing things like taking treats, eating meals, or playing with toys are all things your dog will do while at daycare.  Practicing these activities in new places will help make doing these things at daycare more comfortable.

Taking your dog on fun field trips in the car to do those activities is a bonus!  That way, they have positive experiences in the car.  They also know that they are on their way to go somewhere fun and get treats!

Making sure your dog has positive experiences with other people outside the home and without their owners will help it ease into daycare.

Most of the time, owners only socialize their dogs while they are with them.  When that is the case, it can be hard to transition to socializing without their owners.

One way to help your dog to learn to socialize away from you is to have sleepovers at a friend or family member’s home!  Even if the dog has visited that home, exploring without their owner will be an all-new experience.

All of these different activities and paths will help set your dog up for success to go to a daycare facility. Plus, it’s lots of fun for you and your dog along the way!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:10:00 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Have a Successful Puppy Play Date!

Puppy play dates can be one of the most fun things to do as a dog parent!

These play dates allow your puppy to have fun, burn energy, and gain necessary social skills.  However, setting up a successful puppy play date with your dog’s new best friend will take some planning.

Choosing a puppy playmate that will be well suited for your puppy, especially for their first play date, is a must!

Finding a puppy who is around the same size and temperament would be ideal.  For example, if you know your puppy loves to run and chase, try finding a puppy who also loves to run and chase!

Also, if you are unsure about your puppy’s play style, finding a puppy about the same age is always a good place to start because they can learn together!

Now, to find the right play date environment!  It is best to schedule your puppy’s play date in a neutral place, like a park or a fully fenced area.

That way, the puppies can play without having the added factor or potential stress of having a new friend in their safe space.  Having their play date in a neutral environment can also remove any potential guarding issues that your puppy may show.

Once you have found the perfect meeting place, you will need to ensure that you have the supplies and equipment needed to set up the space.

For example, to set each puppy up for success, we recommend setting up an xpen so that each dog can greet each other at the fence and then retreat away from the other puppy if they are overwhelmed.

Make sure you bring treats!  Rewarding your puppy when they have positive interactions with the other puppy will help them feel more confident.  With treats present, you can also reward your puppy for other behaviors, like responding to their name or coming when called!  Continue to use treats to reward your puppy throughout the play date.

Once your puppies have interacted through the xpen and seem comfortable, you can open up the xpen and let them interact in the same space.

It is important to let your puppies go at their own pace; you should not force the interaction.  Some puppies take a little longer to come out of their shell than others!

Once the puppies are comfortable, they will run and play in no time!

Watch the video below to see the progression of Tart the Aussie and Breaker the Keeshond’s play date!

Remember to keep your puppy play dates short and sweet!  When puppies get too tired, they can become cranky and have less tolerance for their new playmate.

After puppy play dates, you would move on to the next step in puppy socialization, Puppy Classes!

Puppy class is a great way to socialize your pup with a small group of dogs.  They also learn self-control by learning to focus on you during training while other dogs are present.

In this video, you will see sweet little Tart meet two new puppy pals during Puppy Class!

Watching your puppy learn how to socialize with other dogs is rewarding, but most importantly, remember to have fun! They grow up before you know it!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:09:58 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dog Breed Spotlight: The Havanese!

Havanese are intelligent, funny, social, and outgoing dogs!

In our daycare environment, you would most likely see our Havenese cuddled up in the staff's arms, chasing after a ball, or wrestling with their best friend!  Because Havanese tend to be so social and sweet, we often recruit them to help out new Waggers during Meet & Greet appointments!

We love our Havenese so much that we also built our Tiny Town, just for small dogs.

Although they are a newly recognized breed, they are ranked #25 in popularity according to the AKC!

These dogs generally weigh between 8 - 13 pounds and have a life expectancy of 14 - 16 years!



Havanese are named after their place of origin, Havana, Cuba, and are part of the Bichon family.  Although the AKC did not officially recognize their breed until 1996, they are believed to have been around since the 1600s!  They were once known as the Havana Silk Dog or the Spanish Silk Poodle.

Throughout history, royals and aristocrats have owned small lap dogs as companions.  The Havanese was the dog of choice for many of Cuba's wealthy households.

In 1959, when Cuba's revolution began, many Cubans fled their country to come to America.  However, they did not leave their precious Havanese behind when they fled!  Although the breed numbers did go down once Cubans fled their country, American fans of the breed helped to create the Havanese we all love today!

Ernest Hemingway and Charles Dickes have famously owned Havanese in history!


Havanese are excellent family dogs!  They are affectionate, good with children and other dogs, and intelligent!  They love to play and seem to have endless energy when you want to play.  However, when you're ready to be a couch potato, so are they!

Having a routine for your dog is always good, but a Havanese would be happy to go with the flow!  They want to be involved with whatever you are doing.  Because of their adaptable nature, Havanese would also make an excellent dog for someone living in a big (or not so big) city.

Havanese love to train!  They do best using positive reinforcement training due to their willingness to work and sweet nature.  It is also important to socialize this breed to curb any signs of separation anxiety.


These dogs do require to be brushed regularly and will need to be professionally groomed often.  They have a naturally long, silky coat that will get tangled and matted if not properly taken care of.  You will see Havanese with all sorts of different coat lengths!  Some owners prefer to keep their coats short, while others let it grow long.

They also need their eyes wiped often to prevent tear stains.

Havanese require moderate exercise.  They are happy with a daily walk, playing in the yard, or having a short spurt of zoomies around the house!  They are just delighted to be with you!

This breed is generally healthy overall.  However, they can be predisposed to eye disorders, heart murmurs, and patellar luxation.  Therefore, when looking to add a Havanese to your family, it is crucial to research potential breeders that test and screen for genetic health problems.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:09:55 -0800 Dog-Fancier
De&sheds; What's the hype around this treatment? Everyone has heard of the term shedding when it comes to animals from bunnies up to horses alike. Fewer people have heard of deshedding, and how this can not only help your dogs but also help your vacuum and even alleviate some allergies.

So what does deshedding involve in the groomers?

We firstly give a good onceover with our deshedding brushes and combs to get a good amount of the hair out and start airing the coat where the dead hair has now gone.

Next your pooch will enjoy a wash with our fantastic smelling shampoo, and a brush with a special rubber brush that removes dead hairs with ease.

After a rinse your dog will enjoy a light massage while we work conditioner into the coat to get the hair nice and soft and nourish the skin now the dead hair & dander (dead skin!) has been removed.

Then it's time for blast drier number 1! This dryer rather like your hairdryer at home pushes out air to dry the coat, but its a much higher velocity to really get right down to the skin. This is first done still in the bath as the water is literally blasted out of the coat, starting the drying process but also removing more dead hair as the coat dries.

We then move over to our grooming table for the second blast dry. This one also uses high velocity air to get deep into the coat but is warm air like your hair drier at home (not so hot though!). This type of drier really gets down to the skin to make sure the coat fully dries; ever noticed after your towel dry your dog they still have that wet doggy smell? That is because the coat wasn't dried to skin level and was still moist! So we again blast the hair but this time until the dog is dry. and this gets even MORE hair out! By now the grooming salon looks like a yeti exploded, but your dog is now feeling cooler, lighter, more comfortable and fresh, just like us after a good hair restyle ready for the Summer!

What Breeds can Benefit from a de-shedding grooming treatment?

Most breeds can benefit from a deshed, from shorter coats like Labradors, Frenchie's and Vizslas up to our hairier pooches like Corgis, Retrievers, Leonbergers. Only the more curly coated breeds would we advise a different type of groom such as poodles and poodle crosses, as these breeds shed their hair very differently and it grows at a much faster rate. We are looking into a new de-shedding grooming product, dog spa mud, which helps get even more hair out, nourishes the skin and leaves the hair so so soft! We are trailing it in the Salon and will share soon if this might become a new salon option, so keep a look out on our socials!

We have a number of grooming tools to help with coat care on our brand new Etsy selling page which you can find on the "shop! area of this website! The grooming products listed are all tried and recommended by us, so you can get everything you need for grooming upkeep at home!

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:09:53 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Summer Lovin' & how to care for dogs in extreme heat It's that time of year when the sun is out and it's getting pretty hot outside, so what do we do to help or daycare dogs when they come in to play on hot days?


We regularly check the temperature both outdoors and on the astro areas to ensure we don't get any burnt toe-beans. If the astro areas get too hot in the sun we either close the most exposed section off until cooled, or we set up our sprinklers to instantly cool the astro down. Plus our dogs love diving in and out of the sprinklers!

We have either parasols set up to add more shade or our square gazebo with open sides to add shade but allow maximum air flow.

We have a big marquee that's up all year round over half of our astro turfed area for constant protection from all weathers. In Summer, the sides are off to allow air flow, and it provides instant cool relief compared to being out in the sun.

Dogs are encouraged into the shade by placing duvets and beds in these areas so they are naturally drawn there to rest. Staff also watch each dog to make sure no dog spends too long in the sun, especially as some of our dogs in particular are sun-babies, so they need extra encouragement to cool off.


There are 3+ water bowls stationed at each section of the centre including in the building. These are refreshed every few hours to keep them fresh but also ensure they don't get to warm in the heat. They are placed in shaded areas to keep the water cooler, but also allow dogs to lay near the water supply without being forced to go into the sun if they wish to avoid exposure.

The indoor area has windows and doors open to allow air flow, and we carefully use fans to bring the cool air in and expel the hot air out.

Cool mats are used in our shaded areas to allow dogs to chose to cool themselves if they feel their body temperature is getting to hot. Often owners are surprised their dogs will use cool mats at the centre but not at home! We place these both on the floor in shade, and on our indoor/outdoor sofas so dogs can choose to use them in an area they feel most comfortable using.

Some owners have cooling vests for their dogs which they bring to the centre for their dog to use while with us on hot days. These work by being dunked into water and they create a cool layer on the dogs fur which lasts an hour or so at a time, and we refresh these for them.

Staff closely monitor our dogs in super hot conditions to make sure they show no signs of discomfort or issues that could cause them to become unwell. If we feel any individuals need to go home for safety we will contact owners immediately.

Remember to stay vigilant of your dog, especially the very young, older dogs, dogs prone to respiratory issues and overweight dogs as they are most at risk, missing a few walks wont be an issue for your dog, but the effects from heatstroke will be. Consult your vet if you are ever worried about your pet.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:09:53 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Pawdicures & Let's Talk Toes! We all know that it's good to keep on top of our dogs claws right from when you

have a new pup with those needle claws all the way up to our oldies that can wear them down as naturally anymore, but what is nail and foot care really all about?

It’s so important to get young dogs or puppies used to having their feet touched and picked up for nail trims and even treatments at the vets. This can be practised everyday at home with treats to reward behaviour as well as in a salon environment with our puppy package. It’s really important to introduce the process slowly, and use lots of tasty treats.

So what is the actual anatomy behind those claws that like to dig up your garden?

You have two main elements that make up your dogs claws, the nail itself made of Keratin just like ours, and the Kwik, which is the blood supply to the nail. These can be trimmed every few weeks at home, ensuring you don't cut to close to the Kwik as this is painful and will cause bleeding. Or at the salon you can pre book nail appointments with us using or online system, or you can send us a message and we can see if there is space available that week.

If your dog has particularly long nails or fast growing like puppies do, then more regular trims will be needed where only small amounts will be taken off each time, causing the Kwik to slowly recede back, until the nails are at a healthy length. In both instances you will also find walking on pavements useful to keep the nails shorter and to round the freshly cut nails off, or your can use a nail file if your dog allows for the same effect.

Another method of keeping nail length down is to train your dog to accept a dremel tool, basically and electric nail file. This will need introducing very slowly with lots of treats over a period of weeks as it does make noise and your dog needs to be happy with their nail going into the groove where the rotating sanding end is. We offer dremling as a service at the salon if your dogs prefer it to cutting with clippers, or you want that polished look after cutting them first.

It's not just about the claws! What about those beautiful toe-beans?! Your dogs paw pads are sensitive and used a big portion of their day on a wide variety of surfaces and weather conditions. Just like we enjoy a good foot soak or foot rub, our dogs enjoy a nice helping of paw balm massaged into those lovely pads.

Our Paw (and nose) balm is handmade by us with no nasties, just natural ingredients making your dogs dry, cracked, or tired paws soft and protected, if you love it as much as we do you can even buy it in the salon or on our website shop!

Get your dogs paw care booked with us today! Either pop to the grooming section of our website and book your own appointment slot where the next ones are available, or send a Facebook message or email to:

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:09:53 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Trick or treat dog safety Can dogs go trick-or-treating? Will they enjoy walking around your neighbourhood with everyone wearing scary costumes? Or would they rather stay at home patiently hoping some treats might fall on the floor for them? It all depends on the dog- If your pet likes small children, is confident in crowds, and is trained to walk on a loose lead, a trick-or-treating walk will be enjoyable for the whole...


Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:07:58 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Fireworks safety for dogs Before firework season starts: Forward planning before firework season starts is essential. The first thing you can do is provide your dog with a safe place- whether this is a crate, bed, or even a quiet corner is a room somewhere. It’s best not to disturb your dog when they are in this area, so they know its their own little haven. It will help to train your dog to associate this quiet area with...


Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:07:57 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Walking Your Dog In The Dark On October 31st, daylight savings comes to an end, which means your dog’s evening walk will be in the dark. Walking in the dark can sometimes be nerve-wracking for a dog, as there can be lots of new unknown sights and smells. Young dogs may have never walked in the dark so might need some time to get used to it. Never force your dog to go out, as this will make their anxiety worse. If you have a...


Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:07:55 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Raise a Puppy During COVID Quarantine With many people working from home due to COVID-19, some have decided to fight loneliness by getting a pet. Across the country, animal shelters are confirming that they’re seeing a record number of adoptions. If you’ve gotten yourself a pandemic puppy, here’s what you need to know about raising a dog during COVID.

Your COVID Puppy Needs Socialization

Staying at home to avoid COVID is great for a new puppy. It’s great because you can give your friend a lot of time and attention. However, new dog owners must figure out ways to socialize and train their pet without access to group classes.

Along with this, the need to work from home won’t last forever. This means that you’ll have to deal with a lonely pet in the future. A lonely COVID puppy may exhibit behavior problems. Taking your friend to the Wags Club, dog daycare in Los Angeles, can help you avoid these issues.

Why Early Socialization is Important

Young dogs and cats experience a behavior stage known as the critical socialization period. For cats, this period is from birth to 12 weeks. With dogs, it happens from birth to 16 weeks. If an animal doesn’t receive the proper socialization, then he or she could become fearful or overly shy.

Even during these COVID times, you can do a lot to prepare your pet for the outside world. Keep in mind that puppies and kittens younger than 16 weeks do not have all of their vaccines. Because of this, you’ll need to socialize with care.

Classes designed to socialize animals feature safety precautions to keep them safe. If you decide to socialize your pet at home, be sure to do the same. Consider signing up for virtual classes in Los Angeles to help guide you through the socialization process.

Handling Separation Anxiety

A critical part of raising your pandemic puppy is to teach him or her that it’s okay to be alone. This one is tough because you’ll have to ignore your pet, but it will help prevent separation anxiety. Setting aside a small bit of time to ignore your pandemic puppy is as important as giving your pet attention.

Separation anxiety is a condition that’s stressful and dangerous. When your pet experiences it, he or she may destroy items in your home. It can even cause accidental self-harm. To prevent the condition, give your new COVID puppy time alone while you’re there. The Wags Club can help you with your puppy in Los Angeles.

Preparing for Pandemic Puppy Ownership

While animal shelters are reporting an increase in adoptions, they are also confirming more animals being turned over to them. These animals often have behavioral issues.

If you adopt a dog and realize later that you’re not ready, then it’s not fair to keep him or her. At the end of the day, you’ll want your COVID puppy to have his or her best life. However, you may just need a break. In this case, the best dog daycare in Los Angeles can help.

Getting Your Dog Ethically

Once you’ve made the decision to expand your family with a pandemic puppy, be sure to get one ethically. Rescue shelters or responsible breeders are the best way to get your dog. After bringing your new furry family member home, be sure to socialize him or her properly. The Wags Club is open, and we’ll help you socialize your puppy safely. Contact us for a consultation today.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:06:55 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Socialiizng Your Pup: What You Need to Know Dogs contribute a lot of joy to our lives. But when your pet doesn’t do well around other dogs or people, it’s time to consider socializing your dog. When a dog has been socialized, it will be able to go places and meet new people with ease. Not only will your dog be more relaxed, but owners will be, too. Let’s look at a few reasons why socializing a dog will benefit both you and your canine companion.

What is Socializing?

First, let’s define what socializing is – and isn’t. It is not just introducing your dog to other canines. Socializing is making a dog comfortable with new experiences, sounds and creatures. A dog is socialized when it is relaxed around people, other dogs or in a public place.

It Creates a Healthy Adult Dog

Handling puppies early in their life will lead to a calmer, more relaxed adult dog. Socialized puppies will bond more easily with their human later on, too.

It Reduces Aggression

Socialization minimizes a puppy’s fear of new people and things. Puppies learn to accept new experiences and other animals when they are socialized. As a result, puppies will display less aggression.

Socialized Dogs Do Better at the Vet

A socialized dog is more confident in new situations. Some dogs become anxious or aggressive in new or stressful situations like visiting the vet. But a socialized dog may be more relaxed because he is comfortable experiencing new situations and interacting with different people.

It Minimizes Deeply Rooted Fears

For pups that had a rough start to life, healthy socialization can help. Socialization can include safely facing a dog’s fears, like meeting other dogs or other people. When the pup feels safe facing these fearful situations, the resulting positive feeling will benefit both you and the dog.

Park Visits are More Enjoyable

Dogs that have been socialized may still get excited when they see you pull out the leash. But socialized pups will be less anxious and show less aggression when they arrive than non-socialized ones. Visits to local parks can provide a good socialization practice for your pup with some care. Keeping your hesitant hound safely leashed and away from unfamiliar animals is best. If your dog is socialized, though, he will be able to meet and greet new four-legged friends without anxiety.

Socialized Dogs are More Relaxed

When you need to take your pup to a doggie daycare or kennel, socialization will ensure a good experience. Dogs that have been socialized will experience less stress and anxiety from being away. And pups that are relaxed and calm around other canines will ultimately have a better day thanks to their socialization experience.

Socialization Off-Leash: Dog Park vs Doggie Day Care

Taking your pup for some off-leash fun at a dog park or a doggie daycare might seem appealing options. But the similarities end when you take off your pup’s leash.

  • Dogs your pup encounters at a dog park won’t be temperament tested like they are at a doggie daycare, so aggression is always possible.
  • While dog parks can seem like a great place to socialize your dog, remember that close contact with other dogs that may not have up-to-date vaccines is possible.
  • Staff can intervene if a fight breaks out between dogs at a facility, but at a dog park owners are left to manage unruly dogs.

Does My Dog Need to Be Socialized?

Pet owners just want their pups to be healthy and happy. And providing a place for your pup to safely interact with other dogs helps to create a content canine. Your pup can always safely interact with other canines at a managed doggie daycare or pet resort. But before visiting a facility, your dog should be socialized for the best experience. Schedule an evaluation of your pup with the professionals at Wags Club to see if your dog is ready to mingle with other pups. Since socialized dogs end up happier, healthier and calmer, making sure your pup is ready to take on new experiences is beneficial not only for them but for you as well.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:06:52 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How To Be Your Dog’s Pack Leader How to Position Yourself as a Strong Pack Leader for Your Dog

Dogs instinctually look to a pack leader to provide them with discipline and structure. Structure is essential for a dog to learn boundaries and limitations so they can develop a strong relationship with their owner and others around them.

At The Wags Club Dog Daycare in Los Angeles, we believe in the importance of showing your dog that you are the pack leader. Our cage free dog daycare and dog hotel structure is designed around the psychology of dogs and their need for a pack leader.

What It Means To Be a Dog Pack Leader

Cesar Millan, the renowned dog whisperer, often speaks about the importance of being a pack leader. So what does it mean to be one? Dogs are naturally pack animals, and their instincts rely on having a pack leader to provide them with care and guidance as they grow. Understanding this psychology is crucial to developing a healthy relationship with your dog. A pack leader teaches a dog right from wrong, looks out for their well-being and provides discipline. To be a pack leader, you must gain your dog’s trust and respect.

How To Show My Dog I Am the Pack Leader

Learning how to be a pack leader is a crucial component of being a dog owner. A healthy relationship with your dog requires love, trust and discipline. To position yourself as a strong dog pack leader, you should do the following.

Be Calm but Assertive

You should be able to provide discipline for your dog without getting frustrated or upset. A good pack leader can convey their message without nervous or agitated energy. When a mother is raising her puppies, she calmly and assertively prevents them from straying too far from the pack or being mischievous by grabbing the scruff of their neck. A good pack leader exerts this same energy.

Enforce Boundaries

Your dog should know when you mean business and know that you are the owner of the space. The pack leader conveys this message through strong eye contact and body language. Ownership of space is very important for a dog. If you are not mindful about setting boundaries, they will take advantage of you and claim the space as their own.

Leverage the Power of Waiting

Of course, a dog pack leader provides for their pack, giving them food and guidance. However, a pack leader leverages the power of waiting when doing so. In the wild, a puppy waits to eat, and an adult dog waits on the pack leader to know when to travel. Therefore, waiting is a powerful tool to utilize with your dog and prevents them from building bad habits like impatience.

Provide Leadership and Consistency

A dog should know what to expect from its pack leader. Therefore, it is essential to establish norms like taking walks before feeding and withholding affection until the dog is calm and obedient. These norms allow you to set expectations for your dog and cement yourself as pack leader. These expectations also teach your dog that they must put in effort before being rewarded.

Consistency is key. A dog who knows they will not get what they want without working will be well-behaved and obedient. Additionally, consistent walks and exercise will make your dog calmer and more submissive generally, putting them in the right state of mind for following commands from their pack leader.

Understand Your Dog

A good pack leader understands their dogs. To earn your dog’s respect, you should be present and aware. Understanding your dog’s needs will set you apart as a pack leader. You should be able to tell when your dog is hungry, uneasy or needs a walk. A dog should know that their pack leader cares and will provide for them when necessary.

You can position yourself as a strong dog pack leader by following these steps. When your dog respects you and your boundaries, you can develop a healthy relationship that simplifies training.

Professional Dog Daycare in Los Angeles

At The Wags Club, we understand the importance of knowing how to be a pack leader. As a cage free dog daycare, we know what dogs truly need as pack animals, providing them the ability to socialize and play in a structured and nurturing environment.

Our professional dog boarding staff is highly skilled in connecting with dogs, managing their specific needs and following the strategies of a pack leader. Contact us today to schedule a visit to The Wags Club for your pup. We are a premier dog hotel and dog boarding resort in Los Angeles, and we look forward to welcoming your dog.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:06:50 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dog Care: How to Keep Your Pup Happy and Healthy

It’s been said that dogs are man’s best friend, and it’s easy to see why! Dogs bring joy and laughter into our lives, making us happier, healthier, and more productive. However, these wonderful companions aren’t always as simple to care for as they might seem. 

How to Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy

With the right dog care tips in mind, however, you can find success in keeping your dog healthy, happy, and well-behaved!


When it comes to feeding, you’ll want to make sure that you’re providing a balanced diet. For example, if you’re feeding them dry food, you’ll want to supplement with canned or fresh food. 

You should also make sure that they have access to fresh water at all times. You may also want to feed them treats now and then as a reward for good behavior or as a way of showing affection.


Regular exercise is important for dogs, but it’s not always easy. What if you don’t have a yard? Maybe you work long hours or are at school all day? It’s not impossible. 

Take short walks several times a day with your pup, even if it’s just around the block. This is especially good for older dogs that may be less inclined to walk longer distances. 

Get creative with indoor activities like playing fetch in the house or in a large fenced-in area, going on obstacle courses created from household items, or playing tug-of-war with ropes or other toys.


Make sure you have a designated safe place for the dog. This can be in their crate, a room with a baby gate, or another confined space where they won’t run into anything that could hurt them. 

Keep this area quiet and calm so that they’re not stressed out when being in there. In order to maintain health, clean up any messes as soon as possible and make sure that you have plenty of fresh water available at all times.


Brush your dog at least twice a week with a quality brush. This will help remove excess fur, as well as dirt, dust, and other elements that could cause irritation. It will also spread natural oils from the skin outward which will make the coat look healthier. 

Once every few months, have them trimmed by a groomer. This ensures that the fur is even all around, as well as removing any dead hair in the coat. Be sure to brush their teeth at least once per day (or two if you can). 

You can use a toothbrush made specifically for dogs or use gauze wrapped around your finger with some fresh water on it. Make sure they are properly hydrated throughout the day by providing plenty of fresh water and food that they enjoy.


Keeping your dog socialized is very important. Introducing them early to other dogs, people, places, and different surfaces will help build a well-rounded dog. 

It’s best if they are exposed to other animals while they’re still young so they can become accustomed to it before their first vaccination and annual booster shots.

The more time you spend with them outside of the home, the better! Encourage walks in new places like parks or on paths less traveled. Occasionally, you can take them to a dog retreat center such as The Dog Retreat & Spa in Middlesex County. 

Dog Daycare Middlesex County

At The Dog Retreat & Spa in Middlesex County, we understand that a dog’s happiness is just as important as its health. 

That’s why we offer a variety of activities for our guests, such as off-leash playtime in our indoor/outdoor areas, cuddling with other pups during nap time, and even training classes! 

Our staff members are trained to understand different breeds so they can provide an environment that suits each dog’s needs. 

Contact us today to learn more about dog retreat services.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:04:32 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Winter Care Tips for Dogs

Is winter the favorite season of your canine companion, or does it prefer to hibernate indoors with you under a warm blanket? In either case, you ought to be ready to protect your dog from the dangers of the extreme cold. There is a widespread misperception among dog owners that their canines can withstand the cold much better than we do simply because they are covered in fur. This isn’t always the case, by any means. Here’s a few tips for dog owners that will help you care for your dog this winter season.

Winter Tips for Dog Owners

These lovely creatures, like humans, are used to the warmth and coziness of their shelters. Being outside in the cold may be just as challenging for them as it would be for us. Regardless of how you feel about winter, there’s one thing that’s for certain: during this season, our dogs require a little more care and attention than usual. As it starts to get cold, remember these top winter care tips for dogs and put them into practice to prevent health hazards during the colder months.

1-Get a Couple of Winter Dog Coats

Some dog breeds have been endowed with thick fur which naturally keeps them warm, even in extremely cold weather conditions. However, dogs with thinner coats may require the use of a cozy sweater or coat whenever they are out for walks or in a dog daycare Middlesex County during the winter months. A good coat for dogs covers not only the shoulders and back but also the belly and stretches down to the tail. Keep in mind, though, that coats cannot protect the ears, paws, and tail from getting frostbite. Therefore, even if a short-haired dog has a warm coat, you shouldn’t let it spend too much time outside while the temperature is below freezing point.

2-Wait Until the Temperature is Warmer

Arguably one of the most important winter care tips for dogs. Waiting until the weather is warmer before taking them outside is vital in preventing various illnesses and sensitivities. If your dog is sensitive to the cold, you should attempt to take them out for walks only in the late morning hours or whenever temperatures are milder. 

In addition, steer clear of taking a dog out for walks early in the morning or late at night. Spending time playing outside when the sun is out has additional health benefits, one of which is the production of vitamin D in both you and the dog.  To avoid the risk of choking and other accidents, it is best to play fetch with soft toys rather than sticks. If your dog enjoys chewing and chasing, you should bring a Frisbee, rubber ball, or another type of toy safe for it to play with in the winter. Taking your dog to a dog daycare Middlesex County is also a good idea as it can be where it gets its exercise and interaction with other dogs.

3-Spend Less Time Out in the Cold

Even dogs with the thickest fur will shiver in the winter, no matter how much they love the outdoors. It is possible for frostbite to affect the tail, paws, and ears of an animal. You should regularly take your dog outside for walks, activities, and playtime; however, when the temperature lowers, you shouldn’t leave it outside for extended periods of time. A good guideline would be to go out with the dog, and when you want to go back inside, the dog will probably be ready to do the same. If it is in your yard on its own, you should check on it frequently to ensure that it is not exhibiting any signs of being chilly.

4-Moisturize Your Dog

The skin of your pet can suffer significant damage from exposure to extremely dry and cold conditions. By including skin and coat supplements in its diet, you can help prevent the development of flaky skin or dry patches. Coconut oil is an excellent natural moisturizer that can support maintaining the health of your dog’s skin and coat. You can use coconut oil directly on your pet as needed if you find that its ears and paws are dry and cracked.

5-Refrain from Overfeeding the Dog

In the winter, dogs may require an additional layer of insulation; however, this layer should originate from the dog’s coat and not another layer of fat. It’s possible that sluggish behavior and the desire for fewer calories are triggered by cold conditions. Pay close attention to how active your dog is and modify its calorie intake in accordance with that. A diet that is high in quality consists of whole foods and, if possible, is based on raw meat will help ensure the dog has a healthy coat as well as high energy levels for the winter months.

Winter Care Tips for Dog Owners | The Dog Retreat

It’s crucial that you don’t let your dog suffer from the terrible winter weather. Bring it to a reputable dog daycare Middlesex County such as The Dog Retreat, as our compassionate team will always follow the proper winter care tips for dogs. At The Dog Retreat, we offer quality boarding services and dog daycare. Our outstanding customer service and loving attention set us apart from the rest. Call us today to know more about the exceptional care we provide not only to canines but their families, too!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:04:32 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why Your Pet Should Have a Dog Spa Day!

Spending the day at a spa may work wonders on both the body and mind. It should thus not come as a surprise that, with today’s society that is so infatuated with pets, the trend of providing spa services and dog spa in Waltham MA for our furry and four-legged pals is increasing in popularity.

Grooming at our dog spa in Waltham MA has several benefits, not the least of which is making the canine look more presentable to others. 

Your dog’s mental health will improve as a result of being groomed, as will its behavior. Grooming is crucial for your dog’s overall health and, more importantly, provides protection for your family.

Improves Dog’s Behavior

Better behavior is the result of having a more positive mental state. When a dog is in better physical and mental health, it typically exhibits behaviors that are friendlier, more energetic, and predictable. 

For instance, if a dog’s hair has already grown too long to the point that it is obstructing its eyesight, the dog may display more aggressive or anxious behavior simply due to the fact it is unable to see as well as it once could.

As a consequence, it experiences feelings of threat very easily and may adopt a defensive stance. You can try to picture yourself in its shoes and think about how you would respond to the circumstances. One further illustration would be a dog that has unattractively long nails. 

It may have had more energy and been more active in the past because it was able to play and run around without experiencing any pain. Now that it walks in an odd manner and is uncomfortable, it needs to change it behavior such that it spends less time moving around and more time sitting.

Promotes Good Hygiene

Maintaining a dog’s cleanliness and grooming routine is essential to its health, just as it is to your own. 

Brushing thoroughly eliminates dead hair, dust, and debris, all of which can establish a home for germs, mites, and other parasites (including fleas and ticks). Fleas and ticks are two examples of parasites that can transmit diseases to humans.

Tapeworms are spread through a cycle that also involves fleas. If it has been too long since your dog was last bathed and groomed, there is a possibility that infected fleas are hiding in the dog’s unclean coat right now. These fleas are capable of transmitting tapeworms to a human they come into contact with. 

If your dog has a flea problem, a day at a dog spa should be able to provide you with the answer to the problem. It may be a medicated dip. Various solutions are offered in the event that your dog already has issues.

Prevent Various Diseases

Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease are two examples of illnesses that can be transmitted by ticks. 

Dogs who are not kept clean, are neglected, or left un-groomed are more likely to have ticks, which can cause the dogs to become ill as well as everyone else in the home who comes into touch with them. Don’t take any chances; ensure that your pets have a clean and healthy environment. 

Take the dog to a spa if your dog currently has a flea or tick problem so that it can have the treatment suitable for it. This will ensure that the fleas are removed completely.

Avoid Dog Nail Problems

In addition to their skin, a dog’s nails are another crucial consideration to make. By keeping them trimmed, you can prevent the accumulation of bacteria underneath the nails. 

In addition to preventing it from accidentally scratching you or anyone in your family, this will also protect your furniture from being damaged.

If the dogs’ matted, filthy hair serves as a breeding ground for bacteria and parasites, it is not good for the animal, it is not healthy for you, and it is not healthy for a child’s health. 

Grooming your dog at a dog spa on a regular basis can not only make it happier but also safer. It will also be in better health and won’t put you or your family at risk of contracting bacteria, viruses, germs, filth, or debris. This is not even about the unpleasant stench.

The Dog Retreat: Take Your Dog to Our Dog Spa in Waltham MA

You may rest easy knowing that you’re a good and responsible pet owner because you are taking good care of your pet’s mental and physical health and well-being and preventing any unwanted exposure to germs for yourself and the entire family. 

Contact The Dog Retreat If you want to know more about the services that will be most suitable based on the unique needs and requirements of your pet. Send us a message!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:04:31 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What To Expect With Group Dog Walking? Keep reading if you have hired a group dog walker but still don’t know what to expect. This goes for either on or off-leash group dog walking. Here is what you can expect from your group dog walking services.

There will be some variance when it comes to your pick-up and drop-off times. In some cases, dog walkers will need to make slight changes in the order of pick-ups and drop-offs. One day, your pup might get picked up first or later down the route. Your dog walker might be bringing your pup somewhere further away and end up coming earlier to give them more time to drive.

You should expect your dog’s walk to be shortened in length during severe weather conditions. Walks are supposed to be fun, not dangerous. If it is frigid, hot or thundering, hailing, or pouring, your dog walker might choose to shorten the time for the walk for your dog’s safety and well-being. You will be notified of these changes, like if the walk will be shortened or cancelled altogether. You should also expect to be billed for the total amount of the walk unless it is cancelled. Once there is nice weather again, your dog walker will make up the time because it will be enjoyable to be outside with the dogs. It is recommended that you leave a three-hour window to expect any service to be completed. Your timeline should have one hour for pick-ups, one hour for walking and one hour for dropping off.

You should also be prepared for accidents and injuries to happen. They are usually pretty minor such as bumps, bruises, scratches or scrapes. There could also be more severe injuries such as broken bones, bites, or broken nails. Fights may also occur between dogs who are either on or off-leash. There is also a risk of dogs stepping on sharp objects like glass or tripping over large holes. You will be notified immediately if your dog gets injured during their walk.

You can also expect your dog to sometimes get an upset stomach or diarrhea. When your dog walker is doing a group walk, they will be walking up to eight dogs, and it will be impossible to watch every one of them closely. Sometimes they may eat a tissue off the ground or something else that will upset their stomach. If your dog eats something dangerous like a chicken bone, you will be notified.

You should also expect your dog to come back from their walk wet and dirty at certain times. If it is raining or had rained the other day, then it is very likely that they will come home muddy. You should leave a towel for your dog by the door, so they can be dried off. If your dog is going on off-leash walks to the park, then they might get sandy or be covered in mud.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:01:42 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why Do You Needs Dogs Daycare Services Most dog owners need to leave their dogs at home most of the day while they go out and work. In general, each day during the week, there is a lack of interaction for a long time, resulting in excessive barking, disobedience, and stress for the dog. Instead, a great alternative will be to enroll them into doggy daycare. Dog daycare can help provide an outlet for your dog to run around and be social, and have interactions during the day. Here are some reasons that you should think about enrolling your dog into dog daycare:

They Will Not Be Alone Anymore

Under the care and supervision of trained dog personnel, your dog will be able to continue to interact with other people and other dogs while you are away. This gives them the opportunity to be in constant contact, which is one of the major advantages of dog daycare.

They Will Be Able To Socialize And Make Friends With Other Dogs

At doggy daycare, your dog will be able to meet and play with other dogs that are suitable for their size and temperament. This is especially great for puppies because it can help them learn proper socialization. And, since dogs are pack animals by nature, meaning that they thrive in social environments, they will just love having this opportunity to play with other dogs.

They Will Be Able To Keep In Shape

Many dog daycares have scheduled activities throughout the day that will help your dog stay stimulated and active. Activities can include playing fetch, chasing, wrestling or tunnel running. Depending on the facility, the dogs might be able to rotate between indoor and outdoor activities. There are also some rest times built into the schedule to make sure that your dog doesn’t get too tired.

They Will Get Some Supplemental Training

If your puppy needs a bit more attention when it comes to training, then some dog daycares are able to give them lessons during the day. This continual reinforcement will help your puppy learn how to behave much faster, and it will help them retain what they are learning. There are even some dog daycares that will be able to teach your dog some new tricks.

You Will Get Peace Of Mind

One of the most important things that dog daycares can give you is peace of mind that your dog is out there enjoying their day in a safe and fun way. Your dog will be well cared for while you are at work. They will get plenty of playtimes, interaction, and socialization, so you can be sure that they are well stimulated during their time at daycare.

However, keep in mind that you will need to choose a dog daycare that is the best fit for you and your dog. So you should be prepared to do a little research and ask around for some referrals to find the one that best suits your needs.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:01:42 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Your Dog Needs More Exercise Than Longs Walks And Playing Fetch In The Backyard Does this happen even after a long walk or fetch in the backyard? Your dog is likely getting bored from a lack of stimulation, socialization and movement in their day. They also might be developing a certain level of separation anxiety because they are so used to doing everything with you.

While your dog is happy you are home all the time with them, they want to see other things than just you, your home or your neighborhood. While you are busy working or cleaning up around the house, they are not getting the right levels of exercise, socialization or mental stimulation they need to thrive.

When your dog is experiencing a lack of socialization, they will usually act out by participating in destructive behaviors. This is your dog’s way of letting you know that they need to be more stimulated. Just because you are physically home more often doesn’t mean they will be more active.

You could have noticed these behaviors already, such as increased barking and whining, chewing on household items or increased self-grooming. These are signs that your dog is not getting their needs met regarding exercise and socialization.

If you can’t commit to giving your dog the required exercise, you should consider the services of in a dog walker. With their dog walker and a group of other dogs, they will be able to burn off their energy and socialize with other dogs to their heart’s content. These are some ways that a dog walker can help your dog keep a happy and healthy life, allowing you more time to spend on your work or errands.


Dogs will be able to run and roam freely on our extended group walks. Each day with their dog walker, they will have two hours of supervised free playtime at a leash-free park! Dog walking services allow your pup to get some fresh air and sun, in addition to socialization with other people and animals. These areas are designed to keep the health of your pup in mind. Getting rid of extra energy to stay healthy will not be an issue when they are exercising with their dog walker and new friends.


Dogs who walk with our team members can enjoy days filled with exercise, playing with their furry friends, and interacting with caring human supervisors. Your dog will enjoy maximum fun for a full two hours at a local leash-free park, being able to freely interact with other dogs and people. It’s a great way for your pup to refresh and get some much-needed exercise, play time and socialization with humans other pets.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:01:41 -0800 Dog-Fancier
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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:58:24 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Playful Pack® Continues To Grow. Our Dog Daycare in Leesburg is Now Open Playful Pack is pleased to announce the opening of our newest dog daycare in Leesburg. Conveniently located in The Village at Leesburg, our newest facility features everything you know and love about Playful Pack’s dog daycares in Northern Virginia with one exciting new addition: both indoor and outdoor spaces where your furry family member can run and play.

As with all of our doggy daycare locations, our Leesburg facility features top-quality dog services and features, including:

  • Positive mental stimulation
  • Fun physical activities
  • Healthy socialization with people and other dogs
  • Constant staff engagement and interaction
  • Webcam access and daily report cards.
  • Our outdoor play yard at Leesburg features specialized artificial turf for comfort and hygiene, and your dog will be able to run, play, and jump easily and safely while we maintain maximum cleanliness.

We are proud to maintain a cage-free atmosphere here at Playful Pack to mimic a dog’s natural environment and meet our PACKmates’ physical and mental needs. Each weekday, we plan a variety of exciting activities that rotate throughout the month, including bacon bubbles, gourmet treats, tunnels of fun, snuffle mats, frozen Kongs, and more. We even host birthday “pawties” on our PACKmates’ special days!

Each time your pup visits our dog daycare in Leesburg, VA, they will be treated to a variety of play-care, socialization, and recreational activities they will learn to howl for. They will love our staff as much as our staff loves dogs, and because we are hyper-focused on dog daycare and boarding, we can offer the premier services and experiences your pup deserves.

Playful Pack in Leesburg offers a variety of packages to fit your budget and needs, including full-day pricing and packages for five, 10, and 20 days. We also offer special pricing for two or more dogs with additional services that include daycare lunches and one-on-one outdoor play for those pups that need a little extra TLC during their time away from you.

All dog boarding services feature a full day of doggy daycare as well as personalized overnight care where your dog will have the opportunity to rest comfortably while you are away. Each dog in our care is monitored and weighed daily, and we document everything during their stay. Any changes or irregularities are reported immediately to you. We are always happy to accommodate special needs and administer oral medications as needed, and your pup is welcome to bring along whatever special bedding, blankets, and toys will make them feel more at home while they stay with us.

In addition to our standard dog daycare and dog boarding in Leesburg, we offer full wash and dry grooming services for our doggy visitors. This keeps your pup happy and healthy and saves you time. All boarding visitors are provided with a doggy wash if they stay more than three days.

If you are ready to get started, you can book your visit quickly and easily online. Your pup will need to complete a temperament test to determine the best playgroup for their needs. Once the test is complete, your dog can stay for a full day of daycare, where you can check in as desired using our webcams! Visit our dog daycare in Leesburg today at the heart of The Village at 1608 Village Market Blvd. SE, next to Plaza Azteca.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:54:29 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Tips on How to Stop Your Dog From Barking at Strangers Dogs communicate with us and each other in a variety of ways, including smells, body language, and sounds. Barking is just one of the many sounds they use, but it’s an important tool that helps dogs define and protect their territory. However, territorial barking can also become a nuisance when your dog barks excessively at strangers, guests, neighbors walking past your home, when on walks, or when you are out of the home.

The goal of territorial barking is to make the threat or intruder go away, and this means that every time your dog barks and the stranger leaves, the action is reinforced. In other words, it is a self-reinforcing behavior. This can make the behavior particularly difficult to address. Before you give up and consign yourself to a lifetime of barking, try one of these techniques to give your dog better people skills and more confidence and build the quieter, more peaceful home you crave.

Understanding the Bark

Most dogs barking at strangers are barking for territorial reasons. When dogs are barking territorially, they may have stiff body posture and raised hackles. Dogs barking at strangers might also be barking out of excitement, however. This is common in well-socialized dogs that love seeing visitors and guests. Rather than warning strangers to stay away, this kind of happy-go-lucky pup is expressing exuberance.

Unfortunately, both types of barking can bring fear and wariness to passers-by and visitors to your home. If it is a problematic behavior that is bothering your neighbors, family members, or you, you can learn to stop dogs from barking at strangers. The key is patience, consistency, and plenty of positive reinforcement.

Quieting the Bark

1. Distracting

One of the most effective ways of silencing a barking pup is through distraction. Shake your car keys, squeak a favorite toy, or rattle the treat box. Once you have gotten your dog’s attention, tell them to “sit” and offer a treat. With consistency, your dog will learn that barking does not earn a reward but sitting quietly just might!

Distraction techniques also work well in public. If your dog gets loud with strangers on walks or in public spaces, you can manage this undesirable behavior by distracting your dog. On walks, the goal is to avoid engagement. Wait for the dog to notice the stranger, and then turn and walk before the dog has a chance to engage. When the dog can approach someone calmly and quietly, reward them.

2. Staying

At home, excited or territorial barking can be headed off at the pass by training your dog to go sit at a particular spot. They must remain at that spot during the welcoming process. For the best odds of success, your dog should already have the foundations of obedience training and know basic commands, such as “sit,” “lie down,” and “stay.”

You can also train your dog with the command “quiet.” If your dog begins barking at a stranger, gently hold their muzzle while saying, “quiet.” Do not shout, yell, or exclaim loudly. Instead, keep your voice calm and at a normal volume. Remove your hand from the muzzle, and if your dog can refrain from barking, offer a treat. If barking continues, then repeat the process.

Keep in mind that physically restraining your dog’s muzzle can cause frustration. If your pup becomes uncooperative, you can use the quiet command without restraint combined with distraction. If your dog stays quiet, offer a treat.

3. Prevention

Dogs without supervision for any period, such as in the yard or at home alone, often bark at passers-by, delivery people, and others. Because you are not there to intervene, your dog’s barking will be reinforced naturally, which means that you will need to be proactive about quieting it. This includes keeping blinds and curtains closed to reduce the risk of them seeing people passing by and installing tall opaque fences that block their view beyond your yard.

Finally, remember that a tired dog is a good dog. Doggy daycare can offer your dog new outlets for their energy and doggy friends for healthy, positive socialization. Giving your dog plenty of activities, offering alternative behaviors, and developing positive new communication strategies will help your dog stay active, engaged, social, and well-mannered. Visit Playful Pack today to learn more.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:54:27 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dog friendly activities and places in Arlington, VA Your dog is an important part of your family, and it’s only natural that you want to find fun activities to share with them. Arlington is a fairly dog-friendly city as it is, but some places are a little more welcoming to you and your pooch than others. Try these dog friendly activities in Arlington on for size the next time you and your furry family member are in the mood for a fun day out.

Dog parks in Arlington, VA

For social dogs, dog parks are always a hit, and Arlington is home to many, including the already-mentioned Shirlington Dog Park. One of the first recognized dog parks in the area, Shirlington Dog Park was established more than three decades ago. It covers about two acres and features an accessible trail with separate areas for small dogs. Shirlington is widely considered one of the area’s best dog parks.

Glencarlyn Park is also popular with dogs and their people. The park also features a nature center, bike paths, a rain garden, nature trails, and playgrounds. Another fun dog park is the James Hunter Dog Park, which features a pool and waterfall for the pups to enjoy and tables and benches where owners can chat. Find your new favorite dog park here.

Pedicab Tours

Whether you are new to the area or have been here a while, sightseeing via a pedicab tour can be a fun way to pass the time. Pedicab tours offer an up-close-and-personal peek at not just Arlington but also downtown D.C. You could go on your own, but why would you want to when you can take your pup along for a memorable day of adventuring? You can check out all the sights, explore at your speed, and kick back and relax as you enjoy a day of fun. Several pedicab companies offer these tours, and most are dog-friendly.

Private walking tours are also available through DC by Foot. You can check out Historic Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Tidal Basin, and the National Mall with your leashed pup on a private walking tour, but you will need a reservation.

Key Bridge Boating

Does your dog enjoy a day on the water? At Key Bridge Boating, you and your pup can rent a canoe, kayak, or another vessel along with a doggie life jacket and spend time doing what you both love best. Prices start at just $20 an hour and you can spend up to an entire day on the water if you’d like.

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Your dog doesn’t have to be an art lover to enjoy the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria. This dog-friendly art studio is filled with working artists, and both of you can meet the artists and watch them create everything from paintings and ceramics to stained glass and fiber art.

Breweries in Arlington and Surroundings

Kicking back with a craft beer and a friend or two is a great way to while away an afternoon, and as it turns out, plenty of dogs enjoy breweries, too. Check out the Port City Brewing Company, the New District Brewing Company, or one of the other dog-friendly brewing companies in the area. Be sure to check the rules of each brewery before visiting to determine if you will need to pay a fee for your pup.

After a full day of activity, you and your pup are likely to be a bit hungry. Luckily, we have plenty of dog friendly restaurants in Arlington, too, including:

  • Northside Social Coffee & Wine, where you can enjoy coffee, tea, hot chocolate, quiches, sandwiches, salads, quiches, and more from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Ambar Restaurant, with a Balkan-inspired menu that includes quinoa, salads, soups, sliders, omelets, pies, and more
  • The Union Restaurant for casual dining with paninis, burgers, and ancient grain bowls, all made with fresh, wholesome ingredients
  • Tupelo Honey, a fusion of Southern food and modern sensibilities coming together to create vibrant flavors and brilliant textures
  • Farmers Fishers Bakers, fresh, wholesome fare made from scratch, including salad, soups, sides, entrees, and desserts

For those times your dog cannot be with you, check out our brand-new dog daycare in Arlington. Playful Pack offers cage-free indoor and outdoor activities to keep your pup engaged, active, and mentally and physically stimulated in a healthy, positive environment. We offer constant staff engagement in a clean, safe and comfortable atmosphere. Visit us today for a temperament evaluation and enjoy a free day of daycare!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:54:24 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Choosing A Dog Walking Service For Your Pet During the day when you are at work, you will need to make arrangements for your dog to be walked. Depending on where you live, there are likely a number of different walking services that you can use to meet this important need for your dog.

Take Advantage Of Dog Walking Services That Offer Different Package Services

It is likely that you will need the walking service to take your dog out each day that you are at work. To help reduce the costs involved with using these services, you may want to prefer a dog walking service that offers a number of different packages that you will be able to choose. This can offer significant savings on the costs of these walking services while also ensuring that your dog is getting all of the walks that it needs.

Determine The Types Of Updates That You Want To Receive From The Walking Service

Most modern dog walking services can offer updates on your dog's walk. This can include using GPS to provide you with a visualization of the path that was taken, the length of the walk, and even pictures of your dog during the walk. If there are multiple dog walking services in your area, it may be worth the few minutes that would be needed to effectively compare these solutions to find the one that offers the confirmation that will make you feel the most comfortable with letting take your dog on walks.

Assess The Benefits Of Going On The First Walk

For many dogs, the transition to using a walking service can be a big change. To help the dog feel more relaxed, it can often be advisable to accompany the walker during the first session. This will help the dog to become more comfortable with the walker so that they will be less prone to misbehaving during their walks. While this may not always be possible due to your schedule, it can significantly reduce the difficulties of this transition. This is particularly important for those with dogs that may not be used to being walked by different people as they may not be socialized for this experience.

A dog walking service similar to Updog Dog Walking can make it easy for you to ensure that your dog is getting the exercise and time outside that it needs while you are at work. Choosing a dog walking service can be an important process for finding the best service for meeting this essential need for your pet.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:53:46 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Going On A Trip? Use Dog Boarding To Get Your Dog Back To A Healthy Weight Before you go on a trip, you must decide whether you will bring your dog or leave them behind. If you do not take your dog, two common options include hiring a dog sitter or bringing them to a boarding facility. Trying to get your dog to lose weight may add to this challenging decision. However, you can make use of dog boarding services to produce positive results.

Active Setting

While a dog sitter can come over several times per day, you can put your dog into an active setting with a boarding service. Putting your dog into a space with people and other dogs will encourage them to move around instead of relaxing or sleeping for most of the day.

Special Diet

Getting your dog to lose weight is something that requires consistent effort through multiple methods. While you can change their food and reduce how much they eat, you will also want to give them more exercise to burn off fat and calories. A boarding facility can accommodate your dog's special diet needs, which means you can continue their weight loss journey while away.

Facility employees will ensure your dog eats the right kind of food and at the right times throughout the day. A good idea is to pack each meal into a snack bag to guarantee that your dog gets the right amount of food during mealtime. Make sure to account for potential travel delays by leaving enough food for an extra day or two if you do not get back on time.


A well-maintained diet is an important part of getting your dog to a healthy weight, but you also want to combine this with routine exercise. During your normal schedule, you may take your dog out for multiple walks every day. You can get exercise for your dog at a boarding facility by prioritizing places with things such as a pool, obstacle course, and large play area.

These features and qualities will encourage your dog to exercise during their stay. Another option is to find a boarding facility that offers walking services to the dogs. Even if your dog does not like playing with other dogs, you can still get them the exercise they need.

Getting your dog to lose weight is tough because it demands patience and consistency. Fortunately, you can still get these things by boarding your dog while away on a trip. Reach out to a dog boarding facility like Top Dog Training to discuss your dog's needs. 

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:53:46 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Grooming Tips For Your Shiba Inu Energetic, intelligent, and adorable, Shiba Inu dogs have taken the United States by storm over the past few decades. Owners love these dogs, who are known for their short, double-coats and curly tails. As a short-haired breed, Shiba Inus do not require regular haircuts. But they can benefit from regular grooming. Here are some grooming tips that will come in handy for your Shiba Inu dog.

Take them to the groomer early.

Shibas can be shy in public, and they don't always react well when you try to groom them. However, if a Shiba Inu is taken to the groomer when they are young, they will adapt to the experience, making it much easier to groom them later in life. So, even if you don't plan on taking your Shiba to the groomer that often throughout their life, it's helpful to take them a few times when they are a pup. Then, when they do need to visit the groomer as an adult, it will be a more familiar experience and one they're happier to endure.

Have them groomed during shedding season.

Shiba Inus are heavy shedders. In the spring, they often blow their coats, leaving seemingly endless tufts of hair all over the place. Even if you don't take your dog to the groomer all the time, taking them once or twice during the shedding season is a good idea. The groomer can use a vacuum tool and specialized brushes to remove more of the dog's hair. This will not only reduce the amount of hair around your home but will also make your Shiba less itchy and uncomfortable.

Trim their nails regularly.

Shiba Inus have very small, delicate paws. As such, if their toenails grow too long, they may struggle to walk on hard surfaces. So, you need to keep their nails well-trimmed. If you work with your pup when they are young, you should be able to trim their nails yourself with few issues. However, some people do prefer to take their Shiba to the groomer for regular nail trims. If your Shiba is difficult to hold for nail trims, this may be a better option.

Shiba Inus are lovely little dogs, but they do require some specialized grooming care. Take your Shiba to the groomer when they are young, take advantage of professional grooming during shedding season, and make sure you trim your dog's nails often. 

For more information, contact a local dog grooming company. 

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:53:45 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Does My Dog Like Doggy Daycare? If you’re a pet parent, chances are you’ve considered daycare at some point. Daycare can provide your pup with much-needed socialization and exercise, not to mention the peace of mind that comes with knowing your dog is being well cared for while you’re away. But how do you know if daycare is right for your pup? Here’s a short overview of what doggy daycare is and how to tell if it’s a good fit for your furry friend.

What is Doggy Daycare 

Daycare is a service that provides supervision and playtime for dogs in a group setting. Daycare facilities typically offer a variety of services, including drop-in playgroups, private walks, and overnight boarding

How Can You Prepare Your Dog for Daycare 5 dogs playing in a dog park dogs chasing sunny day happy dogs

The best way to prepare your dog for daycare is to slowly introduce them to the idea of being around other dogs. If possible, take them to a local park or dog-friendly beach so they can get used to being around other pups in a safe and controlled environment. You should also make sure they are up-to-date on all their vaccinations before bringing them to a daycare facility. 

What Should You Look for in a Daycare Provider 

When choosing a doggy daycare provider, it’s important to find one that is reputable and has experience caring for dogs. Be sure to ask lots of questions about the facility’s policies, procedures, and staff training. It’s also a good idea to schedule a tour of the facility so you can see firsthand how the dogs are cared for and interacted with. 

Are There any Risks Associated With Sending Your Dog to Daycare 

There are always risks associated with leaving your dog in someone else’s care, but as long as you do your homework and choose a reputable provider, those risks should be minimal. The biggest risk is that your dog could contract an illness from another dog at the facility; however, this can be prevented by making sure your dog is up-to-date on all their vaccinations before attending daycare. 

What if Daycare is Not Right for My Pup? 

Not every dog is cut out for daycare. Some pups may be too shy or anxious around other dogs, while others may be too rowdy or unruly. If you’re unsure whether or not daycare is right for your pup, start by scheduling a few trial days to see how they respond in a group setting. If they seem stressed or unhappy, it’s probably best to stick with other forms of exercise like solo walks or hikes instead. 

What are the Alternatives to Doggy Daycare?

If daycare is not right for your pup, there are plenty of other options for dog care while you are away.  Here are a few alternatives to doggy daycare:

Professional Dog Walkers

A dog walker will come to your home to take your pup for a walk, providing them with much-needed exercise and socialization. Prices will vary depending on the length of the walk and the number of dogs being walked, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $30 per walk.

Friends and FamilyPretty woman is hugging cute dog sitting on couch in apartment smiling enjoying beautiful day with a dog

If you have a friend or family member who is willing and able to care for your dog while you are away, this can be a great option. Be sure to do a trial run first to make sure your dog is comfortable in their care, and be sure to leave detailed instructions for their daily care routine.

Professional Pet Sitters

A professional pet sitter will come to your home to provide care for your dog while you are away. Services can include feeding, walking, and providing companionship. Prices will vary depending on the services offered, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $15 to $30 per day.

Paws Play CLE

If you’re looking for a safe and fun place for your pup to play, look no further than Paws Play CLE. Our doggy daycare is the perfect place for dogs of all ages and sizes to socialize and play. With plenty of supervision and activities, your dog will have a great time while you’re away. Contact us today to schedule a tour!

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:51:34 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Choose the Best Cleveland Dog Daycare Deciding to leave your dog in daycare can be a tough decision. You want to make sure that your furry friend is being well taken care of while you’re away, but how can you be sure? Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a dog daycare that will be perfect for both you and your pup.

Define Your NeedsDog paws with a spot in the form of heart and human hand

The first step is to figure out what kind of daycare you need. Are you looking for a place where your dog can socialize and play all day? Or do you need somewhere that will also provide some basic training? Once you know what you’re looking for, it will be much easier to find a facility that meets your needs.

Research Different Types of Facilities

Not all dog daycares are created equal. Some may offer more amenities than others, so it’s important to do your research before making any decisions. You might also want to consider whether you want a traditional daycare or something more unique, like a doggy day spa or a dog hotel.

Consider the Staff

When you’re entrusting the care of your furry friend to someone else, you want to be sure that they have the experience and knowledge necessary to take care of them properly. Ask about the staff’s qualifications and how long they’ve been working at the facility. It’s also important to make sure that the staff is bonded and insured in case anything happens while your dog is in their care.

Ask About the Ratio of Dogs to Staff

You’ll want to make sure that there are enough staff members on hand to take care of all the dogs at the facility. A good rule of thumb is one staff member for every 10-15 dogs. Any more than that and your dog may not get the individual attention he needs. 

Check Out the Facility Itselfwoman with curly hair petting the face of her large white happy dog cleveland dog daycare

When you visit a potential daycare, pay attention to both the indoor and outdoor spaces. The indoor area should be clean and spacious, with plenty of room for the dogs to run around. The outdoor area should be fenced in and have plenty of grassy space for the dogs to play. There should also be shady areas for them to cool off in during hot weather.

Ask For References

If you know someone who has used the daycare before, ask them about their experience. If not, see if the facility has any online reviews that you can read. This will give you a good idea of what other people think about the quality of care provided by the staff. 

Schedule a Tour

Once you’ve done your research and narrowed down your options, it’s time for a visit! Most facilities offer tours so that potential clients can see the space and meet the staff before making a decision. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask any remaining questions and get a feel for whether or not the daycare would be a good fit for your dog. 

Paws Play CLE for Cleveland Dog Daycare

Choosing a dog daycare can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be! By keeping these things in mind, you can be sure to find a facility that will take care of your pup just like you would yourself. If you’re looking for a safe, fun, and affordable place for your dog to spend the day, Paws Play CLE is the perfect solution! With indoor and outdoor play areas, as well as staff who are experienced and qualified in dog care, your pup will have a blast at Paws Play CLE. Schedule a tour today to see for yourself what makes us the best Cleveland dog daycare!

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:51:33 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Will Dog Daycare Help Socialize My Dog? Dogs love spending time around other dogs. It’s in their nature. And, as a pet parent, you may be wondering if enrolling your pup in dog daycare is the right thing for them. After all, socialization is key to a well-adjusted dog. But what does that actually mean? Is daycare the answer? Let’s explore this question and others so you can make the best decision for your furry friend.

If you’re considering daycare for your dog, you may be wondering if it will help them to become more socialized. The answer is that taking your dog to daycare can help them become more socialized, but it depends on a number of factors. 

Shy Dogs

Dog lying in grass with plush ballFor example, if your dog is shy or anxious around other dogs, they may not do well in a daycare setting. However, if your dog is friendly and enjoys being around other dogs, daycare can be a great way to help them socialize. Dogs who attend daycare regularly will have the opportunity to meet and play with a variety of other dogs, which can help them to become more confident and outgoing. 

In addition, the staff at dog daycare facilities are usually experienced in helping dogs to socialize and can provide guidance on how to best interact with other dogs. Therefore, if you are considering daycare for your dog, it is worth discussing with the staff to see if it would be a good fit for your pet.


Many dog owners enjoy taking their furry friends to dog daycare. This can provide valuable socialization time for your dog, as well as an opportunity to burn off some extra energy. Dog daycare can also help to reduce separation anxiety and provide mental stimulation. However, it is important to make sure that you choose a reputable facility that can provide a safe and enriching environment for your dog. With so many daycare options available, it is important to do your research to find the best fit for your dog’s needs. However, if you are looking for a way to help socialize your dog, daycare may be a great option.

Dog Daycare Staff

Couple leaning against car petting dogThe daycare staff are a crucial part of helping dogs socialize. They provide essential care and attention to dogs while their owners are away, ensuring that they are safe and comfortable so the dogs can feel safe around each other. They also help to socialize dogs, exposing them to different dog breeds and personalities. This helps to reduce the chances of dog fights breaking out and also helps to make sure that dogs are well-rounded. In addition, daycare staff can offer advice on dog care and training, providing valuable resources for dog owners. As such, the dog daycare staff play a vital role in the care of dogs. Without them, many dogs would be left without the essential care and attention they need.

Should You Take Your Dog to Daycare?

So, is dog daycare a good way to socialize your pup? The answer is yes! Dog daycare can provide valuable opportunities for socialization and help prevent behavior problems. If you’re looking for a safe and fun place for your dog to spend the day, look no further than a reputable daycare.

Paws Play in Downtown Cleveland

If you’re looking for a fun, reputable daycare for your pup in the Cleveland area, check out Paws Play! Paws Play is a great place for any dog to spend time away from home while you take care of what you need to. You can trust our wonderful staff to keep your pup safe, engaged, and entertained!

Visit our website or call 216-284-1712 today for more information!

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:51:32 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why Dogs Chew And Destroy Property There is nothing like coming home after work, stepping outside to greet your dog, and your lounge is in tatters. Or perhaps there is just cushion stuffing everywhere, or your Birkenstock soles are destroyed. We love them unconditionally, but we get pretty frustrated when puppies destroy everything. Why does my dog chew things up when I leave the house? And when do puppies stop chewing everything?

We’ve done our research and compiled the potential reasons dogs become destructive and our remedies to stop dogs chewing furniture, hopefully for good!

Reasons why dogs destroy property


Boredom is the number one reason for these problem behaviours when dogs are left alone to their own devices. We have to remember, our dogs don’t like being left home alone for hours on end. They hate it! The frustration from lack of attention can quickly result in chewing and tearing.


Unlike us humans, dogs are left with fewer options to take out their frustrations. Once their stress builds up, the only way it can be relieved is through destruction like chewing and digging. For some nervous doggos, separation anxiety is the culprit for their behaviours, often panicking when left home alone for too long and wreaking havoc in the process.


As anyone with a border collie or a lab will know, a dog with a lot of energy can quickly turn to destruction as a way to use up its energy. When these intelligent and inherently active dogs are left in a backyard all day, they most likely have already run through all potential activities before lunchtime.

Some dogs may be hyperactive, suffer from anxiety and get bored all in the same day! Perhaps we will have more sympathy for our four-legged friends, but it doesn’t mean we can’t try to amend this behaviour.

How to stop destructive dog behaviour:


Especially for hyperactive dog breeds, enough exercise can curb these destructive habits. Exercising dogs is necessary for their health and mental stimulation, plus your dog will have less energy to dig holes in your backyard if they are tired. Just like us humans, exercise releases calming endorphins for pups. When dogs aren’t getting enough walks, they could be turning to destruction simply searching for endorphins. Take them on a walk first thing in the morning when their energy tank is at its fullest.

Provide stimulation

Dogs need enrichment to be stimulated and keep their stress levels at bay. Chew toys and snuffle mats are an excellent remedy to stop dogs chewing furniture and provide them with entertainment and mental stimulation. Using scent skills ignite the foraging centres of the brain, encouraging slower eating habits and alleviating stress. A variety of toys and activities is great but don’t bombard your dog with them all at once. They will get bored with too many options. Give them new toys occasionally or swap them out for different ones every few weeks.


If you wonder when puppies stop chewing everything, the answer depends on when you are going to train them? Dogs are supposed to learn the appropriate behaviour from older dogs in the pack. Since they aren’t in the pack anymore, it’s up to us. If your dog is still managing to tear away at your belongings, it may be worth investing in a specialised dog trainer to help them overcome these tendencies.

If these options fail to stop your dog from tearing up furniture when they’re home alone, it may be time to review how long you are spending away from your furbaby. Canine experts recommend that puppies not be left alone for more than 2-3 hours to not develop separation anxiety issues, with the RSPCA recommending that adult dogs not be left more than four hours at a time.

If you feel guilty for leaving them all day, doggy daycare exists for this very reason! At PawPals, we are passionate about pooches. We built our daily doggy routine based on Canine Behaviour, with each day scheduled out for socialisation, enrichment, play and snoozing! Read more about enrollment here.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:50:43 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to reduce separation anxiety in your dogs Why do dogs get separation anxiety?

Your dog doesn’t mean to upset or frustrate you; separation anxiety in dogs is a serious condition, and it’s a panic response. Dogs are usually part of a pack in nature, meaning they are rarely by themselves. Your dog sees you as part of their pack, which can lead to hyper-attachment and severe stress when you leave them.

Experts don’t fully understand why some dogs experience separation anxiety, and others don’t. However, we’ve done some research into which situations may trigger your dog’s separation anxiety:

  • Leaving your dog alone for the very first time
  • Leaving your dog when they are accustomed to constant human contact
  • A traumatic event, like a boarding kennel stay or an extended visit to a veterinarian
  • A drastic change in routine or structure
  • Loss of a companion or family member

How to detect separation anxiety in dogs?

Various behaviours show your dog suffers from separation anxiety. Below are some of the common symptoms of canine separation anxiety.

Common separation anxiety symptoms for dogs:

Are their levels of separation anxiety? 

Yes, there are two types of separation anxiety dogs can experience. The first is known as an attachment disorder, and it’s when a dog is closely attached to a person or people in general, and they panic when those people aren’t around. 

The second type of canine separation anxiety comes from a dog’s fear of being alone, even in familiar surroundings. 

How do you start to overcome separation anxiety?

Whether you are struggling with puppy separation anxiety at night or separation anxiety in older dogs, there are things you can do to help ease your dog’s stress.

How to calm an anxious dog?

  1. Don’t make a fuss when you go or return

To show your dog that leaving and returning home is not a big deal, say goodbye 1 hour or so before leaving. Do the same when arriving home, and save your ‘hellos’ for 1 hour after coming home.

  1. Get rid of excess energy

Help your dog get rid of any nervous energy with a brisk walk before you leave. This way, your dog is quiet and resting while you are away, and they have less energy for mischief.

  1. Tell your dog you’re coming home

It’s a great idea to establish a word or action to communicate to your dog that you will leave and you will return. 

  1. Be calm and assertive

Your dog knows when you feel guilty, so put on a brave face! When you are calm and assertive, your dog will follow your lead and pick up on your energy.

Puppy training best practices:

If your dog’s behaviour is causing stress in your household, then practises used in puppy training may help calm and reassure your dog. 

Desensitisation training

This training is great for dogs who need to remain relaxed while their owner is in another room or leaving. With positive reinforcement and incentivisation, you can teach dogs to sit and stay or lie down and stay while keeping calm. 

Mental and physical stimulation 

Mental stimulation and exercise are key factors in reducing anxiety and stress in dogs. Walking your dog in unfamiliar surroundings will not only help them get rid of any nervous energy but also stimulate their brains by introducing new and exciting smells to figure out and explore.

Safe spaces

Making a ‘safe space’ for your dog limits their ability to be destructive, and it acts as a soothing area for them to retreat to. In your dog’s confined safe space, remember to include:

  • A place where they aren’t isolated and a window/door to see through
  • Toys to distract them
  • Safety scent cues using dirty laundry or a calming dog spray 

What to look for in puppy training courses:

Dogs learn appropriate behaviours from older dogs in their pack, and since we are part of their pack, it’s now up to us to teach them. Here’s what you should look for when choosing a puppy training course:

  • A relaxed and fun setting
  • Lots of doggy socialisation
  • Rewards-based training
  • Recall and confidence building exercises
  • Playtime manners and safety
  • On and off-leash training
  • Household manners
  • Owner and dog bonding

If your dog is distraught, shredding your belongings, or ‘crying’ when you leave, it’s worth investing in specialised dog training.

At PawPals, we are passionate about pooches. We’ve built our puppy training based on canine behaviour to encourage confidence, improve manners and assist with dog separation anxiety. Read more about our puppy training classes here.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:50:41 -0800 Dog-Fancier
PawPals Stocks Premium Dog Food! PawPals is happy to announce that we now stock Prime100 and Meals for Mutts premium dog food!  We take the health and well-being of your dog seriously, which is why we only choose to stock high-end food. 

All the food we stock is hypoallergenic and made from natural and sustainable ingredients to ensure the health and well-being of your best friend! Read on to find out more about these brands.


Australian-owned and made, Prime100 is made with carefully selected functional ingredients that are high in protein to address the problem of food-based allergies and irritations in pets. All Prime100 food is made from fresh, natural ingredients essential to their health and wellbeing.

The team at Prime100 has worked with veterinarians and specialists across the country to come up with an innovative solution to pet food sensitivities. Prime100 meets the standards set by three international nutrition governing bodies and is designed to address and assist with low to acute food sensitivities in pets so they can enjoy care-free comfort! 

Their Single Protein Diets (SPD) pet food provides your pet with a single source of protein, specially formulated for dogs and cats with food sensitivities, which lowers their chance of having an allergic reaction. 

Meals for Mutts

Meals for Mutts is an all-natural, hypoallergenic pet food brand. All Meals for Mutts products are made with 100% natural ingredients and are packed full of nutrients. Meals for Mutts’s aim is to not only improve your pet’s physical health but also increase their quality of life. 

Meals for Mutts is made with natural, organic, and sustainable ingredients so it’s not just good for your pet, it’s good for the environment too.

Their food comes in protein-rich flavours, such as Bacon & Eggs, Duck & Turkey, Kangaroo & Lamb, and Salmon & Sardine, to name a few. Their products also come in gluten-free options for gluten-sensitive pets, as well as high-protein options for athletic dogs, and Lite versions for pets who have been treated a bit too often and need to return to a healthy weight.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:50:39 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Keep your Dog Cool in Summer and Prevent Heatstroke Summer is here and with glorious days and extended daylight it’s a great time to soak up the sunshine and get outdoors with your pet. While you’re having fun in the sun, it’s important to ensure your dog stays cool and hydrated to keep them comfortable, and reduce the risk of overheating and exhaustion.

Dogs that are unable to cool themselves can develop heatstroke which can be life-threatening. Fortunately, there are many things you can do as a responsible dog owner to keep your dog cool and happy this summer which we’ll discuss in this article.

What causes heatstroke in dogs?

Heatstroke is caused when the body overheats for a prolonged time and causes failure of the body’s temperature-regulating mechanism. Dogs, unlike humans, do not have sebaceous (sweat) glands which means they cannot sweat to cool themselves down. This makes them more prone to overheating and developing heatstroke, which can be fatal if untreated.

Dogs rely on panting to cool themselves down as it helps to lower their body temperature. Unfortunately, it is not as effective as sweating, taking off layers of clothing (dogs coats are a little more attached than ours!) having a cold shower, or turning on the air-con.

Dog breeds with short snouts, like Pugs and Bulldogs, are at higher risk of getting heat stroke, as are older dogs, overweight dogs, and dogs that have had airway or heart problems.

Heatstroke can cause damage to lungs, organs, muscles, swelling of the upper airways, bleeding disorders, permanent brain damage and even death if left untreated.

What are the signs of overheating in dogs?

Overheating in dogs is a very serious and potentially life-threatening condition. One of the easiest ways to help reduce the risk of overheating is awareness; you must be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of overheating in dogs. If you’re able to catch the signs early, there are steps that can be taken to treat and prevent the condition from worsening.

The following are some of the most common signs and symptoms of overheating in dogs:

  • Heavy panting – panting is a normal dog behaviour for cooling themselves off; however, excessive panting can be a sign of overheating
  • Rapid heartbeat – A dog’s normal heartbeat is between 120-160 beats per minute; anything above that can be a sign of overheating
  • Excessive drooling from the mouth
  • Very red or dark tongue and gums
  • Increased body temperature
  • Drowsiness or weakness
  • Staggering or collapsing
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Excessive thirst
Tips to prevent heat stroke in dogs

Following are some steps you can take to ensure your dog stays cool in the heat of the summer, and minimise the risk of heat stroke:

  • Maintain proper hydration – ensure your dog always has plenty of water available and top up their water bowls regularly throughout the day. Also, take a water bottle with you when going out for a walk. If you’re away from home for extended periods, put ice cubes in their water bowls to keep it cold.
  • Avoid exercising your dog during the hottest parts of the day – try to walk them during the early morning or late evening when the sun isn’t as strong and there is less humidity in the air. If you must walk your dog during the day, make sure you do so in shaded areas. Also, remember that a footpath that is hot to the touch for your hands can burn your dog’s footpads.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible – If you have a dog who likes to spend a lot of time outdoors, try to limit outdoor playtime to the early morning or late afternoon when the sun isn’t as strong.
  • Create a shaded area outside – if your dog will be spending prolonged time outside, it’s a good idea to have a shaded area for them to rest in to help them stay as cool as possible.
  • Use a cooling mat – There are cooling mats on the market that you can place in your dog’s bed that will help keep your dog cool when indoors, or place inside their kennel when outdoors.
  • Set up a paddling pool – this is a fun way to help your dog cool off! Make sure the water is shallow and always supervise, especially if you have children at home too.
  • NEVER leave your dog in a warm or hot car and don’t travel with your dog in a poorly ventilated car. Turn your car’s air conditioning on when travelling.

When it comes to reducing the risk of overheating, prevention is key. Heatstroke, in particular, is something that can happen extremely quickly. Therefore, it is a good idea to be proactive when it comes to protecting your dog from heatstroke. Always keep an eye out for warning signs. If your dog seems lethargic, is panting excessively, or doesn’t want to play outside as much, it could be a sign that your dog is overheating.

If you notice any signs of overheating in your dog, it’s best to take them to the vet as soon as possible. If you suspect your pet has heatstroke, you can attempt to cool them using cool water, not ice, over their body until you get to a vet.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:50:10 -0800 Dog-Fancier
I Wish I Had Known! Pumpkin is good for dogs ???? This month we have introduced a new feature on the blog called ‘I wish I had known!’

There are so many things about dogs that we don’t know or wish we had known sooner to help improve their health, happiness and wellbeing. This will be a collaborative segment that we’d love to get your input for, so if there’s something you wish you’d known sooner that you’d like us to share with other dog owners, email us at and we’ll include it in an upcoming newsletter.

Now, onto today’s tip, which is courtesy of Paul (Thai’s Dad).

Did you know that pumpkin is good for dog’s digestion?

If you’ve got some excess pumpkins leftover from Halloween that you’re not sure what to do with – feed them to your dog! Dogs can eat all of the pumpkin’s skin, seeds and flesh, which means no wastage.

Health benefits

Pumpkin is a great source of fibre and has loads of health benefits for dogs including:

  • Great source of fibre
  • Eases digestion
  • Reduces issues with diarrhea
  • Can help ease mild constipation
  • Contains essential vitamins and minerals that help to improve your dog’s diet
  • Low in calories (assisting in weight loss)

How to feed your dog pumpkin:

Here are some ways you can prepare pumpkin for your dog:

  • Bake – cut it into pieces and bake in the oven until soft
  • Puree or mash – cut into chunks, boil until soft then drain and mash it
  • Pumpkin seeds – it’s recommended that you roast the seeds rather than give them raw. Roast them in the oven then grind them up and mix them in with your dog’s food.

How much pumpkin should you feed your dog:

Like anything, it’s important to feed your dog pumpkin in moderation. Start with small amounts to avoid giving them too much fibre. The American Kennel Club recommends between 1-4 tablespoons of pumpkin per meal.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:50:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Grooming and Walk&In Services: What You Need To Know Grooming bookings now online

As most of you may be aware, we have recently adopted an online system for booking your pup in for a groom with us. This system allows you to easily view which days we have availabilities, our different grooms and their respective prices, as well as a space to leave any notes you’d like to communicate to the grooming team. If it is your pups’ first time coming for a groom with us, there will also be a 15 minute window allocated to an in-person consultation with your groomer to ensure they understand exactly what you are after, as well as to answer any questions you may have.

Click here to watch our easy ‘How to book a grooming appointment online’ video!

What is the difference between a groom and a ‘walk-in’ service?

Put simply, walk-in services DO NOT include the use of clippers/scissors (no cutting of any hair). Walk-in services do not require a booking and are available between 9am – 2pm from Monday – Saturday.

Walk-in services we offer include:

  • Hydrobaths
  • Blow-dries
  • Brushes
  • Nail clipping/filing
  • Expressing of anal glands
  • Teeth brushes
  • Ear clean/pluck

This list of services and their respective prices can be found on our ‘pricing’ page at





Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:49:58 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Pumpkin Patch Photos Tell your pup they have plans next week! It’s that time of year again. ????Lucy’s annual PUPkin Patch photos! All pups arriving for our Daycare Service by 1pm on select dates will receive a complimentary digital Pumpkin Patch Photo. Each adorable PUPkin will be posted on our social by the end of the day, free […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:44:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Halloween Safety Tips Halloween can be the spookiest night of the year, but keeping your pets safe doesn’t have to be tricky. The ASPCA recommends taking these simple, common sense precautions to keep your pet happy and healthy all the way to November 1. Stash the Treats The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not Scruffy or Fluffy. Several popular […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:44:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Lucy’s Fill The Van Our furry friends at San Antonio Animal Care Services need help keeping pups warm as the cold weather approaches. Join us as we Fill the Van, and please consider donating clean blankets and towels at any of Lucy’s locations. Please note pillows, comforters, curtains, dog clothes, or sheets cannot be accepted. The San Antonio Animal […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:44:20 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How Dog Boarding Benefits Your Pet Are you planning a trip? Do you have a canine companion who can't come along? If so, you'll need to arrange accommodations for your furry friend. One great option is a reliable dog boarding service. These services give your pet a place to stay while you're away. They can be very useful to you. However, they can also be beneficial for your dog as well.

Socialization With Other Dogs

Most dogs do not like being alone. Without human or animal companions, they tend to get bored and lonely. Fortunately, dog boarding provides them with plenty of companions. They'll have people taking care of them and interacting with them. Plus, they can benefit from being around and playing with other dogs. In fact, if you've been looking for a chance to socialize your dog, boarding is a great opportunity.

Most boarding facilities allow dogs to safely play together. This gives your dog a chance to make some canine friends and learn how to engage with other dogs in a positive way. This can be particularly beneficial for puppies, younger dogs, or dogs who have recently lost a packmate, though all kinds of dogs can enjoy and benefit from socialization.

A Scheduled Day

Many dogs are creatures of habit. Having a routine or a schedule can aid in making them feel less anxious. Luckily for them, many boarding facilities operate on a schedule. While it may differ somewhat from your schedule at home, most dogs will adapt to the new routine quickly. Typically, they'll be fed, exercised, and put to bed at specific times throughout the day. Having a schedule to follow can help your pet feel less insecure and may promote positive behaviors both while you're away and when you come back.


Dog boarding can benefit not just your pet, but you and your home as well. Dogs who are left alone, with only a few visits from pet-sitters per day, may turn destructive. They might chew items, scratch doors, have accidents, or exhibit other undesirable behaviors that can damage your home. Some of these behaviors, such as getting into unhealthy food or chewing on dangerous items, can pose a risk to your pet. When they're at a boarding facility, however, you don't have to worry about any of these issues. Your home will stay safe, and your pet can too. Plus, if they're stimulated and having a good time, they may be less likely to engage in destructive or anxiety-related behaviors in the first place.

A dog is a wonderful but challenging responsibility. As a pet owner, you have to decide what's right for your dog when you travel. For many people and pets, though, dog boarding is one of the best solutions.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:42:25 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why All Dog Owners Need Access To A Doggy Daycare A doggy daycare is a place where people bring their dogs to be cared for during the day—similar to human daycares. However, many companies also offer boarding services, so you can leave your pooch with them anytime the need comes up. A doggy daycare is a great place for your dog to play with other pets rather than being cooped up all day in your house all alone.


The most common reason that people seek out a doggy daycare is that they need to work, and there's nobody to stay home with their dog. Since they're naturally social animals, being alone for long periods of time can be harmful. Leaving your dog home for eight or more hours multiple days a week can have a negative impact on their mental and physical health.


One thing that many new dog owners don't consider is how difficult it will be to go on vacation. While it's possible for dogs to travel on planes, and even stay at select hotels, it's more difficult traveling with a dog than without one. 

Contrary to the beliefs of many dog owners, you don't have to give up hope on ever getting to take a vacation. Instead, you should use a local dog daycare that offers boarding services.


There's typically no need to send your dog away when you have visitors. However, there are certain instances when it would make sense. One example of this would be if you were hosting a large event at your home (like a wedding or funeral), and the dog would make things extra difficult for you.


Emergencies happen, and they sometimes make it difficult to be a dog owner. What if someone you care about who lives in a faraway state passes away, requiring you to travel there for the services? You need to be able to provide your dog with a safe, supervised place to stay on the drop of a dime. 

It's good for your dog

Staying home alone for long periods of time, on a regular basis, isn't good for dogs. Doggy daycares provide a solution to this problem. Therefore, all dog owners should have access to one.

Aside from preventing your dog from being home alone, doggy daycares also have additional benefits. Your dog will get to have a change of scenery, socialize with other dogs, and get lots of fun-filled exercises. For more information, contact a company like Cheap Shots Second to None Pet Services.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:42:25 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Going On A Long Trip? 3 Extras To Get With Dog Boarding Services While going on short trips, such as a weekend getaway, you may feel comfortable dropping your dog off at a boarding facility with its typical services. However, you might be planning a long trip where you will be away from home for weeks or months. A dog boarding facility is ideal for your dog to stay at during your trip. But you may want to consider getting extra services to guarantee a positive experience for your dog.

One-on-One Time

Spending one-on-one time with your dog is something you may do on a typical day. When traveling for a few days, you may feel confident that your dog will still be comfortable without one-on-one time. But going away for weeks or months can leave a major hole in this area. An excellent solution is to get one-on-one time for your dog with a boarding employee.

These services can include cuddle time, playtime, or nighttime tuck-ins. You can get a mix of these additional services to ensure your dog is comfortable and happy at the facility.

Depending on how long you are away, you can get all these services once and ask the facility about your dog's response to each one. For instance, your dog may love cuddle time, so you can prioritize several more cuddle sessions throughout the duration of your trip.


Another service worth getting while boarding your dog is grooming, especially when you have a dog with a medium to long coat that requires routine upkeep. A grooming service will naturally include basic services, such as a bath and nail trim. You can also find boarding facilities that include ear cleaning, teeth brushing, and anal gland expression with their grooming.

A smart move is to consider your current grooming routine and incorporate that into the boarding service. Bathing your dog every two weeks makes it worth getting a bath for them every two weeks they are boarded. When your dog gets dirty from outdoor activities together, you can reduce the grooming to every three weeks or so because they may not get as dirty.


Being active with your dog is an excellent way to keep them healthy, happy, and stimulated. Going on a trip means that they will stop getting guaranteed walks. Fortunately, you can pick a boarding facility that offers group or individual walks that your dog can go on regularly. This extra service will ensure your dog gets at least some of the exercise they are used to getting.

Consider these extra services to give your dog a positive boarding experience while you are away on a long trip. Contact a local pet boarding service to learn more. 

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:42:24 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why is Doggy Daycare a Good Choice for Your Dog? Doggy daycare is a great choice for your dog because of the many benefits that can significantly improve your dog’s life and yours as well! If you do not like leaving your dog alone while you go about your day, or if you feel guilty that you don’t have enough time for your dog, doggy […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:40:49 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Importance of Walking Your Dog The importance of walking your dog cannot be emphasized enough as this activity will provide your pet with physical exercise, mental stimulation and the opportunity to socialize. Walking is a great way to get you and your dog out of the house, and this time you spend together will also strengthen your bond, so there […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:40:46 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Best Places to Walk Your Dog in Toronto Walking your dog is a great way to bond with your pet, and this time should be enjoyable for both you and your four-legged friend. Choosing the right trails is a great way to make walks more exciting, and there are several places in Toronto where you and your dog can enjoy the fresh air […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:40:44 -0800 Dog-Fancier
K&9 Guide: Choosing the Best Dog Boarding Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:40:30 -0800 Dog-Fancier A Day in the Life at Doggie Daycare Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:40:29 -0800 Dog-Fancier 7 Questions to Ask Your Doggie Daycare Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:40:29 -0800 Dog-Fancier Health Tip – Dog&on&Dog Interactions During the COVID-19 pandemic dogs spent significantly more time with their human families and little-to-no outside dog-on-dog meetings and playtime opportunities as humans maintained social distancing.  Because of this, many dogs now experience separation anxiety when the family heads off to school, work and even shopping.  Puppies adopted during the pandemic didn’t have the opportunity to interact with other dogs and now many don’t know how to play, and are afraid of, or leash aggressive towards, other dogs. 

Dog-on-dog experiences help puppies and dogs develop and enhance their social skills – sharing, taking turns, following rules, playing.  Dogs learn that sniffing bums is what dogs do before they sniff other dogs’ faces.   They also learn that putting paws on another dog’s back and one’s head over another‘s shoulders is rude behavior. Their peers teach them this.  

Dogs need to spend time with their own species.  Try not interacting with anyone all day.  No phone calls, no TV, no music, no raiding the fridge, no video games or Zoom calls. This is what you’re expecting your dog to do and not get bored.  Or develop anxiety.  Or develop destructive behaviors from boredom.

Dogs need to have positive interactions with other dogs for their mental health.  They’re not human, but another species.  They need to interact with other canines and just enjoy being a dog.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:40:09 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Health Tip: FDA Guidelines for Pet Food Handling and Sanitation "Do you wash your dog’s water and food bowls after every meal? Do you wash your hands after feeding your dog her meal and treats? If you answered “No”, you’re inviting bacteria and illness for you and your pet.

Tips for Preparing Pet Food

  • Begin and end with clean hands. Both before and after handling pet food and treats, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
  • Wash pet food bowls and scooping utensils with soap and hot water after each use.
  • Do not use your pet’s food bowl as a scooping utensil. Use a clean scoop, spoon, or cup instead. Use the scooping utensil only for scooping pet food.
  • Throw out old or spoiled pet food in a safe way, for example, by placing it in a securely tied plastic bag in a covered trash can.

Tips for Storing Pet Food

  • Promptly refrigerate or throw out unused or leftover canned and pouched pet food. Tightly cover refrigerated pet food. Set your refrigerator to 40 F or below.
  • Store dry pet food in a cool and dry place. The temperature should be less than 80 F. Excess heat or moisture can cause the nutrients to break down.
  • Store dry pet food in its original bag and keep the top of the bag tightly folded down.
  • Keep pet food in a secure location to prevent your pet from eating an entire supply at once.


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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:40:06 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Health Tip: Loose Dogs in Cars Restrain your dog when she’s in your car.

Have you seen slow-motion videos of what happens to items in a car that’s in a head-on collision?  Everything not tied down or seat-belted continues to travel forward – coffee mugs, purses, backpacks, tablets.  And dogs.

An unrestrained dog in your car can become a projectile – injuring human passengers in the car and being injured as well.  If a car rolls over and windows break, an unrestrained dog can get out of the car, and now is a hazard on the road or busy highway. A dog propelled into the back of a seat can sustain serious injuries such as broken bones or neck and back injuries.

Small dogs allowed to roam while you’re driving can also get under the driver’s feet and impede braking. If, while driving, you’re looking to see where your dog is, you’re taking your eyes off the road.  This is a recipe for an accident, or hitting a bicyclist or pedestrian.

Letting your dog hang her head out the window is also an accident waiting to happen. Pebbles and small gravel can be thrown from other cars’ tires and hit your dog in the face. Facial injuries can include blindness, broken teeth or death.

Restrain your dog in a harness or in a crate that’s secured to the car interior that has PASSED a safety- and reliability test by an independent testing agency.  (Just having the item tested does not mean it passed the test.)

If you already have a car harness or crate for your dog, check the manufacturer’s website to find out if their product passed a safety test.  If it hasn’t, ask them to submit their products for testing. And purchase a car harness or crate that has.  For the love (and safety) of your dog.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:40:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
BOARDING DEPOSITS FOR HOLIDAY BOOKINGS Every year we book up for the holiday season with boarding reservations. This means that as a result, we have to turn people away who don’t book early. This becomes complicated when we receive late cancellations because we’re not able to offer the booking to another customer who is interested in boarding but had been turned down because our reservations put us at capacity. Often by the time a cancellation comes through they’ve made other arrangements. That’s why we’ve made a change and now require a deposit for every holiday boarding reservation.

While we certainly don’t want to inconvenience anyone, we have to ensure we can guarantee boarding spots to customers who will use them. In turn, we also have to ensure that we have appropriate staffing for boarding. When we have cancellations, we still have to pay the staff, so having the non-refundable deposits in place will cover their salaries as well.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You submit your reservation request via Paw Partner.
  2. We approve your request.
  3. If any part of your booking falls within the date range of the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year), you’ll receive an invoice via email to pay your deposit fee for one night’s boarding.

If you maintain the booking and your dog stays with us, the deposit will be applied to your total charges. If you cancel, however, the one-night deposit will only be refunded based on the following schedule:

Cancellation by

  • 2 weeks prior to the booking: 100% refund
  • 1 week prior to the booking: 50% refund
  • 6 days or less: No refund

This will apply to all bookings unless you have a boarding package. In the event that you have a boarding package - that package will serve as your deposit and the following cancellation schedule will apply:

Cancellation by

  • 2 weeks prior: No charge
  • 1 week prior: No charge
  • 6 days or less: One boarding credit will be applied as a non-refundable deposit fee

As always, we encourage you to book your holiday reservations right away to make certain that we have a spot for your good dog. Visit Paw Partner to submit your reservation request.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:34:51 -0800 Dog-Fancier
THE VETS THAT COME TO YOU We were recently approached by a company that wanted us to recommend them to you, our customers. Their concept is simple, vets that make house calls. They are The Vets.

In order to make a clear assessment of the quality of their services, we decided we should experience their services for ourselves. Since Lila’s Bordetella vaccination was due – and we’re always on board for an exam just to make sure that our girl is doing well – we booked a home visit.

The process was quite simple, you visit their website and walk through the steps to book an appointment. There were plenty of days and times available so we were able to book when it was convenient for us. As with any veterinary practice, we had to fill out some paperwork - all online, though, so it was very easy. We received a couple of text messages and emails confirming our appointment. Then, the day before, we had a call to go over what to expect, our needs, and to find out if we had any questions. The service was great.

Lila is a dog who gets very nervous going to the vet – unlike her sister Madoc. When Madoc was still with us, she loved to go to the vet. We never really understood why, but she would drag us into the vet’s office like most dogs drag their humans into Good Dog (Madoc did that, too). Lila, though, is terrified of the vet. So much so, that whenever a procedure is going to take place, we have to give her a Trazadone to keep her calm (most useful when it’s time to trim her nails). Because of her fear of the veterinary office, a home visit for Lila seemed like a great idea.

Turns out, it was. She was relaxed, comfortable, and didn’t exhibit the fearful trembles we’ve come to know when we take her to the vet. It didn’t hurt that she had plenty of treats so the vet and her technician won her over easily. They were also both very cognizant of the fact that they were in Lila’s home and they wanted to make sure they weren’t doing anything to make her uncomfortable.

Lila had a good exam and then vaccine updates. You’d never know it even happened. She did a great job as a patient and the team that came out from The Vets kept it simple and quick. Lila even seemed sad when they left.

What we’ve found and what we’ve learned is that The Vets is a great option for diagnostic work, vaccine updates, general exams, etc. We will, of course, maintain our relationships with our neighborhood vets because they have been so great to us, but having The Vets as an option feels pretty great - especially for our nervous little lady.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:34:51 -0800 Dog-Fancier
WHY DON'T WE FOCUS ON DOG PHOTOS? It seems simple, right? We’re hanging out with dogs all day, why don’t we take more photos of them? While we’d love to spend our time doing nothing but staging photos and collecting pictures of dogs, our focus and the priority of our staff is always taking care of the dogs. This priority will not change.

When we signed up with Paw Partner, we didn’t realize how much fun it would be to have our staff be able to post photos to the platform and have our dog parents notified that a new photo of their dog was posted. But, photos on that platform rely on a few things to be successful:

  1. Dogs doing something interesting - some days the dogs come in and they don’t do a lot. There are days when they just hang out with us. There are other days when they are very active, but some days exciting moments are hard to capture.
  2. Having staff that are great at taking photos - we don’t require staff to be good at taking photos. If they happen to be, that’s great, and over the years, we’ve had some people who’ve been able to take some great shots, but not everyone is a photographer, and dog photography is another level of difficulty - they don’t exactly sit still for the camera.
  3. Non-repetitive content - if you follow our feed on Paw Partner, you know that it happens. We try to mix it up on our feeds on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter, but there’s only so much to talk about in a building full of dogs.

What we do love is the feedback we’ve gotten and how excited dog parents are when a photo of their dog is posted to Paw Partner. We try to get photos of the dogs when they visit us and when they stay with us, but it doesn’t always happen. One thing having the staff posting to Paw Partner has afforded us is a vast library of content from which to draw to post to our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds.

If you follow along with our social media, you’ve likely figured out that we usually pull the best photos from Paw Partner and schedule them to post to social media at a later date - sometimes up to two to three months later. This usually works out pretty well, unless we post about a sunny potty walk and it ends up going live on a rainy or snowy day, but it’s the risk you take with social media scheduling!

One more item of note… The lobby photo tiles. One of our most frequently asked questions is “how do I get my dog on the wall?” It’s really simple actually. We just have to get lucky and get a great photo of your dog that works well for a tile and is of high enough quality to print on the tile. We try to order one per month (sometimes more), but there’s no rhyme or reason, it’s just dumb luck.

So, while we do absolutely love taking photos of all of the dogs that come to Good Dog, taking photos will never be our priority. Our priority will always be the care of the dogs. When we have a chance to take photos, we’ll post them to Paw Partner and the dog parents will get a notification. The best of those photos will be used for social media, and the best of the best of those photos may make it onto a glass tile to adorn the lobby wall!

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:34:51 -0800 Dog-Fancier
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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:34:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Choose and Care for Dog Grooming Shears How to Choose and Care for Dog Grooming Shears

If you’re a professional dog groomer, you know how important your grooming shears are to the success of your business. Grooming shears are the one tool that can turn a shabby-looking coat into a chic coat! Knowing how to choose and care for dog grooming shears is just as important as the other essential parts of your pet-care business like the software you use, your employees and your website. 

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:34:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
5 Pet&Care and Dog Grooming Industry Trends: Market Report 5 Pet-Care and Dog Grooming Industry Trends: Market Report

As a pet-care business owner, keeping track of industry trends is important. Trends can help predict where consumers will spend money, which products or services they are likely to spend higher dollar amounts on, and which services your customers may be less likely to purchase.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:34:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why we don’t pluck a dog’s ear hair Often our groomers are asked, why DON’T you pluck ears?

Many dog breeds naturally grow large amounts of hair inside their ears. Ear ‘plucking’ is the process of using hands or special tools to pull this hair out, with the goal of opening up the ear canal. At the Doghouse, we do not perform ear plucking, routinely or upon request, for very important reasons.

Inflammation of the canine ear canal, ‘otitis externa’, is a common and often recurrent problem in dogs. There are many factors that can directly induce inflammation, increase the likelihood of infection, and perpetuate inflammatory conditions in the ear. These factors include hypersensitivity, allergies, parasites, foreign bodies, immune disease and trauma. Ear hair is often benign, but plucking directly causes micro-trauma and inflammation in the sensitive ear canal. If plucking is required in your dog based on their ear condition, this should be performed by a licensed veterinarian who can diagnose the underlying cause of ongoing issues, treat infections and manage the risks associated with therapeutic plucking.

If your dog is showing any signs of ear infection including head shaking or scratching, redness, swelling, excessive discharge and/or an unpleasant odour, please seek advice from a veterinary professional.

Otherwise, we look forward to seeing your dog for their regular pamper and play!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:24:36 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Understanding dogs play behaviour By two weeks old, puppies have opened their eyes and started wrestling their siblings. This playtime is critical in teaching good manners, socialisation skills and bite inhibition. As your puppy grows, you may notice their playfulness continues and even though it may seem rough, there are some signs to indicate that the rough and tumble is indeed fun for all parties.

These include:

  1. Bowing: this is where a dog’s front paws are bent, with their tail in the air. Some dogs appear to ‘slam’ their paws to the ground a number of times and bark (perhaps incessantly) at their opponent in an attempt to engage in playtime.
  2. Bouncing: Dogs who are having fun during rough play tend to exaggerate their ‘bounce’ which is a sign they are having fun. In addition, if dogs take it in turns to jump on each other, lie on the floor or mouth each other, it’s an indication they are simply playing.
  3. A big smile: dogs who are having fun during play often have an open-mouth smile.
  4. Play biting: Humans have been programmed to learn that biting is negative, but for some canines, play biting, or nipping, is simply their preferred form of rough play with their fur-ends. This is not to say that all dogs like this form of play; some dogs get irritated when nipped at, whilst others love the instigation of rough play. It’s important to share information about your dog’s likes and dislikes with our staff, so we can monitor their interactions with other dogs.
  5. Play growling: Loud, exaggerated growling can be a sign that dogs are playing.

Of course, many dogs have sharp nails and teeth, so even though play can be fun, some playtime participants may emerge with scratches. At the Doghouse, we have a number of staff in the Play Areas to monitor playtime and ensure it remains fun and positive, for both our human and canine clients!

Some signs that playtime is turning negative may include:

  1. A stiff posture with fur standing upright
  2. Quick, jerky movements
  3. Flat ears, tail tucked under or lips in a snarl. No big smiles.
  4. A dog who is agitated will not ‘go back for more’- dogs are likely to withdraw after a short encounter.

Our Doghouse team are trained to recognise these signs and intervene to calm and separate any dogs in our care, to avoid an incident.

Should our team have concerns, we will share them with you at pick up and work with you to ensure both you and your dog are able to enjoy the Daycare experience, safely.

If you have any questions about our play area monitoring, the safety of your dog or even your dog’s social behaviours, please contact our team at



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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:24:31 -0800 Dog-Fancier
All about Thornit! Over the years, Thornit has become a legendary at home treatment for common canine ear conditions. The Doghouse has sent hundreds of bottles to pet owners around the world and we love hearing the positive reviews and feedback.

In the past we have referred to it as a miracle powder, and there is good reason why.

So, what’s the fuss about? What is Thornit and what is it used for? 

THORNIT is a product that is easy and safe to use in dissolving ear wax and treating mites, all over the body. During Summer months in particular, wax can build up due to the heat and water play which create the perfect environment for ear mites. These common and relatively mild parasite, can cause an infection that may cause discomfort if left untreated. Ear mites (or ‘Otodectes cynotis mites’) can multiply if long ear hair limits ventilation. This hair can be both inside the ear and on the ear flap itself.

Signs of ear mite infection

Some of the early signs of ear mites may include the following symptoms:

  • Scratching of ears, head or neck or even paws
  • Holding their head to one side
  • Frequent shaking of their head
  • Thick red-brown or black crusts in the outer ear
  • Coffee ground like bumps in the ear canal
  • Abrasions and scratches on the back side of the ears
  • Crusting and scale on the neck, rump and tail

How Does THORNIT help?

THORNIT acts by dissolving ear wax, destroying the conditions that ear mites need to thrive.

As ear wax dissolves, the ear mites die.

Your dog should experience relief after the first use, but you should continue treatment for up to 5 days, using the powder twice a day.

As THORNIT does not contain antibiotics, it is safe to apply at home and can be used in your weekly health routine to keep ear wax at bay.

How to use THORNIT

THORNIT is a powder that you simply apply to the outer ear (avoiding the entrance of the ear canal) and massage from the outside. To treat mites on other parts of the body, simply shake powder onto the affected area. Your dog will experience relief after the first dose, but you should continue treatment for up to 5 days, using the powder twice a day.

The Doghouse stocks the 20gm (for $35) and 50gm (for $80) bottles of THORNIT and we can ship worldwide. Shipping is $14 within Australia, but we can ship overseas as well!

Looking for more information or want to order a bottle? Simply contact the Doghouse team via email on or call us on (08) 8293 6791.

From Marcelle, a satisfied client: “Well I have had the Thornit powder for a week and wow I cant believe how fast it has worked on my big boys ears they are clearing up already after just a few days. Thank you so much.”

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:24:26 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Let’s Talk Dating! (You heard right) Calling all the single dog owners!

Ever tried dating with your dog? It isn’t a pawfect science but there’s an exciting new concept, The Bark & Spark.

Meeting a partner you and your dog like can be pretty challenging and let’s be honest, if the dog doesn’t approve then there really is no future (are we right?). The UK is a nation of dog lovers however that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find that special someone. Tinder, however, have tapped into this golden market and are pairing dog owners with other dog owners, and we think its genius!

Tinder have launched a pop up pub experience where owners can bring their dogs along on their dates for the ultimate seal of approval. Daters will meet at the Hair of the Dog in Edinburgh to see if spark fly.

Stats released by Tinder shared that members who include a picture of their furry friend would receive 5% more matches than those who did not. This is some serious pulling potential.

So the question stands, would you avoid a potential match if they didn’t like your dog? 91% of 18-25 year olds stated, liking their dog is a deal breaker. And we agree!

Daters stated some of the most desirable breeds for their potential love interest to own were; German Shephard. Golden Retriever and Husky.


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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:21:00 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Dog Lover Show 2023 As most of our loyal customers may know, we are also the organisers of The Dog Lover Show.

After an amazing few years, we are returning for 2023!

The Dog Lover Show is a day of fun for all of the family. It is the perfect opportunity to learn more about specific breeds, training, grooming and more. Not to mention you can shop till you drop, and who doesn’t love to treat their furry friends.

Our 2023 show will be bringing you some super exciting feature including;

Meet the breeds 

Here you will meet some of the UK’s favourite breeds and learn about their characteristics and whether or not they could be a good fit for your family.

Perfect Match 

Meet our charity partner and find your perfect match. With thousands of dogs needing to be rehomed, you could find your perfect match!

Paws and Prosecco 

Nail painting and prosecco! Treat your self to something a little special and enjoy a manicure and prosecco. We have special nail art available for owners who want to make a statement and celebrate their furbabies!

Q&A Stage 

Learn form the best in the industry at our Q&A Stage. This stage is where we get to the nitty gritty and learn more about all that is dogs.

Live Grooming Stage 

This new feature is super exciting! Watch dogs get groomer live on stage and learn the tip and tricks form the trade professionals.

And so much more!

We cannot wait to return and hope to see you all there. Don’t forget to bag your early bird tickets now!


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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:20:59 -0800 Dog-Fancier
My dog is obsessed with food…help! Welcome to the Dog Blog!

Todays topic, Nero and his obsession with food.

We all know Labradors can be pretty food driven but I can honestly say I have never met a dog like Nero (my, let’s say brother).

Nero is now a 4 year old rolly polly little Labrador with a nature as soft as butter and a food obsession like you wouldn’t believe. The back story is, Nero was a surprise for my dad when he decided he wanted another dog. Upon visiting his wonderful breeder, I came across the smallest pup in the litter but by far the most loving. That was it, from that point I knew he was going to be part of our family.

From the moment he arrived at his new home, his head very rarely left the food bowl. He was ravenous all the time.

The saga continued and summer was a fiasco. Bbq’s in the park, picnics, Nero was in his element. If you have a food focused dog, you get the idea. One day that springs to mind is a cool summers afternoon when the park was surprisingly quiet. As always we did our checks to make sure there was no food debris or potential fails in close proximity (our moto was prevention is better than cure). Given the all clear, I let Nero off the leash and focused on his favourite frisbee. Within 5 minutes everything had changed, his nose went up, his tail was straight…he was literally making himself aerodynamic, this meant only one thing….FOOD!

He was off, the fastest I have ever seen his little legs move. He makes his way approx 200 yards in the opposite direction. I could hear faint wails in the distance. Being less than athletic, I finally arrived to what was devastation. There was a group of around 15 lovely ladies enjoying a picnic. By the point I arrived, there were onion bhajis, sandwiches and sweet treats thrown in the air. Nero is wrapped up in a picnic blanket and his face immersed in a red velvet cake. This was neither of our finest moments!

At this very point we realised, Nero had a very big problem…he was a food-oholic.

I am sure so many pet owners have the same issue and yes, this may be more specific to certain breeds. Labradors, we are looking at you!

After much research here are some of the reasons I found:

  • Most dogs over eat for the exact same reasons humans do, food is delicious!
  • Dogs will eventually be sick but generally, assuming they aren’t eating toxic foods, there will be no further damage done.
  • It may be worth digging a little further to ensure there are no underlying health concerns that is causing the increase in their appetite.

Now the important part, how to change the pattern and prevent this behaviour:

  • Check if they are getting enough food for their weight
  • Are they getting the proper nutrients
  • Don’t feed them at the table
  • Do not give into begging
  • Be strong with your boundaries
  • Teach them all food comes from their food bowl, nowhere else.
  • Ask friends and family to follow the rules
  • Be consistent and try not to give into their puppy dog eyes

I speak from experience when I say, this is a marathon and not a sprint. We wish you luck!

DD x

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:20:57 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Choose the Best Dog Bath Shampoo Critter Boarding | Dog Daycare | Grooming in Spring Hill

How to Choose the Best Dog Bath Shampoo

When scheduling a dog bath, there is often a choice of shampoos that may be available to best suit the needs of your K9. These shampoos are generally available as an add-on upgrade or even part of a package. Nonetheless, many customers may not know of the different types of shampoo, as well as when […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:17:20 -0800 Dog-Fancier
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4 Top Questions About Dog Nail Trimming

As every owner will attest, dog nail trimming is just part of ownership and something we all must do from time to time. In terms of good hygiene, nail trims are essential to promote good health for your dog. Nail trims are often included with professional bath packages or as an add-on service. In our […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:17:19 -0800 Dog-Fancier
4 Tips to Rid the Fleas and Ticks Critter Boarding | Dog Daycare | Grooming in Spring Hill

4 Tips to Rid the Fleas and Ticks

While many people look forward to summer, if you are a pet owner you know that with warm heat, we also get fleas and ticks. The challenge really has become a year-round concern and one that can cause significant problems for you and your dog or cat. No matter the season or time of year, […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:17:17 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How Did Wolves Become Dogs?

Do you ever look at your pup, who’s looking back up at you, hoping for a treat, and wonder: How did you ever descend from wolves? 

Yet it’s true. All dogs, big and small, share a common ancestry. For a long time, we thought dogs were descendants of the modern gray wolves seen today. However, researchers discovered dogs are actually descendants of an extinct wolf species. This wolf would’ve roamed the Earth long ago, likely during the Pleistocene era. 

But how did wolves become domesticated? It still remains a mystery. Researchers are trying to figure out not only how, but also the time and place when wolves became dogs, and whether it was a one-time event.  

Much earlier than expected 

Needless to say, researchers are learning more all the time. Many are starting to think dogs were domesticated prior to the agricultural revolution, somewhere between 32,000 and 18,000 years ago. 

There’s some evidence to back this up. In 2016, archeologists made an exciting discovery inside the Chauvet Caves in France, famous for some of the oldest paintings in the world. In the back of the cave, they found ancient footprints of a small child. Alongside those footprints were paw prints. These 26,000 year old prints show the child and wolf-dog walking side-by-side together, suggesting companionship. 

Burials can also support this theory. According to Scientific American, one of the earliest dogs on record is over 14,000 years old. Its remains were found buried alongside a man and a younger woman. In fact, no other animal is so commonly seen among human burials. It suggests our bond goes much farther back than expected. 

Was food the connecting link? 

As researchers close the gap on our dog’s timeline, they’re digging into how they became our best friend. One idea is called the commensal pathway to domestication. This theory suggests an animal benefits from a relationship with people, but people don’t really gain any benefit. It probably wouldn’t come as a shock to most that wolves would’ve benefitted from our food. Among human settlements, wolves could eat leftover food from people, but they could also prey on other animals interested in human food as well. 

It’s possible these dog ancestors, less afraid of venturing onto human settlements, also had a genetic mutation predisposed for tameness, which eventually led the way for our dogs today. 

Or was it just friendship? 

Yet again, nature is full of surprises. In 2003, a lone black wolf became a star in Juneau, Alaska. Nick Jans, the author of A Wolf Called Romeo, describes how he & other residents came to share a magical bond with this fully wild wolf. Romeo, as he was called, was simply interested in playing with Nick and his dogs. For over six years, Romeo ventured into the community, and would enjoy playing fetch, lying down by Nick to nap, and would often wait outside Nick’s house until he would take his dogs out to walk. Normally, Nick explained to National Geographic, wolves attack strangers, or canines they don’t recognize. But Romeo was different. He was completely relaxed around others. It was a once-in-a-lifetime bond shared between species. 

If such events occur today, it’s not a stretch to think there were wolves like Romeo long ago. Wolves that were simply curious about us, who wanted to play, and formed a unique friendship with people.  

It’s fascinating to think our close friendship with dogs remains a mystery. But regardless of unanswered questions, we’re thankful for the dogs in our lives today. 

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:13:57 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Emerging Science of Dirt for Dogs

A lot of us don’t spend much time thinking about dirt. And if you have a dog, you may not like the idea of dirt and dogs together. It could mean dirty paws, which might mean a dirty house…and bath time.

Admittedly, mopping up after your dirty dog doesn’t sound fun. But the payoff could well be worth it: there is emerging science suggesting that direct contact with healthy soil may not only be beneficial for our health, but for dogs too.

What’s so beneficial about it? Microbes.

What are microbes?

Microbes are tiny living organisms that can’t be seen by the naked eye, but they’re everywhere. They live all around us, on us, and inside us. Everyone, including our dogs, has a unique microbiome that can be affected by environment, diet, and other factors.

However, a person and their pup(s) do share similar microbial populations. They can be so similar that researchers could likely pick your dog out of a crowd based on microbiomes. It makes sense, as our lives are so intertwined.

Why are they so important?

Many of these microbes are beneficial for us. They help fight off germs, digest our food, and keep our skin healthy. And research is beginning to show that exposure to microbes found in dirt may reduce asthma, allergies, and also boost our immune system. In one study, young children who spent time outside on the farm had lower rates of asthma and allergies than their urban neighbors. Those children naturally live in a place teeming with microbes – microbes that our immune system evolved with and benefit from.

As research grows of the benefits for people, there is developing research for dogs. Steve Brown, a canine nutrition expert, also launched the Canine Healthy Soil Project. Similar to research that focused on young farm children, Brown’s hypothesis states that a dog’s exposure to healthy soil (especially as a puppy) can help restore a dog’s ancestral microbiota and enhance their overall health.

In a Wag Out Loud podcast episode, Brown explains that long ago, dogs used to be born outside, with easy access to soil. However, nowadays many dogs are bred indoors (where it’s sterile), with little access to dirt. And with our modern lifestyles, a dog’s microbiota (and ours) may be negatively impacted by this lack of access to these beneficial microbes.

If a dog is provided time on rich, healthy soil, they can gain exposure to these beneficial microbes. And while every dog’s microbiome is different, there are so many microbes found in healthy soil (in the billions), that each dog can be exposed to the microbes most beneficial to them.

Can my dog roam in any kind on soil?

Unfortunately, dogs and people cannot benefit from walking on any kind of soil. Much of the soil today can be affected by fertilizers, chemicals, and agricultural practices that deplete the soil. Brown and other researchers are working on microbiome support products that may help improve our dogs’ microbiome, without the need to search for healthy soil.

If you do have access to some land, you can check to see if your soil is healthy. Here are some markers that indicate healthy soil:

  • Soil color: Generally the darker the soil, the higher organic matter content
  • Soil rich in life: healthy soil is filled with earthworms, bacteria, fungi, and beetles
  • Soil smell: Good soil generally smells earthy. Soil absent of oxygen may smell like rotten eggs or sulfur

If you’ve got healthy soil, consider giving your pup (and yourself) a chunk of time to roam in some good ol’ dirt. Your microbiome will love you for it.

Some takeaways

The science of microbes and its impacts on humans and dogs is in its early days, but the research so far is exciting. These findings could blaze the way for new soil-microbe-based medicine that can help our boost our overall health.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:13:54 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Camp Run&A&Mutt Announces Opening of Columbus, Ohio Location

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Camp Run-A-Mutt, a cage-free doggie daycare and boarding franchise, is excited to announce its first Ohio location. Camp Run-A-Mutt Columbus is located at 55 Green Meadows Dr. S., Lewis Center, OH 43035. Christie and Todd Ely are the owners of the newest Camp Run-A-Mutt location.

Christie began her career in the banking industry, specializing in residential mortgage lending. Initially starting in an entry-level position, her drive for growth, both for herself and her family, advanced her to a top-tier management role. Todd began his career in the construction industry. He has worked specifically within the high voltage sector since 2005. Today, Todd is a Transmission Construction Representative for American Electric Power (AEP) in Columbus, Ohio.

However, Christie and Todd wanted their next chapter to involve their life-long love for animals, and specifically dogs. It was also around this time that they had adopted Libby, an American Staffordshire Terrier. While Libby had a less-than-ideal upbringing, she brought incredible joy to their family. She was so loving, gentle, and loyal to their other dogs and cats, and became an absolute light in their lives. Libby ignited Christie and Todd’s passion for dog advocacy and care. She is the reason they decided to start a dog daycare and join a franchise.

After researching the dog daycare industry for four years, Christie and Todd knew Camp Run-A-Mutt was the right fit for them. They loved its 100% cage free concept, the priority on the love and care of the dogs, and its family-like atmosphere with the founders. Christie and Todd are thrilled to provide a place in Columbus that is truly cage free for both daycare and overnight boarding.

Camp Run-A-Mutt Columbus will have over 8,300 square feet of indoor and outdoor play space, premium turf, a custom outdoor splash pond, and the popular live Muttcams, which will allow people to watch their pup online from any device. Pricing starts at $21 for a ½ day and $65 for an overnight. Camp Run-A-Mutt Columbus is having a free VIP pre-opening party on Sunday, November 13th, and is officially open for business on Monday, November 14th, 2022. To learn more, visit their website at

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:13:51 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Trending Dog Names of 2022 Picking out the perfect name for your furball can be tricky. Dog owners like to pick out names based on the breed and traits of the dog. If you ask us, it is even trickier than picking out human baby names because some pets might not respond to the name you pick out for them.

Here are some suggestions to name your dog that are not only super cute but also really unique and fun.


This cute name is highly suitable for smaller dogs. Dogs seem to reply to this name more as well and it would also get easier for the whole family to remember your puppy’s name.


Blaze is a super cool name best suited for really hyper dogs. This name is perfect for breeds like golden retrievers or Labradors making it a very famous name among dogs.


Perfect for female dogs, we are crushing over this name. It is super cute and we are sure everyone in your family will absolutely love this name. Suitable for dogs with white or light brown colored hair.

Popular Names for Puppys

Tiny and dark-haired dogs can be the perfect bearer of this name. It is so easy to speak and sounds innovative as well. Oreo might not be a new name but it is surely very popular even today. In fact, we have heard about a lot of dogs here in Berkshire named Oreo and we think it’s so cute.


Rio is a fan favourite in 2022 and we do not see any reason why it shouldn’t be. This name would be perfect for small and big dogs as well as both male and female dogs. Enough said.


Benji makes a really cute name for male dogs. It is a unique poppy name that can work for good and naughty pup. We would totally imagine this name with pups that have long hair and big eyes, a name like Benji would make a good impact, wouldn’t it?


An all-time favourite inspired by Disney’s character “Pluto”is an old but still a hit name after all these years. Better suited for dogs that are mid-sized and playful and loves to be active and playful.


Now toast is a name that’s not really heard of, but name your dog toast and all the neighborhood kids are going to love it. We think it’s a great name for brown-colored male dogs and is also really easy to pronounce and call.


Another famous name is inspired by a fish called Dory in the movie “Finding Nemo”. Great for female dogs, not our personal favourite but it sure is a hit in 2022.


Fly can be a really sweet and short name for your furball if he/she is hyperactive and actually likes flying around from one couch to another. We are sure he/she will be the coolest pup at the dog park. What a flex!

Name Ideas for Dogs

Inspired by Elle Wood’s dog in “Legally Blonde”, if you are someone who is in school and want everyone to be obsessed with your pup, look no further. If you like to dress up your dog just like Elle Woods and want nothing but the best for him, this is the perfect name to call your furball.


Shadow is a great name really popular among breeds like huskies. Mostly because huskies are really protective of their owners and family members, shadow sounds like just the right name for your dog.


Super sweet just as the name suggests, we love this name for a Labrador or a golden retriever pup. It is really cute and play-full, we are sure everyone in your family would absolutely adore this name.


Lastly, for cheese lovers, Cheddar is a great option not only for your love of cheese but also because dogs tend to respond really quick to this name. We love this name because it is so unique, we are sure no one in your neighborhood would name their dog cheddar and that is the reason we adore it.

Getting a new dog is exciting but taking care of your puppy is a 24-hour job. From feeding them from time to time to keeping them well-groomed could be a stressful job. At Berkshire dogs Unleashed in Berkshire MA, we can take care of all your dogs needs including daycare, boarding and keeping them well groomed with high quality grooming products.

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6 Dog&Friendly Hotels in the Berkshires The Berkshires is a cultural and scenic destination in Massachusetts. It can be a great weekend getaway destination and has plenty to offer for people who love the outdoors. The area surrounding it offers many dog-friendly hotels, so you can bring your pup along too!

We understand it is difficult to travel with your dog and so we have compiled a list of dog-friendly hotels in the Berkshire County area.

The Inn at Stockbridge

Stockbridge is a small town in the Berkshires with plenty of things to do around the area like the Norman Rockwell Museum, Berkshire Botanical Gardens, The Stockbridge Trails, etc.

The Inn at Stockbridge is a pet friendly hotel with a 4-star rating located just 10 minutes from the Norman Rockwell Museum. They allow pets but only in their cottage rooms so be mindful of that while booking your stay. The Inn offers 12 acres of beautiful secluded land, close to all the major attractions in the Berkshires with a great rating and reviews.

Distance from Berkshire Dogs Unleashed – 8.1 miles/ 11 minutes

Canyon Ranch Lenox

Built in 1897, this upscale mansion is actually a health resort in the Berkshires. Canyon Ranch is one of our top picks not only because it is pet friendly, but also because they are one of the finest resorts in Massachusetts. Just make sure to check if this property fits with your budget because it is higher end resort.

Dogs under 35 pounds are allowed however there is an additional charge of $250 per accommodation as per their website. The staff at this beautiful estate will help arrange hikes for you and your dog. They are also an all-inclusive resort with plenty of activities including upscale restaurants and wellness experts to guide you.

Distance from Berkshire Dogs Unleashed – 4.5 miles/ 8 minutes


Located in Lenox, MA, Wheatleigh is easily one of the top properties to stay at if you’re visiting the area. This property is just at a walking distance from Tanglewood, a music venue that has been home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra since the year of 1937.

This pet friendly resort is a great place to spend your family getaway. Even their restaurant is pet friendly so you don’t have to worry about leaving your dog in the room or going out of the resort for dinner.

Distance from Berkshire Dogs Unleashed- 5.2 miles/ 10 minutes

Gedney Farm

Spread across 37 acres, this property is not only a great place to stay, it is also an amazing place to dine. Gedney Farm is also an amazing venue to host events and parties as they cater to the guest’s each and every need.

They allow all kinds of dogs and cats on the property however there is a fee of $20 a night/ per pet, which if you ask us is a pretty reasonable price considering they have a lot of things your dog can enjoy during your stay.

There are also a lot of fun activities in this area around Gedney farm, for instance Campbell Falls State Park is only 6.5 miles away from this property and is a dog-friendly hike.

Distance from Berkshire Dogs Unleashed – 24.1 miles/ 34 minutes

Briarcliff Motel Great Barrington

Briarcliff Motel

This motel tops our list for the most affordable pet-friendly places in the Berkshires with no pet fees and so many things to do with your dog. Briarcliff Motel will definitely be a great experience for you and your entire family.

Briarcliff is located in an area that has around 10 hikes nearby, 5 mountains to cycle on, rafting and other great watersports, golf clubs, ski mountains, as well as, adventures like zip lining, mountain coasters, etc. Well, the list is endless making it a top destination for a family weekend getaway in the Berkshires.

Distance from Berkshire Dogs Unleashed – 13.1 miles/ 18 minutes

Granville House

Granville House loves dogs and they allow all kinds of dogs on the property as long as they are on a leash and not excessive barkers.

As mentioned on their website, you can have a glass of wine by a fire located in the front sitting room while playing pool and if you are a fan of vinyl, they have an impressive collection for those to enjoy in the Music Room.

Also according to their website, you cannot bathe your pet on the property so if your furball does get dirty, Berkshire Dogs Unleashed is always at the rescue when it comes to grooming your dog.

Distance from Berkshire Dogs Unleashed – 15 miles/ 25 minutes

Berkshire Dogs Unleashed

We know what it takes to manage a dog during your vacation and all the responsibilities it comes with. If you are planning to travel to the Berkshires and do not want take your dog along with you or if you choose to stay at a hotel that does not allow pets, Berkshire Dogs Unleashed is always going to be there to take care of your dog. Whether you are planning to board your dog with us, or just drop your dog off for the day for doggie day-care, we will keep your entertained and safe while you’re away.

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Signs Your Dog is Stressed: How to Tell and What to Do Dogs are often considered to be man’s best friend. They are loyal, loving, and always happy to see us when we come home. However, dogs can also get stressed out just like people do. In this blog post, we will discuss the signs that your dog is stressed and what you can do about it. If you notice that your dog is exhibiting any of these signs, don’t wait – take action!

Sleeping a Lot More Than Usual

Most adult dogs sleep around 12 to 14 hours a day and that is a healthy and normal duration for them to get enough rest. But if your dog is sleeping beyond this time limit, it could be a sign of stress or depression or even other health-related issues.

Puppies sleep slightly more than adult dogs since they are hyperactive all the time and need more rest to recharge. Normal pups sleep for about 18 to 20 hours a day, more or less depending on your dog’s size and breed.

If you notice your dog is sleeping way more than it should, it is important to check on their mental health and make necessary changes in their routines as well as diet.

Dog Stress Tips

Not Being Excited to Play or Go for Walks

It is no news that all kinds of dogs love to play and go out for walks. Playing with them not only keeps them active and happy but it is also great for their physical and mental health.

If your dog is not excited to play or go for a walk, you may want to check up on them to see if anything is wrong. And if you take them for a walk but they’re tired sooner than usual, it may be a sign of stress.

Most dogs love to interact with other pets and people when they go for a walk. If you find that your dog seems disinterested in playing with other dogs or greeting humans, it may be a sign of stress or depression.

Decrease in Appetite

A decrease in appetite is one of the top signs that your dog may be stressed or not feeling their best. If your pup is not eating as well or is less excited about food when you serve it to them, it is important to monitor their mental and physical health.

If you find that your dog is also puking after eating and there is no known physical reason for it, it could be a sign of stress or depression. If your dog is exhibiting this behavior, it may be worth taking them to the vet for further evaluation.

A decrease in appetite could also mean that they are lacking in vitamins and minerals.

Much like humans, dogs also need proper nutrition for a happy and healthy life.

Whining and Barking

If your furball is whining a lot, this could definitely be a major sign of stress and shouldn’t be ignored. There are many reasons for whining but stress is a major reason so it is crucial to monitor it.

Howling or whining can also be signs of anxiety and anger so if you think your dog is going through any kind of anxiety, be sure to provide them with some comfort by maybe feeding them their favorite treat or getting them a new toy.

How to Relieve Dog Stress


If your furball is hiding behind the couch or curtains, it could mean there is something wrong with your dog. Maybe someone got angry with your pet and your dog went into hiding because they felt offended or scared.

Whatever the reason may be, if your dog goes into hiding it should be considered a sign of stress and action should be taken if you notice this. Try to cheer them up by taking them out for a walk or playing with them or even giving them more attention than usual by calling out their name to make them feel special and wanted.

Recent Trauma or Incidents

Any traumas or shocks including the death of a family member or another pet in the house, or a kid moving away for college can mentally affect dogs a lot. If anything has recently happened which could be a big change in your dog’s life, be sure to comfort them as this could induce anxiety or stress in your pup.

Help them cope this trauma by spending more time with them and giving more treats than usual. One way to help them cope is to take their mind off things. You can do this by taking them for a road trip, a hike, or even doggie daycare to socialize with others.

Final Thoughts

All in all, if your dog is showing any of these signs, be sure to check on their health and if you think there is anything concerning be sure to make an appointment at your local veterinarian. Making sure they are in good mental health is important since they cannot speak up for themselves. Dogs and other pets are just as sensitive as us humans, neglecting these signs can result in poor health and an unhappy pup, so be sure to keep them happy in one way or another because at the end of the day, dogs are our best friends.

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Get Schooled with Fun Facts about Dogs It’s time to make some flashcards and scrounge up a few No. 2 pencils for a quick pet lovers pop quiz. Whether you loved science, math, history or literature in school, you’ll find something of interest in this list of quirky facts:

  • Similar to a person’s fingerprint, a dog’s nose print is unique and is sometimes used as identification.
  • Dogs are known for their legendary sense of smell, and with good anatomical reason. Their noses have as many as 300 million receptors, while humans have about 5 million.
  • Evidence from a Bloodhound’s remarkable sense of smell is admissible as evidence in a court of law.
  • When it comes to taste buds, people are the top dogs. Humans have approximately six times more taste buds than dogs, around 9,000 vs 1,700. While some dogs are picky eaters, their overall tendency to eat even questionable fare comes from ancestral instincts when the species survived as scavengers in the wild.
  • Research indicates that dogs are color blind but see more colors than just black and white. Dogs can see blue and yellow pretty clearly, but have trouble distinguishing between red and green, similar to humans who are color blind.
  • More than half of U.S. presidents have had at least one dog during their time at the White House. And then there’s Calvin Coolidge, who had at least 12!
  • Rin Tin Tin, the famous German Shepherd, was rescued from a bombed-out dog kennel in France during World War I. After the war he was brought back to the U.S., where he (and his offspring) starred in 27 movies, and he was nominated for an Academy Award.
  • The only dog breed ever named after a fictional person is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The breed’s namesake is a character in the novel Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott.
  • The Australian Shepherd is an American breed, not Australian. And the Labrador Retriever is originally from Newfoundland, an island near the Labrador Territory in Canada.
  • A Greyhound can beat a cheetah in a race, depending on how long the race is. The cheetah can run up to 70 mph for about thirty seconds, but a Greyhound can run 35 mph for up to seven miles. So the cheetah would win a short sprint, but the Greyhound would prevail in a longer race.

You don’t need the scientific method to prove there’s something special about our wonderful canine companions. And the fact of the matter is that as long as we’re willing to learn, dogs will always have something to teach us about ourselves and the world around us.

It may be Back to School for the kids – but you can help your dog get back into a routine too at Doggie Daycare! Ensure your dog is getting the activity and socialization they need. Book their FREE Meet & Greet today! 


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Book Your Holiday Pet Boarding Today Are you already making a list and checking it twice? With the holidays right around the corner, there’s just so much to do – gifts to buy, meals to plan, decorations to hang, and travel arrangements to make.

Speaking of travel, whether you’re headed out of town to visit Grandma or finally taking a much-needed vacation to a land where palm trees sway or even a winter wonderland, make sure to book pet boarding reservations for your pets as soon as possible. It probably comes as no surprise that the winter holidays are consistently one of the busiest seasons for exceptional full-service pet resorts, and Bark! is no exception. We love sharing holiday cheer with our canine guests, from plenty of playtime during the day to making sure they are nestled all snug in their beds each night. But you better watch out – space is limited, so making reservations early is key!

Maybe this year the relatives are comin’ to town and you’ll be home for Christmas. If you’re in charge of being the host or hostess with the mostest, let your pups stay with us to bring your stress level down when the wrapping paper starts flying and the buffet table is loaded with turkey and trimmings and tempting treats. A fun boarding or daycare stay is a gift to your pets, as well, especially if they tend to get anxious when their environment changes.

For new clients, a Meet & Greet is required before any boarding or daycare stay, so getting an appointment on the calendar now will save you from the last minute rush. As soon as your pets have passed their social evaluation, you can book the boarding dates you need for the holidays and check “make plans for a silent night” off your list.

At this most wonderful time of the year, availability is already disappearing like freshly baked cookies, so whether your plans include rockin’ around the Christmas tree or a wild and crazy New Year’s Eve party, contact us today to book your pet’s holiday stay!


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DIY Pet Costumes for Halloween With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time already to think about costumes for those spooky parties and Trick or Treat adventures. Whether you coordinate a perfectly orchestrated theme or everyone goes as their own best creation, be sure to include your pets in the planning. There’s nothing like a dressed-up dog or clever cat costume to elevate the cuteness quotient in your ensemble.

Plenty of ready-made pet costumes are available in stores and online, and shopping around is a great way to get ideas. But if you want to customize the fit while making some extra-special memories, consider a DIY project to showcase your creativity.

Before you start putting costumes together, ask yourself a few questions to help guide your decision-making. First of all, what type of costume will your dog or cat tolerate wearing? It won’t matter how clever your creation is if your pet won’t wear it for longer than five seconds. Safety comes first, and even the cutest pet costumes can slide around or come apart and become a choking hazard. To avoid any mishaps, always supervise the costume-wearing and never leave your dressed-up pet unattended. Be ready to snap some quick photos in case it doesn’t stay on for long.

Next, decide how crafty you really are. If you have multiple sewing machines and a spare room that resembles the sequin section at Hobby Lobby, you probably already have multiple pet costume ideas and few reservations about jumping into a new project. If you’re more of the I-don’t-sew-and-can’t-find-my-glue-gun type, you’ll be happier with a simple plan. The combinations are endless — a tiara and a tutu for a pretty princess, a lion’s mane for an instant king of the jungle, a colorful handkerchief worn around the neck, bunny ears, bat wings, or an oversized tag that simply attaches to your pet’s collar, like Ty Beanie Babies.

For a more elaborate look, here’s a roundup of ideas for book and movie characters, adorable desserts, rocket ships and more. Some of the funniest outfits can be put together with items from around the house. If you have an old e-collar lying around, add some colored balls or rings and a fake spoon and you have a giant bowl of cereal with a doggie face in the middle. Or if your pet already has short dark hair, you can use non-toxic glow-in-the-dark paint directly on the fur to resemble a spooky skeleton.

From queens and kings to witches and goblins, we hope you’ll share your photos so we can see them all. For the month of October we’re hosting a costume contest on our Facebook page. Send us your best shots and you could win! We can’t wait to see your precious pets all dressed up and ready for tricks and treats!


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