Celebrate Summer at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts!

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts

SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS & PROMOTIONS!

June is an exciting time for the pets at Purr’n Pooch! Our pools are already open and the fun never stops on the playground, except when it’s time to cool off under the shade of our outdoor tents or take a siesta in our lounge areas complete with beds and water stations. There are promotions and events to keep your pup or kitty busy all month long. So join the fun and make your daycare, boarding or spa appointment in Tinton Falls or Wall today.

EVENTS

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsBIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, June 10 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, June 11 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Join us at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts in Tinton Falls on Tuesday, June 10 and Wall on Wednesday, June 11 as we celebrate our friends’ June birthdays with games on the playgrounds and treats!

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsDOGGY YAPPY HOUR
Friday, June 13 ~ 6-8 p.m.
Ocean County Park ~ 659 Ocean Avenue, Lakewood
Night featuring displays, vendors, demonstrations and give-a-ways.
Dogs welcome on a leash and vaccinated. Be sure to visit Purr’n Pooch’s booth at the event.

DOG DAYS OF RED BANK
Tuesday, June 17

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsPURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS SUNSET PARTY
Wednesday, July 23 ~ 6-10 p.m.
Shrewsbury Sailing & Yacht Club
512 Seawaneka Avenue, Oceanport
Visit purrnpoochfoundation.org or email savelives@purrnpoochfoundation.org for more details.

PROMOTIONS

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsPOOL PASS BOGO
Purchase your pup’s pool pass and join us for a cool, refreshing doggie paddle with friends in our fresh water pools. Buy one pool pass and get one free June 20 – 22 in honor of the first official weekend of summer. Call us in Tinton Falls at 732.842.4949 or in Wall at 732.528.8100 to purchase your passes.

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsWEDDING DAY PAMPERING
Include your best friend on your wedding day for a walk down the aisle, pictures and more! Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts will handle, transport, groom and board your pup for the special occasion.
Book your pet’s stay with us on your big day and he receives a complimentary 15-minute spa massage. Call us in Tinton Falls at 732.842.4949 or in Wall at 732.528.8100 for more info.

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsINDULGE YOUR PET IN A RELAXING MASSAGE
Summer is on the way, which means you and your pet will be more active enjoying the longer days and time outside. Giving your pet a massage is the perfect way to help relax his muscles and relieve soreness. Learn more >

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

June 1-30 ~ Adopt a Cat Month
June 1-7 ~ Pet Appreciation Week
June 4 ~ National Hug Your Cat Day
June 15 ~ Father’s Day
June 21 ~ First Day of Summer

For more information, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) or email info@purrnpooch.com.

Indulge Your Pet with a Relaxing Massage

Indulge Your Pet with a Relaxing Massage

Spring has sprung and summer is on the way, which means you and your pet will be more active enjoying the longer days and time outside. Whether running, swimming or playing fetch, your best friend is going to be using his muscles a lot, possibly causing soreness if he hasn’t exercised much due to the cold weather.

Giving your pet a massage is the perfect way to help relax his muscles and relieve soreness. At Purr’n Pooch, dog massages are performed in a tranquil spa room with candles and aromatherapy.

Benefits of pet massage include:

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Strengthened immunity
  • Improved digestion
  • A healthier coat and skin
  • Less muscle tension and soreness
  • Increased circulation

Any dog can benefit from a pet massage, but older dogs can be the perfect candidates. Along with the benefits previously mentioned, massage may slow down the degeneration process in seniors. Dogs that are suffering from illness, such as arthritis, will especially benefit from massage. For these pets, massage will reduce muscular tension (helps relieve some of the aches and pains) and stimulate circulation. Nervous and anxious dogs will also benefit. Stress can actually be one of the many root causes of illness and disease. So if your friend is frantic, a relaxing message may be in order.

It may seem like petting would be enough, but there is a big difference between petting and massaging your pet. Petting just doesn’t compare to massage, as the average petting is rarely more than skin deep. There are different kinds of specific techniques when it comes to massaging, such as effleurage (gliding strokes used to begin and end a massage) and tapotement (rhythmic percussion to stimulate body systems).

For many pet owners, the goal is not always therapeutic — it’s simply to pamper their best friend. It’s amazing to see how much the pups enjoy being massaged as they enter a state of canine bliss. Our pets make us happy, so why shouldn’t we reciprocate?

If you’d like your pooch to receive a massage by our pet technicians, make an appointment to visit us in Wall or Tinton Falls or add the service to your daycare or boarding package.

Get Running for Your Health and Animal Charity This Fall Season

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Paws down dog owners are more likely to engage in physical activity and stay fit and healthy just by walking or running with their best friends a minimum of 2-3 times a day.

Bringing a dog into your home could also have a host of health benefits from helping to lower blood pressure to beating depression. According to a recent health report from the American Heart Association, owning a dog has also been shown to reduce a person’s risk of a heart attack.

So why not consider bringing home a new friend to help you lead a happier and healthier life?

There are dozens of animal rescue organizations across the country ready to help you find and adopt your best friend and workout buddy.

Before starting any physical fitness routine, visit your veterinarian to make sure that your new up or old friend is up to meeting the physical demands of a high impact walk or run. Once you get the green light from your vet, start an exercise routine with easy strolls and build up to a comfortable, quicker pace that gets both you and your best friend’s hearts pumping. Even a dog that has been with a family for years, but has not been very active will need to be checked out by his vet before burning those calories.

The fun of having a dog as your workout buddy doesn’t stop with its health benefits either. There are plenty of social perks like making time to enjoy the great outdoors and discovering new friends.

Many love matches have also been made when our pets have pulled cupid’s arrow and shot right on target! Purr’n Pooch’s Betsy Palazzo and her husband Chris Dudick met thanks to their shared love of animals, while working together on “Tails” of Love, a joint project of the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and Dudick’s children’s production company of Small Factory.

Register for the Purr’n Pooch 5K Canine Run Walk Classic 

You can combine your love of staying in shape with your pet by registering for pet-friendly events across the NY/NJ region. These events provide fun venues for getting out with your pup and often raise funds for less fortunate animals and the charities that care for them.

On Sunday, October 6 we invite you and your pup to walk, run and heel for animals at the Purr’n Pooch Foundation’s annual 5K Canine Run Walk Classic at the beautiful oceanfront location of Pier Village in Long Branch, N.J.  The race starts at 8 a.m. and all are welcome to attend. Dogs are required to run or walk on leash.  Pre-register online. Race shirts will be given to all two-legged participants. Cost is $25 per adult and dogs walk or run free. Race is rain or shine.

“We’re looking forward to Purr’n Pooch’s Second Annual 5K Canine Run Walk Classic. It’s a great day seaside at the dog-friendly Pier Village where people and their pups get a running start to benefit animal charities from across NJ and NY,” said Elizabeth Palazzo Dudick, President, Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. “Getting out to enjoy time with our pups and friends on what we hope will be a beautiful fall morning, is one small step we can take to help unsung heroes who take huge strides daily to help animals in need of love and rescue.”

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals awards annual grants to non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organizations to be used for day-to-day operations, emergency relief, spay/neuter efforts, veterinary care, equipment, construction, vehicle purchases, educational programs and special projects. We are able to help support the efforts of the charitable organizations by holding fundraisers such as the race.

In 2013 the Foundation awarded grants to organizations including Operation Kindness, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Ramapo-Bergen Animal Rescue, Monmouth County SPCA, ReRun Horse Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Bull Dog Rescue and New Life Boxer Rescue.

If you and your four-legged companion aren’t ready to hit the competitive world of racing just yet, you can still join us and have a great time cheering on the participants. You might also get inspired to start hitting the pavement with your pet and begin training for next year’s race!

For other pet-friendly races in the area and nationwide visit www.dogtreader.com and www.runnersworld.com.

Five Ways to Keep Pets Safe During Fireworks

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For many pets, fireworks can be very scary – the noise, smell and bright, flashing lights can bring on severe anxiety and fear in many dogs and cats. And today fireworks are held at various times of the year with little or no warning for pets and their owners. Left unsupervised, your dog or cat can become disorientated and possibly escape from the house or yard seeking safety only to end up hurt or lost for hours, or even days. If your pet does not have a microchip or identification of any kind on his body, he could even be lost forever. It’s important that as pet owners, we take precautions to ensure our pet’s safety.
Purr’n Pooch offers the following five tips to help keep your pet safe and secure during the big booms of summer fireworks:
1. Provide a safe place for your pet to seek refuge from the noise. Many dogs prefer a small den-like place, such as their crate or bed to rest if they feel frightened or stressed. Cats have hiding down to a science, so you’ll probably find your friend safely and snuggly hiding in a closet or under your bed during the fireworks. Before the fireworks begin, make sure that all your pets are accounted for and protected inside your home before the celebration begins.
2. Avoid leaving your pet alone, in or outdoors, when fireworks are set off nearby. If you must leave your pet home alone, make sure he is left indoors with all windows and doors securely closed and locked. The soft, familiar sounds of an air conditioner, kitchen vent, radio or t.v., if left on while not home, will help to lessen the intensity of the loud booms depending how far you are located from the attraction.
3. Never punish or yell at your pet if he seems alarmed. Instead, act normal and relaxed. Speak calmly and cheerfully to him and try to distract him with toys and treats. You can give him a KONG toy stuffed with treats and let him figure out how to get them out. At Purr’n Pooch we fill a KONG toy with treats, then seal it up with peanut butter and put it in the freezer to chill, then later our pups love to lick the frozen peanut butter and try to get the treats out. Certain kinds of treats can also relax pets. At both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations we have Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Treats for all different size pets. We also have Churpi Chews, which are all-natural, long lasting products.
4. Apply gentle pressure to your pet’s body to help relieve anxiety. A wrap fastened firmly around his midsection will calm his nervous system through application of a gentle hug-like pressure. We recommend using Thundershirt, which is available at both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL.
5. Protect your pet’s hearing with earmuffs. Mutt Muffs Hearing Protection for Dogs are comfortable and lightweight with adjustable straps and wide, foam-filled ear seals for maximum comfort. Make sure however that you dog is  supervised while wearing them.
From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. The Jersey Shore has so many fun activities to offer and although fireworks may be exciting for people across the region, we must remember that the Fourth and other fireworks celebrations throughout the summer are fearful times for pets. Take precautions, be safe, and enjoy.

Summer Safety and Dogs Beat the Heat at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts

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Summer has arrived to the Jersey Shore and families and their pets are spending more time outdoors enjoying the warm sun, fresh air, pool and beach. As we enjoy the dog days of summer, it’s important to keep in mind that higher temperatures and humidity can also have unhealthy effects on our pets. Unlike their humans companions, dogs cannot sweat through their skin; instead they pant to circulate air through their bodies and cool down. In dangerous situations, such as being locked in a car or being left in a yard with no access to water or shade, the heat can overwhelm a dog’s body and hyperthermia and heat stroke can develop putting the pet at great risk for injury or death.

“Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat, and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly,” says Dr. Lila Miller, Vice President of Veterinary Outreach, ASPCA. You can protect your pet by taking the simple precautions outlined by ASPCA experts on their website. And, most importantly, if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, seek veterinarian help immediately.

At Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, our pets beat the heat in many exciting ways. Our daycare and boarding dogs love to run through our playground sprinklers and make a splash in our fresh water dog swimming pools. Purr’n Pooch’s pools feature natural rock landscaping and waterfalls—perfect for a recreational swim and games for dogs of all ages.  They are also chemical free and emptied and filled daily.

Our playgrounds are always supervised by staff and feature covered areas for our people and pets to access shade. Pets love to sunbathe at Purr’n Pooch, but just like humans they can be harmed by exposure to the sun. Short-haired breeds, dogs with light-colored coats and hairless dogs are most likely to get burnt. There are also certain areas on animals that are most sensitive to the sun, such as the belly, inner thighs and any area where there is little or no hair. We encourage owners to use sunscreen on their dogs, but we caution them to use products made specifically for dogs. Human sunscreen can be toxic if ingested. At Purr’n Pooch, we always have pet sunscreen on hand in case owners forget to apply it before sending their friend in for a day of play.

Most importantly, pets must stay cool with access to fresh drinking water. At Purr’n Pooch, we provide plenty of H2O with automatic water bowls and on hotter days we add some ice, which the dogs love to play with and eat. Keeping cool is a summer breeze at Purr’n Pooch, so we hope to have your best friend visit us soon for fun in the sun on the Jersey Shore. While you’re beachside, your pup could be poolside at Purr’n Pooch!

We also offer a fun assortment of  products to kick off the summer in style. Visit us soon in Wall or Tinton Falls! Mention this blog post and receive a complimentary dog treat. 

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Summer Product Picks from the Purr’n Pooch Boutique

  • Flea the Scene is a 3-in-1 spray that takes the sting out of summer. It contains no pesticides or poisons so it’s gentle on your dog’s delicate skin. Flea the Scene also has all-natural sun protection for those sunny day. A quick spritz before you leave the house will ensure that your best friend is armed against outdoor enemies.
  • ThunderShirt for dogs and cats helps to relieve your pet’s anxiety and calms them down in stressful situations like summer fireworks and crowded parties.
  • Douglas Pacquette Designer Dog collars and leashes in colorful woody surfboard and sea life themes.
  • Dog Diggin Designs including Dogs Equis and Skinny Dog Muttagarita toys.
  • Fat Murray’s dog treats and Jersey Shore themed frosted beer mugs, pizza, and flip flop natural ingredient treats.
  • DOGO Pet Fashions colorful bright colors and patterned accessories including summer dress and sailor harnesses.

First Aid for Your Pet and Your Peace of Mind

The American Red Cross of New Jersey will host a Pet First Aid Course at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts in Tinton Falls on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 7-10PM. The cost per student is $70 and registration will need to be made online at www.redcross.org or via phone at 800-REDCROSS.

Learn how to respond to health emergencies and provide basic first aid for the four-legged members of your family. Practice and preparation will help you be calm and effective in an emergency, protecting you and your animal from further injury or suffering. Choose from: Dog First Aid, Cat First Aid, and Cat and Dog First Aid. Course length: 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 hours depending on course option selected.

  • Understanding basic pet owner responsibilities
  • Administering medicine
  • Managing breathing and cardiac emergencies
  • Managing urgent care situation

Get Trained

Just like with people, accidents and emergencies can happen to animals – so being prepared could make a lifesaving difference. For more information about Dog First Aid training and Cat First Aid training or to register for a course, contact your local American Red Cross chapter.

Complimentary Gift

Every participant will receive a complimentary book and dvd to take home. The American Red Cross provides assistance and guidance to people whose pets are ill, injured or in life-threatening situations. The illustrated Dog First Aid or Cat First Aid book outlines symptoms and procedures for common ailments and emergencies. The author, Bobbie Mammato, DVM, MPH is an emergency/critical care veterinarian who also has a Masters in Public Health. In addition to her duties as a part-time small animal practitioner, she is a disaster relief consultant to The Humane Society of the United States.

The main body of the book deals with common health problems and emergencies, and offers solid advice for taking care of your pet until a veterinarian can be seen. Smoke inhalation, collapse, lacerations, diabetic emergencies, and heat stoke are just a few of the emergency situations covered in this book. For each emergency or situation, you will learn about possible causes, the signs that the animal may be showing, first aid that should be administered until you can see your vet, any relevant tips*, and how to prevent the situation from happening.

A small section on tips for owning a healthy dog and cat concludes the book — choosing your pet, providing daily care, traveling, and even a brief section on when to say good-bye.

Smart Feeding Choices are Key to Healthy & Happy Pets

At Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts we believe that smart feeding choices are key to raising healthy and happy cats and pups. Poor quality and over processed foods can cause a host of issues for your pet, including skin allergies, digestive problems and chronic ear infections. We are pleased to announce that Purr’n Pooch now carries affordable quality food lines for your pet. We also welcome your special order requests.

What to look for in quality pet food:

  • Clearly named protein sources
  • Concentrated meat proteins such as chicken meal or turkey meal
  • Whole grains
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Named fats from quality sources such as chicken fat or sunflower oil
  • Natural preservatives such as mixed tocopherols or vitamins C or E

What  to avoid in pet food:

  • Non specific ingredients such as animal by-products, meat and bone meal
  • Protein fillers such as corn and wheat gluten and egg product meal
  • Unnecessary carbs – refined flours, wheat and mill runs
  • Processed fruits and veggies – tomato pomace and dehydrated potatoes
  • Fats from non-specific sources such as poultry  and animal fat and vegetable oil
  • Artificial preservatives – BHA and BHT

Purr’n Pooch is proud to feature a range of all natural foods, treats and supplements that provide your pet with the essentials for a healthy life.  We currently carry the following food and treat lines:

  • Blue Buffalo  features real chicken, fish or lamb as the first ingredient.
  • Jodes Happy Tail  healthy homemade dog treats prepared with the freshest organic and all natural ingredients.
  • Sojos a wholesome grain-free dog food that you simply mix with water to create your own fresh homemade dog food. Made with USDA freeze dried raw turkey and all natural ingredients.
  • Stella & Chewys  100% complete and balanced nutrition. Raw, naturally raised meat, fish and chicken sourced from USDA inspected facilities. No grains or fillers.
  • Taste of the Wild  a grain-free formula with sweet potatoes and peas provide a highly digestible energy for your active dog.
  • Whole Life Pet Products single ingredient pure protein pet treats.

If you have any questions or would like to place an order for pickup, contact Helen Shields, Purr’n Pooch’s Retail Manager, at 732-842-4949 or retail@purrnpooch.com.

 

SPRING INTO ACTION WITH DOG TRAINING AT PURR’N POOCH

Spring has sprung! The flowers are blooming and the weather is getting warmer. It’s the perfect season to enjoy time outside with your dog.

Is your dog’s behavior holding you back from enjoying the great outdoors? Tired of your baby pulling you around the park on the leash? Is he jumping for those burgers at the family barbecue? Is she having trouble listening to your basic commands like sit or stay? If any of these dilemmas are holding you back from enjoying a special day out-and-about with your best friend, we invite you and your pet to join us for training classes at Purr’n Pooch.

Spring is an ideal time to join Purr’n Pooch’s Trainer Iuliana Gedo, dip.CBST for her 6-week session of private and group classes for puppies and adolescents. A well-behaved, happy dog will enjoy an exciting summer of fun in the sun with family and friends!

Puppy Basics Class Starts Thursday, May 10th, 7:00 p.m.
(Puppies 10 Weeks – 5 Months)
Puppy Basics covers potty training, nutrition, bite inhibition and basic obedience, including walking nicely on leash, sit, down, stay, come and leave it/drop it.

Basic 1 Class Starts Wednesday, May 9th, 7:00 p.m.
(Dogs 6 Months & Older)
For the adolescent or adult dog that needs ‘basic training’. Our professional trainers will teach you how to teach your dog sit, down, stay (duration & distance), come, walking nicely on leash, leave it / drop it, and how to politely greet strangers. We’ll also show you how to address unwanted habits like jumping, mouthing, nipping, barking incessantly and becoming overly distracted in the presence of other dogs.

Our Certified Pet and Dog Trainers (CPDT) specialize in household manners, everyday commands and prepare your dog to obey instructions at home, in public and around other dogs. Our animal behavior training uses a reward-based curriculum that’s based on positive reinforcement. Best of all, basic dog training with Purr’n Pooch is fun because we enjoy helping your pooch learn and grow!

  • Private & Group Classes
  • Boarding School
  • Camp
  • Special Needs Programs
  • Behavioral Consultations & Modification

Contact Purr’n Pooch at 732-842-4949 or info@purrnpooch.com for information on rates and private or group training classes. Classes are help in Purr’n Pooch’s Training Hall at 80 West Gilbert Street, Tinton Falls, NJ.

About Purr’n Pooch Dog Trainer Iuliana Gedo, dip.CBST

Iuliana is a graduate of the Animal Behavior College’s Dog Training Program and received her Diploma of Canine Behavior Science and Technology at the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. She has been a partner in the prestigious Community Training Program of Best Friends Animal Society since January of 2010. She comes to Purr’n Pooch from the Monmouth County SPCA, where she worked as a trainer in the Behavior Department, assessing dogs, designing and implementing behavior change protocols and creating enrichment programs to enhance the experiences of shelter dogs. She also trained staff and volunteers on basic dog handling and safety and trained high-level volunteers to participate in advanced behavior modification work.

Training Tips

  • Training must be FUN in order for your dog to learn.
  • Training is not hard; it just takes time, patience, consistency and persistence.
  • Training is not a spectator sport. You must participate to achieve.
  • Training is a lifelong process. If you stop practicing with your pet, he or she will forget. Teach new tricks, play new games and practice commands in new places. Keep training interesting for both you and your dog’s sake.

“Understanding your dog and knowing how to control him, develop his potentials, and resolve behavior problems, emotional conflicts and frustrations are no less essential than love and respect.” Michael W. Fox