Aquatic Exercise and Swimming Helps Dogs Build Strength, Confidence

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As humans, when we injure ourselves we are able to go to therapy to help strengthen our muscles and get back to our healthiest self. But what happens when a dog needs to heal after an injury or surgery?

At Purr’n Pooch, the answer to getting dogs back to their frolicking selves is often aquatic exercise sessions in our indoor pool located in Wall, NJ. Experienced and patient pet care technicians work with dogs, teaching them to move and play gently in the warm water. Aquatic exercise is great for dogs who need hydro sessions after an injury. The spa waters strengthen and gently condition muscles, preventing further injury and lessening pain.

Kylie Ann, a Golden Retriever, was just six years old when she ruptured her Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) and meniscus in her right knee and needed surgery. Her recovery was slow and restrictive, leading to weight and muscle mass loss and weakness. Kylie Ann was unable to play with her younger doggie brother, Casey, and became depressed.

This worried her owner, Kristin, but what also concerned her was the likelihood of the same injury happening to her other knee.

“After talking it over with her veterinarian, I decided to try Purr’n Pooch’s water sessions in order to help her physical rehabilitation after the surgery and mental well-being after being restricted and confined for weeks,” said Kristin. “I thought the general physical fitness and conditioning would help prevent the possibility of her rupturing the opposite knee in the future.”

Kylie Ann started work with Nick, aquatic director at Purr’n Pooch’s Wall location, in June 2014. Kylie had never been a big fan of the water and was fearful of new situations and new people, but she already knew and trusted Nick. Turns out, it was a perfect fit.

Kylie had early and continued success with her aquatic exercise sessions at Purr’n Pooch, which Kristin attributes to the type of personalized services offered.

“The sessions are one-on-one, ensuring individualized attention,” said Kristin. “They are conducted in an actual pool where the dog and human work together as a team in the water, allowing for a very unique and positive bonding experience.”

Kristin also attributes Kylie’s success to Nick, the pup’s beloved technician.

“Simply put, Nick is the reason Kylie Ann is healthier, happier, stronger and more confident dog today,” said Kristin. “He’s the best!

Kylie Ann was expected to have a slight limp after her surgery, but after three months of working with Nick in the pool, she not only recovered from surgery faster than expected, but she also had no evidence of a limp.

“She’s in the best condition of her life,” said Kristin. ‘Kylie Ann’s physical and emotional transformation were remarkable.”

In fact, Kylie Ann’s progress was so impressive, Kristin decided to bring her brother Casey, a one and a half mixed pup, to Purr’n Pooch’s Hydro Fun sessions. Casey, a pup rescued from a high-kill shelter, is sensitive and wary of other dogs. But with Nick’s help, Casey is benefiting from this engaging and enriching activity just like sis.

Casey started the sessions unable to swim. Now, the pup is learning to surf. Nick uses a surfboard with Casey, encouraging balance and coordination.

“Besides building confidence and being incredibly fun, the bonding, healthy exercise, reduction in stress, teaching of relaxation and increased body awareness and endurance has just been remarkably beneficial for Casey,” said Kristin. “Casey’s trusting and special relationship with Nick, coupled with his patience and compassion with Casey, has enabled my fearful little dog to relax more, increasing his self-confidence in and out of the water; simply above and beyond any of my expectations.”

Kylie Ann continues to work with Nick in the pool and build her strength and maintain a healthy weight. The objective now is to prevent another injury from happening and keeping Kylie Ann motivated and happy.

“I’m not sure there is anything that brings her as much joy and happiness as her weekly pool time with Nick,” said Kristin. “What a special bond they now share.”

Click here for a video of Nick and Kylie Ann in the pool!

Purr’n Pooch offers aquatic exercise sessions in our indoor spa pool located in Wall, NJ. Our experienced pet care instructors will care and comfort your dog with ease and patience. Swimming, games, and other exercise routines are part of the fun as your friend learns to move and play gently in our warm, spa waters. Private sessions are available and the pool setting is calm and quiet – ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation. Click here for more information.

Oodles of Doodles in Dog Daycare

Oodles of Doodles at Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts

What do you get when you mix a poodle with a Labrador retriever? Or an Australian Shepherd? Or a Schnauzer? Or a Wheaten Terrier? Why, oodles of doodles of course!

Doodle dogs are quickly becoming America’s favorite family pet. At Purr’n Pooch, we are seeing the number of doodle mixes staying and playing with us on the rise and their owners are head over heels with their fun loving personality and coat. Doodle dogs are hybrids, a mix between a Poodle and another dog breed, like a Lab (Labradoodle), a Schnauzer (Schnoodle), or a Wheaten Terrier (Whoodle).

“The doodle comes from a poodle, either standard or mini, and wide variety of other breeds with different coat textures,” said Jennifer Connors, an employee of Purr’n Pooch for more than 20 years. “The combination really brings out the best traits in both breeds.”

Like so many mix breed dogs, hybrids like doodles used to fill animal shelters waiting to be adopted. Now they’re all the rage, partly because of a poodle’s non-shedding and allergy-friendly hair.

Kendall Petschauer and her family sought out a doodle hybrid for their hypoallergenic benefits and found Sebastian, mix between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, or a Goldendoodle. Sebastian, named after the University of Miami mascot, is two years old and likes to keep his family on their toes.

“Sebastian is so intelligent and can easily outsmart us,” said Kendall. “He hides things in closets and drawers, which he can open with his nose. He turns it into a game.”

Kathy Smith and her family found their forever friend in a Whoodle named Woodward, or Woody for short. Her three kids picked Woody because he was cute, but the family soon discovered the health benefits of doodles.

“He doesn’t shed,” said Kathy. “It makes cleaning the house so much easier and is nice when we have guests who have allergies.”

Another benefit of doodle hybrids? Mixing dog breeds can weed out inherited genetic problems that can affect purebred pups, making mixed dogs healthier. Hybrid dogs tend to have much more moderate personalities and fit well in households with children.

“Sebastian is so playful and full of energy,” said Kathy. “He loves to jump and spin when he sees you, even if you just leave the room for one minute and come back in. It’s like it’s the first time he’s seen you in forever!”

Matt Fischer and his wife found their furry doodle in Ruby, a one-year-old Sheepadoodle. Sixty-pound Ruby is a hybrid between an Old English Sheep Dog and a Poodle, and as loyal as any guard dog.

Doodles come in all shapes and sizes, which makes them the perfect pup for any lifestyle. Purr’n Pooch sees all types of doodle dogs, including Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Sheepdoodles, Whoodles, and even St. Bernard Doodles.

“Purr’n Pooch is a great place for doodles because they tend to have a lot of energy and are extremely smart and need the stimulation,” said Jennifer. “Doodles love daycare, agility, scent work, and puzzles.”

Sebastian was trained at Purr’n Pooch when he was just a young pup, where he learned how to sit, come, walk on a leash and socialize with other dogs. Kendall says the training was a huge reason why Sebastian is such a well-behaved pup.

“They take such good care of him when he’s there,” said Kendall. “He has so much energy that it’s almost impossible to tire him out, but at Purr’n Pooch he gets all the exercise he needs.”

Woody loves Purr’n Pooch so much that he knows exactly when he’s headed to play with his puppy friends, and will sit calmly in anticipation until he arrives.

“He’s greeted so warmly by the staff,” said Kathy. “Once he’s there he just plays and we never worry about him.”

Even young pup Ruby plays with her furry friends so much during her stays at Purr’n Pooch that she comes home exhausted and ready for bed.

“My wife and I work all day and we don’t want to keep her in a crate,” said Matt. “We know at Purr’n Pooch she’ll get the love and care she needs. Animals definitely come first there and the entire staff really cares about our pets.”

These smart, loyal and lovable pups are sure to be popular among dog lover for years. Doodles are here to stay, and Purr’n Pooch looks forward to welcoming oodles of doodles as well as all types of dogs to our pet resort family.

NJ Betsy’s Law a Step Forward for Pets but More Change Needed

Betsy's Law should be amended to require 24-hour supervision at all animal care facilities

“Anyone that takes on the responsibility of caring for pets should take on the responsibility of caring for them in a responsible way.”

Betsy the Rottweiler was still a pup, just 16 months old when she accidentally hung herself in a kennel at a veterinarian’s office. Betsy had gone in for routine eye surgery and was recovering when the incident happened. Her owner, Madeleine Kayser, was told that her beloved dog would need to recover from her surgery and that she would need overnight care. Betsy was wearing an unbreakable collar and hung herself. Kayser worked for eight years to get a protective law signed in the state of New Jersey mandating that veterinary offices and animal hospitals post if they do not offer 24-hour supervision. The law, known as Betsy’s Law, was signed into law September 15. (Story here from CBS New York)

Dick Palazzo, owner of Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts with 45 years experience in the pet care industry, feels the newly signed Betsy’s Law is a good start, but the law should take pet care a step further. Dick believes that any animal care facility (veterinary and animal hospitals, boarding and kennel facilities, pet sitters) should be required to provide 24-hour supervision of animals.

“The unforeseen can happen, and there needs to be someone there who can handle an emergency situation,” said Dick. “To provide proper care, we in the pet care industry have a responsibility to stand up for these pets who can’t stand up for themselves.”

According to Kayser, 90 percent of vet offices and animal hospitals in New Jersey do not have 24-hour care. Dick backs this statistic up, saying that very few pet care facilities offer 24-hour supervision for pets staying overnight.

“You wouldn’t leave your small child alone, so why are we allowing our pets to be left alone for 12 hours?” said Dick. “Especially after a surgery or a procedure that requires monitoring. Anyone that takes on the responsibility of caring for pets should take on the responsibility of caring for them in a professional way.”

Dick believes that when it comes to the care of our beloved pets, the best and most competent practice is 24-hour care, whether the location is a hospital, boarding facility, or pet sitter service. Purr’n Pooch provides staff on-site 24 hours a day to care for any pets staying overnight in both his Tinton Falls and Wall pet resorts.

“We recognize that different pets have different reactions to situations,” says Dick. “A dog may be terrified of a thunderstorm and our staff is trained to recognize the signs of distress and can handle the situation accordingly. If there’s no one there to witness distress, no care can be given.”

Dick believes that Betsy’s Law is a good start in informing the public of the issues that can occur at pet care facilities, but that a stricter and more specific law is needed. He commends the work that Kayser and the Lt. Gov. have done to move toward better and safer care for pets.

“As pet care providers, it is our responsibility to give our pets the best, most thorough care possible,” said Dick. “And this requires 24-hour supervision.”

If you feel the same, please consider writing your local elected officials.

Image courtesy of Christine and David Schmitt | Flickr

Back to the Pool at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts!

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SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS!

September may have the kids heading back to school, but at Purr’n Pooch our friends are back in the pool. Our freshwater pools are filled daily and available for your dog’s enjoyment through the end of the month. As long as the weather is warm, outdoor fun in daycare and boarding will include playground games and swims in our water parks. We also have agility classes for students heading back to training. Our classes are stress-free and fun for owner and pet.

Don’t forget to also come by and indulge your best friend in an apple scented shampoo and spa treatment. Lots of activities to wag a tail about this month at Purr’n Pooch!

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

EVENTS

PNP-CC-September-BirthdaySEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, September 15 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, September 16 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Pups in boarding and daycare will enjoy treats and games on the playground as they celebrate the birthdays of their friends born in the month of September. Photos will be posted on our Facebook page.

PNP-CC-September-FinsFINS FUNDRAISER
Monday, September 21 ~11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
FINS has partnered with the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals to help raise money for a great cause. Visit any FINS location on Monday, September 21 from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., show our event flyer on your phone, and a portion of your check will go to the foundation.
Learn more and download the flyer >

PNP-CC-September-AgilityAGILITY4FUN CLASSES
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Starting September 12
No matter the breed of dog you have, you and your four legged furry friends can enjoy the fun of agility together. Agility4Fun is designed for all dogs and their owners to enjoy the sport of agility. Agility at Purr’n Pooch is all about fun. It’s a different way for you to exercise your dog and it’s good exercise for you too. It’s great if you want to take your basic training to the next level, we have the course for you. 6 weeks is $200, plus tax or drop-ins welcome. Cost: $35 per class. Email info@purrnpooch.com to enroll.

PROMOTIONS

PNP-CC-September-DaycareBACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO DAYCARE
Buy a 30 day pass get a free bath.  Free bath must be used by October 31.

 

 

 

PNP-CC-September-RetailRETAIL PROMOTION
Retail is 50% off all summer collars, leashes, and harnesses.

 

 

 

PNP-CC-September-Spa2APPLES SPA PROMOTION
Treat your pup to a rejuvenating fall spa treatment. Our Professional Pet Products® AromaCare™ Clarifying Apple Shampoo gently removes dulling deposits and built-up impurities, using naturally cleansing apple extracts. It revitalizes the coat, leaving it soft, smooth, shiny with the fragrant luscious scent of fresh-cut green apples. Teeth brushing included. $25 plus price of grooming or bath.

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

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

PNP-CC-September-DisasterSeptember ~ National Disaster Preparedness Month
For important information on creating a disaster plan for your pet and family, visit the American Red Cross website >

 

 

 

PNP-CC-September-MemorialSeptember 13 ~ National Pet Memorial Day

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

Fun in the Sun with Your Pets in Monmouth County

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At Purr’n Pooch, we know that summer is a busy time for pets and people alike. When your pets are not at home having fun in the sun with you, they’re enjoying the long list of summer activities here at Purr’n Pooch.

The freshwater pools let pets splash and play while staying cool, and the indoor pool at our Wall location lets your pet get aquatic exercise. After a long day of swimming, pups can relax in the shade at our playground or in the air-conditioned suites.

KONG® toys are also a big hit in the hot summer months with the pooches, especially when we fill them with frozen peanut butter and other treats! And the kitties are happily snoozing in the sun near the windows and playing on the jungle gym, rock walls and waterfalls.

Purr’n Pooch always celebrates birthdays and other special occasions with private and monthly parties, featuring Jodes Happy Tail yogurt treats for dessert! Pets that come in for daycare on Tuesdays can participate in Play ‘N Games –  fun activities centered around agility, puzzles, and scent work. There is an additional $35 fee for this service. And on Saturdays, we have our agility classes, which take place both inside and out.

Hurry, and book your pet’s summer fun with us! Our pools are open through mid-September and sometimes longer depending on the weather. Call us in Tinton Falls at 732-842-4949 or in Wall at 732-528-8100.

But when your pet isn’t hanging with us, make sure to take them out on the town to any of the pet friendly events in Monmouth County, NJ!

Wonder Bar Yappy Hour

Mom and Dad can cool off this summer with a cold drink while doggies get to romp and play in a safe, fenced in area at Yappy Hour at the Wonder Bar, 5th & Ocean Aves. in Asbury Park, NJ. Hours are Monday and Friday: 6-9 p.m. (small dogs only), and Saturday and Sunday: 1-7 p.m. (all size dogs). The area features doggie swimming pools, an agility area, and a ‘time out’ area for pooches who need to unwind. The fenced-in area is a place where dogs and owners can spend time getting used to Yappy Hour. Dogs must be neutered and have up-to-date rabies tag or dog license. Choke, prong and spike collars are not permitted, nor are toys or dog food. Owners are expected to pick up after their dogs. There is dog security at all times to keep human and canine guests safe and comfy. The Yappy Hour deck is restricted to customers 21 and over.

Red Bank Dog Days of Summer

Pooches and their people can enjoy an evening of shopping, dining and socializing this summer at Red Bank Dog Days of Summer on the third Tuesday of each month from 6-9 p.m. The last event of the season will take place Tuesday, September 1. Monmouth Street will be closed to traffic to accommodate dozens of vendors featuring clothing, toys, collars, leashes, jewelry, artwork and more. Pet rescues and charities will also be on site to promote pet adoptions and awareness, including ASPCA, Humane Society, Save US Pets, Paws for a Cause and Home Free Animal Rescue. Purr’n Pooch will be there too, so make sure to visit our table! Dogs must be on a leash.

Asbury Park and Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival

Let your pooch get his groove on at the two remaining Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation Summer Series of Festivals! Enjoy a day of live performances by talented jazz and blues musicians, food, crafter and sponsor exhibits, a wine and beer garden, and activities for the entire family, including pups! The Asbury Park event will take place Saturday, July 18 from noon to 8 p.m. at Bradley Park, located at 5th and Ocean Avenue. The Long Branch festival will take place Saturday, August 29 from noon to 10 p.m. followed by fireworks at The Great Lawn on the Boardwalk, located on Cooper Ave. The festival is rain or shine, dog friendly, free to the public, and all ages are welcome to attend.

Keeping Pets Safe This 4th of July and Summer

Keeping Pets Safe This 4th of July and Summer

Fourth of July and summer fireworks can be scary experiences for pets.  Dogs, cats, and other animals can get spooked easily by the loud bang of fireworks, and it’s our job to do whatever we can to help keep them safe. Animals may get scared or confused when the unexpected bang occurs, causing them to runaway in fright, or otherwise injure themselves out of fear.

Here are some tips to help keep our animal friends safe during 4th of July and summer fireworks:

  1. Give pets a safe environment from the loud noises. Dogs often like to be in a small space when they feel frightened, such as their crate or dog bed. Cats routinely hide in closets or under beds during fireworks. Make sure you know where your furry friends are before and after the fireworks display.
  2. In or outdoors, avoid leaving pets alone during fireworks. If you must leave pets alone, make sure all windows and doors are securely shut. Familiar noises like the T.V., a fan or the air conditioner can help lessen the stress of the loud noises.
  3. If your pet seems scared, avoid punishment and speak calmly and cheerfully. Give pets a distraction from the loud booms with a KONG® toy full of treats. At Purr’n Pooch we fill the toy up with treats then seal it up with peanut butter and put it in the freezer. Pups love to lick the frozen peanut butter then get to the treat. Specific treats are made for pet relaxation. At both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations, we have Pet Naturals Vermont Calming Treats for all kinds of pets. All-natural, long-lasting Churpi Chews are also a good bet.
  4. Gentle pressure can help relieve anxiety. If a furry friend feels stressed, a wrap fastened around the midsection can calm the nervous system through a hug-like pressure. We suggest using Thundershirt, available at both Purr’n Pooch locations in sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL.
  5. Don’t forget about the ears. Our pets are sensitive to loud noises just like us, and Mutt Muffs Hearing Protection for dogs is a great way to protect hearing. The muffs are comfortable, lightweight and come with adjustable straps and wide, foam-filled ear seals for the highest level of comfort. Make sure to supervise your pooch while the muffs are on.
  6. ID your pet. Make sure all your pets have an ID tag or microchip so they can be returned to your loving home if they escape.
  7. Educate yourself. Make sure you know when your community, and surrounding area, is having fireworks displays so you can be prepared to protect your pets.

Here is a list of popular Jersey Shore fireworks displays:

  • Atlantic Highlands Fireworks: July 3 at 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Point Pleasant Beach Fireworks: July 2 at 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Manasquan Fireworks & More: July 4 at 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Ocean Township Fireworks: July 3 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Brick Summerfest: July 2 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Asbury Park Fireworks:July 4 at 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Bradley Beach Fireworks, Dance & Swim: July 3 at 9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Long Branch NJ Oceanfest& Fireworks: July 4 at 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • West Long Branch Fireworks: July 4 from 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Wildwood 4th of July: July 3 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Seaside Heights Fireworks: July 4 from 9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Ocean City July 4th: July 1 at 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • LBI Fireworks: July 4 at 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Atlantic City Fireworks: July 3 at 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

WEEKLY DISPLAYS

  • Wildwood: Every Friday night at 10 p.m. in July and August
  • Point Pleasant Beach: Every Thursday night at dark in July and August
  • Seaside Heights: Every Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. in July and August

From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. Remember to take care of our furry friends so we can all be safe and enjoy the summer.

 

Stimulate Your Pet’s Mind and Body with Play

Stimulate Your Pet's Mind and Body with PlayDo you spend most of your time laying on the couch or in bed staring at the wall? Probably not. You’re most likely keeping yourself occupied at work or engaged in some type of activity you enjoy. What do you think would happen to you if you spent each day doing absolutely nothing? It would certainly have some negative effects on your physical and mental health. The same goes for our pets. Just like us, a lack of activity and stimulation is not good for their health, nor is it something they enjoy.

Physical activity and mental stimulation through play are very important for pets. All pups are born with innate play skills. They have deeply rooted instincts to search, chase, grab and tug. Without play, dogs may show behavioral problems due to boredom and excess energy. This makes sense because they’re meant to lead active lives. It’s important for your dog to play in order for him to live a happy and healthy life.

Just like dogs, cats are also born with instincts to play. When you look at what they do in the wild, it’s obvious why they need to play.  Cats are naturally curious, so when they are not mentally stimulated, they can become depressed and lethargic.  Similar to dogs, cats are also more likely to develop behavioral problems such as insecurity, aggression, urine marking, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, when stressed or anxious because of boredom.

Take time to play with your pets every day. If you have a cat, find something that engages his interest, like interactive toys. Interactive playing strengthens the bond between you and your cat. It also lets your cat hone his hunting skills, release energy, gain confidence and get in a good exercise – all beneficial to his physical and mental health.

With a dog, there are countless ways to play, both indoors and outdoors. Fetch, scent games, puzzles, tug of war, running, walking and training are all great activities. Just like with a cat, play will strengthen the bond between you and your pooch.

Because most people are constantly busy, pets often end up spending much of their time home alone not doing very much. We can only imagine they’d feel the same as a human would if they spent each day as a couch potato. Daycare facilities are the perfect solution for a pet to avoid a lazy life. While you’re away, they’re sure to be occupied with lots of fun activities, such as puzzles, games and space to run, play and socialize.

Here are some ways we exercise your pet’s mind and body at Purr’n Pooch.

Playground Activities

At Purr’n Pooch, we have hygienically effective turf and natural grass yards, as well as puppy playground equipment, where pups get to run around, play and socialize. Playground fun will give your dog physical and mental exercise, while practicing social skills with other dogs.

Splish, Splash: Pool Time

The best part about this time of year is that our outdoor pools are open! Swimming and splashing around in our in our supervised outdoor and indoor water parks provide both mental and physical stimulation for our visiting boarding and daycare pups. They help your dog to socialize, get in a cardio vascular workout, and of course, cool off! We offer several freshwater pools and water elements like fountains and waterfalls for their enjoyment. Pool time rates are available here.

Cattery

All cats need mental stimulation, especially indoor cats. Our cattery in Tinton Falls features a 22-foot waterfall, and rock wall for climbing and playing is perfect for occupying even the most finicky of cats. Our windows with perches provide mental stimulation as cats look outside to observe.

Social activities with humans enrich a cat’s environment. At Purr’n Pooch, cats experience private play time, explore rooms, lounge, and use toys provided in our fully equipped cattery.

Food Puzzle Toys

When there is food involved, pets are sure to be interested in whatever is going on. Food puzzle KONG® toys and are an excellent way to keep pets entertained and mentally stimulated. These puzzles are sturdy containers, made of hard rubber or plastic, that hold food or treats inside but don’t give pets easy access to the food. They have holes on each end or on the sides, and pets must work to get the food to come out by shaking, pawing, rolling, nibbling or licking the toy. Food puzzle toys require time, patience and problem-solving. Visit our Wall and Tinton Falls, NJ retail boutiques to purchase these games.

Agility4Fun Classes

No matter the breed of dog you have, you and your four legged furry friends can enjoy the fun of agility together at Purr’n Pooch. Agility4Fun is designed for all dogs and their owners to enjoy the sport of agility. It’s a different way for you to exercise your dog, and an excellent way to take basic training to the next level.

Play ‘N Games

Purr’n Pooch offers Play ‘N Games for pets that come in for daycare on Tuesdays. They will get to participate in one of these fun activities: agility, puzzles, or scent work. The additional cost for this service is $35.

Have any questions or want to schedule a time to visit our facilities, contact us. We hope to have your pet visit us for a day of fun and games.

Make a Big Splash This June at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resort

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SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS!

There’s much fun a foot (or paw) at Purr’n Pooch this month. Our daycare and boarding dogs are enjoying their time outdoors playing with friends in our fresh water pools and spacious playgrounds. We also have a host of events and promotions planned for our clients. They include a second Paint & Sip fundraising party by popular request, an Argan spa special for pups whose fur coats require some extra TLC, a BOGO pool pass promotion for summer savings, and much more!

It’s also Adopt a Cat Month and at Purr’n Pooch we adore our feline friends and offer many services to accommodate their needs and care. Learn more >

Visit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals website for a list of organizations that focus on cat rescue and adoption >

EVENTS

PNP-CC-June-Paint-&-SipPAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Wednesday, June 3 ~ 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Purr’n Pooch Pet Resort, Tinton Falls
Uncork your inner artist! Join us for a fun beginner acrylic painting party to benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for AnimalsNo prior art experience or drawing talents required. The 11″ x 14″ canvas will already be sketched out for you. You will be taught step-by-step how to create your own version of your pet and you will leave with a finished one-of-a-kind masterpiece of your own and a new talent you’ll want to grow. All painting supplies will be provided for your use, just bring your creativity and be prepared to have fun! Cost is $50 per painter.
Register now >

PNP-CC-June-Yappy-HourDOGGY YAPPY HOUR
Friday, June 5 ~ 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ocean County Park, 659 Ocean Avenue, Lakewood
Bring your best friend to enjoy a night of displays, vendors, demos and give-a-aways. This free event is sponsored by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Ocean County Parks & Recreation. Visit the Purr’n Pooch table for treats for your pup.

PNP-CC-June-BirthdaysJUNE BIRTHDAY PARTIES  
Tuesday, June 16 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, June 17 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Pups in boarding and daycare will enjoy treats and games on the playground as they celebrate the birthdays of their friends born in the month of June. Photos will be posted on our Facebook page.

PROMOTIONS

PNP-CC-June-GamesRESORT: FUN AND GAMES
Enhance your dog’s daycare and boarding stay with mind stimulating games! Choose from agility, puzzles, scent work, or ball and retrieve games. The activity is held on Tuesdays and lasts approximately 30 minutes and the cost is $35. Add the service to any daycare or boarding stays.

 

PNP-CC-June-Inset-PuzzleRETAIL SPOTLIGHT
Star Spinner, Treat Wheel and Kibble Drop puzzles by Kyjen are now available in our retail boutiques.Challenge your dog’s natural instincts and enrich his life with these fun puzzle games. Cost: $14 to $25

 

 

PNP-CC-June-SpaSPA SPECIAL: ARGAN TREATMENT
Treat your pup to a rejuvenating argan treatment. Argan shampoo and spray are rich in argan oil, essential fatty acids and vitamin E, adding luster and shine to dry, brittle coats. Teeth brushing included. $25 plus price of grooming or bath.

 

 

PNP-CC-June-PoolRESORT SPECIAL: BOGO POOL PASS
Buy one outdoor pool pass and get a second one free. Cost: $24 Group Pool Time and Playcare when boarding, $32 Individual Pool and Playcare when boarding.
June 19, 20 and 21 only.

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

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June ~ Adopt-a-Cat Month
June 1 – 6 ~ Pet Appreciation Week
June 4 ~ Hug Your Cat Day
June 9 ~ World Pet Memorial Day
June 21 ~ Happy Father’s Day & First Day of Summer

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

Agility for Fun & More! Join Us for Stress-free Training at Purr’n Pooch

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PERFECT MANNERS
Tuesdays starting May 26 ~ 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

AGILITY FOR FUN
Thursdays starting May 28 ~ 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

MIND YOUR MANNERS FOR PUPPIES
Thursdays starting May 28 ~ 7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

AGILITY FOR FUN
Saturdays starting May 30 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

AGILITY FOR FUN II
Saturdays starting May 30 ~ 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

MIND YOUR MANNERS
Saturdays starting May 30 ~ 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

YOUR PET’S GOT TALENT
Saturdays starting May 30 ~ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Classes run for six weeks; $200 + tax and are held at our Tinton Falls facility. An Easy Walk harness or Gentle Leader is given to Puppy and Mind Your Manners Class participants. 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. Please make sure all vaccinations are up to date: rabies, dhlpp and bordatella.

Contact info@purrnpooch.com to register or for more information.

Be With Your Dog When You Say I Do On Your Wedding Day

Be With Your Dog When You Say I Do On Your Wedding Day

Wedding season is in full swing, and this year you’re going to see more and more furry guests making appearances at ceremonies and receptions. You’ve probably already seen many engagement photos featuring pets – it’s definitely not uncommon these days! With 65% of households owning pets in the U.S., it’s no surprise that recently more couples are opting to include their best friends in their wedding ceremonies. Many people consider their pet to be their best friend or part of the family, so it only makes sense that more brides and grooms are taking part in this big day trend.

If you’re one of the lucky ones getting hitched this year or in the process of planning your wedding, consider inviting another member into your bridal party. It’s up to you how involved you’d like your pup to be. He can be a special guest of honor, walk down the aisle, and stand with the wedding party during the ceremony, or perhaps he could have a specific role, such as ring bearer or flower girl. Pictures with your pup is also something to consider – you’ll always want to remember those special moments!

Of course, there will be no need for you to worry about your pup’s agenda; we know you’ll have enough on your mind that day. You can put all worries aside about how your pup will look and who will assist him. The staff at Purr’n Pooch can handle, transport, groom and board your best friend for your special occasion. We’ll be prepping your pup before he makes his appearance and caring for him while you’re enjoying your first night as Mr. and Mrs., and also while you’re off on your honeymoon.

Purr’n Pooch offers several wedding packages to accommodate you and your pup for your special occasion.

Deluxe Wedding Package
Our newest great-room style suite with Direct TV, leather, memory foam couches (made for canines), classical music, daily daycare, pool time, a massage and a bath before the return home. Our guest will receive a berber sleeping blanket along with spring water.

This package is based on an either a one or two night stay and includes transportation to the location of your choice for pictures or just an appearance.

Standard Wedding Package
Our guest will enjoy their own sleeping quarters that has an adjoining indoor run. They will partake in our daycare, pool time, and will receive a bath before the return home.

This package is based on an either a one or two night stay and includes transportation to the location of your choice for pictures or just an appearance.

Honeymoon Package
With a choice of one of the above accommodations, this package is priced according to the length of your pets stay with us.

Celebration Package
Our Guest will be treated to a day of play, a bath and transportation to your desired location.

Wedding packages are done by our wedding concierge and are customized to your wedding party’s needs. To make an appointment, please call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall).