Join us in January! Training at Purr’n Pooch

Join us in January! Training at Purr'n Pooch

NEW CLASSES STARTING SOON!

JANUARY SCHEDULE

Join us in January! Training at Purr'n Pooch

PUPPY BASICS
Mondays • 7:00 p.m. ~ 8:00 p.m. • Starts January 5
Saturdays • 12:30 p.m. ~ 1:30 p.m. • Starts January 10

MIND YOUR MANNERS
Tuesdays • 6:00 p.m. ~ 7:00 p.m. • Starts January 6
Saturdays • 11:15 a.m. ~ 12:15 p.m. • Starts January 10

PERFECT MANNERS
Tuesdays • 7:15 p.m. ~ 8:15 p.m. • Starts January 6

AGILITY4FUN
Saturdays • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. • Starts January 10

NEW! MY DOG’S GOT TALENT (TRICKS)
Fridays • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. • Starts January 9
If your puppy/dog has talent or wants to learn new tricks, then come along and join in the fun. Learn tricks like give paw, high five, roll over, peekaboo, spin, twist, touch and more.

ENROLLMENT DETAILS
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 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.

TRAINING SEMINAR: WALKING YOUR DOG ON A LEASH
Thursday • January 22 • 6:30 p.m.
Cost $20

To register, please call 732.842.4949 or email info@purrnpooch.com.

ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTION

Instruction designed to focus on specific areas of behavior and obedience. Owners will learn to communicate more effectively with their pet, what motivates certain behaviors, coping with complex behaviors, how to read canine body language, how to harness and redirect the energy of their dog, and more. $125 per 1.5 hour session.

PRIVATE IN-HOME INSTRUCTION

Instruction designed for owners who can’t join classes because of physical or traveling limitations, and/or for dogs who are not candidates for on-site classes. $150 for 1.5 hours of instruction.

Special Meet & Greet with Trainer Dr. Ian Dunbar to Benefit Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals

Meet & Greet with Dr. Ian Dunbar to Benefit Purr’n Pooch Foundation(left: Dr. Ian Dunbar; right: Dick Palazzo with Jax)

Mark your calendar for April 24, 2014, 7-9 p.m.  A very special evening event is planned to benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. We are happy to offer a Meet and Greet with Dr. Ian Dunbar, pioneer in dog behavior training. He will be presenting a full day seminar earlier in the day from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. entitled “Simple Solutions for Common Dog Behavior & Training Problems” at the Purr’n Pooch Tinton Falls location. He will be available during the evening reception to answer questions and offer advice.

“Foundation grants are awarded once a year,” said Betsy Palazzo, Foundation President. “The criteria for application are that you submit on behalf of a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization and state the reason for funding. We research every organization who applies, and we try to accommodate everyone who is qualified. We awarded 12 grants in 2013.”

The maximum grant to any one organization per year is $5,000. The same organization can apply year after year.

“Annually, we have granted $30K, and for a small, all volunteer foundation, we are very proud. Every penny helps,” said Betsy.

The opportunity to talk with Dr. Ian Dunbar personally will be a special treat for event attendees.

“Dr. Dunbar’s philosophy of socialization as it applies to dogs and animals is something that we both have in common,” said Dick Palazzo.  “I respect him and believe he is one of the foremost lecturers in the country right now, and I am very proud to have him present at Purr’n Pooch. Dr. Dunbar and I are honored to talk with guests about their individual dog behavior problems during the reception for charity.”

Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts has created one of the finest dog socialization programs in the country. We not only help dogs that are doing things wrong, we are able to advance dogs that are doing things right – an area where most trainers fall short.

“Socialization builds communication with animals, and we do it with love, fun and challenging games,” said Dick Palazzo, President & CEO, Purr’n Pooch.

Purr’n Pooch has become trend-setters for taking dogs to higher levels through elevated mental and emotional stimulation. We have perfected dog daycare; not only can a dog come to play, but a dog can graduate into higher level play groups that are more challenging. The dog is mentally and emotionally stimulated in a way that keeps the dog truly engaged. The outcome is that the pet becomes a better dog.

“Our accomplishment with our dogs is through understanding by love and patience. Once you have that, you earn trust. Once you have trust, you have a secure pet who is willing to do whatever you want and ask him to do. That is definitely a philosophy that I share with Dr. Dunbar,” continued Palazzo.

You can register for the event now for a donation of $25. >

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals was established in 2010 by the Palazzo sisters as a way to celebrate a 40 year milestone for Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts.

“Our parents had always taken in and rehabilitated rescued dogs,” said Betsy Palazzo. “They did this out of the goodness of their own hearts, never asking for any monetary assistance or anything in return. We decided what better way to honor what they have done, and to honor all the unsung heroes in the animal rescue world, than by creating a foundation that helps all types of animals in need.”

Dick Palazzo made a habit over the years of visiting shelters and taking on certain dogs destined for euthanization because they were unable to be rehabilitated by the shelter. Read about his success stories with dogs Grace and Mac on the Foundation website, both misdiagnosed with aggressive tendencies who later became perfect house pets. Mac was even featured in Dog Fancy magazine for his incredible heroism when he saved his family, including two children, from a fire a year ago. Read the story here. Jax, a pit bull from Hoboken, is also a success story, having been rescued and rehabilitated by Betsy Palazzo. Today, Jax visits local schoolchildren in efforts to end breed stereotypes and raise awareness of the importance of pet adoption.

What Dick Palazzo has learned through his rehabilitation work is that most animals deemed “aggressive” are not so much aggressive as they are insecure. Rebuilding trust is a key component in the animal’s rehabilitation process.

The foundation awards grants for any type of animal rescue including dogs, cats, exotics, horses and wildlife.

Their fundraising efforts have helped many organizations including Project Animal Worldwide who specializes in Sato dog rescue in Puerto Rico; the US War Dog Association, which received assistance with a care package drive targeting Military dogs in the Middle East; and Marine Mammal Stranding Center, whose facility was adversely affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Join the Palazzos, Dr. Ian Dunbar and friends of the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals on this special evening of celebration, education and fundraising. Your donation will help a charity in need and change the life of a suffering animal.

Purr’n Pooch To Host One-Day Seminar with Dr. Ian Dunbar – Pioneer in Dog Behavior Training

Purr'n Pooch To Host One-Day Seminar with Dr. Ian Dunbar

Purr’n Pooch is excited and honored to have Dr. Ian Dunbar present “Simple Solutions for Common Dog Behavior & Training Problems” to community dog owners and trainers. The seminar is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, from 9:30am – 5:30pm at the Tinton Falls location.

There will also be an evening reception at 7 p.m. to benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals‘ grantees. You won’t want to miss this special occasion.

Dr. Dunbar is the pioneer in dog behavior training. Growing up on a farm with a variety of animals ranging from cows and chickens to dogs and cats, he was encouraged by his family to become a veterinarian.

He was also greatly influenced by his grandfather whom he observed using a tactic little used back then of luring the farm  animals to get them to do what he wanted, rather than pushing, prodding and roping. The animals were rewarded by petting and with food, and this reward-based philosophy was later played out in Dr. Dunbar’s studies and his own dog training seminars and lectures.

“I read lots of studies while in vet school and academia about the effects of early environmental enrichment and socialization on puppies,” said Dr. Dunbar.  “What I learned is that the dog’s brain actually degenerates in as little as three weeks’ time with the lack of proper socialization. The animal can actually suffer permanent brain damage.”

After being invited to give public lectures through the University Extension, Dr. Dunbar found the experience so rewarding after a time that he chose to educate the public full time.

“The public was so eager to learn simple basic techniques of reward-based training and puppy socialization, I decided to make it my life’s work,” continued Dr. Dunbar.  “Puppies are fun and easy to teach.  The key is to start the process as early as possible by introducing the puppy to many different people and rewarding the dog for the desired behavior. If the dog is denied proper socialization until six months of age, for example, you’ve lost the opportunity and the dog may never grow to be the happy, well-adjusted and well-behaved dog he could have been.”

Dr. Dunbar suggests when you get a new puppy, plan to have regular parties at your home for the first month.

“Introduce your puppy to as many new people as possible,” said Dr. Dunbar. “Let your puppy learn naturally not to fear strangers, children or men in particular.”

The credits under Dr. Dunbar’s name are numerous and include:

  • Producing the first ever Puppy Training Video, which helped make his reward-based training technique spread easily and quickly throughout the world
  • Founding the Association for Professional Dog Trainers, which is now the world’s largest association of its kind and the only one offering certification to both US and International members
  • Founding OpenPaw.org which helps Animal Shelters set up a dog socialization and behavior training program

Whether a pet parent or pet professional, you won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to learn from the most highly regarded dog trainer and behaviorist in the world. Expect to learn how to deal with these common canine issues:

  • House soiling
  • destructive chewing,
  • excessive barking
  • digging
  • home-alone problems (and separation anxiety)
  • hyperactivity
  •  jumping-up
  • not coming when called
  • pulling on leash
  • leash reactivity to other dogs
  • lack of attention and compliance

This seminar has been approved for 6 CEUs by the CCPDT & IAABC. Register early here for a fee of $90. Separate registration required for the Q&A and evening reception event.

4 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dog Daycare

4 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dog Daycare
I’ve enjoyed working with dogs and cats for more than 40 years at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts in Tinton Falls and Wall, NJ. Our family-owned and operated facilities are run by an extraordinary team of 70 pet care professionals, many of whom have been with us for more than 30 years.

Although dog daycares weren’t popular until the 1990s, it was during the early 1970s when I invested my time and love for pets into our Tinton Falls and Wall facilities. I would open the doors to allow our boarding dogs to enjoy leash-free, group play in the halls and yards. Animal behavior was a young science then, and many colleagues questioned why I would take such huge risks with the animals. Today, I am proud to see that dog daycare has become a service widely accessible across the country.

Dog daycare continues to be on the rise. Many families work long hours and don’t want their dogs to be home alone. Some simply want their dogs to socialize and enjoy a good time. There are many reasons people bring their dogs to daycare, but the common thread among our clients is the love they share for their pets and their desire to do what’s best for them.

At Purr’n Pooch, we offer 45 different play areas, transitional groups, and even programs for pets with special needs. By having these spaces and specialized services, our dogs can play and enjoy themselves in the proper, supervised environments.

Pet owners should understand however that not only do the accommodations matter when leaving a pet with a daycare facility, but staff experience is key to successful socialization and a happy visit.

It’s important that you inquire about the credentials of the establishment before leaving your dog in its care. A pet care professional with many years of experience assessing animal behavior should evaluate the potential daycare client. Always ask if the employee evaluating your pet has the proper credentials to diagnose your companion’s behavior. Some questions to ask include:

 

1. Will you evaluate my dog’s personality as well as its breed and size?

The personality, behavior and size of your dog should all be evlauated, not just your dog’s breed and size. Like children, dogs have their own individual personalities and tend to gravitate to certain people and dogs during the socialization process. Knowing more about your dog will make it possible for the daycare to place it in a group that works best for its temperament.

2. Will my dog be supervised at all times?

Your pet’s caregiver needs to instill boundaries and supervise situations when your dog is at play in any group setting. Be sure to inquire about daycare security and supervision, as they are equally important factors when choosing a facility.

3. Will my dog play in a group right away?

Your dog should be introduced slowly to its new environment, comfortably introducing a circle of friends and becoming familiar with the surroundings on his or her own time. Some dogs require more time than others to develop the confidence necessary to socialize in groups. This type of introduction takes patience, understanding, and, above all, an investment in employee training and workplace safety practices. And, many dogs may benefit more by being placed in a daycare with human versus dog contact. This environment will exist at a facility willing to work with your pet.

4. What type of surface will my dog play on?

In my professional opinion, the safest and most hygenic surface is astro turf developed specifically for canines. Digging in the dirt, jumping in muddy puddles, and roaming through the grass are all favorite pup pastimes, but your dog’s daycare facility should make sure that your pets still enjoy themselves without potential health hazards. The fuss of daily baths and pesticides could irritate a pet’s skin and fleas, ticks and bacteria can lurk in grass and dirt. At Purr’n Pooch, we outfit our play areas with environmentally friendly turf, which has a knitted backing that provides immediate drainage, so any liquid will wash away automatically, and its soft surface is durable yet gives our guests a comfortable, safe and clean experience while playing outdoors.

No two pets are alike and I take pride in celebrating their uniqueness. Why set dogs up to fail with a daycare that is not accurately assessing their needs or providing the ideal environment for play from the very start? Visit us in Wall or Tinton Falls to see if daycare is a fit for your best friend.

 

Fun Blooms at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts This Spring!

Fun Blooms at Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts This Spring

SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS & PROMOTIONS!

April showers may bring May flowers, but the month also brings warmer days and plenty of fun on the Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts playground. Have your pets join us for an exciting month of events, promotions and a shower of love from our staff.

EVENTS

April-Inset-All-Fur-LoveAPRIL IS PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS MONTH
All month long, the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and friends will collect pet supplies and food for All Fur Love Rescue. The charity helps animals in need of love and rescue, and we’re honored to support them during this important month of awareness.
Visit the charity’s website for a Wish List of items needed. >
See our office hours for drop-off. >

April-Inset-Egg-HuntBIRTHDAY PARTIES & EASTER EGG HUNTS
Tuesday, April 8 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, April 9 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friends in boarding and daycare will hunt for eggs and enjoy treats and games on the playground.

April-Inset-TrainingDOG TRAINING CLASSES
7-Week Training Sessions Held Weekly
Puppy Basic I
Adult Basic I
Adult Basic II
Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts Tinton Falls Training Hall
First class no dogs – humans only. 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. To register call 732-842-4949 or email info@purrnpooch.com.
Learn more >

April-Inset-DunbarSPECIAL GUEST EVENTS:
TRAINING WORKSHOP & CHARITY FUNDRAISER
Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts will host a very special event with friend Dr. Ian Dunbar, world renowned veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and dog trainer.

SIMPLE SOLUTIONS FOR COMMON DOG BEHAVIOR & TRAINING PROBLEMS
Thursday, April 24, 2014
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
86 Gilbert St West, Tinton Falls
This is a people-only workshop for both dog owners and dog professionals.
No dogs please.
This workshop has been approved for 6 CEUs by the CCPDT & IAABC.
Registration: $90 Early Bird (until March 24) then $120
Group Discounts available: 10% discount for 5 or more; 25% discount for 10 or more.
Email info@jk-pub.com to set up a group discount.
Get workshop details and register >

MEET & GREET WITH IAN DUNBAR TO BENEFIT PURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS
Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:00 pm -9:0 pm
Following the workshop, Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts will host a Q&A with Dr. Ian Dunbar to benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. The intimate evening is a special opportunity to speak with Dr. Dunbar about your specific dog training and behavior problems. Light refreshments will be served.
Admission: $25 Donation
Purchase tickets >
Email info@purrnpooch.com with questions.

PROMOTIONS

April-Inset-Tags-WeddingNATIONAL PET ID WEEK
During National Pet ID Week, April 20-26, enjoy 10% off ID tags at both Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts retail boutiques.

 

WEDDING DAY WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND
Include your best friend on your wedding day for a walk down the aisle, pictures and more! Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts will train, handle, transport, groom and board your pup for the special occasion.
Learn more. >

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PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

April 1-30 ~ Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
April 1-30 ~ Pet First Aid Awareness Month
Get Tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association
Friday, April 11 ~ National Pet Day
April 20-26 ~ National Pet ID week
Sunday, April 20 ~ Easter (Office is closed)
Saturday, April 26 ~ National Kids and Pets Day

For more information, call 732.842.4949 or email info@purrnpooch.com.

Join Us for “Simple Solutions for Common Dog Behavior & Training Problems”

Solutions for Common Dog Behavior & Training Problems

A TRAINING WORKSHOP AT PURR’N POOCH PET RESORTS WITH DR. IAN DUNBAR

Thursday, April 24, 2014
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
86 Gilbert St West, Tinton Falls

This is a people-only workshop and suitable for both dog owners and dog professionals. No dogs please.
This workshop has been approved for 6 CEUs by the CCPDT & IAABC.

Registration: $90 Early Bird (until March 24th) then $120
Group Discounts available: 10% discount for 5 or more; 25% discount for 10 or more.
Email info@jk-pub.com to set up a group discount.

Get workshop details and register >

Solutions for Common Dog Behavior & Training ProblemsMEET & GREET WITH DR. IAN DUNBAR
TO BENEFIT PURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS

Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:00 pm -9:00 pm

Following the workshop, Purr’n Pooch will host a Q&A with Dr. Ian Dunbar to benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. The intimate evening is a special opportunity to speak with Dr. Dunbar about your specific dog training and behavior problems. Light refreshments will be served. At the event, we will present the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals’ 2013 Grantees with their awards.

Admission: $25 Donation

Purchase tickets >

Email info@purrnpooch.com with questions.

7 Tips for a Positive and Successful Dog Training Experience

7 Tips for a Positive and Successful Dog Training Experience

Our pets rely on us to feed and bath them, give them comfort and direction, provide them with stimulation and socialization, and to protect them from harm. So why do some pet owners skip hiring a professional dog trainer?

Training plays an important role in helping us to become responsible dog owners. It makes it possible for us to entertain our dogs with tricks and games; introduce them to other dogs and people; live a less anxious and worried life; and to avoid self-harm. It’s tail-wagging time that training becomes a top priority when buying or adopting a dog. Let’s “paws” for a few training candidate scenarios.

Big dog, big problems? Do you walk down the street with your 100+ dog jumping and pulling both of you into dangerous situations? You’ve had many close calls as your dog drags you steps from the street and speeding cars.

Chewie on the loose? Maybe you’re the proud parent of a new puppy and find his excessive chewing not only draining on your wallet, but also on your nerves. You live in constant fear that your new cutie has eaten something dangerous or even lethal.

Too old to train? Maybe you believe your old dog can’t learn new tricks? Well, you’ll want to read about Mac, a rescue dog Purr’n Pooch’s President Dick Palazzo trained to love and trust again. Last year, this arthritic senior walked up a flight of stairs to save his family from a fire. Read his miraculous story on our blog and in the upcoming April issue of Dog Fancy magazine.

One of these stories may be familiar to you or you may have your own “tail” of woe to share. Let’s focus, however, on the positive and enroll your dog in training classes in 2014. A New Year means a new opportunity to learn to communicate more effectively by understanding what motivates certain behaviors, how to read canine body language, and more. There are some simple things you can keep in mind to ensure that you and your dog have a positive and successful training experience.

7 Tips for a Positive and Successful Dog Training Experience:

1. Consider your dog’s environment. Hire a trainer based on what works for you. Group and private classes at home and at training centers are widely available. For what to look for in a dog trainer, visit the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and consider Purr’n Pooch’s team as an option.

2. Customize your training according to dog’s age and ability. Do not set your dog up for failure with a cookie cutter training experience. Like people, every dog has had a different set of life experiences that come through in its behaviors.

3.  Be consistent. Have everyone in the household on the same page even the children. If everyone teaches the dog the behaviors in the same way, they are more likely to learn faster.

4. Reward positive behavior. When your dog does what you want, praise him verbally and in the beginning give him a treat.  Make a big deal about the positive and ignore bad behavior. Pets are like children, any sort of reaction could be mistrued as a reward.

5. Make it fun. Let’s face it if we aren’t having fun doing something we are likely to give up and move on.  Join a training class with your furry best friend and hang out with other people who share the same experiences of dog life.

6. Build a lifelong bond. By training with your dog on a regular basis and making it a fun and rewarding experience, you’ll build a bond with your dog that will last a lifetime.

7.  Dog’s point of view.  At Purr’n Pooch we always say to look at your life from your dog’s point of view and only then will they have an understanding of us.

Training at Purr’n Pooch

Group training for puppies and adolescents are held at the Purr’n Pooch training hall at 86 Gilbert Street West in Tinton Falls, NJ. For more information on private training information or with any questions, place call 732-842-4949 or email info@purrnpooch.com.

Wishing you and your dog a stress-free 2014 enjoying all the things you love to do together from walks on the beach to socializing with new friends at the dog park. With some training and time, you’ll be ready to showoff your dog’s good behavior and hard work in no time.

 

New Training Classes Starting Soon!

New Training Classes Starting Soon at Purr'n Pooch

PUPPY BASIC

Starts Wednesday, January 8, 2014  –  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

ADULT BASIC I

Starts Thursday, January 9, 2014  –  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

ADULT BASIC II

Starts Tuesday, January 7, 2014  –  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

7-week training programs focus on obedience instruction in sit, stay, down, come and to walk nicely on leash. Owners will learn to communicate more effectively with their pet, learn what motivates certain behaviors, how to read canine body language and more! (First class no dogs – humans only) $200.

ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTION

These 1.5 hour one-on-one sessions are designed to focus on specific areas of behavior and obedience. Owners will learn to communicate more effectively with their pet, what motivates certain behaviors, coping with complex behaviors, how to read canine body language, how to harness and redirect the energy of their dog, and much more! $125 per 1.5 hour session.

PRIVATE IN-HOME INSTRUCTION

Private In-Home Instruction classes are designed for owners who can’t join classes at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts because of physical or traveling limitations, and/or for dogs who are not candidates for on-site classes. $150 for 1.5 hours of instruction.

Classes are held at the Purr’n Pooch Tinton Falls, NJ Training Hall.

To register, please call 732.842.4949 or email info@purrnpooch.com.

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween Pet Safety - Tips from Purr'n Pooch

With Halloween quickly approaching the safety of your children is top of mind. But you should also be aware of the dangers to your other babies as well — the pets. Your family may plan to bring the pups along for some Trick or Treating fun and include them in your howling festivities so you should be mindful of Halloween hazards. Adults and children alike should know the dangers that costumes, noise, candy and decorations pose to our pets.

The Costume
If your dog or cat doesn’t seem to mind dressing up there are plenty of costumes available for purchase and made specifically for pets. From the scariest of ghouls to the cutest fairy princesses, you’ll find the costume that’s just the right fit for your pet’s personality. Some of our favorites over the years have included a pirate, pumpkin, devil, sailor, Princess Leia, and even Huge Hefner. Our Halloween doggie daycare parties are always a blast with a costume contest and games like bob for bones and chase the ghost.

How do you tell if a costume is right for your pet? You can tell if your dog is uncomfortable in his costume when he exhibits certain uncharacteristic behaviors like excessive panting, whining, and cowering. Basically, if your dog acts strange and looks uncomfortable, you’ll want to skip the costume and maybe try sporting something else like creative grooming tattoos or festive fall sweaters, leashes, collars and bows. Purr’n Pooch’s groomers and retail staff can help you to choose the right tattoo design and Halloween accessories for your pet.

And, as far as your cat goes, you’ll know right away if he prefers wearing costumes or not. You may also have the scratch to prove it!

If you’re ambitious and decide to create your own pet costume, avoid using anything that is toxic or hazardous to your friend’s health. Many paints and glues have harsh chemicals that could irritate a pet’s skin, eyes and nose.

Behavior & Identification
If you take your dog out with you to Trick or Treat around the neighborhood, be sure to keep him on leash. If your pet is shy or anxious around people and new experiences, it’s probably best to have him spend time in a quiet space at home or bring him to doggie daycare with friends at Purr’n Pooch for the day. Know his personality and tolerance level before participating in activities that would bring on unwanted behavior such as jumping and barking.

If your scaredy cat or dog is overwhelmed by the frightful faces, costumes, and doorbell ringing, watch him carefully for a sneaky getaway during the flurry of Halloween activity. Before your pet gets spooked and runs away, take precautions to ensure his safe return home by always having him wear ID tags with all of your contact information. Microchips are also great and should your dog lose his tags and be taken to a local shelter or veterinary office and easily scanned for identification.

Halloween Pet Safety - Tips from Purr'n Pooch

Treats & Halloween Decorations
The ASPCA’s Animal Control Center experiences a 39% increase in calls involving poisoning from candy exposure during Halloween. The calls are often cases that could have been avoided if the pet owner was aware of the dangers of Halloween candy and decorations.

Most dog owners know about the hazards of  chocolate and pets, but there is another lesser known and potentially fatal toxin in candy, gum and baked goods called xylitol.  This natural alternative to sugar can send dogs into seizures with just a tiny amount. The actual candy isn’t the only threat, its wrappers can be just as enticing and deadly. Cats love the shiny crinkly wrappers for play, but when ingested the aluminum foil or cellophane can cause intestinal blockages that could lead to death if untreated.

Your dog could also be attracted to your large decorative jack-o’-lanterns on display in your house.  This could mean disaster for your family if the lantern is lit by a candle’s flame and knocked over, causing a house fire or burning your pet. Instead, protect curious paws and your house with LED candles that will not pose a threat to your family.

For the pups in the neighborhood that will be Trick or Treating with their owners, don’t forget to have treats available to handout. And if you’re looking to surprise your pup with an extra special Halloween treat, Fat Murray’s peanut butter mummies and pumpkins are available for $2.25 each at Purr’n Pooch’s retail boutiques in Wall and Tinton Falls, NJ.

Enter the Purr’n Pooch Pet Halloween Photo Costume Contest

Now that we covered the dangers, let’s have a safe, howling good time! Join Purr’n Pooch for a doggie daycare Halloween Party on Thursday, October 31 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The winner of our costume party at daycare will win a hydrotherapy bath. We are also hosting a photo contest on Facebook. Post your pet’s pic on our Facebook wall and enter to win. The pet picture with the most likes by Nov. 15 at 10 p.m. wins a bath!
Have questions about our doggie daycare packages, call Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts in Tinton Falls at (732) 842-4949 or Wall at (732) 528-8100.

HARLEY’S ON GOOD BEHAVIOR WITH POSITIVE TRAINING AT PURR’N POOCH

“Firm, but gentle. Demanding, but passionate. Sincere…”

If we were asked to describe Iuliana, the trainer we selected for our 11 month, work-in-progress, rescue named Harley, then these are the first thoughts that come to mind.

We were very fortunate to have a friend recommend Dick Palazzo, owner of Purr’n Pooch as a contact for someone to train our boxer “beast”. After describing Harley to him, he said “I have just the right trainer for you. Her name is Iuliana”. We spent our first hour at Purr’n Pooch in an upstairs training area with Harley and Iuli. We were horrified at how ill-mannered he was. Yet Iuli just stayed totally calm. She showed us how to discourage his aggressive behavior staying tranquil and rewarding him for doing well. Never once did she try to restrain him or raise her voice. We just sat there with our mouths agape. (Maybe there is hope).

Fast forward two months…he’s still a work-in-progress, but is so much more obedient. Iuli comes to our house and works with him – again reinforcing the positive with encouragement and treats. As we all agree, he’s very smart. He remembers commands. He keeps eye contact when training. But he’s still young and headstrong. But we’re sure he’s going to be a very special guy.

After each session Iuli send us summary reports and further training suggestions.
We will continue to work with Iuli and strongly recommend her skills and demeanor as a trainer extraordinaire.

Ellen and Jay Garfunkle
Oceanport, NJ