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.

Debunking Myths in Pet Care: “Kennel Cough”

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Post by Dick Palazzo, President, Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts 
Family Owned & Operated Since 1970

There is perhaps no more misunderstood canine disease than what is commonly referred to as “kennel cough” or canine cough. In medical terms, it’s a contagious respiratory disease among dogs, typified by inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. Canine cough, when put in simple terms, is the dog equivalent to the human cold.

It is spread by any one of three infectious agents (parainfluenza, adenovirus or Bordetella). Because of the continued use of the name “kennel cough”, it is widely misunderstood as something dogs inherently catch in a kennel or pet boarding facility. In fact, many veterinarians and WebMD continue to call the virus “kennel cough” often leading anxious pet owners down the wrong path when trying to understand where their dog may have contracted the virus.

I challenge all of us in the pet care industry and veterinary medicine to use the medical term Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD), instead of  “kennel cough” because it’s important that dog owners and the public in general be educated on the respiratory disease and its origins.

Canine cough is also an accurate name for CIRD because it describes the syndrome of coughing dogs but does not imply that the disease is caused by a pet care facility. By labeling canine cough “kennel cough”, employees in our industry are constantly working to educate others on the disease. It’s an ongoing issue we face and is very similar to those that were once faced by childcare facilities. Schools and daycares have been successful in educating parents on how illness spreads and today you’ll find hand sanitizer everywhere from the playground to the doctor’s office. But for us, the professionals in the pet care industry, the label “kennel cough” continues to mislead pet owners on the origins of the virus.

What are the symptoms of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD)?

CIRD can show up as a dry, hacking cough and is followed by a ratching or gagging sound. An infected dog may also exhibit a runny nose and sneezing. This disease prognosis without treatment can develop into a fever and breathing problems. For these reasons, early detection on the part of the owner or anyone caring for the pet is important. In general, the incubation period for CIRD is anywhere from 3-10 days and there are millions of strands of the virus.

Why did Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease come to be called “kennel cough”?

While attending pre-veterinary school in the 1970s, I remember reading in medical textbooks that the discovery of kennel cough could be traced back to a time when laboratories, kennels and breeding facilities were boarding dogs in common areas. This started it all and today people are still associating the “kennel cough” with kennels and pet boarding facilities simply because of the name.

How is CIRD contracted?

Typically CIRD is spread from dog to dog in secretion of the eyes, nose, or mouth and by direct contact from infected dog to healthy dog. Sneezing or coughing releases tiny aerosolized droplets carrying the virus to over 20 feet in any direction and spreading ITB to healthy dogs. Viruses can also be carried on hands, clothing, shoes, pet supplies and equipment. It’s crucial to have a healthy facility that creates happy, healthy pets and pet daycare and boarding facilities are leading the pack in taking the precautions necessary to stop the spread of a virus like CIRD.

Much of the literature on “kennel cough” says it has to do with the quality of ventilation when large amount of pets are housed together. Although that is true, the main reason is socialization. Many people take their pets out of the house and bring them to public places such as dog parks, restaurants, hospitals and pet stores. Basically, we live in a more dog-friendly world (thankfully) and our pets socialize more with one another, and thus are more likely to contract the virus.

Most of the time, healthy dogs will pick up the infection through scent because this is the way dogs communicate. You’ll notice the first thing a dog will do when out is drop its head to the ground and sniff around. Dogs can also catch CIRD through the air, as it is an airborne infection. Fortunately, with proper ventilation and by taking precautions like having your dog vaccinated you can lessen your pet’s chances of contracting CIRD. It is also important that when visiting your veterinary office, you inquire about the precautions they take to safeguard your pet’s health while in the waiting room and throughout the building in general.

What precautions are taken at Purr’n Pooch to maintain healthy pets?

At Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, the same mechanical contractors that designed and installed Jersey Shore Medical Center’s ventilation system also recently designed our units. It’s rare to find a facility with this ventilation system because many buildings are just not designed for it. Everything we do at Purr’n Pooch is for the comfort and care of our pets and their health and safety from the air systems to our hygienic cleaning.

It is possible that no one will ever get to the bottom of discovering exactly how and where our pets contract this infection. Many of us with children can also relate as we prepare for cold and flu season! Your children will spend more time with friends and classmates socializing indoors and on the playground and sports fields. A cold is inevitable and unfortunately so are those visits to the doctor’s office and many do not have state-of-the-art ventilation systems.

I’ve been working with dogs and cats for more than 45 years and it saddens me to hear the term kennel cough used more often than CIRD or canine cough. My hope is that this will change because as soon as pets are treated and the infection is labeled “kennel cough,” it’s sometimes directed back to the dog’s favorite home away from home – the boarding facility, daycare and grooming salon/spa.

My advice for pet owners is to educate yourself and if you believe your pet has CIRD, please visit your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Please note that all the information provided on the Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Please contact your veterinarian for an evaluation before diagnosing or treating your dog.

 

People and Dogs Run/Walk for Animal Charity at 5K Canine Classic

People and Dogs Run/Walk for Animal Charity at 5K Canine Classic

TAKE GREAT STRIDES FOR ANIMAL CHARITY!

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL
PURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS
5K CANINE CLASSIC RUN/WALK

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Race Starts 8:00 a.m.
Awards 9:30 a.m.
Pier Village ~ Long Branch, NJ

Get out those running shoes and mark your calendar for a great day seaside at the dog-friendly Pier Village to benefit animal charity!

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.

People and Dogs Run/Walk for Animal Charity at 5K Canine Classic   People and Dogs Run/Walk for Animal Charity at 5K Canine Classic

RACE DETAILS

  • $30 per runner/walker, pre-registered
  • $35 on race day
  • All dogs are required to run or walk on leash
  • One dog per handler/runner please
  • Race is rain or shine

EVENT SCHEDULE

  • 6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Packet pick up on boardwalk of Festival Plaza at Pier Village, Long Branch and same day registration
  • 7:50 a.m. Welcome speeches and pre-race instructions
  • 8:00 a.m. Race begins
  • 9:30 a.m. Awards presented

AWARDS

  • 1st Overall Male and Female Runner
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall Male Runner/K9 Team
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall Female Runner/K9 Team

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Course is flat along the boardwalk, out and back
  • Course closed to motor vehicles
  • Two water station set-ups
  • Tee shirts given to pre-registered runners and are subject to availability for same day registrants
  • Race event bags to all
  • Post race bagels and refreshments
  • Professional chip-timed course
  • Meter parking available

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People and Dogs Run/Walk for Animal Charity at 5K Canine Classic

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.

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.

Pet Parties Are Paws Down Fun

Pet Parties Are Paws Down Fun at Purr'n Pooch

Does your dog’s lifestyle resemble that of the Furry & Fabulous? If so you must be sure to celebrate in style with our professional pet party planners at Purr’n Pooch. From small intimate gatherings for the concerned canine to full scale all out fur flying fun, Purr’n Pooch has you covered.

According to the most recent American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, 7% of U.S. dog owners have a holiday or birthday party for their pet. Just ask any of the party animals at Purr’n Pooch and they’ll agree paws down pet parties are a growing trend!

In 2011 pet expert Arden Moore partnered with Pet Sitters International to create National Dog Party Day in conjunction with Take Your Dog to Work Day. This year the event grew to have four host cities that vowed to “work like a dog by day and party like a pup at night” all to benefit worthy pet adoption groups.

Looking to throw a canine celebration of your own? You can count on the experts at Purr’n Pooch to guide you from start to finish by first scheduling a consultation to get your party planning headed in the right direction. If you’re new to throwing a bow wow good time for your friend, the staff at Purr’n Pooch can help you step by step with selecting a theme, invites, decorations, custom cake, specialty teats, goody bags and entertainment.

Purr’n Pooch is able to accommodate any party, indoors or outdoors, depending on the season and your needs. Parties start at $275 and while there is no limit to party size with two or four-legs, it is best to have an accurate guest count so that we arrange for adequate staff to be on-hand to aid in all party goers having a tail-wagging good time.

While a birthday is always a great time to get together, the celebration doesn’t have to be the only special day in the life of your best friend. Consider hosting an Adoptaversary for the rescue pet, Bark Mitzvah, Holiday or Pool Pawty to splurge on your canine companion. There are always the milestone moments like when a young pup graduates from basic training or a puppy/kitten shower to welcome the new addition into the family.

However, perhaps the most important day in the life of any doggie diva is her wedding day! This was evident when Baby Hope walked down the aisle in the world’s most expensive dog wedding last July in NYC. This fancy affair was all to raise funds and awareness for animal welfare with mother of the bride pet lifestyle expert Wendy Diamond hosting a contest through Animal Fair Magazine to find the debonair dog groom. However, most puptials can just be about the ceremony of joining paws in holy muttrimony and the howling good time at the reception.

While all of these party ideas can also be arranged for your fancy feline it is best to keep the guest list to only human party goers – as most cats command the attention of the room.

Get ready to have a dog gone good time with your best friend or a purrfect feline function by booking your next pawty at Purr’n Pooch. Call us at (732) 842-4949 in Tinton Falls or (732) 528-8100 in Wall to schedule an appointment with one of our pet party planners.