Summer Fun at Purr’n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey Shore

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey Shore

The tail-wagging fun has yet to stop this summer! These past few months have been jam-packed with exciting activities and the pups and kitties are loving it – especially the mild temperatures, which have made outdoor playtime even more enjoyable.  We were curious to find out what your pets have been doing all summer long, so we held our “Paws” for Summer Fun Photo Contest from July 21 to August 10. We saw so many adorable pictures of pups lounging by the pool and on the porch; basking in the sun out in the backyard; cooling off in the shady garden; playing with the garden hose, Frisbees and chew toys; and taking a bubble bath to clean up from a long day of outdoor fun. Our furry friends just love to soak up the summer fun!

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreWhen your pets are not at home spending fun in the sun with you, they’re enjoying lots of summertime activities with us here at Purr’n Pooch. Splashing and paddling around in our freshwater pools is a favorite for the pups. This summer we added a new and exciting amenity to our Wall location – an indoor pool for aquatic water exercise. It’s already a hit! When it’s time to wind down, the pups relax in the shade on the playground or in our air conditioned suites. They also enjoy playing with KONG® toys filled with frozen peanut butter and treats. The kitties are purrfectly content basking in the sun near the windows and playing on the jungle gym, rock walls and waterfalls. We’ve celebrated quite a few birthdays and other special occasions with private and monthly parties, featuring Jodes Happy Tail yogurt treats for dessert – a sweet treat! On Saturdays, we have our training and agility classes, which take place both indoors and outdoors.

Book your pet’s summer fun with us soon! Our swimming 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.

When your pet is not visiting Purr’n Pooch or at home playing in the backyard, take him or her out on the town! There’s plenty of dog friendly events happening around the area. Here are just a few in Monmouth County, NJ. Get out and enjoy the dog days of summer!

WONDER BAR YAPPY HOUR

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreDoggies get to romp and play in a large fenced outdoor area while Mom and Dad enjoy a cool drink at Yappy Hour at the Wonder Bar, 5th & Ocean Aves. in Asbury Park, NJ! Hours are Monday and Friday: 5-10 p.m. (small dogs only), Wednesday and Thursday: 5-10 p.m. (all size dogs), Saturday and Sunday: 1-10 p.m. (all size dogs). There are swimming pools for the dogs, as well as an agility area and a special ‘time out’ area for those dogs who need a little time to unwind. This is a separate fenced-in area where the dog and their owner can spend some time getting used to Yappy Hour. Dogs must be neutered and have current rabies tag or dog license. There is dog security at all times to keep human and canine guests safe and comfortable. The Yappy Hour deck is restricted to customers 21 and over. Learn more >

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreRED BANK DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

On the third Tuesday of each month, dogs and owners congregate on Monmouth Street for an evening of shopping, dining and socializing with other pet owners. The last event of the summer will take place on August 19, 2014 from 6 p.m. to  9 p.m. Monmouth Street will close from Broad to Drummond and feature take-out dining and dog-friendly activities hosted by local animal charities and businesses including Purr’n Pooch. Come visit our table! Red Bank Veterinary Hospital will also be on hand with water stations, cleanup areas, dog first aid, nutritionists and behaviorists. Dogs must be on a leash. Learn more >

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreLONG BRANCH JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

Enjoy a day of live performances by talented jazz and blues musicians, food, crafter and sponsor exhibits, an Alex and Ani Hospitality Tent, beachfront views, fireworks and activities for the entire family, including pups, on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The Great Lawn, 28 McKinley Ave. in Long Branch, NJ. The festival is rain or shine, dog friendly, free to the public, and all ages are welcome to attend. Learn more >

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr’n Pooch!

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!

SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS & PROMOTIONS!

The dogs and cats at Purr’n Pooch continue to enjoy the summer with us. Your pets are having fun and relaxing in our air conditioned suites, playing games with friends on our playgrounds, and cooling off with a paddle in our freshwater pools. This summer we added a new and exciting amenity to our Wall location – an indoor pool for aquatic water exercise! It’s already a huge hit with the pups who have enjoyed its soothing and therapeutic benefits.

Join us for your first visit or we hope to see your pet again soon as we have another exciting month of events and promotions.

EVENTS

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, August 12 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, August 13 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friends in boarding and daycare will enjoy treats and games on the playground and activities in our water.

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!LUXURY PET CARE SERVICES FOR CATS
Purr’n Pooch’s Dick Palazzo talks about why cats are treated like top dogs at our resorts.
Read about our cattery renovations in a recent Asbury Park Press feature. >

 

 

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!DOG TRAINING CLASSES

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN
Starts Monday, September 8, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
PUPPY BASIC
Starts Wednesday, September 10, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
MANNERS
Saturday, September 13, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
AGILITY
Saturday, September 13, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Classes run for six weeks; $200 + tax and are held at our Tinton Falls facility. An Easy Walk harness will be given to the puppy and manners class graduates.

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 about Purr’n Pooch training classes >

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!RED BANK DOG DAYS
Tuesday, August 19
Purr’n Pooch will be participating in Dog Days, which are held on Monmouth Street in Red Bank on the third Tuesday of the month. Monmouth Street will be closed from Broad to Drummond and feature take-out dining and dog-friendly activities hosted by local animal charities and businesses including Purr’n Pooch. Come visit our table!

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!APP BEST OF VOTERS POLL
Please vote for Purr’n Pooch in The Asbury Park Press Best of Poll! Vote for us under “People and Services: Pet Services”.
Vote now! >

PROMOTIONS

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!END OF SUMMER SALE
We’re holding an “End of Summer Sale” at our retail store locations in Tinton Falls and Wall. Enjoy 30% off collars, leashes and harnesses. Promotion runs August 24-30.

 

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!

 

 

 

 

August 3-9 ~ International Assistance Dog Week
August 17 ~ National Black Cat Appreciation Day
August 26 ~ National Dog Day Celebrating Shelter Dogs
August 30 ~ National Holistic Pet Day

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

Dogs Cool Down and Stay Fit at Purr’n Pooch’s Water Parks

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It’s summer and you’re excited to the hit the water for a much anticipated swim. Winter has really taken a toll on us, including the dogs. When heading out the door, towel and sunblock in hand, you probably get that sad, perplexed look from your pup that says, “Come on. Take me too!”. Sound familiar?

We love the sun-sational days of summer and agree with your dog. You don’t have to leave your best friend behind while you hit the pool or beach to relish in another gorgeous weekend on the Jersey Shore. Stop feeling guilty and check out your local pet care facility for water activities that will accommodate your best friend.

At Purr’n Pooch our boarding and daycare dogs get to play and swim in our supervised outdoor and indoor water parks. We offer several freshwater pools and water elements like fountains and waterfalls for their enjoyment.

Water activities are not only a source of entertainment for your dog, but they also offer real health benefits. They help your pup to cool off, socialize, get in a cardio vascular workout, and enjoy a good night’s sleep. And, best of all, dogs of all ages from puppies to seniors can enjoy swimming as a healthy, low impact body workout. So while you’re oceanside this summer, register your pup for some watery fun with friends poolside.

A word from our friend Mickey’s mom about his summer fun at PNP…

“Mickey loves to play in the Purr’n Pooch pool. I say, “Mickey do you want to go to the pool club?” and he jumps in the car. When Mickey comes home, he is tired but still makes sure to tell me all bout his day. He actually makes cute barking noises like he is explaining who he has played with and what he did! He goes twice a week and enjoys his dips in the pool and time playing with friends.” Kathy Hader

SPECIAL POOL PASS PROMOTION FOR JUNE 20-22

Purchase your pup’s pool pass and join us for a cool, refreshing doggie paddle with friends in our fresh water pools. In honor of the first official weekend of summer, buy one $10 pool pass on June 20 – 22 and get one free.

Call us in Tinton Falls at 732.842.4949 or in Wall at 732.528.8100 to purchase your passes.

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.

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.

 

Pet Safety During the Holidays

Pet Safety During the Holidays -Tips from Purr'n Pooch

For many families, it can be easy to overlook the needs of our pets once the chaos of planning and parties arrives, so we hope you find our tips helpful for staying safe throughout the season. Pet owners can maintain a sense of calm around the home by staying on schedule for feeding times, sleep, exercise and play. Pets can also sense when we are anxious so keeping to their regular routine is key to giving them the reassurance they seek during any new, unfamiliar activity. Whether you’re entertaining at home or traveling for the holidays, you’ll want to avoid some of the dangers that may have you “paws” for alarm instead of enjoying time together as a family.

Beware of the Dangers to Pets During the Holidays

It is the most wonderful time of the year … or is it? While the holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends, the season is also a time of stressful hustle and bustle.  From decorations and parties to holiday travel, November through New Year’s can be a time of big change that tend to turn our pet’s world upside down. For four-legged friends that aren’t used to visitors, holiday gatherings can cause them to become over excited and before you know it your mild mannered pet can turn into a jumping, barking, food grabbing dog. Try introducing your pet to the idea of entertaining by hosting small get-togethers to work on his party manners before the big holiday bash. If your pet still isn’t Mr. Petiquette by party day be sure to set up a safe and peaceful space for him away from the noise and commotion of the holiday gathering complete with water, toys, treats and a bed.

During the holidays, homes also fill with the enticing aromas that come from baking cookies and pies to roasting turkeys. These temptations are hard to resist for anyone, man or pup. While for us the biggest problem might be buttoning our pants after feasting, the repercussions are far more dangerous for our four-legged friends. Veterinarians report higher cases of toxicity during the winter, the result of getting into dangers like baker’s chocolate, artificial sweeteners , table scraps and bones. Keep these dangerous ingredients far from sight and smell and make sure that your guests especially children know not to slip your dog tasty morsels under the holiday table.

For many the holidays aren’t complete until all of the trimmings are displayed around the house. Much of your pretty, shiny decor however attracts cats and dogs and they can suffer injuries such as cuts in their mouths to intestinal blockages from swallowing decorations. Candles and twinkling holiday lights can also cause cause serious dangers. For pets that like to chew, electrical shock can result from gnawing on light wires that run along the floor, tree and windows. Candles should be placed in hard to reach areas as well so that curious pets cannot reach them causing burns or a fire. There are also many toxic holiday plants, which can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, oral irritations, and even death. The most common plants to avoid are holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, and pine needles. Even the single leaf from a lily plant can be lethal to cats.

Holiday Travel Safety for Pets

Many people will take to the highways during the holidays traveling to visit family and friends and often with their pets, which can bring about a whole new set of dangers to consider. Preparation is key to keeping your pet safe and enjoying the open road. Make sure he travels in the car in a crate, microchipped and wearing i.d. tags so that he is protected and found in case of an accident or unexpected car door opening. Don’t forget to pack your pet’s favorite toys, blanket and his regular food. If your pet does not travel well, it’s best to have him stay at a boarding facility that you trust to supervise him 24-hours a day with plenty of exercise and TLC. You’ll rest better knowing he is safe and secure while you travel. If you’re considering a stay at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, reserve your pet’s visit now as our cattery and dog suites book quickly. Our grooming and spa appointments also need reservations.

Once all of the hustle and bustle has calmed down you and your pet can get back to life as normal. Keep in mind that the holidays may be stressful, but they also offer rare opportunities to spend time quality time with your pets. So enjoy those longer walks and extra cuddle time on the couch.

From all of us at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, enjoy a safe and jolly time together.