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.

Lucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr’n Pooch

Lucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr'n Pooch

SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS & PROMOTIONS!

EVENTS

MARDI GRAS PARTYLucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr'n Pooch
Tuesday, March 4 at Tinton Falls and Wall ~ 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Mardi Gras games, parade and treats on the playground with friends. We’ll also have a traditional Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday” King cake (for pups). Who will be the lucky pup to find the prize inside?

MONTHLY BIRTHDAY PARTIESLucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr'n Pooch
Tuesday, March 11 at Tinton Falls ~ Wednesday, March 12 at Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Games and treats on the playground.

 

SAINT PATRICK’S DAYLucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr'n Pooch
Monday, March 17 at Tinton Falls and Wall ~ 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Purr’n Pooch celebrates the luck of the Irish! Dogs and cats in boarding, daycare and our spa and grooming salon will dress is green and enjoy treats. There may just be a few lucky dogs and cats who also discover gold (bones) for prizes on the PNP playground and cattery.

SPECIAL GUEST EVENTS:Lucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr'n Pooch
TRAINING WORKSHOP & CHARITY FUNDRAISER

Purr’n Pooch to host a very special evening 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 nd 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 >

MEET & GREET WITH 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 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. At the event, we will also present the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals’ 2013 Grantees with their grant awards.

Admission: $25 Donation
Purchase tickets >
Email info@purrnpooch.com with questions.

PROMOTIONS

LUCKY PAW FACEBOOK PHOTO CONTESTLucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr'n Pooch
Does your pup or kitty have the luckiest life in the world? We want to see just how lucky they are! Post fun pics of your friend enjoying the fur-fabulous life! The photo with the most votes on Facebook will win a free day of play (boarding or daycare) and assorted treats. Contest starts March 10. Last day to enter photos is March 16. Voting starts March 16 and ends March 23. Visit us on Facebook to enter. Winner must pickup their prize at Purr’n Pooch in Wall or Tinton Falls.

PAWDICURE
Ask our groomers about creative grooming. Designs include shamrocks and green dyed tails and ears to celebrate the lucky month. Our competitive rates are based on the breed and condition of your pet’s coat. Express service is available upon request and availability. Grooming services can be made by an appointment, or added to any boarding or daycare package. To make an appointment, call 732.842.4949 in Tinton Falls or 732.528.8100 in Wall.

PET TIPS & TRENDS
Be sure to visit our website at on the 15th and last day of the month for blog posts with pet care tips and trends. This month, we’re talking cats! Is it okay to leave your cat home alone overnight? Find out what the experts say on our blog.

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATESLucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr'n Pooch
Thursday, March 13 ~ K-9 Veterans Day
Tuesday, March 20 ~ First Day of Spring!
Sunday, March 23 ~ National Puppy Day

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

Fall in Love with Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts This February

Fall in Love with Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts This February

SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS & PROMOTIONS!

EVENTS

Fall in Love with Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts This February PURR’N POOCH & THE WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW
February 10 – 14 in Doggie Daycare
Photos from Wall and Tinton Falls will be posted on Facebook as we learn about the breeds showing at the Westminster Dog Show. The small and the tall, we’ll talk about them all as we introduce you to our friends in doggie daycare and learn about their breed types and personalities. Mixed breeds included!

Fall in Love with Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts This February MONTHLY BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, February 11 at Tinton Falls
Wednesday, February 12 at Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Games & treats on the playground.

Fall in Love with Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts This February SMOOCH A POOCH FEBRUARY FUNDRAISER
Wednesday, February 12 at Tinton Falls
Thursday, February 13 at Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Donate a $1 and smooch a pooch to help charities supported through
the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals.

Fall in Love with Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts This February VALENTINE’S DAY
Friday, February 14
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Photos from Wall and Tinton Falls will be posted on Facebook of our adorable pups and kitties in their best hearts and kisses wear. Kisses and cuddles on the playground will be caught on camera all day long!

Fall in Love with Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts This February PURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS ANNUAL GRANTEE BREAKFAST
Thursday, February 27
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Visit PurrnPoochFoundation.org for details.

 

PROMOTIONS

Fall in Love with Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts This February CELEBRATING DOG BISCUIT DAY ~ FEBRUARY 23
February 21 – 23
20% off cookie bar treats

 

 

Fall in Love with Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts This February FEBRUARY IS DENTAL HEALTH MONTH
February 1 – 28
Special $10 teeth brushing

Celebrate the “Big Game” at Purr’n Pooch

Celebrate the "Big Game" at Purr'n Pooch

SAVE-THE-DATE FOR TAILGATING, TAILWAGGING FUN AT PURR’N POOCH’S DOGGIE DAYCARE “BIG GAME” PARTY!

Friday, January 31 ~ Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There may be no tailgating allowed at this season’s “Big Game” at MetLife Stadium in NJ but at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts on the Jersey Shore we’re hosting a super party to celebrate – tailgating, tailwagging fun and all! Join us at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts on Friday, January 31, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., as pups are invited to party on the PNP playground with friends. Guests will play football games all day long for various prizes.

ENTER YOUR DOG IN PURR’N POOCH’S SHOW YOUR “BIG GAME” SPIRIT PET PHOTO CONTEST!

The photo with the most votes wins a tailgating party package for “Big Game” fun from Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts. The prize features a cooler of toys and dog and human treats to help you enjoy the game with friends – two and four legged.

Submit Photos by Sunday, January 19 at 11 p.m.
Voting Begins on Monday, January 20 at 11 p.m.
Voting Ends on Sunday, January 26 at 11 p.m.

How to Enter: Submit a photo(s) of your cat or dog on the Purr’n Pooch Facebook contest app. You can submit as many photos as you like by the submission date. One vote per day.

Visit the Purr’n Pooch Facebook page now >

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.

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.

Purr’n Pooch Holiday Pet Photo Contest

Purr'n Pooch Holiday Pet Photo Contest

ENTER YOUR BEST FESTIVE PET PHOTO IN THE PURR’N POOCH PET RESORTS HOLIDAY PET PHOTO CONTEST!

Winner will be featured on the Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts Holiday Card and receive ….
Prizes for 10 Photos with the Most Votes!

1st Place
Wins “Spa day at PnP” – free bath and day of daycare

2nd through 5th Place
Wins Free Bath

5th through 10th Place
Wins free day of daycare

Contest Starts: Tuesday, November 12 at 9:00 a.m.
Submit Photos by Sunday, November 17 at 11 p.m.
Voting Begins Sunday, November 17 at 11 p.m.
Voting Ends: Sunday, November 24 at 11 p.m.

HOW TO ENTER:
Submit a photo(s) of your cat or dog on the Purr’n Pooch Facebook contest app. You can submit as many photos as you like by the submission date. The entry with the most votes will win the cutie title of the month and $100 for your charity of choice. One vote per day.

ENTER NOW!

PLEASE NOTE TO VOTE:
If you are on the Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts Facebook page to vote for your favorite entry, you need to like the page to vote in the contest. You can vote every 24 hours for your entry of choice. Still having problems? Make sure you have disabled the cookies on your computer so you can view third-party apps. Good luck!

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.