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.

10 Ways to Prepare for a New Pet Over the Holidays

10 Ways to Prepare for a New Pet Over the Holidays
The holiday season is a very special time of year, filled with joy and celebration. Decorations are everywhere, families gather together and gifts are exchanged. Typically, the gifts we give and receive are traditional or items like clothing, toys, games and household items. But what if Santa decides to bring a very special gift this year? One that can’t be placed in a box and wrapped with a bow. The kind of gift that won’t be forgotten about or replaced in a few months. What if Santa decides to place a new pet underneath your tree?

Welcoming a new dog or cat into your family can be very exciting, especially during such a cheerful and joyous occasion. But at the same time, it can also be hectic and stressful, especially if you are unprepared. Unlike other holiday gifts, a new pet takes a lot of forethought, planning and preparation. If your new pet is a holiday gift for your family, be sure everyone is on board and prepared for a new addition. Many animal organizations and shelters advise against giving pets as surprise gifts – owning a pet is personal decision that requires commitment and responsibility.

As long as everyone is ready for a new furry family member, this may be the best holiday gift you’ll ever receive (your pet will feel the same way!).

Here are 10 ways to  prepare for a new pet during the holidays.

  • Establish house rules with other members of your household before your new pet arrives. If you wish to restrict your pet from using your furniture, gently and consistently discourage him from doing so. Have a comfortable bed available for your pet and encourage him to use it as a place to relax.
  • Discuss the responsibilities of caring for your pet with other members of your household. Will there be a schedule for dog walking? Will someone feed him in the morning, while someone else feeds him at night? Will everyone be involved with training? If so, discuss the training techniques you’ll use in order to stay consistent.
  • Make training fun for your pet and it will be easier for him to learn. Maintain patience, compassion and respect. This will build confidence and make the training process fun for you both. Always view things from his point of view and you will build a bond with your pet and achieve fantastic results and a lifelong friendship.
  •  If you have children, discuss the dos and don’ts for interacting with your new pet. Jumping and yelling can cause a dog to get upset and sometimes snap, especially if he’s the nervous, so it’s best if your child stays as calm as possible around him, at least until he settles in. Cats prefer to be on the ground so let your child know not to carry your feline around the house. Your child should know not to approach your dog from behind, as it could frighten or startle him.
  • If adopting your pet, ask for his medical records. If your pet is a puppy or kitten, he should have been to a veterinarian at least once. He will also need to visit a veterinarian several times during his first year to receive vaccinations and twice a year after he’s one year old. You will need those vaccinations in order to board your pet while on vacation.
  • If you have other pets in your household, make sure they are up-to-date on their shots and in good health before introducing your new pet.
  • Purchase the important items your new pet will need upon his arrival. A collar and leash, bowls, food and lots of toys and bones are all necessities. If he has toys of his own, he’ll be less likely to play with things that are off limits, like your personal items.  If a new feline friend will be joining your family, have scratching posts and perches available.
  • Just like small children, pets can be very curious. Keep them safe and out of trouble by pet-proofing your home. Place chemicals and harmful substances on high shelves or if they are in low cabinets, use childproof latches. Keep trash cans covered or hidden away. Look for holes and small nooks that your new pet could get himself into and block them. Keep any harmful food out of reach. Put away children’s toys and games, especially small ones that can cause choking. Move electrical and phone wires out of reach of chewing.
  • Upon your pet’s arrival, your house may have some holiday decorations that are hazardous to pets. Tinsel and ornaments, dangling lights, candles, gift wrap ribbon, chocolate, fat trimmings and bones from dinner, and certain nuts can all cause harm to your pet. Also, keep in mind that some holiday plants are poisonous. Christmas tree pine needles, holly, mistletoe and poinsettias are toxic to pets. Be sure to keep all these things away from your new pet, as well as other pets in your house.
  •  When your new pet arrives, try not to pay less attention to your other pets as they may get jealous. Introduce them, let them get to know each other and spend quality time together both outside enjoying walks, in the yard and inside playing with toys.
Bringing a pet into a home is a great joy and all of us at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts hope to meet your new family member soon. Plan and prepare correctly and you’ll have started a beautiful friendship this holiday season.

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France.

Celebrating Pit Bull Awareness Month

Celebrating Pit Bull Awareness Month

The month of October is designated as Pit Bull Awareness Month, a time to bring positive awareness and attention to the American Pit Bull Terrier. During this month, we also celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day, a day of appreciation and education designed to change perceptions and stereotypes about pit bulls and their responsible owners. This year, National Pit Bull Awareness Day falls on Saturday, October 25th.

Pit bulls are commonly misunderstood for being dangerous, vicious and untrustworthy; however, that is just not the case. It is extremely important that we take this time to educate people on the truth about this incredible breed of dog and work towards clearing up any misunderstanding. People hear myths and stories in the news about pit bulls and make assumptions, but the reality is that if there is ever an issue involving a pit bull, the problem is not because of the breed –it’s because of the human.

Unfortunately, there are irresponsible owners who train pit bulls to fight in order to make a profit and provide so-called “entertainment”. In many cases, those dogs who cannot go on are abandoned or abused by their owners. But pit bulls are not inherently dangerous. Just like other dogs, they can become violent and aggressive through a lack of training, abuse, neglect and irresponsible ownership and breeding, as well as a lack of attention to health and temperament issues. If they are treated with respect, properly trained and cared for, pit bulls will not exhibit these negative traits.

All dogs, including pit bulls, are individuals and no one deserves to be judged based on a stereotype. Through education and compassion, we can work to bring about a positive change for these incredible dogs.

To celebrate Pit Bull Awareness Month, we’re sharing stories about some of our wonderful pit bull friends we’ve had the pleasure of spending time with at Purr’n Pooch’s doggie daycare.

MEET JAX

Celebrating Pit Bull Awareness MonthJax, a five year old pit bull, is the pup of Purr’n Pooch’s Betsy Palazzo Dudick, who adopted him in 2011 after he was found roaming the streets of Hoboken, not chipped and malnourished. They found each other after Betsy appeared as a guest on Tracie Hotchner’s pet talk radio show to talk about the family business. Hotchner just knew Jax was a good fit for Betsy, who would be able to give him the appropriate care and training. Today Jax is the proud brother of a one-year old baby named Milana and a gorgeous black kitty named Maggie.

 

 

 

MEET HAZEL

Celebrating Pit Bull Awareness MonthHazel was welcomed into her loving family at 5 months old after being passed around from house to house and ultimately living out of a car on fast food. Her human brother Ryan rescued her from her unfortunate situation in May 2009. Never having a dog before, Hazel’s family was a bit reluctant to take her in, especially after hearing the myths of how dangerous pit bulls could be. But after a few weeks of time spent with her, they fell in love and she is now a huge part of their family. Hazel is a loyal sweetheart, and loves going for walks, chasing bunnies, chewing Chuckit!® balls and spending time with her friends at Purr‘n Pooch.

 

 

MEET STELLA

Celebrating Pit Bull Awareness MonthStella, a 2 year old pit bull, is the biggest love bug. She was taken in as a stray by the Humane Society and adopted by her forever family at 7 months old. She is friendly with both dogs and children. She loves everyone she meets and is full of energy; we must say she’s a big fan of our playground!

At night, she cuddles up in bed with her 5 year old human brother Shane, also her best buddy. Don’t let her size fool you –even though she is 57 pounds she will still try to snuggle up on your lap!

 

 

 

MEET STAR

Celebrating Pit Bull Awareness MonthBefore Star found her forever home she was left abandoned in an apartment with another dog. She had a crossed eye, which was probably a result of poor nutrition. At the time she was adopted, she loved dogs but was scared of people. Her family wanted her to continue playing with other dogs, so we agreed to slowly ease her into daycare at Purr’n Pooch, limiting her contact with unfamiliar people. Now she has lots of friends! Star loves squeaky balls, going for walks and cuddling. At home, Star is a funny girl who makes her family laugh every day. According to her family, she is such a joy to be around and they’re glad they’ve gotten to spend time with her.

 

No matter your dog’s breed, the experience of the pet boarding and daycare staff you choose is key to your dog having a fun, safe experience while in their care. Read Dick Palazzo’s blog on the 4 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Daycare Facility for more on the topic.

Call us in Tinton Falls at 732-842-4949 or Wall at 732-528-8100 to learn more about our daycare and training services.

Photo: Jax Palazzo Dudick

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.

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.