Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DOG-SPIRATION ON PINTEREST!

Have you checked us out on Pinterest yet? Pinterest connects everyone in the world through shared interests. You can find common links among other people on Pinterest. We at Morris K9 Campus are having a blast posting about our canine friends!


Having a rough day and you need a laugh or just something cute to look at? Looking for more training tips? Need some agility inspiration? Take a look at all of our boards on Pinterest and see what we've been pinning! Make sure to follow us! You are bound to find something good!


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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

KEEP KIDS SAFE FROM DOG BITES


This week, from May 20-26, is Doggone Safe's Bite Prevention Week. In honor of this week, Doggone Safe offers the following tips for parents and dog owners to help keep kids safe:

Postcard from Doggonesafe.com

The 3 Most Important Things to Teach Your Kids

  1. Dogs Don’t Like Hugs and Kisses – Teach your kids not to hug or kiss a dog on the face.  Hugging the family dog or face-to-face contact are common causes of bites to the face.  Instead, teach kids to scratch the dog on the chest or the side of the neck.
  2. Be a Tree if a Strange Dog Approaches – Teach kids to stand still, like a tree. Trees are boring and the dog will eventually go away.  This works for strange dogs and anytime the family dog gets too frisky or becomes aggressive.
  3. Never Tease a Dog – and never disturb a dog that’s sleeping, eating or protecting something.

The 2 Most Important Things Parents Can Do

  1. Supervise – Don’t assume your dog is good with kids.  If a toddler must interact with your dog, you should have your hands on the dog too.  Even if your dog is great with kids and has never bitten – why take a chance?
  2. Train the dog – Take your dog to obedience classes where positive-reinforcement is used.  Never pin, shake, choke, hold the dog down or roll the dog over to teach it a lesson.  Dogs treated this way are likely to turn their aggression on weaker family members.  Involve older children in training the family dog while supervising.  Don’t allow children to punish the dog.  Condition the dog to enjoy the presence and actions of children using positive experiences.

The 3 Most Important Things Dog Owners can do

1.        Spay or Neuter Your Dog – Neutered pets are calmer, healthier and less likely to be aggressive.  Neutering prevents unwanted dogs that may end up in shelters or in less than ideal conditions where they may grow up to be poorly socialized or aggressive.
2.        Condition Your Dog for the World – Give your puppy lots of new positive experiences.  Train using positive methods i.e. clicker training. Our Level 00 Off/On Leash Puppy class is great for socializing your puppy with other puppies and people in a true to life environment. Not only that, but you will begin training your puppy proper behavior, early on!
3.        Supervise Your Dog – Supervise your dog at all times around children.  Do not allow children to hug and kiss the dog.  If visiting children are bothering your dog, put the dog away or send the children home.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

HOW DOGS CAN LEARN TO ADJUST THEIR PLAY STYLE


Dogs have different ways of playing and interacting with each other. Stereotypically, you could say that sporting breeds and retrievers have fun-loving, physical rowdy play styles or that the Terrier breed(s) vary in so many ways that you need to evaluate each breed for suitability in playing with other dogs. Though it can be easy to generalize a dog's play style by breed, what is most important is the dog's ability to adjust their play style to meet the needs of another dog. This can be key in determining how successful he or she might be in playing with other dogs.

For example, say we have a puppy named Fido. Fido is a rowdy, happy and confident five-month old Labrador Retriever puppy. Fido enjoys playing with other dogs by slamming into them at high speed, and wrestling (all normal puppy play behavior!) So how does daycare teach Fido to adjust his play style?

Let's say that in daycare today Fido decided to try to play with an adolescent dog named Spot. Spot is a one-year old mix breed dog who has been coming to daycare for six months and still very much loves to wrestle and body slam his friends. When Fido solicits play from Spot by play bowing, off they go! Both take turns wrestling and pinning each other on the floor playfully. Their play styles are very balanced, wiggly and well-matched. Fido has learned that Spot likes to play the same way as he does so Fido does not have to change his behavior to do so.

But Fido now decides he wants to play with another adult dog named Bowser. Bowser, a four-year old German Shepherd, has been coming to daycare for three years. Bowser loves the company of other dogs but would rather bounce around, run, or tug than have physical body contact with other dogs. Fido tries to get Bowser to play, by bowing, like he did with Spot, but it doesn’t work this time. Fido then decides to try barking in Bowser's face which not only doesn’t work because Bowser has turned in the opposite direction of Fido, but also involves the daycare attendant redirecting the puppy away from the adult dog so the barking stops. Fido has now learned that play bowing and barking doesn’t get this adult dog's attention. Fido's final try is to pick up a tug toy and show it to Bowser in a wiggly and excited manner. Bowser picks up the other end of the toy and off they go tugging and playing successfully for the next few minutes.

What’s the moral of the story?

Fido learned that in order to get what he wants, (play), he has to adjust his style based on the dog he plays with. Through consistent practice or by coming to daycare on a regular basis, Fido can take these experiences and apply them to any real world interactions with dogs he may encounter.

For good measure here is a video of what well-balanced play looks like. Both dogs have a physical, rough style of playing. They also both take turns being on the bottom and on top. And their bodies themselves, offer exaggerated movement with a loose and wiggly posture.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

KIDS K9 ADVENTURE CAMP!

Are you still scrambling to find ways to occupy your child when school lets out this summer? How about entertaining both your youngster and your dog? Not only will your child and your canine get up and move together but they will learn important training skills! With our Kids K9 Adventure Camp, everyone in the family wins, even the furriest member!

This fun, interactive summer camp will teach your child and your pooch new tricks, canine games, manners and even agility. Instead of coming home with yet another tie-dye T-Shirt and necklace made of macaroni, your kid will come home with basic training knowledge and a better-behaved Fido. Teaching your child new ways of interacting with your dog will strengthen their bond and might even encourage them to take your pup for more walks so you don't have to!

Your child will also learn the fundamentals of agility which is a wonderful and rewarding canine recreational activity that can increase their brain-power and problem solving skills!

Camp runs Monday through Thursday. There are four weeks to choose from: 
  • July 9 -  July 12
  • July 16 -  July 19
  • July 23 - July 26
  • July 30 - August 2

Mondays: 10:00 - 11:30AM
Tuesday - Thursday: 10:00 - 11:00AM
(Camp ends early enough each day so you can still enjoy a day at the pool or the beach!)

Why only send your child to camp, when you can send your child and your dog?!

Call us for more information at 973-252-5100!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

BEST OF THE BEST!

Special thanks are in order! We couldn't have done it without you! You spoke, or rather, voted, and they listened! This week, Morris K9 Campus was voted as the BEST PET CARE facility in the Randolph/Roxbury area for the Daily Record's BEST OF THE BEST 2012 READER'S CHOICE AWARDS! Thank you to everyone who voted!

We strive to meet our pet owners expectations and are always looking for more ways to increase options to meet your needs. That's why we are now offering 2 new daycare options; Play and Train and Train and Fitness which are available Monday through Friday.

PLAY AND TRAIN

This option allows your dog to play the day away while also teaching and reinforcing new commands and obedience skills. This option is great for families that have limited time to practice training exercises with their pet or for dogs that have taken pet training classes here or the equivalent at another school and need help reinforcing behaviors. Your canine companion will enjoy all the fun play of regular daycare with the added benefit of reinforced training which means you get to take home a better-behaved dog!

TRAIN AND FITNESS

This daytime training selection is perfect for dogs that aren't necessarily appropriate for daycare but need an exercise outlet and reinforcement of training. Your dog's cardio sessions can include a treadmill session, ball time, individual play time or group play. In addition, your pal will receive reinforcement of commands and obedience skills. Your pet will get fit and become better behaved, all in a day's work!

To learn more about our new daycare options call us at 973-252-5100!

We hope to keep providing you with the best of the best!