Dog Breed Spotlight: The Vizsla

Dog Breed Spotlight: The Vizsla Vizslas are cute, spunky, and energetic. In our daycare environment, you can usually find them chasing after a ball or loving on our team members! Vizslas are ranked #31 in popularity according to the AKC, making them one of the more popular breeds of dogs. History The ancestors of the modern-day Vizsla were excellent hunters that specialized in finding and retrieving game both in and out of water. These early Vizslas were first bred by … Read More

5 Simple Ways to Stop Bad Dog Behavior

5 Simple Ways to Stop Bad Dog Behavior Stopping bad dog behavior can be as easy as giving the dog a different job, changing the dog’s environment, using management tools, changing the consequences, or changing the conditions. 1. Give the Dog a Job There is an antecedent (event, cue) causing your dog to exhibit bad behavior. For instance, Bobby the Border Collie tends to chase the kids while they are swimming. He only does this behavior when the kids are … Read More

Reasons to Avoid Shock Collars and Punishment

Reasons to Avoid Shock Collars and Punishment Punishment and shock collars are hot topics for dog owners and trainers. I have recently heard debates at dog parks, at a local dog restaurant, and at my veterinarian’s office. People seem to be talking about it everywhere! I try not to tell people what they should or shouldn’t do. I prefer to give people all of the data associated with their specific problem and then decide together the best course of action. … Read More

Dog Breed Spotlight: The Labrador Retriever

Dog Breed Spotlight: The Labrador Retriever Did you know that Labrador Retriever’s are the most popular dog breed in the US? We see many labs here in our daycare every single day! They come in a variety of colors. However, the AKC only recognizes chocolate, yellow, and black. History Labs first originated in Newfoundland, Canada, now known as the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The dog breed gained popularity throughout the 1800s. Labs were first bred to retrieve waterfowl from … Read More

Safe & Healthy Alternatives to Rawhide Chews

Safe & Healthy Alternatives to Rawhide Chews Rawhide chews are a popular choice among pet parents, but we don’t recommend them. While they can satisfy the need to chew, they can also cause stomach irritation and internal blockages. Rawhide chews are made from dried animal skins, typically from the leather industry’s leftover scraps. The majority of rawhide chews are sourced from outside of the United States, and toxic chemicals are frequently used in the manufacturing process. There are plenty of … Read More

Preparing to Spay/Neuter Your Dog? Read Fancy and Fiesta’s Story!

Preparing to Spay/Neuter Your Dog? Read Fancy and Fiesta’s Story! This spay/neuter article is based on personal experience – you should always consult with your veterinarian about your individual dog. The time recently came to spay our girls Fancy (Sheltie, age 2) and Fiesta (Aussie, age 5). We wanted to do our best to minimize their discomfort and our anxiety. We’re sharing some information with you so you can prepare for spaying or neutering your dog. There are actually several … Read More

New Puppy Series: Your Puppy’s First 5 Training Cues

New Puppy Series: Your Puppy’s First 5 Training Cues Did you recently bring home a new puppy? This blog mini-series is for you! In this post, we go over the first five training cues you should teach your new puppy! The new puppy in the pictures is Logic, the newest addition to the Zurborg family! 1. Eye contact We want to train our dogs to look at our face when we say their name. If your dog is looking at … Read More

New Puppy Series: When Vacuums Attack! How to Help Your Puppy Overcome Fear

New Puppy Series: When Vacuums Attack! How to Help Your Puppy Overcome Fear Did you recently bring home a new puppy? This blog mini-series is for you! In this post, we go over how to help your new puppy overcome fear. The new puppy in the pictures is Logic, the newest addition to the Zurborg family! Logic’s New Fear The day Logic turned three months old, he suddenly noticed the vacuum. We had previously been vacuuming around his pen while … Read More

Benefits of Dog Daycare for Puppies – Logic’s Daycare Story

Benefits of Dog Daycare for Puppies Are you thinking about bringing home a new puppy soon? This blog mini-series is for you! In this post, we go over the benefits of dog daycare for puppies. The puppy in the pictures is Logic, the newest addition to the Zurborg family! Logic turns three months old The day Logic turned 12 weeks, his devil side emerged! His previous training and playtime sessions only lasted about an hour. Afterwards, Logic would be totally … Read More

New Puppy Series: A Short Guide on Puppy Socialization

New Puppy Series: A Short Guide on Puppy Socialization Are you thinking about bringing home a new puppy soon? This blog mini-series is for you! In this post, we go over the importance of puppy socialization. The puppy in the pictures is Logic, the newest addition to the Zurborg family! In our puppy socialization classes, we pass out a list of all the things you’ll want to show your new puppy so that they can have good exposure to the … Read More

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