Dog Flu – Signs, Symptoms, and What to Watch Out For

Dog Flu – Signs, Symptoms, and What to Watch Out For In December 2017, Northern California saw an outbreak of canine influenza, also known as the dog flu. Since December, the virus has spread across the Bay Area, making it’s way to Nevada and parts of Oregon. Southern California luckily hasn’t seen any cases yet, but it’s always good to be prepared. There are two known strains of dog flu in the United States – H3N8 and H3N2. H3N8 is an older … Read More

Meet Hercules, the Latest Wags & Wiggles Rescue!

Meet Hercules, the latest Wags & Wiggles rescue! Hercules is a four year old Spaniel mix. He probably has a little bit of everything mixed in, including Pug, Beagle, and Cavalier. Unfortunately, his prior family could no longer keep him. He has been at our Rancho Santa Margarita facility for a few weeks now and is ready to find his forever home! Hercules is a very sweet, affectionate, loving dog. He is on the small-to-medium side, has a medium amount … Read More

Understanding Dog Body Language

Dogs have a lot to say! Understanding dog body language will help you communicate effectively with your pup. Dogs speak mostly through body language. Learning how to speak “dog” is important because you will be able to recognize when your dog is uncomfortable, scared, or threatened. Dogs rarely bite without multiple warning signs. You will have to train your eye to see quick body movements, as they may appear for a moment and then dissolve into something else. First, understand … Read More

Positive Reinforcement Training: The Wags & Wiggles Approach

Wags and Wiggles offers many positive reinforcement training programs One of these training programs is our Board and Train service! We have 2 week and 4 week training periods where dogs come to stay at Wags and Wiggles. They learn new behaviors, work through problem behaviors, and increase their socialization with both people and other dogs. One recent student to join our Board and Train graduates was a small terrier that we will call Phoebe. Phoebe was recently adopted from … Read More

Puppies Need Positive Reinforcement Puppy Class

Puppies need positive reinforcement in their young lives and this starts in puppy class. Puppies arrive as blank slates but they are learning about you very quickly. Every time something good happens, puppies will want to be attentive to you. Every time something bad happens, puppies will avoid you and tune you out. Puppy Class is critical to teaching your puppy to learn through positive reinforcement. Should I Punish My Puppy? Pet Parents often ask this common question in puppy … Read More

7 Reasons To Shop Black Friday Sales

Black Friday Sales is the best time of year to plan your Wags & Wiggles daycare and training purchases. Most of the deals will not be offered any other time. With a 2 year period to use up your daycare package credits, Black Friday Sale bulk purchases are a great choice. Here are 7 BIG Reasons you should check out the Wags & Wiggles Black Friday Sales. 1. 100 Full Day and Half Day Packages are never offered except during … Read More

How to be a Successful Student in our Dog Obedience Classes

Here at Wags & Wiggles, we believe in training both ends of the leash! Our four-legged students are always willing to please and eager to learn in our dog obedience classes. However, the same cannot always be said about our two-legged students! If you truly want your dog obedience training to be effective, you have to learn how to be a successful student. Dog training isn’t always easy and can definitely be frustrating at times, but it is more than … Read More

Training Your Dog: Tips on Finding the Motivation to Establish a Routine

Establishing and reaching your dog training goals can be difficult Maybe you’re busy and always on the go with kids, work, or life. Maybe you have a puppy and the list seems endless, or maybe you have an adult dog with a chronic bad habit and you’re not quite sure where to start. Training your dog isn’t always easy, but it sure is rewarding!  The most difficult part of training your dog is getting started and establishing a dog training … Read More

Tips on Choosing Nutritionally Balanced Dog Food – A Short Guide

There are infinitely many different types of dog food out there. How do you choose the "right" one? I’ll let you in on a secret – there is no one “right” dog food! In fact, many dog food experts recommend changing up your dog’s food frequently to obtain nutritional balance. If you’ve ever taken one of our obedience classes, you’ve heard some of this before. Your dog’s food might be labeled as “complete and balanced,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean … Read More

Dog Training & The Tie-Down: Setting Your Dog Up For Success

The tie-down is a great tool used in positive reinforcement dog training! Here at Wags and Wiggles, we have a very specific dog training philosophy. It focuses on building up both dogs and their owners through positive reinforcement. But training at Wags isn’t all sunshine and cookies. Every day the trainers get questions on how to stop a dog from doing a dangerous, destructive, or just plain annoying behavior. Our answer is always two-fold: What would you like your dog … Read More

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