What is it Like Owning a Deaf Dog?

It is important to remember that a deaf dog can do just about everything a hearing dog can! The only difference is that you communicate through hand signals and body language versus a verbal command.  They play with toys, go for walks, give cuddles, do obedience training, and everything in between! First, we will talk about how deafness occurs in dogs. Like with humans, deafness can be hereditary and present at birth.  Other times, deafness can be caused by a … Read More

My Dog Growled At Me

Nothing quite gets your attention like hearing the grumbling of a dog’s growl. However, is that growl out of excitement, fear, anxiety, or something else in their environment?  Dogs use growling as an effective way of communication in all of those scenarios.  The key is being able to identify between a playful growl and an aggressive one.   You should never punish your dog for growling. Growling is an essential part of a dog’s language.  When dogs growl, they are … Read More

The Importance of Crate and Confinement Training

Wags & Wiggles is seeing a massive surge of private lesson requests for crate training. Crate training is an essential tool for both the dog and owner. We all knew this was coming. But, unfortunately, dog owners have forgotten the value of teaching their dogs to be comfortable being restrained, confined, or resting in a crate. Some of these dogs are ending up in rescue. Their new owners now face the challenge of teaching their dogs this important life skill. … Read More

New Year, New Doggie Daycare

It’s a New Year, and we want to welcome all our new and existing clients back to our fully renovated doggie daycare locations!   The last two years of surviving the pandemic have been an enormous strain. In the beginning, closing forever was on the table for consideration. However, we could not throw away 23 years of hard work and dedication to our community. Besides, we are having too much fun! We decided to double down and work on projects … Read More

Preparing For Your Puppy’s First Day of Dog Daycare

In current times, preparing your puppy for their first day at dog daycare may take some advance planning. Whether your dog is a young puppy just starting to explore or a middle-aged dog who has been spending more time at home this past year, it is important to make sure your dog is comfortable socializing, playing, and relaxing in daycare. Many dog daycare facilities are busy right now socializing covid puppies using both daycare and training. The first step to … Read More

June 15 Mask Update

As of June 15, California is releasing some of the restrictions in place for masks and social distancing.  Wags & Wiggles will slowly be releasing some of its restrictions as well.  Due to the high volume of clients and employees, we plan to take a slow-release approach to make sure everyone can comfortably use our services. Clients who are vaccinated will no longer be required to wear a mask when dropping off or picking dogs.  Clients who are vaccinated will … Read More

Positive Reinforcement Tools In Dog Daycare

Here is the Wags & Wiggles Guide to the positive reinforcement tools we use in our dog daycare play areas. Most dogs need help adjusting to a new environment like dog daycare.  The lack of socialization for dogs in the last year is becoming evident as people are starting to go back to work and need to find a place where their dogs can be happy.  Wags & Wiggles uses various positive reinforcement tools in our dog daycare to help … Read More

Puppy Playtime – Is Biting Normal?

    Puppy playtime can bring some extremely high and low emotions for most owners.  Are they going to get hurt?  Is someone going to be bit? Is this normal?  Why won’t my puppy play?  Or why are they so rough?  These are some of the normal questions we get about puppy playtime. What Is Normal For Puppy Playtime There are many styles of play for puppies depending on their personality, experience level, and who their play partner is.  Most … Read More

Free 5 Week Heeling Challenge: Week 5 Heel Position Without Platform

5 Week Heeling Challenge In the next few weeks, we will be launching a new course through the online classroom for competition obedience and rally obedience.  In advance, Wags & Wiggles is offering a 5-week free challenge to work on heeling.   You are encouraged to ask questions and submit links to YouTube videos for feedback below or in the Free Canine Enrichment Facebook Group.  Show us your progress! These exercises are simple enough for the beginner trainer and valuable enough … Read More

Free 5 Week Heeling Challenge: Week 4 Parallel Position

5 Week Heeling Challenge In the next few weeks, we will be launching a new course through the online classroom for competition obedience and rally obedience.  In advance, Wags & Wiggles is offering a 5-week free challenge to work on heeling.   You are encouraged to ask questions and submit links to YouTube videos for feedback below or in the Free Canine Enrichment Facebook Group.  Show us your progress! These exercises are simple enough for the beginner trainer and valuable enough … Read More

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