How to Have a Successful Puppy Play Date!

Puppy play dates can be one of the most fun things to do as a dog parent! These play dates allow your puppy to have fun, burn energy, and gain necessary social skills.  However, setting up a successful puppy play date with your dog’s new best friend will take some planning. Choosing a puppy playmate that will be well suited for your puppy, especially for their first play date, is a must! Finding a puppy who is around the same … Read More

Setting Your Dog Up For Success to Attend Daycare

Setting your dog up for success to attend daycare is important! Dog Daycare provides your dog with enrichment, socialization, and an outlet for their energy. However, it can sometimes be overwhelming if the dog does not take the necessary steps beforehand.  The goal is to have your daycare facility be a place where your dog feels safe and happy being at. That is why preparing your dog before going into daycare is essential. We often have clients who come in … Read More

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

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

Off-Leash Training: Using A Training Loop

Training loops are used to transition a dog to off-leash training. Everyone wants their dog to listen to their cues and be well behaved off the leash. Off-Leash training is a huge goal for most dog owners, and a training loop is an excellent tool. The Wags & Wiggles Online Classroom discusses Training Loops to keep dog’s engaged. Training Loops can be essential when training non-traditional breeds, like Shiba Inus. A Training Loop is a term made up by the … Read More

Pandemic Puppy Behavior Rehab

Every dog that comes to Wags and Wiggles has a story to tell, including one pandemic puppy named Rocket that needed intense behavior rehab. Some pandemic puppies are blessed to have found a loving home from the start. The lucky puppies are provided the leadership, structure, management, and socialization that they need to help guide them into being a well-rounded dog. Some aren’t so lucky. We are proud to play a small part in helping pandemic puppies and their owners … Read More

COVID-19 Updates

March 8, 2021   We are excited about the reopening of our economy.  Wags & Wiggles is transitioning back to 24/7 operations.  Please check with your favorite facility about current hours and services. We are also loosening our restrictions on attendance in group classes.  We now allow TWO Humans per dog in class instead of 1.  You can now once again bring a spouse or child to class with you. June 2, 2020 Current Modified Hours Monday Through Friday 7am … Read More

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