7 Important Puppy Training Tips All Owners Should Know
Puppy training is a critical step in the development of any dog. The first 4 months are when a young dog is the most malleable and very willing to learn new tricks and techniques. At SPOT Canine Club we recommend a 7-step process. Start with House Training Teaching your puppy to go outside to use the bathroom is fundamental. It is the first step in the training process because it is the easiest. It allows your dog to learn a simple behavior which helps give them confidence for learning more complex commands. Take your puppy outside 15-minutes after eating or drinking. Give them time to use the bathroom. Praise them when they do. You’ll also want to take them out first thing in the morning and before bed. Remember that your puppy will have to use the bathroom more often than an adult dog, so be prepared for frequent trips outside. Be alert for signs that they have to go: sniffing around, circling, disa
Best Dog Parks in the New York City
SPOT Canine Club is the best daycare in New York City, hands down 🙂 It's a great place to get your dog socialized and active. However, another favorite past time of all New York City dog owners is visiting the dog park. We wanted to share our favorites and get your recommendations. Sirius Dog Run Built as an homage to one of the many brave service dogs that gave up their life in the September 11th rescue effort, this dog run is located in Battery Park. Your dog can go off-leash in the Sirius Dog Run. For those dog days of summer, the park has lots of shady trees and wading pool for your pup to cool down. The pool empties and re-fills on a timer to keep the water clean. There are plenty of shade trees and benches to rest upon. The run is paved and the park is free to use. Central Park Before 9am and after 9pm your dog can run free (off-leash) with other pups in any of the 23-designated areas for dogs. During the rest
4 Benefits of Cage-Free Dog Boarding
One of the appealing features for many customers of SPOT Canine Club, is our cage-free boarding. We believe it is important to make your dog feel at home. Here are the key reasons why cage-free dog boarding is better than a traditional kennel approach. Your Dog Has the Freedom to Move The last thing you want to do while traveling is to think about your dog being cramped in a cage for hours on end. With cage free boarding, you don’t have to worry. Your pup will have the ability to get up and play with their friends, run around, and have freedom of movement. And, they’ll not only be supervised by our staff, but you can check in on them through our web cams. No System Shock for Dogs Not Used to the Crate A huge concern for dog parents whose pups don’t normally sleep in a crate is that their dog will undergo a system shock when boarding overnight. Your pup is being asked to sleep in
Four Benefits of Daily Exercise for Your Dog
Your dog is a natural athlete who needs regular exercise. Beyond the obvious physical benefits, regular exercise for your dog helps reduce anxiety and release stress that can make them happier and more relaxed. Mental Health Benefits By nature, dogs need to move around, go for brisk jogs, take long walks, and have dedicated playtime. All of that activity will result in mental stimulation that staves off boredom and reduces anxiety. Multiples studies have shown that under-stimulated dogs: Suffer from anxiety Are prone be destructive (chewing shoes, digging in trash cans, destroying furniture) Bark excessively Display obsessive behaviors Jogging, specifically, is a great way to help high-energy or working dogs release pent-up energy. If you have a pup that is always bursting with energy,
6 Senior Dog Care Tips
November is Senior Dog Adoption Month. It’s part of a movement, stated by rescue groups and dog lovers, to sway people from the old thinking that when you want a dog, you need to get a puppy. Thankfully, this change in thinking is helping save the lives of thousands of senior dogs. IF you are considering adoption a senior, but are apprehensive because you’re afraid your adoptee will require too much care, or won’t be as fun as a puppy, don’t worry! Neither are true. Seniors, especially when well-loved and well-cared for, are playful, love to exercise and explore, but don’t put you though the period of explosive, unrelenting puppy energy that can leave your house in shambles. You can totally change a senior dog’s life by following these simple senior dog care tips: Senior Dog Diets The first thing you can do for your adult dog is give them the best food possible. If you have the time, home cook their meals. If not, get the best commercial f
5 Ways to Choose the Best Boarding for Your Dog
The decision to board your dog overnight, or for several days, can be tough. If this is you and your pup’s first time, it can be even tougher. Finding doggie day care that matches your standard will take some research. If you have to travel for work, or vacation, you want to be able to concentrate while you’re away. Worrying constantly that your pup is ok doesn’t do either of you any good. The good news is that there are some fantastic boarding facilities and kennels around, if you know what to look for… Visit First If a boarding facility doesn’t allow you to visit first, or visit unannounced, avoid them at all costs. Not allowing unannounced visits is a huge red flag. If, however, the boarding hours allows you to pop in and check things out, you can be sure they’re running a good, safe operation. Ask as many questions as you want. How often are dogs fed? When are they let out? How big is the faci
5 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Dog Trainer
When people visit SPOT Canine Club, one thing the seek is professional dog training. We provide many classes and events, were you can bring your dog and receive professional dog training. Here I wanted to lay out the 5 main benefits to hiring a professional dog trainer. Safety Proper training can actually save your dog’s life. The ability to come to you when called, especially in public or outdoors, can save them from coming lost, stole, hit by a car, or being injured by another dog. Sitting, staying, and remaining calm can also help in both public and in case of emergency. A professional trainer can help instill these basics in your dog quickly, then will instruct you on how to continue so that you keep your dog safe forever. Socialization Bringing your dog to professional training classes not only helps them learn commands, but it provides an excellent opportunity for socialization. Puppies learn to greet and play with other dogs
The Benefits of Using a Dog Stroller
Are you thinking about buying a dog stroller? It might seem strange to push your pup around town in a stroller. For young, healthy dogs, this would be a mistake. Dogs need lots of exercise and daily walks. But, there are a lot of times were letting your pup roll with you is better than having them walk: Senior Dogs: Your senior pup might only be able to manage a short walk. Even if they’re in great shape and regularly enjoy walks with you, they may have the occasional flare up of joint pain and need to rest for a day. Rather than have them sit in the house, building mental and physical energy, you can put them in a stroller and take a long walk. Your senior dog gets the benefit of seeing and smelling the world while putting no stress on their joints. Injur
What to Pack When Traveling with Your Dog
Do you ever wonder what you should pack when traveling with your dog? At SPOT Canine Club we have pulled together the ultimate dog travel accessory list. Here you go, now you and your pup will not leave home being unprepared. What to Pack When Traveling with Your Dog Back-Up Leashes and Collars – collars and leashes can break or become lost while traveling. If your pup’s collar breaks at 3a.m. on Christmas Eve and you’re in the middle of nowhere, do you want to waste one second looking for a store that would, by some miracle, be open and selling collars? Don’t risk your pup’s safety. Pack back-ups. Food – Bring a few meals worth. The longer the trip, the more food you should bring. If you are traveling by plane, especially if you’re going overseas, having a few days worth of meals can help your dog transit
How To Teach Your Dog To Swim
Teaching your dog how to swim can be a fun, yet challenging, activity. Many dogs take to water so quickly while others can be afraid if the water. Having taught many dogs how to swim, I am a big believer that this is the best process to take to get your dog ready for the water. Find Out if Your Dog Likes Water Some breeds, like Labradors, love water. Others, like Bulldogs who cannot swim without flotation devices, may not be big fans of swimming. The only way to find out is to take your dog into the water with you. They may need a few tries to see if they like it, but if after two attempts, they are still nervous or appear scared, swimming is not for them. Stick to long walks, jogging, and other exercise. If they like swimming continue to the next step.
The SPOT brand was born out of necessity – In 2011 our founder needed dog care, but couldn’t find a service that met his high expectations, so instead of compromising he decided to create a new standard in dog care and the SPOT Canine Club was born.
From the beginning, we offered a new standard of dog care designed specifically for owners who believe, like us, that dogs are not just pets, they’re part of the family. With state-of-the-art facilities and a staff that is trained well beyond industry-leading standards we’ve redefined what it means to care for the urban dog.
We’ve built the excellent SPOT reputation on the understanding that dogs, like people, are individuals with differing needs. The SPOT brand is dedicated to accommodating these differences by providing a one-stop-shop that makes the lives of dog owners in New York City easier.
From day one we’ve been committed to being the most progressive dog care brand in New York City. In a sea of sameness we constantly challenge the industry norms, developing new ideas and dog care innovations. At SPOT, we work with every pet parent to develop a program to meet their dogs’ individual daily care needs by customizing a bundle of services from our diverse offerings. No longer are owners forced to decide on a single approach to dog care.
With our expert knowledge, we knew from the beginning that it was important to allow dogs to fulfill their instinctive social needs in an open and playful daycare environment where all dogs are safe and secure. Our proprietary Safe Play Off-leash Training (S.P.O.T.) method was developed with the assistance of many of the most experienced industry trainers. The S.P.O.T. method establishes subtle visual and verbal cues between the handler and the dogs in our care allowing our cage-free daycare setting to be fun, social, and safer for dogs than in many other care environments.
New York City has a very close-knit dog loving community and once word spread of our individualized approach to dog care it was a quick journey from our first store to today’s seven SPOT locations and our citywide walking and jogging service.
Despite our success, our relentless commitment to the health and well–being to the dogs in our care has resulted in critical acclaim and propelled SPOT into Metro New York’s fastest growing dog care brand.
We invite you to visit a Spot location near you and experience our commitment to our mission, ‘extraordinary dog care, every single day.’