SPOT Canine Club Safety Tips: Memorial Day Safety Tips
(www.puranaturalspet.com) Memorial Day is upon us and it is almost time to (unofficially) welcome summer! And while we’re excited for the barbeques and family fun, our dogs may not share our enthusiasm. Between the parties and barbeques, it’s extremely important our dogs stay safe during all the fun. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your pup safe this Memorial Day. Be Smart About the BBQ Barbeques are synonymous with Memorial Day celebrations. And while you get to enjoy all the food that comes with it – like hot dogs and hamburgers – not every BBQ staple is safe for your pup. Foods like grapes, onions, avocado, and chocolate are highly toxic to animals. Also, make sure to keep any alcoholic drinks out of reach. Water Safety If you’re having a party near a lake or pool,
Escaping New York City: The Best Day Trips With Your Dog
(www.ajkrealty.com) Summer is right around the corner and you know what that means – it’s time for some day trips. But if the thought of leaving your furry friend behind breaks your heart, why not bring them along? Here are five dog-friendly day trips perfect for the upcoming summer days. Go for a Hike Exercise is much more fun (and easier!) when your dog is with you. If you live near a hiking trail, pack up the water, grab the leash and hit the trails. Not only will you and your pup get some exercise, you’ll get to get out of the house and explore nature together. Explore a New Town Not all road trips have to be extreme – even a quick trip to a nearby town can do the trick. Research some dog-friendly stores and restaurants in a town you haven’t been to yet and hit the road. Your pup will enjoy the new sights and smells a
How To Train Good Dog Behavior When You Live In An Apartment
(petfinder.com) Sharing your home with a dog can be one of the most rewarding - and challenging – things. And if you live in an apartment, the challenges could sometimes outweigh the rewards. But, knowing how to handle your dogs behavior can make it infinitely easier. Here are four factors to take into account if you share your apartment with a pup. The Breed While you may assume that only small dogs are meant for apartments, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Of course certain breeds are better suited for the suburban life, but some larger breeds do just fine in apartments. Great Dane’s, for example, can make great studio apartment roommates thanks to their low activity and quiet demeanor. Bulldogs, St. Bernards, and Bichon Frises also make great apartment dwellers. The Time Taking into account the commute and the long work hours, some ap
How To Care For You Dog In An Urban City
(www.startupinformant.com) Living in an urban environment can be fast-paced and fun but it can also mean crowded places and less space. Dogs that live in urban areas require a different kind of care than dogs that live in suburban or rural areas. So, we’ve come up with some tips to help you care your city dog! Exercise The biggest factor for dogs living in an urban environment is exercise. Since there is typically no yard to let your pup stretch their legs out in, making sure they get enough exercise is very important. Daily walks are an absolute must, but if you work long hours why not hire a dog walker to help you out? They’ll pop in during the day and give your dog a much-needed exercise break. And if your dog needs an extra round of exercise, consider a
6 Reasons You Should Train Your Dog
The connection between dog and man has never been deeper than it is today. Dogs have transcended from the family pet to companions who many consider an important part of the family. We’re increasingly finding new ways to humanize our dog companions, yet we still don’t share a common language. It stands to reason that any animal that is able to sort through all of our inconsistent body language and our constant babbling to figure out our intent must be pretty smart right? Dogs filter just about everything we do in an attempt to figure out what we’re thinking and what we want them to do. So how can we make it easier for them to understand our intentions? There’s one thing we can do to help, we can invest time into developing a common language to interact with them, also known as dog training. Perhaps a more accurate term fo
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
7 Important Puppy Training Tips All Owners Should Know
Training should begin as soon as you bring your puppy home. It’s far easier to teach good habits right from the start so resist the urge to spoil your puppy! Bad habits that are formed early will be challenging to change once your pup gets older. For example, it may be cute when a puppy begs for food during diner but if you give in and feed him the cuteness will wear off quickly and become a life long annoyance. The steps below will help get your puppy training started on the right track. Keep in mind all puppy and dog training begins with a dose of patience! Start with House Training Properly training your puppy to go outside to relieve herself is a great way to build her confidence for more involved training. Begin by creating a consistent schedule of times to take her outside each day. Start with taking her out first thing in the morning when you wake up, then a few times during the day 15-minutes after eating or drinking and finally take her out prior to
Best Dog Parks in the New York City
Dog daycare’s, like my business SPOT Canine Club, are excellent for daily socialization and exercise while you’re at work or otherwise unable to have your pup with you. However, during your free time such as the weekend, consider spending time with your pup by visiting one of many wonderful dog park’s in New York City. A visit to the dog park will not only provide them with the daily exercise and stimulation they need but it will also strengthen the bond you share. Here’s a list of my favorite NYC dog parks; let me know in the comments if I missed your favorite. 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. This paved surface park has lots of shady trees and a wading pool to help keep your pup cool during those hot NYC summer days. Interestingly, the pool empties and re-fills on a timer to keep the water clean. Final
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 him happier and more relaxed. I recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise 3 times per day for a daily total of 90 minutes for every dog. A long morning walk, followed by an afternoon jog, and an evening walk or play session at the dog park with friends is a great balance. Jogging specifically is a great way to burn off pent up energy. During jogs, dogs, like humans, release endorphins that have numerous benefits, but mostly provide happiness and release stress allowing him to relax (and sleep) better. My clients often note that the 90-minute rule is challenging for them as they work demanding full time jobs. The fast pace of many urban cities adds to the dilemma. If these challenges sound familiar to you, you’re not alone, and I would advise you to consider hiring a professional dog jo
6 Senior Dog Care Tips
November is Senior Dog Adoption Month. It’s part of a movement, started by rescue groups and dog lovers, to raise awareness that there are many older pups that need permanent homes. The initiative made a huge impact saving the lives of thousands of senior dogs. Many of these dogs have been faced with an unfortunate set of circumstances and are in need of a second chance. Older dogs often make wonderful companions as they’re already house broken, frequently know basic training, and in comparison the hyper active energy of a puppy are more relaxed and laid back. You can totally change a senior dog’s life by following these simple senior dog care tips: Senior Dog Diets As with any dog (and any person) diet is an extremely important topic. Older dogs have different dietary needs than puppies. Take the time to do your research and provide them with the best food you can afford, they deserve it after all! While many people don’t have time to pre
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.’