What Is The Best Way To Feed My Dog?
By Sally Diamond, Freelance Contributor Do you know when to transition from puppy food to adult food? What about when to make the move from adult to senior brands? Of the 40 breeds of dogs which live the longest, the average life expectancy is 14.3 years and with so many different breeds there is no one rule fits all. Larger breeds of dog tend to mature at a slower rate than smaller breeds, so it’s essential you do your research to ensure you give the
Dog Walker vs. Doggy Day Care: Finding the Best Option for You and Your Pup
By Alexandra Anastasio, Republished from akc.org As a working dog owner, the struggle of leaving your dog home alone for lengthy stretches can be trying on both you and your canine. Regardless of the reason, it’s not easy to meet all of your pet’s needs without some type of assistance. “A dog that must endure long days (six or more hours) without appropriate exercise can suffer quite a bit of stress,” says Aïda Muñoz, a dog walker and pet sitter for Precious Paws Pet Sitting LLC in Royal Oak, Michigan. Thankfully, when it comes to providing care, there are a variety of options to consider. By having professionals to turn to, owners can breathe a sigh of relief and alleviate some of the guilt felt when leaving their pup. Because each dog’s needs are different, it’s up to you to determine which type of care they’ll benefit from the most. Will your can
Pooch Friendly Gardening
[caption id="attachment_14242" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo By Duffy Brook[/caption] By Sally Phillips, Freelance Contributor NYC is, generally speaking, a very congested and built up space. Despite this, the city has always had a good focus on green spaces - from Central Park to the ever-growing New York green roof trend. This has seeped into everyday life, too, with the average New Yorker seeking to have at least some green space available to them, whether communal or an individual space. For New Yorke
From Puppy To Senior – How To Keep Your Dog Fit And Healthy
By Sally Phillips, Freelance Contributor America is a nation of dog lovers. In 2017, 89.7 million dogs shared American’s homes a number which has continued to rise over the past two decades. One of the most important things for any dog owner to consider is the ways in which they can keep their dog fit regardless of the time of year, their age and their current health status. Factors such as poor weather shouldn’t be an excuse not to let your dog enjoy all that New York has to offer, as long as you or your dog walker take steps to protect your dog in the winter weather then your dog can enjoy a morning walk in the city all year round.
10 Winter Safety Tips for Dog Owners
By Randa Kriss | January 17, 2018 (originally posted on AKC.org) Snow, sleet, ice, wind... there's a lot to prepare for when it comes to winter weather. Just like we're affected by the cold, our dogs are, too. Here are a few simple measures you can take to make sure your dog stays happy and healthy throughout the winter. Avoid Thin Ice Too often we hear stories of dogs that had to be rescued from icy waters (and those are the lucky ones). It might look like fun to slide across that frozen pond, but ice can easily crack, and your dog, and you, could fall in. Slipping on ice can also lea
2018 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Dog
2018 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Dog Stephanie Gibeault, MSc, CPDT | January 08, 2018 - Originally published by the American Kennel Club akc.org It’s that time of year again – a time of self-reflection and good intentions. No doubt you made New Year’s resolutions for yourself, such as losing weight or exercising more, but how about some resolutions that will benefit your dog, too? Simple changes will set you up for success and can enhance your dog’s quality of life and deepen your relationship. Here are five easy ways to make 2018 a wonderful year for you and your dog. 1. Change the route of your daily walks.
Top 10 Dog Boots for Winter & Cold Weather
Jan Reisen | December 26, 2017 Courtesy of American Kennel Club As winter looms, and we dig out our hats, gloves, and winter boots, it's important to remember that our canine companions also need protection from harsh weather. Short-haired dogs and breeds that are susceptible to the cold may need a jacket or sweater outdoors. And no matter how hardy your dog is, his paws should be protected from snow, ice, salt, and deicers. Icy particles and snow can collect between his toes, and most road salts and deicers are toxic to dogs. Consider keeping his feet warm—and safe—with winter dog boots. Here are some tips to help you choose the right boots for your dog this winter: • The ma
4 Tips For a Safe and Stress-Free Holiday
Article Courtesy of American Kennel Club Stephanie Gibeault, MSc, CPDT | December 07, 2017 Including your dog in festive holiday celebrations is all part of the fun of the season; however, your dog might not be feeling the same holiday spirit as you. At the end of the year, things don’t look, sound, or even smell like they usually do, and that can cause canine confusion and anxiety. Problem behaviors tend to flare up, and the
Responsibly Boarding Your Dog
Reprinted with permission from the American Kennel Club If it's not possible to bring your dog along on your vacation, you'll have to arrange for his care while you're away. One alternative is to have a reliable friend, family member, or neighbor come to your home several times a day to feed, water, exercise, and spend time with your dog. You could also hire a professional pet-sitter to perform these duties. Another solution is to board your dog at a reputable kennel. Prices and services for kennels vary, but whether you choose your vet's office or a lavish "bed-and-biscuit" resort with complementary grooming and aromatherapy, keep these considerations in mind. Trust your senses (as well as your common sense) when visiting a k
How to Groom a Dog
Republished from American Kennel Club Good grooming will help your dog look and feel his best. Routine grooming sessions also allow you to examine your dog's coat, teeth, eyes, ears, and nails for signs of problems. How often you need to groom your dog depends on his size, breed, and type of coat. Brushing Several brushing sessions a week will keep the average dog neat and clean; daily attention is even better. Brush all the way down to the skin, letting the massaging action stimulate blood circulation and loosen and remove flakes of dandruff. The kind of equipment you need depends on your dog's coat texture and length. Longhaired dogs need pin brushes, which have
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.’