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
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
Dog strollers seem like an odd topic, I know. But while it might seem strange to push your pup around town in a dog stroller there are times when letting them ride is better than having them walk. While you likely won’t be rushing out to buy a stroller for your dog lets review a few instances where they can actually help out. 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, getting stir crazy, 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. Injured Dogs: If y
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
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.’