Newsletter for March 2017
We can hardly wait for March Break to arrive, so that we can enjoy being with all your furry family members while you are away!
Doing the nose prints for Valentines Day was a new and fun experience for us and your dogs! We hope you enjoyed them and we are always open to your feedback and suggestions.
Just a reminder that Agility Classes and Private Training Sessions are available upon request within.
The warmer weather has everyone going through their “stuff” to clear some space. We are always grateful for any sheets, towels, and dog toys that you may not be using anymore. We are more than happy to take them off your hands! Feel free to drop them off at your convenience during our operating hours. This is Greatly Appreciated!
Your dog needs daily exercise and mental stimulation, but busy schedules can make this a difficult task. Instead of feeling guilty or coming home to a “crazy” pup, Dog Sense will send you home with one tired, happy pooch!
Did you Know … when you bring in your dog for grooming, and schedule their next grooming in the future, you receive a FREE TEETH BRUSHING?! Why struggle to brush your dogs teeth, when we can do it for you! You may also purchase this service for $5 at any time.
Slumber Parties at Dog Sense!
March Break boarding is quickly approaching and we’ve already begun taking requests for sleepovers. Our supervised sleepovers are cage free (unless special requests are given), with play time, cuddles, and tuck ins already included! We have no hidden fees, so call in today to reserve a spot for your furry family member and give them a vacation too!
Free Feeding Vs. Meal Feeding
It turns out that there’s a lot to think about when it comes to feeding your four-legged chum. One of these things is if you should go with meal feeding or free feeding dogs. If you’re not aware of these concepts, here’s a quick rundown for you:
Free-feeding is when you have food available for your pooch at all times and they get to choose when and how much to eat.
Meal feeding is when you give your dog meals at set times every day (ideally, twice a day for adult dogs and three times a day for puppies), and take the food away after 10-15 minutes, if they don’t finish the lot.
Choosing to be a responsible dog owner means doing what’s best for your dog, even if it’s not always the most convenient option. Most animal professionals agree that meals versus free-feeding is the better option for our dogs, for many reasons, most importantly, the following:
Pros of Meal Feeding Dogs
- You control how much your dog eats, which should lessen the chance of overeating and obesity,
- It’s easier to notice if your dog is refusing food, which could be a sign that they are unwell.
- It’s the most suitable way to feed wet or fresh foods that might go bad if left out for too long,
- If you have more than one pet in the house, you can separate them at meal time to see how much each pet is eating.
- If your dog has allergies, this prevents them from getting into another pet’s food.
- If your dog knows where the food comes from you and only when you decide, they will be more likely to see you as the leader, respect you more, and therefore be more obedient.
- You control when and how much your dog eats, which can help regulate their weight.
- Meals help teach and maintain clean house habits
- Meals are more hygienic and prevent unwanted pests
Cons of Free Feeding Dogs
- Free feeding can slow the progress of toilet training in puppies, as you can’t schedule post-meal potty breaks.
- Some dogs will eat even if they’re full, which can lead to obesity.
- Free-fed dogs tend to be less food motivated, which can make training more difficult.
- You can’t free feed foods that will spoil.
Practical Obedience I
Wednesday Mar 22 6:15-7:15pm
$195 + tax
•Small class sizes
•Master everyday commands / issues
Practical Obedience II
$195 + tax
•Prepares for off leash obedience
•Practical Outdoor Commands
Sunday March 22
•Dogs 25lbs and under
•Trainer on site
Puppy Play Dates
Sunday March 22
•Dogs under 1year
•Teaches good manners
•Trainer on site
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