Pet Boarding & Daycare

Vaccines Made Easy

Vaccines Made Easy

Why Do We Recommend Vaccination? Infectious disease has existed as long as history has been documented. In 1796, a country physician named Edward Jenner administered the first documented inoculation. Smallpox was a devastating epidemic, killing millions of people during the 20th century. Dr. Jenner had noticed that milk maids, who had been exposed to cowpox […]

Understanding & Minimizing Stress In Boarding Pets

Understanding & Minimizing Stress In Boarding Pets

Regardless of how nice the pet care facility environment may be, being in that environment can still be a stressful experience for many pets. Let’s look at the physiological changes that occur in the body experiencing stress, as well as environmental factors. What is Stress? We’ve all felt stress and seen animals that are stressed: […]

Dog Simming Pools

Dog Simming Pools

In this article we will look at some types of swimming pools and their related equipment. We will take a look at some of the differences between pools intended for people vs pools intended for dogs. We’ll also touch on some of the benefits you may gain by offering swimming for your boarding or daycare […]

The Holistic Kennel

The Holistic Kennel

“My friend and I are opening a “natural care” kennel for pets. We are very excited about the concept and wanted to get your advice on the idea.  We saw you speak at the Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo in Hershey and really enjoyed your perspective. Thanks for your input!” –Sally S. Dear Sally, The […]

Misty Pines Pet Company & Dog Park

Misty Pines Pet Company & Dog Park

ALL IN THE FAMILY Nestled on a wooded knoll, completely hidden from the outside world, Misty Pines Pet Company and Dog Park is a little slice of heaven for pets and their owners. Located in Sewickley, Pennsylvania since 1975, Misty Pines has built a solid reputation of providing the highest quality of pet care services […]

A Better Model For New Client Acquisitions

A Better Model For New Client Acquisitions

When a pet owner visits your website, what do you think they are looking for? Consciously, it’s typically basic information—who are you, what do you do, where do you do it? But unconsciously, what they’re really asking is, “Can I trust you?” We instinctively look for trust whenever we are evaluating a new relationship. The […]

Learning By Association

Learning By Association

Imagine a dog in nature. It has instinctive reactions that jump-start survival. Those instincts are not sufficient to protect the dog in all cases. Learned behaviors are added that modify and augment instincts to give the animal a chance to survive in a complex, often hostile world. The most basic form of learning is making […]

Misleading Assessments Part Two:

Misleading Assessments Part Two:

Part One of this article outlined strategies for comprehensive assessments for new dogs coming into daycare or boarding. Part Two will outline training plans for accommodating unwanted behaviors. Deciding which behaviors can be accommodated by staff ahead of time is important. Equally important is deciding which behaviors will be accommodated for free and which behaviors […]

The (Almost) Self Cleaning Kennel

The (Almost) Self Cleaning Kennel

Cleanup is always a pain. Whether it’s washing the car, giving a dog a bath, washing the dishes after a meal, cleaning is a pain. I’m constantly being asked questions like… …how can I make my kennel more self-cleaning? …isn’t there a way to reduce the amount of daily cleaning? …how can we reduce the amount […]