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The Busy Summer of 2009!
From Laura, Tom, Chris, Rae, and Jennifer
Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us! Suite Paws turned 1 year old on October 2nd. We wouldn't be here without you. Thank you very much! There may still be cake left in the lobby - human and furry!
Our 2nd Annual Halloween Masquerade Party will be Sunday, November 1st. Watch for another e-mail with details in a few weeks. See the separate note on the daycare party.
Breaking News! Suite Paws was just named the Green Commercial New Construction Project for 2009 by the Triangle Business Journal! If you have taken the tour, you know we worked very hard to be as Green as we could afford to be. It's nice to be recognized for our efforts.
Tom raised almost $4000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in his recent "jail time." Thanks to all who helped. Tom recently visited his Notre Dame teammate, Pete Duranko, who has been battling ALS for over 10 years. Pete says thanks also.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are getting close! I saw the Xmas displays in Lowes this week. We will be sold out. Please book early. We don't want to disappoint returning customers!
Finally, congratulations to Jennifer Parson on her promotion to Assistant Manager. Great Job!
Training Tips: The "Nothing in Life is Free" philosophy.
When you bring a dog into your home, you are bringing them into a social group and while most dogs do well in social environments, it is important to establish structure and hierarchy within the group. Most important, the humans should provide leadership for the dog so that they can live comfortably within our world. This can be done in a very positive and non-confrontational way by following the technique of controlling valuable resources (food, toys, attention, etc). The basic idea is this; provide valuable resources to the dog only after he/she has done something for you (e.g., sit before you give a treat, sit-wait before you let them outside to run and sniff in the yard, etc). Your goal is to look for things that motivate your dog (Treats, your attention, a game of fetch, etc). Then use those things to reward him/her for polite behavior and manners while you interact with them throughout the day. If done correctly your dog will perform several valuable behaviors (sit politely for petting, coming when called, etc) while you get to reward them with the things they like most. Just remember the dog must perform first and then they get the reward - be persistent and consistent and the results will follow.
Two fine training groups, K9 Solutions
((919) 779-3813, www.nck9solutions.com
) and Pawsitive Pooches
((919) 325-0174, www.pawsitive-pooches.com
) are offering Basic Obedience and AKC's S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen classes here on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Classes fill fast, so call them directly to find your best class and time. If you have training questions, let us know and we'll publish the answers in the next Suite Notes.
A Message from Daycare
From Stephanie in Daycare
We've started handing out flyers to our regulars about our Howl-O-Ween costume contest taking place on Friday October 30th! Please let us know prior to that day if you want your pups to attend and show off their costumes. We need to make sure we have enough staff to handle everyone! There will be awards and special treats handed out and we'll be snapping tons of pictures for a YouTube movie!!
We often hear questions about feeding during daycare hours. Many dogs get too excited about daycare to even consider eating. If your dog comes regularly and can sense when he is going to "school," then you may see a stubborn, finicky side of your pup emerge about eating breakfast. Feeding breakfast here before daycare can be arranged, but our experience has shown that the dogs just aren't interested in the food, if they know they are about to play! It ends up wasting a lot of food. As for lunch, unless your dog has a medical reason to need to eat every 4-5 hours, we recommend that you skip lunch. In order for your dog to eat in the middle of a full daycare session, he must be removed from group, rest one hour, eat, rest another hour, then return to group. That results in him missing 2 hours of fun! This practice is in place to make sure that the risks of stomach upset and bloat are minimized. (Remember when your mom wanted you to wait after eating, before swimming!!) Even though food may be the only thing your beloved dog seems to think about at home, we promise that it's the last thing on his mind in daycare. You can expect to see a hungry, tired dog at the end of the day and he should make up for any missed meal at home!
Daycamper of the Week
From Stephanie in Daycare
Reminder: Grooming and Bathing Services
Did you know Suite Paws offers grooming and bathing services seven days a week? We do!
Our grooming services include the bath, nail trimming, ear cleaning, and your specified haircut ~ be it a tidy-up trim, a standard breed cut, a utilitarian shave-down, or a de-shedding under-coat removal. We will groom your dog to your liking. Our groomers will have your pet looking fabulous!
Breed Standards ~ Our groomers are extensively experienced in the classic cuts for just about every breed imaginable. We can accommodate everyone from Poodles to Schnauzers and everything in-between.
Tidy Ups /Silhouettes ~ When your pup just needs to be cleaned up, we will trim the face, feet and tail and comb your dog so that she looks amazing. This will show off your dog's shape and accentuate the features that make her so beautiful!
Shave-Downs ~ When everything must go! It's 95 degrees out and your Golden Retriever has had enough! When you ask for a shave down, that's exactly what your little friend will get.
De-Shedding Treatment ~ Have your pet's dead undercoat (the source of all that shedding!) removed with an intensive conditioning soak. The soak will loosen the underlying fur. It is then followed by a cool-air-blow-out. You will go home with 1/2 the dog you came in with. No more tumble weeds of fur blowing through your living room! This is an ideal service for anyone who wants to maintain the beautiful look of their breed while relieving him from the discomfort of that thick, extra fur. This service is a wonderful alternative to shaving your dog! Some owners come in once a month for this service - some come in twice a year. We recommend doing it as often as you see fit. You will notice that your dog's regular bath treatments are even more effective, done in between coat removal treatments.
Call or email for an appointment today!
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