April Newsletter

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April Newsletter

Introducing, “The Pooch Press,” the first of what will be a monthly newsletter that keeps you up-to-date with the latest changes, promotions or just some fun facts and tips! Our hope is to keep you informed as well as give you an opportunity to learn a little more about our Pooch family!

Breed of the Month — Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is the 13th most popular breed in the US. Standing at 20-23 inches and weighing approximately 40-60lbs, with females being noticeably smaller than males. A medium sized working dog, the Husky has erect, alert ears and a profuse coat that requires moderate to excessive care. The Husky can have any coat color and often has striking facial markings and light eyes. Huskies are alert and active with an outgoing and curious nature. This breed was initially bred by the Chukchi people of Northeastern Asia for active and strenuous work, so they require at least moderate exercise and do best in suburban and rural areas. Huskies do not always do well with other animals so extra socialization is recommended.

Fun Facts!

  • In 1925 teams of Huskies were used for “serum runs” to Nome, Alaska and inspired the movie Balto.
  • Siberian Huskies originated by the Chukchi people of northeastern Asia as an endurance sled dog, capable of traveling long distances at moderate speed, carrying a light load in low temperatures with a minimum expenditure of energy.
  • Siberian Huskies served in the Army’s Arctic Search & Rescue Unit of the Air Transport Command during WWII and in the Byrd Antarctic Expeditions.

All Huskies receive a FREE NAIL TRIM in the month of April!

Featured FosterKome Out For Killian!

Killian

Age: Approx. 3 years old

Weight: 40lbs

Energy level: high, very playful, would be a great running partner

Killian is with us here at The Pooch learning to play and interact with other dogs and she is doing great!  She loves a good game of fetch and is learning to drop the toy and to sit.  Killian can be a little selective about her canine friends and should not live with a cat or children under 10 years old. She is spayed and up-to-date on vaccinations as well as micro-chipped!

Because I am a Perfect Pooch Foster dog, I come with FREE training for six months post-adoption and FREE boarding & daycare for one month post-adoption.

*All foster dogs are from the Delaware County SPCA and are only being fostered here. The approval for adoption and the adoption fee are solely at the discretion of the Delco SPCA. All interested applicants should call Perfect Pooch to set up a Meet & Greet. All family members — and pets — must meet the dog.*

Meet Mike!

Mike Curran (Yard Attendant) & River (His K9 Assistant)

Not just a yard attendant, Mike Curran leads the [training] Enrichment Program for our pooches who need extra individual mental and physical stimulation.

 

 

  • Mike began training with his last dog Banjo in weight pulling. Weight pulling is akin to a tractor pull. Dogs compete to see who can pull the most weight 16 feet. They pull a wheeled cart on an earthen surface, or a sled on snow.
  • Mike is also interested in lure coursing. Lure coursing is a system of mechanized lures and pulleys that simulate the unpredictability of chasing live prey. Dogs are evaluated for follow, speed, agility, endurance, and overall ability as they pursue an artificial lure zigzagging across an open field.
  • His favorite breed would be a Pharaoh hound mix.
  • Mike became interested, then involved, in training and behavior while working in dog care facilities for 10 years.

Expanding his skill set, improving and learning every day, while getting to be involved in our enrichment and training programs are his favorite parts of working at The Pooch!

Training Tips

Spring Tips!
With the snow still on the ground, it’s hard to believe that spring is almost upon us! In the next few weeks, it will finally be nice enough for outdoor activities with your pooch! Spring is a great time to work on:

Walking skills. Think of every dog walk as an opportunity to teach your pooch good behavior on the leash as opposed to a distance that you need to conquer. Walking back and forth in front of your house or down your drive way is a great way to work on basic walking skills with controlled distractions.

A fun retrieve. Fetch is a fantastic game if your pup likes to run and play. If you have not yet taught your dog to get the toy, return, and then drop the toy, now is a good time to start working on the fine points of the game.

● Keep in mind that the warm weather brings its own set of risks: if your pooch is not on a monthly preventative for fleas, ticks, and heartworm, now is the time to talk to your vet and get set on protecting your pet. Easter decorations and lilies can be hazardous, as well so keep your pooch far away from any festivities.

Client Spotlight

Kona – American Bulldog
Kona and her litter-mates came to us for socialization and training at the recommendation of their breeder. She was initially very excited by the hose in our yards and would even bite it! She also had poor impulse control. After a few weeks of enrichment with Mike, she can now ignore the hose and other distractions and is working on advanced obedience!
Check out her video on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152590945860060

Pooch Products

 Pooch Products Now Available!

If you have visited us recently, you may have noticed a few changes in our lobby! Our retail wall has been updated and we have added so many great new products that we recommend and even buy for our own dogs. We have training tools, such as treat pouches, Easy Walk Harnesses© and Gentle Leaders©. We also have some fashion leashes and collars as well as rope leashes with our logo on it so you can support your pooch’s home away from home while out on a walk! There are various options for toys to keep your dog entertained and stimulated, as well!

We also have some Pooch “swag” available now, such as travel mugs (for just $9 each!) with the same logo as our car magnets, “My Dog Is A Perfect Pooch.” Because so many of our daycare dogs bring lunch, we have bone-shaped plastic containers (available in assorted colors: black, clear, pink and red) for your pooch’s very own lunchbox! Each has a pre-made label for you to write your dog’s name and breed and can hold up to 1.5 cups of dry dog food — the perfect amount for daycare lunch or a snack! These “pupperware” containers are only $3 each!