August Newsletter

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August Newsletter

Here is this edition of  “The Pooch Press!” to help you get through the dog days of summer!  This month Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have claimed the breed of the month title while we turn our employee spotlight on Antoine! Our adorable foster pup Toad is waiting to jump into your arms- look at those feet!

Breed of the Month — Cavalier King Charles

Ranking #19 on the AKC’s most popular dogs list, the Cavalier King Charles is a newly recognized breed (1995) that originated in feudal times during the rule of The House of Stuart. The successive rulers’ love of the pug pushed the CKC to near extinction until 1926, when American Roswell Eldridge began offering a prize leading to the formation of the first Cavalier Club in 1928. In the 1700s, John Churchill observed their ability to keep up with horse trots and frequently used them for hunting. Modern CKC’s prefer a more laid back life of cuddles and playtime, commonly friendly with humans and other animals alike. Available in four colours, Blenheim (chestnut and white), Tricolor (black/white/tan), Black and Tan, and Ruby, there’s a Cavalier King Charles for every family’s taste so open your heart and home to one today.

All Cavalier King Charles receive a FREE NAIL TRIM in the month of July!

Featured Foster Toad (AKA Chopper)!

Toad (AKA Chopper)

Age: 3-4 months

Weight: growing every day!

Energy level: Medium

Toad is an adorable 10-12 week old puppy hoping for a great start to a new life of love and happiness. He came to us after his owner purchased him from a backyard breeder and he got very, very sick. Poor Toad needed immediate medical attention, which he received at the lifesaving Delco SPCA. He’s well on the road to recovery and is expected to be a very happy, large adult boy! While Toad’s immune system may be compromised, that certainly won’t stop him from living a long life. Toad is ready for adoption now and hopes to meet you soon! As with most puppies, Toad would benefit from continued obedience training. Properly socializing a puppy is key to a well-behaved adult dog!

*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.


Antoine Shippen

Antoine joined the Perfect Pooch team after working at other dog care facilities and veterinary practices.  His past experience quickly made him a key player in our facility and he adapt easily to his many roles here.  Antoine is most often found assisting our front desk staff as well as our kennel staff. Recently, he has been learning more about grooming and has begun – and is excelling at – assisting our groomer.

  • Antoine grew up in Ardmore and was a youth director and sports instructor before deciding to get into the field of animal care and welfare.
  • He initially became interested in pet care after working at a local animal hospital.
  • Antoine recently found his place in learning about grooming and assisting when he witnessed how happy clients are when they see their pet well coiffed and how comfortable the dogs behaved after a good groom.
  • With all of the diverse breeds we see here at the Pooch, Antoine would love to someday own a collie!
Training Tips – Thunder!

Adolescent Activities!
Many people get puppies in the wintertime or around the holidays, now that its summer you may have an active adolescent on your hands- here are some tips and tricks:




Off Leash! Many people dream about hiking or walking with their dog off leash some day- unfortunately your young adult is not quite ready for that responsibility.  However, not is a great time to start introducing off leash skills using a long light line and plenty of reinforcements for checking in with you.  Make sure your youngster still knows your the best part of any experience.



Indoor Action! It is so hot and muggy this time of year but your pup is just graduating from sleepy baby to active adolescent!  Having indoor activities ready for your pup is a great way to burn energy while keeping cool.  Try stuffing their meals and some tasty treats into puzzle toys or purchasing interactive toys for your pet- your pup can even learn to play indoor fetch on their own with the help of an ifetch(c)  or similar toy.  You can also make your own active toys using 2 liter bottles, tube socks, or empty food containers.  Get creative with your pets engagement this summer!

Potty training in the winter months may have been difficult, but if your youngster isn’t on a regular bathroom schedule yet it is never too late to start!  Monitor your pets access to food and water and remember to take them out to their elimination area after any bouts of high energy play as well.  Once your pooch seems to “get it” you can begin weaning them out of their crate or safe space slowly so that by the time next winter rolls around your pup is trustworthy and comfortable throughout your home.

Client Spotlight

Watson “Watty” Feigenbaum

Meet Watson, a Corgi mix, who has been coming to The Pooch for over a year. One of our more relaxed dogs, Watson still runs around to keep his puppish figure which shows, as he’s been slimming down in recent months. Super friendly, when Watson isn’t just catching rays he’s cuddled up with a staff member or teaching a new dog the ropes.

Check it Out!


Take a look at our Beyond Basics class featuring

Our Beyond Basics class ran this summer and the dogs learned to work on and off leash around other dogs in a safe and controlled environment.  Check out this short clip of a few of the dogs working on wait and recalls off leash!