Happy Holidays!
Eva - Isn't she lovely?!!

We did it! We survived another wild year! 2021 brought its own set of unique challenges, but through hard work, perseverance, and passion for dogs, we certainly made the best of it. Thank you to all our clients new and old for the support and patience you've given us this year. Many of you have brought us gifts, given words of encouragement, or laughed with us this year and it made all the difference. We're wishing you nothing but peace and joy this holiday season!

Let's dive into the latest news!
Preparing for 2022

As 2021 comes to a close, we are getting excited about all that is to come in 2022. Remember that we open up booking for holiday boarding reservations in 2022 on January 2nd. Make sure to give us a call to ensure a holiday spot is saved for your pup!

Thor enjoys our private dog park.
Dog Park Etiquette

As a reminder, our private dog park is used during the week for private reservations, on the weekends for memberships, and by staff for solo hikes. We have noticed toys such as balls being left behind in the park lately. We ask that if you bring toys to the park during a private reservation, please make sure you collect them before leaving. There may be dogs that go to the park that resource guard and toys that can found become a safety issue. If for some reason you are unable to remove a toy you brought to the park, please call our front desk and let us know.
Training Spotlight


Working Walk Part 1 - Enjoy Your Walk
Does your dog pull you everywhere? Do they get too excited on walks - barking and lunging? Do they ignore you while on the leash regardless of what you do? The Working Walk is a one hour workshop where we will coach you on how to capture your dog’s attention, build communication, and create polite doggy behaviors while on leash. Let’s make your walks pleasurable and enriching for both you and your dog.

Working Walk Part 2 - Long Line Workshop
Part 2 of Working Walk will include using a long line. We will extend your dog’s leash skills - the ultimate goal is to have a solid off-leash recall under high distractions. Please take Working Walk 1 before taking this workshop.

Come Back Fido! Part 1 - Recall Workshop
Does your dog run away when you call them? Do they come to you only when they’re ready, or does the squirrel win every time? If so, this recall workshop is for you. In this one-hour workshop, we will practice recall skills, proper times to recall, and introduce emergency recall while using a long line indoors and outdoors. 

Come Back Fido! Part 2 - Recall Workshop 
We will extend your dog’s recall skills - the ultimate goal is to have a solid off-leash recall under high distractions. Your dog needs to have a good on-leash and indoors recall before taking this class. 

Calm Dog Part 1- Impulse Control Workshop
This workshop is tailored to the impulsive, jumping, nipping, barking, high-energy dog. We’ll work on self-control, settling in place, and respecting boundaries. In addition, we’ll strengthen your dog’s “off switch” by using games that reward calm behavior.

Calm Dog Part 2 - Door and Greetings
Part 2 of the Calm Dog series will address the door manners and polite calm greetings. In addition, we’ll strengthen your dog’s “off switch” by using games that reward calm behavior.

Group Classes!

Are you getting a new puppy during the holidays? Start them off right and enroll in our group training classes. Our drop-in kindergarten sessions are a perfect way to learn about the early days with your puppy. From there you can take them from elementary all the way through high school where they can earn their AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate. Visit our website to view the latest class offering.

Holiday Plants to be Mindful of with Pets
  • Poinsettia Plants - The leaves of the poinsettia plant contain a sap that is irritating to the tissues of the mouth and esophagus. If ingested, they will often cause nausea and vomiting. If the plant has been treated with a pesticide, your pet could be at risk of illness from ingesting the pesticide.
  • Holly and Mistletoe - Symptoms of illness form ingesting these plants include intestinal upset, such as vomiting and diarrhea, excessive drooling and abdominal pain. If a large enough amount of these plants are ingested, seizures and death may follow.
  • Lilies and Daffodils - Eating even a small amount of the Lilium and Hemerocallis genera lilies will have a severe impact on a cat's system, causing severe symptoms such as gastrointestinal issues, arrhythmia and convulsions. Daffodils are also toxic to both dogs and cats. The bulbs are the most toxic; even a few bites of the flower can cause kidney failure and even death in cats.
  • Amaryllis (Belladonna) - The Amaryllis contains lycorine and other noxious substances, which cause salivation, gastrointestinal abnormalities (vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite and abdominal pain), lethargy and tremors in both cats and dogs. The bulb of the plant is reputed to be even more dangerous than the flowers and stalk.
  • Christmas Cactus - Fortunately, the Christmas Cactus (or its relative, the Easter Cactus) plant is not toxic to dogs in either its parts or flowers. The same applies for cats. However, fibrous plant material can cause irritation to the stomach and intestine, leading to vomiting or diarrhea.
  • The Christmas Tree - The oils produced by fir trees can be irritating to a pet's mouth and stomach, causing excessive vomiting or drooling. The tree needles, meanwhile, may cause gastrointestinal irritation, obstruction and punctures. Additionally, the water used for Christmas trees can contain bacteria, molds and fertilizers that can cause your pet to become extremely sick with only a few laps of water. Keep the water covered and blocked off to prevent pets from accessing it.
Homemade Holiday Dog Treats

Healthy Homemade dog treats, loaded with sweet potato, peanut butter, whole oats and cinnamon.
  • 2 cups fresh sweet potato puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 Tbsp of all natural peanut butter (no xylitol)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt optional*

*The salt can be added to help extend the shelf life of these treats but is not necessary. Do not use a pumpkin spice blend or anything that may contain nutmeg as it is toxic to dogs, even small amounts. Your cookie cutter size will determine your quantity.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Peel and cube two medium sweet potatoes and bring to a boil in pot of water. Reduce to low and simmer approximately 15-20 minutes or until soft. Drain cooked potatoes and puree using blender or food processor.
  • In small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and cinnamon.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the egg, sweet potato and peanut butter until combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry.
  • Pour onto a floured surface and roll out dough. Cut out using Christmas cookie cutter. The dough will be a little sticky, dust your hands and the rolling pin with a little flour to help!
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.
  • Place on cooling racks and let cool thoroughly. They will harden as they cool.
❤ Hope to see you soon! ❤