A Diamond in the Ruff is a full service Doggie Day Care and Day Spa. We are located right on Route 20 east in Northborough (on the Marlborough line). You can access us easily from all the major routes and highways. We are less than 5 minutes from Routes 9, 30, I-495 and I-290!
How to tell if you pet has anxiety and/stress from children and/or parents returning to school:
a) pet maybe very clingy, when they were not before.
b) items are moved, torn up or signs of destruction show that your dog is venting.
c) morning dejected look.
Things that may help to ease your dog from the summer routine to back to school:
1) Importance of routine-for pet's routine is the first and foremost in making them feel safe
2) gradually reduce your interaction time with them during the hours you will be away (ex. potty trips, mealtime).
3) Feeding times are important-
a) if the dog is use to being fed later during the summer then you have to now leave for
school try feeding them just before your leave and not when you get up.
b) try to keep evening schedule as close to the same as you can.
4) Dirty laundry-you can leave a piece of dirty laundry in the pet's bed that has the kids scent to help comfort them.
5) Attention-devote a set amount of quality time to spend with your pet walking, playing their favorite game or just giving lots of attention. This will reassure the pet who maybe off balance.
see articles by: Trish Spence, PetSmart. Amy Sung at Petside.com
It can be very overwhelming and sometime confusing when you are looking for a boarding facility for your dog. There are many different options available. Vet-Clinic with boarding attachment (usually minimal accommodations), Boarding Facility (usually minimal accommodations), Day Care with Boarding, Spa type Boarding (lots of amenities and priced accordingly) and in-home facilities.
Here are a few questions to help you make the best decision for you and your dog.
Vet-boarding, Boarding or Day Care Facilities:
1) staff qualifications
2) professional trainer present
3) nutritionist available, what will my dog eat
4) trained in emergencies, both medical and otherwise
5) vet on call 24/7
6) staffed overnight because a great deal happens between 9pm and 6am
7) inspect facility carefully is it clean and well organized. nothing to present danger to the dog.
8) room to run and play, fenced in area, isolation spot for those who don't adapt well, will my dog
interact with others
9) play equipment appropriate size for dogs
10) adequate sleeping area in appropriate size
11) waste disposed quickly inside and out
12) meet your scheduling needs
13) what happens if my dog gets sick and/or injured
14) if your dog requires medication is there an extra charge
15) do they pick up and deliver
16) is there grooming available
In-Home (additional questions and/or concerns to look for):
1) relatively clean and clear of small objects lying around for dog to choke on
2) no bones lying around, this can cause fights
3) where will your dog have free access
4) don't put your dog in a home that takes non-neutered or aggressive dogs
5) fenced in yard
6) gates that have latches
7) if they don't ask for your emergency number's, vets info and shots not a good sign
8) do you see water bowls around. dehydration is a killer.
see articles from TorontoBarks.com and Gillian Ridgeway AHT, "Who's Walking Who".net