Pet Lovers

TREATS!

Nothing brightens up your dog’s face or perks up his ears more than this one word! Treats to your dog are just like treats for us: something special that provides enjoyment and pleasure! Grocery Store Convenience Its kind-of like buying candy for kids… we head straight to the dog food isle of the grocery store… Read more »

GERMAN SHEPHERDS

By Melanie Benware Dog Trainer, Holiday Barn Pet Resorts There are countless blogs and articles about raising a German Shepherd, living with one or training one. I am hoping that if you are reading this you have done your research and know that German Shepherds are smart, active, protective and require a lot of time,… Read more »

HOW TO CHOOSE A PET FOOD!

It’s National Nutrition Month! Proper nutrition is not only important for you, but very important for your pets! How do you know you’re doing the right thing when it seems that every time you turn around there is another pet food recall or proof of another pet food company practicing unethical and unhealthy standards? We… Read more »

IT’S POISON PREVENTION WEEK!

As a pet owner, what are two phone numbers you should always have handy? Your vet, of course, and an animal poison control hotline. You never know when your inherently curious, high-spirited bouncing bundle of fur is going to get into something toxic. You need to be ready. Real life Story “I was so glad… Read more »

A LOOK AT THE LABRADOODLE!

This month’s Camper of the Month for Glen Allen is an adorable little brown Labradoodle appropriately named Coco! Who is responsible for the name? Fairly new in terms of breeding, the labradoodle has an interesting history. The name “labradoodle” was actually first used in 1955 when Donald Campbell, a British speed breaker, in his autobiography… Read more »

CANINE BODY LANGUAGE 101!

I pride myself in being a good doggie parent…. I make sure Rex gets the best nutrition he can possibly get, he sees a vet regularly, I take him for walks, I spend time with him, dote on him and give him lots of affection… but I learned today that I may not have a… Read more »

FURRY TALES!

Today we will be reading a fairy tale over the intercom to our guests before nap time! We are, admittedly and purposely, a little “crazy” when it comes to boarding activities, but this one makes sense – for lots of reasons! Intelligence Ask any dog lover and they’ll all agree, DOGS ARE SMART! Science has… Read more »

DO I REALLY NEED TO WALK MY DOG?

This week we celebrate “Walking the Dog Day”! No kidding… it really is a holiday! Sometimes it’s hard to carve time out of your busy schedule to take your dog for a walk. We tend to try and justify reasons for NOT walking the dog… “He’s been out in the back yard all morning…that should… Read more »

PUPPY LOVE

One of our recent facebook posts shows Campers Nina and Molson delightfully romping and playing, obviously enjoying the other’s company and companionship. It is apparent that there is a “connection” between the two… each is displaying a gentleness towards the other, each playfully demonstrating submissiveness and trust. Our Camp manager described them as “falling head… Read more »

RUNNING WITH YOUR DOG

Having trouble staying motivated to train for the upcoming Richmond SPCA 5k? We know of a great exercise motivator! Your dog! True, your dog cannot run with you in the 5K, but he can help you get ready! It’s sometimes too easy to convince your human running partner to skip a workout, but it’s not… Read more »

Get Ready For Your Dog’s Vacation!

It’s not too early to start planning your dog’s next “holiday” with Holiday Barn! Your preparation for dog boarding starts well before you walk in our lobby with leash in hand! If you anticipate sending your 4-legged friend on vacation in the upcoming months, here are some things to keep in mind. Take a Tour… Read more »