We look forward to welcoming your pets back for spring and summer vacations, and in order to help you prepare for scheduling their stays, we would like to review a few of the changes that we have implemented in the new year.
General Services Agreement
As we announced in several email updates throughout December and January, in accordance with the NC Department of Agriculture’s recent mandate, we now require that all clients sign a service agreement each year for their pets to continue participating in our services. If you have not already signed our new General Services Agreement through your Owner Portal, we will need you to sign this form when you drop off your pet.
50% Deposit Required to Book All Boarding Services
We also require that you pay a 50% deposit on the total cost of your pet’s stay when making a boarding reservation. You will not be able to book their stay without first making this deposit, and we appreciate your continued cooperation with this policy.
Complete a New Pet Profile
Has it been a year or more since you last completed a Pet Profile for your pup or kitty? Before scheduling their next service, we ask that you please log into your Portal to see if you may need to update your pet’s information in our system by filling out a new Canine or Feline Profile. We now require this form to be completed annually in order to ensure that we always have the most up-to-date information on file, which allows us to better care for your pet during their visits.
Daycare Availability at Chapel Hill Now: Do Not Hesitate!
We are excited to share that we currently have availability to enroll pups in our Daycare Class program and to schedule individual days of daycare!
Our Daycare Class program offers canine “pupils” a highly structured and rewarding daycare experience. Each pup is assigned to one of our special class packs, filled with dogs that have a similar energy level and style of play to their own, which provides them with many opportunities for positive social interaction with likeminded peers. Daycare Class participants also have the chance to closely bond with their staff “teachers”, who can help to reinforce positive behaviors and share valuable insights about any behavioral changes that they may exhibit over time.
If you would like to enroll in our Daycare Class program, or you have additional questions, please email our Client Care Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your pup can also attend daycare outside of our class program on the days that best suit your schedule, and they will still be able to enjoy plenty of playful fun, social interaction, and beneficial mental stimulation in a safe and caring environment. You may request individual days of daycare by contacting our Client Care Team via the email address listed above.
We Also Have Daycare Availability at Pittsboro!
We also still have availability to enroll pups in our Daycare Class program and to schedule individual days of daycare at our Pittsboro location, so please contact our Client Care Team at email@example.com if you are interested!
Our daycare services are always in high demand, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible if you are interested in scheduling Lodge playdates for your canine companion!
How frequently do you brush your dog’s teeth?
If you already brush their teeth every day, or even a few times per week, keep up the excellent work! However, if you would like to learn more about the many ways that we can all help our pups to maintain good dental health, we encourage you to read the article below.
While we may ensure that our dogs receive routine veterinary care, eat a nutritionally appropriate diet, and engage in regular exercise, we may not always devote the same level of attention to their dental health. We may believe that malodorous breath is normal for dogs, and if our pups resist our first efforts at brushing their teeth, we may choose to forego this challenging process to avoid causing them undue stress or discomfort.
Still, it is vital that we do not underestimate the importance of our pups’ dental health. Bad breath is the primary sign of periodontal disease, which the majority of dogs will have started to develop by the time that they have reached three years of age. If left untreated, this condition will worsen over time and may contribute to a number of serious health problems, including damage to the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Detecting periodontal disease and other dental problems as early as possible can help to prevent these health issues from progressing, so it is crucial that you not only schedule routine wellness check-ups with your dog’s veterinarian, but also carefully monitor any changes in their mouths and teeth between visits.
These are just a few signs that your dog may be coping with dental problems and should be promptly seen by their veterinarian, who will be able to examine their teeth and recommend appropriate treatment options. Even meticulous at-home dental care cannot entirely prevent the accumulation of tartar on your dog’s teeth, and receiving periodic dental cleanings from a board-certified veterinary dentist is the most effective way to protect their oral health in the long-term.
Though scheduling routine wellness check-ups with your dog’s veterinarian is an essential part of maintaining their dental health, there are several steps that you can take to care for their teeth between visits:
Be sure to consult your veterinarian before incorporating a new dental hygiene product into your dog’s routine and consider any recommendations that they have to share with you.
During your dog’s stay at the Lodge, our attentive staff performs thorough wellness checks each day in order to immediately detect any physical changes or health concerns that may arise while they are in our care. This includes examining their teeth and gums, particularly if we notice any unusual behavior or signs of pain and discomfort. We are also happy to help maintain your dog’s oral hygiene regimen during their stay with us, so we encourage you to pack their dental supplies and fill out a medication form, if needed, for their next visit!
Would You Like to Strengthen Your Bond with Your Pup? Sign Up for Our Training Classes and Board & Train Program!
We may celebrate romantic love in February, but this month is also a terrific time to consider ways that you can strengthen your relationship with your pup!
Our talented trainers at Pittsboro and Chapel Hill are here to help you and your dog make great strides in your training journey together, enabling you to improve your communication, foster a stronger sense of trust, and fortify your bond. Whether you would like to participate in a group training class or you would like to register for our convenient Board & Train program, we offer a variety of services that will help you to reinforce your special relationship with your pup.
Pittsboro Class Schedule (February)
Puppy Kindergarten (Instructor: Jenna Bertolami)
Beginner Obedience Foundations (Instructor: Whitney Tutor)
Intermediate Foundations / CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Prep (Instructor: Whitney Tutor)
Sports Dog Foundations (Instructor: Whitney Tutor) (**NEW CLASS!**)
** This new class is open to canine students that have completed the Intermediate / CGC Prep course and covers a range of sports basics, including heeling skills for Rally events and agility foundations. Please reach out to Whitney Tutor at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions or would like to register for the class.
Chapel Hill Class Schedule (March)
S.T.A.R. Puppy (Instructor: Heidi Buck)
Puppy Obedience (Instructor: Heidi Buck)
Basic Beginner Obedience (Instructor: Bru Hill)
Intermediate Companion Obedience (Instructor: Bru Hill)
CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Prep & Sports Foundations (Instructor: Heidi Buck) **
** This class will help canine students to prepare for the Canine Good Citizen test and to develop their obedience skills beyond Basic Beginner Obedience. It will also introduce basic sports and agility skills! Participants who are unable to commit to a six-week course are still welcome to attend individual class sessions, if space allows. Please reach out to Heidi Buck at email@example.com if you have any questions about this class or are interested in enrolling.
Board & Train Program Availability!
Would you like your pup to strengthen their obedience skills and accomplish other training goals while they enjoy a fun-filled stay with us?
If you plan to board your dog with us in the next few months, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of our wonderful Board & Train program. Your pup will have the opportunity to work closely and consistently with our talented trainers on specific goals over the course of their stay, while also enjoying plenty of outdoor playtime and social engagement. Working with one of our trainers will help your pup to improve their behavior and establish a strong foundation for future learning that you can continue to build upon after you have brought them home.
Our trainers at Chapel Hill and Pittsboro have ample availability before the start of our busy high season over the summer, so if you are interested in providing your pup with a Lodge vacation that is both fun and educational, we recommend reaching out to the Training Department of your preferred location at your earliest convenience:
Chapel Hill: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Our Awesome New PawPrints Book Club!
We are thrilled to announce that we have launched a wonderful new book club at our Pittsboro location!
Join Delina Richardson (Pet Care Manager) and Whitney Tutor (Head Trainer) every Thursday from 12:45 to 1:45 PM for rewarding conversations about dog training, acquisition, advocating for and understanding our dogs’ needs, and much more. Each week, we will be discussing one chapter from our current read, “The Other End of the Leash” by Dr. Patricia McConnell (which is also available as an audiobook). Dr. McConnell’s insightful book explores the ways in which our dogs may interpret our behavior and offers useful advice to help us better interact with and deepen our relationships with them.
We hope that you will be able to join us every week, but you are welcome to attend whenever your schedule allows. Membership is free and open to all clients and staff from both locations, and we look forward to fostering a unique space for continuing education and engagement within our Lodge community!
We would love to see you at our second meeting on Thursday, February 8th!
PawPrints Book Club
Book: “The Other End of the Leash” by Dr. Patricia McConnell
When: Thursdays from 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM
Where: Training Room at Green Beagle Lodge Pittsboro (120 Lodge Ln, Pittsboro, NC 27312)
From February 5th to 19th, we will be collecting pet supplies in support of Paws4ever in donation boxes placed in the lobbies of both our Chapel Hill and Pittsboro locations. Any items that you can share will be deeply appreciated, and we hope that you will join us in Giving Back Love to adoptable pups and kitties this month!
Most Needed Items:
Other Wishlist Items:
Smooches with Pooches: Open House and Donation Drive (Saving Grace)
Would you like to show some love to local pups in need this Valentine’s Day? We encourage you to visit Saving Grace’s Smooches with Pooches Open House on the evening of Friday, February 9th, to meet lovable rescue dogs and donate supplies that will help to keep them happy, healthy, and comfortable. You can register for this event and view their wishlist on their website!
When: Friday, February 9th from 5 PM to 7 PM
Where: Saving Grace (13400 Old Creedmoor Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587)
Pups and Kisses: Supply Company Shopping Pawty (Saving Grace)
Do you still need gifts for your canine Valentine? Join fellow animal lovers at Saving Grace Supply Co. on Saturday, February 10th, for a fun-filled shopping pawty! Not only will you be able to shop for your furry sweetheart while supporting the pups at Saving Grace, but also to enjoy some tasty treats and take an adorable photo of your pet at the puppy kissing booth.
When: Saturday, February 10th from 10 AM to 3 PM
Where: Saving Grace Supply Co. (4016 Durham Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614)
“Love Your Pet Day” Pet Preview (Paws4ever)
Visit Pet Supplies Plus in Chapel Hill on Saturday, February 17th, for their “Love Your Pet Day” event and enjoy meeting some adorable adoptable pups from Paws4ever!
When: Saturday, February 17th from 1 PM to 4 PM
Where: Pet Supplies Plus (1848 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514)
Dog Days at the Library (Animal Protection Society of Durham)
Join our friends from the Animal Protection Society at the Durham County Main Library on Saturday, February 24th for a fun and bookish adoption event! You will not only have the chance to meet and spend time with adorable pups that are searching for their forever homes, but also to learn about the adoption process and to expand your pet care knowledge. You can find out more and register for the event on the Durham County Library website!
When: Saturday, February 24th from 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Where: Durham County Main Library (300 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27701)