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The Holiday Season is precious time spent with family and friends. The Pawsh Dog is looking for your help in collecting food items and gifts for local families in need. In partnership with the Christmas Cheer Board, The Pawsh Dog will provide three families with a Christmas hamper this year.

What food items are we looking to collect?

Juice, Canned Soups, Canned Vegetables, Jelly Powder, Canned Fruits, Macaroni & Cheese, Pasta, Spaghetti Sauce, Rice, Oatmeal, Canned Tuna, Peanut Butter, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup, Stuffing Mix, Jam, Cookies, Cake Mix, Candy, Gravy Mix, Cranberry Sauce, Sugar, Tea, Scalloped Potatoes, Bbq sauce, Taco Kits, Pizza kits, Flour, Crackers.

What gifts are we looking to collect?

Team Taylor
The “Holly” Family is sponsored by Team Taylor and we are collecting the following items and more…
  • Scented candles
  • Spa products & essential oils
  • Essential oil diffuser
  • Baby dolls, fashion related crafts, Barbies,
  • Sonic the Hedgehog items, 
  • Blocks, baby Lego, 
  • Spiderman stuff
  • Family board games, a gaming chair, cars, 
  • Park/picnic gear..
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The Positive Effects of Play
Doggie playtime is essential to the growth and happiness of your dog. Beyond seeing our beloved pups just having fun outside and enjoying themselves, there are a lot of benefits to playing with them.
Here are five benefits you and your dog receive when you play with them.

1.      You’ll Keep Them Mentally Healthy!

Like humans, dogs can get bored easily. It’s even worse if you’re a pet parent who has to work all day, leaving them at home.

Playing with your dog really helps with the mental aspect of boredom and stimulates their brain. Interactive games like throwing a ball and having them fetch helps to build their focus and discipline.

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Does your Dog need  a Coat?

Some dogs are naturally more adapted than others to the cold. For those dogs which aren’t, a dog jacket or coat can make for a more comfortable walk during the winter, spring, and autumn months.

A lot of pet owners who are new to the concept of clothing for dogs make the assumption that dog clothing is a human idea, and that it doesn’t have any practical relevance to their pets.  This is not the case. Dog clothing can be very practical, especially in Canada and other parts of the world which are routinely subjected to cold temperatures and harsh winds and precipitation.  Some dogs are naturally more adapted than others to the cold.  For those dogs which aren’t, a dog jacket or coat can make for a more comfortable walk during the winter, spring, and autumn months. 

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Homemade Dog Treats are the best way to show your pet that you love them like family! These Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats are an easy dog biscuit recipe that your fur baby would request every week if they could.

For the Dog Treats
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour see note below for substitutions
1 egg
1 cup peanut butter SEE NOTE
1 cup water
2 tablespoons honey
For the Frosting
⅓ cup cornstarch can also use potato starch or arrowroot powder
2 Tablespoons peanut butter
1 Tablespoon honey
3-4 tablesposons hot water

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December Events

Benefits of Doggie Daycamp

A relationship between a dog and a human should be rewarding, not stressful! These are just a few of the reasons that you would benefit from enrolling your pup in dog day camp.

1.      Change up the scenery!

Psychologists have shown that when we experience a setback, making positive changes to our daily routines, even by doing something as small as taking a new route to or from work, leads to clearer thinking and happier outcomes.   The same is true for our furry loved ones.  If you have been sitting in front of a window, staring at the same tree everyday for months, it would most likely be beneficial to go out and experience something new for a change, perhaps even meet someone and make new friends.

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Blueberry Dog Treats

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (no sugar or sweetener)
2 eggs
1 cup quick-cooking oats
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup water
1 cup dried blueberries unsweetened

In a small bowl, mix together the eggs and peanut butter. Use a hand mixer or a whisk for this step.

In a medium bowl, combine flour and quick oats.

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The Pawsh Dog Hotel Check List

Good decision on choosing Pawsh Dog Hotel as your canine care provider, here are a few things you should know to prepare for your dog’s visit with us.

You’ll Want to Create a Client Account
Take the first step in becoming part of The Pawsh Dog family by registering  for a client account on our Gingr website. Here you can complete your customer profile, let us know about your dog and their needs, accept our terms and conditions, upload the necessary vaccination paperwork and schedule your dog’s first visit. Gingr can be accessed from a desktop, tablet or mobile device!

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There’s no better stamp of approval than from our clients! We love to hear valuable feedback, and where possible, we use this to make our daycare acitivities, grooming and hotel services even stronger. Here’s what some of our pet parents thought about our services and facilities – in their own words.

Chantal (Dog Hotel)
I left Louie for the first time for a week in your care. I missed him so much but I absolutely loved my daily report cards from your staff. It just helped me get a glimpse of what his day was like with you and it really made me feel like you cared. Thank you

Gary (Dog Hotel)
We appreciate the daily report cards and pictures we know he is doing well when we get such information initiated by the provider. Thank you for looking after him for us

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How to Tell Your Dog is Stressed While Traveling

Stress is a commonly used word that describes feelings of strain or pressure. Our dogs can become stressed too. Since we know how stress makes us feel, we certainly want to help alleviate our pet’s stress as well. However, our dogs cannot voice their feelings so how can we tell they are stressed? The signs of anxiety in dogs are often subtle. In fact, some stress-related behaviors mimic normal behaviors especially when traveling.We, humans can often be distracted during travel therefore not being able to distinguish between the two behaviours.

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Preparing Your Dog For a Luxury Hotel Stay or Kennel

When you’re planning a trip away from home, it’s important to know that your dog will be well cared for, safe, and happy. Whether your dog will be staying with a boarding facility or luxury dog hotel, finding a place that has your dog’s best interest at heart will give you peace of mind while you enjoy your own vacation.

Before You Board Your Dog
Consider whether your dog has the right temperament for staying at a boarding facility. If the dogs are in daycare during the day at the facility, your dog will need to have good social skills. If your dog doesn’t enjoy the company of other dogs, look for a boarding facility or specialty dog hotel that offers unique ways of housing your dog in a healthy manner.

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Preventing and Treating Travel Anxiety in Dogs

Travel anxiety can ruin a road trip before you even hit the highway. Dogs can be great travel companions, but before you gas up the car and back out of the driveway, there are a few things you can do to make your dog’s trip in the car smoother, safer, and more enjoyable for everybody.

Car Sickness in Dogs
Dogs can get car sick while riding in the car, and often this leads to travel anxiety. Feeling sick whenever they are in the car doesn’t help build a positive association for your dog, which contributes to the anxiety they feel when they have to go for a car ride.

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Flying can be stressful for dogs

We all know that travelling can be a stressful experience for anyone, but trying to fly with your dog is a completely different thing. There are several reasons why it’s suggested you should not fly with your dog. Flying has been shown to be stressful for many domestic animal species like dogs. It is especially stressful for crated dogs flying in the cargo hold during the loading and unloading periods.

If you have to fly with your pooch, follow these concepts to reduce  the personal stress that your dog is feeling.


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Tricks for Treats

Dress up your pup and trade a trick for a treat on Saturday, October 30th and Sunday, October 31st. Travel to each Pawsh Dog location (check our hours) collecting different exciting coupons and goodie bags for your dog.

1546 Regent – Free Blueberry Facial
2355 McGillivray – 50%Off Pawdicure
133 Marion – $10 Off Any Daycare Day
1580 Taylor – 1 Free Daycamp Add-on
1103 Corydon – 20% Off any Retail Item
3330 Portage – $10 Off All Access Pass or Puppy Passport Wellness – 50% Off a 30 Minute Swim

Dress Up Your Dog & Win

❤️ Congratulations Bea Saville! You and your pooch have won The Pawsh Dog Social Halloween Contest! Your photo has the most “likes” and you win 1 FREE groom AND 5 FREE days at Doggie Daycare AND 1 Month of All-Access Training Pass! Thank you to all those who participated 🐶

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Peanut Butter Pumpkin Painting

What an incredible turn out for our “Peanut Butter Pumpkin Painting Party”! The Pawsh Dog hosted the Halloween themed craft project on October 26, 27 and 28. The dogs created a painted pumpkin by licking peanut butter off a pumpkin drizzled with paint and covered with plastic. What an excellent exercise in socialization and group behaviour.  Thank you to all of the pet parents who brought out their dogs to participate. 

In honour of Halloween, daycare dogs in care had the chance to “paint” by licking the outside of a pumpkin covered with peanut butter. The pumpkin was covered with a clear plastic bag and different coloured non-toxic paints, then tightly closed. When the dogs start licking the outside of the pumpkin – the movement moves the paint and results in a very creative painted pumpkin! 

Puppy Playtime Halloween Howl

Join us on Friday, October 29th at 6:10pm to celebrate our Puppy Playtime Halloween Howl (located at 1580 Taylor). The Pawsh Dog will have many spooky themed toys for the puppies to nibble on and goulish music while pet parents can enjoy a few treats too!

Well-socialized puppies usually develop into safer, more relaxed and enjoyable adult dogs. This is because they’re more comfortable in a wider variety of situations than poorly socialized dogs, so they’re less likely to behave fearfully or aggressively when faced with something new.

Puppy Playtime is where puppies can make new friends and have fun in a safe, enriching, and supervised environment with puppies their own size. And hey, sometimes the parents make new friends too!

Puppy playtime is a social event for puppies and their owners. When you arrive at puppy playtime, you will be greeted by our trained playtime facilitator who will review a few guidelines for puppy play time with you.

Enjoy the “Halloween Howl” edition of Puppy Playtime! Book a spot today. Phone 204-813-9054

Halloween Safety

1. Secure Your Dog Away From The Door
If your dog tends to sneak out the front door when you open it, it might be best to crate them or keep them in a bedroom for a few hours for safety — and sanity.

You can set up a safe space for your dog in a comfortable room of the house with some calming music playing. Give your dog fresh water and check on them often. This is a good way to keep them away from the door and let them relax on this stressful night.

Another solution is to sit outside with your bowl of candy for trick-or-treaters so you don’t need to open the door at all. This will also cut back on knocking and doorbells that could make your dog anxious.
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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Treats 

3 cups brown rice flour (or gluten free flour if your dog has allergies)
1/2 cup oats (you can substitute an extra 1/4 cup of grain free flour instead)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
3 tbsp. all natural peanut butter

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August 25, 2021

The Pawsh Dog Salon Services in Dogtopia effective August 16, 2021

The Pawsh Dog and Dogtopia are thrilled to announce that effective August 16, The Pawsh Dog will be providing all salon services within the Burlington, Brampton, and Meadowvale Dogtopia locations in the Greater Toronto market. 

We believe that the parallels in our culture and vision make us natural partners, allowing each of our teams to focus and excel in our specialty, while gaining synergies from our shared expertise. Dogtopia will continue to operate their premiere dog daycare centers across Canada while The Pawsh Dog focusses our energy and passion on providing exceptional pet salon service options. Together, we will provide pets and their parents an unparalleled care experience, completely unique to the industry in the Greater Toronto area. 

The Pawsh Dog was founded in 2009 by professional dog groomer, trainer, and handler Laurel Fletcher. Our progressive canine care facilities are staffed by an expert team of canine care professionals dedicated to helping people understand their dogs’ needs while providing a high level of luxury service to their canine clients. The Pawsh Dog offers the best salon services available in its existing seven Winnipeg locations. The addition of three salons within Ontario Dogtopia centers will bring the total Pawsh salon count
to ten. 

Founded in 2002, Dogtopia is an early pioneer and innovator in the pet services industry, offering an experience focused on quality of care, safety and transparency in the market. Dogtopia is a North American brand and the leading dog daycare provider across Canada today with 17 locations from coast to coast and another 150 locations operating in the U.S.A. With an emphasis on education, exercise and safe socialization for dogs, pet parents have the assurance of leaving their beloved furry family members in the hands of trained professionals in an environment created with the fun and safety of dogs in mind. 

The Dogtopia culture is dedicated to excellent customer service, ensuring pets and their parents have a great experience in all Dogtopia centers. We are thrilled to add The Pawsh Dog’s salon service expertise to the Dogtopia guest experience as part of their commitment to enhancing the joy of pet parenthood. Visit Dogtopia