Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dog Park Etiquette

Want to take your favorite furry companion to the dog park? While animals have their own social rules, their human friends can make sure that visits to the dog park can be both safe and fun. Read our tips before you grab the leash!

• Only bring vaccinated dogs! Dog parks are the perfect place to spread disease and you want to protect both your pup and others.

• On that note, wear close-toed shoes. Humans can catch diseases from dogs, too!

• Leave the food—both doggie and human—at home. Snacks or meals can lead to dog aggression or disease transmission.

• Make sure your dog if fully off-leash before you enter the park—some dogs have leash aggression or fear. 

• Know your dog. Skittish or aggressive dogs would not enjoy a dog park visit and could cause altercations with other dogs. Remember that a lot of stimulation can lead to fear-related aggression, resulting in a dog fight. Instead, consider "playdates" with dogs (and their responsible owners) you and your dog already know well.

• Pay attention to your dog—don't let your animal wander on the other side of the dog park while you chat with human friends.

• Keep big dogs from bullying smaller dogs—or smaller dogs from bullying larger dogs!

• If your dog does get into an altercation with another dog, address the issue immediately. Some people might not know what to do, get embarrassed, or laugh it off. Own the situation, and accept the fact your dog might be the aggressor.

• Some dog parks do not allow children, and for good reason. Dog parks exist first for dogs, and not all dogs are great around kids. (Also, dog parks are not the place to go if you are trying to help your child lose a fear of dogs.)

• If the dog park is gated, open only one gate at a time.

• Dogs who aren't fixed make puppies. Remember that.

• Follow all posted rules! 

A little human etiquette on behalf of their doggie friends goes a long way! 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Perfectly Polished in a Year

As the school year winds down, so does another year of Perfectly Polished - the business we have loved and nurtured since 1986. It's the perfect time to reflect on some of our favorite memories of the 2012-2013 school year. In no particular order:

Working with the Ron Clark Academy....The Mystery Mistletoe Dinner Dance with the seventh graders....Training Week!...The Three-Course Dining Tutorial, where even the children had a great time (really!)...The Cotillion Club Tea Dance with the eighth graders....Our Valentine's Dance....The Spring Formal....Watching our students and staff keep cool on Conan!

We can't wait to see what the next school year brings!