Joseph A. Chilcote is a personal dog trainer for clients in east central Pa. He is also a dog-boarding host to clients of DogVacay. Let Joe show you the difference between just boarding your dog with a sitter and boarding your pet with an experienced handler who takes the time to work with your dog and has the experience to tackle any problem that pops up. Amazing things can happen when your dog returns to life in a pack, even if you think your pet can be a little dog aggressive.
At DogVacay, you can "instantly" book your dates. That makes booking quick and easy for returning clients!
First Things First!
"Meet and Greets" (M&G) are important (and mandatory) for dogs and owners. The meet-up is primarily for the dog(s) to get acquainted with Heidi in a neutral location with Joe. During this time, the dog owner can get a sense of what to expect. Owners are able to ask Joe any questions they may have about boarding and/or training their dogs.
Joe loves to talk dogs! He is all about their mental well-being and happiness during their stay and beyond. If you are experiencing a particular behavioral problem with your pet, mention it to Joe and he can work on it while your woof is in his care!
All meet and greets and drop-offs for boarding take place at:
Quarry Park, 7991 Quarry Rd, Alburtis, PA 18011. This is where the dogs have a chance to get acquainted, work off the day's energy and play.
**(be aware they changed the name from Lower Macungie Township Park but for some reason neglected to take down the old sign. They now have 2 different signs)!
Quarry Park is where your pup will be spending socialization and exercise time during their stay! This park is one of the biggest parks in the state and is, hands down, the best place locally to take the dogs out for fresh air, fun and exercise! A tired dog is a happy dog! We have two to three dog-run sessions per day at the park. The importance of socialization and exercise cannot be overstated. They sleep better, digest food better, eliminate better and get along better. Pack-runs help canines of all ages and sizes maintain good mental and physical well being. Of course, we plan accordingly if your dog is very old or has physical problems. Fear not!
Joe Chilcote has 49 years experience with dogs of all kinds. After being around canines for that long, suffice it to say, Joe knows dogs! All are welcome. The only exceptions are non-housebroken dogs or non-spayed females in heat, for obvious reasons. If the dog is "red zone" (extremely aggressive or attack prone) with humans or other animals, that is not going to work, However, mild aggressiveness can be dealt with and likely cured while here.
Joe is a dog-speaking-specialist! He has a patient understanding with them and deals with each dog on their own personal level of consciousness. While here, Joe provides your pup with some free, light training. He zero's in on any apparent bad habits of each dog and works to correct them. Joe also looks for hidden insecurities, fears, moderate aggressive behavior and other problems that bar a dog from being a calm, mentally balanced member of the pack. "Dog's, like children, need structure, guidance and socialization. We need to establish and maintain the boundaries of acceptable vs. unacceptable behaviour. The absence creates confusion and uncertainty and affects the balance and unity of the entire pack.” Firm structure, loving care and cohesion of the pack is why dogs love being here and quite often, hate to leave! It’s a little like doggie boot camp complete with a routine, exercise, basic training, socialization, all with a mixture of firmness and love. Many good things can happen when your dog stays with Joe!
When home with Joe, the dogs are all together in a little pack, free to explore, play with each other, lounge, take a nap chase a ball or chomp on a Kong. They are free to roam around at all times. No cages just comfort, play and sleep!
** You may bring a small cage if the dog "really needs it." Other than that, one bowl and enough food for their stay is all you need to bring. If they have a favorite sleeping pad you can bring that along but it isn’t really necessary.
In closing, when you need a safe and happy place for your dogs to stay when you go away that have no cages and are cared for 24/7, call Joe Chilcote.
Bookings fill fast all through the year. Please don't put off a booking until the last minute. We only take so many at one time. Thanks for reading and have a woofin' great day!
INTERESTED IN FORMAL TRAINING? (an additional Service)
** Addressing Special Problems or Breaking Undesirable Behavior.
Ten years ago, Joe started working with owners and their dogs in a personal training capacity. "Many people adopt rescues only to find out later that they added a problem-child to the family and don't know what to do. Sometimes, the relationship distorts familial harmony and adds stress and worry to the "pack" and that isn't good for we humans or our doggies." Every dog is different as is every person. Our goal is to bring balance to the dog and new skills and techniques to their owners.
You can - but don't have to board your dog with us during training. However, if you feel you need to have some intensive training for your pup, boarding them with us will yield a faster and more cost effective training process. In this case, we would recommend one to three or more weeks, depending on the problems.
Joe loves the challenges of correcting mentally unbalanced animals or dogs with bad habits and unacceptable behavior. He takes a lot of pride in helping dogs find inner peace, both in their world and ours.
Joe can be reached through DogVacay and is happy to answer any questions you may have.
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