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 arises. "Amazing things can happen when your dog experiences life in a pack," Even if you think your pet can be a little dog-aggressive, it's okay.
Repeat clients come to understand the importance of booking with Joe early. They bookmark his DogVacay site profile on their browser and in a snap, at any time of the year, our clients can "instantly book" their Vacay dates! That knocks out the grueling task of combing through a hundred hosts and/or kennels, searching for just the right place to leave your woof while you are away!
"First Things First!"
"Meet and Greets" (M&G) for new clients 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 dog(s).
All meet and greets and drop-offs for boarding take place at:
QUARRY PARK, 7991 QUARRY PARK, ALBURTIS PA 18011. This is where the dogs have a chance to get acquainted in a neutral location, work off a little energy and play.
"What Your Dog(s) Does While You Are Gone"
A tired dog is a happy dog! Quarry Park is where your pup will be spending socialization and exercise time during their stay! This 14 acre park is one of the biggest parks locally. It's a great place for dogs to get fresh air, have fun and get copious amounts of exercise! 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 and eliminate better. It also aids in maintaining a calm, submissive mental balance.
Joe Chilcote has 49 years experience with dogs of all kinds. 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 of canines 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 behavior. 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!
At 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.
"A Short Read About The History and Background of the Dog"
All dogs originated from the wolf, where pack-life and pack structure rule the day. For the wolf, well established instincts of pack structure often meant the difference between life and death. Any wolf driven from the pack and on his own would, in time, surely perish. Duels for dominance are quite a bloody affair but create one winner and one loser. The winner becomes the pack-leader and all the rest are just happy to fall in line!
Man has bred and cross-bred dogs for thousands of years to take advantage of the characteristics of certain breeds for a multitude of different purposes. Still, pack structure - though not as important for food and safety as it was in a wolf pack, is forever etched in the DNA make-up of all breeds.
In the mind of the dog there has to be pack structure. There must be a known "pack leader." The rest are followers, or subordinates. It's black or white with no shades of grey! Living with humans, either we lead or the dog will see us as weak and will most certainly fill the void by taking over the pack himself. This creates a problem in most households where the dog seems becomes unmanageable and guess what? It's our fault! Domesticated dogs have to be taught that in the human pack, the dog is (or should be) at the bottom - not the top. In reality it is a much better place to be. There's much less stress and tension that an alpha faces. Think of it as a business. A worker just needs to do the job he was hired to do. No problem. He is the pack subordinate, but the boss is the pack leader and is responsible for meeting the daily challenges of keeping doors open, meeting payroll, hiring and firing, sales, paying the taxes and healthcare and keeping the business profitable. That's why most people are employees and not employers. Who wants the extra stress? Well, unless you are fiercely driven to be a pack leader!
If a little bell went off in your head and you think your dog might feel he is your family's pack leader, it may be time to hire Joe to reprogram your woof! Scan down to the bottom)
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.
NOTE: Please don't put off booking until the last minute. We only accept so many dogs at one time!
INTERESTED IN FORMAL TRAINING?
** 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 at 610-349-4035 and is happy to answer any questions you may have.
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