Sit, Stay, Good Dog!

Get Plenty of Play, Training and Enrichment for Your Furry Friends at PetSuites

Article by Amanda Stout

Photography by Cathy Lyons – Lyons Photography

Originally published in Loveland Lifestyle

As a pet parent, you want your dog or cat to be safe, happy and, above all else, healthy. At PetSuites, they promise to provide a personalized, secure and loving environment for your pets—not to mention memorable service for you. 

PetsSuites began in Erlanger, Kentucky, and their Mason location off Kings Mills Rd just celebrated its first anniversary. Their state-of-the-art resorts are colorful, inviting and sparkling clean, always ready for countless hours of enrichment for their four-legged guests. And they’re growing—a new PetSuites resort is being built in Liberty Township with a tentative October opening. 

The PetSuites resort experience offers tons of options—including luxurious suites, double-level cat condos, grooming, training, playtime with dog pals or one-on-one time with their Pet Pros. No matter your pet’s temperament, there’s a tailored boarding or daycare experience for every furry friend.

For new puppy parents or frisky fidos that need a little extra support, PetSuites Mason has a variety of training options as well as tips to promote safety and good dog manners. 

Dog-Friendly Training
Carrie Downey, PetSuites Mason’s general manager, started her PetSuites career as a certified dog trainer. Her advice? It’s never too early to start training. 

“I’m a big believer in setting your dog up for success—because then you’re setting yourself up for success, too,” she says. 

Eight-week-old pups can start group training sessions with Puppy Kindergarten, then move on to their Good Dog Manners classes. After completing their training, dogs can test for the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Certificate. 

If your dog needs to brush up on some skills or is picking up bad habits, consider a one-on-one session with their full-time trainer, Katie New, or add tutoring to your daycare or boarding stays. Katie also offers seminars just for pet parents, including potty training tips and tricks. Some techniques are best learned in a classroom setting to help set the knowledge base so training practice can happen at home. 

“You can teach an old dog new tricks! It’s a matter of meeting them where they are and teaching them that training is fun,” Carrie describes. 

PetSuites’s policy is to only use positive reinforcement. “It’s all about creating a positive connotation to the relationship between you and your pet. That sets a great precedent for good behavior and recognition,” she explains. 

Key Canine Commands
Look: The “look” command is one of the best ways to teach your dog to avoid potentially dangerous situations. If they get away from you, using the “look” command instantly focuses their attention. “That’s the very first thing to start teaching your dog,” shares Carrie. 

Place: PetSuites is also partnering with local breweries like Cartridge and Sonder to teach dogs good patio manners. “Our trainers visit dog-friendly patios and help reinforce good manners such as the ‘place’ command,” she says. “‘Place’ helps your dog learn that good things happen when they go to a specific spot and stay. Their human can then sit with friends and enjoy a beer without their dog lunging or pulling.” 

Focus/Recall: If your dog learns good focus and recall, you can get them away from a busy street or a dog that may not be so friendly. “Training is beneficial for any dog and their human’s quality of life. Routine and regimen can build a dog’s confidence and help prevent dangerous situations,” Carrie explains.

Best of all, PetSuites Mason is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for daycare and boarding, plus enrichment activities like play, grooming and training. It’s easy to book through their app and keep track of your pet through features like “paw-gress” reports, photos and video snippet updates. Ready to treat your four-legged fave to a resort stay or service visit? Woof! | 2690 Water Park Drive, Mason | 513.201.7956

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