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Paws & Pals-Readers’ Choice Best Kennel & Boarding Facility!

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We are so excited! Hundreds of readers took time to vote for their favorite community businesses.

The results are in and Lakeville voted Paws & Pals their favorite kennel & boarding facility!


Thank you to everyone that voted!

Paws & Pals belongs to the IBPSA

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Did you know that Paws & Pals is one of only two Pet Care facilities in Minnesota that belongs to the International Boarding and Pet Services Association? IBPSA is a trade association serving the pet care service industry. Members include traditional & non-traditional providers such as: boarding facilities, veterinarians, groomers, trainers, pet sitters, doggie daycares, pet massage, and holistic care just to name a few.

IBPSA provides world class training and education as well as access to the latest products, trends, and information needed to be a high-quality Pet Care provider. We are very proud that all of our Pet Care staff has achieved Level 1 Canine certifications through the IBPSA and will be working toward completing Level 2 by this summer. We want you to know that we’re committed to having a caring, professionally trained and knowledgeable staff so that your dog will only receive the best care possible!


How to Love Your Dog

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Shar-Pei Puppy with a Single Rose in his MouthChildren (and adults too) often want to show love to dogs the way we show love to each other, through hugs and kisses. Dogs do not naturally understand this, or even enjoy it. Hugs and face-to-face contact can be very threatening to dogs. The dog may tolerate this for a while, but at some point may bite or snap to protect himself once he has exhausted all his means of more subtle warning. Some dogs do enjoy a hug from a special person, if it is on their terms and done with some extra scratching on the chest. Few, if any dogs enjoy hugs the way young children do this, which is to clasp around the neck and hang on. Parents should teach their children to avoid face-to-face contact with any dog (even their own dog) and to show love to the dog in ways other than hugging and kissing.

Doggone Safe and Paws & Pals offer the following suggestions about how to love your dog in a way that the dog will appreciate.

Touch Your Dog

Invite your dog to come to you for attention. If your dog turns away or moves away, respect his wishes and leave him alone. Many dogs like to be near you, but not necessarily to be touched.

Scratch your dog on the side of the neck or on his chest.

Avoid hugs and kisses. People enjoy this, but most dogs don’t like hugs and kisses. They might tolerate it, but few actually enjoy it.         no_hugs1

Invite your dog to sit with you while your read or watch TV. Let him lean on you or put his head on your lap on his terms.

Some dogs enjoy a scratch behind the ears. Most dogs don’t enjoy hands coming down on the top of their heads.

Pet your dog and then stop. If he tries to get you continue then you will know he likes it.

Play With Your Dog

Play games like fetch and hide and seek that do not involve chasing or rough play.

Take your dog for lots of walks.

Understand Your Dog

Learn to read dog body language so that you can understand what your dog is trying to tell you.

A happy dog pants and wags his tail loosely. He may wag all over.

An anxious dog might show a half moon of white in his eye or he may lick his lips or yawn. He may turn his head away or walk away. He wants to be left alone.

A dog that suddenly goes stiff and still is very dangerous and might be ready to bite.

A dog with his mouth closed and ears forward and/or with his tail held high is busy thinking about something and does not want to be bothered.

Visit for more information about dog bite prevention, dog body language or to take an online course.

Reward Your Dog

Look for things your dog does right and give him a treat or praise, petting or play. Never hit or yell at your dog.

Give your dog a stuffed Kong™ or other long lasting chew treat to enjoy while he lies on a mat or in a crate.