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By carlsoncani15001672, Dec 20 2016 07:33PM

As the holiday season is upon us, we encourage you to shop local. Carlson Canine Camp offers a variety of items for your favorite canines and their friends, including seasonal toys, treats and food. Gift certificates are available in any amount and can be redeemed for boarding, daycare, grooming, training and retail services.

Also, our new classes begin the week of January 9, 2017. We will be offering our traditional favorites in puppy and beginning obedience and have also added a therapy dog and rally class this session. See our training page for additional information or pick up a schedule in our office.

By carlsoncani15001672, Nov 25 2016 07:30PM

Hi everyone! We hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and ate too much.

Sue will be hosting a coloring party on 11/26/2016 at 4:00PM at Carlson Canine Camp. If you have children, or know children, who are related to dogs that attend daycare, please feel free to bring them! The kids will be coloring pages for a book that Sue is writing about the adventures of doggy care, and the profits will be donated to various dog rescues such as Guardian Angel Bassett Rescue and Midwest Mastiff Rescue. Snacks and coloring materials will be provided.

Carlson Canine Camp is currently looking to hire part time office help. The hours available are Friday from 9:00AM to 5:30PM, and Saturday from 8:00AM to 1:00PM. Additional hours working in the kennels, as well as in daycare, will be developed into the position at a later date. Applications are available in the office.

Our kennels, as well as grooming appointments fill up fast over the holiday season! Don't forget to schedule your dog’s appointment. Call us at 815-235-1500 to make your reservation.

Turkey Tip: Do not feed left-over turkey bones to your dogs. The bones can splinter, and can seriously injure your dog. If you would like to get your dog a bone, either a milk bone, or an antler is a great choice.

Jan's Advice: Keep an eye out on your dog as you're putting up your Christmas tree. They can snag an ornament off of the tree and choke on it. Live trees also can present a hazard. If your dog drinks the stagnant water for a live tree, this can cause diarrhea as the water is a great place for bacteria to grow. For more information on holiday safety tips, check out

Our holiday merchandise has arrived! We have received Christmas themed Zuke's treats (Turkey with cranberry sauce flavor), as well as Santa and ginger bread man toys. Stop in today to pick up your dogs Christmas presents!

Are you looking to get a Bassett hound mix puppy? Guardian Angel Bassett Hound Rescue has several young puppies available, as well as adults. For more information, visit their website or stop by our office and pick up a flyer.

If your dog has a standing reservation for daycare, but your schedule will change over the holidays, please let us know! It is very helpful when you call ahead to cancel a standing reservation if your dog won't be attending daycare, so that we can have an open spot for another dog.

Thank you for being amazing customers.

Carlson Canine Camp

By carlsoncani15001672, Nov 11 2016 08:14PM

Hello Everyone! We hope everyone had a good week, and took the opportunity to both vote AND thank a veteran on Veteran's Day.

Our obedience classes have started again, and we are so excited to begin working with our new students. If you were interested in a training course, but didn't get to sign up this session, a new session will begin in January of 2017. We do offer individual sessions, as well as a board and train option, where you can have your dog trained while it is staying with us.

Would you like to have your dog groomed for the holidays? It is not too early to schedule a grooming appointment for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. Dogs must be current on their Distemper, Rabies, and a 6month Bordetella shot before they can schedule an appointment.

We have our holiday hours available now! On Thanksgiving 11/24/2016 we will be closed, and on Black Friday 11/25/2016 we will be open from 7:00AM to 5:30PM. On Christmas Eve 12/24/2016 we will be open from 8:00AM to 1:00PM, and on Christmas Day 12/25/2016 we will be closed. For New Year's Eve 12/31/2016 we will be open from 8:00AM to 1:00PM, and New Year's Day 01/01/2017 we will be open from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.

Jan's Advice: Trim your dog's toenails regularly! All too often people do not trim their dogs nails, and they will become too long, and can damage furniture, and become painful for the dogs to walk on. Even if your dog does not like having it done, it still needs to be done. If your dog does not like their nails trimmed, you can play with their feet regularly to help get them used to having their feet handled. Praise them and give them treats when they let you play with their feet. By learning that it is ok to let people touch their feet, they will become less irritated when your trim their nails.

Although it is getting colder, fleas are still an issue that dog owners must deal with. It is important to keep using a flea preventative on your dog all year round, not just during the summer months. If your dog does get fleas, our groomers can give them a flea bath to kill the fleas. You must follow this up by washing all of your bedding, as well as your dogs, and cleaning anything else that your dogs likes to sleep near. It can be helpful to also use a flea bomb in your home. If you do not follow up by killing all of the flea eggs, this cycle of having fleas will never end.

Sue will be hosting a drawing party at CCC on Saturday 11/26/2016, starting at 4:00PM for kids related to the dogs that come to daycare to draw pictures for her book. For more information, please contact Sue Becker through her Facebook account.

Carlson Canine Camp would like to thank all of the Veterans who have fought to protect our country over the years! Your service is truly appreciated by everyone, and without your service our country would not be as safe as it is.

Carlson Canine Camp

By carlsoncani15001672, Nov 5 2016 02:43PM

Hello everyone, we hope your November started out on the right paw.

Thank you to all of our contestants in the Halloween Costume Contest! Our first place winner was Rookie Kerchner, in second place was Maizee Hayes, and our third place winners were Dayzie and Jazzy Fortney.

Our next obedience class session will begin the week of November 7th, and run through the week of December 22nd. Training classes are a great way to bond with your dog while teaching them to be the companion that you want them to be. If you don't train them, you can't blame them for acting up. The training schedule is available either in our store, or on our website ( Dogs who participate in classes need to be up to date on their 6 month Bordetella, Distemper, and Rabies.

If you would like to train your dog, but don't have the time to do it yourself, we do have a board and train option. When you leave your dog to be boarded with us, it will be trained by Jan and Darla during your trip. If you were thinking of going away over Christmas, and would like to have your dog trained, by doing a board and train you would be able to come home to a well trained dog.

Does your dog get bored at home while you're at work all day? Are you looking for a safe place for your dog to play and interact with other dogs? If so, you may be interested in our doggy daycare service. This is where dogs will come to camp during the day to play with other dogs while supervised by their camp councilors. This service does require that you call ahead to see if we have an opening, and does not allow drop ins. Dogs must also be spayed or neutered to participate.

Jan's Advice: If you're worried about how your dog will behave while having company over this holiday season, try crate training your dog. By having your dog be comfortable in their crate, when you have guests over and then put them into the crate it will not feel like a punishment. If they cry in their crate, wait until they stop crying before taking them out of the crate. If you take them out of the crate while they are crying, they learn that if they cry long enough they will eventually get what they want.

If you have a question for Jan that you would like to see answered in Jan's advice section, please don't hesitate to ask! Questions can be asked in the comment section of our blog, or written on a form in our store.

Lastly, GO CUBS GO!

Thank you for being amazing customers, and allowing us to work with your dogs.

Carlson Canine Camp

By carlsoncani15001672, Nov 5 2016 02:39PM

Happy Halloween! We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

Don't forget to vote for your favorite entry in our Facebook Halloween Costume Contest! To vote, simply like the photo of your favorite contestant or costume. The photo with the most likes will be the winner of a $50 gift card to Carlson Canine Camp!

Our next session of training classes will begin the week of November 7th, so don't forget to sign up! To participate in the training classes, dogs must be up to date on Rabies and Distemper, as well as a 6 month Bordetella shot. We are asking that all class participants provide proof of vaccinations before the class starts. Class schedules are available in our office, or on our website:

With the holidays swiftly arriving, it is not too early to sign up for either boarding or grooming appointments. Call us at 815-235-1500 to book your appointment today.

Are you looking for a high quality food for your dog that is free of fillers? If so, we have three high quality dog food brands available in our retail store that are filler free. They are Premium Edge, Taste of the Wild, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. These three brands come highly recommended from Jan, and are always kept in stock. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us about any of these foods.

Jan's Advice: Keep your Halloween candy away from your dog! It is very important that your dog does not eat human candy, as it contains many ingredients that can be toxic to dogs. Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs, as well as a common ingredient in sugar free candy called xylitol. Also, please be careful and make sure that your dog does not run out the door when there are trick or treaters and it is open. To prevent this, either keep your dog in a crate, a different room, or on a leash with you. This can be used as a training opportunity, as you can work on keeping your dog quiet and polite at the door, or in a different room, with a sit and stay. Be sure to praise your dog for being good when they are quiet for trick or treaters.

We have two special visitors in our kennel this week, Alpha & Beta. These two male Australian Shepherds are about 13 months old, and looking for foster homes. If you or someone you know would be interested in fostering either of these dogs, they are available through the rescue Australian Shepherds Furever. To learn more, you can visit their website at:

One of our employees, Sue, has been writing a book about the adventures of dogs in daycare. The profits of the book will go towards helping local dog rescues. If you have a child, or know a child who is connected to a dog in daycare, they can draw a picture that will be included in the book. For more information Sue can be contacted on her Facebook page, under Sue Becker.

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