Finding Alcala just got a bit easier

Yahoo! recently introduced Search Monkey, a feature that allows users to customize their search results. You can add little applications for your favorite web sites and they will have increased information and functionality when they appear in a search result.

Alcala Pet Care search monkey example

Alcala Pet Care now has a Search Monkey application to make it even easier to contact us and make a reservation.  Simply visit the San Diego Dog Information application and click the Add Enhanced Results button. There’s nothing for you to download or install on your computer. It’s just telling Yahoo that you would like to see more information about Alcala whenever it appears in a search result.

Dog vaccination schedules by Dr. Jean Dobbs

puppies-grassDr. Jean Dobbs is not one to follow the pack when it comes to animal health. She’s opened minds about hyperthyroidism, animal blood banks, and the most effective vaccination protocols for your pets. Unlike other veterinarians; Dobbs recommends fewer vaccinations with strategic timing, rather than an annual series of shots.

The Jean Dobb’s vaccination schedule has been published many times on the internet. Alcala Pet Care requires the industry standard vaccinations, and rabies is required by law. However, we will honor the alternative vaccination schedule, with written notification from your veterinarian. Rabies, however, is always required. Your dog must have a current bordatella vaccination before visiting a kennel, play park, or daycare facility.

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Alcala playtime in Dog Park

Alcala playtime in Dog Park

Alcala playtime in Dog Park, originally uploaded by Jim Lockwood.

Alcala Pet Care features a large, 1/2 acre fenced in park for our big guests to run and play. Large, friendly dogs love to play ball together and are always supervised.

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We also have a more intimate park for our smaller guests. It also has lots of grass, is fenced in, secure, and inviting. Big or small, your dogs love to play at Alcala Pet Care

Puppy Socialization in Encinitas

When we first moved to Encinitas, to start Alcala Pet Care in 1975, the main reason was to have a place for our Bichon Frises and Poodles. As active exhibitors of Bichons and Miniature Poodles, it was very important to socialize the puppies. It was and still is important to “get your puppy out!”

Often we would just take them to any grass area with lots of people. Because they were white fluffy dogs, people would come over to admire and pet them.
Poodle puppy

Socializing your puppies today

More people, cars, dogs and laws have added a new dimension. With the coming of coffee houses and outside seating  it is easier to find places to go and bring your dog. Still there are guidelines and common sense involved.

  • Be prepared to clean up after your puppy. Small plastic grocery bags and paper towels are a good way to start.
  • Stay away from aggressive dogs and those that are too big for your puppy. This must be a good experience for both of you. Start out slow and work up to more complex situations.
  • Wait until your puppy is at least 3 months old before visiting dog parks. Your puppy’s immune system needs to develop and an early introduction to a wide variety of dogs will encourages the spread of bordatella and other common ailments.

Areas to socialize your puppy in Encinitas

The first two places that come to mind are Critter’s Corner where the Bichon Bash was held. It is located off Requeza at 389 Requeza St. (From Alcala Pet Care, take El Camino Real to Encinitas Blvd. Left on Westpark. Head towards the freeway and immediately before you would go over the freeway go left at the signs.) Critter’s Corner is immediately behind the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

The second place is a park I have heard about but not gone to on Encinitas Blvd. west of the freeway and towards Vulcan Street and Pac. Coast Highway. I have forgotten the name but believe it is on the right hand side as you head west. Maybe someone can help us out here with more places, a good project for an adventurous pair.