moosie

Summer Dog Training Challenge!

00Uncategorized

We’re kicking off a fun new dog training challenge to inspire you to work hard and train your dog this summer. We know it can be tempting to kick back and relax. But just because school is out for the human kiddos doesn’t mean it’s out for your dog!

Here’s how this works: participate in classes and activities to earn stars. The more stars you earn, the more goodies you’ll receive!

This challenge runs from June 1st through August 31st. If you’ve already done cool stuff with us this month, don’t panic – we’re going to award stars retroactively!

How to Earn Stars

In a calendar week (Sunday through Saturday):

  • 1 star for the first class you attend, 2 stars for the second class, 3 stars for the third class, 4 stars for the fourth class, 5 stars for the fifth class… & 1 star for posting about the challenge on social media & tagging us! (@xbonesdog on Facebook & Instagram)
  • 2 stars for attending any Workshop.
  • 1 star for passing any AKC test:
    STAR Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine (CGCA), CGC Urban (CGC), and each level of AKC Trick Dog!
  • 1 bonus star for taking an advanced level class for the first time:
    Recall Mastery, Power Walking, CGC Prep, Performance Fundamentals, Agility Skill Building, Agility Competition Prep, Trick Skill Building.
    (You get a star for attending the class AND an extra star for taking something new for the first time!)
  • 1 star for earning an agility title in any organization.
    (Had to throw in a little something for my sport dog peeps!)

Prizes

Here’s what you and your dog can earn!

  • 5 stars = poop bag roll
  • 10 stars = clicker
  • 20 stars = one ear chew (lamb ear, pig ear, or cow ear)
  • 30 stars = Earth Animal No Hide chew of your choice
  • 40 stars = bag of treats of your choice
  • 50 stars = Benebone OR Happy Howie’s roll of your choice

A special prize will be awarded to the dog & handler team who earn the MOST stars by the end of the challenge.

Registration Raffles

We want to encourage you to sign up early & get started earning stars. So, each dog & handler team will have one raffle ticket toward each of the following raffles as long as they have earned at least one star!

Sign up before 6/22: A food-dispensing toy of your choice!
Sign up before 6/29: A bonus Single Class Pass!

Summer Dog Training Challenge
A goodie basket from a previous challenge

Star Raffles

Each dog & handler team will have one raffle ticket per star toward the following raffles. The more stars you earn, the more chances you have to win!

  • 6/30: Goodie basket with $75 worth of retail items!
  • 7/31: Goodie basket with $75 worth of retail items!
  • 8/31: Goodie basket with $75 worth of retail items!

Ready to sign up?

There are three ways to do it. You can sign up in person at any class with us, via text at 401-330-5892 (yes, you can now text your dog trainers!), or by e-mailing the front desk team at woof@crossbonesdog.com. Whatever floats your boat!

Disclaimer: All prizes must be picked up by the end of the day on 9/13/2019. None will be mailed. Prizes limited to stock on hand in our retail store; no rainchecks or substitutions.

Now Enrolling: Educational Dog Daycare in Providence, RI

00Uncategorized
Educational Dog Daycare at Crossbones Dog Academy in Providence, RI

After four years of offering Puppy Day School for puppies in Providence, we’re thrilled to announce we now offer daycare for all dogs! Our Educational Daycare program launched April 1st and our team is having a blast working with the dogs each day.

What is Educational Daycare?

What does Educational Daycare mean? Each dog in our program is expected to demonstrate basic manners every day, like sitting for attention and to go through gates, and sitting or hand-targeting for rewards. As a result, dogs don’t practice undesirable behavior, like jumping on gates or people or excessive barking. (If your dog struggles with these skills, refresh them first. For example, you could practice around other dogs in Flex Classes. Or, have us do the training for you in an Intensive Training Program.)

Educational Dog Daycare at Crossbones Dog Academy in Providence, RI

We maintain a low dog-to-handler ratio (10-to-1) so your dog gets plenty of one-on-one attention. Our handlers use positive reinforcement with the dogs they supervise. No spray bottles or rattle paddles here! Dogs in Educational Daycare rotate between different activities. They include crated nap time, exploring a fenced-in outdoor space, indoor play time, and small group fetch or recalls in our training hall.

Is Educational Daycare right for me?

This program is not for everyone. Educational Daycare is for owners who are committing to having us provide social time, mental stimulation, exercise, and enrichment for their dogs on a regular basis. It’s a safe alternative to off-leash dog parks and more comprehensive than a stroll around the block with a dog walker.

Does your dog like people and other dogs? Dogs attending Educational Daycare should be social or neutral toward other dogs and friendly with people. If not, this program won’t be a good fit for your dog.

Educational Daycare is not a training program. Our staff maintains training you have already completed, but does not teach new skills. (However, that’s something we offer in Intensive Training Programs.) Also, all dogs need to be comfortable in a crate so they can rest up during nap time.

If you’re looking for a place to drop your dog off once or twice a month, that’s not something we offer. Educational Daycare is for owners who understand that dogs need consistent socialization and exercise. And if you’re looking for the cheapest place in the city to get your dog out of the house for the day, we aren’t it. We pride ourselves on paying our employees a living wage.

Get Started

Are you ready to try our refreshed approach to dog daycare? Come join us! To get started, book an evaluation online. Or, if you have any questions, contact us!

Spring Forth Dog Academy is now Crossbones Dog Academy!

00Uncategorized
Crossbones Dog Academy Logo | Providence, RI

New year, new name. (Same shade of orange.) New for 2019: Spring Forth Dog Academy is now Crossbones Dog Academy!

So much has changed since Dan and I chose our business name “Spring Forth” in 2010. It was a play on words (think Springer Spaniel) accompanied by my pencil drawing of Tessie jumping. The logo was very personal.

Crossbones is a business name and logo combination I originally came up with in 2013. For a period of time, I used it as a brand while teaching agility classes in Rhode Island. (In fact, some of those students are still taking classes with me today!) I always loved the concept of Crossbones, but was afraid to take the leap and rebrand.

The biggest change in our business, one we never saw coming, is that it grew from two people to an entire team of trainers and support staff. As a result, we decided to update our brand to Crossbones. We wanted to reflect the spirit of how our organization has grown over the past eight years.

Our Evolution

People pursue careers in the dog industry because they want to make a difference for dogs. For example, a lot of people start out training dogs as a hobby, and then open a small business to teach lessons a couple nights each week. But in order to do that, they have to also devote time to marketing, administrative duties, and all the legal mumbo-jumbo that goes along with being a small business owner.

As we gained experience as dog professionals, we had an “a-ha moment.” The way to make the biggest impact was to assemble a group of talented, committed people who also understood that by teaming up with us, they could accomplish more. Our trainers can spend more time working with dogs and owners because our administrative team and facility assistants take care of everything else. In a nutshell: more time with dogs, less time in an office. As a result, we each help far more dogs and owners than we could if we all operated as one-man bands.

This summer, our team collaborated to put our ethos into words. We created a mission statement and list of core values that inspire us to show up each day and do our best. And in the spirit of new year’s resolutions, we’re sharing it in the hopes that it inspires you, too. 

MISSION STATEMENT: We provide exceptional care and a positive education for dogs and their owners.

Our Values

We model & encourage responsible dog ownership.

We provide enrichment & socialization opportunities for all dogs.

We teach effective, positive dog training techniques to strengthen dog & owner relationships.

We make an impact in our community by educating & supporting dog owners & team members.

We make a difference in the lives of dogs & their owners through education, empathy, & creative problem solving.

We work as a team, and believe that by supporting one another we can bring out the best in each individual.

We are a fiscally responsible company that provides a living wage to our team members.

We treat everyone with fairness, kindness, and respect and promote open communication.

We provide a clean & safe environment for clients, team members, & dogs to enjoy.

STAR Puppy Challenge Giveaway!

00Events, Puppies

AKC STAR Puppy Testing in Providence, RI | Spring Forth Dog AcademyHave you heard about our STAR Puppy Challenge?

This year, we have challenged our training team to promote responsible dog ownership, puppy socialization, and early commitment to training through the AKC STAR Puppy program. This program is open to all puppies under one year of age. Our goal is for 25 of our students’ puppies to pass the test.

To do that, we’re challenging you to commit to our STAR Puppy Challenge and give your puppy the training and socialization she deserves.

To take the test, you must first attend six manners classes in our Flex Class program with your puppy. The test will assess your commitment to care for your puppy (veterinary care, identification, exercise plan), your puppy’s behavior in a social environment with other dogs and people, and your puppy’s age-appropriate progress toward good manners (behaviors like sit, loose leash walking, and coming when called).

So far, 22 puppies have passed the STAR Puppy test at Spring Forth Dog Academy in 2018!

We’re so close to hitting our goal, and hope to finish the year strong and exceed it! We want to help as many new owners get their puppies off to a great start as we possibly can.

Giveaway Time!

So, we’ve put together a little something extra…

STAR Puppy Challenge

This gift basket from our retail boutique contains $150 worth of products, including made-in-the USA toys by West Paw, treats from Happy Howie’s, Rocco & Roxie jerky sticks, a 20′ long line for training recalls, Primal pork liver munchies, and more!

On Tuesday, October 9th we will pick one lucky STAR Puppy Challenge participant to win this basket of goodies.

If your pup’s name is already on the STAR Puppy board in our lobby, you’re already entered! If you haven’t committed to the STAR Puppy Challenge yet, just get in touch with us. (It’s free!) We’ll add you to the board. As you take classes & learn new skills, we’ll fill in the star stickers on the chart for everyone to see. And once you’ve taken six manners classes with your pup, we can test you after class.

All puppies who pass the test get a medallion from us and have their picture taken to be featured on our Instagram and Facebook pages…

AKC STAR Puppy - Charm the Miniature American Shepherd

(Isn’t Charm just the cutest?)

Participation in the STAR Puppy Challenge is totally free! It’s included in your Flex Pass, so you don’t have to pay to sign up or take the test. (There is a nominal fee ($10) when you submit your paperwork to the American Kennel Club.)

So, to recap:

Benefits of Signing Up for the STAR Puppy Challenge:

  • your dog will learn some manners & be even more fun to be around
  • you’ll get some quality bonding time with your pup
  • chance to win a bunch of great stuff
  • get a cute picture of your dog wearing a hat
  • really cool medallion

Drawbacks of Signing Up for the STAR Puppy Challenge:

  • can’t think of any!

It seems pretty clear to us… if you’re ready to commit to starting your puppy off right, pick a Flex Class Pass and come join us!