News and Upcoming Events

No play groups this Friday – July 5th

We are so glad that our play groups have been such a hit! Thank you so much for everyone who has attended! We just wanted to remind everyone that their are no playgroups this Friday due to the 4th of July holiday. We hope to see you all next Friday!

June Newsletter

Can you believe its June 1st already! We book up quick for the summer so make sure to book your reservations now. As much as we hope to see all of your pets this summer, we thought it would be nice to give you some ideas of things to do with your pet while the weather is warm.

10 Ideas for summer

1.) Dine out with your dog. Summer = patio season, which means dining al fresco with your dog. Get out of the kitchen and take a stroll with your best furry friend to the nearest dog welcoming spot with outdoor seating. If your dog has questionable table manners, grab some take-out and head to the park instead.

2.) Be a tourist in your own town! A surprising number of historical sites, museums, and art parks are dog friendly, allowing well behaved, leashed dogs to visit.

3.) Take a trip to the lake or beach! There are so many local beaches & lakes that allow dogs on & off leash. A few examples; Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore, Fort Funston in San Francisco, and Monterey State Beach.

4.) Take your dog on a drive-in movie date! Yes, you may have to journey to San Jose or Concord but a night at the drive-ins means the whole family can come along.

5.) Go Camping! Many state park campsites HGH allow dogs provided they are on leash.

6.) Host a BBQ party! Time outside with friends and family and the promise of sneaked bits of meat. Doggie heaven, plain and simple!

7.) Hit the Farmers Market. One of our favorite summer activities that both you and your dog can enjoy.

8.) Start a walking group! A great way to get in some exercise for you and your pup.

9.) Friday night play group! That’s right, we are currently hosting a puppy playgroup every Friday night from 6-7pm and a small dog playgroup from 7-8pm. These playgroups are run by our very own trainer, Joanna Czaja. They are a great way to socialize your dog in a safe and secure environment.

10.) It’s important to keep your dog cool during these hot months. Dogs don’t sweat like people do. They regulate their temperature through their paws & by panting. Help them stay cool by wetting a bandana, wringing it out and popping it in the freezer to make a cooling icy bandana. You can also float treats in a wade pool or let them run through the sprinklers to stay cool.

These ideas are a mixture of our employee’s favorite things as well as suggestions from this month’s Modern Dog Magazine. We hope to help you kick off your summer! We look forward to seeing you all soon!

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

May 19-25th

70 million nice dogs…but any dog can bite

National Dog Bite Prevention Week takes place during the third full week of May each year, and focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites.

With an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs every year. The majority of these bites, if not all, are preventable.
Take this opportunity to learn more about dog bite prevention and help educate others so we can all work together to prevent dog bites.

Dog bite facts:

Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.

Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.

Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.

Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.

Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.
There are many things you can do to avoid dog bites, ranging from properly training and socializing your pet to educating your children on how – or if – they should approach a dog. Information and education are the best solutions for this public health crisis.

Dog bite prevention: responsible dog ownership

Responsible pet ownership builds a solid foundation for dog bite prevention. Some basics of responsible dog ownership and dog bite prevention include:

• Carefully select your dog. Puppies should not be obtained on impulse.

• Make sure your pet is socialized as a young puppy so it feels at ease around people and other animals.

• Don’t put your dog in a position where it feels threatened or teased.

• Train your dog. The basic commands “sit,” “stay,” “no,” and “come” help dogs understand what is expected of them and can be incorporated into fun activities that build a bond of trust between pets and people.

• Walk and exercise your dog regularly to keep it healthy and provide mental stimulation.
• Avoid highly excitable games like wrestling or tug-of-war.

• Use a leash in public to ensure you are able to control your dog and to show others that you are in control of your dog.

• Keep your dog healthy. Have your dog vaccinated against rabies and preventable infectious diseases. Parasite control and veterinary care are also important because how your dog feels affects how it behaves.

• Neuter or spay your dog.

• If you have a fenced yard, make sure the gates and fence are secure.

Teaching Children How to Prevent Dog Bites

When you’re teaching children about dog bite prevention and how to be safe around dogs, keep it simple. Discuss animals, how we relate to them, and the role of animals in your family, not just how to avoid being bitten. If you have younger children, always supervise them around dogs and be mindful of how the child interacts with the dog so they learn to be gentle from the beginning.

Some easy tips that you can use to help kids understand the importance of respecting dogs and avoiding bites:

• Avoid unknown dogs. If you see a dog you don’t know and it’s wandering around loose and unsupervised, avoid the dog and consider leaving the area. Consider alerting animal control.• Avoid unknown dogs. If you see a dog you don’t know and it’s wandering around loose and unsupervised, avoid the dog and consider leaving the area. Consider alerting animal control.

• When Forex the owner is with their dog, always ask the owner for permission to pet their dog. Don’t ever pet a dog without asking first — even if it’s a dog you know, or a dog that’s seemed friendly toward you before.

• Teach children to confidently, quietly walk away if they’re confronted by an aggressive dog. Instruct them to stand still if a dog goes after them, then take a defensive position. It often helps to tell them to “be a tree:” stand quietly, with their hands low and clasped in front of them, remain still and keep their head down as if looking at their feet. If they are knocked down, teach them to cover their head and neck with their arms and curl into a ball.

• Teach children to avoid escalating the situation by yelling, running, hitting or making sudden movements toward the dog.

• Teach children that if a dog goes to bed or to his/her crate, don’t bother them. Enforce the idea that the bed or crate is the dog’s space to be left alone. A dog needs a comfortable, safe place where the child never goes. If you’re using a crate, it should be covered with a blanket and be near a family area, such as in your living room or another area of your home where the family frequently spends time. Do not isolate your dog or his/her crate, or you may accidentally encourage bad behavior.

• Educate children at a level they can understand. Don’t expect young children to be able to accurately read a dogs’ body language. Instead, focus on gentle behavior and that dogs have likes and dislikes and help them develop understanding of dog behavior as they grow older.

• Teach children that the dog has to want to play with them and when the dog leaves, he leaves — he’ll return for more play if he feels like it. This is a simple way to allow kids to be able to tell when a dog wants to play and when he doesn’t.

• Teach kids never to tease dogs by taking their toys, food or treats, or by pretending to hit or kick.

• Teach kids to never pull a dog’s ears or tail, climb on or try to ride dogs.

• Keep dogs out of infants’ and young children’s rooms unless there is direct and constant supervision.

• As a parent, report stray dogs or dogs that frequently get loose in your neighborhood.

• Tell children to leave the dog alone when it’s asleep or eating.

• Sometimes, especially with smaller dogs, some children might try to drag the dog around. Don’t let them do this. Also discourage them from trying to dress up the dog — some dogs just don’t like to be dressed up.

• Don’t give kids too much responsibility for pets too early — they just may not be ready. Always supervise and check on pet care responsibilities given to children to ensure they are carried out

• Remember: if you get your kids a pet, you’re getting yourself a pet, too.

All of the information gathered here was taken from the American Veterinary Medical Association – Dog Bite Prevention website. The AVMA has teamed up the American Academy of Pediatrics and the United States Postal Service to educate the public about the importance of responsible pet ownership and dog bite prevention. Please visit their website for more information.

April Newsletter

We hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather that April has brought us. The dogs here definitely love splashing around in our water park on these warm days.  Summer is quickly approaching and we are booking up quickly. If you have any plans over the summer, please make sure to book your reservations as soon as possible.

As the weather changes, it’s important to remember that dogs have allergies just like humans.  Grooming is an important part of reducing allergens. Keeping your dog clean is a great way to help keep allergies under control. Talk to your veterinarian and see how often you should be bathing your specific dog. They may also recommend a specific shampoo to help. We offer bathing during the week and are happy to assist, just give us a call to book an appointment.


We are thrilled to announce that we have a new trainer. Joanna Czaja is now offering a variety of classes, workshops, play groups, and of course, board and train. Visit our website or give us a call to get dates and times of upcoming classes, Call us now to register!

Our Trainer

Joanna Czaja, a UC Berkeley graduate, is the owner of Ruff Translation. She began her trainer career as a classroom assistant at the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society in 2007. Helping dogs and owners learn together sparked a new found passion that led her to enroll in the Canine Behavior Academy at the Marin Humane Society in 2008. Valuing continuing education, Joanna regularly attends seminars and networks with other positive trainers to compare experiences and techniques. She currently teaches classes and workshops, and offers private training to solve behavioral issues. She is committed to using dog-friendly training and behavior modification methods  when working with all animals, including humans. Her pet family consists of Jasper Fforde, the clicker-trained cat, and Chimera Monstra, the future agility star papillon.

Dublin Creek Animal Foundation

Great news, Blitzen, our long time adoptable, found his forever home this month. Here is Blitzen, now named, Benson, with his beautiful family!







Here is Jax, a staff favorite, who was also adopted this month! This is him with his wonderful family!

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March Newsletter

The Importance of Leashes

Most cities have ordinances or laws in regards to dogs being on leash.  This is a good thing because even really trained dogs can be at risk while off leash.  There are so many things that can go wrong and that are out of the owner’s control.  Here are a few reasons why we agree that dog’s need to be leashed.


February Newsletter

Happy Valentine’s Day!  We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  If you are going away, we would be happy to be your dog’s valentine for the holiday so that you can get away!  Just let us know if you need us!


January Newsletter

Happy New Year!  Sorry the January newsletter is a bit late going out, but we had such a wonderfully busy holiday season we were too busy caring for your animals and the newsletter just had to wait!  2012 was a great year for Dublin Creek Kennel.  From starting our own 501c3 non-profit rescue organization, the Dublin Creek Animal Foundation to our gorgeous new water play yard we would consider it a wildly successful year!  As always, thanks to all of you for all your confidence and support.


December Newsletter

Merry Christmas to everyone!  We wanted to take a moment to thank all of you so much for trusting us with your animals.  We live for caring for your animals in your absence and we understand how difficult it can be to leave them in someone else’s care.  We are so grateful to you all for your confidence and support.  We have worked so hard to make Dublin Creek Kennel a safe, enjoyable and fun place for your animals to be.  We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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