Employee Spotlight: Jillian

Jillian is our stellar Weekend Supervisor. She works hard everyday and always has a smile on her face. Below are some fun facts about this month’s Employee Spotlight!

Does Jillian have a dog?

Jillian does have a dog! She and her girlfriend recently adopted Phoebe, a lab mix, from the Northeast Animal Shelter. Phoebe was recently featured on The Dodo, so she’s basically famous.

Why was she on The Dodo?

Phoebe has struggled with lots of anxiety since she was adopted, and The Dodo wanted to write about the steps that Jillian and Becky are taking to help Phoebe. You can read the article here.

What does Jillian do in her free time?

When she is not here at the Urban Hound, Jillian can be found spending time with her girlfriend, her friends, and Phoebe. Jillian loves to cook and has gotten pretty good at it after trying various recipes over the last few years. Jillian is also a theater buff. She has seen four shows in the past year, and is slated to see Hamilton next month. (Lucky!!!) Jillian is also a book nerd and is never without reading material.

Anything else we should know?

Jillian is going back to school soon to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She loves animals and we know she’ll excel in school!

Employee Spotlight: Anthony

I feel like I’ve seen Anthony around for a long time, is that true?

You are correct, indeed. Anthony has been with the Urban Hound for about 5 years now, and has probably walked one million miles around the South End by now.

What does Anthony do in his spare time?

Anthony is a self-proclaimed foodie who enjoys trying new restaurants in and around Boston. He enjoys spending time at Trader Joe’s, as well. I mean, who doesn’t?

What else?

Anthony’s passion for food helped him get a 6 week gig working on an organic farm. He also does a lot of work with local non-profit organizations.

Can Anthony break-dance?

The short answer is kind-of. Anthony has been known to bust a move or two, especially the famous break-dancing move called The Windmill. He hasn’t done it in a while, but we’re pretty sure he still could. Perhaps he’ll incorporate that into his dog walking….

Employee Spotlight: Saydie

Saydie is one of our longest tenured staff members here at the Urban Hound, and we don’t know how we’d exist without her. She is a daycare superstar and spends her days at the Hound making sure your dogs have as much fun as possible.

Where do I recognize Saydie from?

You’ll see Saydie weekday and weekend afternoons, bringing your dogs up to you after a fun day of play. You also may see her about town picking dogs up and dropping them off.

Does Saydie have a dog?

Yes! In fact, Saydie has two dogs. She has Deuce, a black boxer who is full of love and playful energy. His sister, Pocah (short for Pocahontas), is a pit mix, rescued from Last Hope K9 here in Boston.

Hey, didn’t Saydie used to work mornings?

You are right! Saydie used to work as the Morning Supervisor, but has since enrolled in cosmetology school and had to change and cut her hours at the Urban Hound. Saydie is set to graduate in October and be the most legit hairstylist in Greater Boston.

What does Saydie do in her spare time?

Since enrolling in school, Saydie’s free time has been limited. When she isn’t studying or here at the Urban Hound, Saydie is usually playing with her dogs and taking them on adventures. She can also be found trying the latest vegan cuisines in Boston and hanging out with her friends.

Puppy Kindergarten Galore!

Welcome to Puppy Kindergarten at the Urban Hound!

Training your puppy starts the moment you bring him or her home. Start off on the right paw and join us for our 6-week Puppy Kindergarten class. This class runs Tuesday nights from 7-8PM, and is the perfect beginner course for your new pup. Please check our class schedule for the next 6-week session. A 6-week session is $250.

During our weekly one hour class we will help you navigate the critical stages of puppyhood and start you and your puppy off on the right path for enhanced communication and mutual understanding!

What makes our Puppy Kindergarten unique?

  • Individual attention will be given to your puppy and you
  • 6-week structured program
  • Class sessions are tailored for our group

Each class offers:

  • Confidence building agility exercises
  • Socialization designed to foster appropriate manners and play
  • One on one obedience instruction
  • A Q&A troubleshooting session
  • And much more!

Call us today to register your dog for our next session! Reach us at 617-755-5775.

Next session starts: August 14th @ 7pm

Setting the Tone

It’s going to happen either way. The tone of the interaction with our dog will be set. Is it going to be excited energy or calm? Are we nervous about how our dog will behave, or quietly confident in the work we’ve put in? Is our dog making all of the decisions (and are we just reacting?), or are we taking the approach of being the calm and patient teachers, thinking one step ahead and working with the dog?
The general tone is set by the rules we establish for our dogs. These are the basic rules of life.  Does the dog think to get permission from us before jumping up on a couch? Does he wait patiently for food? Does she pull on the leash at whatever might be more interesting and more rewarding than what we have to offer her? Have we established a basic level of respect?
The general tone then sets us up for success (or doesn’t) with the specific tones. And this is where the practice of obedience training comes into play. The down-stay, the loose leash walk and the off leash recall. Essentially, teaching the dog to control their impulses – acts that may feel very unnatural to them.
It is up to us. We can decide the tone we want. Or we can be bystanders to our relationship with our dog. It’s going to happen either way.