ArchAngel's Bed & Biscuit       

Make Yourself at Home!

The Boxer room is Under Construction!
(Pictures to come soon)

 

 We are adding on! 
ArchAngel Boxers
is not a kennel but a Bed and Biscuit!
 The Boxer Room will be an extention of our home  &  will have extra large individual areas for bed time. Each private area will be equipped with elevated food & water bowls, a coolaroo bed, Kong, &  soft Blanket. Not to mention a T.V. mounted in the corner with Animal Planet playing 24/7. Your family member will have free access to the "Boxer Alley" a small 6 foot fenced in area dedicated to play time, sun bathing,  &  the occasional potty break. ArchAngel Boxers also has an additional Half Acre to run and play inside while you are away, Always Under Supervision, of course. There's a boxer sized swimming pool in the summer months & always a fun game to play. Your Boxer will be provided with a daily walk/run  &  any additional time needed. 24 hour vet care is provided at owner's expense if needed. You can trust your boxers' safety with us. 
ArchAngel Boxers ONLY accepts dog & kid friendly family members in good health. 

RATES:
$25.00 per day
(additional dog $20.00 per day)
$10.00 for a picture CD
         $20.00 for pick up & delivery

(Grooming & Training services Also Available at an additional charge)

All ArchAngel Boxers come with Free Boarding for 6 Months !

Conditions:
                      
 1. All shots UTD                                 
                          2. Be Dog & Kid Friendly       
              
                           3. Ready to have Fun!
               
           
    
Contact Me for Availability 
Cell (850) 200-7748

ArchAngel's Bed & Biscuit is Open
Monday - Friday 8 am - 8 pm 
Saturday - Sunday 9 am - 9 pm
We are open on Holidays !
Call in Advance for a reservation !
If you need a special drop off or pick up time JUST ASK

What our Boarders had to say !

From HARLI  my 1st official Boxer Boarder!
 "I just had the best vacation ever!!  My Mom and Dad had to go away unexpectedly, which in the past means I have had to go to a kennel, which I've never liked.  But this time they took me to the best place ever!!  At first I was nervous...I'm treated like a princess at home.  Would these new people know that I was royalty??  But then Amber and I became quick friends, and I got to run and play with Beau, Cayos, Hope, and Glory and I've never had so much fun!  These people really know how to treat a princess!!!  I was sad to leave, but Amber got me all cleaned and pretty for my Mom and Dad with a bath, a pedicure, and a pink bandanna!  I hope my Mom and Dad don't have to leave me again, but if they do I know where I want to go..............ArchAngel Boxers!!!!!"
Thank you for letting me share your Beautiful Boxer for the week!

 

Training Your Boxer ?

I asked for strength to train him perfectly

But turned weak & spoiled him with treats. 

I wanted a dog that would listen to me 
so I could be proud of him

I received a stubborn hard headed dog 
who sometimes even embarrasses me.
 

I wanted an obedience dog to stand above him

I received a clown which makes me laugh. 

I hoped of a companion for my loneliness

I received a best friend which gives me all his love. 

I have not gotten anything of what I had ask for
 but everything I ever needed!
 

 

 

Kick Those BAD Habits at ArchAngel Boxers!

Millie was a rescue who stayed here with us until heaven called her home. We will always love you Silly Millie!
I use & recommend the prong or pinch collar but no one product is right for each dog as they all have a unique temperament & style they learn from the best. I will help you find what works best for your Boxer baby.

   ArchAngel Boxers now offers Training designed especially for your Boxer ! 
Contact me to schedule an appointment.

Prong Collars vs. Choke Collars

aka (Pinch Collars) vs. (Training Collars) 

A Study 
on Prong Collars was done in Germany: 100 dogs were in the study.50 used choke collars and 50 used prong collars.  The dogs were studied for their entire lives.  As dogs died, autopsies were performed. Of the 50 which had choke collars, 48 had injuries to the neck, trachea, or back. 2 of those were determined to be genetic. The other 46 were caused by trauma. Of the 50 which had prong collars, 2 had injuries in the neck area, 1 was determined to be genetic, and 1 was caused by trauma.
"Training with a prong collar is like power steering on your car."
* from a seminar by Anne Marie Silverton

THE PRONG COLLAR REVISITED

fact vs. fiction

Julia Maclachlan

        Of all the tools used in dog training, perhaps none is more widely misunderstood and maligned than the prong collar (also known as the pinch collar). Many well-meaning but misinformed people assume that judging by its looks, the prong collar is a barbaric device intended to "stab" a dog's neck in order to correct misbehavior. While walking my own dogs on this type of collar I have encountered complete strangers who think nothing of telling me how cruel I am to use such a harsh device. While I am indifferent to this type of comment, I worry that similar incidents will drive responsible dog owners away from using this excellent, effective and kind (yes, kind) training tool on dogs that benefit from it the most. This article is meant to reassure those who are already using the collar or are considering it and more importantly, to educate those who think it is "cruel" or unfair to the dog.

        While many people think that the prong collar is a trendy new gadget for the modern dog owner, the fact is that it predates the much more commonly used choke chain. Prong type collars appear in photographs and sketches in European training literature from the turn of the century. Presumably invented by people who relied on their dogs' obedience, responsiveness, and good attitude in a time when most dogs had actual "jobs", the prong collar still has a prominent place in the "toolbox" of the modern, balanced dog trainer.

        The prong collar works on the concept that evenly applied pressure is gentler and more effective on a dog's neck than the quick jerk and impact of a choke chain or the steady, relentless pressure of a flat collar. While a professional trainer can make a choke chain correction look fast and flawless, it is very difficult for most pet dog owners to master the timing and the release of the correction. Also, even a perfectly executed choke chain correction is a repeated impact on a single spot on a dog's neck. The current trend of the "head halter" system is equally flawed. In an earlier edition of this article, I referred to it as a good choice for dogs with structural problems. In the past few years I have spoken with veterinarians, trainers and owners who took issue with that recommendation based on the potential insult to the soft tissue of the dog's upper neck and the often careless way in which the headcollar is used by people who are assured that it is "humane" and cannot harm their dog. Like every other training tool, it also has its place. However, for a breed already beset with potential spinal and structural problems such as the Doberman, I find myself recommending it less and less. The self-limiting tightening action of the prong collar also makes it a safer bet for strong-pulling dogs. A prong collar can only be pulled so tight, unlike the choke or slip collar, which has unlimited closing capacity and in careless or abusive hands, can cut a dog's air entirely.

        Another aspect of the prong collar is its simulation of a natural "correction" that one dog gives another. If you watch a couple of dogs interacting, you'll notice that a lot of mouthing behavior takes place. Dogs have evolved over tens of thousands of years to tolerate the toothy attention of their canine friends and family, usually in play or posturing and sometimes in a more serious mode. The degree of intensity in their mouthing can be inhibited or increased depending on their relationship with a particular dog and the issue at hand. Likewise, the prong collar can be configured in several ways other than the traditional "live ring" setting that most people use. It can be deadened by hooking both the "d"-ring and the "o"-ring together, rubber tips can be put on some or all of the prongs, prongs can be reversed so that there is only pressure on certain areas. Many of the prong collar's loudest critics are unaware of these variations of its use and throw the word "pain" around freely. A close look at the actual prongs will tell a more perceptive person about the concept of "pain" as delivered from a prong collar: the tips of the prong are very blunt. The larger the prong, the milder the pressure. Put a prong collar around your own arm or leg (or neck, if you must!) and judge for yourself. Now take another look at your dogs as they play roughly: the type of mouthing they solicit from one another in fun would send a human being to the emergency room and yet it barely ruffles the fur on their necks. Remember this when you see a prong collar; not only doesn't it "hurt" your own ultra-sensitive human skin, when correctly fitted and used, it is only a fraction of the pressure dogs use with one another.

        The prong collar is often referred to as the "hearing aid" collar: a dog properly introduced to it in the hands of a person likewise prepared suddenly understands the expectations upon him. Rather than the nagging of a choke or slip collar or the constant muzzle and poll pressure of a head halter, the dog feels no pressure at all except at a precise instant when he makes an incorrect decision. Because of its ease of use and the usually rapid positive change in the dog's attitude and behavior, the prong is an excellent choice for elderly or physically compromised people with strong dogs, small people with large dogs, and even the tiniest of the toy breeds which risk permanent damage from regular collars. Even dogs with certain structural problems can be worked successfully on a prong collar rather than allowed to drag their owners around on a harness!

        So, with all of the good stuff associated with the prong collar, shouldn't every dog wear one? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Some dogs, due to genetics or a poor upbringing, respond poorly to any sort of pressure. Some dogs have spinal problems so severe that no pressure should ever be put on them; these are often dogs who would benefit more from the judicious use of an electronic collar, which uses no overt physical force at all. Very dog aggressive dogs can sometimes escalate their behavior if the prong collar is used primarily as a correction around other dogs. They are often the best candidates for head halters. A good dog trainer will assess your particular dog and your own handling skills before recommending any type of method or equipment. In your search for that trainer, stay clear of those who swear by only one tool, one theory, or one way of doing things. While we balanced trainers have benefitted from their limitations and make lifelong friends and clients of their "failures", they are responsible for many dogs and owners parting ways. Many a dog in the DRU shelter bears the label of "untrainable" from a trainer who was inflexible.

        The next time you see a dog being walked or worked on a prong collar, think before you jump to conclusions. Does the dog look fairly happy and comfortable with his handler? Does the handler have control without restraint? Ask people who use them how they like prong collars and why they chose this tool for their dog; they'll probably be relieved that you want to be educated and that you're not going to accuse them of cruelty to animals! If you use a prong collar on your dog, try to educate those who would judge you as "harsh" rather than responding defensively. Most of these people mean well: they are quite willing to learn the truth and will be flattered that you take the time to explain it to them. There will always be erstwhile "trainers" and owners who are ineducable due to their personal opinions or emotions. Try not to worry about what they think: your dog will keep reminding you of what he knows. Since we at Doberman Rescue Unlimited are in it for the dogs first, we endorse the use of prong collars on many of our charges.

     
    I would like to thank Julia Maclachlan  for this wonderful article & hope those who read it will gain a new understaining for those who choose to use the prong collar on their dog. I proudly display them on my boxers & will answer the questions of anyone who asks. I admit I put this on myself before my dogs wore it just because of the "look", then I was like, wow, this doesn't hurt at all!  I would rather have a collar that may look bad on my dog but cause no damage than a pretty collar which will hurt my baby.

 

Grooming Services

ArchAngel Boxers offers Grooming
 Dedicated to the Boxer ...
(& those who are Boxers at heart)
All pups are cared for inside my home.

Need a Bath?

Services Include:

Pre-wash Brushing
Shampoo/Conditioner 
(Show Products Available)
Soft Towel Dry
Ear Cleaning
Nail Trim
Whisker Trim

Cost $20.00


Extras

Nail Polish $10.00
Tear Stain Removal $10.00
 Local Pick up & Delivery $20.00

Need something special?  Just ask!
I make Custom Clothing for your Boxer! 

To Make an Appointment Call:
Cell (850) 200-7748

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday 8 am - 6 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9 am - 5 pm



Picture of a "RARE" Blue Boxer!


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