Archive for January, 2012

The Dog Haus Opens Its Doors for a Good Cause

23 Jan

As many of our customers know we often hold fundraisers for the minpins that we foster here. We do this because we are one of the only states in the IMPS system actively fund-raising and all help is needed and appreciated.

Well we want to extend our ability to help other rescues fund raise by allowing them to use the building free of charge to hold a play date/fund raiser. We are setting the last Sunday of the month as Rescue Day allowing area rescues to use the building from 1:30PM until 4:00PM for various reasons. There will be a member of The Dog Haus staff in the building to help if needed. Please contact Nate or Angie at 608-241-DOGS to set-up your event.


Calming Nervous Energy

15 Jan

This article is from our January 2011 Newsletter but we feel as new customers begin at The Dog Haus or those doing research on daycares this is very useful information.

Here at The Dog Haus we pride ourselves on our ability to break down different behaviors and explain them with each of you if needed. We may recommend the use of calming tools if we notice certain behavioral ques from your dog that may include shaking while sitting still, excessive panting, misplaced yawning, mounting, marking, or drooling. Our utmost concern on a day to day bases is the happiness of the dogs we are trusted with. We want them to enjoy coming to day care and provide a safe environment for everyone. Some of the nervous behaviors, if not recognized, can lead to something more serious. There are many different calming tools we may recommend which include DAP collars, calming pills, or thunder shirts.
DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromones) collars mimic the pheromone that the mother dog produces to calm and reassure her puppies. Dogs recognize these pheromones throughout life. It is an effective and natural way to help dogs cope with new situations.
Calming pills work internally to balance the mind. These pills can be purchased at Bad Dog Frida, Mounds, and other area pet stores. While this is a good option, more serious cases may require your veterinarian to evaluate your pet.
Compression shirts or “thunder shirts” work with a hugging technique around your dogs chest. Studies by the company that produce this shirt show that of the 2000 dogs tested, 80% showed a significant improvement in symptoms while wearing the thundershirt. More information and studies can be found on www.thundershirt.com.


Winter Weather Reminder

11 Jan

We wanted to let everyone know The Dog Haus will be open as normal during snow events. If Madison Metro Schools happen to close we will be closed and that information will be posted here, facebook and nbc15.com. Your safety is very important to us so if you feel you can not make it on your scheduled day please call before 6:30PM the day before.