DHU – Johnson Street
We are proud to announce……Dog Haus University – Johnson! It’s everything you love about The Dog Haus Dog Daycare, but in a more compact package, located close to downtown on Johnson, and with even more structured play times! At DHU (as we affectionately call it), your dog will benefit from very structured play times where they can learn all the social skills needed to be successful at doggie daycare – dog greetings, listening skills, verbal and non-verbal communication, human greetings, potty training, taking breaks, basic obedience – all while exercising and having fun with other dogs!
When deciding on a name for our second location, now called Dog Haus University, we went through several ideas. How exactly do we describe what it is that we have to offer? Social skills academy? Play training? Intensely supervised doggie daycare?
The bottom line is that for some people, Dog Haus University – Johnson will just be a great location for dog daycare. And for other people, this is a fantastic option for puppies to learn how to play properly with other puppies and adult dogs. For others, this is a great way for dogs with little to no social skills to learn how to be a good social dog in a group setting.
Dog Haus University
825 E. Johnson St
Madison, WI 53703
We are located in a store-front building right next door to Mildred’s Sandwich Shop, just 1 mile from the Capital! We are on the right-hand side as you come down Johnson, between Livingston and Peterson streets.
There is ample street parking available at all times, and right in front of our business is a Freight Loading Zone that you can use to quickly drop off and pick up your dog!
Contact Dog Haus University
Monday – Friday 7am to 6pm
Why choose Dog Haus University?
*a new great location for dogs with good social skills to go to doggie daycare!
*puppies can learn to play well with other puppies and adult dogs!
*newly adopted dogs can be assessed for and learn social skills!
*constructive play environment = tired dog = well balanced dog!
Social skills we focus on with your dog at Dog Haus University:
Greeting people nicely, greeting other dogs nicely both on leash and off, sharing toys and other resources, basic obedience, resting or taking breaks on their own, being comfortable in new surroundings, good bathroom habits, proper play (self-handicapping, taking breaks, side approach, soft body posture, good bite inhibition, reading other dogs’ signals, play bows).
What will your dog’s day at Dog Haus University consist of?
At Dog Haus University, we have two indoor play areas, each about 700 square feet. In each play area, there are 10-12 dogs assigned to that room each day. 4-6 dogs play at one time, while the remaining dogs rest in spacious kennels, with the groups switching out every 30 minutes.
Switching the groups out every 30 minutes keeps the energy level in the playing group constructive, decreasing the chances of a dog getting over-stimulated. There is one highly trained staff member interacting with this playing group, working on all of the appropriate play skills listed above – in a very small group with a lot of attention given to each of the 4-6 dogs. The dogs who are resting in the comfortable kennels get time to work on other social skills such as resting quietly and being relaxed in new surroundings
Why is DHU a great place for puppies?
Puppies play with their littermates and other puppies in similar ways – lots of rough and tumble, climbing all over each other, wrestling almost non-stop, lots of face to face contact. Most adults dogs do not like this kind of play – they are looking for other dogs to respect their space and not climb over them, invite them to play with proper play bows and side approaches, and while playing they are looking for breaks in the play and gentleness from a larger playmate. It is good for puppies to play with both other puppies and adult dogs in a constructive setting.
Hopefully you have read all of the above information and you are wondering how you and your dog have survived without Dog Haus University up to this point, right?!