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If you just tell your dog “no”, he can dream up 100 other things to do!

27 Sep

A note from Teacher’s Pet Training:

“We spend time in our classes working on a variety of different
skills with our dogs.  Sit, down, stay, off, come, etc. – the advantage to
your dog having a solid set of skills is you can ask your dog for the
behavior that you want. Your dog completing the behavior you want means
you can avoid the behaviors you don’t want.  For example, when my dog gets
excited about going for a walk, he wants to jump all over me and lick my
face, making shoe-tying attempts challenging.  Asking for a sit or down
stay while I tie my shoes is an easy solution.  Training a variety of
behaviors that you can ask your dog for solves a lot of behaviors you
don’t like so much. Want to read more? Head to our blog:
http://teacherspettraining.blogspot.com/2012/11/article-somehow-i-manage.html

 
 

Dog Introductions for New Dogs at The Dog Haus

24 Sep

Here at The Dog Haus, we like to set up new customers with an environment that is going to help make their first day the best and most successful it can be. To do that we have some guidelines for new customers. Having them arrive early in the morning before the majority of the other dogs arrive means that they are coming into a calmer, less excited environment. This is instead of them arriving later, with more dogs in the play area. Having less dogs at first means new dogs are able to explore and greet other dogs on a smaller level. This is good for dogs that are a little more nervous about a new environment and new people. By having them arrive early dogs are being introduced to them instead of them being introduced to an area filled with strange dogs.

We also allow new dogs to sniff and greet other dogs through the fence by having them hang out in a fenced hallway between all of the groups before we decide what group they would do best in. Before adding them to a group we like to take various other individual dogs of all ages and sizes and have them meet in the hallway one on one. This lets us get an idea of how the new dog greets other dogs and who the new dog is going to get a long with. Since we don’t separate our dog groups by size or breed we like new dogs to be introduced to a wide variety of dogs, and then throughout the day we will add and remove dogs from groups so that they can meet and maybe find friends in more than just their original group.

 
 

Area Dog Parks

20 Sep

Looking for a fun place for you and your dog to go spend a couple hours together on a nice day? Here is a link to area dog parks that you could enjoy. Most dog parks require that your dog be licensed to please check before heading out.

https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/dogparks/

 
 

The Benefits of a Gentle Leader

10 Sep

If you’re not familiar with what a gentle leader is, you probably seem surprised at that thing around the dog’s head if you happen to see them walking or playing in daycare. A gentle leader is a type of collar designed to make walking easier. The design of the collar, with a loop going around the muzzle and another loop going around the back of the head directly behind the ears, was created to assist dog owners who have dogs that pull when on leash. When a dog begins to pull the Gentle Leader redirects the force of the pull and the dog’s head is swung around so that instead of pulling forward, he is now looking back at the person. It’s not painful, it prevents damage to the trachea and esophagus that a regular collar can cause, and it makes walking much easier.

At The Dog Haus, we use it for another purpose. Dogs that seem anxious, are demand barking, or third party playing are fitted with a Gentle Leader to help take the edge off and relax them enough to play constructively. The way the Gentle Leader fits coincides with pressure points on the back of a dogs head and top of their muzzle. When sized and fitted correctly, the Gentle Leader will hit and activate these pressure points which works to calm dogs down. We don’t keep the Gentle Leader on the whole time they are in daycare, but gradually work to correct the behavior so that previously anxious dogs are a lot more self-confident. The Gentle Leader is just a tool we use to naturally calm down a stressed out dog.

If you have any other questions about Gentle Leaders or any of the other “tools” in our toolbox to help work with anxious dogs, please ask!

 
 

Availability for the Week, Underdog Pet Rescue, and Bad Dog Frida!

08 Sep

Availability for the week – we are full on Monday, a few spots Tuesday, and several spots Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. Need to get your dog in? You can call (608) 241-DOGS or email us at thedoghaus@gmail.com!

We missed our Friday and Saturday post this week, so here they are!

Friday – Dog available for Adoption – have you heard of Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin? They have some adorable pups for adoption! Check them out here:
http://www.underdogpetrescue.org/

Saturday – Local Business – if you haven’t been to Bad Dog Frida lately, take your furry friend on over with you and check out all the new toys they have! You know that blog on Mental Exercise we posted last week? Guess who has some great Mental Exercise toys??
http://baddogfrida.com/


 
 

Training Tip Thursday!

05 Sep

“YES! GOOD! NICE! SWEET! DING! CLICK! What do all of these words
have in common? To at least one dog I know, one of these words is a clue
that s/he did something correct. We may use the term, “marker word,” for
these examples. In short, it is feedback. Want to hear more? Follow this
link to read the full blog:
http://teacherspettraining.blogspot.com/2013/04/teachers-pet-nice-work-benefit-of.html

 
 

Play. Sleep. Repeat in Style

08 Oct

Book your dog in our Presidential Suite where they will be pampered and played with 24 hours a day. This luxury suite is a private hotel room for dogs with a bed fit for a king or queen, and a human to cuddle with overnight. Rate for this room is $65.00/night for a single dog and $95.00/night for a multi-dog family. The rate does include time in our fantastic play area where the attention from the caretakers continues along with playtime with other dogs.

Reservations can be made by calling 608-241-3647.

 
 

Behavior Terms We Use Here at The Dog Haus

19 Mar

A lot of what we do is manage how the dogs are interacting with one another. We have terms for different behaviors you may or may not hear us use like: fence fighting, third-partying, anxiety, demand barking, and constructive. We would like to use this blog to shed a little more light on these terms so if you notice behaviors at the dog park or home you can react appropriately.

“Fence Fighting”.  As scary as that sounds, it is not two dogs fighting next to each other inside of a play area, it is actually a very common behavior known as barrier frustration. Barrier frustration can come out on a walk when your dog can’t get to the other dog or object because they are on a leash. How this behavior translates to the daycare is at our fences, a dog is walking down a hallway and a dog in a play area is following them barking. We do not allow this behavior for a couple of reasons: 1. the barking dog is not paying attention to the dogs on the same side of the fence they are on and will run the dogs near the fence over, potentially causing a scuffle; 2.  it is highly disruptive to all of the dogs in the room no matter how close to the action they are. We keep dogs with tendencies to run the fence in an area where the hallway is not a distraction and use our training to control times when we use the hall. A positive play time helps ease the feeling for dogs who run the fence and enjoy their day.

“Third-Partying” – when two dogs are playing and one or more try to join in the fun. While this is usually a harmless activity, we keep the dogs from engaging in third-party behavior for safety reasons. One of the dogs playing can start to feel overwhelmed and react negatively to all of the attention. We will redirect the dog that came in after the first two have started playing by calling their name or giving them another activity to do.

“Demand Barking”.   This is when a dog will bark at a dog lying down or at a dog who has a toy they want. This behavior is also something we redirect because the dog being barked at could become scared or reactive. This along with fence fighting gets the other dogs’ attention negatively because they are not sure what or who is the cause. We watch closely for resource guarding and will remove a toy if needed or move either of the dogs to a different area to avoid any issues. Dogs prone to doing this are usually puppies just learning the ropes, but it can happen with older dogs who were not taught to offer a different behavior than this previously in their lives.

“Constructive”. We use this term to express behaviors such as your dog resting on it’s own when needed, playing appropriately with others, going in an out with the group well, and overall being a  well adjusted member of our group. This is the main goal of our day – to work with and redirect dogs and help them learn how to be constructive!

“Anxiety”. This is a term we use to explain and understand why certain other behaviors happen here but maybe not at home. The dogs may bark uncontrollably, sigh, pant unnecessarily, and become more reactive than normal. We are very keen to the signs of anxiety and take steps to ensure we discuss it with the owners and possible ways the dog can get more comfortable. All of the above behaviors can sway one way or the other based on a dogs anxiety level so keeping them happy and calm leads to a happy day for all.

We strive to give each customer our undivided attention when discussing their dog’s day.  If you ever go home and have more questions, or if you have questions about behaviors you see at home or here at the daycare, please let us know and we would love to talk with you more!

 
 

Puppy Mondays

20 Feb

Puppies are a great part of what makes our job fun. Because we want new puppies to grow into mature adults, last year we made Monday our “puppy day”. We have staff on hand to work exclusively with them in a special puppy area. The caretaker takes them on frequent potty breaks, ensures play time is constructive, and gives them lots of love and attention.

The current graduates of our puppy program are doing great, all of their social skills improve every week. What is a big factor in that is the training courses all of them have taken while in our puppy program. Training is required for our younger crowd (10-16 weeks old) to help them learn commands needed to make their time with us successful.

 
 

Going Green

14 Feb

A lot of of companies are choosing to put the environment first by using green products and cutting down on waste. Here at The Dog Haus being green has been our standard since day one. We use natural based cleaners, bio-degradable bags, recycle, automatic light controls, programmable thermostats and the list goes on. We feel it is not only better for our environment but the dogs safety as well. We are continuing that effort here by changing the format of our monthly newsletter into a weekly blog. Not only does this blog save paper it allows us to get information out faster.