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February 2011

February is always a fun month at the Hound Huddle, and it has nothing at all to do with Valentines. It tends to be one of the busiest months of the year, which means we get to see dogs more often and the dogs we only see this time of year. The dogs are extra entertaining with crazy snow antics and the extra energy these cold short days seem to inspire. There is never a dull moment and we like it like that. We do tend to have spontaneous nap times each day, which really are good for the dogs. We do not encourage any of the dogs to nap, but definitely notice the good a nap can do. Like daycare for children, you can just tell when a dog is starting to get fussy. Pretty soon they will go lie down for a few minutes or even an hour. When they are ready to play again they are seriously ready to play again. Occasionally someone will ask about their dog napping, and I always ask if they are tired at night when they get home. We do our best to make sure that they are!
In addition to all the fun snow, this month has also brought some seriously cold temperatures. On days when the temperatures are especially cold we keep all the doors closed and let the dogs (who want to go) out several times during the day to do their business. When it is above freezing we leave one door partially open so dogs can come and go as they please, but keep the indoor temperature around 60 degrees. That seems to be a comfortable temperature for playing.
You can always call me here at the daycare (835-6622) or feel free to email me at info@houndhuddle.com or at beckymittel@yahoo.com with any questions, comments or concerns.
Becky Mittelsteadt

Saturday Play…the times they are a changin’ (in March):
Beginning March 5th Saturday playtimes are being combined and will meet from 9:30 to 10:30. With the fencing inside to separate the dogs by personality rather than by age, all small breeds and puppies under six months are welcome to escape the cold temperatures and run off some energy! Dogs can play indoors or out. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations including Bordetella and owners must be present.

Free Day of Daycare? You can earn a free day of daycare for your dog by referring a new dog to daycare. The first time a dog you refer comes to daycare we add a free day onto your account. Please make sure you let us know if you refer someone so we give you your credit.

Dogs of the Month: Max and Ella
It is always a challenge to describe our dogs of the month, as we never feel that our words do them justice. Max and Ella are German Shepherds who are poster dogs for anyone considering rescuing a German Shepherd. Fun, playful and incredibly sensitive to what the humans around them are experiencing on any given day—these two are the best Valentines anyone could ask for.

Product of the Month Lupine Leashes and Collars.

Made in the USA and with the best guarantee in the business, you can’t go wrong with Lupine. They will replace any leash or collar that sustains accidental damage (including chewing damage) at no cost. We have a wide selection of sizes and patterns and can order anything that we are missing. Check out patterns and testimonials at www.lupinepet.com.

Next Training Session = Exciting New Classes: Please see our website for more information or call 835-6622 with any questions or to register.
Puppy Pre-School: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5 thru April 9—with Dan Antolec
Recommended for puppies under 6 months in age. Class includes play time, instruction for commands:“look”, “sit”, “down”,” wait”, “come”. Also, understanding canine language, leash walking, dog/dog greeting, socialization, objects for puppy to explore, and lots of question and answer time. Handouts and reference materials are included. Cost is $90.

Beginner Obedience: 6:15-7:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 thru April 5—with Scott Lindner
For dogs age 6 months and older, and for puppy pre-school graduates. Classes will re-enforce basic manners and commands. Dogs will learn the command “stay” as well as to focus with lots of distractions using traditional training methods. In this class we learn to "heel" with our dogs and have plenty of question and answer time. Cost is $90.

Kids & Canines: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6 thru March 27 —with Renee Grittner
Recommended for kids over 8 years old and their dog of any age. This class will teach your child safety, body language, basic obedience and training with the family dog. A parent must be present for the class and the child should be big enough to control their dog. This is a 4-week class and the cost is $60.

Canine Good Citizen: 11:00am-12:00 p.m. Saturday, March 5-April 9—with Dan Antolec
For dogs with basic obedience, this course is a natural follow up to Dan’s puppy pre-school or Scott’s Beginner Obedience class. Here you and your dog will develop the skills required for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program. The first five classes involve instruction and practice, with testing in class six. Passing the test qualifies for AKC certification. Cost is $90.

Introduction to Agility: 1:00-2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 6 thru April 10—with Renee Grittner
This class is designed for all dogs and handlers! Dogs only need to know how to sit and lie down. The class will work on teaching focus on handlers, body awareness and beginning jump training. The cost is $90. This is a great opportunity to do something fun and challenging with your dog.


Grooming Notes. Oregon Pet Spa and Salon has been really busy and is growing in more ways than one! As Amy is expecting a baby, she has a new apprentice. Please say hi to Camille when you stop in. You can reach Oregon Pet Spa and Salon at 608-835-8234. Their website is www.oregonpetsalon.com.

Facebook! Check out the new pictures on Facebook. Rachel did an awesome job out in the snow one day and they are all posted for you to see. There are also cell phone snapshots (the dogs can’t be moving quickly or the phones can’t catch them) and several pictures by Dan.

Dan’s Dog Den
Preventing Dog Fights
The first step in preventing dog fights is to learn about canine body language and behavior. Patricia McConnel has written excellent books about dog behavior and how responsible owners ought to interact with their pets, and Brenda Aloff has written an excellent book titled “Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide.” These resources will help you recognize which dogs are safe to approach and which dogs should be avoided.
For instance, if you are walking your dog in public and another dog and owner are approaching from a distance, recognize whether the person has effective control, whether the dog is on a leash, whether the leash is tight and the person is struggling to hold their dog back, and whether the human is leading the dog or the dog is leading the human. Is the approaching dog highly reactive, barking excitedly and lunging at things along the way? Is the dog staring intently at your dog, straining to rush up to you?
If you are unsure whether the situation is safe, remain calm and change direction. Use your body to block direct eye contact between the dogs. If your dog knows the “Leave it” command, use it as you redirect your dog away from the threat. If you carry treats during dog walks, toss some behind the hostile approaching dog as a diversion while you escape. You may also try giving firm commands to the oncoming dog such as “Leave it!” or “Sit!” Many dogs will respond to commands they already know and it helps redirect them from a reactive state to a thinking state. It is far safer to avoid a dog fight than to break one up.
Dan Antolec


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