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June 2011

School’s Out! 

As we have a long newsletter for you this month I am keeping my part quite short.  As school is ending and temperatures are climbing remember that we are open all summer with air conditioning running indoors and the pools and sprinklers out of doors so that your dog can get a good day of play and exercise even when it is hot outside.   To make things easier for you remember we can trim nails, express anal glands, and give your dog a bath while he or she is here.  You can also schedule your dog’s Oregon Pet Spa or Oregon Vet Clinic appointments while they are here playing as well. 

For those of you who were not able to join us, we had a great time at the Oregon Police Dog Jog.  Vende the police dog is gorgeous and full of energy.  It was fun seeing several of our daycare dogs and their people and we were quite happy that the rain held off!  

Please contact me anytime with questions or concerns.  Our number at the daycare is 608-835-6622 and email is info@houndhuddle.com.  My personal email address is beckymittel@yahoo.com.

Best Regards,

Becky Mittelsteadt

 

How are we doing? We want to hear from YOU!

We would love to hear feedback from you on how we are doing here at the Hound Huddle! We are putting together a brochure to have available for new customers, so we would love to have your feedback to include in the handout! Email us or send us a message on Facebook with whatever is on your mind! What are we doing that you love? What would you have us do differently?

 

Dog of the Month: Charlie

Our Dog of the Month for June is another rescue dog, a rat terrier mix named Charlie! Charlie’s owners adopted him in 2008 from Shelter from the Storm, a small rescue organization based out of Madison. Prior to being adopted by his current owners, Charlie had been unsuccessfully placed in two other homes. Apparently the third time’s the charm as he finally found the perfect forever home after an adoption event at a pet store. His favorite pastime when he’s not here with us at the Hound Huddle is chasing squirrels and birds in his backyard, though he has yet to catch one! This smart little guy is dearly loved by his owners and by his many friends here at the daycare, both human and canine!

 

Product of the Month: Easy Walk Harness
Premier’s Easy Walk Harness has been a popular seller in our retail section for a long time now, and for good reason! It prevents your dog from pulling while you take him or her out on your daily walk; it constricts a small amount on the chest to discourage pulling and with the leash attachment on the front, it helps you keep your dog next to you while you walk. It’s perfect for strong, large dogs that have had issues with pulling in the past, but it also works well for very small dogs to prevent excess pressure on their delicate tracheas. It’s very simple to snap on and is available in a multitude of colors. If you’re interested in purchasing one of these harnesses from us, our employees will help you find the perfect fit for your pup!

 

Saturday Playtime Saturday playtimes for small breeds and puppies 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 hot temperatures or summer thunderstorms and run off some energy indoors! Dogs can play outside as well. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations including Bordetella and owners must be present.

 

Clearance Items! We have several items for sale in our retail section that are 40% off! We have numerous sizes of doggie seatbelts to keep your pooch safe in the car (as suggested in this month’s Dan’s Dog Den article), light up collars and leashes that you can use when playing outside on a warm summer evening, and much more. Be sure to check out what’s on sale the next time you stop by!

 

Grooming Long hair is great for dogs in the middle of a Wisconsin winter, but we all know that it can get pretty hot here in the summer. If you want your give your pup a new cut that helps keep him or her cooler over the next few months, be sure to give our neighbors the Oregon Pet Spa and Salon a call! Business is booming and they are scheduling up to a week in advance, so be sure to make your appointment early! Amy is going on maternity leave in mid August, but Bree and Camille will still be here to give your pooch a cool summer cut! They can be reached at 608-835-8234.

 

New Training Classes have been scheduled! Classes start the week of June 20 and last 6 weeks. Be sure to check out our NEW classes:

Puppy Preschool: 6:15-7:15p.m. Wednesdays June 22 – July 27
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, and lots of question and answer time. Handouts and reference materials are included. Cost is $90. Taught by Dan Antolec.

Beginner Obedience: 6:15-7:15p.m. Tuesdays June 21 – July 26
For dogs age 6 months and older. 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. Taught by Scott Lindner.

Shy Dog Obedience and Socialization: 7:30–8:30 p.m. Mondays June 20– July 25 **NEW!

This class is for shy dogs 6 months and older. A perfect environment to introduce your shy dog to other timid dogs. While this class will work on basic obedience skills including heeling and recall, this class will have an emphasis on socializing your dog with others-- making it a good class for dogs needing basic obedience classes as well as adult dogs who need socialization time and practice. Cost is $90. Taught by Dan Antolec.

Canine Good Citizen: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Thursdays June 23 – July 28
This is an opportunity to build on basic obedience skills focused on good manners in the home and in the community. Here you and your dog will develop the skills required for the AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. The first five classes involve instruction and practice, with testing in class six. Passing the test qualifies for AKC certification. Cost is $90. Taught by Scott Lindner.

Agility Foundations 1: 1:00-2:00p.m. Sundays June 26 - July 31
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. This is a great opportunity to do something fun and challenging with your dog. Cost is $90. Taught by Renee Grittner

Agility Foundations 2: 2:30-3:30p.m. Sundays June 26 - July 31
Dogs must have completed Agility Foundations 1, or be approved for class by Renee. The class will continue building on the skills learned in Agility Foundations 1, begin short sequences, add handling skills, and start weave pole training. Some distraction will be added to proof skills learned in the previous class. Cost is $90. Taught by Renee Grittner.

Agility Obstacles: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays June 22 – July 27 **NEW!
This obstacles class is for dogs that have completed at least one basic agility class and will focus on teaching your dogs to work independently on agility contact equipment including A Frames, jumps and tunnels. Cost is $90. Taught by Renee Grittner.

 

 

Dan’s Dog Den
Transporting Dogs and Car Safety

Many dog owners love their pets so much they take them along to the bank, to the grocery store or wherever else they happen to drive. In my 37 years of driving I have seen dogs riding in the back of pick-up trucks, standing with their forepaws on the window ledge while they lean as far as possible outside the vehicle, sticking their heads through an open window with their ears flying in the wind, snuggled on the driver’s lap, sitting in the front seat, roaming the back seat and secured in a kennel in the cargo area. All of those options illustrate varying degrees of risk and safety for dogs and humans alike, but I wonder how well informed some people are?

In my 30 years of police patrol I responded to a few thousand motor vehicle collisions and dozens of fatal crashes, and I can attest to the sort of injury and mayhem that result from motor vehicle collisions. I will spare you the gory details, but please be aware that your dogs are at risk whenever they are in a motor vehicle, so here are some things to consider for their safety.

If a dog is riding in the cargo bed of a truck there is no reason to believe they will survive a crash; period. I responded to several motor vehicle crashes where a person was thrown or fell from the vehicle, and not a single one survived. When people are thrown from a vehicle there is very little chance of survival, so what is a dog supposed to do when it is tossed through the air at 30, 40 or 50 miles per hour? If they are perched on the bottom of an open window they have only a slightly better chance of survival, assuming they fall back into the vehicle. If a driver must take evasive action or the vehicle is struck, physics will dictate the direction the poor dog will fly, and it will do so at the same speed the vehicle was traveling upon impact. Full grown human pedestrians are not likely to survive an impact with a motor vehicle traveling more than 25 miles per hour, so one can imagine what would happen to a lighter canine that is ejected from a vehicle at even a moderate speed.

Any dog in the front seat of a vehicle is at risk of either interfering with the driver or being killed by an airbag deployment. I once saw a grown man driving down Highway 51 with a large yellow Labrador on his lap, between the man’s chest and the steering wheel. What sort of risk did that pose? I cannot understand how he thought he could perform an emergency driving maneuver with a 75 pound dog obstructing his arms and his vision, much less the lethal results of an airbag deployment. As I learned in an airbag training class, they are designed to inflate fully in a fraction of a second, filling the space between the driver and the windshield. Airbags kills children and small-framed adults every year, and have been responsible for the death of dogs as well. You may be the safest driver in the world, but if you are stopped at a traffic light and the driver behind you rams into your car, your vehicle may be pushed ahead with sufficient force to deploy the airbags and kill your dog. The rear seat is safer, especially if a chest harness and seat belt are used. When a dog is not secured and a collision occurs, the dog will be propelled forward at the speed of the vehicle upon impact. Even a small dog will pose a serious risk to itself, and to the driver. Even if your dog does not hit you, it will hit some other fixed object and suffer injury.

Another consideration is whether to lower a window so your dog can stick his head outside. Dogs seem to enjoy this, but it risks permanent eye injury if a piece of gravel or even an insect should strike your dog in the eye. Over the years flying gravel cracked two of my vehicle windshields and several other rocks bounced off without causing damage, but any of those impacts could have caused a serious eye injury without the windshield to protect me. What protection does your dog have when his head is outside the vehicle?

A safer mode of transportation is keeping your dog in a kennel in the vehicle cargo area. Some dogs are reactive and over-stimulated while riding in a car. They pace constantly from window to window, panting and drooling in a state of high arousal. Such dogs benefit greatly by nestling inside a kennel with the top and sides covered, greatly reducing the stimulation and anxiety of the dog.

Warm weather is another issue. When a dog is left in a parked car the interior temperature can quickly rise to 110 degrees and cause heat stroke. Cracking open the windows hardly improves the matter. After all, would you leave your grandmother in the car with the windows up on a warm day while you go shopping? Dogs can only dissipate heat by panting and through the pads on their feet, and they can’t tell you how miserable they were when you finally return.

You love your dog and he or she depends upon you for safety and good health, so I offer these insights to help you make informed decisions that will keep you both happy for years to come.

Dan Antolec

 

 

Breaking News: Dog Barks at Cat

It began much like any typical afternoon at Hound Huddle this spring, with 30 playful dogs and a full complement of construction workers and equipment just outside the play area fence. By now the novelty of highway construction had worn off but then Bascom noticed something unusual…and quite alarming.

Meet Bascom!

To the casual observer Bascom appears to be a classic Golden Retriever, always wearing a broad smile, his wagging tail shaking his luxurious golden coat from head to foot, and possessing a constantly playful demeanor. But on this day Bascom displayed his hidden talent, transforming himself to the unsung hero of Hound Huddle and savior of the dog pack, like Kent Clark secretly turning into Superman.

What prompted this transformation? It was the sudden appearance of a big yellow cat in the yard, just across the fence but menacingly close. Oh this was no ordinary cat, but then Bascom was no ordinary dog. This cat stood as tall as a T-Rex, growling and roaring constantly as it prowled back and forth, seemingly ready to pounce at any time.
Bascom sounded the alarm and summoned another 15 dogs to his aid. Together they stood shoulder to shoulder along the length of the fence, barking at the cat. “Bark! Bark! Bark! Go away! Go away! Go away!” And so it did, retreating slowly to the north and out of sight. Feeling jubilant with victory, Bascom led his comrades to the doggie pool and celebrated.

Alas, all was not well and the cat stalked along the fence once more. Ever vigilant, Bascom rushed to defend his fellows and saw to his horror the giant cat was digging holes in the ground. “Hey, stop that! That’s my job!” he barked. Other dogs rushed to his aid, but fewer than before. Once more they chased the cat away, but it returned again, and again, and again. At long last Bascom stood alone at the fence, last defender of the pack. It had been a long grueling afternoon…aside from frequent trips to the pool, chasing toys and playing with the other dogs…but the cat stubbornly stood its ground and Bascom summoned his final reserve and bellowed at the mighty cat one last time. “BARK! BARK! BARK!”

It was 5:00 PM and Bascom had made his last heroic stand, like Davey Crockett at the Alamo…and the huge yellow cat went away for good. As may have been my destiny, I alone witnessed the uncommon courage and tenacity of humble Bascom, and survived to tell the tale.

Victory!

(Dog Barks at Cat)

 

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