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March 2011

I think the best thing about March is the feeling that spring is actually coming. While I intended to wait until summer to get a new puppy, someone from The Lab Connection (TLC) brought in a pair of black lab puppies to the Oregon Vet Clinic and I happened to see them. Even worse for the original summer plan, my son saw them too. We ended up adopting one of their litter mates just over two weeks ago. His name is Yukon and I am still waiting to see the lab behavior I am so used to. He has yet to chew up anything other than paper and the toys he is supposed to chew up. I did catch him trying to steal a puzzle piece from the current family puzzle project, but I am not complaining about that. We dearly miss our old Griffin, but are quickly falling for our new little guy who does not seem to be predisposed to destroying all furniture, bedding and drywall he can get his mouth on (like Griffin did). I can’t imagine giving a dog up, but am grateful for the great job the many rescues around here do. We have several dogs coming to daycare from various rescues and we will happily attest to just how great they all are!
In honor of all that these wonderful rescues do, we are announcinga new program for foster dogs from these rescues. We will reserve two spaces each day for foster dogs to come to daycare at no charge. If you know of a rescue group that might be interested, please have them contact me to sign up and register their current foster dogs.
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 Playtime
Saturday playtimes are now 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


Hound Huddle Gear! We are going to place an order for new t-shirts and sweatshirts for ourselves the first week of April. We are happy to order one for you too if you are interested. We can order children’s sizes or zip front sweatshirts as well. XXL and larger sizes tend to run about $2.00 more and keep in mind that the sweatshirts tend to run a size small. Choose from Red, Navy, Pale Pink, Wow Pink, Black, or Tan. If there is another color you are interested in just let us know. Call, stop in, or email us with your order or any questions by March 31st.
Short Sleeved Unisex fit T-shirt: $10.00
Short Sleeved Ladies fit T-shirt: $11.00
Long Sleeved Unisex fit T-Shirt: $13.00
Hooded Sweatshirt: $22.00


Product of the Month: Everlasting Treats
If you have a dog that is easily bored or can be destructive when you’re not at home, our line of Everlasting Treats is just for you! With various shapes, sizes, and flavors, there’s an Everlasting Treat for just about everyone! You can ask almost any of our employees about these toys—most have purchased one (or more!) for their dogs, and they all love it! There’s the standard blue Everlasting Treat Ball, the red Everlasting Fire Plug, and the Everlasting Bento Ball that has special grooves to help clean your dog’s teeth as they chew. There are many flavors including Liver, Chicken, Vanilla Mint and a natural meat flavor that is Wheat, Corn and Soy free. With all these different options, your dog will be entertained for hours. Check them out the next time you stop in!

Dog of the Month: Gus
Did you know that the Golden Retriever has been the fifth most popular dog in the United States for over 10 years, according to the AKC? To those who know and love a Golden, that’s not surprising. This month’s Dog of the Month is Gus, a big Golden with a giant heart and a charming personality! Gus will be turning five this month, but don’t let his age fool you! He is just as likely to be bouncing around and playing with dogs half his age (or younger!) as he is to be sleeping next to you on the couch; he’s the perfect cuddle buddy! It’s hard to be grumpy when you have this big guy sitting at your feet and smiling at you! Happy birthday, Gus!

Gift Certificates
Remember, the Hound Huddle sells gift certificates! If you’re interested, be sure to ask one of our employees about them. They make a great gift for anyone and for any occasion, and they can be used in our retail section or for days of daycare!

Next Training Session... Classes will start in late April and times and dates will be released once they are determined. We’ll have training classes of all types for dogs of all sizes and experience levels. More information will be available in our next newsletter and on our website!



Get your dog a good cleaning and haircut to ring in spring! Make an appointment with Amy, Bree or Camille next door at the Oregon Pet Spa and Salon so you can get your pup all spiffed up! You can reach the salon at 608-835-8234, or visit their website, www.oregonpetsalon.com.


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Dan’s Dog Den
How to Safely Greet a Dog

Most dog bites in this country are not the result of overt attacks.  More frequently a person is bitten when they approach a strange dog in a manner perceived in the canine world as threatening, and children are often the victims.  The medical and legal consequences are serious so here is advice on how to safely meet and greet a dog not known to you.

First consider how humans greet one another.  We make direct eye contact, walk straight up to the new person with a smile and extend our hand.  In most human cultures this is acceptable and reciprocal behavior.  To a dog, this is threatening.  From their perspective a (large) stranger is staring at them, closing within personal space, showing a tooth display and jabbing a “paw” at them.  This dominance behavior puts the dog under a lot of pressure.  Suddenly thrusting your hand over the dog’s head to pet it is unwise and forces the dog to make a quick threat assessment.  Some dogs in that circumstance will fold into submission, try to move away from the person or defend themselves by a warning display of aggression.  As a last result, a dog may bite.

A polite approach is to avoid direct eye contact, turn sideways to the dog and lower your posture. You may extend a hand a few inches from your body, keeping your fingers and palm away from the dog. If the dog wants to meet you it will approach and sniff your hand. In that case you can reinforce the behavior with a soft and soothing voice saying "Gooooood dog." If you want to pet the dog, slide your hand under the chest and stroke gently. Once the dog learns to know and trust you a more direct approach may be tolerated or even appreciated.

Dan Antolec


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