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May 2011

Spring has arrived!

I am not sure if it is spring or if we skipped straight to summer.  We went from jackets to having the swimming pools out and road construction in our backyard over night.  We have details for you below on the construction process and alternate routes if you want to avoid it altogether. The good news is we have been assured there will always be access through the construction to the Hound Huddle.  Like every year, the swimming pools are a huge hit.  We get soaked, the dogs get soaked and the floors get soaked, but the sheer joy of tearing through the pools, laying in the pools and dropping toys in pools never gets old.  We do put the pools away in the afternoon to give the dogs a little time to dry, but if they are not dry enough please feel free to ask for a quick towel dry.  We have not been able to come up with a good webcam for outside, but we have taken several pool pictures already.  Be sure to check Facebook and future newsletters for those pictures soon.

Elsewhere in Hound Huddle news….we are happy for Matt who just graduated from MATC and is headed off to get his Bachelor’s in law enforcement.  While we congratulate him we are sad to lose him here.  Best of luck Matt! 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, concerns or comments. I can be reached at the Hound Huddle at 835-6622 or by email at info@houndhuddle.com or beckymittel@yahoo.com. Also remember to check out our website for the webcam link and current daycare information.

Best Regards,

Becky Mittelsteadt


Construction and Detours The construction crew has been working outside our back fence area cutting down trees. The dogs have been very busy guarding us from them, barking at them, chasing them and watching them. It certainly provides a distraction!
As most of you know, road construction started on May 9th on Janesville Street/Highway 138. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation they will be:
• resurfacing Highway 14 from the Beltline (US 12/18) to County MM (northern Oregon exit)
• “reconstructing US 14/WIS 138 interchange and placement of roundabouts at the ramp terminals” which I understand to mean they are relocating the entrance and exit ramps to 14 from Janesville St. and Highway 138 and placing roundabouts on each side of Highway 14.
We’ve been told that you will always be able to get to the daycare, but there could be some delays and backed up traffic because of the construction. Here are some alternate routes we’ve put together to make your trip here as easy and quick as possible!
From South: From Hwy 14 turn left on Hwy A then right on Hwy MM/Wolfe St.
From Hwy MM turn right on Concord Dr. then left on Rosewood Ave.
This brings you to Park Street right in front of the daycare.
From Oregon: Turn south on MM/Wolfe St. between Qwik Trip and Stop n’ Go. Take your first left on to Concord Dr. then turn left on Rosewood Ave. This brings you to Park Street right in front of the daycare.

From Stoughton: From 138 you can turn left (south) on Flint Rd., which will take you to Hwy A. Turn Right on Hwy A. At second stop sign turn right on Hwy MM. From Hwy MM/Wolfe St. turn right on Concord Dr. then left on Rosewood Ave. This brings you to Park Street right in front of the daycare.
From Madison: Fish Hatchery Rd South to Hwy CC (turn left at the second stop sign onto Hwy CC). At the stop light take a gradual right onto Janesville St. Turn south on MM/Wolfe St. between Qwik Trip and Stop n’ Go. Take your first left on to Concord Dr. then turn left on Rosewood Ave. This brings you to Park Street right in front of the daycare.
Take Hwy MM South into Oregon. Follow Main Street to the downtown stoplight and take a gradual left onto Janesville St. Turn south on MM between Qwik Trip and Stop n’ Go. Take your first left on to Concord Dr. then turn left on Rosewood Ave. This brings you to Park Street right in front of the daycare.

To go North Hwy 14 from the daycare:
From Park St. turn left on Janesville St. and follow to Main St. Take a right on Main St. and follow to the Hwy 14 entrance ramp.
Turn left on Rosewood Ave. then Right on Concord Dr. Turn right on MM/Wolfe St. to the stoplight. Then turn left on Janesville St. and follow to Main St. Take a right on Main St. and follow to the Hwy 14 entrance ramp.
To go South on Hwy 14 (or north without going through town) from the daycare: From Park St. turn left on Rosewood Ave. then Right on Concord Dr. Turn left on HWY MM/Wolfe St. to the stop sign at Highway 14.


Does your pooch need a new summer ‘do? Stop next door by the Oregon Pet Spa and Salon to make an appointment to give your dog a great new look! Amy, Bree and Camille are there to help your pooch look amazing just in time for warm spring weather! They can be reached at 835-8234.


Dog of the Month: Jazzy
We have a bit of a celebrity attending our daycare! Our dog of the month for May, Jazzy, is a former puppy model. She once appeared in a “Pets are Family Too!” ad with her human sister for Photo Express, and you can see her photographed with Dr. Vanderloo on the Oregon Veterinary Clinic’s website. She may have started off as the smallest of her littermates, but she became a lovable, playful, and beautiful girl who loves a good wrestling match with her best buds Tully and Gandhi. Her half sister Mango also visits us at the Hound Huddle; apart from their coat color—Jazzy’s a bit darker—they can be very hard to tell apart if they’re here together!


Product of the Month: Taste of the Wild
The Hound Huddle now proudly sells Taste of the Wild, a high-quality grain-free dog food made with only the best ingredients for your dog in four delicious recipes! Taste of the Wild is formulated for all life stages, contains NO by-products, and has natural antioxidants to maintain your dog’s health! This food only contains the highest quality meats, fruits, and vegetables, and the water used in processing is even purified for maximum quality! We will be carrying 5, 15 and 30 pound bags of each variety. Just ask our staff if you are interested in switching to Taste of the Wild; chances are this is the food they feed their own dogs at home! We have samples of some of the flavors—let us know if you would like one.


Oregon Dogs: 5k Run/Walk The Oregon Police K-9 Unit 5K Walk/Run is on Saturday, May 21st at the Oregon Community Sports Area, 100 North Perry Parkway. The current K-9 unit consists of Vende (left)—who will be at the event for everyone to meet. Team Hound Huddle will be there and would love to have you join us. The race starts at 9:15 without dogs, or 9:25 if you are running or walking with your dog. The cost is $25 per runner or $40 per couple. Dogs are free and the human runners get a t-shirt. Applications are available online at www.vil.oregon.wi.us. Dogs also get to run on the hockey rink from 10:30 to 11:30. We will also have a table at the event where we will be handing out free snacks and samples, so come find us on the day of the run! We hope to see you and your dogs there!


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 inclement weather 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.


T-Shirts for your dog! (and you too) In our last tee shirt order we purchased our first Hound Huddle t-shirts for dogs! We have two medium sizes in the store and can special order extra small to 3XL. They run small--the 3XL fits up to a 60 pound dog. Buster (Boston Terrier on the left) is 30 pounds and wears an Extra Large. The available colors are black, green camouflage, pink camouflage, red, raspberry pink, and turquoise. If you would like to order a shirt for your pup, just let us know what size and color you would like. The shirts are $9.50 each. We will be placing another order for Hound Huddle human gear as well, so please let us know if you would like a tee shirt or sweatshirt for yourself. Human shirts run $10 (short sleeve), $13 (long sleeve) or $22 for sweatshirts.


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: 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 and work on basic obedience skills including heeling and recall. In addition to obedience skills this class will have an emphasis on socializing your dog with others. 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. Cost is $90. This is a great opportunity to do something fun and challenging with your dog. 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
What is the value of puppy training?

Years ago it was thought that there was no reason to train a dog before it was six months of age. Thanks to years of research and a deeper understanding of canine development, we now know that puppies undergo critical stages of development between 8-18 weeks of age.

In “The Puppy Primer” noted Dane County dog trainer and animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell writes that one of the most important things you can do for your puppy is give it careful, positive exposure to all the things it might encounter as an adult. A poorly socialized and fearful puppy can become an aggressive adult. She adds that the dog brain is fully developed by 5 months, and the first year of life is very important for socialization.

The veterinarian, animal behaviorist and dog trainer Dr. Ian Dunbar agrees in his book “Before & After Getting Your Puppy” that the critical period of socialization ends by three months of age. He describes this critical stage of development as the time “during which puppies learn to accept and enjoy the company of other dogs and people.” He goes so far as to state “appropriate socialization and training is the single biggest factor determining how closely the dog will approach your view of perfection in adulthood.” Indeed, he asserts that socialization is far more influential than bloodline in determining temperament and behavior.

This winter I enjoyed a conversation with Sarah Kalnajs, a dog trainer and animal behaviorist based in Madison who began her career teaching puppy socialization classes. She told me the single most important thing a dog owner can do for their pet is to provide proper and timely socialization during the critical stage of development.
These three experts are all accomplished dog trainers, yet they now focus on rehabilitating dogs that were not properly socialized and have become reactive, fearful and aggressive. The consequence of not socializing a puppy too often leads to euthanasia as they develop undesirable behaviors and their owners give up on them.

I urge you to seek out a puppy socialization course and begin working with your puppies from day one. In addition, “The Puppy Primer” and “Before & After Getting Your Puppy” are great resources for puppy owners. Hound Huddle also offers a Puppy Pre-School course and Saturday morning playtimes for puppies.

Dan Antolec



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