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By Doghaus University, Jul 6 2017 02:38PM

Managing Canine Stress By Visiting A Dog Sitting Center

Is your pup constantly stressed and you can't figure out why? There's a chance that they might need a little break in a dog sitting center. These centers can serve as an excellent release valve for stress in both you and your pup. Here's why you should consider one for your stressed-out best friend ever.

Signs Your Pup Is Stressed

Before assuming your dog is stressed, it is important to watch them for these simple symptoms. While not every dog will show the exact same signs, the following are typical of most dog breeds and easy to spot:

Pacing actions around your home

Staring at you regularly while excessively blinking

Pronounced whites in the eye

Tense grimaces caused by pulling back their lips

Yips, barks, whimpers, or even growls based on nothing

Quick startling behaviors, such as jumping at your voice

Hyperactivity or lack of movement

What stresses out dogs? There are many different influences. For example, they may simply miss you when you're gone or get bothered when new people visit. However, many dogs often suffer from a lack of socialization with their species which can cause agitation and frustration.

How Socialization In A Dog Sitting Center Can Help

Dog sitting gives your pup an excellent chance to engage in consistent socialization with their peers. While their relationship with you is vital and important, most dogs need a large social group that provides them with the chance to interact with many individuals.

Consistent socialization in one of the most important behaviors for a healthy dog. By integrating them with a dog sitting center, you provide them with the high-quality socialization they need to be happy and healthy and free from anxiety.

Other Benefits Of Dog Sitting

While dog sitting provides your canine friend with a myriad of socialization benefits, it also offers other advantages. Dog sitting is great for both you and your buddy in a variety of ways, a few of which we will outline below and then explain in greater detail beneath the list:

Gives them a break from you

Creates a new and fun environment

Improves their self-esteem

Eliminates separation anxiety

Boosts their physical health

Why is it a good idea to give your pup a break from you? Well, living together can be stressful and your pup may need an occasional break. More importantly, you may need to take some time off from them in order to appreciate them more fully.

That's why dog sitting is such a good choice for this action: it provides your pup with a new and fun environment. Once they are comfortable with a dog sitting center, your pup will love visiting their new friends. In this way, you can improve their self-esteem and also eliminate the nasty separation anxiety that can affect so many dogs of every age.

All of these benefits also help contribute to improved mental and physical health. At a dog sitting center, your pup will get regular exercise that will get them burning calories to feel much healthier. In this way, you can extend their life by making them healthier and happier than they may have been for a very long time.

As you can see, dog sitting can help not only eliminate anxiety in your pup but provide them with many excellent benefits. That's why you should contact us as soon as possible. We can set up a visit that gives you and your pup an insight into the whole dog sitting experience.

By visiting us ahead of time, you give your pup a chance to explore the center and meet our workers. It also gives them the chance to meet new doggy buddies. So don't hesitate to come on down and see what we have to offer you and your dog.

By Doghaus University, Jun 26 2017 05:59PM

The Importance of Facility Tours When Choosing a Pet Daycare

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a pet daycare facility. Whether it is your first time or your hundredth – in which case, how many places does your town have left? – there is one thing that you should always look for – a facility tour.

For most of us, it can be kind of a strange experience handing over that leash or kitty crate to a complete stranger even if they are part of a completely reputable business. There are a lot of horror stories out there for us to have trust issues about our pets, so it should definitely be part of the job description of a pet daycare facility to make you feel safe leaving your pet with them. One of the fastest ways to do that is to show off where your pet will be staying and let us see firsthand the kind of care that pets get there.

If They Don’t Offer…

If you head down to the pet daycare facility you are considering and they don’t offer a facility tour – Ask! Some pet owners only need to read a few good reviews or a recommendation from someone they know to build trust in a place, so not every pet daycare facility will offer a tour outright. They are run by humans too – another crucial sign of a good pet daycare facility - so it is distinctly possible that whoever is manning the front desk or taking your call will forget to offer.

However, if you ask and they decline, it is probably best to just get back in your car and look for another place. Providing facility tours have become a staple in the pet daycare business because of how effective it is. There are a lot of people that don’t feel right leaving their pet somewhere if they can’t see where they are going to be. Who knows what could be behind those doors, right? Your cat could be shoved in a cage just slightly larger than their carrier or your dog could be tossed in a room full of squalor and poorly socialized dogs that like to pick fights. If they don’t invite you to see their operation, it is probably because customers wouldn’t be exactly pleased by it.

Questions to Ask on a Facility Tour

Don’t just walk around in silence or listening to your impromptu tour guide talk. A facility tour not only lets you get a glimpse at the facilities of a pet daycare, but give you some time to ask any and all pressing questions. The answers to those questions should make it super easy to settle on if the daycare is right for you.

So what are some questions to ask?

What are Their Hours? – Be clear on their hours of operation as well as if they have any designated pick up or drop off times.

How Often Are The Facilities Cleaned? – If you smell a smell that is kind of off, don’t be afraid to ask them what that smell is. A dog could have had an accident or they could have just got done cleaning an area, and that is fine. However, if it looks like it hasn’t been cleaned for weeks and the staff are dodgy about how often it is cleaned, it might be a bad sign.

How Animals are Separated? – Even if your pet doesn’t get along with other animals, they should still get quality care. Are all animals just lumped together, or do they have separate areas for less social animals?

Are Employees Trained? – Does every employee know what to do in the event of a medical emergency, do they know the signs that an animal is distressed, or are they just some random animal lover that is tossed into the frey?

All of these questions should have answers that help assuage your fears and will make sure you are picking the right facility. If you are in the Madison area and looking for a pet daycare, contact us today. Doghaus University will be more than happy to show you around.

By Doghaus University, Jun 16 2017 06:15PM

How To Avoid a Bad Dog Sitting Experience

If you are in the market for a dog sitter, you have likely happened across more than a few horror stories about some pretty bad ones. Stories about dog sitters stealing from clients or, in the worst cases, abusing the dog are common and it is important that they aren't ignored. Not only do they make sure that bad dog sitters no longer get business, but it educates those looking for a dog sitter on what to look for. If you are looking to avoid a bad dog sitting experience, you merely need to take information away from those horror stories to know what to look for because you better believe there are noticeable signs of a bad dog sitter before you even hand over the leash.

Hobbyist Versus a Professional

It is important that you make the decision between choosing a dog sitter that is a hobbyist and choosing a company that does professional dog sitting. This isn't saying that hobbyist dog sitters are bad, necessarily. There are a lot of hobbyists out there that truly love dogs and do a great job caring for them. However, choosing a hobbyist comes with more risks. There are hobbyists that don't know what to do if your dog has an emergency, your dog might not get along with their pets, and they may not provide the dedicated care that you would want.

Alternatively, professional dog sitters need certifications for both their business and their ability to care for dogs. They do this for a living and naturally they take their livelihood very seriously, so often you get better dedicated care for your dog as well. However, just like with hobbyists, there are also bad professional services as well. However, with both, you can usually tell by looking and typically their dirt isn't buried very deeply beneath the surface.

Do Your Digging

When choosing a dog sitter, take a cue from your dog and do a little digging. Some services might just be one Google search away from a number of scandals or a series of bad reviews on service websites. On the flip side, you can also dig up a series of raving reviews that praise them for their services and all the little things they do to create a great environment for your dog. You would be surprised what just a small bit of digging can uncover.

Looking for a Company's Due Diligence

There are a few little things that a dog sitter can have that shows they are dedicated to providing top quality service. This includes running background checks on their employees, having insurance that protects pets while they are sitting from accidents, and filing the necessary paperwork to obtain a license to show that they are indeed regulated by a government entity.

These small little touches should be a major influence on your choice of dog sitter as it shows that they make your dog's safety a top priority and try to prevent things from going badly.

Set Up a Meeting

You know what they say, the nose knows. Well, your dog's nose, anyway. If you want to see that your dog is well taken care of, set up a pre-sit meeting so you can watch how the dog sitter and your dog interact with each other. Make sure they are friendly and aren't too forceful with your pooch. If they can confidently answer questions while interacting with your dog, it is a pretty good sign that they can handle things.

If you are looking for a great dog sitter in the Madison area, one that is both professional and loves dogs, contact us today.

By Doghaus University, Jun 12 2017 08:24PM

3 Things You Should Expect For Your Nervous Pup

It isn't uncommon for many dogs to be prone to a bit of anxiety or nervousness, especially when they are placed in a new environment, enjoy spending most of their time at home with their dog mom or dad, or are sensitive to their surroundings, noise, and other pets. However, being a dog mom or dad to a nervous pup doesn't mean it will be impossible to find a day care solution. In fact, there are plenty of things that can be done to soothe your dog's anxiety and ensure that they are not only calm, but genuinely enjoy their stay at day care. In this post, we will take a look at the top three things you should expect from a day care center and pet professional when you have a nervous pup.

A Wide Range of Soothing Techniques Readily Available: When a pet professional works at or operates a day care center, it is part of their job requirements to be highly knowledgeable on the subject of not just caring for dogs, but comforting them too. So when a dog is noticeably upset, nervous, or anxious, a caring pet professional will know exactly what they need to do and will immediately jump into action. Although the first soothing technique might not work right away or work at all, there are several more methods that will be used until the right one is found to soothe your nervous pup. Whether it is playing classical music, distracting the dog with toys, or grooming him or her, everything will be tried to help calm your furry friend until they are content again.

The Ability to Notice Triggers And Causes of Anxiety: When a young puppy, middle-aged dog, or even an older canine begins to get noticeably uncomfortable, the right pet care professionals will not only know what to do to minimize their anxiety, but will also pay attention to what could be causing it. After all, when the trigger is identified, it can be addressed or removed so that it won't continue to aggravate your furry friend. The best pet care professionals have to be patient, understanding, and intuitive as all of these characteristics are needed to "diagnose" the cause behind the anxiety. If the anxiety is caused by loud noise, the day care center will make sure to reduce noise around your dog as much as possible. If it is because of separation anxiety, one of the staff members will ease their nervousness and stay with them until they feel comfortable and safe again. Preventative measures will be put in place to reduce or completely resolve any nervousness your dog experiences in order to provide them with a more enjoyable day care experience.

A Watchful Eye: Tracking a dog's anxiety or nervousness is also a part of a the pet care professional's job description. If multiple measures have been taken and your lovable fur baby is still uncomfortable, they may recommend that you take your pup to a veterinarian for a comprehensive examination. If the dog's nervousness seems to get better or goes away completely, those measures will be put in place to permanently keep the anxiety away. It would be lazy and irresponsible of a pet care professional to simply do the easiest thing to quell a dog's anxiety. Part of the entire process is ensuring that the anxiety and nervousness stays away for good and your furry friend can be happy when they are in the care of pet care professionals.

Looking for more information on what you should expect from a pet care professional to address puppy anxiety? Don't hesitate to contact us for any advice you need or questions you may have.

By Doghaus University, Jun 12 2017 08:13PM

Short Hairstyles for Your Pooch

Most busy dog owners choose short haircuts over long cuts for their furry friends. The reason for this is because long hair requires a good amount of brushing each day and is higher maintenance. Long hair can easily get tangled and matted, so everyday brushing is necessary. And as your dog rolls around and digs outside, it is easier for him to get his fur mangled in dirt, leaves or debris.

Shorter haircuts have its benefits, not only for you but your dog as well. If your dog suffers from a skin condition, short hair is better because air exposure to the skin is beneficial. This also helps with summertime or in hotter temperatures. Short hair allows your dog’s skin to breathe and helps for cooling off. Whereas long hair blocks airflow and can trap moisture, which is not good for certain areas of your dog’s body. Long hair can block the ears or eyes and can lead to build-up, and the hair can get matted with gunk.

If you have decided on a short haircut for your furry friend, here are four different hairstyles to choose from:


Also known as the puppy cut, the kennel cut is sometimes the lowest maintenance hairstyle of all because it provides fast cuts, easier brushing, and less upkeep between trims. This hairstyle keeps your dog's hair the same length all over, and the cut is no more than two inches chopped off. Not only is this hairstyle practical, but it keeps a unified look when the hair grows out. If you go a bit longer without a trim, it is not as noticeable as other cuts.

Teddy Bear

The teddy bear cut is trending at the moment because this cute hairstyle makes your dog look cuddly and irresistible like a stuffed teddy bear. This teddy hairstyle, worn by more dogs these days, are popular with breeds like Pomeranians, Shih Tzus, and Yorkies. For this hairstyle, the cut keeps the body fur to your desired length, so you determine the shortness of the hair around the body. However, the legs and face are kept round and full, creating a cuddly plumpness like a stuffed bear. This cute hairstyle will give your pooch a lot of attention in public, but keep in mind it also requires more touch-ups.


For a similar cut to the teddy bear trim, the lamb cut provides that but goes shorter. This do is perfect for summertime because the cut around the body goes even shorter than the teddy bear cut. The legs and face are still kept a little fuller like the teddy bear trim as well, but the overall purpose of this cut is having the hair short. The benefits of this hairstyle over the teddy bear is that there is less upkeep, which is better for busy owners.

Very Short

Very-short cuts are the ultimate do for summertime. The trimmed fur takes off a lot of the weight from the dog's whole body, removing his blanket-of-hair off for better handling of the heat. If you prefer that your dog's head is kept fuller, you can mix this very short do with a different head style. For instance, take a kennel or teddy bear head trim and keep the whole body super short. The point of this hairstyle is providing your furry friend comfort in hot weather, allowing his skin to breathe.

Short haircuts have its benefits and are more sanitary for a busy lifestyle, but it's also important to pick a hairdo that works for you and your dog. For more information on the best haircut for your furry friend, contact us. We'll give your pooch the perfect treatment, providing a great makeover that will have your dog looking and feeling great.

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