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By Doghaus University, Apr 23 2017 04:33PM

5 Reasons to Walk Your Furry Friend Everyday

Having a lovable, energetic pup in your home is one of the greatest joys there is. Dogs have been beloved animal friends of people for thousands of years and the bond that people share with their dogs is unlike anything else. When it comes to owning a pet, whether you are a first time "dog mom or dad" or you have several furry friends in your home, there is plenty you can do to keep your dog healthy and happy. And in this post, we will discuss the five benefits of walking your puppy pal every day.

It Gets You (Both) Moving: Dogs are naturally active creatures and need to get their own physical fitness in everyday in order to maintain optimum health. Not being walked regularly doesn't just affect their physical health; they can also suffer from psychological problems if they aren't getting their daily exercise in. Dogs are happiest and at their best when they can be outdoors and being energetic. And the added benefit of regular dog walking is that you too are getting your daily exercise! The two of you can enjoy the fresh air, get in some great cardio, and feel refreshed afterwards.

Get Rid of Destructive Behavior: If your dog is developing bad habits such as scratching, digging, and clawing, a walk may be the cure. When dogs are not routinely active, it is not uncommon for them to become destructive in their behavior. But these problems can easily be addressed with a brisk walk every day. Think of pets in a similar manner that you would think of children; if they aren't given something constructive to do, it will lead to destructive tendencies.

Regular Activity Has Calming Effects: Think about it. When you have had a particularly intense a day at work, sometimes the best thing you can do is go for a walk somewhere scenic or hit the gym to sweat away the stress. It's the same for dogs. If your furry friend seems hyperactivity and filled with energy, even late at night, a walk is just the medicine he or she needs. After an energizing walk, your dog will be much more likely to sleep better at night and be calmer in your home.

Establish a Greater Bond: Walking your dog is one of the easiest and most effective ways to establish a strong bond. Especially if you have just welcomed your dog into your home, get in the habit of walking him or her everyday. With consistency, your furry friend will look forward to the daily walks they get to have with their favorite human. In no time at all, you will have developed a strong relationship in which your dog fully trusts you.

Promotes Better Behavior: Young puppies especially need to be trained to behave properly around you, small children, and strangers. One great way to teach them proper dog manners is by walking with them on a routine basis. You can teach them how to walk by your side the right way instead of pulling ahead or running toward every little thing that captures their attention. When your dog has developed great behavior on their walks with you, it will be easier for them when someone they don't know has to walk them, such as a pet sitter or professional dog walker.

At our pet day care center, we pride ourselves on providing every dog with an energizing, adventurous walk to maintain their health and happiness. If you are in need of a sitter for your dog or are looking for other pet services, don't hesitate to contact us today.

By Doghaus University, Apr 23 2017 04:30PM

Pet Sitting is the Best Option for Your Furry Friend

One of the hardest things about making plans to go on vacation is leaving your pet behind. It feels like leaving a part of your family at home while you travel, relax, and enjoy yourself. It's heartbreaking because our pets become a part of who we are. They're engrained in our hearts and such a huge part of our lives. Leaving them alone is almost too much to bear. So, what should you do?

Comfort is Key

One of the main drawbacks when it comes to leaving your pet behind is the thought of them spending their days in a pen or a small room, all alone or surrounded by other animals they don't know. It's often a stressful image, especially when you know you'll be having a fun, carefree adventure. That's where pet sitting comes to the rescue. Pet sitting provides a way for your pet to feel safe, loved, and taken care of in your absence. Staying at home, a place they're familiar with and comfortable in makes the days or week that you're gone less stressful for your furry friend.

They'll Have Fun Too

If you were to leave your pet in a kennel, they'd probably spend most of their time alone, wondering where you are. But, if you choose pet sitting, your dog or cat will spend time lounging on the couch, spending time with their new friend, and playing to their heart's content. Whether you choose to have a pet-sitter stop by 3 times a day or stay overnight, your pet won't feel alone or abandoned. Our pet sitters will play with them, pet them, take them on walks, and cuddle with them. After all, we love pets too.

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Pets often suffer from anxiety when their owner leaves for extended periods of time. They miss the constant company, the loving belly rubs, and the walks around the neighborhood. When a pet sitter stays with your pet while you're away they still get to enjoy all of their day-to-day luxuries. They'll miss you, but they won't suffer anxiety and distress because you're gone. It's the best thing you can do for your pet.

One is a Lonely Number

No one likes to be alone, and that's true for pets too. They don't want to spend hours a day in solitude. Pet kennels don't completely ignore their guests, but there's no way they can focus solely on your pet when there are so many others demanding their attention. Your pet will get a few minutes of affection here and there, and then they'll be on their own again. Pets, especially those who are extremely close with their owners, need a lot more than that to stay happy and healthy. They're used to being the center of attention, and they won't understand why they suddenly aren't. A pet-sitter has all the time in the world to spend with your pet. They're there to make sure your pet is healthy, safe, well-fed, and loved.

Pet sitting is the best way to make your vacation, not only bearable but enjoyable for your pet. You won't have to worry that your pet is alone, unattended, or not getting enough exercise. At Dog Haus University, we take care of your pet as if they were our own because we love pets. They're not only our business, they're our world. And we know just how special your pet is to you. We always ensure your dog or cat gets enough exercise, love, attention, and food. Our pet-sitters are only a phone call away if you get worried about your pet, and they'll have accurate up-to-date information. We offer several pet sitting rates and services, so you can choose the one that works best for you. If you're planning a vacation, and you want the absolute best for your pet while you're away, please contact us today.

By Doghaus University, Apr 11 2017 09:31PM

Creating A Safe Dog Sitting Experience

A good dog sitter has a comfortable and friendly environment in which your pup will feel at home and relaxed. However, simply throwing your dog at the sitter without preparation can create a dangerous situation for both your dog and the sitters. Here's how you can create a safe dog sitting experience for all involved.

Take Your Dog To Meet The Sitter

One problem that dogs often have when being introduced into a pet sitting environment is being left with somebody they don't know well enough to trust. This puts both your pup and your sitter in danger by creating a situation in which your dog may react poorly. That's why it is important to introduce them to the sitter (or other sitters in the company) in advance.

Meet them in a neutral area and let your dog examine them in the typical way. This includes sniffing their hands, rubbing against their legs, and playing with them. A good dog sitter will bond with a dog during this period and learn a lot about their personality. This is crucial for a safe dog sitting experience.

Explore The Sitter's Area And Their Other Animals

After your pup feels comfortable with their sitter, take them to the sitting center. Here you should let your dog explore the area, including the fun play area, and interact with other dogs. They should be leashed during this experience, though, to avoid any chances of conflict. Remember to be confident when letting your dog explore to give them the strength they need to have fun.

Introducing your dog to the center in this way minimizes the type of anxiety and panic that can occur in dogs in this situation. This anxiety and panic are not safe because they can cause the dog to lash out in frustration against its handlers or behave in erratic and difficult ways.

Include Leashes And Muzzles With Their Care Kit

Send a small care kit to the center with your dog, one that includes treats, toys, leashes, and muzzles. The latter two items are very important for situations in which your dog may end up misbehaving. All the best planning in the world can't account for those situations in which a dog's behavior goes wrong. Muzzles and leashes create a safer situation by allowing your sitters to take control of the situation quickly.

A good leash should be able to attach to the dog's collar quickly without much struggle. It should also include a locking mechanism that keeps them from roaming too far. A muzzle should be able to be snapped on quickly and without struggle. Getting one on a panicking or attacking dog can be tricky, so finding an easy-to-use one is necessary for ensuring the safety of your dog and their sitters.

The Importance Of Comfort Items

As mentioned above, a good dog sitting care kit should include toys. Make sure to include toys that you know comfort your dog or remind them of home. These toys are typically those that your dog favors or treats like their "baby." Most dogs have one or two toys that they connect with emotionally in this manner and including them can serve as a calming mechanism for an upset dog.

However, they should only be used when necessary because many dogs will get possessive of these items. This can lead to fights if curious pups in the center try to take a look at or even take their toy. Let the sitter know which of these toys is a "comfort" item so that they know when to use them properly.

By following these simple steps, you create a fun environment for your dog and let your sitters work with him successfully. Your dog will actually look forward to visiting their friends at the sitters and will come home with a big sloppy grin on their face. To learn more about the benefits of dog sitting or other topics like this, please contact us today to learn more.

By Doghaus University, Apr 11 2017 09:28PM

Treating Tear Stains on Light-Colored Dogs

If you have a light or white-colored dog, then it would not have been long before you noticed the otherwise pristine fur on their face stained by their natural tears. However, it is not their own tears that often stain the fur, but something else. The moisture produced by a dog’s tears make the area around the eye a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. As a result, the hair under their eyes appears stained. So how do you deal with tears stains when it comes to grooming your dog?

Dealing with the Cause

The easiest way of removing tear stains on your dog and preventing them from coming back is to identify the cause. Typically the cause is excessive tears which can be caused by a number of different reasons including environmental, medical, and even genetic factors.

When searching for environmental causes, the drinking water, food quality, and allergens are often to blame. It is believed that a high mineral content in the dog’s drinking water can contribute to staining. If you dog also presents staining by the mouth, this should be a good indicator. As for food quality, food dyes and preservatives can have the same effect as high mineral drinking water. Finally, allergens will increase a dog’s tears, thus making the growth of bacteria easier and more frequent.

As for medical causes of tear stains, there are many minor medical maladies that can present in dogs that may be the cause. This includes ingrown eye lashes, abnormally large tear glands, stress, medication, and ear infections. If you have ruled out environmental factors, a veterinarian can help diagnose any potential medical factors that may cause the stains.

Finally, there are some breeds that are sadly predisposed to tear stains. These include Shih Tzu, Maltese, Bichon, and Pekinese breeds. These dogs are prone to producing more tears than others, and thus may have some staining. While there is little you can do about genetics, you do know that you will need to combat tear stains for a lifetime rather just clear up one cause.

Removing the Tear Stains

Once you have found the reason behind the tear stains, be it a treatable condition or unfortunate genetics, it is time to learn how to clear them away. There are two courses of action to go about.

The first is to visit your veterinarian in order to get medication that will either cure a bacterial infection or change the pH of the tears themselves to prevent bacterial growth. This will typically stop tears stains.

The other method is to treat the actual external stains themselves. It is important to know that there are a number of miracle substances marketed out there that claim to do just that. Some may work, others may just be snake oil, and a spare few may actually be dangerous. However, there are a number of holistic solutions you can try at home.

The most effective solution includes mixing a little lemon juice with contact cleaning solution (the kind that includes boric acid). This will serve to both kill the bacteria and whiten the fur underneath it. However, because of the lemon juice, naturally you will want to be very careful to not get any of the solution in the dog’s eyes.

Cleaning a dog’s face, much less that area around their eyes is a daunting and occasionally impossible task (depending on the dog), but you don’t have to do it yourself. If you live in the Madison, WI area, contact us today and let up clean your dog’s tear stains away for you. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should neglect trying to find and treat the source if it is not a genetic trait of your dog breed.

By Doghaus University, Mar 27 2017 07:37PM

How to Untangled Matted Dog Hair

Alongside that dopey face and friendly disposition, a dog’s smooth coat of fur is among their finest qualities. Unfortunately, while some dogs are naturally predisposed to a constantly smooth coat of fur, others have bad hair days to rival your very worst one. Longer coats have the tendency to easily accumulate tangles and mats which are not only pleasant to your eyes and touch, but feel none too comfortable for the dog either. However, dealing with dog tangles typically rise above the talents of the dog owner, but can be easily dealt with by employing a few dog grooming tricks from the pros.

Treat Mats Before Bath Time

Typically we deal with mats at the same time we deal with other grooming tasks like bathing. However, it is important to always tackle mats and tangles before the bath. The water will just get caught up in the tangles, not only trapping soap and dirt in there, but tightening the mat up and making it harder to untangle. That being said, you shouldn’t go at tangles completely dry either. A little spritz of water or deta

Pre-Treat Tangles

As tangles are such a widespread problem in dogs, almost every single pet store will stock some sort of detangler to aid in your venture. While most products help, if you are in a fix and don’t have any, a little water and cornstarch will have a similar effect.

Have the Right Tools

If you try to go at a mass of mats with your typical dog brush, you are going to cause your dog a lot more pain than you have to. Parting the hair with a rat tail comb and brushing with a pin brush in small sections of a time is the best method. That should do the trick with small to medium-sized mats. However, if your dog is prone to larger mats, it may be best to invest in a specific de-matting brush.

Use those Fingers

Combs are handy and everything, but if you don’t have a lot of skill with them or your dog has a bit of a phobia, your best option is to get your finger in there and pull the mat apart until it can be easily brushed out. However, to avoid pain make sure you are always pulling on the mat and not the fur attached to the skin.

Avoid Spending Too Much Time on One Area

Most dog groomers will follow the rule of ten when grooming a dog. This means that you should only do ten strokes in one area before moving to another. This helps minimize discomfort and will prevent the dog’s skin from becoming irritated. So if you can’t get a particularly difficult mat loose in ten strokes, spritz it with detangler and come back to it later.

When In Doubt, Shave it Out

While you shouldn’t cut out individual tangles without the help of a groomer to make the fur look even, sometimes a dog’s fur can get so bad that it is a lost cause. You see this more often with strays, but sometimes you can miss a mat that just gets insanely out of control if your dog has a lot of fur. In these cases, it would be too painful for the dogs to try to get all the mats out. If this is the case, don’t be afraid to get the clippers out and sheer a dog down. However, sometimes that drastic of a measure might be best left to professional groomers.

If you find your dog’s tangles a little too much work for you or you just need some other grooming services, contact us. Dog Haus University specializes in everything from doggie daycare to doggie bath time.

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