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Inside Information: Beating Your Dog’s Cabin Fever

Stuck inside and feeling bored?  We’re facing the coldest days of the year here in Wisconsin and it’s hard to want to take your dog outside to exercise. And even if you do get out, after just a few minutes you may find your dog running back to the comfort of his or her warm bed.  However, there comes a time when most dogs get sick of just sitting around and start to get cabin fever.  Here are a few things you can do to exercise your dog’s mind and body:

  • Back in May we published a list of 4 Class Kids Games to Play With Your Dog, including doggy basketball, hide ‘n seek and more. Each of these ideas can be done inside to keep your dog entertained.
  • If your dog is well trained around other dogs and people, find a store where dogs are allowed to shop along with you, such as PetSmart, Petco, Pet Supplies Plus or another local store geared towards pets. Just a quick errand like this can do wonders for your dog. The smells, sights and sounds of a store like this is very stimulating to your dog’s senses.
  • Teach your dog a new trick. Use positive reinforcement and take baby steps towards your goal. Do not try to get your dog to learn the whole trick at once. Eventually you can link all the pieces together and show off your new trick! Check out all the useful tricks this dog can do!
  • If you find yourself short on time to play with your dog, doggy daycare can be a good option. Even once a week during these winter months, doggy daycare can give your dog an outlet of energy and the opportunity to play with other dogs.
  • If you are a person who needs structure in order to stick to a plan, signing up for a dog training class can help you carve out time training your dog, and also give you ideas for fun games and training techniques you can do at.

It’s still important to get your dog some fresh air each day, just don’t stay out too long. Here’s an idea one of our clients shared “we shovel out a circular path in the snow so our dog can run around it like a race track!” This or a quick walk to the mailbox can help break up the long day inside for your dog.

When dogs get too little exercise – physical, mental or both – for prolonged periods of time their behavior can suffer. Dogs who don’t usually chew can start to find inappropriate things to chew on, for example, because they are trying to get out some of their energy. We hope these ideas will help put you on the right track to keeping your pup happy and balanced in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please let us know!

PetU is a family-owned, K9 Higher Education facility that offers dog training, daycare, boarding grooming and a campus store – all with education at the core. We provide a solid foundation of training, socialization and nutrition to help dogs and their owners be the best team they can be.

PetU Glendale: There’s a New Dog in Town!

With two campuses located in Racine and Milwaukee, Pet University (otherwise known as PetU) is not new to the Milwaukee area, and we are thrilled to have recently opened our 3rd campus – PetU Glendale. The newest PetU is located at 727 W. Glendale Avenue Suite 600 near the Sprecher Brewery.  We are open for business — if you’re in the area, stop in! Follow our new signs on Glendale Ave and you’ll find us.

Like PetU Milwaukee and PetU Racine, the Glendale location will be offering doggy daycare, dog training classes, dog boarding and spa bath services.

PetU is making many updates to the Glendale campus:

  • 10 individual boarding suites
  • Brightening up the space with new paint on all walls
  • A front end makeover to create a welcoming space
  • New spa bath tub with a new line of shampoos
  • All Poochfessors are trained to reinforce basic manners throughout the day
  • And much more…

You’re invited! We welcome you to attend our Grand Opening party on Saturday, December 10 from 12-3pm.  If you are out shopping at Bay Shore or other local businesses please stop in to meet the staff and check out the newly renovated facility. At the Grand Opening we’ll have giveaways for doggy daycare and other special offers, along with delicious cake to celebrate.  Kids are welcome, and while we’d love to meet your dog in the near future, we’ve learned it is best to focus on people at our Grand Openings so we can thoroughly answer all of your questions.

New to PetU? Here’s what makes us different: Training is at the heart of everything we do.

Our Mission: PetU is a family-owned, K9 Higher Education facility that offers dog training, daycare, boarding grooming and a campus store – all with education at the core.

We provide a solid foundation of training, socialization and nutrition to help dogs and their owners be the best team they can be.

Our knowledgeable, courteous staff embrace a commitment to excellence in K9 Education. We take price in maintaining a safe, healthy, clean and FUN environement.

To read more about the services offered across PetU locations, please click here:

Dog Daycare

Dog Training

Dog Boarding

Dog Grooming

 

What To Expect While Your Dog Is Boarding at PetU

When you’re getting ready to leave on a trip there is always so much to coordinate. The last thing you want to worry about is whether or not you’ve got everything set related to your dog’s “vacation” while you’re away.

We created this dog boarding checklist so you can be one step closer to getting on the road (or catching your flight!).

Before you board:

  • For new clients, an initial assessment is always the first step. We want to make sure your dog will be comfortable boarding at PetU and can socialize with the other dogs and our co-workers.
  • While not required, we strongly recommend you bring your dog to day care at least once before he or she starts boarding. Your dog gets a chance to meet the PetU Poochfessors, sniff around the building and make some new friends. Plus, by picking up your dog after that day of day care, it reassures him or her during boarding that you will come back.

When you drop off:

  • Pack an overnight bag. What to pack:
    • Pre-bagged food for the stay   TIP: we always recommend sending food for an extra day in case you get delayed in your travels.
    • Quick release collar
    • Treats or toys TIP: a great treat for the first night is a Kong filled with peanut butter!
    • Bed and/or blanket
    • Anything he/she sleeps with at home TIP: please do not send anything sentimental or high value, as things can get ripped/stained
    • Medication, in its original container, if needed.
  • Let us know if there are basic commands your dog is working on improving, and we will be happy to reinforce them throughout the stay
  • Please label ALL your dog’s belongings – especially towels, blankets or food buckets
  • All balances must be paid at drop off. Then at the end of your trip the only thing you have to think about is how excited your dog will be to see you!
  • “Like” us on Facebook so you can see pictures of all the fun your dog is having during his or her stay.
  • Some boarding facilities keep the dogs in crates most of the day, but your dog will join our day care playgroups and have full access to the fenced outside play area. During the summer we have pools and in the winter they love rolling in the snow. So, they might be a little dirty by the end of the stay. Let us know if you’d like to add a bath for your dog’s last day.  TIP:  Complimentary bath with a 7-night stay!

When you pick up:

  • Your dog will be playing hard with the other dogs. Sometimes dogs do play with their teeth and nails. Because training is our focus, we are always on the lookout for inappropriate play styles. However, the occasional scratch can happen. It’s usually not serious but we will always notify you if any scratches happen during your dog’s stay.
  • Please don’t be alarmed if your dog drinks more than normal the day he or she gets home. For many dogs, the change in routine of boarding can be a stressful experience even if they had fun. Dogs can show stress by not eating or drinking, although there is plenty of food and water available to them. TIP: To avoid tummy troubles, don’t let your dog drink too much water too fast. Putting ice cubes in the dish can slow him or her down.

Now that you know what to expect while your dog is boarding at PetU, you can rest easy and enjoy your vacation or work trip, knowing your pup is doing the same! Feel free to give us a call to check in while you’re gone.