Why choose Dog Haus University?
*great location in downtown Madison, for dogs with good social skills to go to doggie daycare!
*puppies can learn to play well with other puppies and adult dogs!
*newly adopted dogs can be assessed for and learn social skills!
*constructive play environment = tired dog = well balanced dog!
Social skills we focus on with your dog at Dog Haus University:
Greeting people nicely, greeting other dogs nicely both on leash and off, sharing toys and other resources, basic obedience, resting or taking breaks on their own, being comfortable in new surroundings, good bathroom habits, proper play (self-handicapping, taking breaks, side approach, soft body posture, good bite inhibition, reading other dogs’ signals, play bows).
What will your dog’s day at Dog Haus University consist of?
At Dog Haus University, we have two indoor play areas, each about 700 square feet. In each play area, there are 10-12 dogs assigned to that room each day. up to 10 dogs play at one time, while the remaining dogs rest in spacious kennels, with the groups switching out every 2 hours.
Switching the groups out every 2 hours keeps the energy level in the playing group constructive, decreasing the chances of a dog getting over-stimulated. We also serve lunch to dogs that bring it and resting for an hour before and after is recommended to prevent serious stomach issues. There is one highly trained staff member interacting with this playing group, working on all of the appropriate play skills listed above – in a very small group with a lot of attention given to each of the dogs.
Why is DHU a great place for puppies?
Puppies play with their littermates and other puppies in similar ways – lots of rough and tumble, climbing all over each other, wrestling almost non-stop, lots of face to face contact. Most adults dogs do not like this kind of play – they are looking for other dogs to respect their space and not climb over them, invite them to play with proper play bows and side approaches, and while playing they are looking for breaks in the play and gentleness from a larger playmate. It is good for puppies to play with both other puppies and adult dogs in a constructive setting.
From the East Side: Take East Washington Ave towards downtown. Turn Right on North Livingston. Turn Right on East Johnson. We will be in the middle of the block on your right hand side.
From the West Side: Take University Ave all the way through campus and it will turn into East Johnson St. We will be on the east side of the capital a few blocks from downtown on East Johnson.
** You can park in the loading zone right in front of our building for drop-off and pick-up times.***
**PARKING DURING CONSTRUCTION ON JOHNSON STREET**
DHU has off-street parking behind the building that can be accessed by the driveway to the right of the building.