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Passing the Leash

small dh logo framedHowdy Dawg Blawg followers! We recently emailed out some BIG NEWS through our website (www.dawghouse.biz). Here’s the news about our passing the leash on to some new pack leaders…

Hello everyone,

As stated in the subject of this email—we have some BIG NEWS and big changes coming to Dawg House. We have owned and loved Dawg House since 2004; we have tried to meet everybody’s needs and most of all take the best possible care of the dogs that have been such a large part of our lives. With very mixed emotions, we have decided to sell Dawg House.

This process and its’ outcome have happened very quickly, but we wanted to make sure it was 100% concluded prior to letting you all know. Just to reassure everyone—we would NEVER choose people to continue our legacy without fully approving who they are, and also having the utmost confidence in their abilities.

May 16th (in about two weeks), the new owners will take possession of Dawg House. We (Christopher and Erica) will stay on the premises for 30 days to train and guide, introduce and assist, and help with whatever else is needed to make the new owners comfortable and confident in moving forward. It will also be the time to make sure you all are WELL cared for during the transition, because that is the most important part.

This also means that it will be business as usual in the next couple weeks…we will be here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Please don’t hesitate to ask when we see you, or by email, or call us. Just to reassure you all—any passes you have purchased are still valid and any on-site boarding arrangements you have made are being honored.

The new owners names are Chris and Rebecca (she calls herself Beck). Already easy—you only have to learn one new name =). Beck has been a licensed Vet Tech for the last 23 years and is currently managing a large veterinary clinic in Tucson. Chris has a degree in Business and has worked in Corporate Sales and Marketing for the last 25 years.

Please know how much each of you means to us. Without you, Dawg House would never have been the remarkable community that it currently is and will continue to be.

Thank you and we look forward to speaking with all of you in person,
Erica and Christopher

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Dawg House Dog Daycare
2201 N Stone Ave.
Tucson AZ 85705
(520) 903-2949
http://www.dawghouse.biz
https://dawghousedogdaycare.wordpress.com/

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Nosework

There’s a new sport in town and it’s called Nosework! One of our regulars, Sammy, started a 6 week course in this sport and came to Dawg House right after his class.  He seemed thrilled! He is also one of the dogs that will spend 15+ minutes in the parking lot early Tuesday and Thursday mornings just sniffing, so we’re not surprised!

Nosework has only been around for a couple years, and most competitions occur in California and New Mexico; a local trainer looks to change that.  JJ Belcher teaches the class on Thursday mornings from 9am-10am at Canada del Oro Riverfront Park at 551 W. Lambert Lane in Oro Valley.  He is hoping to expand his class offerings and have a Saturday morning class in the near future.

During the beginning classes, the dogs work with food.  JJ Belcher sets up a bank of plastic bins and places a treat in one of the bins.  The idea is for the dog to find it, and then of course, they get to eat it. Each dog is only given about 5 minutes to do so because it’s important for the dog not to lose interest.

After the dogs have the process down, they move to Q-tips that are dipped in essential oils.  The three scents they use are birch, clove and anise.  And, of course, are given a treat when the scent is discovered. After a dog has mastered the bins, the search area is expanded.  For competition,  the area can be as large as a large parking lot.

The wonderful thing about this type of competitive sport is that any age dog can participate.  From an 8 week old puppy to a senior dog—they only have to use their nose.  It’s a fun and challenging sport for any age and fitness level.

For more information, please contact the Oro Valley Parks and Rec Dept at 229-5050.  They can answer any questions about upcoming classes, and also get you registered if you are interested.

Thanks to Sammy’s parents for letting us know about this great addition to the Tucson dog community!

Aside

Not sure how many of you belong to listservs or Yahoo Groups, but there is a really great one that hits very close to home…Tucson Dogs!  It is moderated by two members, one who no longer lives in Tucson, but … Continue reading