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Doggie Day Care, Safer than the Dog Park!

Is it possible to let your dog run free and still be safe?  We’ve all seen them on the outskirts of town; fenced in green pastures that allow for open area, outdoor dog play and require a key card for entry. Load your pup in the car, race off to the park where he can play with his buddies outside and take a nap when you get home. Seems like a wonderful idea, right?  When arriving at the park, all you have to do is swipe your key card, open the gate, and let the dog run free. Not only is your dog not properly introduced to other dogs, but there is also no way for you to know that their “new friend” is up to date on all vaccines or isn’t carrying a nasty parasite. This also increases the risk for the spread of fleas and ticks. Our facilities always require proof of vaccinations, and have trained staff to evaluate introductions. Have you considered doggie day care as a safer alternative than a dog park?

Doggie Day Care, Safer than the Dog Park!

Socialization

Properly introducing dogs is a critical stage in socialization that allows your dog to decide “friend or foe”, and allows the human to react based on their decision. If friend is decided, the dogs can happily play and enjoy themselves in a healthy manner. However, if foe is the decision, a fight can be devastating and may result in injury to you and the dog. Body language during introduction can tell a lot about how the meeting will go, and misreading this can impose serious behavioral risks. It is always recommended to consult with a professional when introducing dogs. Having a trained staff within our facilities ensures that all introductions are handled properly, and that all dogs have a great and safe time.

Sanitation

Parasites and bacterial infections are a whole other issue. At the dog park there are generally 1-3 water buckets that are filled when needed. But who cleans them and how often? Many parasites are transferred from dog to dog, and the community water bucket is a cesspool of them. There are certain parasites that are transferred through feces. When the dog accidentally runs through infected grass then plays in the water bucket, the water becomes contaminated and infects almost every dog that drinks from it. Sanitation is of the utmost importance in our facilities, and water buckets are cleaned several times a day by the staff. Our employees ensure speedy and thorough cleanup after every potty break, reducing the risk of illness and costly vet visits.

Please contact any of our four locations if you would like a safe, sanitary, and monitored environment for your dog to play and have a great time!

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Rounding Up Your Dog Care Options

It can be tough parting from your pup for a vacation, or even a business trip. They hold your heart in their paws, and love you unconditionally. It’s only natural that you want to best care for them while you’re away, or the best care in general. Whether it comes to trimming their fur or leaving them for a short trip, the Pawsh Doghouse provides several great services, including grooming, daycare, and boarding!

Rounding Up Your Dog Care Options

With each category, there are several options you can choose from, which will be discussed below.

Boarding

You can choose from packages that include private play time, private sleeping quarters, and even pictures of your pup via text. You can choose to have them play with other dogs too, but it’s up to you.

For your dog’s health and safety, and for the safety of the other guests, there are a few requirements to board with Pawsh. Your pup must be healthy, friendly, be older than 4 months, without ticks and fleas, and have a list of their current shots.

Boarding is available at these Pawsh Locations:

East and West League City

South East Houston

Clear Lake

Grooming

Your pup’s size and hair length determine the prices of a grooming session.

Small Breeds with short to long hair range from $25 to $35.

Medium breeds with short to long hair range from $30 to $45.

And Large breeds with short to long hair range from $35 to $55.

Along with grooming packages, there are other care packages. You can get your dog’s nails ground, have specialized shampoos and conditioners applied, and you can have their teeth cleaned. There are other services as well, like application of flea control medications and playtime to socialize your pup.

Daycare

If you don’t want to leave your dog alone all day, you have options. With the daycare program, you can drop your furbaby off at 7 am (the earliest), and pick them up at 6:30 pm (the latest). Daycare is typically available Monday through Saturday!

They offer several prepaid packages and several basic packages.

Pawsh Doghouse is an excellent option for your dog when you need a service, whether it be a simple nail grinding or boarding. You can find more details on everything listed above, on the Pawsh Doghouse website, or you can contact them directly with the following link. contact us

Boarding That Feels Like Home

Going away can be stressful, whether it’s a planned vacation, or an unexpected family emergency. And leaving your furry family member behind can only deepen your anxiety. You want to leave your loved one in well-trusted and loving hands, but finding someone suitable is not always an easy task.

And although the thought of traveling with your pet has crossed your mind, you realize how difficult this could be, not only for yourself, but also for your dog. Most animals become nervous and anxious during travel, and often times sick. In addition, many hotels, including restaurants, do not welcome pets, and the ones that do, can be pricey.

Boarding That Feels Like Home

There is always the option of leaving your dog at home and asking a friend to stop by to care for them, but a lonely and bored dog can also become a destructive one. They often times will chew on furniture, drywall, and may even swallow objects causing injury to their intestines.

So what is the solution to your dilemma?– Dog boarding, of course!  At Pawsh Doghouse, we offer boarding that feels like home.   Your furry canine will find love and comfort with our well-trained and trusted staff.   And boredom? That’s not even in our vocabulary. Your pet will receive plenty of exercise, potty breaks, and the mental stimulation and socialization he needs. Your dog will delight in our group, or private, playtime. We even have exclusive lodging where your dog can rest peacefully.

We offer a variety of packages to meet your pet’s needs in the Houston area.   Just visit our page and read our wonderful testimonials !

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, release your anxiety and fears, and leave your four-legged pal with us.  If fact, don’t be surprised if your pet doesn’t want to leave when you return to pick her up.  After all, sometimes your dog needs a vacation too.

So please contact us, because your pet needs boarding that feels like home.

Happy Healthy Pup!

Does your pup struggle with destructive behavior, excessive barking, or compulsive behaviors? While medications can help, exercise and nutrition are natural ways to avoid or reduce these unwanted behaviors. Doggie day care could be the solution to turning your dog into a happy healthy pup!

Happy Healthy Pup!

Expert Evidence

“Regular exercise and stimulation are crucial for a dog’s development, physical, and mental well-being. A stimulated dog is less likely to pick up destructive behaviors, and good nutrition is equally important for your dog’s health,” according to the American Kennel Club.

And the ASPCA advises “Exercise also tends to help dogs avoid boredom, which can lead to destructive behaviors. Supervised fun and games will satisfy many of your pet’s instinctual urges to dig, herd, chew, retrieve and chase.”

We’ll deliver a tired pup!

Our trained staff members and small play groups ensure your beloved pet gets exercised in our home-like environment. We sprinkle in different types of play and our dog-loving staff can customize the type and level of play to help ensure you pick up a worn out pup. It’s so very satisfying to bring home a content and tired pet!

Other Benefits

  • Socialization – Our small groups provide appropriate socialization for your beloved pet with other dogs as well as humans. This supervised contact helps them develop skills to properly interact with others.
  • Relief from Boredom – The stimulation of day care can be much better than leaving your dog home alone while you work. We give them play time activities while at home they may be searching for couches to destroy or things to bark at.
  • Peace of Mind – When your dog is at day care (or tired out from day care), you don’t have to worry about them being destructive or bored at home. We also provide photos of your dog during the day so you can see what they’re up to!

Ready to Schedule Day Care?

If you’d like to know more, check out testimonials from our customers at all of Pawsh Doghouse’s locations in the Houston area. In addition to doggie day care, we also provide boarding, grooming, and pet sitting services. Having a happy healthy pup is possible. Let us know how we can help!

Dog Grooming Is More Than Fur Deep

Many pet owners buy into the notion that dog grooming is a frou-frou luxury for those who have run out of things to spend money on. Don’t count veterinarians among them. The consensus among vets is that regular grooming is essential for your dog’s current and future health. Your fur baby’s skin, fur, paws, teeth, nails and glands all carry potential risk for disease and must be kept in good condition. Dog grooming is more than fur deep!

Dog Grooming Is More Than Fur Deep

Nipping Health Problems in the Bud

To understand the importance of dog grooming, think in terms of little problems turning into big problems down the line. Here’s how routine grooming procedures can help:

  •  Haircut.

The groomer can find small tumors and skin abnormalities that are often telltale signs of infection.

  • Expression of anal glands.

Regular draining and cleansing of rectal discharge can prevent itchiness and discomfort that lead to bad habits like rubbing hind ends on the ground, scratching or biting the area—habits that can also lead to infection.

  • Nail trimming.

You already know morning walks aren’t quite as pleasant when your furry buddy has a sore foot. Overly long nails can put her in a permanent bad mood and eventually affect her posture and even the structure of her foot.

  • Tooth cleaning.

A regular trip to the dog groomer is like a regular trip to the dentist. Oral health can prevent gum disease and tooth decay.

Disease prevention

Although Lyme disease is more curable in canines than humans, it is a miserable experience no dog should have to endure: fever, fatigue, stiffness of joints, pain and loss of appetite. Dog grooming specialists can find infected ticks that you missed. Matted hair can hide other parasites like fleas and worms as well.

Quality of Life

A professional dog grooming is an extension of your love for your pet. A massage with oil improves circulation, relieves stress and nourishes skin. A regular shampoo keeps her smelling and feeling good so you’ll want to cuddle with her even more!

Let’s face it: These aren’t procedures you are going to do regularly for your dog, despite your best intentions. Connect with a qualified, licensed professional to set up regular appointments: contact us

Reasons to Board Your Dog During Vacation

Going on vacation is a hectic experience. You have to pack up all of your bags, make hotel arrangements, and plan your route. Although it can be a lot of fun to take your four-legged friend along with you, there are times when it simply isn’t feasible. When taking your dog on vacation is more of a hassle than an adventure, consider a boarding facility. Some dogs become anxious and jittery when they have to travel in a car. It can be a serious distraction to the driver when they have to operate a vehicle with a hyperactive dog in the back.

Reasons to Board Your Dog During Vacation

Remember that there are many establishments that do not allow dogs. If you stop somewhere to eat, it’s going to be a hassle to decide on who goes inside and who has to stay in the vehicle with the dog. Depending on where you’re located, it may be difficult to find a dog-friendly hotel. Some people may be tempted to leave their dog at home, but this is not a good strategy for a variety of reasons. Many dogs will throw tantrums in those situations and tear the house apart. With a sudden lack of stimulation, they may shred books and magazines, chew on valuable objects, or just make a mess of the place. Additionally, it is not necessarily safe for a dog to be left alone for long periods of time. Some dogs have a knack for getting into things they’re not supposed to touch. Hazards like electrical cords and household chemicals can pose a serious danger to your pet.

However, with a dog boarding service, you don’t have to worry about any of these problems. You can simply drop off your pet in a safe and controlled environment where they’ll be looked after. No more worrying about driving a long distance with a dog in the back of the car. No more worrying about the sort of mischief that your dog may be getting into back at the house. Just drop your dog off and let the professionals do the rest.

Here at Pawsh Doghouse, we provide boarding services for the Houston and League City areas. We also provide grooming services, pet sitting, and doggie daycare. If you’re going away on vacation and you need someone to take care of your pet, please feel free to contact us. Making vacation arrangements is stressful enough as it is. With us, you can go off and have fun with the peace of mind that your pet is in good hands.

The Many Benefits of Doggie Daycare

Are you tired of coming home from work to find that your dog has torn the house apart in a fit of rage? You have to go through the whole process of straightening the place up, scolding your dog, and figuring out how you’re going to prevent them from doing it all over again. If this is a regular occurrence in your house, you might consider investing in doggie daycare. This way, professionals can look after your dog and you won’t have to constantly worry about whatever mischief they’re getting into. With doggie daycare, you don’t have to come home to find your living space full of torn up pieces of toilet paper, gnawed up furniture, or torn up bags of flour.

The Many Benefits of Doggie Daycare

Additionally, doggie daycare is a good idea from a safety standpoint. Although the mischief that dogs tend to get into is usually innocent enough, they could pose a real danger to themselves. For instance, some dogs have been known to chew on electrical cords, which can be extremely harmful or even fatal to your pet. Also, consider the possibility of an emergency situation such as a fire or a burglary. In a situation like that, your poor pets would be left to fend for themselves. On the flip side, you can rest assured that your pet will be taken care of at a doggie daycare facility.

Doggie daycare is a positive experience for a number of reasons. When you drop your dog off at a doggie daycare, he will get to socialize with other dogs. This is far better than allowing your dog to sleep on the couch all day. At doggie daycare, they’ll have the opportunity to release some of their pent-up energy that they might otherwise use to shred that book you’ve been reading. Hopefully, they’ll sleep more soundly as well.

At Pawsh Doghouse, we do everything we can to make sure that your four-legged friend is well taken care of throughout the duration of their visit. We are located in the League City and Houston areas. Not only do we offer doggie daycare, but we also offer grooming and boarding services. If you are interested in dropping your dog off at any of our four locations, please feel free to contact us.

Dog Boarding For The Holidays

It’s a common question every dog owner faces during the holiday travel season: “Who will take care of the dogs while I’m away?” Your usual dog sitter may be traveling, or you may not know anyone who can look after them. That’s where dog boarding comes in! You can rest assured that your beloved pups will be taken care of while you travel.

Dog Boarding For The Holidays

Boarding vs. Sitters

If you’re used to hiring sitters, you may be a little cautious of the idea of boarding. However, there are advantages to boarding over sitters that make it an excellent alternative if you’re looking to try it out.

  • Constant Supervision: When you board your dog, you can rest assured that they’ll be carefully watched and won’t be able to get into any trouble or danger during their stay.
  • Socialization: Your dog will be around many other dogs and people in a safe environment, so you don’t have to worry about them getting lonely. They may even make some new friends!
  • Flexibility: Dog boarders are willing to work with you and your dog to figure out the best plan for their stay. Does your dog need more time alone to de-stress? That can be easily arranged. Does your dog have a blanket it has to sleep with? Bring it over! Anything your dog needs or anything that will make it easier on your dog can be worked with.
  • Trusted Professionals: Nothing beats your dog’s owner, but you can be assured that your dog will be left with professional caretakers with a passion for dogs who will give them the best treatment they can.

Interested?

If the idea sounds like a good fit for you and your dog, now is a good time to start preparing for it. Start off by visiting the facility and finding out as much as you can. Ask the staff questions, and see if you can even take a tour of the place. If it all sounds and looks good, start bringing your dog over and familiarizing them with it. That way, when it’s time for you to leave, they’ll already be more comfortable.

When it’s time to drop your dog off for their boarding visit, it’s also a good idea to drop them off with a favorite toy, or even some of their favorite treats. The familiar comfort and smells of home will ease their nerves and make it a much more stress-free time for them.

If you’re in the Houston area and are ready to start scheduling visits or boarding for the holidays, contact us today! We offer several packages to fit your needs and will make sure your dog is as spoiled as can be away from home.

Is Doggy Day Care Be Good for Senior Dogs?

Most dog owners know that as their puppies grow and become senior-aged canines, they start to become stressed, stiff, and develop different health problems. Since you’re their owner, it’s crucial to provide the best life possible for your pet and looking at doggy daycare as an option for daily help could make all the difference in their life as they enter their later years.

For skeptical readers, I can give you two incredibly good reasons doggy daycare can provide excellent service to your pup while you’re busy working, running errands, or traveling out of town. Your doggy deserves the best in their lives as they’ve been an essential part of your life for years. They deserve some fun with other dogs and professional staff.

Is Doggy Day Care Be Good for Senior Dogs?

Daily Exercise

Doggy daycares can provide a reasonable amount of exercise for your older pup. Most places will have an evaluation period where they are assigned a fitting group for playtime. For a large portion of the day, they will be kept inside for their safety, and then they will be taken out multiple times for potty breaks. Being classified into a group suitable to their temperament will make all the difference in their daily exercising and ensuring they are comfortable and happy while you’re busy or away.

Socialization

As some dogs get older, they become increasingly more clingy as they want more interaction and socializing. They don’t want to run and play as often as puppies, but they do need affection and attention. Bringing them to a doggy daycare could provide them with hours of socialization with staff members and other like-minded dogs. At the end of the day, you will be picking up a dog that is both exhausted and satisfied with their day of play.

If you’re living in Houston and interested in bringing your dog to daycare, contact us, and we can provide a variety of options for your needs. We offer daycare 6 days a week with drop off as early as 7 am and pick up as late as 6:30 pm. We also offer dog boarding and grooming if needed.

What to Consider When Choosing a Doggie Day Care

Attending daycare is a great way for your dog to practice socializing and expend pent-up energy. Here are some points to consider when choosing a daycare facility for your furry friend.

What to Consider When Choosing a Doggie Day Care

Facility

  • Visit in person. A good daycare will be willing to give you a tour so you can see how awesome their place really is.
  • Cleanliness. Some hair and slobber are normal, but strong urine or feces odors are a red flag.
  • Play areas. These should be surrounded by 6-8 foot fences that separate large and small dogs. They should not look crowded. Plenty of clean water should be provided here, as well as shelter from rain, heat, and cold.

Staff

  • Adequate numbers. At least one person should be in each occupied play area. A good ratio is 1 human to every 10-15 dogs.
  • Knowledgeable. Staff should be familiar with dog behavior, able to interpret body language cues, and comfortable administering any necessary food or medication.
  • Communicative. Staff should be willing and able to inform you if your dog was involved in a fight, injured in some way, or displayed concerning behavior.
  • Attitude. Calm, gentle, and positive staff members will provide the best care for your dog. Look for an attentive staff that dotes on your dog.

Health and Safety Protocols

  • Proof of vaccination. A good daycare requires that all attendees have up-to-date vaccinations, to ensure safety and limit the spread of disease.
  • Emergency care. Ideally, a staff member will take your dog to his usual vet immediately if he requires emergency care.
  • Disinfecting procedure. A proper disinfecting procedure protects your dog from viral and bacterial infections.
  • Evacuation plans. Be sure to ask about the facility’s evacuation plan and how you can get your pup safely home in case of an emergency.

Other Dogs

  • Initial evaluation. Good daycares evaluate new dogs to determine how they interact with others. There may be both a written questionnaire and dog-to-dog temperament evaluation.

Contact us to start your doggie daycare search today!