Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The Saturday Morning Socials will be a weekly event available to members and non-members alike. Every Saturday from 9:00am to 10:00am, the Dog Star Ranch trainer, Kevin, will be out in the parks. As a dog trainer, the biggest challenge that Kevin sees in dog owners is a lack of confidence. Lacking confidence and the knowledge of canine non-verbal communication can be a recipe for a bad situation. This class is designed to help you overcome those hurdles. The cost to participate in the social is $20.00 (All Park Members receive a 50% discount). Each dog must have a current Temperament Safety Test to participate. Do you have questions about the Social? Please contact the Wag-On-Inn if you have questions or wish to participate so we can have a general head count, but walk-in’s are always welcomed. The Social will be taking place in the Small Dog Park so it will be unavailable for general use at this time.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Today we wanted to make sure to show the photos of the little guys. With the cold wind and snow, they haven't been on the blog much, but they are having a great day! Spring is in the air and all the dogs are loving the warmer temps and the soupy mud puddles! Thanx for another wonderful start to the week!
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Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Notes on the Structured DC from Kevin:
Thursday, March 5, 2009
“Did You Know?”
Dog Star Ranch can help you with your boarding visits. This month step by step boarding tips will help you (and your canine friend) be as prepared for their next over night stay!
1. Welcome Packet; fill out our rules and policies form & Canine personality profile
2. Your Dog’s Veterinary records; The Ranch requires that every dog is seen annually by their personal doctor and that they are healthy. Reminder; Records can be faxed to us from your Vet at the time of appointment.
3. Temperament Test; a five part evaluation that helps our Star Buddies places your dog in their Community play groups for the safety of all our guest. This “meet and greet” session will help us get to know your dog better, figure out what options will work best for their boarding specifics, and give your dog a chance to meet us. Then when they return to board, they have already had a chance to say hello so it won’t be as stressful to them.
Let’s make a reservation next:
Making a Reservation is as easy as 1, 2, 3… Planning ahead is the key to get the accommodation that your dog requires. Over holidays, spring break, or weekends in the summer, we recommend that you make your reservation at least four weeks ahead of time to ensure that your pup has a spot. As we make your reservation we will ask;
Date and arriving / departing times –
Check-in time is after 2:00pm. Early check-ins will be charged for a half day of boarding care.
Check out is before 12:00p.m. Late check-outs will be charged for a half day of boarding care.
Check-outs that occur while the Wag-On-Inn is closed will be charged a $20 after hours fee for first dog, $10 for each additional dog, Check-ins (ER) after hours is $50.00 ~ Sirius Members save 50% on after hour fees
Feeding / treats – How, amounts, and how often? My Buddy & Me time for feeding is good for the dogs that doesn’t eat, our Star Buddies will hand feed or just sit and comfort them so that they will eat.
Medication / Vitamins – How, amounts, and how often?
Exercise – 4 community plays are including with all types of boarding. During this time, guests go to the community yards for a 20 minute sniff and potty time. Community plays are sometimes alone for dogs that have to much play on there mind or are still working on socials skills. Star Buddy walks are a fully supervised trip to one or more of our Dog Parks (6-8 acres in size). Star Buddy Walk’s are highly suggested for stress & anxiety release at an additional cost. My Buddy & Me time is special time up in our front office with a Star Buddy. This is great for the older or shy dog in need of extra hugs and rubs.
Departure Services – 10% discount on a bath the day of departure. Our guests have a lot of fun being dogs which sometimes means a “dirty dog”.
Deposit – DSR requires a $50.00 deposit to hold your reservation. All deposits are non refundable but transferable if you call and cancel 24 hours prior to the day of arrival.
Reminder: Annual Park Members have priority boarding! We always hold spot for our Members, but it does help us when we have your travel plans in advance. This program is set up for last minute plans, and you never have to worry about where your dog is staying.
Now you have your dog’s evaluation done and your reservation set, how do you know what you need to pack for your dog? We try to make it as simple as we can so you don’t need to pack everything, but the kitchen sink. Every boarding dog is provided with clean food dishes, automatic watering bowls, and cot beds. The rooms are cleaned multiple times per day to help keep every guest comfortable, happy, and healthy.
Here is a check list of what you should pack:
1 If you board your dog on a regular basis, try to use the same bag or tote every time. That way dogs will learn to associate that bag with a little doggie vacation for them at the Ranch. ( DSR is working on getting its very own Tote Bag )
2 We do have lots of blankets here, but if you wish to bring your own, please make sure it is a smaller one. We have washing and drying machines, but large comforters/bed spreads are very hard for the machines to handle.
3 Pack along your dog’s own food. It is best to pre-bag the meals ahead of time to make sure you have enough. A good rule of thumb is to pack as much as you know your dog is going to need plus an extra day’s worth. That way if something happens, we have extra food to provide to your dog. We do have dog food here (Canidae), but it is best to keep your dog on the diet that they are used to. We do have a refrigerator and microwave to accommodate all dietary needs. It’s always okay to pack some snacks for your dog, but please make sure that it is something they are used to getting all the time. If you don’t give your dog pig’s ears at home, don’t send one along for their boarding stay. That may stress their system and cause some loose stools.
4 If your dog is on medications or vitamins that they need to receive while they are boarding, the Ranch requires that you keep them separate from the food. We will make sure that they are given to your dog properly, but we need to be able to regulate and record that the medication was given/taken. Don’t forget to bring updated veterinary records if needed.
Day of arrival:
1. When arriving at the Wag-On-Inn remember to breath. If you are nervous, they are going to be nervous. Dog’s feed off of their human’s emotions. So just breathe and relax. If you are comfortable, your dog will be too.
2. Star Buddy will escort our dog guest to a community yard, so that they can sniff and expel. Say your good byes before you hand the leash to the Star Buddy. If your dog is nervous about leaving your side, try to turn away so the Star Buddy can encourage your dog that it will be okay to go with them.
3. Welcome buddy will go through your complete reservation to confirm any last minute changes.
Any questions about your dog’s boarding visit or daily routine, please feel free to contact us. We strive to make sure each and every one of our canine guests are happy and healthy. If we ever see signs that a dog is stress or uncomfortable for any reason, we will contact the owners and do what we need to make the dog comfortable. We want them to enjoy their visit with us and we love being their home away from home.
Did You Know?
This is a new series provided especially to all the Dog Star Ranch families. Once a month you will be receiving helpful Did You Know? facts and tips for your canine companion. We will provide you with helpful training tips, health care advise, grooming pointers, and overall information about your dog. This series will be sent directly to your computer via email, will be posted on the blog, and available to you at the Wag-On-Inn. It will be available at the beginning of every month. Was there a specific topic that you missed that you want more information on? Do you want to know more about something specific that could be a topic for this series? Let us know!
This is a very special event that Dog Star Ranch is proud to present. Sgt. Dennis Trzcinski of the Milwaukee P.D. and Eisen Faust K9 will be visiting Dog Star Ranch. Sgt. Trzcinski has been awarded Officer of the Year 2006. He is a certified trainer for the American Working Dog Association. He is also with the Service Dogs of America certified decoy/helper. He will be here to provide a great canine experience and fun for families and dog lovers of all kinds, so mark your calendars today!
And thanx so much for the yummy treats, Copper. All the dogs loved them for their lunchtime snack!
Happy Birthday Copper from all your Daycare pals and your Star Buddies at the Ranch!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Several dogs today participated in Kevin’s Star Structure Daycare program (only to be held on Tuesdays). If you would like to know how your dog did in that program today, you can talk to Kevin at the end of the day or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in signing your dog up for that program, let us know! Spaces are limited and it’s a wonderful way for your dog to enjoy a daycare day and work on their obedience as well!
Notes from the trainer regarding today’s Star Structured Daycare…
“Today in Structured Daycare a lot of progress was made, working with the dogs in doorways and understanding their handles are the leader. Banjo, Phoebe, and Bosley did great. Working today and learning a lot of patience. Working on respect, the clan improved from the morning to the evening with noticeable changes.
Chopper was unable to participate with the group. He thought once the group was together it was play time so he worked solo today. Chopper worked on his leash manners and his stay command. Once again a noticeable change from the morning to the evening. Chopper also worked on recall work under limited distractions and did very well. Chopper’s best success today was leash walking.”
Reminder: We have another Risin’ Star Basic Obedience Class starting this Thursday (3/5) at 6pm. If you are interested let us know and we’ll get you signed up. There are only a couple spots left in that class at this time.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Just as a secondary note, we had lots of little guys here both on Friday and today (Monday), but with this wind and very low temperatures, their play time was a bit different. They took advantage of the indoor arena to get away from the cold. Friday we had Goliath, Sami, Roo, and little Tucker. Monday we have Lucy, Aggie, and Boogie. Spring has gotta be getting closer and closer…