Scampers Weekly Recap - Sept 13, 2019
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Dear --FNAME--
Isn't it interesting how our rhythms change with the onset of Autumn. We're feeling the shortening days, and we're really feeling the changeable weather - and so are our pooches.

Storms like we've had over the past week can really play havoc with our beloved furbabies. Some of them really feel it, literally - barometric pressure, electrical storms and ozone... Many pooches suffer extreme fear of storms.
Sometimes, a nice quiet spot inside a closet or under the bed is just the right spot to ride out the worst of them. Make sure your pooch can find a spot where they can feel safe.

Sometimes, it's nice to have a comforting human nearby too. And maybe a Thundershirt.
Bellevue clients have been in countdown mode watching for Jessica's new baby to arrive. Well, the happy occasion came a mite early. Milani was born early on Monday morning, and seems to be ready for the world!

Milani and Loki meet

She's a happy, healthy girl, very comfortable in life with her adoring parents, proud big brother, Magnus, and loving and ever watchful fur-brother, Loki.

What is Leash Aggression?
With the number of dogs coming into Scampers on any given morning, there are bound to be instances of Leash Aggression. This is a very common syndrome and we think it's important for all dog owners to be aware of it, of its root causes, and of possible training solutions for families who experience it, and the way we at Scampers work around it.

Like a case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the leash-aggressive dog is calm, cool, and downright polite when walking among people or around dogs off-leash. But hook on a leash, and he lunges, barks, and snaps at the sight of another dog. Has this scenario reduced you to mapping out walks where you know you won’t run into other dogs?

Although leash-aggressive dogs rarely follow through with a bite, the experience is frightening and embarrassing enough to make their owners decide to limit or eliminate walks altogether. But that doesn’t have to be the case if you understand the causes and solutions for this type of behavior.

A combination of frustration and tension, leash aggression is a common problem. Many dogs that show these traits crave interaction with other dogs, but most have less-than-stellar canine social skills for creating a successful meet and greet. Much like a child who runs onto a playground and puts another child in a headlock as a way of saying, “Hey, let’s be friends!” a dog lacking social skills may lunge and bark at a passing dog instead of using subtle signs to signal their desire to form a relationship. When their owners witness this behavior they (understandably) pull their dogs away and avoid exposing them to social interactions with other canines. ...
Leash Aggression has several oft-used aliases: Leash Frustration, Leash Reactivity, and sometimes Barrier Frustration. The various terms can be confusing and misleading, but there is little if any difference between them. What's important is to recognize that the issue at the core is almost always the leash.

At Scampers, we recommend that owners become aware of this common phenomenon, and assist by keeping a bit of distance between all pooches as we are entering or leaving the building. While all of the dogs coming to our facility are coming to play, that play should only begin once each dog is no longer attached to Mom or Dad, just to err on the side of caution for everyone. And, when faced with an owner who is showing concern about proximity while they have their dog on leash, please provide as much space as you can to maintain safety for all concerned.

Thus, please don’t “double-up” in the lobby area, if someone is there with their dog, please wait until they have cleared that area before entering. Again, this is simply about the safety of all concerned.

So, now you know!
Every once in a while
we come across
dog-oriented humor.

This one is today's:
Happy Friday!

(oh, hello, Sergeant!)

Watch for the updates of our framed Friday Funny in our reception area.

We'll also make sure they're posted on our Facebook page so you can share them with your friends.
We're a pretty close knit group of pooches - we form strong friendships, and we get to know each other very well.

When new pooches join us, we love to introduce them around and get them started in their Scampering adventures - that's why they call us the "Welcome Waggin".

We get to meet lots of youngsters who are just learning how to be social with other pooches who aren't their litter mates, and we also get to meet adult pooches and seniors who will help the puppies learn good social skills. 

This week, we welcomed 9 new pooches to the groups! We love meeting new friends and showing them all our favorite games.

Our wranglers managed to get some photos of your pooches in action. We hope you enjoy the show:

Finn and Light

Altai, Mikey, Rio and Indy

Sully and Benny

Bubba and Tyrion

Cebu and Hugo

Skye and Grey

Winnie and Kimchi

Ellie wants a tummy rub!



Penny A

Did you know that Scampers is on Instagram?
Search and Tag #scampersdogs and join in the fun.
Every once in a while we receive a photo from one of our customers showing us what their beloveds are doing after their day at Scampers. Click here to send your pics in via email.
We have a lot of young families introducing their furbabies to their new human babies - we love sharing those pictures with our newsletter audience!

Cabo (center) seems somewhat bemused
by the two new additions to his household.
Welcome Evan and Kaylee!

Rufio is dedicated
to his new job as big brother
to baby Kaci
We are always looking for pics of Scampers campers with their human babies.
Apparently, young English Setter Leica is getting lots of exercise when she comes to Scampers. Here's what she looks like at home.

Groot was super-tired
after a few days of boarding

Maisie is enjoying
sweet dreams
after a day at Scampers

Cookie's toast
after a day with friends
We have also received some great shots documenting "The Real Reason" you bring your furkids to Scampers.

that looks good!
We have also received some great shots of Scampers campers enjoying their "off-time".

Happy Birthday, Tobias!
No doubt he enjoyed his
bacon cake!

Moose got her hair done.
She will be the Belle
of the Bird Dogs' Bootcamp
A couple of reminders:
Please give em a quick stroll before you bring your pooches in
Remember, arriving at daycare is extra-stimulating, and every so often we have had pooches empty out in our reception area because they just can't contain themselves any longer!

Especially if you're bringing your pooch into Scampers after a long car ride, please give them a quick toodle around the bushes or pillars before bringing them inside.

We have garbage cans available for your use, and if you need a poop bag, just pop in and ask for one - we have plenty!
Why Scampers Boarding Morning Check In Time Matters
One of the reasons that Scampers boarding facilities works well for most of our overnight guests is that they are good and tired after a day of playing, or even just roving and sniffing - that does tire them out, really.

Arriving at Scampers is very, very stimulating for your pooches, even after a busy day of adventuring elsewhere, and it takes several hours of busy socializing for the in-comers to settle down. And one hyper-stimulated pooch means a whole houseful of stimulated pooches, so when there's a late-comer, nobody gets a quiet night or a good night's sleep.

That's why all boarders should be checked in before noon. (As always, exceptions can be made in case of an emergency, but we may have to keep the late-comer segregated from the group until they've settled down.)

Holiday Boarding at Scampers
Remember that our boarding facilities at both locations can be very busy, particularly during holidays like Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas and New Years. We often fill up all our boarding suites. Please be sure to get your boarding requests in early to make sure there's room enough for your pooches. Also be aware that surcharges are applied to both holiday boarding and holiday daycare.

While we will always do all we can to shoehorn everyone in, there is a limit to how many will fit! Points to consider: If your pooch is a regular at one Scampers location, and you plan to bring them to the other Scampers location to board, consider giving them a couple of days of daycare at the new location so they'll be a little more familiar and comfortable, and an early start would also be a very good idea, especially for shy or nervous pooches.
We know how much you love your furbabies - that's why you bring them to Scampers, after all. But please remember that very few dogs require more than two meals per day - in fact, for many, one meal per day is enough.

We happily provide meal service for very young puppies who actually do need a mid-day meal to support their growing bodies and for dogs whose veterinarians prescribe a mid-day meal, e.g., dogs on certain medications or who have metabolic, gastric, or intestinal conditions; however, most of your pooches really don't need lunch, honest! They'd much rather play with their friends.

Chris Sugarbaker, mobile groomer extraordinaire, has been serving our clients since we opened our Kirkland shop in 2010.

Chris will be in Kirkland on Tuesday, September 24th and then again on Tuesday, October 8th. He'll be in Bellevue on September 16th, and again on September 30th.

If you'd like your pooch to have some primping time with Chris, please give us a call, or let us know when you visit us.
Safety Reminders:
Dogs on Leashes, Pretty Please!
Some dogs jump up on people to greet them, whether the jumpees want to be greeted or not. Others feel the need to protect their owners. Some are just too darned excited to contain themselves and bolt, sometimes in some very surprising directions.

There are so many things that could go awry, and we worry.

For safety's sake, please be sure to have your dogs on leashes and well under control while moving them between your car and our reception area.

If you need to borrow a leash, we always have a loaner leash available in our reception area.
We are hosting a lot of pooches these days, and, believe it or not, we have an awful lot of Look-Alikes! Of course, it's always a good idea to have your furbabies clearly identified, just in case of the unthinkable, but every once in a while our wranglers would so appreciate just a bit of help identifying which one is which, just every once in a while.

Hello, My Name Is...
A gentle reminder that Scampers daycare hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and our weekend and holiday daycare hours are based on full-day attendance (no half days), and by appointment only, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please note that there is a late pickup fee for dogs picked up after 7:15 pm. Dogs left later than 8 pm will be boarded at our standard rate.
In the case of an emergency, we are able to make the accommodation for extended stay. Please call us, though, to advise.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Very best regards,
Linda Olsen and Stina Hughes 
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs

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