We’re Hiring! 

About the Position:
If you’re passionate about natural health and diets for dogs and cats and love animals, BauHound Haus Inc. may be be perfect place to work. BauHound Haus specializing in natural nutrition including raw diets, dehydrated foods and grain-free kibbles. We offer our clients Grooming, Self-Serve Bathing facilities and Training classes on top of our retail experience. Our clientele are passionate about their pets and expect only the best. Our furry clientele are our priority while in our store and if you’re looking for a job that lets you interact with dogs all day, then BauHound Haus Inc. is the place for you. 

As a member of the BauHound Haus team, you will be expected to have an extensive knowledge of natural diets and health for dogs and cats. We are happy to help someone who is passionate about dogs and cats learn more, but the right applicant will bring their own passion about the topic. 

Customer service and a positive customer experience are a priority for every customer who walks through our doors. Our customers come seeking helpful and knowledgeable staff who can answer their questions or point them in the direction of someone with more expertise. 

As a member of the BauHound Haus team, you will be interacting with dogs on a regular basis. A firm understanding of gentle handling, positive reinforcement training, dog body language and stress signals is key to this position. We will provide training in this if needed as safety of our staff and the animals in our care is of the utmost importance. 

Job Summary: 
Responsible for providing customer service at BauHound Haus when scheduled. Ability to provide answers to customer’s inquiries, assistance with Self Serve Bathing and attend to retail duties described in Job Functions below. 

Job Scheduling requirements: 

This is a part time position that requires a minimum of four weekend shifts a month (Weekend shift options include: Saturday 10am-5pm, Saturday 12pm-5pm or Sunday 12pm-5pm) and weekday opening or closing shifts totalling 15-20 hours a week. 

We are looking for someone who has the potential to grow with the company and we hope this position will grow into a Full Time position for the right employee. 

[There is potential for this to be a full-time position immediately if the applicant meets requirements to be a groomer’s assistant, please inquire about this possibility.]



Job Functions: 

  • To assist customers and answer all inquiries about nutrition, health, training or products. 
  • To assist customers in Self Serve Bathing stations and instruct customers on the use of equipment. 
  • To receive, price and merchandise orders. 
  • To maintain a clean store and working environment including cleaning bathing stations after each use and ensuring accidents are cleaned and disinfected promptly. 
  • To perform all register operations including opening and closing operations. 

Job Requirements:  

  • Retail and customer service experience 
  • Experience and knowledge working with animals 

Skills and abilities: 

  • Excellent customer service skills to develop relationships with our customers
  • Extensive knowledge of dog body language and stress signals
  • Fluent language skills; the ability to communicate clearly, to write effectively and understand customers. 
  • Basic math skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and be a self starter
  • Oversee store in absence of Store Manager

Work Environment:

  • Dogs of all sizes and temperaments visit the store
  • Exposure to animal fur and dander 
  • Work independently
  • Heavy lifting of large food bags 
  • Heavy lifting and/or assistance with large breed dogs into bathing stations
  • Bending, lifting, moving, reaching merchandise
  • Merchandising large walk-in freezer
  • Standing for long periods of time. 

Please send resume and cover letter to contact@bauhoundhaus.ca 

Sprouted Seeds Are Good for Your Dog

Probiotics from Sprouted Seeds

You have probably heard about yogurt, keifer and fermented foods to provide healthy gut flora for your pet, but have you heard about sprouted seeds? Sprouted Seeds offer a great source of probiotics and enzymes naturally present when seeds germinate. These types of bacteria are the closest to what a dog would actually encounter in the wild. Digging in dirt and eating new growth grass would provide them with these healthy bacteria. However in our environment where everything is treated with chemicals those healthy bacteria are not as readily avaiable. That’s where Flora4’s Organic Sprouted Seeds are a great supplement for your dog.

Probiotics from Sprouted Seeds
Sprouted Seeds are Good for your Dog

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Trade in Your Punishment Based Training Devices

Learning theory science is not wishy-washy on this point. Punishment is an ineffective way to reach learning goals. While punishment can distinguish the appearance of specific unwanted behaviors, it does not change the emotional state of the dog. It often makes the emotional state worse, more stressed. Punishment also has been known to create other worse behaviors as a side-effect of displaced stress.
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EMERGENCY FUNDRAISING WEEKEND FOR OHS & PUPPY MILL DOGS

This week the dog lovers of Milton Ontario were shocked to read that 38 dogs were pulled from a puppy mill that was right under our noses at Trafalgar and the 401.

In response, several local businesses are teaming up to put on an Emergency Fundraising effort for the Oakville Humane Society this weekend at BauHound Haus Inc (276 Main St. E. in Milton.

On Saturday, Blink of an Eye Photography is hosting a Pet Portraits session – for more details on the event see our event page. We will also have a Silent Auction.

Fundraising for Puppymill Rescue

On Sunday, Leash Out Pet Photography is hosting a Pet Portraits Session – for more details on the event see our event page.

Leashout

All weekend BauHound Haus will be offering: 
– $5 Nail Trims and all the money will be donated
– All Self Serve Bath proceeds will be donated
– All money from our Small Dog Play date will be donated

Help us make a stand and make it clear that treating animals like this is not okay and we will not stand for it. We have spoken with OHS and asked what donations they need and they said right now their need is for monetary donations to help with expenses of caring for these dogs. If you like to help, please donate online at https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=2044&AID=2029. Write “rescue” in the notes section and we will make sure that 100% of your donation is used to make life better for these special animals.
If you’d prefer we can collect donations this weekend and add it to our donation total.

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Dog Abuse disguised as Dog Training in the Park

Do you know that feeling of being so mad that you can hear the blood thumping past your ear, that you see red and that all care about how you are about to be perceived goes out the window?

I hope you don’t, but sadly I do. Only once in my life and it was over something that so many people see as trivial – the use of abuse and punishment in the name of training of dogs.

Several months ago, I was at  Maxey Park in Woodbridge with my family. Across the park there was what was clearly a “dog training” session was going on. Two couples with their poor puppies were being instructed to drag their dog back and forth, back and forth, in a terrible attempt at teaching them to walk nicely on a leash. They were dragging, cranking and pulling on these poor puppies. I was upset, but distracted by my family enough that I was able to keep my thoughts to myself.

Moments later I hear yelping – what is clearly a dog in pain and distress. I look over and the “trainer” has the dog by the neck and is holding him off the ground. This poor puppy is screaming and scared. The owners are just standing there watching. I fume, but before I can decide to do something it’s over. I am angry and can’t believe what I just saw, but again my family distracts me.

Suddenly there is screaming, yelping and this struggle again. My vision goes red, my heart pounds and I can’t hear anything over the blood rushing past my ears. I march over. It’s not a short march. It was a long march. I had lots of time to decide that it wasn’t my business. The “trainer” also had lots of time to decide to put the dog down. Neither of us did either.

I can’t remember my exact words, but I asked the “trainer” what she was doing to that puppy, told her that was abuse not training and that she needed to stop. She tried to tell me that when she grabbed the dog’s collar it bit her and so she needed to correct it. She tried to tell me that she did positive training – which I knew was a lie based on her jerking puppies around on a leash exercise. I told her there was nothing about what she was doing that was positive and that she had provoked the puppy by stressing it. I then turned my attention to the puppy’s owners and told them that they needed to find a better trainer and that this aggressive handling was going to ruin their dog.

The above alone was out of character for me, but you have to imagine how bad the treatment of this dog was for me to march over and yell at strangers. The above story alone would have left me mulling over it for months. How could owners let their dogs be treated like that? How long had this gone on for? Did they go back the next week?

However the most amazing part of this story is what happened after.

The trainer left and the owners were sitting in their car. I went over to give them a name of a trainer that I knew in the city and offer my email to help them (as surely they will need help after the damage this “trainer” has done). I imagined they’d have come to their senses and realized what had happened was wrong. I imagined they would thank me for intervening, because they had been too shocked to do so.

To my surprise the mom was more upset that I had raised my voice in front of her kids (kids? I hadn’t even seen them when my eyes were red and my heart was pounding, they must have been playing on the playground). I apologized, but told her that I could not sit by and watch while the dog was being abused. They were also concerned with whether or not we had taped the incident, because they didn’t want to end up on YouTube. I assured them that I had not and left. Slightly flabbergasted by what were their concerns. They didn’t seem concerned about their dog in the slightest.

Months later, I wish that I could have another moment with that mom. I am still shocked that her concern was that her kids had seen an angry adult. What is more concerning is her kids witnessing someone abusing their dog, handling them roughly and their parents standing around watching. What she should be worried about is how this “trainer” is modeling behavior for her kids of rough treatment of animals. She should be worried about the safety of her kids around a dog being trained using harsh punishments and being strung up by the neck. She should have been concerned that her dog had been pushed to biting and now was going to go home with her kids who would likely mimic the trainer’s force with the dog. She should be shocked that her kids witnessed that type of abuse of their family pet.

Months later, I’m not sorry. I’m not sorry that your kids saw me lose my cool. In fact, I’m glad your kids saw it. I’m glad that I made it clear that treating an animal like that was not okay. I’m glad that I stood up for their dog, when their parents weren’t.

I hope you found a new trainer and I hope your kids learn that there are some situations where you have to stand up for what you believe in.

I hope your puppy is okay and he can trust you now to protect him from people who don’t have his best interests at heart. I looked into his eyes. He’s a good puppy. He was scared and hurt, but he can learn to trust again with right trainer.

If you are reading this and you’ve paid for dog training classes that involve punishment, prong collars, choke collars and rough handling of your beloved dog, get out now. Yes, you will likely not get your money back, but you also won’t get your money back after your dog is already ruined and you have to spend thousands more on trying to teach them to trust you again.

Written by Ayella Grossman Bsc.

Wishing Matisse Good Luck!

If you don’t already know Matisse, it’s my honour to introduce him to you. I had the pleasure of meeting Matisse a couple years ago as a young dog in Canada. There was something so special about him that I have what is quite possibly an unhealthy amount of photos of a dog that is not mine. In the world of show dogs, we often talk about the “it” factor and Matisse has it and then some.

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