Hi, I'm Lisa Vogt, owner of The Dawg House and proud University of Georgia Alumna. After graduating from UGA I decided to make Athens my permanent home. I have been rescuing, fostering, raising and grooming dogs since my childhood in Atlanta but began my professional grooming career in Athens in 2001.
I've had careers working for the federal government with the US Forest Service and National Wildlife Service; in the third largest law firm in Atlanta; managed a hectic medical practice; held numerous office and managerial jobs as well as a few other careers but dogs have always been my passion and I'm overjoyed to be able to make a living operating a successful business working with dogs.
I believe strongly in volunteering since I was a "Candy Striper" at Northside Hospital in Atlanta when I was 16 and believe we all need to be active members of society giving back to our community. The Dawg House has worked with "Georgia English Bulldog Rescue" as well as "Shih Tzu Rescue of Georgia" that I founded in 2012. We host monthly low cost vaccine clinics with 100% of the proceeds going to homeless shelter pets at MOAS or Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter.
My hobbies include traveling the world (I've visited 19 countries so far), weaving, gardening, kayaking and camping. I'm married to a delightful German-Polish man, Christoph Vogt which many of you recognize from his work on The Walking Dead as the "Sniffer Zombie." I have built my business on Shih Tzu's and am honored to include them as part of our family as well.
I enjoy annual Continuing Education courses which have taught me so much about canine health, skin & coat, breed standards, proper grooming techniques and so much more! I learn all I can about dogs and will try to answer your questions to the best of my ability. I stay current on grooming trends, new products and the latest in dog health. I incorporate the techniques learned from reading books and trade magazines. I strive to be calm yet assertive to strengthen the bond of trust between the dog I'm working on and myself. I do not discipline the dog I'm grooming, instead I utilize many different tactics to calm and re-focus their attention. It's difficult for a dog to think of more than one thing at a time and by re-directing their attention I am able to accomplish the task at hand. I ignore or gently reprimand negative behavior and praise positive behavior and in this way train the dog to understand what I'm asking of them. For especially active or fearful dogs I use "The Groomer's Helper" to humanely restrain them on the grooming table.
I've learned a great deal about canine nutrition and how it affects skin, coat and overall health and encourage you to read the Canine Health page of this weebsite to learn more about the research I've done concerning what the major dog food companies are selling us. As you can see dogs are my passion and I look forward to meeting you, working with your little one and answering any questions you may have.