There’s research that shows that dogs do sense our moods and behavior, even smell our emotional state. I’ve learned this from personal experience from our dogs: Casey, Alex, Bella and Abby.
Casey, a Staffie, would sit perfectly still next to me when I got angry. Funny, one time I told Cynthia that I wasn’t angry, but Casey sold me out. Traitor! Alex, a pit bull mix, would get close to me and shiver. Bella, a pit bull mix, would try to make herself small. And Abby, a Beagle/Bulldog mix, runs toward me and with a concern look on her face looks me in the eyes.
Dogs are amazing teachers, and living with them gives us the opportunity to live a balanced and healthy life. Do you think your dog senses your moods/emotions?
Posted in Annapolis, MD, Breeds, Crofton, MD, dog trainer, Dogs
Tagged Anxiety, behavior modification, Family, Health, home, life, Pit bulls
Abby, “Mom, is it lunch time already?”
This past weekend our family continued to unpack boxes, and as I was coming up from the basement, this is what I saw. I just couldn’t stop laughing.
Abby loves to smell the boxes before and after we open them. Why? That’s something only our girl Abby could answer for you. We hope you enjoyed your 4th of July!
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Tagged Anne Arundel County Maryland, canine companions, dog behavior modification, Dogs And Humor, Dogs and New Beginnings, Living With Dogs, Moving with dogs
Abby, “Mom, are we moving again?”
Let me start by saying thanks to our military personnel-that includes the canine units- and their family for all the sacrifices they make for us every day.
I love living in Crofton, MD but we finally found a house suited to our wants and needs in Annapolis so we’ll be busy this holiday moving our pack to our new house.
Abby will keep you up to date on our move, and I am sure she will delight you with tales of how hard she will be working; how little sleep she’ll get; and how few treats will be dispensed. That’s our Abby! 🙂
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Tagged 2020, Annapolis Maryland, Beagle, canine companions, Crofton, MD, dog boarding, Memorial Day, Moving with dogs
Walter, Alex, and Dexter (Left to Right)
Because of the Coronavirus pandemic we are taking more precautions in order to stay safe, and that-of course-includes our dogs and home. These are the things I’d recommend you do to keep your dogs clean:
- Brush your dog’s hair (long and short-haired dogs) after a walk. Always!
- Wipe off your dog’s paws (get baby wipes from the Dollar Store) and check her pads for any foreign object in them
- Change her bedding frequently (every couple of days or daily)
- Brush her teeth before going to bed
When it comes to our house, I dust, vacuum, and sweep often because as you pet parents well know, our doggies shed a lot. What about yours truly? I wash my hands constantly and I carry hand wipes with me always. Keeping our dogs clean does not require a lot of money or time so let’s get in the habit of doing so in order to keep us all safe. Take care.
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Tagged Australian Shepherd, boxer, coronavirus, dog bed, dog boarding, Dog hair brushing, Dog wipes, Maryland, Pet Parent, pit bull
My Alex. A Pitbull mix.
Looking at pictures of my Alex and the dogs that we’ve taken care of throughout the years filled me with nostalgia and gratitude. Alex lived 13 years and she was the most amazing dog ever, and although when we lost her we were devastated, I wouldn’t trade the time we had with her for anything in this world.
Maggie and Alex (Left to Right). A Rottweiler and a Pitbull
When I look at the pictures of Alex, Maggie and so many other dogs, yes I feel a little sad because they are no longer with us, but more than anything I feel joy. Some pictures also make me laugh because they bring back funny memories. And with that being said, I would ask you, who said nostalgia is a bad thing?
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Tagged Annapolis Maryland, canine companions, Crofton, MD, dog behavior, Family, pitbull, rottweiler
Abby, “I love taking car rides with my moms!”
Lately watching the news is scary and depressing-to say the least-but then I take a look at Abby finding happiness in simple things such as: walking, taking a ride in the car, eating, etc., and all I feel is a great sense of gratitude.
Abby, “I smell food. Mom, do you smell it too?”
Dogs are great teachers, and for me they are an integral part of my life. They make me take a look at what really matters and not worry about things that are out of my control. What does your dog bring to your life?
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Tagged behavior modification, Crofton, MD, daycare, dog backpack, dog sweater, retractable leash
Dexter, “Please turn the lights off!”
A few of you, I can imagine, are experiencing cabin fever, but I may be one of those lucky few that don’t feel that way. Yes, your mental health could and may be affected due to the executive order by Governor Larry Hogan to stay at home, but having a dog can make the difference between keeping your sanity or going bonkers.
So with that being said, aside from my usual advice of going for walks, I’d also recommend taking naps. Lots of naps! Stay home, stay safe!
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Tagged asleep, cabin fever, dog bed, dogs, Mental health, naps, self quarantine
Abby, “Mom, I think that’s your glove!”
In January we moved from MA to Maryland, and to say that Abby was excited about our move would be an understatement. She loved “inspecting” the boxes we were putting together to pack our things; she dashed between Cynthia and yours truly as if to “help” us pack; she watched Cynthia like a hawk while she taped the boxes; and when she was tired she’d take a nap near one of us or go to bed.
Abby, “Aha! I told you this was your glove mom.”
Abby seems to enjoy moving, but she is the exception rather than the rule. Because dogs enjoy having a routine, moving could be stressful for them so I’d recommend the following:
- Walk/run your dog at least once a day. Exercise is paramount at this time
- On moving day, make sure that your dog is in her crate while things are being loaded to a truck/car
- Once you get to your new place – assuming you took her for a long walk/run in the morning – put on her collar and leash and walk with her through the entire house
- Afterwards, put her in her crate while your things are being unloaded
- Take her out of the crate once unloading is done, but limit where she could go and explore for the first week or so
Dogs love routine, but if you plan ahead of time perhaps moving doesn’t have to be very stressful for your canine companion and you. How did your dog(s) do on your last move?
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Tagged Crofton, MD, Dog, Gentle Leader, Journey, Moving with dogs, retractable leash, stress
Abby, “Mom, did you see that squirrel?”
To say that the coronavirus pandemic has affected our lives would be an understatement, but I choose to be optimistic and find a silver lining in every cloud. With that being said, living in semi-isolation has afforded me the time to take Abby for more walks; catch up on some of my reading; write a post more often; and prepare to start working on my taxes – I know, you must be giddy with excitement and anticipation to tackle this task!
I don’t know how long we’ll live like this, so my question to you is: what are you doing with your canine companions during this time?
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Tagged Canine Behavior, Crofton, MD, daycare, dog backpack, Hiking, retractable leash
Abby, “Mom, please turn off the lights. Moving is exhausting!”
Yes, that’s how tired Abby looked after helping us unpack. By the way, she is lucky since we are not unpacking everything. Remember to provide your canine companion a bed and some blankets.
Abby, “Mom, wait! I am not ready. Please wait!
Sorry Abby, but I had to capture that facial expression. We are taking nice walks except when the days don’t permit us to do so. All in all, I could say that although it was stressful to move and super tiring, to say the least, we are really glad to be back in Maryland and we are looking forward to all the adventures we’ll have in Crofton!
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Tagged Annapolis Maryland, canine companions, Crofton, dog bed, dog behavior modification, MD, Odenton Maryland