Monthly Archives: June 2014

Dog Desensitization – Johns Hopkins Rd., In Crofton, MD

jhr1When I was walking Bella, the first week we got her from BARCS, I ended up flat on the ground because she did not know how to walk properly and because she was afraid of everything.  I had to start desensitizing her so I, little by little, took her to new places to experience things such as bikes, motorcycles, people, etc.  I started by getting her  accustomed to low-level stimulus, and slowly, very slowly, increased its intensity.  Our walks, at the beginning, were in our neighborhood for the most part, but since she seemed very comfortable in that environment I took her to Johns Hopkins Rd. in Crofton, MD because this is a busy street.

jhr2Some trainers and behaviorist like to use flooding – a dog is made to face his fears and he is prevented from fighting and/or fleeing – and for some dogs this method works, but not for others, like Bella.  When we took her to Baltimore for an adoption event months ago, she lost it.  It was so bad that when we got home she had diarrhea.  As you can see, flooding was not for Bella.

jhr4This is what I wanted from Bella: a relaxed, but attentive state of mind.  How did she do?  Great, in my opinion.  She only barked once at a girl who got pretty close to our car, but she stopped within seconds.  What did I learn?  That what I must have in abundance is patience in order to help my girl, Bella.  What are you doing to help your dog become a balanced canine companion?  Let me know.

Effort Underway To Help NJ Dog In Need

Let’s spread the word so this beautiful doggie can get the funds needed for his care.

CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An effort is underway to help a dog found alone, thin, with burns that may be from duct tape being wrapped around his mouth.

A New Jersey based animal rescue organization has set up several funding websites in hopes of boosting their resources to help treat several sick dogs like Buckley.

READ:Local Animal Rescue Organization Raising Funds For Dogs In Need

One Love Animal Rescue helps save and provide care for animals in need. At this time, the rescue needs help treating Buckley.

Buckley suffered duct tape burns on his muzzle, is severely underweight and has a bad case of Demodectic Mange, which is an infestation of a dog’s skin caused by tiny mites.

Sherri Smith, the Chairman of One Love Animal Rescue says, “We know that Buckley will be a substantial expense for us. Treatment for Demodectic Mange will likely go on for about six months.  He…

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Deck Restoration By All My Canine Companions – Part II

deckresto7After we finished making our deck look decent, Alex decided to go and check it out.  Yes, that is how she checked out our work and I’d venture to say that she was happy with the end product.

deckresto8Bella, on the other hand, decided to “inspect” very carefully our work before she paid us with kisses.  Bella is not the type of girl who just gives kisses to anybody for she believes that you must earn it, and we did.

deckresto9After her careful inspection, Bella went to talk to Alex and they agreed that our work was up to their standards, therefore Bella will be giving us lots of kisses as payment for fixing our deck.  Not a bad reward, don’t you think?

Deck Restoration By All My Canine Companions – Part I

deckresto1Cynthia and I have been meaning to do our deck for the last couple of weeks, but the weather and our schedule did not permit us to tackle this job until this weekend.  We told the kids, Alex and Bella, about it and as you can see Bella was ready to help out, but Alex needed a bit of convincing.

deckresto2Bella started by surveying and accessing our deck’s damage in order to come up with a game plan.

deckresto3This is how Alex did her evaluation of our deck’s damage.

deckresto4Alex, then, decided to talk to Cynthia about this project, but midway through their planning Alex fell asleep.  Way to tackle this job!

deckresto5Once we had a plan in place, Bella made sure that we knew the areas where the most attention was needed by pointing with her little nose.  She was such a big help to this project.

deckresto6We try to include Alex and Bella in as many things as we possibly can in order to get them used to different things.  Once we started working on the deck, they fell asleep in the kitchen by the sliding doors.  What does that teach them?  Self-control.  Training your dog should be part of your every day life, and this is a perfect example of that.  How does your canine companion help you tackle chores?  Have a great Sunday!