As a child growing up in Ecuador with a menagerie of animals, dogs were our constant companions. I grew up in a small village by the sea and for us to see a dog being walked on a leash was something very weird. Socializing dogs? We didn’t know what that meant.
Once I got my first dog, a challenging handsome staffie, and started to go to training classes, I realized that dogs getting along with other dogs, socializing, was something a lot of dogs have difficulty doing. I also figured out that many pet parents didn’t know how to properly socialize their dogs.
When a dog stays with us, I send pictures to the pet parent so he can see his furry kid. A couple of years ago I had a pet parent say to me, “You sent me a picture of my dog sitting right next to another dog. How did you do that? She doesn’t like to sit next to other dogs.” I was surprised by what she said. A couple of other pet parents also said similar things.
How did I do it? I made sure that they had plenty of exercise, structure, discipline, and boundaries. For some dogs, being next to another dog, like the above picture is close to impossible. If you don’t know how to work with your dog, do what I did years and years ago, find a trainer that can help you understand and learn about dogs. Living with a dog should be enjoyable, not stressful.
Alex, “Mom, let’s go and explore.”
Every time we go somewhere new, Cynthia along with Alex love to explore the area, as you can clearly see in the above picture.
Alex, “Moms, I think I found a sea monster.”
It always amuses me to see Alex explore her surroundings with such interest. I guess Alex found a sea monster.
Alex, “Moms, I am not kidding. I found a sea monster.”
I guess if Alex found a sea monster, she will be featured in the news and have her 15 minutes of fame. Well, let’s hope it doesn’t go to her head.
Alex, “Never mind. I am not as brave as I thought.”
Ok., let’s forget Alex’s 15 minutes of fame. My girl hightailed out of the water when she saw that her new found sea monster got too close to her.
Alex, “I am not afraid of you, sea monster.”
Alex decided that the best way to observe a sea monster is from shore. This way nobody gets hurt. Well, rather nobody gets scared out of her mind is more like it. My funny girl. She always puts a smile on our face.
Happy 4th of July to all of you, pet parents and furry children:-) Most people will enjoy a nice long weekend. I have no idea what we’ll be doing this weekend, but we’ll figure it out. Any ideas?
Just a reminder, please make sure that if you are taking your dog for a walk she is on leash. This is much more important during this holiday than any other time because fireworks can make dogs nervous and that can cause them to get afraid and take off. Happy 4th!