Beautiful day for sightseeing.
Yesterday, I conducted a seminar in Plymouth, MA and we were able to do some sightseeing prior to it. This was my first time in this area and it was beautiful to say the least.
Abby, “Mom, that looks like a giant kibble”
Before starting my seminar, I took Abby for a walk so she can socialize with people, and see new things. Yes, she was very interested in the giant kibble.
Abby, “Hello everybody.” Abby greeted everybody with lots of enthusiasm.
I conduct seminars mostly from home, but I also choose outdoor places depending on: subject matter, weather, amount of people, etc. The day was gorgeous.
Abby, “This is how a dog should meet people, with all paws on terra firma.”
The four people in my seminar had specific questions, therefore I tailored our time together to answer questions that pertained to barking, walking, meeting a dog properly and avoiding a bite from such dog, senior dogs, etc. Abby, of course, was my assistant. After I finished my session with them, we walked back to our car, we were getting hungry, to head home and rewarded ourselves by having a delicious dinner. How was your weekend?
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Tagged adult dogs, dog behavior, dog psychology, Massachusetts, pet parents, plymouth ma, seminars
Abby, “Mom, tell me the truth. Are we lost?”
On Sunday, we went to Blue Hills Ski Area located in Canton, MA to do a little hiking and sightseeing but also to see how Abby would behave or in her case misbehave.
Picture courtesy of Cynthia, our own photographer:-)
We did a lot of walking, but the day was quite conducive to being outdoors, a bit cloudy with a nice breeze and with an amazing view.
Abby, “Mom, am I supposed to pose for this picture? Where’s my treat?”
We all enjoyed our outing, but I think Abby enjoyed it the most. She met a lot of people, dogs, and scents that would bring the Beagle out of her. How did she do? She did well. But, we still need to continue working on behavior. Before I forget, she tried to eat a french fry she found on the floor. I said she tried because I was able to get it out of her mouth before she ate it.
Abby, “Mom, let me kiss you.” Cynthia, “No!”
Abby is a handful, but she is a really nice puppy. Just like our Alex, Abby is friendly to all dogs and people. One thing surprised me though, Abby greeted all the humans she met along our hiking path with all paws on terra firma. Yay! As you can see, Abby is improving.
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Tagged Beabull, Beagle, Blue Hill, Bulldog, Canton, Hiking, Massachusetts, Recreation, Skiing
Abby, “Hello stranger. Pet me please. I could be your best friend.”
Abby, just like Alex, is very people and dog friendly, and of course she was not going to pass up the opportunity of meeting this nice man. Abby has come a long way in regards to meeting people. At the beginning, let’s remember she was a puppy, she’d pee every time she’d meet someone new, but that is no longer the case.
Abby, “Moms, I don’t think that this is a bus stop.”
This past Memorial day weekend, we took Abby to South Boston, MA to expose her to a new environment and to my surprise she did well. She was relaxed while Cynthia took this picture. She needs to learn to be relaxed even when we are not right next to her.
Abby, “Moms, are we going bike riding?”
Abby usually wears a Gentle Leader, but there are times when I change her leash and collar specially when she is so nicely behaved. A Gentle Leader gives me more control with very little effort.
Abby, “Mom, more water please.”
A couple of minutes after we started walking I gave Abby some water. See the Gentle Leader? This is my second Summer in New England and I love it. Winter is another story, of course. Even though the weather here is not as hot nor humid as in Maryland, I still do our outings during the morning in order to make sure that Abby does not overheat.
A million thanks to all those who served and their families for their sacrifices.
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