Category Archives: dog trainer

Happy Belated Birthday Abby!

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Abby, “Mom, are you feeding me any time soon?”

My inpatient birthday girl could hardly wait for her breakfast.  That look speaks volumes!

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Abby ate her delicious breakfast – finally! – which consisted of a stir fry and some kibble.  She inhaled it.

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Abby, “Moms, I am ready.  Let’s go”

Yes, Abby was more than ready to go and get some cookies for her birthday.  I like for her to travel in her crate or wearing a seat belt, specially made for dogs, so she is safe.

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Abby, “Moms, I want this one!”

Abby was certainly not shy about letting us know exactly what she wanted.  We took her to Maggie’s Dog House in Hingham, MA.

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Abby, “Mom, make sure you hold on tight to my bag full of goodies”

And so after we did some shopping we headed for a little bit of an outing to the city.

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Abby, “Mom, I like everything I am smelling”

And so we ended up going to Back Bay, Boston.  Abby loved it.

 

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Abby, ” I am 3 years Old?  No way!  I feel younger than that.

 

After our nice long day, Abby finally got her birthday cake.  Abby’s birthday is at the beginning of April, but we were too busy at that time so we decided to celebrate it a little bit late.  I am not too sure Abby mind that, do you?

 

Our Night Time Oral Care Routine

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Champagne and Abby (Left to Right)

Brushing your dog’s teeth is very important for your overall canine companion’s health.  Because of that I do my best – I do forget once in a while – to brush her teeth every night.

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My tools.

Yes, each doggie has her own toothbrush and toothpaste.

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Abby, “Am I first?”

I always make sure that I place them in a spot that they are not to move from in order to maintain order in my pack and safeguard my sanity.  Abby, next to me, since she will be my first “patient”, and Champagne, patiently waiting for her turn.

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Abby, “Mom, wait”.

Abby is already used to getting her teeth brushed in the morning, and before going to bed.  Although you’d never know it from looking at the above picture.

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My next victim, I mean patient was Champagne, a beautiful Pit Bull.  She is very comfortable having me put my fingers in her mouth.

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If you are asking yourself, “How did she get such compliant doggies?”  Well, magic.  No, really, I used treats.  At the beginning, most dogs will take some time to adjust to you brushing his teeth, but as time goes by you’ll be able to do it in a matter of minutes.  With that in mind, do you brush your dog’s teeth?

Decorating A Christmas Tree With Doggies

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Abby, “Mom, listen to me, move it a bit higher”.

This year – for the very first time – we decided to include Abby and Champagne in the decoration of our Christmas tree.  Abby, as you can see, took the job of decorator very serious and was micromanaging Cynthia’s every move.

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Champagne, “Excuse me, I need to see some ID”.

Champagne, the beautiful pit bull, was our security guard.  While on guard duty, she found an intruder.  Oh, never mind, that’s Abby.

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Being on guard duty really got Champagne tired.  Not to worry, both Abby and Champagne were handsomely rewarded with treats for a hard day’s work.

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Abby was exhausted too so it was lights out for her.

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And this was the end result.  I’d venture to say that decorating with doggies was a good idea after all.  What will you be doing to include your doggies during these holidays?

Thanksgiving 2017

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And this is how we started our Thanksgiving day, with an uncooled turkey.  Cynthia started to cook right after breakfast.

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Abby, “Where’s the cooked turkey? I am already hungry”.

We, of course, explained to Abby that the turkey doesn’t magically turn up cooked, but as you can see in the above picture Abby wasn’t buying our story.  Let’s remember she just finished having breakfast.

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Once everything was cooked, we set up the table and showed it to Abby.  She was very happy, to say the least.  She got a nice helping of turkey, potatoes, and carrots.  It all worked out perfectly.

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Abby, “Mom, let me kiss you”.

Abby was beyond grateful for the food she inhaled.  Yes, inhaled.  We had a great Thanksgiving day, and at least for me, what I was the most grateful for was having Cynthia and Abby with me.  I hope you had a great Thanksgiving day

Holidays = Chaos?

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I know, chaos may be an exaggeration, but for most people holidays tend to be pretty busy and somewhat stressful.  What I like about holidays, of course, happen to be the food “we” cook,  I am using we very loosely since Cynthia is the one that cooks, while Abby and I end up being the “critics”.  I know, what a hard life we have, but hey, someone’s got to do it.  Right?

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Along with all the food we are planning to enjoy, comes plenty of relaxation and/or sleeping, which Champagne gladly demonstrates for us all the time.

 

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Abby, “Mom, did you remember to pack my food?”

And then we have those that will be traveling to visit family.  That won’t be us this year, but for those that are traveling my suggestion would be: have patience; carry food and water; take your dog with you; and above all, enjoy your family.  What plans do you have for these upcoming holidays?

 

Veterans Day 2017

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Whether you are going to explore new places like Abby…

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Or making new friends, take a moment to remember this special day.  Thanks to all those who served and their families.

Is Dog Behavior Modification Fast, Easy, And Simple?

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If anybody tells you that dog behavior modification is fast, easy and simple to do, that person would be lying to you.  In order to modify the behavior of a dog, you really need, at a minimum, 3 weeks.  Whenever I am going to work with a dog, I do a meet and greet to make an assessment of the dog and the expectations of the pet parent.  Abby, a 2 1/2 year old Beabull, ate so fast that she would toss her cookies right after she inhaled her food.  I tried a lot of different things, including a funny looking dish and at the beginning it worked, but later on she went back to puking on and off.  Because of that, I changed the way I did things with her: she started by eating in her kennel; I did not talk to her at all, no commands, nothing; I was the only one feeding her; and all I asked from her was to give me eye contact right before I put her dish down.

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So, how is Abby doing right now?  She hasn’t tossed her cookies in a long time and I no longer have to use the funny looking dish I got for her unless I want to.  What I was doing with Abby was behavior modification, and I can tell you from experience that it takes time, consistency, patience, repetition, and a thorough knowledge of dog body language that most pet parents lack.  For that reason, I’d recommend that you find the right person to help you.  Ask a lot of questions, and don’t buy the, “I can fix your dog in 1 week for only $1,800”.  If you find someone like that, don’t walk, run, and run fast.  Behavior modification takes time and depending on what you are trying to change it can be quite complex.